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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:

  • Provide field –level technical support to the roll out the Community Based Newborn Care (CBNC), Nutrition and Focused Antenatal Care (FANC) Programmes.
  • Support scale up of Diarrhoea and Pneumonia case management and prevention programmes at facility and community levels.  
  • Design an operational planning framework and support CBNC and FANC implementation in at least 2 Outer Islands. 
  • Support the development of a comprehensive training package for maternal and newborn health (including Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses), using the generic Maternal, Child Health (MCH) Booklet as a reference point. 
  • Finalize the EMNoC and other MNCH Commodity requirement

Detailed Terms of Reference (TOR) 


  • 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;


Professionalism and integrity: demonstrated ability to apply good judgment, maintain confidentiality and be accurate and objective 

Networking and Relating; Working with People


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.


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 pacificvacancies@unicef.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

Suva, FIJI

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




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