Roster of consultants - Support the delivery of annual workplans to implement PMNCH’s strategies to 2030 – the current 2021 to 2025 Strategy and the expected 2026 to 2030 Strategy

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Purpose of consultancy

PMNCH is seeking to establish a roster of Band A and Band B Consultants to support the implementation of deliverables underpinning the 2021 to 2025 Strategy, as well as the future strategy to 2030. More specifically these consultants would support PMNCH’s 2024-25 workplan over the next two years but also beyond that into the next 2026 to 2030 Strategic period.

The relevant areas of expertise that these consultants will need to bring is to be focused on the following thematic areas and functions, and the intersection between them:

Thematic areas

  • Maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH). To drive down preventable morbidity and mortality, including stillbirths, by advocating vigorously for the inclusion of essential MNCH services in costed country benefits packages.
  • Sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). To uphold essential SRHR interventions and ensure continuous progress in financing and equitable access to comprehensive SRHR packages.
  • Adolescent well-being (AWB). To advance the health and well-being of adolescents by engaging, aligning and capacitating partners around the Agenda for Action for Adolescents, launched at the conclusion of the October 2023 Global Forum for Adolescents, convened by PMNCH.

Functions

  • Knowledge synthesis. Translating and packaging existing evidence to highlight gaps in progress, consensus building on advocacy asks and messaging, and disseminating knowledge and messaging to diverse audiences to equip partners for action.
  • Partner engagement. Supporting the development of partner knowledge, skills and capacity for joint advocacy, meaningful inclusion of all actors, including adolescents and youth, and encouraging greater accountability of partners to each other and to external stakeholders, including through multistakeholder policy dialogue.
  • Campaigns and outreach. Mobilizing all partners in a coordinated approach to attain common advocacy and accountability goals, amplifying messages through champions, parliaments, media and other influential channels.

Background

PMNCH, established in 2005, is the world's largest alliance of nearly 1,500 members (governments and organizations) working in women’s, children’s and adolescents’ (WCA) health and well-being, with a strong focus on newborns. It is a partnership hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO).

PMNCH’s vision is a world in which every woman, child and adolescent is able to realize their right to health and well-being, leaving no one behind. PMNCH has long been a leader in global policy advocacy, supporting the development of the updated United Nations Secretary-General’s Every Woman Every Child Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016–2030) (the Global Strategy), Every Newborn Action Plan (ENAP), among many other influential initiatives.

PMNCH’s membership, and its Board, is drawn from across its 10 constituencies. The Board is chaired by the Rt. Hon. Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand and former UNDP Administrator.

PMNCH’s is currently delivering its 2021-2025 strategy, which is implemented through annual workplans, budgeted at US$ 10 million per year.

Deliverables

The consultants’ technical expertise is intended to facilitate effective and impactful delivery of specific aspects of PMNCH’s programme of work, and through the following deliverables:

    1. Specialist technical inputs into Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (including stillbirths).
    • 1.1 Promote uptake of MNCH-related knowledge and evidence tools for action, focusing on enhanced equity within a UHC/PHC approach.
    • 1.2 Contribute to the implementation of existing MNCH commitments in a minimum of 10 countries, aligning with advocacy plans of ENAP-EPMM and the Child Survival Action initiative.
    • 1.3 Promote the adoption/uptake of the WHA MNCH resolution, including SRHR and AWB content.
    1. Specialist technical inputs into Adolescent Health and Well-Being.
    • 2.1 Promote uptake of AWB-related knowledge and evidence for action, increasing visibility and commitment to the needs of adolescents and young people.
    • 2.2 Increase meaningful participation and visibility of adolescents and young people in shaping policy processes.
    • 2.3 Increase national, non-state and inter-governmental AWB commitments and follow-up on existing government commitments.
    1. Specialist technical inputs into Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights.
    • 3.1 Disseminate knowledge and evidence to increase SRHR support within inter-governmental agreements, including WHA resolutions and G7/G20 communiques.
    • 3.2 Enhance partner capacity to counter SRHR misinformation, strengthen and support advocacy networks for enhanced SRHR investment and policy.
    • 3.3 Promote implementation of adolescent and SRHR (ASRHR) commitments.
    1. Operational streamlining and delivery.
    • 4.1 Mobilize resources to enable delivery of PMNCH’s workplans.
    • 4.2 Support Contribute to PMNCH’s governance management.

Qualifications, experience, skills and languages

Educational Qualifications:

Essential:

  • First level university degree in public health, global health, health sciences, health systems, or any related development field.

Desirable:

  • Band level B: Advanced university degree in public health, global health, health sciences, health systems, or any related development field.

Experience

Essential:

  • Band level A: Up to 5 years of relevant professional experience in: (i) delivering global health related programmes of work; (ii) focus on women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health and wellbeing; and (iii) experience of working with in-countries counterparts at different levels in Africa and Asia.
  • Band level B: Minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience in: (i) delivering global health related programmes of work; (ii) focus on women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health and wellbeing; and (iii) experience of working with in-countries counterparts at different levels in Africa and Asia.

Desirable:

  • Previous work experience with WHO, other international organizations and/or major institutions, as well as in-country experience.

Skills:

Essential:

  • Knowledge of and engagement with maternal, newborn and child health; sexual and reproductive health and rights; and adolescent well-being.
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills.
  • Strong interpersonal, diplomacy and communication expertise.

Languages required:

Essential:

  • Expert knowledge of English.

Desirable

  • Expert knowledge of other UN languages.

Location

Off site: Home-based.

Travel

The consultant is not expected to travel.

Remuneration and budget (travel costs are excluded):

Remuneration:

Band level A - USD 3,955 - 6,980 per month Band level B - USD 7,000 - 9,980 per month

Living expenses (A living expense is payable to on-site consultants who are internationally recruited):

N/A

Expected duration of contract:

1 to 11 months depending on programme needs.

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