International Consultant for the Mid-Term Review of the UN Joint RMNCH Programme

Closing date: 18 April 2019


Job Number: 521150 | Vacancy Link
Locations: Asia and the Pacific: Lao,Peo.Dem.Rep
Work Type : Consultancy

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The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), as the Convening and Administrative Agent of the UN Joint Programme, is seeking a qualified International Individual Consultant to undertake the MTR, scheduled for May-June 2019.  The international consultant will be engaged for a total of 30 working days between the period May to June 2019 and will be supervised by the UN Joint Programme Coordinator, Health and Nutrition Section, UNICEF Lao PDR.

For every child, Health and Nutrition

By 2021, more children and women in Lao PDR, especially most vulnerable and hard-to-reach, utilize quality essential health and nutrition services and benefit from positive care practices during pregnancy, childbirth and early childhood

1. Background

In Lao PDR, the Ministry of Health, the Government of Luxembourg and UNFPA, UNICEF and WHO are working together to advance RMNCH through a United Nations (UN) Joint Programme.

Following two years of implementation (2017-2018), a Mid-Term Review (MTR) of the programme will be carried out to assess progress against outputs, management and coordination aspects, and recommend necessary adjustments for the 2nd half of programme implementation (2019-2020) as well as recommendations for strategically positioning the programme beyond 2020.

2. Purpose of the assignment

The main objectives of the MTR are to:

  1. assess programme design, objectives, implementation strategy, and governance and management arrangements in light of changes in context
  2. take stock of progress, challenges and opportunities
  3. verify the continued relevance of the programme and the sustainability of its results
  4. make recommendations on how to improve programme performance, identify areas which require specific attention to achieve expected results and identify strategic elements of joint programme support beyond 2020

3. Work assignment

The MTR will cover the following areas:

  1. analysis of the context and environment for programme implementation
  2. programme design and results framework
  3. programme governance, management and coordination
  4. implementation of programme activities (quantity, quality and utility)
  5. progress towards achievement of programme results (outputs, outcomes)

The MTR will be based on the following assessment criteria: Strategic Relevance & Added Value, Effectiveness, Organization & Efficiency, and Sustainability. Review questions, developed on the basis of these criteria, will guide the review process.

4. Roles, responsibilities and tasks

The MTR of the UNJP will consist of a document review, key informant interviews at central and sub-national level, field visits, discussions with direct and indirect beneficiaries of the programme and a participatory review with UNJP staff of the programme results framework.

 The responsibilities and tasks of the international consultant are outlined below.:


1) Prepare an inception report that should include but not be limited to: interpretation of the Terms of Reference, a list of review questions in line with the key assessment criteria outlined in section 3, a detailed work plan incl. the proposed data collection methodology and tools. Present the inception report to the UNJP Technical Team and incorporate feedback received.

2) Conduct a document review, incl. relevant policies, strategies, action plans, work plans, reports, studies and other relevant documents to inform the review.

3) Based on agreed review questions, conduct a participatory review process incl.:

  •  meetings with representatives of participating UN organizations, the Ministry of Health, Provincial and District Health Offices in UNJP focus provinces and key development partners in line with the stakeholder mapping provided
  • field visits to 3 UNJP focus provinces
  • a participatory review with UNJP staff of the UNJP results framework
  • the collection of lessons learned to date through UN Joint Programme implementation

4) Prepare an updated UNJP results framework and a specific document describing lessons learned so far from modelling. Present these draft deliverables to the UNJP Technical Team and incorporate feedback received.

5) Prepare a draft report with preliminary findings, conclusions and recommendations and validate with the UNJP Technical Team and Reference Group. Feedback received is expected to feed into the development of the final report.

6) Prepare a final report according to the following proposed format:

  • Executive summary
  • Introduction and background, including the objectives of the MTR and the methodology and process followed
  • Major findings (results achieved, constraints, lessons learned)
  • Lessons from implementation, context and theories for achieving related results that can inform future strategy and programming
  • Conclusions
  • Recommendations for the programme in 2019-2020 and beyond
  • Annexes, incl. terms of reference, assessment questions and data collection tools, documents reviewed, list of stakeholders/partners consulted

5. Qualifications of successful candidate


Advanced university degree in Public Health, Social Sciences, or other related area.

Professional experience

  • A minimum of ten (10) years of relevant work experience in the design, management and evaluation of reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health programmes in developing country contexts.
  • At least seven (7) years of relevant work experience conducting research using different methodologies and tools, especially participatory processes.

Other qualifications

  • Familiarity with the UN system, including the participating UN organizations
  • Familiarity with UN Joint Programming
  • Knowledge of the Lao PDR political and social context, policy and legal frameworks and health sector
  • Excellent analytical and communication skills
  • Fluency in English (written and spoken) is required.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

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

Please find attached Terms of Reference (ToR) for your reference.   Download File TOR_International Consultancy UNJP.PDF

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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.


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

Opening Date Thu Apr 04 2019 08:00:00 GMT+0700 (Indochina Time) SE Asia Standard Time
Closing Date Thu Apr 18 2019 17:00:00 GMT+0700 (Indochina Time)