Consultant to support Kiribati Scaling up New born care and Child Health in Pacific Islands
The Republic of Kiribati has made substantial progress in improving the health and well-being of women and children. From 1990 to 2011 the under-five mortality rate fell by 47% to 47/1,000 and the infant mortality rate by 41% to 37/1,000 live births. However child mortality rates are higher than most other Pacific island nations. Kiribati neonatal mortality rate in 2009 was 19/1000 live births. Neonatal Death audits revealed Obstetric ward records showed 26 intrauterine deaths (IUD), 11 early neonatal deaths (NND) and 11 stillbirths from January to December, 2011. 92% of the babies received no cord care and about 10.4% of babies had birth injury.
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.
Using the Kiribati Country Case Study, the Neonatal Death Autopsy Report and the Emergency Maternal, Newborn and Obstetric Care (EMNOc) Assessment Report as the evidence basis, the focus is to develop processes and tools that will facilitate the scale up of Maternal and Newborn Care activities in Kiribati.
Under the guidance of the Chief of Field Office, Kiribati UNICEF Pacific is seeking an individual consultant to provide support to the Islands Maternal, Nutrition and Child Health Programme in the following areas:
QUALIFICATIONS AND SPECIALIZED KNOWLEDGE
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 consultant 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.
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 2013-0014 –Consultant to Support MNCH Kiribati Scale up)
UNICEF Pacific, 5th Floor FDB Building
Private Mail Bag
UNICEF is a non-smoking working environment. Applications from qualified women are encouraged.