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Consultancy to develop Immunization Policy Guideline in Zanzibar


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The Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) in Zanzibar is part of the Integrated Reproductive and Child Health (IRCH) program under the directorate of preventive and health education. At the national level, the EPI programme team is composed of EPI Manager, EPI Surveillance Officer who also oversees cold chain and logistic activities, National training Officer who also oversees immunization M&E and National Vaccine Store Manager. The team provides guidance and support on the formulation of IVD national policies and guidelines at all levels. It also performs monitoring activities through supportive supervision and evaluation processes at national and district levels. At a sub-national level, Zanzibar is divided into two zones of Unguja and Pemba. Unguja zone is divided into seven (7) districts while the Pemba zone has four (4) districts. Implementation of immunization services in Pemba is coordinated and supervised by EPI Operational Officer and the Reproductive and Child Health Coordinator who are the two most responsible for immunization reporting to the officer responsible for preventive services. In a District, immunization services are coordinated and supervised by Council Health Management Teams with the most responsibility going to the District immunization and Vaccination Officer (DIVO) and the District Public Health Nursing Officer (DPHNO)

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The purpose of this consultancy is to facilitate development of a policy guideline that will ensure effective and efficient implementation of the Immunization program in Zanzibar.
Terms of reference/Deliverables
DeliverableTime frame (Work/Days)Comments
1. Inception report that will inform the activity of developing immunization policy guideline including the process, timeline and budget15 daysReport to UNICEF
2. Present and submit the first draft of the policy guideline document for inputs20 daysReport to UNICEF and make a presentation to Zanzibar RMNCAH TWGÂ
3. Submission of the revised 1st draft Immunization Policy guideline after incorporating inputs from the workshop10 daysSubmit to UNICEF and Zanzibar EPI
4. Submission of the final draft of the policy guideline10 daysMake a presentation to MoH Zanzibar and submit the final draft document to UNICEF and MoH Zanzibar
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have¦
  • Advanced university degree in health, social sciences or related field. Preferably a higher degree encompassing knowledge of public health, policy, management and health system strengthening.
  • A minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible experience in developing policy, guidelines SOPs, etc.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English essential; knowledge of Swahili is an asset.
Strong analytical skills
  • Knowledge of the Zanzibar context and EPI program
  • Excellent facilitation skills, negotiation skills and oral and written communication skills;
For every Child, you demonstrate¦
UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
The functional competencies required for this post are…
To view our competency framework at
http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

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Remarks:
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered staff members under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.
Closing Date Wed Aug 26 2020 23:55:00 GMT+0300 (East Africa Time)

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Individual National Consultant to build capacity of HMIS team and development of dashboards on DHIS2 in Zanzibar
Job Number: 533585 | Vacancy Link
Locations: Africa: Tanzania,Uni.Re
Work Type : Consultancy
UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged in order children to save their lives, to defend their right and to help them fulfill their potential.
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 BACKGROUND
Health Management Information System (HMIS) unit is a sub-component of the of the Health Information System (HIS). The HIS is under the directorate of Policy, Planning and Research of the Ministry of Health. Vast majority of data and indicators of the HIS are collected and managed through HMIS. Presently, the HMIS staffing constitutes of 3 IT officers who manage and performs basic software development functions, 11 data officers and 1 support staff who work under the supervision of the Unit manager. Additionally, the unit receives 3 more IT staff from the MoH ICT Unit who support the management of District Health Information Software Version 2 (DHIS-2).

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PURPOSE

Considering the above-mentioned background and identified areas of improvement to address the on-going challenges, UNICEF would like to recruit an individual local consultant to build capacity of Health Management Information System (HMIS) and ICT team to enable them to develop, deploy and manage the following dashboards: • Bottleneck Analysis (BNA), • Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response (MPDSR), • Star Rating, • Dashboard to monitoring the status of essential health care service provision during health emergencies


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The consultant will work closely with HMIS team and UNICEF Health Specialist in Zanzibar and Dar es salaam. Specifically, the consultant will conduct a rapid assessment through reviewing of existing documents (Policies, Guidelines and literature) of the Ministry of Health Zanzibar and HMIS/ICT unit, existing DHIS-2 data collection process, routine and emergency indicators as well as dashboards to identify the current DHIS-2 data needs, HMIS/ICT human resources and other capacity gaps. S/He will also identify potential bottlenecks to DHIS-2 product development and reasons for under underutilization of the existing data visualization features (examples dashboards) on the DHIS-2.

The consultant will utilize the results of the assessment to guide the implementation of suitable approaches to the capacity building support and fine tune solutions to ICT product utilization. With the support and coordination of the HMIS team, the consultant will draft a capacity building schedule with clear outputs, review the unfinalized dashboards and develop a plan for their finalization using the capacitated HMIS/ICT team. Through a close consultation with programs, the consultant will also identify and use a set of tracer indicators to develop a tracking mechanism for monitoring continued essential health and nutrition service provision during health emergencies.

The results of this consultancy are finalized dashboards (MPDSR, BNA, Star Rating and Tracker for continuity of essential services). The consultant is required to submit operational guide on the newly developed dashboards for DHIS-2 users and a final comprehensive project report with interventions to promote utilization of DHIS-2 products.

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SPECIFIC TASKS

Generally, the consultant will build capacity of HMIS/ICT teams to develop dashboards and draft final project report with strategies to improve utilization of these dashboards and other DHIS2 data visualization products. The consultant will undertake the following specific tasks:
1. Prepare and present inception report that will inform the capacity building plan and approaches, dashboard development/finalization process and their respective timeline and budget
2. Review existing policies, guidelines and SOPs of the Ministry of Health Zanzibar with a focus on Health Management and Information Systems
3. Liaise with Ministry of Health Department of Policy, Planning and Research, Directorate of Preventive and Health Education in Zanzibar to ascertain appropriate capacity building approach and scope of indicators for each dashboard.
4. Conduct a workshop with Integrated Reproductive and Child Health program (IRCHP), HIV, Nutrition, Malaria and other health programs to seek inputs/guidance and confirm the selection of indicators for their respective dashboards.
5. Implement capacity building plan for HMIS/ICT team which shall include a custom-made step by step practical training on DHIS-2 to enhance their ability to develop /finalize herein specified dashboards and other DHIS-2 products.
6. Coordinate and conduct stakeholders meeting with wide actors in Health Information System to present the developed dashboards for more inputs.
7. Prepare and submit operational guide on the designed Dashboards and a final comprehensive project report to MoH and UNICEF. The report should include the project implementation process, project results and strategies to improve DHIS-2 product utilization at various levels
EXPECTED DELIVERABLES
Deliverable
Time frame (Work/Days)
Comments
Payment schedule
1.Inception report that informs the capacity building plan and approaches, dashboard development/finalization process, timeline and budget
7 Days
Inception Report to UNICEF
15%
2. Submission of Rapid Assessment report which identifies current DHIS-2 data needs, human resources and other capacity gaps as well as potential bottlenecks to DHIS-2 product development and utilization
18 Days
Submit Rapid Assessment report to UNICEF and HMIS
15%
3. Presentation of the first dashboards designed with HMIS/ICT team to stakeholders for their inputs
50 days
Make a presentation to MoH relevant programs, PORALGSD and DPG-Health 
40%
4. Presentation of the revised dashboards to stakeholders’ meeting, Submission of the 1st draft Project report and operational guide
10 Days
Submit to UNICEF and Zanzibar HMIS
15%
5. Submission of the final project report and operational guide to MoH and UNICEF
5 Days
Make a presentation to MoH senior management and submit the final draft project report and operational guide to UNICEF and MoH Zanzibar
15%
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in health, social sciences or related field. Preferably a higher degree encompassing knowledge of health informatics and health system strengthening
  • A minimum of [Seven years] of progressively responsible experience in developing ICT solutions particularly working on DHIS2.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English essential; knowledge of Swahili is an asset.
  • Knowledge of the Zanzibar context HMIS/DHIS2 systems
  • Experience working with HMIS team in Zanzibar is an asset
  • Excellent training facilitation skills, oral and written communication skills.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results
View our competency framework at
http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.
Closing Date Tue Aug 25 2020 23:55:00 GMT+0300 (East Africa Time)
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Individual National Consultant to Develop the Social Protection Coordination Mechanism and Monitoring Evaluation Framework 
Job Number: 533584 | Vacancy Link
Locations: Africa: Tanzania,Uni.Re
Work Type : Consultancy
UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged in order children to save their lives,to defend their right and to help them fulfill their potential.
Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone and we never give up.
For every child, [Love]
The Government of United Republic of Tanzania has developed the National Social Protection Policy (NSPP) that sets out the broad policy framework for the development of a strong and effective social protection system in Tanzania Mainland. It is complemented by an Implementation Strategy 2019/20 – 2022/23 that provides detailed information on the actions to be carried out, the targets to be achieved and the resources required. The Policy seek to establish an elaborated Monitoring and Evaluation framework and a Coordination Mechanism.

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The main rationale of this assignment is to develop essential tools and structures for tracking the implementation of the National Social Protection Policy and measuring its results thereby maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of the social protection system and its components. The M&E framework is a tool in collecting information and data on the progress made in achieving the targets and objectives of the NSPP, and on related bottlenecks and difficulties encountered. The Coordination structures will ensure that the results of M&E are properly taken into consideration and used to guide necessary adjustments in the implementation of the policy and optimize the performance of the social protection system and its components. 

Main and Specific Objectives
1. Component on the Monitoring and Evaluation Framework 
The monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework will be a results-based approach, using a range of tools and indicators to assess progress achieved in the implementation of the Policy and individual schemes and programmes, identify bottlenecks and measure the impact of the social protection system and its programmes with respect to the objectives of the Policy. The M&E framework will include a set of performance indicators, at both output and outcome levels, along with baseline data and the sources of information that will be used to track the indicators.

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The Specific Tasks: 
1. Identify main information needs for policy-level monitoring and decision-making and associated information users;
2. Identify critical policy implementation risks and related indicators for monitoring;
3. Develop an NSPP results-based monitoring framework that outlines policy-level objectives and measures, progress indicators, targets, and (existing) means of verification;
4. Develop an NSPP evaluation plan;
5. To establish a set of key performance indicators to assess progress in achieving the intended results of the Policy, at both output and outcome/impact levels;
6. To set out the different activities required for regular and effective M&E, and define their periodicity;
7. To indicate the responsibilities of the different stakeholders with respect to these M&E activities; 

2. Component on the National Social Protection Coordination Mechanism
The policy provides that for the successful implementation of the National Social Protection Policy it requires the participation of a wide range of actors with clear roles and responsibilities
The Specific tasks:
1. Review the identified coordination structures and roles/responsibilities as stipulated in the draft Terms of Reference Coordination Implementation of NSPP.
2. Assess the gaps, opportunities, and current challenges of the following: a. Roles, responsibilities, and membership of key coordination structures and linkages (information flows; accountability; reporting lines) between these structures; b. Linkages between key coordination structures and other relevant institutions within and outside the social protection sector; c. Role of key coordination structures vis-à-vis routine social protection sector reviews (annual review; mid-term review);
3. Analysis of required resources and capacity development/ training in order to operationalise enhanced social protection coordination in the coming years;
4. Develop coordination mechanism with clear function of roles and responsibilities of each structure and show the internal resources for implementation.
5. Describe how to ensure adequate information flows, including in relation to the new NSPP Monitoring and Evaluation framework, between social protection coordination structures

III. Scope and Methodology of the Assignment
The scope of the assignment M&E results matrix will include NSPP objectives indicators with clearly identified means of verification, targets to the extent possible, and risks & assumptions.  An attempt will have to be made to include a budget allocation and expenditure monitoring component.  A separate framework will be produced for use at the district level, based on relevant and available information that can be consolidated and feed into the central level NSPP M&E framework. Several field visits will take place to selected districts to inform the framework.  

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The Coordination Mechanism part will focus on mapping out the roles and responsibilities of National structures and sub-national structures. Several field visits will take place to selected districts to inform the sub-national structure and linkages to the national level 

Methodology
The consultant will carry out a brief assessment of M&E frameworks of the main programmes and policies under the NSPP to understand how they can inform an overall NSPP M&E framework. Any weaknesses in the design of M&E frameworks of underlying programmes and policies that affect the overall M&E for the NSPP will be analysed and recommendations formulated for addressing these. The benchmark for this assessment is the overall results structure of the NSPP. Use of existing information sources (both routine and survey based) will be critical to a feasible and pragmatic design of the NSPP M&E framework.

There shall be several consultations across various ministries responsible for the implementation of programmes and policies under the National Social Protection Policy. Virtual meetings will be encouraged in compliance with COVID 19 preventive measures. The NSPP M&E framework will not substitute the M&E frameworks of these underlying policies and programmes. Rather, it will build on their main objectives, indicators, management information systems, and reporting structures to design an overarching sector-wide M&E framework.  

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The Consultant will also consult with key stakeholders, including Government (MDA), NGOs Private Sector and Faith Based Organization in developing the Coordination Mechanism.  

To ensure the consultative nature of the process of designing the M&E framework and Coordination Mechanism, if possible, a workshop with main stakeholders will be held after the assessment stage as well as to present the draft Coordination Mechanism. These meetings will follow preventive measures of COVID 19 (social distancing, wearing masks, using sanitizers etc). Throughout the process, the consultant will maintain regular consultations with the PMO LYED and UNICEF.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in in Economics, Social Science, International relations and public administration and management or related field.
  • A minimum of [five years] of relevant professional experience in monitoring and evaluation of social development or social protection programmes
  • At least 3 years of professional work experience with policy or programme M&E frameworks and systems
  • Extensive experience in conducting trainings and capacity building
  • Excellent analytical skill
  • Excellent organizational skill
  • Excellent communication and inter-personal skill
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of Tanzania political economy
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of a  local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results

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View our competency framework at
http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.
Closing Date Mon Aug 24 2020 23:55:00 GMT+0300 (East Africa Time)