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Consultancy - To support Maternal New-born Health (MNH) component of RMNCAH in Karamoja (Ugandan Nationals only)11 months

Kampala (Uganda)

UNICEF Uganda is looking for consultant to to provide technical assistance to UNICEF’s CSD section at Moroto Zonal Office to improve evidence-based analysis, prioritization, planning and monitoring of RMNCAH.

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, a fair chance

Uganda is one of the over 190 countries and territories around the world where we work to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease, and discrimination place in a child’s path. Together with the Government of Uganda and partners we work towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals, the objectives of the Uganda National Development Plan, and the planned outcomes of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework.

Visit this link for more information on Uganda Country Office https://www.unicef.org/uganda/

How can you make a difference?

Under the supervision of the Health Specialist, UNICEF Moroto Zone Office, the consultant will to provide technical assistance to UNICEF’s CSD section at Moroto Zonal Office to improve evidence-based analysis, prioritization, planning and monitoring of RMNCAH.

Background

Despite of significant progress in Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, sub-national level disparities and inequities remain key challenges preventing access and utilization of the RMNCAH services specially in remote areas such as Karamoja. Key health system gaps such as inadequate staffing of health facilities in terms of numbers and competencies, poor physical environment of health facilities, frequent stock out of essential drugs and supplies and low coverage of non-motivated Village Health Team are also key factors for limited access and utilization.

With significant support from partners including UNICEF, Karamoja region has been able to improve the service delivery and demand generation for RMNCAH in past five years. For example, 97.3 per cent women reported to have received ANC for their recent births, health facility deliveries increased from 19 per cent in 2011 to 71.2 per cent in 2016. These improvements are associated with multi-sectoral approaches promoted by various health partners to reduce geographical, cultural, and social barriers to maternal, newborn and child health services in the region. The gains made in the sub-region, need to be sustained by continuing to invest in strengthening the district heath systems specially in area of maternal and newborn health.

 

With support of KOICA-KIMCHI project, UNICEF supported the MNH programme in Karamoja from 2015-2018. The programme aims to strengthen the continuum of care for maternal, newborn and child health in Karamoja with emphasis on three result areas including;

  1. Increasing availability and service readiness of Essential Maternal Newborn Child Health services (Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care, Ante Natal Care, Deliveries, Post Natal Care, Integrated Community Case Management) at the facility and community levels in priority districts
  2. Increasing utilization of quality maternal, newborn child health services, including emergency obstetric and newborn care at the community, outreach, and referral facility levels
  3. Increasing community awareness, demand and acceptance of lifesaving MNH interventions through innovative approaches for MNCH services.

To consolidate the gains made in last four years under KOICA-KIMCHI project, UNICEF is recruiting a consultant to be based in Moroto Zone Office to assist DHMTs and health facilities to institutionalize the use of the Score card and Bottleneck analysis in planning and monitoring of RMNCAH programme at district level, provide technical oversight to implementation of the Quality Improvement guidelines and standards at health facilities and community newborn care.

 

Key Tasks: 

  1. Support district health management teams to improve evidence-based analysis, prioritization, planning and monitoring of RMNCAH.
  2. Support implementation and monitoring of the MNH quality improvement initiative including tracking and documentation
  3. Support monitoring of RMNCAH community level interventions

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • An advanced university degree required in Public Health, Pediatric Health, Global International Health, and other additional trainings in quality assurance, health system strengthening and management as an added advantage
  • First university degree required in relevant areas of medicine, nursing, public health, midwifery and other additional trainings in quality assurance, health system strengthening and management as an added advantage
  • At least 5 years of professional experience working in public health and or related field, including the development of strategies, program management and QI approaches in clinical setting
  • Experience in supporting and coordinating project activities across a large organization and with other international partner organizations.
  • Experience in data collection, analysis, and monitoring and evaluation.
  • Experience working with the national and district local governments in Uganda, and a strong understanding of the health system
  • Proven ability to manage relationships with UNICEF partners, including UN organizations, NGOs and the private sector
  • Proven skills in communication, networking, strategic thinking, advocacy and fundraising
  • Proven ability to conceptualize, plan and execute ideas as well as to transfer knowledge and skills.
  • Strong writing and communication skills and the aptitude to handle competing messages and priorities with multiple audiences
  • Ability to travel and work in remote and sometimes insecure locations
  • Fluency in written and verbal English is essential.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

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

 For every Child, you demonstrate…

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

The technical competencies required for this post are….

View our competency framework at

http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

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.

Remarks:

Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

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: Kampala (Uganda)
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Sexual and reproductive health
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
  • Closing Date: 2018-08-03

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