UNICEF Consultant for the Assessment of the Immunization IPC manual Jobs in Ethiopia

UNICEF Consultant for the Assessment of the Immunization IPC manual Jobs in Ethiopia

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The purpose of the consultancy is to ensure the design and implementation of an assessment of the job aids, including training manuals, intended to improve the Community Health Workers’ IPC skills for Immunization in Ethiopia, with a special attention to the Immunization IPC manual (Immunization desk job aids).

By Community Health Workers are included Health Workers and Health Extension Workers. The results of the assessment will be used by health managers, decision-makers, national and international partners in the area of Immunization and the overall Health Program to guide the strategies and interventions aiming at improving the performance of frontline workers in communicating with caregivers for the ultimate purpose of better coverage of high-impact interventions and adoption of healthy behaviors by the communities.

Scope of the Assessment

The assessment will focus on the effects of IPC skills enhancement job aids – with an emphasis on the Immunization IPC manual – on Health Workers and Health Extension Workers’ performance in communicating with caregivers and the community in Ethiopia.

Regions representing main community subgroups in Ethiopia will be selected for the assessment : agrarian, pastoralist, urban poor, refugees and IDPs and people living in geographically isolated areas.

The assessment will look at job aids, including training manuals, used for CHWs’ IPC skills improvement from 2012 to date in the priority area of immunization and the overall health program as the impact of these different job aids on CHWs’ skills cannot be dissociated.

For this purpose, the consultant will mainly support the EPI program and will work very closely with the Health Extension Program and Primary Health Care Directorate, the other programs under the MNCH Directorate such as Nutrition, Hygiene and Sanitation and other relevant Directorates.

This assessment will complement the EPI behavioral analysis which is done in the 8 regions (2019) that will evaluate the impact of the communication activities, including the dissemination of the IPC manual, on the knowledge and attitude of the population vis-a-vis Immunization.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

The consultant is expected to carry out the following:

  • Conduct a desk review on the initiatives implemented in Ethiopia for enhancing CHWs’ IPC skills first in the Immunization area, but also in other Health programs, their scale, reach, target groups, level of successes and lessons learnt
    Develop an inception report with methodologies as per the TOR, a proposed structure of the report, a detailed activity plan and information collection tools
  • Consult with UNICEF, FMOH and other technical partners on methodology and information collection tools
  • Conduct Key informant interviews with MoH, key Immunization partners, HWs and HEWs in selected regions and at federal level
  • Conduct FGDs
    with Community platforms (WDAs, religious leaders, etc.)
  • Collect data on the quantity of Immunization desk job aids produced at federal level, received by the regions and dispatched to the zones, woredas and HFs
  • Use existing data on EPI program (administrative data, surveys, end-user monitoring data, etc.) for analysing the reach and impact of the IPC skills enhancement job aids on the performance of the EPI program
  • Conduct coordination and follow up meetings with UNICEF, FMOH and other partners
  • Write preliminary assessment report and share with UNICEF and FMOH for review and comment
  • Prepare and organize a workshop at federal level for presentation of the draft results of the assessment with the participation of the representatives from the RHBs
  • Produce and submit a final assessment report that meet UNICEF quality standards - both soft and hard copies
  • Submit separate deliverables prior to payment, as shown below

    Methodology
  • The Consultant will be hired as a national SSA, assigned to UNICEF Ethiopia Country Office, based in Addis Ababa, with trips to selected regions.
  • He/she will work mainly through desk reviews, field visits, key informant interviews and FGDs, meetings with key stakeholders and workshops.
  • The consultant can propose, in agreement with MoH and UNICEF, adjusted methods for completing the task.
  • The consultant will also propose the budget needed for the realization of the different consultations especially for the FGDs and interviews.

    Reporting
  • The consultant will report to UNICEF C4D Specialist of the Health Section in close collaboration with the Immunization and Child Health Specialists
  • The consultant will prepare and submit to UNICEF C4D Specialist the expected deliverables by copying the Immunization and Child Health Specialists of the Health Section

    Expected background and experience
  • A reputable consultant shall be required to have the following attributes:
  • Master Degree / PHD in Social and Behavioral Sciences, or related field of study
  • Solid public health experience, for a minimum of 7 years in SBCC health research, preferably on RMNCAH / EPI
  • Previous experience in conducting public health interventions assessment, especially in the area of communication, is a strong asset
  • Fluency in both written and spoken English
  • High-level communication skills with emphasis on effective writing and ability to present technical information
  • Ample evidence of cross cultural awareness and ability to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment
  • Knowledge/experience working with immunization
    Samples of assessment / evaluation reports arising from similar previous work to accompany the application might be required

    General condition
  • The consultant should work based in Addis Ababa with expected visits to the regions
  • The consultant will be managed under the direct formal supervision of the UNICEF C4D Specialist in the Health Section
  • UNICEF ECO effect allowance/payment upon delivery of expected deliverables report approved by supervisor
  • The consultant will not be provided lodging and/or meals. DSA will be provided
  • The consultant should use his/her own materials, i.e. computer.

    How to Apply
  • Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 22nd July 2019
  • For more information and job application details, see; UNICEF Consultant for the Assessment of the Immunization IPC manual Jobs in Ethiopia

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