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Zika Consultancy

Consulting Services for the Mapping of Jamaica’s national response and current capacity to provide care (early intervention) for young children affected by the Zika virus and other congenital malformations; as well as existing support services for their families.
Jamaica is one of eight countries benefiting from a USAID-UNICEF supported undertaking called Prevention of the spread of Zika and Provision of care and support to Children affected by Congenital Zika syndrome and their families. In addition to its specific aims, the undertaking is intended to strengthen child care and family support for those affected by the Zika virus and other congenital malformations as well as the mainstreaming of childhood disability and inclusion within overall ECD programming, with a special focus on new-borns and their families.
The general purpose of this consultancy is to lay the bases for a wider multi-sector undertaking supported by UNICEF to increase national capacity to provide child care (early intervention) for young children affected by the Zika Virus (or conditions of CZS) and other congenital malformations and to support their families response and involvement.
The project is inviting eligible consultants to submit proposals to map the actors, policies, protocols and services in play for the national and local response to young children affected by the conditions of the CZS and other congenital malformations, and their families.
  • At least Postgraduate qualification in Social Sciences with specialty in Child Psychology, Childhood Development Psychology, School Psychology or Special Education Studies;
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in the field of policy development, design and social research;
  • Knowledge of the ECD sector in Jamaica and/or internationally;
  • Knowledge of the special education sector (with an emphasis on early intervention services for young children and families)  in Jamaica and/or internationally;
  • Excellent research and analytic skills;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Group facilitation skills. 
Applicants (individual, teams or institutions) are invited to submit, by 2 separate emails:
1.     Technical proposal including methodology.
2.     Financial proposal with flat fee including travel and other expenses.
Deadline for applications: 5 February 2018
Applications should be sent to:



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