Rwenzori Center Research and Advocacy Consultant Jobs

Rwenzori Center Research and Advocacy Consultant Jobs


Closing date: 08 Aug 2019

Summary Profile

Assignment:

Development of the Kasese District Civil Society scorecard on the global financing facility and WCAH Services

Type of Assignment:

Research

Purpose:

Support RMNCAH advocacy at district levels

Primary Methodologies

Secondary data review and field work

Start and end dates:

15th August to 30th September 2019

1.0 Introduction

Over the years, Uganda has experienced significant and accelerated improvements in most reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (RMNCAH) indicators.

Most notable are the marked reductions in under-five and maternal mortality rates, respectively plummeting from 187 to 62 deaths per 1,000 live births, and from 780 to 360 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births between 1990 and 2015 (UDHS 2016).

Despite such achievements, health system challenges remain still remain predominant in areas such as inadequate health infrastructure, equipment, and medical supplies continue to impede on positive RMNCAH outcomes.

Kasese district health sector is composed of 105 health unities of these 3 are hospitals, 5 are health Center IV, 42 are Health Center III, and 69 are health Center II.

Each health sub district has got a health unit implying a well distributed health services related maternal, infant and child feeding services.

The population of Kasese District was 523,000 people in 2002 having increased from 343,601 people in 1991 reflecting an annual growth rate of 3.6% which is over the national growth rate of 3.4% during the same period.

Health services in the district are delivered at 106 health facilities covering all sub counties. However 17% (5) sub counties of Bwesumbu, Buhuhira, Bwera, Nyakatonzi and Isango have centres only at level II. This hinders the delivery of a full package of MCH and HIV/AIDS services in the District.

The District also faces challenges of blood shortage and there is no blood bank in the district that can supply blood for transfusion to the patients in the District

The majority of the maternal deaths occurred in Kagando Hospital accounting 458/100,000 live birth compared to 104/100,000 in Bwera Hospital and 169/100,000 lives in Kilembe Hospital Respectively.

And among the HCIVs Rwesande had the highest MMR at 394/100,000 higher than St. Pauls at 234/100,000 live births.

Common factors underlying maternal deaths in Kasese District

  • Delay of the women seeking help

  • Lack of partner support

  • Herbal medicate on

  • Refusal of treatment or admission

  • Refused transfer to higher facility

  • Lack of transport from home to health facilities

  • Lack of transport between health facilities

  • Lack of Blood products, supplies & consumables

  • Staff lack of expertise

  • Inadequate numbers of staff

    The GFF in support of Every Woman, Every Child (EWEC), launched in July 2015 is a country-driven financing partnership that brings together stakeholders in sexual, reproductive, maternal, new-born, child and adolescent health (SRMNCAH) under national government leadership.

    Kasese District was selected among the first wave of districts to benefit from the GFF funding and grant because it is categorised as a high burden district.

    This assignment is timely to provide evidence for advocacy engagement with regard to service delivery in the district.

    2.0 Purpose of the assignment:

    To support data generation for advocacy at district level (Kasese) and national level through development of a district level CSO scorecard

    3.0 The objectives of the assignment

  • Assess the level of CSO participation in improving WCAH services

  • Asses the level of funding, quality and reliability towards WCAH services

  • Ascertain the citizen’s level of satisfaction with regard to WCAH services

  • Establish recommendations in regards to RMNCAH policy and practice at district and national level

    4.0 Description of coverage

    The assignment will cover specific indicators at district level agreed upon together with the consultant. The consultant will therefore be expected to generate the tool and indicators to cover the district level information needed.

    All indicators will be agreed upon and must be part of the Program Appraisal Document for the Sharpened Plan.

    5.0 Evaluation target audiences

    This document is intended for CSOs, donor groups, government and community members to support work towards improving reproductive, maternal and child health outcomes in the country.

    6.0 Approach and methodology

    In the expression of interest, the consultant will be expected to clearly detail the expected methodology and approach to the assignment using the proposed tools.

    The consultant can propose any other tools or approaches that are relevant to the achievement of the assignment’s purpose and objectives.

    7.0 Technical and final reporting requirements

    The consultant will report to Rwenzori Center for Research and Advocacy (RCRA). The consultant is expected to submit the technical and financial report within 4 working days.

    The report of the assignment will be presented to RCRA. The consultant will be expected to make a power point summary to the civil society partners and other stakeholders in the district.

    8.0 Key timelines

    The score card final report should be out by the end of October 2019 to inform budget cycle.

    Dates/Days

    Phase

    Responsible

    2 days

    Identification of consultant

    RCRA

    6 working days

    Commencement of work by the consultant to produce a first draft (secondary data analysis and field work)

    Consultant

    2 working days

    Review of the first draft of the scorecard

    Consultant and RCRA team

    2 working days

    Review of the second draft and finalization

    Consultant and the RCRA team

    9.0 Qualifications and experience required

  • The consultant firm or individual will have proven experience of having carried out such an assignment before and shall have at least five years of experience conducting researches, evaluation, assessment, data analysis and reporting

  • S/he must have at least a bachelor’s degree in Statistics, Psychology, Social Sciences, Development studies, Economics, Public Health and with significant exposure to conducting social research;

  • Must have very good knowledge in Data Analysis in using acceptable statistical packages such as SPSS, STATA, EPI INFO etc and the ability to extract, clean and analyze both quantitative and qualitative data;

  • Should be available to start work immediately upon selection

  • Should be fluent in English and have strong ability to produce quality report;

  • The firm/consultant’s experience should be proven by at least two similar works (Completion certificates, testimonials, or recommendation letters). Greater weight will be on policy advocacy/campaigning experience.

    10.0 Budget

  • The consultant will take approximately 10 days and not exceeding a cost of 3000USD

    11.0 Documents

  • The consultant shall be provided with the following documents in undertaking this assignment

  • Documents related to the GFF process in Uganda

  • The Uganda RMNCAH Improvement Project

  • List of CSOs in Kasese District

  • List of Health facilities in Kasese District

    12.0 Deadline for application

  • The deadline for application of the work is 8th August 2019


    How to Apply
    :
    Interested consultants are expected to submit Letters of interest bearing an interpretation of the Terms of Reference (TOR), a technical proposal, a financial proposal, individual CVs to

    The Executive Director, Rwenzori Center for Research and Advocacy, Koro Road, Kilembe Quarters Kasese Municipal Council. P.O.Box 898 F/P ( mails)

    Email: rcra@rcra-uganda.org /info@rcra-uganda.org

    Telephone: +256 483660417

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