Re-Announcement : National Consultant: Development of Guide on New born Health in Humanitarian Setting

from UN Children's Fund
Closing date: 23 Oct 2019

National Consultant: Development of Guide on Newborn Health in Humanitarian Setting

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Myanmar has among the highest under 5, infant and newborn mortality rates (U5MR, IMR, NMR) among ASEAN countries at 50 and 25 per 1,000 live births respectively (DHS, 2015). Around 40,000 young children die every year. Deaths among newborns contribute to 50% of all under 5 deaths; Prematurity, LBW, birth asphyxia, neonatal jaundice and neonatal sepsis contribute to about 90% of all neonatal deaths (Cause of Under-five Mortality, 2014). These deaths are preventable; most occur during delivery and the first day of life.

Humanitarian crises can have devastating impacts on newborn health not just because of the impact of injuries and illnesses directly related to the crisis, but also because of the destruction of existing health services and systems resulting from the crisis. Rebuilding health facilities and systems, providing emergency care and training health workers form critical components of any humanitarian response, and maternal and newborn health (MNH) services comprise key components within that process. However, advocacy to health actors is often necessary to ensure newborn services are prioritized from the beginning of an emergency response. To promote accountability and support a rapid and effective response, newborn health considerations should be integrated into emergency preparedness and disaster risk reduction efforts before a crisis occurs.

Objectives of the Consultancy

At national level, technically assist MoHS’s focal division (Child Health and Development Division, CHD) to provide stakeholders and implementing partners with standardized guidance and tools to support implementation of good quality newborn health services in humanitarian settings in order to reduce neonatal mortality and morbidity.

At sub-national level, to advocate health actors through orientation workshop to ensure newborn services are prioritized in emergency response and to make stakeholders aware of national guidance and tools

Assignment Tasks and Expected Deliverables

Tasks 1:

Prepare a work plan plan with timeline and assistance required from UNICEF based on TOR in consultation with MoHS and UNICEF

Deliverables 1:

work plan including timeline and assistance required

Tasks 2:

Assist MoHS in organizing a series of consultative workshop as necessary at national level in reviewing and adapting guidance and tools for Newborn Health in Humanitarian Setting

Deliverables 2:

A series of consultative workshops (might need 2-3 workshops) completed at national level and if required at sub-national level.

Consolidated workshop report including Summary and Stakeholders’ feed backs

Tasks 3:

DRAFT the technical guide and tools based on stakeholder’s consultation and WHO-UNICEF global guidance

Deliverables 3:

Draft technical Guide including necessary Tools (in English)

Tasks 4:

FINAL the technical guide and tools after incorporation of stakeholder’s feedback and pre-test findings

Deliverables 4:

Final guide on Newborn Health in Humanitarian Setting including Tools (in English)

Myanmar translation of Guide including Tools

Tasks 5:

Disseminate the technical guide and tools through national level workshop as necessary

Deliverables 5:

Multi-stakeholder Dissemination workshop at national level

Tasks 6:

Conduct awareness/orientation session on the Guide and Tools on Newborn Health in Humanitarian Setting for prioritized states/regions

Deliverables 6:

Orientation package including standardized power-point presentation

Completion of Orientation workshops in prioritized 3-5 states/regions

Tasks 7:

Conduct advocacy and support the Disaster and Public Health Emergency Response Division (DPHERD) to incorporate newborn care in the Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan.

Deliverables 7:

Advocacy session with DPHERD done on Inclusion of newborn care in Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan

Qualification and specialized knowledge/experience required for the assignment:

  • Master’s Degree in Medicine/Public Health or Advanced university degree in a subject area related to newborn health/child health
  • Minimum 8-10 years of experience in Newborn Health or Maternal Newborn Child Health
  • Demonstrated experience working with multi-sectorial partners e.g. Government ministries, international institution
  • Experience in developing/adapting technical guideline/policy at national level
  • Experience in facilitating workshop
  • Experience in institutional capacity development is preferable
  • Good knowledge and understanding of health system and context in in Myanmar.
  • Excellent analytical, interpretation and interpersonal communication skills as well as writing skills in English
  • Ability to work in a team setting and with minimum supervision to meet TOR
  • Ability and flexibility to travel within Myanmar as necessary
  • Adequate computer skills particularly with Microsoft office word, excel and power point
  • Interested candidates are requested to submit the application with updated CV and completed EOI form.

    EoI_natioanl Consultant_ NBH in HS.doc

    TOR for NBH in Humanitarian Setting (shared).docx

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