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31 Jul 2023

Maternal & Perinatal death Surveillance and Response (MPDSR) Consultant at UNICEF

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Job Description

Job no: 564524
Contract type: Consultant
Duty Station: Dar-es-Salaam
Level: Consultancy
Location: United Republic of Tanzania
Categories: Health

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. 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, Health

Maternal & perinatal death Surveillance and response (MPDSR) is a globally promoted intervention to address preventable maternal mortality through a continuous surveillance, review, and action cycle.  Interpretation of collated reports is used for recommending measures that will prevent future deaths at different levels of the health system.

Tanzania implements MPDSR at the national and sub-national levels in line with the global and national guidance stipulated in One Plan III. Its implementation has evolved from focusing on maternal deaths only – MDSR – to also include perinatal deaths – MPDSR. As a country, a lot of gains have been achieved, including the adaptation of the WHO guideline, national-level commitment to MNH, roll out and implementation at the facility level.

How can you make a difference?

To provide technical assistance to the government of Tanzania in producing the 2018-2022 annual MPDSR report, outlining analyses of available data, including GIS mapping of high mortality burden facilities, and an assessment of the functionality of the reporting and response mechanisms.

Scope of Work:

  1. Design methodology and time frame for assignment, including data collection/extraction forms, interview guide and approach to analysis, including GIS analysis, and report writing
  2. Data collection
    1. Work closely with the Ministry of Health, Reproductive, Child and Adolescent Health Department to collate all available MPDSR reports from January 1st, 2018, to December 31st, 2022.
    2. Conduct key informant interviews (KII) at national, regional and district level through a purposive sampling technique: 3 KII at national level, 6 KII at regional level (RMO and RRCHCo) across 3 regions and 12 at district level (DMO and DRCHCo) across 6 districts.
    3. Collaborate with the Ministry of health, Reproductive, Child and Adolescent Health Department in conduct confidential inquiry across selected facilities and selected cases.
  3. Data analysis
    1. Quantitative data analysis of collated MPDSR data.
    2. GIS analysis of high burden facilities.
    3. Qualitative data of narrative MPDSR reports and of Key
  4. Report writting

a. Draft the MPDSR 5 years report 2018 – 2022

b. Present to MOH and RMNCAH stakeholders

c. Review report following comments

Final presentation of MPDSR report 2018-2022


Work Assignments Overview Deliverables/Outputs Delivery deadline Payment in %.
Inception: Outlining methodology and approach for the assignment, interview guide, relevant framework and data analysis methods, and timeline. The inception report should be presented to UNICEF and the government for review, input, and validation Inception report 15th September 2023 20%
Data collection, analysis and draft report writing: Based on data collection, Data analysis and report writing Draft report 10th October 2023 50%
Final report writing and power point presentation: Based on review of draft report following input from stakeholders during consultation and final presentation of report Final report and power point presentation 30th November 2023 30%

UNICEF reserves the right to withhold all or portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if work/output is incomplete, not delivered or for failure to meet deadlines

Evaluations: The applicant should submit both technical and financial proposal which clearly stipulate how the work will be conducted. The Financial Proposal should include all costs of this assignment including fee, travel costs, accommodation as UNICEF will not pay any DSA.

Proposals will be both technically and financially evaluated. The technical part will carry a weight of 75%, in which the consultant will put clear his/her technical approach to ensure quality attainment of each deliverable and the consultancy in totality. The financial part will carry 25% showing the proposed budget breakdown of consultancy cost for each deliverable (fees, travels and accommodation) and eventual total consultancy cost.


The consultant will operate remotely.

The validity of the contract will be for 3 months. The consultant will be required to travel to Dar es Salaam, Dodoma, and other three regions as appropriate.

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

  • Advanced degree (master’s or MMed) in public health, maternal and newborn health, quality of care, epidemiology, or another relevant field
  • 8-10 years of experience of working in Reproductive Maternal New-born and Child Health (RMNCAH) programmes
  • Experience in stakeholder engagement and communication at both, national and sub-national
  • Experience in report writing
  • Experience in data analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data
  • Experience in GIS analysis
  • Experience of working in MPDSR is an added advantage
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required
  • Proficiency in Swahili is an asset

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS).

To view our competency framework, please visit  here.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your assignment.

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.



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.

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts.

Deadline: E. Africa Standard Time

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Closing Date : 8th August, 2023.

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