Consultancy for Field Coordinators to support Integration and Improvement of Primary Health Care Services - Nationals only (11.5 months)

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The objective of the consultancy is to support implementation of the “Integration and Improvement of PHC services” initiative in 200 communities, including in communities enrolled in Haya Karima initiative. The overall objective will be achieved through the following sub-objectives:

  • Increase capacity of managers of primary health care centres on leadership and management.
  • Establish sustainable health and nutrition coordination at the district level.
  • Ensure that accurate data monitoring system are in place and used for local decision-making.
  • Improve capacity of health service providers at the PHC to deliver quality health and nutrition interventions.
  • Improve supply chain at PHC.
  • Develop and implement mechanism for community participation in health promotion and prevention.
  • Improve use of social media and other communication platforms to engage communities and raise awareness in relation to health, nutrition, and child development.

Duty station is in Egypt, in one of the following governorates: Gharbia & Qalubia (combined), Minya, Assuit and Alexandria and Marsa Matrouh (combined).


The Field Coordinators will be extended arm of MoHP and UNICEF in the field, ensuring that joint activities (strengthening the primary health care system; enhance community mobilization and participation in health; maintaining essential maternal and child health care services during COVID-19 pandemic; training of health professionals on health and nutrition; roll-out of baby-friendly hospital initiative; and others) are implemented in the priority governorates in a coordinated manner.

The consultants will ensure day-to-day implementation and monitoring in the field, through the following actions:

  • Facilitating coordination between different departments of health at governorate, district, and community level.
  • Leveraging partnerships with local civil society organizations, community and religious leaders for the improvement of health care services.
  • Providing training and support to health care managers / supervisors on evidence-based planning, monitoring, and the use of data in decision making.
  • Organizing trainings of service providers on maternal and newborn health, infant and young child feeding, and early childhood development.
  • Mobilizing community volunteers to reach families and disseminate health and nutrition messages.
  • Disseminate health and nutrition messages using new technology and social media (including WhatsApp and Facebook).
  • Monitor quality of services and support PHC management to develop and implement quality improvement initiatives.

The process should be participatory, bringing together multiple stakeholders to share knowledge and insights.


Activities, deliverables, timelines, and payment per deliverable are summarized in the table below.




Monthly reports. The reports that should include, but not limited to:

  • Coaching and supportive supervision of managers and health care service providers in primary health care facilities to deliver and monitor health and nutrition interventions
  • Support Information System to analyze and visualize data on maternal and child health and nutrition
  • Facilitate ongoing (face-to face or online) trainings for service providers on maternal and child health and nutrition
  • Facilitate ongoing (face-to face or online) trainings with health managers (IMCI, IYCF, RBM, etc.)
  • Monitor distribution of supplies and end- user satisfaction with supplies delivered
  • Monitor and report on immunization activities.
  • Support scale-up micronutrient supplementation and food fortification programs
  • Support implementation of national BFHI certification programme
  • Monitor and report on rehabilitation of WASH facilities.
  • Monitor and report on core maternal and child health and nutrition indicators
  • Organize meetings with local authorities
  • Facilitate meetings of health authorities with other social services
  • Conduct meetings and mobilize communities to participate in the design and delivery of health and nutrition initiatives
  • Support establishment/use of social media platform and train health providers and educators on usage of social media to promote maternal and child health and nutrition
  • Monitor implementation of UNICEF support to COVID-19 response
  • Support implementation of Presidential Initiatives for health and nutrition as needed
  • Provide monthly report on core activities completed, implementation challenges and opportunities and core maternal and child health and nutrition indicators
  • Provide inputs to UNICEF office reports (i.e. mid-year report, annual report, donor reports, etc.).

Monthly (for 11 months)

Equal payment for each month, upon completion of planned deliverables and approval of the monthly report

Same as above

Prepare the final report

Half a month

Final payment (half of the monthly fee) upon approval of the final report


11.5 months

Conditions of work:

Under the supervision of the supervisors from UNICEF and in close collaboration with MoHP, the consultant is required to implement all the activities agreed and submit all deliverables on time and with quality. The supervisors are responsible for ensuring that the entire process adheres to the organizational quality and ethical standards. The supervisors will also ensure that the consultant has access to all necessary documents.

This assignment is a full-time field-based consultancy requiring full presence in the field, in the assigned governorates (Gharbia & Qalubia, Minya, Assuit and Alexandria and Marsa Matrouh). Reporting to UNICEF supervisor can be done remotely, as per the schedule agreed. Travel to Cairo from the assigned governorate will be agreed upon and compensated as per the standard rate.

Monthly payments will be processed upon delivering and accepting monthly progress reports.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • UNICEF Egypt is looking for consultants with strong expertise and good track record in implementing primary health care initiatives, and who is respectful to cultural diversities, community values, and is sensitive to gender issues, with zero tolerance to violence, child abuse and neglect and other harmful practices. The following expertise is required:

    • Medical background, with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in medicine and/or pharmacy and/or public health / nutrition. Postgraduate degree in public health is an asset.
    • At least five years of previous experience in supporting primary health care systems and public health initiatives.
    • Track record of leadership, facilitation and coordination skills and commitment to delivering timely and high-quality reports.
    • An excellent understanding of data and monitoring principles.
    • Fluent in Arabic and English.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

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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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

UNICEF is committed to promoting the protection and safeguarding of all children.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

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