Political Economy Analysis Specialist
Background of the project
The IRC is the prime on Ensuring Quality Access and Learning (EQUAL) for Mothers and Newborns in Conflict-Affected Contexts Consortium, a research consortium funded through FCDO’s ‘Filling the Gaps in Evidence: Building Stronger And More Resilient Health Systems Research Programme Consortia (RPC)’ mechanism. The IRC-led RPC aims to produce high quality evidence that improves the health of the poorest and most vulnerable people in developing countries. The IRC is partnering with Institute of Human Virology Nigeria, Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health, Somali Research and Development Institute, and Université Catholique de Bukavu (DRC). The objective of this project is to produce rigorous, operationally relevant research and evidence to improve maternal and neonatal health in low-income, conflict-affected contexts. This project will produce evidence that is accessible to decision-makers influencing strategic investments, policies and programming to improve maternal and newborn health (MNH), at the national and global level. The research under this opportunity includes topic areas such as operational research on community-based MNH service delivery, national health policy analysis around MNH, and MNH quality of care assessments in primary health facilities. As part of the inception report, the consortium must develop a research strategy on political economy analysis of national-level prioritization of maternal and newborn health care.
Contribute to the development of research framework and methods for political economy analysis around maternal and newborn health in South Sudan.
Scope of Work: The consultant will participate in meetings for a consortium-wide workstream on political economy analyses (PEA) on maternal and newborn health in the contexts of Eastern DRC, Northeast Nigeria, Somalia, and South Sudan and in a research uptake working group. The consultant will be expected to take responsibility for developing parts of a consortium-wide strategy on PEA, adapting said strategy to the context of South Sudan, and executing the analysis in South Sudan.
D****eliverables (with estimated days)
- Active participation in weekly workstream meetings on PEA (Oct-Dec) (1-2 days) - Active participation in weekly working group meetings on Research Uptake (Oct-Dec) (1-2 days) - Drafting sections of the research framework and methods for PEA on national prioritization of maternal and newborn health (4-5 days) - Providing review and feedback on other relevant methodological sections involving these technical areas and/or South Sudan (1-2 days)
Payment Rate and Schedule:
Payments will be paid in two installments: upon submission of the inception report to FCDO around January 2022 and after successful approval of the final report by FCDO around March 2022. You will be expected to document the actual number of days spent on each deliverable.
- Deep knowledge of South Sudan context, South Sudanese national preferred - Experience in conducting political economy analysis (preferred if experience in health / maternal and newborn health) or other related approaches - Ability to work with a cross-cultural group across several time zones
To apply, please send your CV, a cover letter/letter of interest, and daily rate to [email protected] by 15 September 2021.