Consultancy - Strengthening Global Fund HIV & malaria program monitoring & reporting in Somalia, Somaliland and Puntland (Three Somali Consultants)

Mogadishu

This consultancy aims at building capacity of malaria and HIV partners, Government and civil society organizations for improved programs results monitoring, data quality assurance, reporting and use including feeding into the HMIS system.

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you.

For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

Purpose of the Position:

There is a need to standardize and coordinate the two diseases reporting systems and at the same time to improve the quality and timely of the HIV and malaria Monitoring and Evaluation system. In addition, there is a need to mentor and train the M&E officers in the implementing partners and civil society on data collection, collation, analytical summarization, report writing and dissemination, working with the national systems, as well as on data utilization so that a culture of evidence for HIV and malaria planning and implementation is evolved. The timing of this consultancy is such that upon starting of the development of the new Global Fund New Funding Model for 2018-2020, the M&E system for both HIV and malaria will be revised and priorities set.

Key Expected Results:

  • To produce a National epidemic and response update with the available data for both HIV and malaria. This data will be taken from HMIS and other sources.
  • To undertake an assessment on the levels of capacity of the different M&E bodies (for example, AIDS Commissions, MOH HMIS units, MOH HIV Units, MOH malaria Units, MOH TB units, Implementing Partners, WHO and UNICEF), at the different levels (central, regions, districts, point of services), to implement their roles and responsibilities in the HIV and malaria responses. The assessment will focus on existing capacity, strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. In addition, to get a better understanding of the most effective administrative techniques and organizational forms that could function at each of the zones, a desk review of the HMIS, the National Strategic Plans, M&E plan, National Health Strategies (HHSP, EPHS, NDP, etc) GF Performance Framework and HIV database will be conducted.
  • To review the existing GF monitoring tools and system in place in order to finalize the tools and the Standard Operating procedures (SOP), including quality assurance, feedback mechanisms, M&E structures, organograms, Job Descriptions (JDs) for the M&E staff as well as Term Of Reference (TOR) for the different M&E meetings as well as establishment and/or management of existing databases for program planning and monitoring purpose.
  • To conduct Data Verification of significant sample of Point of Service (including Behavior Change Communication activities and health facilities).
  • The consultant will conduct a 5-days formal training on M&E principles as well as GF-related monitoring tools to all the key M&E officers. This will include a review of the HMIS and their role in the system.
  • To facilitate a "One-day joint stakeholders workshop" for data dissemination.
  • The consultant will spend 10 working days in each zone to mentor/support/ working closely with the different M&E bodies in areas identified through the capacity assessment. He/she will mentor during daily activities, meetings, joint M&E support visits to implementers, M&E meetings, report writing among others. Timing of mentoring dates will be aimed at before, during and immediately after the preparation of the costed capacity building plan.
  • The consultant will prepare a final report with findings and short- and long-term country-specific recommendations on how existing models could be adapted and made more effective in future.

Methodology and technical approach:

The UNICEF GF unit implements malaria and HIV grants through collaboration with more than 30 NGOs, Ministries of health and national AIDS Commissions in Somalia. Partners submit programmatic and financial quarterly reports. This consultancy will focus broadly in building capacity of implementing partners and institutions to systematically monitor results and report them to different donors, including UNICEF.

The technical approach will consist of:

  • A desk review of existing documents and strategies on M&E for both HIV and malaria in Somalia FG, Puntland and Somaliland, current databases in use, the HMIS system, different existing M&E bodies and their roles, all implementing partners' agreements, existing internal monitoring system and sample reports submitted to UNICEF;
  • Visits to partner organizations to review their monitoring system;
  • Trainings on M&E system focusing on best practice for the context;
  • Coaching of malaria and HIV Monitoring and evaluation officers posted at NGOs partner organizations for quarterly reporting;
  • Assisting implementing partners in putting in place a feedback mechanism.

Expected Deliverables and Timeline:

Tasks

End product/deliverables

Time frame

Payment instalment

Produce a National epidemic and response update with the available data for both HIV and malaria

National epidemic and response update produced and printed

10 days

15%

Conduct assessment of the GF partners PCAs and monitoring system

Assessment report

10 days

 

Review and advise on   data collection system and tools from points of service delivery to reporting to UNICEF and feedback mechanisms as well as establishment and management of their databases for program planning and monitoring purpose

Monitoring tools and SOP revised and validated

10 days

20%

Conduct a Data Verification of significant sample of Point of Service (including BCC activities and health facilities).

Report

 

10 days

 

Conduct a 5-days formal training on M&E principles as well as GF-related monitoring tools (and how this fits to HMIS) to all the key M&E officers.

Training report

5 days

 

Facilitate a "One-day joint stakeholders' workshop" for data dissemination.

Workshop report

1 day

20%

Mentor malaria and HIV Monitoring and evaluation officers posted at NGOs partners organizations.

Improved Quarterly reports

10 days

30%

Prepare final consultancy report with findings and recommendations

Consultancy report

4 days

15%

TOTAL

 

60 days

100%

Qualifications of Successful Candidate:

The desired consultants will be able to demonstrate previous experience in capacity building and M&E, working in complex environment and high quality reporting. The following summarizes the key requirements:

  • Advanced university degree in medicine, social sciences, statistics, planning development, planning or a related field
  • At least five years professional work experience in program development and implementation including monitoring and evaluation activities
  • Experience with monitoring and reporting on Global Fund grants and or a health program in Somalia is preferred
  • Fluency in English and Somali language.
  • Knowledge of working with the UN is an advantage
  • Good communication, writing and presentation skills

General Conditions: Procedures and Logistics:

The assignment will not exceed 60 days. The consultant will be expected to commit him/herself to undertake the assignment on agreed dates. This is a task-based assignment and the consultant shall be expected to confirm availability within the agreed time frame.

Under the consultancy agreement, a month is defined as 21 working days, and fees are prorated accordingly. Consultants are not paid for weekends or public holidays.

No contract may commence unless the contract is signed by both UNICEF and the consultant. For international consultants outside the duty station, signed contracts must be sent by fax or e-mail. Signed contract copy or written agreement must be received by the office before Travel Authorization is issued. No consultant may travel without a signed travel authorization prior to the commencement of the journey to the duty station. UNICEF will buy the tickets of the consultant.

The consultant will be based in either Mogadishu, Garowe or Hargeisa according to agreed work plan to be developed at the beginning of the consultancy.

Applicants should indicate their preferred duty station in the cover letter.

The consultant is expected to provide his/her own working tools (e g laptop) to complete this assignment.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Mogadishu
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • HIV and AIDS
    • Banking and Finance
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Accounting (Audit, Controlling)
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Accounting (Audit, Controlling)
    • HIV and AIDS
    • Banking and Finance
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Closing Date: 2017-04-01

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