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Consultant - Routine Immunisation

POSITION: Consultant - Routine Immunisation

Location: Ajmer, Rajasthan - approx. 10 days travel within Ajmer Division

Duration: 4 months

Closing Date: 12th August 2013

Purpose of the Assignment

To improve quality and coverage of Immunization through effective implementation of capacity building initiative and system strengthening for in-service training, review and supervision in the Ajmer division

Background

Rajasthan is one amongst the high focus states due to its poor socio- development indicators particularly high IMR, MMR. The State Government is implementing various evidence based interventions for improving situation of women and children in Rajasthan.

Routine Immunisation of children for vaccine preventable diseases is one of the important interventions being implemented in the state since 1986. However still the coverage of Immunisation is 70.3 and there is a huge gap between quality of coverage and recording and reporting of immunization services in the State.

The critical bottlenecks in quality and quantity of Immunisation services are lack of capacities of vaccinators, managers and weak monitoring and supervision system.

To address these bottlenecks, UNICEF in partnership with CDC Atlanta and Govt. of Rajasthan is implementing Capacity building with the objective to strengthen Immunization system with special emphasis on strengthening of available platforms of sector meeting, block meeting and district level meetings through developing capacity of service providers and managers on review, supervision and technical knowhow of Immunization programme in the State.

Basic objectives

1.         To facilitate quality planning, monitoring and implementation of capacity building initiative in the respective districts of Ajmer division.

 

2.         To do district wise, block wise and sector wise analysis of CBI-RI and routine Immunization and share feedback with the divisional, district and block level officials with special emphasis on bottlenecks and recommendations.

 

3.         To do regular field visits and supportive supervision of district officials for quality implementation of the initiative, routine immunization, MCHN days, quality monthly meetings and review.

 

Major tasks and deliverables with timeline

 

Tasks/ Result

End Product/ Set of deliverable (s)

Time frame

Task 1

·        To facilitate the training for module 8 at divisional level and earlier modules at district level and below.

·        Achieve initiation of earlier modules in 60% of sectors of 30% blocks of the division

 

·        To facilitate CBI-RI training for module 8 at divisional level and support/attend other meetings relevant to RI/ CBI during the month at divisional and district level.

·        Monitoring of at least 2 sector meetings, 1 block meeting, 1 district meeting, 4 MCHN days, visit 2-3 districts in the division so that all district in the division are covered in 2 months..

·        Take steps to further improve the quality implementation of the initiative, strengthening understanding and skills of managers/ supervisors, strengthen monthly meeting forums so that at least 30 % of the blocks and 60% of the sectors are implementing CBI-RI initiative.

·        Ongoing advocacy relating to CBI-RI, Routine Immunization, MCHN days, strengthening monthly review meetings, etc.

·        Data analysis of progress made at the respective division- district-wise, block-wise coverage, analysis and recommendation reports of CBI modules (on all 5 key activities) and sharing of these reports is to be done at divisional level and respective districts

·        Data analysis of RI PCTS data at divisional level

·        A complete monthly report including training reports, monitoring done during the month, data analysis, sharing of reports with officials, advocacy done, advocacy successful, lessons learnt, best practices identified, documentation done, challenges faced, support required and others relevant to CBI-RI, RI, cold chain, children immunized.

·        August/Sep

 

Task 2

·        To facilitate the training for module 8 and earlier modules at district level and below.

·        Achieve initiation of earlier modules in 65% of sectors of 35% blocks of the division

 

·        To facilitate CBI-RI training for module 8 at district level and below and support/attend other meetings relevant to RI/ CBI during the month at divisional and district level.

·        Monitoring of at least 2 sector meetings, 1 block meeting, 1 district meeting, 4 MCHN days, visit 2-3 districts in the division so that all district in the division are covered in 2 months..

·        Take steps to further improve the quality implementation of the initiative, strengthening understanding and skills of managers/ supervisors, strengthen monthly meeting forums so that at least 35 % of the blocks and 65% of the sectors are implementing CBI-RI initiative.

·        Ongoing advocacy relating to CBI-RI, Routine Immunization, MCHN days, strengthening monthly review meetings, etc.

·        Data analysis of progress made at the respective division- district-wise, block-wise coverage, analysis and recommendation reports of CBI modules (on all 5 key activities) and sharing of these reports is to be done at divisional level and respective districts

·        Data analysis of RI PCTS data at divisional level

·        A complete monthly report including training reports, monitoring done during the month, data analysis, sharing of reports with officials, advocacy done, advocacy successful, lessons learnt, best practices identified, documentation done, challenges faced, support required and others relevant to CBI-RI, RI, cold chain, children immunized.

·        1st week of September/ October

 

Task 3

·        To facilitate the training for module 9 at divisional level and earlier modules at district level and below.

·        Achieve initiation of earlier modules in 70% of sectors of 40% blocks of the division

 

·        To facilitate CBI-RI training for module 9 at divisional level and support/attend other meetings relevant to RI/ CBI during the month at divisional and district level.

·        Monitoring of at least 2 sector meetings, 1 block meeting, 1 district meeting, 4 MCHN days, visit 2-3 districts in the division so that all district in the division are covered in 2 months..

·        Take steps to further improve the quality implementation of the initiative, strengthening understanding and skills of managers/ supervisors, strengthen monthly meeting forums so that at least 40 % of the blocks and 70% of the sectors are implementing CBI-RI initiative.

·        Ongoing advocacy relating to CBI-RI, Routine Immunization, MCHN days, strengthening monthly review meetings, etc.

·        Data analysis of progress made at the respective division- district-wise, block-wise coverage, analysis and recommendation reports of CBI modules (on all 5 key activities) and sharing of these reports is to be done at divisional level and respective districts

·        Data analysis of RI PCTS data at divisional level

·        A complete monthly report including training reports, monitoring done during the month, data analysis, sharing of reports with officials, advocacy done, advocacy successful, lessons learnt, best practices identified, documentation done, challenges faced, support required and others relevant to CBI-RI, RI, cold chain, children immunized.

·        1st week of October/November

 

Task 4

·        To facilitate the training for module 9 and earlier modules at district level and below.

·        Achieve initiation of earlier modules in 75% of sectors of 45% blocks of the division

 

·        To facilitate CBI-RI training for module 9 at district level and below and support/attend other meetings relevant to RI/ CBI during the month at divisional and district level.

·        Monitoring of at least 2 sector meetings, 1 block meeting, 1 district meeting, 4 MCHN days, visit 2-3 districts in the division so that all district in the division are covered in 2 months..

·        Take steps to further improve the quality implementation of the initiative, strengthening understanding and skills of managers/ supervisors, strengthen monthly meeting forums so that at least 45 % of the blocks and 75% of the sectors are implementing CBI-RI initiative.

·        Ongoing advocacy relating to CBI-RI, Routine Immunization, MCHN days, strengthening monthly review meetings, etc.

·        Data analysis of progress made at the respective division- district-wise, block-wise coverage, analysis and recommendation reports of CBI modules (on all 5 key activities) and sharing of these reports is to be done at divisional level and respective districts

·        Data analysis of RI PCTS data at divisional level

·        A complete monthly report including training reports, monitoring done during the month, data analysis, sharing of reports with officials, advocacy done, advocacy successful, lessons learnt, best practices identified, documentation done, challenges faced, support required and others relevant to CBI-RI, RI, cold chain, children immunized.

·        1st week of November/ December

 

Qualification or specialized knowledge/experience required for the assignment

•           Master's degree/ diploma in Health management or social work or social sciences.

•           More than 3 years working experience at the Divisional, State or district level on the areas related to immunization.

•           Previous experience working with UN or bilateral agency and State/ Central Government desirable.

•           Language skills required e.g. spoken and written fluency in English and Hindi.

•           Good analytical, negotiating, communication and advocacy skills, report writing skills, negotiating skills.

•           Functional computer knowledge essential.

Application Procedures

 

(1)       Qualified female/male candidates are requested to please indicate their ability and availability to undertake the terms of reference above.

 

(2)       Your application should be sent to indconsultants@unicef.org by COB 12th August 2013 with subject line "Consultancy For Routine Immunisation, Ajmer" in separate files:

 

a)         A cover letter, CV and P11 form (download)

b)         A financial proposal indicating deliverable based fee as per template attached.

 

(3)       The financial proposals of only those candidates, who are found technically responsive, will be opened.

 

(4)       Please note, offers without financial proposal will not be considered.

 

(5)       Only short-listed candidates will be called for test/interview (if applicable).  Any attempt to unduly influence UNICEF’s selection process will lead to automatic disqualification of the applicant.

(6)       Joint applications of two or more individuals are not accepted.

 

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