Reaching Every District (RED)/ Reaching Every Child/Community strategy (REC)

at Unicef
Location Kampala, Uganda
Date Posted May 22, 2020
Category Social Services & Nonprofit
Job Type FULL_TIME
Currency UGX

Description

Reaching Every District (RED)/ Reaching Every Child/Community strategy (REC)

Locations: Africa: Uganda
Work Type : Consultancy

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, a fair chance

Uganda is one of the over 190 countries and territories around the world where we work to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease, and discrimination place in a child’s path. Together with the Government of Uganda and partners we work towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals, the objectives of the Uganda National Development Plan, and the planned outcomes of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework.

Visit this link for more information on Uganda Country Office https://www.unicef.org/uganda/

How can you make a difference?

UNICEF Uganda is seeking to recruit a consultant to support MoH/UNEPI and selected poorly performing districts to strengthen the capacities for planning, implementation and monitoring of the immunization services so the country can achieve the Global vaccine actions plan (GVAP) indicators of 90% coverage for national and 80% at the district level.

The consultant will support updating of REC micro-plans and implementation of the equity assessment recommendations, implementation of planned outreaches, linking services to the communities through revitalization of the Health Unit Management Committees, mentoring health workers and supportive supervision.

This consultancy will cover a total of 58 districts selected based on their performance using the criteria below:

District with more than 600 un-immunised children between the period of 2016-2018
District with drop outs rate (DPT1-DPT3) more than 600 children in the period 2016-2018
District in RED category 3 or 4 in any of the period between 2016-2018
A district having measles confirmed cases for the last 2 years or more
A district having annual DPT3 coverage that is less than 90% in any of the analyzed years of 2016-2018
UNICEF priority districts (refugee settlement districts / high risk districts)
BACKGROUND

In alignment with the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP), Uganda National Expanded Program on Immunization (UNEPI) has set a target of reaching 90 per cent national coverage and 80 per cent in every district or equivalent administrative unit with three doses of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis containing vaccines. It is the national priority to scale up immunization services equitably to all people through reducing the gap in immunization coverage within the population and identifying the marginalized and vulnerable population specially children for focused service delivery.

The Ministry of Health’s UNEPI aims to strengthen routine immunization and develops differentiated, equity-focused strategies to support poorly performing districts. In 2018, UNICEF used Gavi PEF to support the Government of Uganda at national and district levels to strengthen the capacity of the district health teams and health workers in leadership and management for immunization (LMC). The RED/REC consultants recruited through Gavi funds supported EPI mentorship, micro planning and supervision in 43 districts during the months of February to October 2018.

SPECIFIC DELIVERABLES

The Consultant performance will be evaluated against the deliverables outlined below.

Key deliverables by the Consultant:

Present a Detailed work plan for the consultancy with planning, costing, monitoring and mentorship tools and review reports for 36 districts integrated in the work plan.
Evidence of updated/developed health facility micro-plans for selected districts.
Evidence of detailed costing of micro plans per district for 2018/2019 fiscal year.
Evidence of financial gap analysis for implementation of micro plans for 2018/2019.
Report submitted on implementation of child health days highlighting challenges and recommendation to address.
1-2 pager briefs for DHO/DHTs on the RED/REC with costs and financial gap for 2019/2020. Evidence of meeting with DHO/DHTs and summary of discussions towards integration of micro plans in the next fiscal year budgets.
Draft a Mentorship plan developed and shared with the Supervisor including monthly mentorship report against the plan.
Draft an Orientation plan with monthly updates on HUMC orientations against the plan.
Present a detailed report submitted on orientation of VHTs to effectively conduct social mobilization activities and linking immunization services to communities.

Skills

Good analytic skills and report writing skill
Fluency in written and spoken English.
Good interpersonal and negotiation skills
Excellent facilitation skills, negotiation skills and oral and written communication skills;
A repertoire of a wide range of facilitation approaches
Strong qualitative and quantitative analytical skills
Knowledge of the Uganda context is an added advantage
Knowledge of UNICEF/GoU EPI programme is an added advantage

Experience Requirements

A minimum of 2 years’ experience in Immunization planning and implementation
Excellent planning and monitoring and evaluation skills and ability to plan and oversee projects.
Expertise in working with communities and developing and disseminating information and messages
Proven working relations with district & sub-district structures
Knowledge of Reaching Every District/every child (RED/REC) strategy

Education Requirements

A university degree in Public Health or Diploma in Nursing, Degree in Logistics management with relevant work experience, particularly in the planning, implementation and monitoring in EPI service delivery and EPI logistics;

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