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National Health Consultant (Open for nationals of South Sudan only) .

New York City (United States of America)

Special Service Agreement (SSA) for Boma Health Initiative (BHI) consultant to provide technical support to the BHI secretariat in rolling out the implementation of the Boma Health initiative (Open for nationals of South Sudan only) .

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South Sudan launched a community health strategy, the Boma Health Initiative (BHI) in April 2017. The goal of this strategy is to develop strengthened health system that efficiently delivers components of the Basic Package of Health and Nutrition Services (BPHNS) at community level to contribute to the achievement of universal coverage. National preparations for roll-out of this strategy is well in advanced stages- several advocacy meetings held at various levels, development of training and M&E tools is completed and core trainers trained at the national level.  UNICEF is therefore seeking a mid-level professional to be part of a dynamic integrated team to support the Ministry of Health (MOH) to build BHI institutional capacity for coordination, and effective implementation as well as promote equitable health outcomes at the community level.




Under the primary supervision of the BHI national coordinator, Ministry of Health (MoH), the incumbent will provide technical assistance to strengthen the coordination, planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluation of the BHI. She/he will be embedded at the Ministry of Health and will support the BHI coordination body in liaison with the relevant sub-national and implementing partners’ technical focal persons.

  1. To strengthen the management capacity of the national Boma health initiative (BHI) secretariat
  2. To pilot and scale-up the implementation of the Boma Health Initiative
  3. Strengthen monitoring and reporting of community Health interventions





Time frame

Budget (USD)

1.       Technical support is provided to the National and sub-national MOH and partners’ staff for equity-focused decentralized planning, implementation, reviews and monitoring of the BHI implementation with particular focus on maternal and child health and nutrition service delivery.

•   Under the guidance of the Advisor to the Minister, develop annual implementation plans for the BHI

•   Identify bottlenecks and set explicit equity focused targets and corrective actions

•   Building the capacities of MOH and partners for decentralised evidence-based planning, monitoring and programme performance evaluation;

•   Building capacities for health system strengthening assessments to help ensure resilient systems are in place to deliver quality health services.

•   Guide sub-national MOH in selection and recruitment of community health workers to form the BHT.



2.      Oversight of the scale-up and implementation of the Boma Health Initiative

•       Coordinate and guide advocacy and dissemination of BHI to all national and sub-national stakeholders.

•       Support the development and adoption of analytical programming tools, guidance and monitoring frameworks including use of mobile technology

•      Based on lessons learned and review of data, support the development of guidance and tools for evidence-based analysis, planning, monitoring and budgeting for health systems strengthening

•     Identify priority areas for implementation of research to guide contextual implementation and scale-ups.



3.       Monitoring and reporting of BHI activities

•       Work closely with the State and County Ministries of Health to monitor, analyze, and report progress on the implementation and scale-up of BHI services, the identification and reduction of bottlenecks, and the assessment of Programme interventions to reach deprived population more effectively.

•     Map out available resources from all partners and clearly identify funding gaps that partners can use for resource mobilization

•    Coordinate and organize quarterly/midyear and end of year National BHI review meetings and support subnational MOH to organize mid/end of year BHI review meetings

•   Develop and maintain an updated National database of all the BHI staffing and assets and support sub-national MOH in maintaining updated databases.

•  In coordination with the M&E department, build capacities for data collection, reporting, collation, analysis, feedback and use of information.

•  Undertake and provide support supervision and mentorship to sub-national MOH focal points










Expected Deliverables


Estimated Timeline

1.       an inception report


14th September 2018

2.       an annual bhi implementation plans developed to guide partners in implementation

1 month

14th October 2018

3.       boma health teams selection completed and a database created at the MoH


14th December 2018

4.       bhi policy documents, training materials and m&e tools distributed to the sun-national levels

1 month

14th January 2018

5.       bhi resources mapped and implementation tracked

1 month

14th February 2018

6.       quarterly supervision conducted and reports shared

4 months

14th June 2019

7.       annual bhi national review meeting coordinated and conducted for sharing lesson learned

1 month

14th   July, 2019


11 Months

14th July  2019


The total budget is estimated at $ 31,000.00 (including travel, DSA and insurance).

The last payment will be upon submission of the final report with satisfactory evaluation.


Expected Deliverables and payment: (Hard and e-copy)

  1. 9.1% will be paid after approval of the inception report
  2. 9.1% will be paid after submission of reports on an annual BHI implementation plans developed to guide partners in implementation
  3. 9.1 % after submission of the report on Boma health teams’ selection and database created at MOH
  4. 9.1% after submission of a report on distribution of BHI policy documents, training materials and M&E tools
  5. 9.1% after submission of a report on BHI resources mapping and tracking of BHI implementation
  6. 9.1 % after submission of the first quarterly supervision report
  7.  9.1% after submission of the second quarterly supervision report
  8. 9.1% after submission of the third quarterly supervision report
  9. 9.1% after submission of the fourth quarterly supervision report
  10. 18.2% 9.1% after submission of final report





  • Advanced university degree in Public Health, community health, health research, global/international health, health policy, health economics, human resources for health and/or in Administration and or Social Sciences is required.

     Work Experience:

  • At least 3 years of relevant work experience at national and international levels in community health/public health analysis, planning, programming, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of health and nutrition programmes relevant to child survival and health care.
  • Professional work experience in a managerial position, or a technical expert position in health systems, child survival or health care management.
  • Development country work experience (at least 2 years)
  • Background/familiarity with emergency response, preparedness and disaster risk reduction.

    Competencies of Successful Candidate

  • Communicates effectively to varied audiences, including during formal public speaking.
  • Able to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment
  • Sets high standards for quality of work and consistently achieves project goals
  • Has good leadership and supervisory skills; co-ordinates group activities, ensuring that roles within the team are clear.
  • Translates strategic direction into plans and objectives.
  • Analyzes and integrates diverse and complex quantitative and qualitative data from a wide range of sources.
  • Quickly builds rapport with individuals and groups; maintains an effective network of individuals across organizational departments.
  • Identifies urgent and potentially difficult decisions and acts on them promptly; initiates and generates team- and department-wide activities.
  • Demonstrates, applies and shares expert technical knowledge across the organization.
  • Knowledgeable of computer software application, including word processing, spreadsheet and corporate software packages

     Language Proficiency:

  • Fluency in English (verbal and written)
  • Knowledge of the local languages in South Sudan an asset.



Duration of the assignment:

It is expected that this assignment will last about 11 months from its start date.

General Conditions:

Procedures and Logistics

The organization will assume responsibility for the following:

# The consultant will work from MOH and/or the UNICEF office in Juba.

# The consultant will be required to come with his/her laptop/other service tools needed for the consultancy’s duration.

# Final payment to the consultant will depend on the satisfactory completion of deliverables as well as hand over notes and submission of the completion of consultancy evaluation.



Both parties should be aware of:

# The institution’s main staff is not entitled to payment of overtime. All remuneration must be within the contract agreement.

# No contract may commence unless the contract is signed by both UNICEF and the institution.

#  The main staff of the institution coming to South Sudan will have to complete the online basic and advance security training prior to travel to Juba, South Sudan.

# Signed contract copy or written agreement must be received by the office before the consultancy can be undertaken by the consultant

#UNICEF is not responsible for insurance cover for the institution’s staff, a waiver in the event of injury while executing the duty is required from the consultant.

# The consultant will not have supervisory responsibilities or authority on UNICEF budget.

# The consultant will be required to sign the Health Statement for consultants/individual contractor prior to taking up the assignment, and to document that they have appropriate health insurance, including Medical Evacuation.

# The form designation, change or revocation of beneficiary must be completed by the consultant at the HR Section as well as some documentation with the supply section.

NB: UNICEF does not provide transport, accommodation, insurance or other support for the institutions staff and so the cost of these should be taken into account in the proposal.

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UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.


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: New York City (United States of America)
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
  • Closing Date: 2018-07-27

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