Scaling up newborn care and Child Health in Pacific Islands - Vanuatu
Trend analysis reveals a dramatic improvement in under-five mortality rates and the Infant Mortality Rates in the Pacific region. Vanuatu has low coverage of core Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) services. 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. Supportive supervision and decentralization of services to deliver a core package of MNCH Interventions remains a major challenge. Although revitalization of Primary Health Care services is on-going, there is a need to ensure to ensure that integration and decentralization of MNCH services remains a priority and is well funded by donors and the government.
A United Nations Joint Programme on MNCH with WHO and UNFPA has been formed to strengthen support towards realizing the targets articulated in the Global Strategy for Women and Children’s health. Global strategies to reduce maternal and newborn mortality emphasize the need for multiple service-delivery sites within a continuum of care for maternal and newborn health, underlined by a return to primary health care principles, with an important focus on community- based services . Integration of facility- and community-based care is a core function of primary health services and an appropriate balance between the two may also contribute to improving maternal and newborn health, as recent scientific evidence and existing knowledge have shown. Investing in the quality of care and services is also a core issue to improve newborn and maternal health.
Under the guidance of the Chief of Field Office, Vanuatu and technical support from the Chief of Health, UNICEF Pacific is seeking an individual consultant to provide support to the Vanuatu Maternal, Nutrition and Child Health Programme in the following areas:
Qualifications or Specialized Knowledge/Experience required:
Competencies required for this consultancy:
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, with effect from 15 October, 2013.
HOW TO APPLY
Qualified individuals 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.
IV. Names and details of at least two referees.
V. Financial proposal based on fee per day and travel costs
All applications should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org on or before 07 October, 2013 under confidential cover to:
Chief of Operations
(Consultancy 2013-0011 – Consultancy Scaling up new born care and Child Health)
UNICEF Pacific, 5th Floor FDB Building
Private Mail Bag
UNICEF is a non-smoking working environment. Applications from qualified women are encouraged.