Health and Social Welfare Systems Strengthening Consultant at Pact
- Company: Pact
- Location: Tanzania
- State: Dar Es Salaam Jobs
- Job type: Full-Time
- Job category: Healthcare/Medical Jobs in Tanzania
Adolescents and Children HIV Incidence Reduction, Empowerment, and Virus Elimination (ACHIEVE) is a five-year, USAID-funded global cooperative agreement, which helps priority PEPFAR countries achieve and maintain HIV epidemic control among pregnant and breastfeeding women, infants, children, and youth. The two objectives of the project are to: i) attain and sustain HIV epidemic control among at-risk and hard to reach pregnant and breastfeeding (PBF) women, infants, children, and youth, as well as to mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS and prevent HIV transmission among these populations; and ii) support the transition of prime funding and implementation to capable local partners in order to meet the PEPFAR goal of 70% of funding to local partners.
ACHIEVE is seeking a consultant to assist the ACHIEVE global team in researching and designing a new USAID/PEPFAR-funded community health and social welfare systems strengthening project focusing on orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in Tanzania. The period of performance will begin on or around July 1, 2020, for a period of up to six weeks.
ACHIEVE will receive funding to improve national- and community-level social welfare systems, with a particular focus on supporting a skilled social welfare workforce at community and district levels to ensure quality service delivery for OVC, at-risk adolescent girls and young women (AGYW), and persons living with HIV (PLHIV). This activity will build on the progress made and best practices of the Community Health and Social Welfare Systems Strengthening Program (CHSSP).
Through remote and/or in-person meetings, key informant interviews and focus group discussions, and documents review, the consultant will gather information on the following items and incorporate findings into a set of recommendations and plans responding to USAID’s priorities for the ACHIEVE Tanzania project. The consultant’s information gathering will focus as needed at all levels of the social welfare system, including national, regional, council, ward and community (and will include government, non-governmental organizations, projects, networks, community workers, etc.). In-person meetings will be conducted with due respect for coronavirus safety precautions.
- The current status of CHSSP, including progress and gaps in strengthening the community-level social welfare workforce, strengthening community-level committees, and strengthening CBOs, as well as progress and gaps in rolling out the NICMS, the Comprehensive Council Social Welfare Operational Planning and Budgeting Guide, and other above-site initiatives;
- Areas of focus of other stakeholders engaged in work relevant to the ACHIEVE project, such as PS3, D4D, Tanzania Technical Support Services Project, Kizazi Kipya, and UNICEF;
- Government priorities relevant to the ACHIEVE project, including PO-RALG, MOHCDGEC (specifically, Department of Social Welfare), and National AIDS Control Program; and
- The new Community Health Worker (CHW) policy and guidelines and other contextual issues or initiatives with a direct influence on the ACHIEVE project, including matters related to national and program-specific vulnerable children information systems.
Depending on the ability of ACHIEVE global staff to resume international travel, additional tasks may be assigned and period of performance extended.
Key tasks under the ACHIEVE project will include:
- Building the capacity and core competencies of the social welfare workforce in select councils, wards and villages/mtaa to enable the delivery of health/HIV, social, and protection services;
- Collaborating with President’s Office Regional Administration and Local Government (PO-RALG) to ensure upgrading of the system, capacity building and accelerating the roll out the National Integrated Case Management System (NICMS) at council, ward and village/mtaa levels;
- Collaborating with PO-RALG and Ministry of Health to support the effective transition of CCWs into the community-based health program, in line with GoT guidelines;
- Collaborating with PO-RALG and Ministry of Health Community Development Gender and Children (MOHCDGEC) to develop the national OVC service delivery coordination and monitoring framework;
- Strengthening social welfare planning and budgeting at the community level to foster evidence-based community engagement and resource allocation using the Comprehensive Council Social Welfare Operational Planning and Budgeting Guide.
Major activities to be undertaken by the consultant, timelines, and deliverables are as shown in the table below. The final output is a report with key findings, recommendations, and technical inputs which ACHIEVE will use to draft its annual work plan and budget to be submitted to USAID on or before August 31, 2020.
|Activity||Due (weeks after signing consultant agreement)||Deliverables|
|Update ACHIEVE’s initial key informant list||1||Final initial list of key informants|
|Review key resource documentation provided by ACHIEVE, supplement with other relevant resources||1||Key background and resource documents identified and reviewed|
|Develop key informant interview (KII) and/or Focus Group Discussion (FGD) guides for each of the identified stakeholders/ informants||1||KII/FGD guides drafted, including key information needs|
|Draft schedule of initial round of KII / FGD meetings, all levels (national, regional, council, ward, community)||1||KII/FGD schedule, identified as remote/in-person depending on availability/ location of team members and key respondents|
|Conduct initial round of KII/FGD||3||Interview notes/reports|
|Identify, schedule, and conduct additional KII/FGD and/or documents review and data collection as needed||4||Completion of interview notes/reports|
|Participate in regular calls with ACHIEVE global team to provide updates||Weekly|
|Draft initial consultancy report, to include findings, recommendations, and technical inputs for ACHIEVE FY21 work plan||6||Draft report|
|Provide recommendations on operational considerations (staffing, office, budget, etc.) to optimize technical and program design recommendations||6||Operational recommendations (can be included in Draft report)|
|Finalize report based on feedback from ACHIEVE, Pact Tanzania, and/or USAID||1 week after receiving feedback||Final report|
- A minimum of Bachelor’s degree in Public Health, Health Administration, Social Work, or Business Administration with a focus on public health, social sciences, or related field
- A minimum of 10 years experience in health program implementation, technical assistance, and/or monitoring and evaluation
- Experience implementing USAID/PEPFAR programming, with extensive experience with PEPFAR OVC programs and/or relevant systems strengthening activities
- Understanding of the health and social welfare systems in Tanzania, with first-hand experience working with PO-RALG and/or MOHCDGEC/DSW preferred
Method of Application
Closing Date : 7th August, 2020.