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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:

  • Review the current training packages on MNCH/ Nutrition and consolidate / provide revisions for in-service and pre-service health workers. 
  • Provide a simplified operational planning framework and tools for the Provincial levels for budgeting, bottleneck analysis and programme monitoring. Facilitate a planning and review meeting/supportive supervision mission in at least 2 Provinces. 
  • Using the findings from the EMNoC Needs Assessment consolidate the commodity support requirements and facilitate the development of a distribution plan. 
  • Support the roll out of Community Based New Born Care and Focused Antenatal Care. 
  • Support programmes for Diarrhoea and Pneumonia prevention and case management. 

Qualifications or Specialized Knowledge/Experience required:  

  • Advanced university degree in the field of public health.
  • At least five years of progressively responsible professional work experience both at national and international level.
  • 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;
  • Proven ability to conceptualize, innovate, plan and execute ideas and systems;
  • Ability to plan, coordinate and manage multiple activities and adjust to changing priorities;
  • Ability to organize and implement training aimed at building capacity of implementers/service providers

Competencies required for this consultancy: 

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

Detailed Terms of Reference


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. 


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 pacificvacancies@unicef.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

Suva, FIJI

UNICEF is a non-smoking working environment. Applications from qualified women are encouraged.




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