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SOW- Rwanda Technical Consultant

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SOW- Rwanda technical consultant

Background

The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes that inadequate numbers of health workers can impede access to family planning services. Task- sharing is a globally supported practice that can help alleviate these health worker issues by expanding the scope of practice of various cadres for certain services (Box 1). WHO task sharing guidance states that pharmacists (and pharmacy workers under certain conditions) have been deemed competent to provide injectable contraceptives (WHO 2017). Despite this guidance, many countries have policies prohibiting “medical services” on pharmacy premises.

Injectable contraceptives are the most used method of FP in Rwanda, wherein 2015 14.1 percent of all women chose this method (DHS 2015).These women are primarily accessing injectable contraceptives through public sector sources (96 percent).  Given the current human resources for health (HRH) constraints as reported in the Rwanda health private sector engagement assessment 2015, there are opportunities to more effectively engage the private health sector to help scale access to key family planning services and products.

Pharmacies offer an important and under-leveraged channel by which women in Rwanda might access FP products and services.  Pharmacists are trusted providers in the community and are often the first point of contact for many health needs. In February 2020, the Minister of Health in Rwanda approved a change in policy that would allow the administration of injectable contraceptives by private community pharmacists.

POP: November 2020 - February 2021

LOE: 25 days

Position title: Consultancy position

Scope of Work

The technical consultant will support operationalization of the new policy by adapting existing FP guidelines and training materials for pharmacists. The consultant will:

  • Work closely with the FP technical working group and president of APPOR
  • Review existing guidelines and provide feedback on adaptations needed for pharmacists
  • Review existing training curriculum and manuals (e.g. for CHWs and injectable) and provide feedback on adaptations needed for pharmacists. Revisions should also include supplies and materials needed for the trainings and selection criteria for participating pharmacists
  • Provide inputs into a budget for pharmacists training needs

Deliverables

  • Revised FP guidelines with considerations for injectable service delivery in pharmacies
  • Revised FP training agenda and curriculum for pharmacists
  • Revised facilitator and participant training manuals

Desired candidate profile

  • Clinical degree with 10-15 years of experience designing and implementing FP training programs in Rwanda
  • Familiarity with Rwandan health system, community health workers, and private health sector preferred

Application Instructions:

  • All candidates should send applications to caleigh_pickett@abtassoc.com with the position title in the subject line of the email ‘Consultancy position’.

Deadline:  Candidates should submit application on or before November 30th, 2020.