Community Public Health Capacity Development Consultant
Title: Community Public Health Capacity Development Consultant
Type of Contract: Special Service Agreement
Date of issue: 17th August 2015
Closing date: 31st August 2015
If you are qualified and looking for a chance to make a real difference in the lives of vulnerable Somali children, you are invited to apply for the post of Community Public Health Capacity Development and Curriculum Consultant with UNICEF Somalia Support Centre in Nairobi. The successful candidate will be offered 16 week Special Service Agreements to be completed over a 20 week period.
Purpose of the Post
Somalia has some of the worst maternal and childhood health and nutrition indicators in the world. Supporting public health and nutrition interventions at a community level are essential to reversing some of these indicators. Currently several different community models for health and nutrition are being implemented in Somalia. UNICEF Somalia, as part of its resilience approach is supporting a cadre of Community-based Workers (CBWs) to deliver an integrated package of nutrition, health and WASH services. The focus is on promotion of optimal health and nutrition and prevention of key illnesses, however a subset of the CBWs also provide integrated community case management for curative services: diarrhea, pneumonia and malaria.
The health authorities in Somalia have developed a Community Health Strategy in order to streamline this work. However, in the interim, UNICEF Somalia aims to ensure that any supported community programmes are meeting certain standards in terms of integrated messaging, materials, capacity development and reporting.
Under the supervision of the Nutrition Specialist and supported by the Health Specialist at UNICEF SOMALIA SUPPORT CENTER, and in close collaboration with zonal UNICEF staff, the consultant will undertake a review of the skills of the previously trained CBW cascade and CBW Training of Trainers (ToTs) in Gedo region. From this a capacity development process will be defined and undertaken in order to address identified gaps. In addition the consultant will review existing training curriculum and develop a user friendly and simplified version for CBWs. Follow up trainings will be conducted in three zones; Central South Zone for resilience partners in Gedo region; and Somaliland and Puntland for Joint Program on Local Governance and Essential Package of Health Service partners to reinforce their skills in prevention and promotion activities as well as integrated community case management. In this regard, two ToTs and two supervised cascade trainings will be supported by the consultant, one for SCZ and one for Puntland and Somaliland to increase program coverage.
Major duties and responsibilities
To review the technical training, communication materials and supportive supervision skills of previously trained CBW (ToTs and roll out trainings) and facilitate refresher sessions to correct deficiencies found in the reviews
To review the current training materials of CBWs and develop a simplified version
To review the existing monitoring and reporting tools of CBW in terms of applicability, relevancy and simplify them as needed.
To facilitate two ToTs and three supervised cascade trainings for CBWs
To examine the long and medium term capacity development support (training, supportive supervision, financial and nonfinancial incentives) needed for CBWs and develop a capacity development plan.
The deliverables/tasks of the consultancy are:
Inception report – due 2 days from start
Finalized tools, data and analysis of CBWs ToTs and cascade – 1 week
Reflection/learning sessions with previously trained CBWs ToTs – 2 weeks
Review and finalization of user friendly CBW manual - 3 weeks
Two ToTs and three supervised roll-out trainings facilitated where gaps identified – 6 weeks
Action plan for follow up training for TOT trained participants by region and district- 1 Week
Draft report presented to UNICEF and comments incorporated -1 week
Final Report submitted to UNICEF- 2 weeks
Consultant’s Qualifications, Experience and Competencies
An advanced degree in Nutrition or Public Health
At least 5 years of previous experience in Public Health programming
Previous experience supporting capacity buildings initiatives required
Demonstrated understanding of integrated programming
Familiarity with UNICEF’s public health resilience approach is desired
Previous experience in monitoring and evaluation of community based public health programmes and the design of data and information collection tools is required
Experience with Somali populations is desirable
Strong communication, facilitation and writing skills required
Ability to work independently with minimum experience
Knowledge of Somalia operational context and willingness to travel to Somalia
Fluency in English is required, fluency in Somali is an advantage
Interested and qualified candidates should send their applications with updated UN Personal History Form P11, updated CV, attaching copies of academic certificates to the email below:
UN staff are requested to provide the last two Performance Evaluation Reports (PERs). Applications submitted without a duly completed and signed Personal History Form (P11) which can be downloaded at http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/Personal_History_Form_UN_P_11_-UNICEF_version.doc will not be considered.
Please indicate your expected fee for the assignment - applications without quotation for fee will not be considered. The fee should be quoted as a lump sum, with any travel costs and daily subsistence amounts indicated separately. Applicants mustquote the vacancy number (UNICEF-SOM/2015/036) and post title in the subject line of the application.
Only short-listed applicants will be contacted
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all nationals, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization.
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