International Consultant - Development of HIV Point of Care (POC) Operational plan in Angola - 30 Days - Home-Based
Application deadline 1 month ago: Tuesday 22 Jun 2021 at 22:55 UTCOpen application form
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The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programmes, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated.
How can you make a difference?
The goal of the consultancy is to provide technical support to strengthen care services for preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV and early childhood diagnosis and pediatric treatment, through the development of a POC operational plan for Angola and support the start-up phase of implementation of the plan.
Specifically, the consultant is expected to:
- Facilitate and coordinate virtual meetings with stakeholders to discuss the key considerations for scale up of POC testing technology.
- Provide technical assistance to INLS regarding health systems strengthening and capacity building to set up and implement POC testing technology.
- Provide technical assistance to the Ministry of Health/INLS in developing and starting up a National EID POC Operational Plan, including standard operation procedures (SOPs) and flowcharts.
- Provide technical support to INLS to prepare demand forecasts and procurement plans as well as quarterly inventory reports for the EID POC supplies and commodities.
- Support the development/implementation of a monitoring and evaluation framework that includes compiling and defining project indicators, baselines, targets, reporting templates and timelines.
- Review available documents and relevant literature and develop an inception report outlining proposed methodology and timelines.
3 days remotely
First Payment: 20% of total
- Orient and facilitate the kick-off meeting with key stakeholders of the Ministry of Health/INLS, UN, CDC and USAID partners, to discuss the scope, outline and timeline to develop the plan.
Meeting consensus report available with plan outline
5 days remotely
- Facilitate a workshop to determine the resources available for EID and the epidemiological review to assess the need in different provinces.
Map out the needs and resources for EID for a 3-year cycle
5 days remotely
- Provide guidance and remote support to field trips by national consultant and INLS staff to relevant provinces to inform development of POC operational Plan.
Guidance notes and check list for the field trips
2 days remotely
Second Payment: 50% of total
- Elaborate the 1st draft of the POC operational plan, including SOPs and flow charts, to be reviewed by TWG.
POC operational plan draft available
7 days remotely
- Finalize POC operational plan with feedback provided by TWG.
Operational plan available
3 days remotely
- Provide technical support to start implementation of POC operational plan.
Final consultancy report
5 days remotely
Final Payment: 30% of total
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: public health, health systems management, medical laboratory, biomedical sciences, or related field *A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
- A minimum of 8 years of relevant professional experience in working on HIV/AIDS/PMTCT-Pediatric care programming, and laboratory, preferably in Eastern and Southern Africa
- Experience in participating and / or conducting consultations with national authorities on the processes of mapping and implementation on Point of Care (POC) devices and reporting, as well as facilitating workshops.
- Demonstrated track record of experience on development of POC operational plan.
- Experience of working with UN agencies is an asset
- Excellent skills in facilitation, team building and mediation
- High ethical standards and understanding of sensitivities relating to children’s rights
- Fluency in English and some knowledge of Portuguese/Spanish is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.
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.
The UNICEF competencies required for this post are:
- Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness
- Works Collaboratively with others
- Builds and Maintains Partnerships
- Innovates and Embraces Change
- Thinks and Acts Strategically
- Drives to achieve impactful results
- Manages ambiguity and complexity
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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.
Duty Station: home-based consultancy
Terms of Payment: The consultant will be paid an all-inclusive fee as per the stipulated deliverable and payment schedule
Contract Duration****: 30 days in three months
How to apply: Interested candidates are requested to create their profile on UNICEF career portal at https://www.unicef.org/careers/, including cover letter and CV. Candidates should indicate ability, availability and all-inclusive financial proposal to undertake the terms of reference.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
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