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National Consultancy In Social Mobilization Strategic Planning For... Tajikistan

2021-05-30 02:01:52
National consultancy in Social Mobilization Strategic Planning for... Tajikistan
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BACKGROUNG

Maternal and Child Health (MCH) remains a priority in Tajikistan’s National Development and Health Sector policies and strategies including Tajikistan’s commitment to the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Despite significant gains in the last decade, Maternal and Child Health (MCH) outcomes in Tajikistan are worse than the average in Central Asia and Caucasus regions. Rates of malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies are high. Preventable illnesses contribute to a considerable proportion of all child deaths in Tajikistan. Acute infections are the leading cause of death in the post-neonatal period. Acute... respiratory illness (ARI), pneumonia, and acute diarrhea still account for more than half of reported child deaths within the first year of life, a pattern that has remained persistent over the last decade. Unsafe home deliveries are considered to be a major contributing factor to the high infant and maternal mortality rates in Tajikistan.

MCH services are provided by facilities at the republican, oblast, rayon and village levels. There are different models in rural and urban areas. The organization of MCH services largely follows the administrative structure of the country, with services organized according to the horizontal tiers of administration and, for national programs, into separate vertical pillars. In rural areas, antenatal, postnatal and childcare is delivered at the primary health care level through medical houses and rural health centers. In urban areas, primary and secondary care is delivered by polyclinics/family medicine centers, basic secondary care by district (rayon) hospitals, specialized secondary care in regional (oblast or city) hospitals, and more complex care in national hospitals.

Poor quality of care is a major concern of the Ministry of Health for number of reasons: insufficient training of health workers, lack of evidence-based clinical guidelines, underuse of generic drugs, poor infrastructure, limited budget and lack of essential equipment at primary and secondary levels of health care (Health System Review, 2016) . Though the Ministry of Health introduced an accreditation system and review of maternal death and near-miss cases, there is no emphasis on continuous quality improvement at all levels of care. The Quality of care has suffered significantly from brain drain, beginning with the civil war and continuing into the present, as health workers seek higher wages abroad.

There is limited knowledge on maternal and child health. In Tajikistan, the knowledge and awareness on the need for timely and good quality MCH health care is low particularly among rural areas. While in urban areas, more pregnant women have delivered in hospitals than before, pregnant women in remote rural areas deliver at home due to limited access and cultural issues. This disadvantaged population also miss important information on pregnancy and childcare practices. The government does not have a coherent strategy on behaviour change for rural families which is culturally sensitive. The rural health workers also lack the appropriate skills to communicate to these communities.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is supporting the Ministry of Health and Social Protection (MoHSPP) to implement a Maternal and Child Health Integrated Care (MCHIC) Project within the purview of the National Health Strategy 2010-2020. The project aims at improving the health status and well-being of mothers and children in selected districts (Shamsuddin Shohin, Rasht, and Fayzobod) focusing on the integrated MCH care delivery at both primary and secondary health care levels. The MCHIC project targets the following three outputs: (i) Integrated quality MCH services delivery improved in project districts; (ii) MCH services rationalized, upgraded, equipped and case-based payment system piloted in project targeted districts; and (iii) Knowledge on maternal and child health and health-seeking behaviour improved through various communication activities implemented.

UNICEF through a recently signed agreement is providing technical support to the Ministry of Health and Social Protection for the actualization of outputs 1 and 3 of the project. One of the main components of the project is to improve knowledge on maternal and child health and health seeking behaviors, strengthening capacity and knowledge of communities on MCH issues and ensure stronger linkage with health facilities through mobilization of village community members and local governments through community mobilization to address social norms supporting collective MCH objectives and challenging harmful practices.

Community-based activities under the project will to be guided by the SBCC strategy, targeting both health providers and population with the aim to improve health and nutrition related knowledge, attitudes and practices to enforce appropriate health seeking behavior. The strategy will focus on the constraints of limited health and nutrition related knowledge and health seeking behaviors, sub-standard communication practices and capacity of health service providers and adverse socio-cultural beliefs and adverse traditions. The communication strategy and activities will focus on pregnant and young mothers, mothers-in-law, male family members, with special attention on heads of family and members of the Mahalla, including religious leaders as influencing persons and communities.

Within this context, UNICEF Tajikistan Country Office seeks to hire national consultant to provide technical assistance in the development of Social and Community Mobilization strategies for the target districts of ADB Maternal and Child Health Integrated Project in Tajikistan.

PURPOSE:

Communication for development is an essential element of mother and child health support programmes. The purpose of this assignment is development of social and behavior change strategies and implementation plans that are specific for (Shamsuddin Shohin, Rasht, and Fayzobod) project target districts to strengthen capacity and knowledge of communities on MCH issues and ensure stronger linkage with health facilities through mobilization of village community members and local governments.

DESCRIPTION OF THE ASSIGNMENT:

The consultant will work in close cooperation with Ministry of Health and Social Protection of Population (MOHSPP), Republican Centre for Healthy Lifestyle (RCHLS), Republican Education and Clinical Centre for Family Medicine (RECCFM) and Republican Centre for Reproductive Health to:
• Conduct mapping of community structures and existing mechanisms for community and social mobilization to strategize, plan, implement and monitor social and behavior change strategy.
• Conduct mapping of existing Job-Aids in supporting families and MCH communication in targeted districts.
• Develop district specific SBCC strategy and its implementation plan and monitoring framework based on the findings of the baseline Knowledge, Attitude and Practice Survey and community mapping report and has the buy in of all stakeholders.

KEY DELIVERABLES/TIMEFRAME/PAYMENT SCHEDULE:

The assignment will be carried out in 46 working days spread over a period ranging from period from 1 June 2021 – 31 August 2021.:

#

Tasks/Milestone

Deliverables/Outputs

Number of days

Timeline

Payment schedule

1

Develop inception report/workplan that includes key milestones, deliverables, timeframe.

Inception report detailing the key activities/process and timeline for action

5

June 8th 2021

40% upon submission of deliverables

2

Mapping of community structures and existing mechanisms for community and social mobilization and mapping of existing Job-Aids at PHC level in Sh. Shohin, Rasht, and Fayzobod.
• Community Mapping report that summarizes the subject/topical issues of the job aid, target audience, producer, mode of dissemination etc. with recommendations for strategy development.
• Job-Aids mapping report. (Samples of existing job-aids)

18

(14 days of field work)

July 2nd, 2021

3

Develop district specific SBCC strategy and its implementation plan and monitoring framework based on the findings and recommendations of a baseline Knowledge, Attitude and Practice Survey and community mapping.
• SBCC strategy and its implementation plan with timeline.
• Presentations and documents for SBCC strategy and plan consensus workshop prepared and shared with relevant partners.
• Consensus building workshop facilitated and notes on consensus meeting agreement to inform finalization of SBCC strategy plan.

20

July 30th, 2021

40% upon submission of deliverables

4

Produce a final report, summarizing the process and outcomes of the assignment as well as a set of recommendations and follow-up actions.

Final report of the assignment.

3

August 6th 2021

20% upon submission of deliverables

Total

46 Days

100%

Note: Due to COIVD-19, the work and deliverables are subject to change. Consultant need to be flexible to adjust to any unforeseen adjustments that might occur during the implementation

Performance indicators for the evaluation of results:

The evaluation of the results will be based on:
• Technical and professional competence (quality of the products delivered to UNICEF);
• Scope of work (e.g. No. of meetings with the stakeholders);
• Quality of work (quality of methodology, draft, and final report);
• Quantity of work (completing the tasks indicated in the table above within the set timeframe)

In addition, such indicators as work relations, responsibility, drive for results, and communication will be taken into account during the evaluation of the Consultant’s work.

Estimated duration of contract and remuneration: 46 working days over 3 months period from 1 June 2021 – 31 August 2021

Duty station: Dushanbe, Tajikistan, with travel to the field

On-site working days: 32 days working from office.

Off-site working days:14 days working in the field

Supervision: ECD Officer, UNICEF Tajikistan

Reporting to: Health Specialist, UNICEF Tajikistan

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

Education: Advanced university degree in Social Science and other in related areas.

Work Experience: Experience in developing operational manuals for administration of small grants programs the field of strategic institutional assessment; strategic planning and capacity building (mandatory); Proven 5 years of practical experience in design and implementation of small grants programs ideally in the development context.

Relevant technical expertise and consultancy experiences in the field of maternal, neonatal and child health services, continuous quality improvement (including quality care assessment as per WHO guidelines), and health system strengthening.

Competencies: Strong analytical and conceptual thinking. Excellent writing skills. Excellent communication and presentation skills with stakeholders and the ability to work under pressure and commitment to work to a tight timeframe.

Language: Fluency in Tajik (written and spoken), knowledge of Russian and/or English is an asset.

REQUIREMENTS:

Qualified candidates are requested to submit:
• * Cover letter/application/CV.
• A technical proposal with the proposed methodology/approach to managing the project, showing understanding of tasks.
• Financial quote for the consultancy in TJS per deliverable, also stating the timeframe for completion of deliverable and/or daily rate (as well as travel and subsistence costs, as applicable). The travel cost should be indicated separately.
• Examples of previous, relevant work related to the deliverables.
• At least two references

Queries can be sent to [email protected] with the subject line “National consultancy in Social Mobilization Strategic Planning for the ADB Project”. Applications must be received in the system by 8 June 2021 on our website: http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/index.php.

Travel costs and DSA will be covered in accordance with UN rules and regulations. No other remunerations apply. As a general principle, the fees payable to a consultant or individual contractor follow the “best value for money” principle, i.e., achieving the desired outcome at the lowest possible cost.

EVALUATION PROCESS AND METHODS:

Individual consultants/contractors will be evaluated based on a cumulative analysis methodology. The award of the Contract shall be made to the individual contractor whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

a) responsive/compliant/acceptable, and

b) having received the highest score out of a weighted set of technical and financial criteria.

During the selection, the ratio between the technical evaluation and commercial offer is 70 to 30.

Criteria

Weight

Max. Point

TECHNICAL QUALIFICATION (max. 70 points)

70%

70

Overall Response (30 points)

Understanding of tasks, objectives and completeness and coherence of response

15

Overall match between the TOR requirements and proposal

15

Proposed Methodology and Approach (20 points)

Quality of proposed approach/methodology

10

Quality of proposed work plan

10

Technical Capacity (20 points)

Advanced university degree in Social Science and other in related areas.

7

Experience in developing operational manuals for administration of small grants programs the field of strategic institutional assessment; strategic planning and capacity building (mandatory); Proven 5 years of practical experience in design and implementation of small grants programs ideally in the development context.

7

Fluency in Tajik (written and spoken), knowledge of Russian and/or English is an asset.

6

FINANCIAL PROPOSAL (max. 30 points)

(daily rate, lump sum, per deliverable, Economy Air Ticket)

30%

30

TOTAL SCORE (max. 100 points)

Only candidates who obtain a minimum of 49 points in the Technical Criteria evaluation will be considered for the Financial Evaluation.

Financial Proposal: Please provide an all-inclusive price for delivering professional services in accordance with the assignment described under this TOR.

The formula for the rating of the Financial Proposals will be as follows:

FP Rating = (Lowest Priced Offer / Price of the Offer Being Reviewed) x 100

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UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results. To view our competency framework, please visit here. Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

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.

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
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