National Consultancy: Baseline Assessment of Oxygen Therapy Readiness, Islamabad UNICEF Pakistan, Req, 100 working days (For Pakistan Nationals Only)

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NICEF 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 safe home!

Pakistan was the sixth country in the world to sign and ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child, less than one year after it was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1989. However, children and adolescents living in Pakistan still face acute challenges.

UNICEF supports the Government of Pakistan to accelerate progress for children, work to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and help children realize their rights under the Convention on the Rights of Children. This will be made through, among others things, strong partnerships with provincial authorities, teachers and health professionals, frontline workers and social mobilisers, communities and families, and of course the children and adolescents themselves.

In particular, UNICEF will work so that:

  • Every child survives and thrives -- being in good health, immunized, protected from polio and accessing nutritious food.
  • Every child learns.
  • Every child is protected from violence and exploitation and registered at birth.
  • Every child lives in a safe and clean environment, with access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation.

To learn more about UNICEF’s work in Pakistan, please visit the country website www.unicef.org/pakistan and videos on YouTube and Vimeo

How can you make a difference?

The consultant will support UNICEF Social policy Section in organizing Improving Adolescent Lives in Pakistan (IALP) Program Impact Evaluation dissemination workshop. The main goal of the dissemination workshop is to share knowledge that the impact evaluation of IALP program has produced in the form of evaluation results, findings, lesson learnt and recommendations and success stories / beneficiaries’ experience related to IALP program.

UNICEF Pakistan Health Program requires support of specific expertise to ensure SPRINT project baseline assessment in the selected districts of Punjab and KPK.

The participatory nature of consultancy will involve concurrent consultative meetings at the federal level, in the provinces, districts and health facilities engaging relevant government counterparts and stakeholders for gathering relevant inputs to conduct situation analysis and baseline assessment to further guide and support oxygen supply and management for pneumonia and beyond, focusing on ownership and sustainability. The assessment will enlighten issues like continuum of care across different levels, what interventions take place where, what equipment/commodities should be available and where, electricity availability, oxygen stock outs, generator availability, number of beds, number of patients seen, presence of enabling infrastructure, like inpatient department, emergency room (NICU and paediatric ward), labour room/ward etc., and referral system for access to higher levels of care for more severe cases (what is the quality of case management at the referral levels), as well as any existing Quality Control and Improvement mechanisms (e.g. QI teams). The assessment should also include existing indicators at provincial/district level for supply chain (HLMIS) and programmatic use of oxygen and AmoxDT/essential commodities. This will require travel and UNICEF will bear the cost of travel as per set rules and regulations.

Objectives:

  • To conduct desk review and mapping exercise of oxygen therapy for advocacy and engagement sustainability of overall oxygen therapy management system in Pakistan.
  • To do a detailed assessment of oxygen therapy readiness in primary (RHC) and secondary (THQ, DHQ) level health facilities of 4 selected districts in 2 provinces in line with agreed assessment tool and WHO biomedical equipment tool (Annex A)

Tasks:

  • Organize stakeholder consultations and present the outline of assessment to stakeholders and have a consensus
  • Desk Analysis of available national and provincial documentation data, research and information available with identification of barriers and gaps in existing oxygen availability and use at health facility level, oxygen supply chain management system, existing policies for oxygen use, procurement and distribution of oxygen supplies both in public & private sector from the oxygen source to the patient delivery device through consultation with key stakeholders.
  • Provide recommendations for filling the existing gaps at national and provincial/subnational level.
  • Prepare the first draft of in-depth oxygen situation analysis at the national/provincial level.
  • Conduct baseline data collection in four selected districts of two provinces at HF level (THQ, DHQ, RHC) on the availability and level of use of oxygen in health facilities, including oxygen supply chain logistic system from the oxygen source to the patient delivery devices, operation & maintenance system, availability of qualified/trained staff, oxygen accessories and consumables (e.g. oxygen concentrators, oxygen cylinders, pulse oximeters, ARI timers, nasal prongs, etc.), current SoPs, policies, etc.
  • Integration of the results of baseline assessment under deliverables 2&3 into one assessment.
  • Incorporation of final comments of supervisor and all stakeholders in the report
  • Final debriefing of UNICEF team and relevant stakeholders.

Deliverables

  • Assessment tool is available in consensus with the stakeholders reached.
  • Inception report and workplan developed
  • Submission of the draft of the results from desk analyses performed and presented to UNICEF, MoNHSRC, WHO and Federal / provincial / area key stakeholders.
  • Finalize desk review based on the input from the stakeholders and provide the recommendations.
  • Baseline assessment performed and finalized.
  • Submission of the dataset of the comprehensive situation analysis.
  • Powerpoint presentation with key findings and recommendations.
  • Draft integrated baseline assessment document finalized and presented to key stakeholders.
  • Inputs incorporated and final report agreed with the Supervisor and submitted.
  • Final report presented to key stakeholders.

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

  • An advanced university (Master’s level or MBBS degree or it’s equivalent in the field of public health, health logistics and supply management, or Epidemiology &, Biostatistics, or social sciences from a recognized institution; Expertise in Primary Health Care, Universal health Coverage, Pneumonia care, oxygen supply and management and IMNCI & newborn care related field will be an asset.
  • “*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
  • Experience of working with Government, NGOs and Donor / UN agencies designing policies, strategies, planning and budgeting in the field of Public Health will be an asset
  • Track record of oxygen and drug supply policies, pneumonia strategies and programmes, including IMNCI will be preferred
  • Relevant professional experience in report writing data management and analysis

For every Child, you demonstrate…

  • UNICEF’s core values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and core competencies in: 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 and Manages ambiguity and complexity. View our competency framework at: Here
  • 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.

NOTE:

  • Estimated Duration: 100 days, estimate starting date: 1st June 2022
  • The consultant will be based in Islamabad
  • The consultancy is at NOD equivalent level.
  • Applicants are requested to submit a financial quotation indicating daily fee or a lump sum amount for the whole assignment as part of the application against each deliverable.
  • HEC Attested and verified degrees are a pre-requisite for employment at UNICEF. Candidates will be required to present attested and verified degrees.
  • At the time the contract is awarded, the selected candidate must have in place current health insurance coverage.

Remarks:

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.

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

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.

Remarks:

Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

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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