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Consultant to support Solomon Islands Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) Scale up at Provincial level

Solomon Island (SI) has a strong health Sector Wide Approach (SWAP) mechanism and with effect from this year, the bilateral partners have begun using a Performance Based System to fund a common “basket” through the Provincial Health Offices. 

The Ministry of Health Strategic plan focuses on providing equitable health services, however, data shows that there are variations in coverage by province and by wealth quintile. Core documents have been developed in the past that are not being fully utilized to inform decisions on resource allocation and planning, including the Solomon Islands Case Study and the Equity Atlas. 

The Solomon Islands is in the process of piloting the implementation of the Role Delineation Strategy aimed at providing a basic set of services and standards to improve health service delivery at the Provincial level; conducting the service availability mapping and improving the health management information system. Based on these existing processes, there is a need to support the Joint Partnership to strengthen the provincial level planning processes in order to correctly prioritize MNCH interventions whilst simultaneously improving resource allocation and utilisation of the government , bilateral and other partners’ funding. 

The UN Joint Programme on Maternal and Newborn Health has developed a set of tools and resource materials that could be used to strengthen the decentralization processes with a focus for MNCH Scale up.

Under the guidance of the Chief of Field Office, Solomon Islands UNICEF Pacific is seeking an individual consultant to provide support to the Solomon Islands Maternal, Nutrition and Child Health Programme in the following areas:

  • Determine the scope of services and standards for MNCH scale up using data and outputs from the SI MNCH Case Study, the Equity Atlas and other recent documents in order to support the implementation of the Role Delineation Strategy. 
  • Develop a methodology for producing a Provincial Performance Assessment Report focusing on one low performing province as a pilot and suggest a model for scaling up to the other provinces. 
  • Using the already costed role delineation model, identify and cost the MNCH essential services intended for delivery by national programme and provincial health offices. 
  • Develop a framework to support the MNCH Provincial Planning and review meetings aimed at developing operational plans to strengthen MNCH implementation and bottleneck analysis/ problem solving. 
  • Provide field –level technical support to the roll out the Community Based Newborn Care (CBNC),Nutrition and Focused Antenatal Care (FANC) Programmes

Detailed Terms of Reference (TOR) 

QUALIFICATIONS AND SPECIALIZED KNOWLEDGE 

  • Degree in public health, social sciences, medical sciences or related field
  • At least four years’ experience in public health and five years’ experience with Implementation Research,with demonstrated experience in resource-limited settings 
  • Expertise in health system strengthening and knowledge of planning and budgeting. 
  • Self-starter with excellent analytical and interpersonal skills 
  • Strong communication and writing skills, with ability to lead/train a group of individuals and impart knowledge.
  • Good technical knowledge on Newborn care and broader and maternal and child health issues. Field experience on the Scope of Work areas will be an added advantage

COMPETENCE REQUIRED

Professionalism and integrity: demonstrated ability to apply good judgment, maintain confidentiality and be accurate and objective Networking and Relating; Working with People

REMUNERATION AND TYPE OF CONTRACT:

The consultants will be required to work on a Purchase Order (PO) contract with UNICEF Pacific for a period of 120 days commencing on the 15 October, 2013.

HOW TO APPLY

Qualified individuals or Institutions meeting the above experience/competencies are encouraged to apply by submitting the following documents:

I. A cover letter outlining relevant skills and work experience.

II. Curriculum vitae (CV).

III. List of previous reviews and research reports and/or academic publications.

 

 
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