Survey Methods-Mortality Surveillance Researcher

IRC - The International Rescue Committee

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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, Somalia 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 investment, policy 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. As part of its inception report, the consortium must develop a research strategy for 1) community-based maternal and perinatal mortality surveillance and 2) quasi-experimental evaluation (including population-level survey) of community-based maternal and newborn care programming in select study sites.


Contribute to the development of a research framework and methods for: 1) community-based maternal and perinatal mortality surveillance, and 2) population-level maternal and newborn health survey (as part of a community-based maternal and newborn care program evaluation).

Scope of Work: The consultant will participate in meetings for the above two workstreams respectively as a technical expert and contribute to the design of context-appropriate implementation strategies for Northern Bahr el Ghazal, South Sudan (in consultation and collaboration with IRC, JHU, and UCB). The consultant will also contribute insights on stakeholder engagement and cross-country learning on these two workstreams. The consultant will be expected to take responsibility for parts of a report containing a research framework and methods around the aforementioned two topic areas. They will also help strengthening capacity of research consortium members on these methodological areas.

D****eliverables with estimated time:

- Active participation in weekly workstream meetings that includes population-level surveys as its mandate (Oct-Dec) (1-2 days) - Drafting sections of the research framework and methods for 1) community-based maternal and perinatal mortality surveillance and 2) quasi-experimental study on community-based maternal and newborn care program (8-10 days, expectations will change depending on methodological expertise of consultant) - Providing review and feedback on relevant inception report 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 nationals preferred - Expertise (preferred) or familiarity (required) with maternal and newborn health service delivery, program implementation and/or monitoring and evaluation - Experience in one or multiple of these research methods, preferably with a focus on maternal and newborn health services and outcomes:

- Community-based mortality surveillance - Population-level surveys - Quasi-experimental studies

- 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 estimated budget to [email protected] by 15 September 2021.

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