1. Purpose of the Consultancy
To provide technical support in coordinating implementation of the Accelerate Progress on MNCH project together with facilitation in country case study on MPDSR in Pakistan.
The WHO Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health and Ageing (MCA) is central for accomplishing WHO’s mission to achieve universal health coverage for all across the life course. the focus of this project is on improving maternal and newborn health (MNH) leadership at global level including a demonstration component on improving MNH outcomes in five high-burden countries, working closely with other partners including UNFPA, UNICEF, the World Bank and others. Maternal and neonatal mortality continue to be a significant health burden, with an estimated 295,000 maternal deaths in 2017 and 2.4 million newborn deaths in 2019, and additional 2 million stillbirths in 2019 of which almost half occur during labor and birth. Poor-quality care accounts for 61% of neonatal deaths and half of maternal deaths and could prevent approximately half of the 2 million stillbirths that occur each year.
Under this project, WHO/MCA will strategically engage with five countries in AFRO, SEARO and EMRO regions to strengthen maternal and newborn health, working in up to five “learning districts” per country, focusing on the interventions listed below: As districts may have different needs, the specific interventions may need to be contextualized.
· For maternal health, it is envisioned that each district will implement the Labour Care Guide.
· For newborn health, it is envisioned that each district will implement newborn care units for care of the small and/or sick newborns
· For measurement, a system will be piloted to measure programme performance by collecting real time maternal and newborn indicators to inform and track progress including a national state of MNCH report
District health teams and partners will engage on periodic analysis, planning and review cycles aligned with the district health management processes. Learning events and policy dialogues will be organized and facilitated as two additional mechanisms that will allow for documentation and sharing of the knowledge generated and demonstrate accountability towards the commitments taken by the district team and implementing partners. Special attention will be given to strengthening the availability and quality of MNH data generated by the health information system, including testing the reporting system.
Pakistan is the selected country from Eastern Mediterranean Region for the said project. To achieve the above, WHO country office requires to engage a technical resource as a consultant to provide support in the implementation process.
3. Planned timelines A total of 200 days spread over the following timeframe:
Start date: 1/06/2022
End date: 31/03/2023
4. Work to be performed
- Output 1: provide technical input to the project team to coordinate with Ministry of NHSR&C and provincial/ district departments for implementation of the planned interventions.
- Output 2: Provide professional input to support the institutions involved in scaling up labour care guide and small and sick newborn care services at district levels.
- Output 3: meet with partners including UNICEF, UNFPA, World Bank and others to share plans and progress and draft meetings’ minutes.
- Output 4: document experiences and lessons learnt at national and district levels, including experiences of different stakeholders and share lessons learned within the country as well as with other countries and regions.
- Output 5: draft progress and final reports as well as minutes of meetings throughout the project period.
- Output 6: Coordinate with WHO Geneva team for in-country consultations for preparing and drafting the case study on MPDSR.
· Essential: University degree in Medicine, preferably with public health degree.
· Desirable: Master’s in public health will be an asset.
· Up to 5 years of relevant experience in providing technical support for RMNCAH programme areas with a demonstrated contribution and dedication to RMNCAH in the country.
· Experience in partner coordination and networking will be an added advantage.
· Essential: Expert knowledge of English & Local language.
8. Other Skills:
· Excellent knowledge of MS Office applications and computer skills including the ability to make high quality technical presentations and report writing.
9. Place of assignment