International Consultancy for technical assistance to the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan

Ashkhabad

International Consultancy for technical assistance to the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan “Capacity building in planning and designing risk communication and community engagement strategies at the local level”. Objective: Provide technical support to the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry in planning and designing risk communication and community engagement strategies to prevent, respond and control transmission of polio, water-borne and vector-borne outbreaks for selected rural population of two border regions of Turkmenistan, to minimize the health risks of an infections spread and protect all under 5 years old children from infection.

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Purpose of the Assignment: Provide technical support to the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry in planning and designing risk communication and community engagement strategies to prevent, respond and control transmission of polio, water-borne and vector-borne outbreaks for selected rural population of two border regions of Turkmenistan, to minimize the health risks of an infections spread and protect all under 5 years old children from infection.

Assignment Tasks:

1.  Desk review of the available documents to understand the nature of the issues,  the context, including online consultations with the UNICEF CO (3 days)

2. Capacity building of a selected national team of health communicators, who can facilitate further cascade training at local level and coordinate implementation of risk communication and community engagement strategies (10 days offsite)

2.1. Prepare a five-day training programme (ToT with practical workshop elements) for a selected team of national health communicators along with training and resource package, including:
2.1.1. overview of behaviour change and risk communication theory, presentation of the effective international practice for risk communication and community engagement strategies
2.1.2. effective communication channels, stakeholder analysis, section of target groups, set of required behavior outcomes for the selected health risks
2.1.3. standard key messages for target participants
2.1.4. selection of communication materials for future customization (based on the international best practice and considering the local context)
2.1.5. draft local risk communication and community engagement plan for customization during the training
2.1.6. tools for monitoring and documentation of uptake behavioural practices, community feedback, rumours towards the health risks
2.2. Facilitate a five day training (ToT) for a selected team based on 2.1. training package with the following output products(6 days on site):
2.2.1. Draft local risk communication and community engagement plan for selected local communities with identified communication channels, stakeholder analysis, target groups and required behavior outcomes, and scope of C4D interventions
2.2.2. Draft communication tool kit with key customized messages a for target groups and draft plan for communication materials
2.2.3. Monitoring and documentation toolkit for behavioral practices - - key behavior indictors for identified health risks among local communities, community feedback, rumours management
3. Conduct 1 day technical meeting with core staff of MoHMI and local authorities to present local risk communication and community engagement plan at the local levels (1 day on site)

4.  Develop a report with recommendation on further steps of implementation of risk communication and effective community engagement strategies for selected local communities in Turkmenistan. – (2 days off site).

Expected Deliverables:

Timeline: beginning of July 2017
- Desk review of the relevant country documents undertaken, including online consultation with UNICEF CO. UNICEF CO will provide to consultant: (i) The data on epidemiological situation; (ii) local administrative data will be requested officially from MOH,  (iii) the data on behaviors/practices of local communities on handwashing practice among parents of children under 5 (KAPB, 2016) 
 
- In advance developed a 5 day training programme for a selected team of health communicators, for a selected team of national health communicators along with training and resource package, including:
• overview of behaviour change and risk communication theory, presentation of the effective international practice for risk communication and community engagement strategies
• effective communication channels, stakeholder analysis, section of target groups, set of required behavior outcomes for the selected health risks
• standard key messages for target participants
• selection of communication materials for future customization (based on the international best practice and considering the local context)
• draft local risk communication and community engagement plan for customization during the training
• tools for monitoring and documentation of uptake behavioural practices, community feedback, rumours towards the health risks

By beginning of August 2017 the following deliverables to be delivered:
- Capacity the national group of health communicators strengthened in major theory and effective international practice for risk communication and community engagement strategies with production of output products such as 1) draft local risk communication and community engagement plan with identified communication channels, stakeholder analysis, target groups and required behavior outcomes, and scope of C4D interventions; 2) Draft communication tool kit with key customized messages and draft plan for communication materials; 3) Monitoring and documentation toolkit for behavioural practices - - key behavior indictors for identified health risks among local communities, community feedback, rumours towards the health risks
- Local risk communication and community engagement plan at the local levels presented to the core staff of MoHMI and local authorities to present (1 day on site)
- Developed a report with recommendation on further steps of implementation of risk communication and effective community engagement strategies for selected local communities in Turkmenistan.

Qualifications of Successful Candidate:

DUTY STATION: Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. One visit to Ashgabat, Turkmenistan for 7 days. Out-of-country work for 15 days.

SUPERVISOR
• The consultant/institution will be supervised and report to Health and Nutrition Specialist of UNICEF Turkmenistan Country Office with technical guidance of C4D Officer and debriefing and consultation with UNICEF Turkmenistan Deputy Representative and Representative.
QUALIFICATIONS OR SPECIALIZED KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

• Advanced degree in risk communication, communication for development, public health communication.
• Minimum 7 years of experience in capacity development, planning, strategy development, monitoring of risk communication and health outbreaks ;
• Training facilitation experience in risk communication and C4D
• Understanding of contemporary communication and media landscape with experience in communication and media development
• Proven successful experience with strategic planning and development of national policy documents in the risk communication and community engagement strategies;
• Knowledge of global policies and practices, strategic and monitoring frameworks in risk communication, health outbreaks and community engagement, behavior change;
• Excellent analytical thinking, training, report writing and communication skills.
• Previous experience in implementation of relevant or similar consultancy work  in the region of CEECIS would be an asset;
• The consultant(s) should be fluent in spoken and written English; knowledge of the Russian language is an asset.

Required documentation

o A completed Expression of Interest form (see Appendix A) and responses to the questions, including the professional fee/rate, per person day;
o Technical proposal and detailed work plan, including training program content;
o Financial proposal for the consultancy work: consultancy fee;
o Expert’s CV
o Examples of related work

BASIS FOR FEE AND PAYMENT SCHEDULE:

Payment of consultancy fee will be provided by UNICEF Office in Turkmenistan on the basis of the P3 consultancy fee rate, subject of negations.
The travel costs related to the consultancy, which include air ticket via the most direct and economy route, Daily Subsidence Allowance (DSA), and terminal expenses not exceeding the existing and need to be included into consultancy UN standards. UNICEF does not provide or arrange health insurance coverage for contractors

Payment for consultancy fee will be processed as per satisfactory and timely completion of deliverables, as per submission of the consultancy report.

Recourse: UNICEF reserves the right to withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if work/outputs is incomplete, not delivered or for failure to meet deadlines.

10. UNICEF GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS

UNICEF’s general terms and conditions will apply to the contract awarded to the vendor.  Please note that, in the evaluation of the technical merits of each proposal, UNICEF will take into consideration any proposed amendments to the UNICEF General Terms and Conditions.  Proposed amendments to the UNICEF general terms and conditions may negatively affect the evaluation of the technical merits of the proposal.  

All submissions should be electronic.
UNICEF reserves the right to withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if work/outputs is incomplete and not provided timely as indicated in the individual work plan of Contractor. This ToR is an integral part of the contract (PO) signed with the consultant.

UNICEF retains the right to patent and intellectual rights, as well as copyright and other similar intellectual property rights for any discoveries, inventions, products or works arising specifically from the implementation of the project in cooperation with UNICEF. The right to reproduce or use materials shall be transferred with a written approval of UNICEF based on the consideration of each separate case. Consultants should always refer to UNICEF Turkmenistan support in developing the materials when publishing the results of the research conducted while in Turkmenistan in academic journals, books and websites.

11. PROCEDURES AND LOGISTICS:

UNICEF will cover the travel costs related to the consultancy, which include air ticket via the most direct and economy route, Daily Subsidence Allowance (DSA), and terminal expenses not exceeding the existing UN standards. UNICEF does not provide or arrange health insurance coverage for contractors. 

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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Ashkhabad
  • Grade: International Consultant
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Health
    • Health service
  • Closing Date: 2017-06-18