Technical Advisor to Multi-Country Situation Analysis of Inpatient Care of Newborns and Young Infants (NYI)

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Jhpiego is an international, non-profit health organization affiliated with The Johns Hopkins University. For 40 years and in over 155 countries, Jhpiego has worked to prevent the needless deaths of women and their families.

Jhpiego works with health experts, governments and community leaders to provide high-quality health care for their people. Jhpiego develops strategies to help countries care for themselves by training competent health care workers, strengthening health systems and improving delivery of care.

Jhpiego designs innovative, effective and low-cost health care solutions to ensure a level of care for women and their families. These practical, evidence-based interventions are breaking down barriers to high-quality health care for the world’s most vulnerable populations.

Terms of Reference for Technical Advisor to Multi-Country Situation Analysis of Inpatient Care of Newborns and Young Infants (NYI)

National Consultant

Background

Jhpiego is an "international non-profit health organization affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. The MCSP program implemented by Jhpiego and its partners aims at reducing child and maternal mortality through increased coverage and utilization of high-impact low cost reproductive, maternal, new-born, and child health (RMNCH) interventions and innovative approaches and strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Health (MOH) to manage and scale up high-impact RMNCH interventions.

The Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) is supporting a multi-country situational analysis of inpatient care of newborns and young infants.  Rwanda is one of the countries that will conduct the situation analysis.  Rwanda has mainstreamed Essential Newborn Care within the country’s national newborn programs and the focus is on increasing effective coverage and quality.  The next priority for the country is to improve the inpatient care of small and sick newborns. 

A first step in the process of improving inpatient care of newborns and young infants is to understand the landscape of care.  The situation analysis is an important step that will contribute to the understanding of the landscape of inpatient care of newborns and young infants in Rwanda.  The purpose of the study is to provide MOH and partners in Rwanda with information to support the updating or development of strategic plans for improving inpatient care for small and sick NYI.  In addition, it will help with identification of specific interventions for improving inpatient care services for small and sick NYI.

The assessment aims to describe the following:

  • The national enabling environment for service implementation and quality of inpatient care for newborns and young infants;
  • Facility level availability and readiness to provide inpatient services for NYI;
  • Indicators of quality of services (readiness, recording of monitoring information);
  • Opinions and suggestions from managers, service providers, and parents/caregivers present in the facility on the day of the assessment about service conditions, service provision, and ways to improve these.

Purpose of the consultancy

The primary purpose of this consultancy is to lead the process of protocol and tool adaptation to the Rwanda context and report write-up for the situation analysis of inpatient care for small and sick babies in Rwanda. With support from the Principal Investigator (PI), study team members and international experts, the consultant will lead the process of adapting the global protocol and relevant tools, support the PI in the preparation of documentation for ethics approval by the Rwanda National Ethics Committee, resolve clinical/technical issues, and contribute to analysis of the data collected and production of draft key findings and recommendations for presentation to key stakeholders. He/she will work with the PI and the international expert to orient data collectors and data managers on use of the tools. In collaboration with MCSP staff, the consultant will lead the assessment team that will participate in interviews with key stakeholders at national, tertiary, referral/provincial and district hospitals involved in inpatient care in 15 health facilities. The consultant will work with the data manager to ensure the quality of data entry, and will lead the data analysis and report writing.

Scope of Work

  • Coordinate the adaptation of the protocol and tools to the Rwandan context.
  • He/she will be responsible for the RNEC submission
  • Manage and contribute to a two-day orientation session of the data collectors on the assessment, methods, and tools for data collection.
  • Lead planning for the field activity to collect data and conduct interviews.
  • Conduct a desk review to complete tools 1-3 (national profile, statistics and services; national plans and guidelines profile) and incorporate inputs from PI, national and international experts.
  • Conduct structured interviews with key stakeholders at central, provincial and district hospitals.
  • Lead a team of interviewers at the mentioned levels in collaboration with MCSP.
  • Lead the analysis and interpretation of assessment findings and present draft key findings and recommendations for inputs from PI, national and international experts.
  • Coordinate the write up of results based on inputs received.
  • Lead the development of report and finalize with inputs from reviewers.
  • Participate in validation and dissemination of the study findings.
  • Will report to the PI of the study

Qualifications

  • Masters of medicine in pediatrics.
  • Sub specialist in neonatology or pediatrician with interest and experience in neonatology.
  • Strong knowledge of operational research with proven experience coordinating and conducting data collection activities.
  • Familiarity with tools and methods to assess availability and readiness of service provision, systems to support quality services, and quality of services provided, e.g. the Service Provision Assessment (SPA), the Service Availability and Readiness Assessment (SARA), Comprehensive Emergency Obstetric Care survey tools, and the Every Mother Every Newborn (EMEN) facility assessment (UNICEF). Strong analytical and summarizing skills.
  • An understanding of advanced survey design and methods.
  • Strong writing skills in English with a clear, simple writing style.
  • Strong IT/computer skills.
  • Extensive knowledge of the Rwanda health sector.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Availability to travel within the country.
  • Fluency in English, and Kinyarwanda (oral and written).
  • Period of Performance: This activity will require approximately 50 working days in the period of 7 months (ideally from January to July 2018).

How to apply

Interested consultants are invited to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for delivery of the assignment. The short EOI (about 3-5 pages) should include:

  1. Motivation letter and updated CV
  2. At least 3 certificates of successful job completion in the same domain issued by three recent clients to whom consultancy services were provided
  3. 3 Professional references with full names, phone number and email address
  4. Technical proposal (3 pages maximum) including the consultant’s understanding of ToRs.
  5. Financial proposal – calculated based on daily rate fees.
  6. Copies of operating licence/authorization from RRA & RDB and any other relevant document if any.

Prior to apply, consultant and must update their profile in the database in Jhpiego Global Consultancy Registry via www.consultants-jhpiego.icims.com or register if they are not yet registered.  

The application file should be addressed to The Country Director – Jhpiego Rwanda via HR.Rwanda@jhpiego.org with Technical Advisor to Multi-Country Situation Analysis of Inpatient Care of Newborns and Young Infants (NYI) in the subject line by January 24th, 2018. For further information on USAID’s Maternal and Child Survival Program, please go to www.jhpiego.org or www.mcsprogram.org 

Selection of the consultant will be by a MCSP project committee and based on the experience of the consultant, the quality and relevance of the EOI, and daily rate. Final negotiated terms and fees will be specified in the consultancy contract.

A contract will be established between the Jhpiego/MCSP and selected consultant. Jhpiego/MCSP reserves its rights to cancel this invitation for consultancy services at any time or to not award consultancy services contract in case the organization is not satisfied with consultancy service proposal or for whatever reason.

Done at Kigali, January 10th 2018

Management of Jhpiego/MCSP Rwanda

Note:                      

Jhpiego/MCSP is an equal opportunity employer. It does not discriminate in employment because of age, religion, tribe, race, color, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, military status, marital status, family responsibility, station of life, political opinion, health (includes HIV/AIDS, pregnancy) socioeconomic status, or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria.  Employment and promotion for any position are based on an individual’s qualifications and merit. Jhpiego/MCSP does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, orientation or any other fees).

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Job summary

This job has been viewed 449 times
Location:
Kigali
Rwanda
Sector:
Consultancy, Health, Other
Education level:
Master
Desired experience:
Senior (5+ years of experience)
Contrat type:
Contract
Apply before:
24-01-2018
Number of positions:
1

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