UNICEF recruits National Consultants

UNICEF recruits National Consultants

UNICEF Zimbabwe is inviting applications from qualified national consultants to provide technical support in the implementation of the Vital Medicines Availability and Health Services (VMAHS) Survey
Job Number: 524166 | Vacancy Link
Locations: Africa: Zimbabwe
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, good health!
How can you make a difference
The Health Development Fund (HDF) is a multi-donor pooled fund managed by UNICEF to support the Ministry of Health and Child Care to achieve planned progress towards achieving the highest possible level of health and quality of life for all Zimbabweans. The HDF supports implementation of high impact cost effective interventions in maternal, newborn, child, adolescent health (MNCH-A) and nutrition as well as health systems strengthening.  The HDF focuses on 7 thematic areas and these are: Maternal, newborn and child health and nutrition, Sexual and Reproduction Health and Rights, Medical products, vaccines and technologies, human resources for health, health financing (results based financing) and health policy, planning, M&E and coordination and finally Technical support and innovation. The purpose of the HDF is to continue to consolidate and improve on gains made in maternal, new born and child health by strengthening health systems and scaling up the implementation of high impact reproductive maternal newborn and adolescent health and nutrition interventions through support to the health sector.
The HDF has no parallel monitoring structure which is specifically designed for the HDF. It uses existing M&E system of the health sector and continues to support the national monitoring system and further strengthen the routine HMIS. The HDF has a logical framework which uses data from the following sources:
Monthly Provincial Medical Directors reports, Routine HMIS and other administrative reports
Vital Medicines Availability and Health Services (VMAHS) survey
Reports of bi-annual and annual National and Provincial review and planning meetings (MODO)
Provincial Medical Directors (PMDs) monthly generic report  – these are submitted on a monthly basis and contain data on progress on key indicators at the provincial level.
Reports of Joint Review Missions conducted by HDF Steering Committee members and other relevant stakeholders using a standard check list
Regular integrated supportive supervision
Annual reviews, mid-term review and final evaluation
The consultant is required to provide monitoring and evaluation expertise in particular to conduct the VMAHS survey.
 The overall objective of the consultancy is to provide support to the Health and Nutrition section in the monitoring of its programs (mainly HDF) through data collection, management, analysis and report writing for the Vital Medicines and Health Services survey and joint review missions as well as analysis and compilation of the generic monthly Provincial Medical Directors reports.
To assess over time the availability of essential maternal, new-born and child health services and medicines and the functionality of these essential maternal, new-born and child health services.
Methodology and Expected Outputs
Plan, organize, supervise and review the quarterly data collection for the Vital Medicines and Health Services Survey as required
Conduct field visits, supervise and/or actively carry out data entry for the Vital Medicines and Health Services Survey as required
Develop and maintain data quality checking processes for the VMHAS
Support the Joint Review Missions
Perform data analysis for 4 VMAHS and 1 Joint Review Mission
Prepare draft reports for the 4 VMAHS
Arrange for VMAHS dissemination meetings and related activities as required i.e. review questionnaire by VMAHS technical team
Provide technical assistance and support for M& E activities to MoHCC for HDF activities
Maintain databases, document results, best practices and areas for improvement and share internally.
The Essential Drugs Specialist will be supervising the VMAHS Consultant.
Major tasks, deliverables, timeframes and payment schedule


Major Task
Timeframe (person days)
Payment schedule (%)
Design, train enumerators and pilot the VMAHS data collection tool
Quarterly data collection tools
72 days
(18 working days per quarter)
Each quarter the questionnaire may require amendment to suit the programmatic needs as well as the needs of UNFPA for 1 quarter
As per below*
Supervise data collection in approximately 1,450 health facilities with 4-5 days field visit
Quarterly data collection report

Quarterly field visit report

72 days

(18 working days per quarter)

Supervision is based on a sample and as per the Inception report provide by Crown Agents and approved by UNICEF. 4-5 days field visit and on site data cleaning and monitoring of the dashboard or server input for timely intervention
As per below*
Draft the VMAHS quarterly report Draft VMAHS Report and dashboard 72 days

(18 working days per quarter)

This report is generated every quarter soon after data collection
As per below*
Track and prepare the HDF and DFID DLI indicators and analysis of JRM data
Quarterly HDF/DFID DLI indicator dashboard + 1 JRM dashboard
16 days (4 working days per quarter)
This work will be accomplished in 1 week per quarter. Joint Review Mission (JRM) is conducted at least once a year for about 1 week field work
As per below*

Consultancy duration: 11.5 months

* Payments will be made quarterly subject to all the 4 deliverables being met. Each of the 4 deliverables contributes 25% of the overall quarterly payment.
Consultancy Requirements
Advanced University degree in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Statistics, Public Health, or other relevant field
Work Experience and Competencies
At least 5 years M&E experience including designing M&E systems, data analysis and management, data quality assurance, designing and conducting surveys/evaluations, reporting and dissemination of M&E results
At least 1 year working experience in UNICEF
Excellent interpersonal skills, able to work within various teams with cultural diversity and can contribute to the overall success of that team
Able to demonstrate a flexible and adaptable approach to work
Comprehensive understanding of the HDF monitoring system
Previous experience with similar kind of work
Excellent communication skills
Excellent analytical and writing skills in English
Strong computer skills – a good command of MS Access, Excel, SPSS and/or other statistical packages
Experience in ODK and near real time data collection from many sources and multiple analysis
As part of this online application, the consultant will be expected to submit a technical  and all-inclusive financial proposal detailing his quarterly professional fees and other miscellaneous consultancy costs for delivering this consultancy.
Competitive market rates will apply.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
Closing Date Sun Aug 11 2019 22:55:00 GMT+0100 (Afr. centrale Ouest)

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