TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANT
National Position: NIDI Survey Coordination **
NIDI Survey on Family Planning Resource Flows in 2019
Purpose of consultancy:
The South Sudan Household and Health Survey (2010) shows total fertility rate of 7.5 children and with adolescent birth rate of 158/1,000 girls aged 15 – 19 years attributable to high rate of child marriage (40% of girls are married before the age of 18 (2010 SHHS)) and limited access of young people to youth-friendly sexual reproductive health information and services. It also showed family planning uptake is low (contraceptive prevalence rate is 4.5% for all methods and 1.7% for modern methods). Overall, 26% of women aged 15-49 years have an unmet need for contraception, with 19% having an unmet need for spacing and another 7% having an unmet need for limiting (2010 SHHS).
In July 2017, South Sudan committed to the Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) global partnership that supports the rights of women and girls to decide, freely, and for themselves, whether, when, and how many children they want to have. FP2020 works with governments, civil society, multi-lateral organizations, donors, the private sector, and the research and development community to enable 120 million more women and girls to use contraceptives by 2020. South Sudan committed to raise its CPR to 10% by 2020.
In order to estimate the additional resources needed for reaching the above-mentioned goal, there is need to have a clear idea of how much is currently spent on family planning. Information on these expenditures is limited, and therefore this exercise aims to create a comprehensive picture of family planning expenditures within a country.
Being part of the 69 FP2020 countries, South Sudan is expected to conduct the 2019 UNFPA/NIDI Resource Flows Survey on Family Planning. The purpose of this survey is to gather financial information in the country to provide stakeholders with validated information on how much is spent on family planning and how such resources are allocated. This consultancy therefore aims to facilitate the process of data collection and validation for expenditures in 2019.
Scope of work:
(Description of services, activities, or outputs)
The consultant will work with UNFPA, MOH and at least three (3) data collectors to:
· Review the Upon Receipt Questionnaire and confirm the feasible respondent institutions from public, NGO, and private sector to contact for the NIDI survey
· Organize and facilitate virtual orientation meetings/ workshops for prospective organizations identified for data collection
· Collect family planning resource data from identified organizations/ institutions using standard questionnaires provided by NIDI
· Review questionnaires filled out by respondents for completeness and quality, and follow up with respondents to correct or update accordingly
· Enter the data online on platform provided by NIDI
· Engage with NIDI team to finalize the data processing and clarify issues raised by the team on data submitted
· Review the clearance report for each respondent institution once the data has been analyzed and the report generated by NIDI
· Convene and facilitate a stakeholders meeting to disseminate the report
Duration and working schedule:
The assignment is expected to take 25 working days.
The successful candidate is expected to start immediately in August 2020.
Place where services are to be delivered:
The consultant is expected to operate from within Juba since most of the data providing institutions are based or have head offices in Juba. In the current COVID-19 pandemic context, the consultant is expected to maximize use of technology for effective virtual engagement throughout the consultancy.
Delivery dates and how work will be delivered (e.g. electronic, hard copy etc.):
The following deliverables will be expected:
1) Introductory meeting and orientation on NIDI survey for data-providing institutions
2) Questionnaires for data collection completed and returned by all institutions
3) Data entry into online NIDI survey completed
4) Clearance report for NIDI survey submitted
5) Virtual dissemination workshop conducted
6) Evaluation report (see below)
Where required, reports are to be submitted both electronically and in hard copy by the end of the assignment, but not later than October 31, 2020.
Monitoring and progress control, including reporting requirements, periodicity format and deadline:
The consultant is expected to submit weekly progress reports/ briefs on tasks and assignments. These reports must be submitted by the last day in each week they are due. A final evaluation report/ knowledge transfer note on lessons learnt is expected at the end of the assignment. The evaluation report (of approximately 3-5 pages) specific for family planning, should contain: an overview of the relevant government departments and national NPIs to which surveys were sent; response rates; quality and coverage; challenges encountered; role of private sector in family planning; relevant recent publications on family planning; and suggestions for strengthening the monitoring of family planning activities.
Under the overall direction and strategic guidance of the Country Representative, and the supervision of the Deputy Country Representative, the consultant will work closely with RHCS Specialist and M&E Analyst.
Required expertise, qualifications and competencies
The Consultant should have strength in health systems research, with substantial experience in planning, implementing and writing reports of national level or large scale socio-economic and health surveys.
The key qualities desired in candidates shall include:
· A Master’s degree or postgraduate diploma in the area of public health, health economics, demography and population studies, statistics, social science and related research oriented disciplines with six to eight years’ experience.
· Ability to supervise a team; and experience in supervising field research activities
· Excellent verbal and written communication skills; able to speak, write and read English. A working knowledge of Arabic language or “Juba Arabic” would be an asset.
· An enthusiastic and positive attitude and enjoy leading a team; an excellent team player
· Excellent attention to detail.
· Familiarity with quantitative research and information technology, including proficiency in word processing.
Previous in-depth knowledge and understanding of issues of sexual reproductive health and family planning in South Sudan or similar context is desirable. Other desired skills include: good diplomatic skills and experience interacting with government agencies, development partners, and civil society organizations.
Other relevant information or special conditions, if any
The proposed consultant will be recruited at NOC level
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