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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Addis Ababa
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Civil Society and Local governance
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
  • Closing Date: 2019-07-24

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Consultant for EPI demand generation strategy development in High Risk Communities- Only for Ethiopian Nationals

Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)

To develop in the regions of Amhara and Somali specific and tailored community engagement strategies for high-risk communities, mainly for vaccine-hesitant groups, pastoralist communities, urban poor, geographically and socially isolated population, to access Immunization and other MNCH services and make recommendations for the review of the community engagement component of the Health Extension Program in these specific contexts

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Justification

In this context, based on the existing national strategies, mainly the Health Sector Transformation Plan (2016-2020), the national Health Promotion and Communication strategy (2016-2020), the Pastoralist Health Extension Program and the National Equity Action Plan (2016-2020), the Government of Ethiopia has decided to develop  specific and tailored regional community engagement strategy for immunization and a detailed implementation plan in the priority regions of Amhara and Somali for reaching high-risk communities, namely agrarian with vaccine hesitancy due to rumors, the urban poor and population residing in rural remote areas, and the pastoralist communities to improve the immunization coverage with equity and quality.

There is a need to engage a consultant to work with MoH and key Immunization partners, in consultation with various stakeholders, to support in the strategy and implementation plan development.

The consultant will also support in providing operational recommendations to the Health Extension Program to help in the review of the community engagement component of the program in the specific contexts of urban slums, pastoral and remote areas, so that these communities have access to and utilize basic MNCH services.

Objective

The purpose of the consultancy is to provide technical support to the development of regionally-based and comprehensive community engagement EPI strategy, approved by government and all key EPI stakeholders, tailored to pastoralist communities, urban slums population and people living in remote areas for reaching the under and never immunized children in the regions of Amhara and Somali. Additionally, provide recommendations for community engagement more broadly under the HEP to increase access to and utilization of MNCH services. 

 Main duties and responsibilities

                                                                                                                                           

The consultant is expected to carry out the following:

In support of the regional EPI and communication Technical Working Groups:

  1. Conduct a desk review, bilateral meetings and individual consultations with relevant federal and regional (Amhara and Somali) stakeholders on key bottlenecks for reaching high-risk communities (people living in urban slums, remote areas and pastoralists), from demand as well as supply side; opportunities, good practices and lessons learnt , and any other relevant documents
  2. Organize visits at regional, woreda and community level with a special emphasis on high-risk communities and health structures serving those communities for a proper understanding of the context, the constraints, challenges but also specific communication channels, community networks and opportunities
  3. Develop draft regional strategy based on the gathered and regionally specific evidence and facts, community engagement models, as well as the results of the various stakeholders’ consultations, including M&E framework taking into account the already existing health sector M&E mechanism
  4. Conduct consultative regional workshops with RHBs (MNCH/EPI program, Health Extension Program and other relevant programs), Women and Child Affairs, WHO, UNICEF, CSOs & Development Partners, and other stakeholders, to get feedback on draft strategy and implementation plan, with the participation and facilitation by the MoH  
  5. Revise strategy based on consultation and obtain additional input from UNICEF.
  6. Conduct regional validation workshops withRHBs, Women and Child affaires, WHO, UNICEF, and other partners for approval of final strategy, with the participation and facilitation by the MoH   
  7. Submit separate deliverables’ attached reports prior to payment, as shown below

 Methodology

The Consultant will be hired as an national SSA, assigned to UNICEF Ethiopia Country Office, based in Addis Ababa, with frequent trips to Amhara and Somali regions. He/she will work mainly through desk reviews, field visits, meetings with key stakeholders and workshops.

Reporting 

  •  The consultant will report to UNICEF C4D Specialist of the Health Section in close collaboration with the Immunization and Child Health Specialists
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  • The consultant will prepare and submit to UNICEF C4D Specialist the expected deliverables by copying the Immunization and Child Health Specialists of the Health Section

 Time Frame and Mode

 The consultant will be hired for  60 working days with tentative starting date of 01/08/2019.

 

Expected Deliverables

 

Deliverable

 

Deadline

Deliverable – 1

Summary of Amhara regional specific evidence on key bottlenecks, from demand as well as supply side, for reaching high-risk communities (vaccine hesitant group, people living in urban slums and remote areas), opportunities, good practices and lessons learnt ( 5 days)

07/08/2019

Deliverable – 2

Amhara region draft community engagement strategy targeting high-risk communities including vaccine-hesitant group, people living in urban slums and remote areas (word document + presentation) based on the gathered scientific evidences and facts as well as the results of the various stakeholders’ consultations, including M&E framework (15 days)

 28/08/2019

Deliverable – 3

Amhara region final strategy (word, pdf document + presentation) validated by the RHB and considering the feedbacks from RHB’s key partners (7 days)

06/09/2019

Deliverable – 4

Summary of Somali regional specific evidence on key bottlenecks, from demand as well as supply side, for reaching high-risk communities (pastoralists, people living in urban slums and remote areas), opportunities, good practices and lessons learnt (5 days)

13/09/2019

Deliverable – 5

Somali region draft community engagement strategy targeting high-risk communities, including pastoralists, people living in urban slums and remote areas, (word document + presentation) based on the gathered scientific evidences and facts as well as the results of the various stakeholders’ consultations, including M&E framework (15 days)

04/10/2019

Deliverable – 6

Somali region final strategy (word, pdf document + presentation) validated by the RHB and considering the feedbacks from RHB’s key partners (7 days)

15/10/2019

Deliverable – 7

Key recommendations to HEP for an improved community engagement for reaching hard-to-reach communities (pastoralist, people living in urban slums and remote areas) with MNCH services (6 days)

23/10/2019

 

 

Payment terms

The payment will be linked to deliverable as per the above timeline.

 

Deliverables

 

Tranche of payment

Upon signing of the contract

20%

Deliverable – 1, 2, 3

20%

Deliverable – 4, 5, 6

40%

Deliverable – 7

20%

 

  Mode of Price Quotation

 The price quotation is as stated above, in the summary chapter.

 Expected background and experience

 A reputable consultant shall be required to have the following attributes:

  • Advanced university degree in social/behavioural sciences, public health, preferably with emphasis on strategic planning for community engagement, social and behaviour change, or social sciences
  • At least five to eight years of progressively responsible professional work experience (including several years based in developing countries) in the development, planning and management of strategies and action plans for community engagement, advocacy, social mobilization, behaviour and social change, with a focus on immunization
  • Previous experience in developing tailored immunization or child health community engagement strategies for hard-to-reach populations is a strong asset
  • Fluency in both written and spoken English
  • High-level communication skills with emphasis on effective writing and ability to present technical information
  • Ample evidence of cross cultural awareness and ability to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment
  • Knowledge/experience working with immunization and prior experience of working in the East region of Africa preferable, previous experience in Ethiopia in the Health Sector is a strong asset
  • Samples of hard-to-reach community engagement strategies, implementation plans, monitoring framework, strategy results’ documentation developed arising from similar previous work to accompany the application might be required

 General condition

 The consultant should work based in Addis Ababa with expected visits to the regions

  1. The consultant will be managed under the direct formal supervision of the UNICEF C4D Specialist in the Health Section
  2. UNICEF ECO effect allowance/payment upon delivery of expected deliverables report approved by supervisor
  3. The consultant will not be provided lodging and/or meals. DSA will be provided
  4. The consultant should use his/her own materials, i.e. computer.

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

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.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

Remarks:

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

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