New Job Recruitment at United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), 15th May, 2018

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) – For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.
We are recruiting to fill the vacant position below:
 Job Title: Maternal Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) Consultant
Job Number: 513088 | Vacancy Link
Locations: Adamawa, Bauchi and Kebbi
Work Type : Consultancy

Background

The maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity in Nigeria is one of the highest in the world with an estimated 574 maternal deaths for every 100,000 live births (NDHS 2013). Nigeria contributes about 10% of global burden of maternal deaths. The main causes of high maternal morbidity and mortality among women include anaemia in pregnancy due to malaria, intra-partum and post-partum hemorrhage, sepsis, obstructed labour, and hypertensive conditions in pregnancy.
The morbidity and mortality among children in Nigeria is also very high. The under-five mortality rate staggers at 158 per 1,000 live births and the infant mortality (IMR) at 39 per 1,000 live births (MICS, 2016), but still higher than many other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa with similar GDP. A Pneumonia, malaria, and diarrhoea continue to take lives of many children in Nigeria. Under nutrition and malnutrition are major causes of childhood morbidity. It is estimated that 24% of children under five (U5) years of age are underweight and 36% of children are estimated to be stunted (MICS 2016).
Health indices are particularly very poor in the northern part of Nigeria. Maternal and infant mortality rates are 3-4 times the national average. In Adamawa State, 15% of adult women were underweight/thin while 11.6% were overweight/obese while in Kebbi 16.6% were underweight/thin and 23.8% overweight/obese. Both conditions are associated with negative nutritional outcomes in childhood. Low birth weight, among other causes, is indicative of the poor nutritional status of the mother. A  The poor health indices in Nigeria may be attributable to four main problems identified with Nigeria’s health system which include:
  • Governance and stewardship: Autonomy of the 3 tiers of government (Federal, State, and Local Government Administration (LGAs) has led to duplication of efforts, weak governance and lack of accountability;
  • Human and Financial Resources: Inappropriate allocation of human and financial resources with greater support to tertiary and specialized care, instead of primary health care;
  • Coverage: Low coverage of core maternal, newborn and child health interventions, and
  • Limited access to health services due to financial and socio-cultural barriers.
Federal Ministry of Health, Ministry of Budget and National Planning, European Union and UNICEF launched the new EU-MNCH project which seeks to contribute to addressing the sub-optimal status of health for women and children in Adamawa and Kebbi States characterized by high maternal and childhood deaths.
The goal of the project is to assist the Governments of Bauchi, Kebbi and Adamawa in line with their State Strategic Health Development Plans (SSHDP) to reduce maternal, newborn and child deaths by significantly improving the health and nutrition status of women and children under 5 years by ensuring an equitable and strengthened primary health care delivery system. In order to support human resources and deliver appropriately, UNICEF intends to recruit consultants that will manage programme implementation in Adamawa, Kebbi and Kebbi States.
Rationale
  • This position is to support the State ministry of health, state primary health care development agency and other partners in the implementation of evidence-based interventions that will result in the scale-up of and improved access to maternal and newborn health services with a particular focus on systems strengthening, local capacity building, focused mentoring in local facilities and communities in Adamawa, Kebbi and Bauchi States.
  • The officer will support the SMOH, SPHCDA and other partners in the implementation of various strategies and interventions that will strengthen partnership for policy reforms, sector governance and stewardship at LGA level, increased transparency and accountability, capacity building, provision of sustainable and scaled-up integrated MNCH service delivery with equity and community participation.
  • The Goal is to significantly contribute to the reduction of maternal, new-born and child mortality and morbidity in 3 States in Nigeria towards the achievement of SDGs as well to establish an integrated primary health care model which can be easily scaled up.
  • The Overall Objective is to improve the nutrition and health status of women and children through a sustainable primary health care delivery system and improved community resilience.
Specific Objectives
  • Increase the proportion of poor, marginalized, rural women and under-five years old children with increased access to, and effective utilization of, high impact health and nutrition interventions.
  • Improve the functionality of health service provision for health facility, outreach and community based services in 774 wards in three States.
  • Strengthen coordination, policy and institutional framework to scale up, sustain and replicate MNCHN interventions.
Major Tasks to be accomplished: (estimated time required to complete tasks. Attach additional sheets, if necessary, to describe assignments):
State and LGA:
  • Work with the SMOH, SPHCDA and other partners to support dissemination of national policy, strategy, guidelines and quality of care model for MNCH at state and LGA level.
  • Support SMOH and SPHCDA by providing technical assistance to the development of good quality state and LGA annual operational plans and their review using the Primary Health Care Mechanism.
  • Support dissemination and use of approved training modules and guidelines on selected high impact Integrated Maternal New-born Child Health continuum of care interventions such as- Focused AnteNatal Care (FANC); Skilled Birth Attendance (SBA); Emergency Obstetric and New-born Care (EmONC); Helping Babies Breath (HBB); Post Natal Care (PNC); Community Based New-born Care and Integrated Community Case Management (iCCM) for diarrhoea, malaria and pneumonia.
  • Support state and LGA level supportive supervision, monitoring and evaluation of MNCH programmes.
Health Facilities:
Priority areas of work to be supported at this level and strategy based on TSS model (Training, Supplies, Supportive Supervision) include but not limited to the following:
  • Set up and implement a quality of care model for MNCH services in health facilities based on few selected high impact interventions.
  • Train health workers using approved training modules and guidelines on selected high impact Integrated Maternal New-born Child Health continuum of care interventions with assistance of state and LGA based TOTs.
  • Support end user monitoring of equipment and supplies provided to health facilities.
  • Participate in On the Job Training, Supportive Supervision and mentoring of health workers.
Communities, Villages, Households:
  • Support setting up of structures for implementation of Community Health Strategy WDCs, VDCs, training of VHWs, CHEWs and CHWs.
  • End user monitoring of supplies and demand for MNCH services in communities and households.
  • Use updated Mama/CHEW/CBNC kits as entry point for promotion of desired health seeking behaviour and link with immunization/polio related activities.
  • Promote uptake of selected high impact family care practices jointly with other sections namely -C4D, Nutrition, Child Protection, Media, advocacy and communications and WASH.
  • Promote uptake of integrated Community Case Management for diarrhoea, pneumonia and malaria.
End Product:
  • Annual State work and operational plans
  • Quarterly DHIS and PHC review reports
  • Monthly progress reports containing iCCM and outreach services data, stock update, etc.
  • Reports of Workshop/Meetings with actionable recommendations.
  • Quarterly reports of milestones achieved to advance project implementation.
Interested and qualified candidates should:Click here to apply
Application Deadline 28th May, 2018.
Job Title: Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Consultant – (NOB)
Job Number: 513075
Locations: Adamawa, Bauchi and Kebbi States
Work Type: Consultancy

Background

The maternal and new-born mortality and morbidity in Nigeria is one of the highest in the world with an estimated 576 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births (NDHS 2013). Infant and under-5 mortality rates in the past five years are 69 and 128 deaths per 1,000 live births, respectively. Under-5 mortality rate is estimated at 108.8 per 1,000 live births for 2015 as per the interagency model on U5R[1]. Globally, undernutrition contributes to 45% of all under-five deaths in 2011(Black et al, 2013) and this probably holds same for Nigeria. Nigeria contributes about 10% of the global burden of maternal deaths and 10 % of burden of children with Severe Acute Malnutrition (NNHS 2015). An estimated 110 Nigerian women die each day with a greater proportion occurring in northern Nigeria where the health and nutrition indices are poorer. Due to combination of the high mortality rate and its large population size, Nigeria has the second largest number of under five deaths in the world and the 2nd highest number of stunted under five children next to India.
Health and Nutrition indices are particular very poor in the northern part of Nigeria. Maternal and infant mortality rates are 3-4 times the national average. In Adamawa State, 15% of adult women were underweight/thin while 11.6% were overweight/obese while in Kebbi 16.6% were underweight/thin and 23.8% overweight/obese.  Both conditions are associated with negative nutritional outcomes in childhood. Low birth weight, among other causes, is indicative of the poor nutritional status of the mother.  The prevalence of acute malnutrition stunting stood at 32.9 % among under five children (NNHS 2015) with the highest prevalence in the northern region
The poor health and Nutrition indices in Nigeria may be attributable to four main problems identified with Nigeria’s health system which include: i)Governance and stewardship: Autonomy of the 3 tiers of government (Federal, State, and Local Government Administration (LGAs) has led to duplication of efforts, weak governance and lack of accountability; ii)Human and Financial Resources: Inappropriate allocation of human and financial resources with greater support to tertiary and specialized care, instead of primary health care; iii)Coverage: Low coverage of core maternal, newborn ,child health and nutrition interventions, and iii) Limited access to health and nutrition services due to financial and socio-cultural barriers.
Federal Ministry of Health, Ministry of Budget and National Planning, in collaboration with UNICEF and in partnership with European Union launched the new EU-MNCHN project which seeks to contribute to addressing the sub-optimal status of health and Nutrition for women and children in Adamawa, Bauchi and Kebbi States characterized by high maternal and childhood deaths.
The goal of the project is to assist the Governments of Bauchi, Kebbi and Adamawa in line with their State Strategic Health Development Plans (SSHDP) to reduce maternal, newborn and child deaths by significantly improving the health and nutrition status of women and children under 5 years by ensuring an equitable and strengthened primary health care delivery system. For that, a multi-pronged approach that will strengthen primary health care systems, build community resilience and strong governance is needed. Systematic interventions in health and nutrition including HIV/AIDS, complemented with water, sanitation, social protection initiatives, and strong governance structures are bound to be more effective and efficient than single or vertical initiatives. In order to support the the SMOH and SPHCDA in the implementation of project interventions at the state level, and deliver appropriately, UNICEF intends to provide technical assistance through recruitment of state consultants that will work in collaboration with the state team leader and state government stakeholders to implement and monitor MNCHN project in Adamawa, Bauchi and Kebbi states.
Monitoring and evaluation is a key component of the project management cycle. This position is to support the State ministry of health, State primary health care development agency and other partners in monitoring and evaluation of the EU-MNCHN project in the states while strengthening the monitoring and evaluation system in the states and building local capacity, focused mentoring for relevant staff involves with data collection in local facilities and communities in Adamawa, Kebbi and Bauchi States.
The consultant will support the SMOH, SPHCDA and other partners in the monitoring and evaluation of the EU-MNCHN project implementation of various strategies and interventions that will strengthen partnership for policy reforms, sector governance and stewardship at LGA level, increased transparency and accountability, capacity building, provision of sustainable and scaled-up integrated MNCHN service delivery with equity and community participation.

Purpose of Assignment
  • To provide technical support in monitoring and evaluation of EU-MNCHN project at both planning and implementation stages all its components which seeks to contribute to addressing the sub-optimal status of health and nutrition for women and children in Adamawa, Bauchi and Kebbi States.
  • Major Tasks to be accomplished: (estimated time required to complete tasks. Attach additional sheets, if necessary, to describe assignments):
State and LGA
  • Work with the SMOH, SPHCDA and other partners to support planning, implementation and review of M&E activities at the supported health facilities
  • Support SMOH and SPHCDA by providing technical assistance in strengthening the M&E system at the state and LGA levels
  • Support SMOH and SPHCDA in the collation of EU –MNCHN project data from implementing health facilities at state level
  • Support SMOH and SPHCDA in the drafting of EU-MNCHN project annual work plan for the state work plan
  • Support state to write timely project reports
Health Facility Level:
Priority areas of work to be supported at this level on the EU-MNCHN project (Training, data collection tools, supportive supervision) including but not limited to the following:
  • Set up and implement a quality data collection system at the facility level
  • Ensuring that the M&E data tools are available at all service delivery points in adequate quantities.
  • In collaboration with state and LGA Trainers, organize and conduct trainings for health services providers in the use of the data collection tools, and analysis of data of the integrated high impact interventions.
  • Support the end user monitoring of equipment and supplies provided to health facilities.
  • Participate in on the Job Training, Supportive Supervision and mentoring of health workers related to data collection and ensure report is timely done and submitted.
State Level:
  • Support setting up/organization of structures for monitoring and evaluation of EU-MNCHN implementation
  • Support the report writing for the EU-MNCHN project in the state
  • Support the regular and timely collation of EU-MNCHN project activity data
  • Support and ensure that DHIS 2.0 platform in the state is updated with service data from the EU-MNCHN project
  • Â Support and conduct the end user monitoring of supplies and demand for MNCHN services in communities and households.
  • Support the conduct of baseline, mid-term and end-line evaluation of the EU-MNCHN Project
End Product:
  • Annual State work and operational plans
  • Quarterly DHIS and PHC review reports
  • Monthly progress reports containing iCCM and outreach services data, stock update, etc.
  • Reports of Workshop/Meetings with actionable recommendations.
  • Quarterly reports of milestones achieved to advance project implementation.
Minimum Qualification
  • University degree in Social Sciences, Public Health, Monitoring and Evaluation and/or related technical field.
  • Three years experience working on monitoring and evaluation of health projects.
  • Fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN working language an asset. Knowledge of local working language of the duty station an asset.
  • Knowledge of the latest developments and technology in M&E field.
  • Knowledge of DHIS 2.0 platform for health data collection and collation.
  • Ability to make timely and quality judgments and decisions and very good training skills.
  • Computer skills, including internet navigation and various office applications.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships, both within and outside the organization.
  • Willingness to travel to remote regions of the country
  • Initiative, passion and commitment to UNICEF mission and professional values.
Interested and qualified candidates should:Click here to apply
Application Deadline 28th May, 2018.
Job Title: National Consultant Production of Education Media Materials
Job Number: 513070
Location: Abuja
Work Type: Consultancy

Purpose of the Consultancy
  • The purpose of this consultancy is to produce audio materials that will be used for advocacy; awareness creation and capacity building of pre-primary school teachers; educators, policy makers, parents and communities.
  • The materials will focus on two main areas of content: i) promoting play based learning in pre-primary education; and ii) promoting increased demand for education for out-of-school children especially girls in Bauchi, Niger, Kano, Katsina, Sokoto and Zamfara States.
Scope of Work
  • The tasks under this consultancy will deliver products that will promote the right to education for all children and its attendant benefits. It contributes to the achievement of outcome 5 of the current CPD.
  • The task will be divided into two streams: Stream one contributes to output 5.2 of the education programme: Teachers have requisite competencies and use proven teaching approaches and methodologies to deliver appropriate quality education to children and adolescents in target states. Stream two contributes to output 5.3 of the education programme: Parents and communities have improved knowledge and commitment to contribute to enrolling children at the right age in quality learning in safe and protective school environments.
Focus of the Assignment
The consultant will be supervised by the two Education Specialist, ECD and Access while working closely with the UNICEF Field Office (FO) education staff and government implementing partners in Abuja and five states listed above to produce:
  • Ten (10) 30-45 second play based learning advocacy Radio Spots
  • Two (2) 60 second live action advocacy videos reinforcing some of the above radio messages.
  • Three (3) 5-8-minute live action videos on classroom play based activities and approaches with teachers and pupils in a public pre-primary classroom in Abuja.
  • 5-6, 30 minute endorsements /documentaries with Emirs.
  • 5-6 high, 30 minute endorsements /documentaries with 5-6 high level northern Nigerian women role models.
  • advocating for education and the importance of enrolling children into school especially girls.
Methodology:
  • Consultant will work with a team of production crew members such as actors, sound engineers, producers and so on to deliver on this task.
  • This will include all logistics related to production and transportation to productions sites in Abuja and the five states mentioned earlier and in the table below.
Deliverables
  • Document or Script with 10 messages translated in 7 languages
  • Ten (10) 30-45 seconds Radio Spots with advocacy messages on the importance of play and brain development in pre-primary education.
  • Two (2), 60 second live action videos for global advocacy on importance of play in pre-primary education reinforcing some of the messages in the radio spots (including script)
  • Â Three (3) 8-5-minute live action videos on classroom play based activities and approaches (including scripts)
  • 40 CDs, 40 flash drives and 40 SD cards with Radio Spots
  • 40 CDs, 40 flash drives and 40 SD cards with two 60 second videos and three 5-8 minute play based videos
  • 5-6 endorsements /documentaries with 5-6 high level northern Emir.
  • 40 CDs, 40 flash drives, 40 SD cards with 5-6 Emir Documentaries
  • 5-6 endorsements /documentaries with 5-6 high level northern women role models
  • 40 CDs, 40 flash drives, 40 SD cards with 5-6 documentaries with women role models
  • 2 external drive containing raw footages of recordings from work stream 1 and 2.
  • Consultancy report for Work stream 1
  • Consultancy report for Work stream 2
Qualifications or Specialized Knowledge/Experience Required
  • Degree in any Social Sciences such as Theatre Arts, Communications, English or any related field.
  • At least 8 years of experience demonstrated experience in Radio and television production, management and logistics.
  • Experience in developing radio and television scripts
  • Excellent experience in managing radio and television productions including actors, studio engineers.
  • Ability to work with people especially High level persons, teachers and children.
  • Use of high quality production equipment of international standards
  • Have crew members that are familiar with the northern Nigerian context and public primary school contexts.
  • Have crew members with excellent Hausa and English skills (Spoken and written).
  • Fluency in English language and writing skills. Producer and crew members with
Interested and qualified candidates should:Click here to apply
Application Deadline 25th May, 2018.
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