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Consultant – Health and well-being of children and adolescent

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Contractual Arrangement : External consultant

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : 7

8 months

Job Posting: Jul 14, 2022, 9:07:08 AM

Purpose of consultancy

To contribute to the development of operational guidance for well-care contacts to support child and adolescent health and wellbeing, within primary health care services and systems.

Background

An evidence-based approach to future health programming for children and adolescents requires health and social systems to focus not only disease but also on the determinants that underpin health, development, and wellbeing, and contribute to the formation of human capital. To facilitate this approach, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) recently elaborated Investing in our future: a comprehensive agenda for the health and well-being of children and adolescents. The vision proposes models of integrated service delivery with packages of universal interventions and services that are available to all women, children and adolescents and their families everywhere, complemented by targeted and indicated services for those who need extra support. It recognizes the importance of enabling environments in which policies, services and community resources interact to the benefit of the family and the child, supported through whole-of-government and whole-of-society approaches.

As part of the comprehensive agenda, WHO in collaboration with partners will develop operational guidance to support well care contacts for children and adolescents in health services, including school health services. The aim is to strengthen the support that caregivers, children, and adolescents receive for optimal growth and development. Interventions will include monitoring of children’s and adolescents’ health and wellbeing, provision of preventive interventions, anticipatory guidance to caregivers and children and adolescents, and care for any problems that may be identified as part of the consultation. A proposed schedule of such contacts will be based on critical developmental transitions in the first two decades of life and for each contact, a core package of interventions will be proposed. Guidance will also address how existing services can be optimized to better address health and wellbeing of children and adolescents and support their caregivers.

Deliverables

  • Review two scoping documents on monitoring child and adolescent development and program models for implementation of well care services for children and adolescents, which were prepared in 2021, as well as the conclusions of a technical meeting held in December 2021, and evidence on timing, content, and delivery of well care contacts.
  • Develop an annotated outline of the operational guidance document, in consultation with staff in the MCA department. The document will address evidence-based considerations for scheduling well care contacts, specify a core of interventions to be delivered at each contact, and discuss delivery modalities in health services, including school health services.
  • Consult with the interdepartmental working group and with colleagues in UNICEF on the annotated outline, seek their inputs, and make revisions and updates in the outline.
  • Develop sections of the operational guidance for well care contacts to support infant, child and adolescent health and development, and reference with existing WHO guidelines or other UN and peer-reviewed publications when best practice statements are made.
  • Participate in meetings of the informal reference group of experts to discuss the draft guidance, provide information, and incorporate suggestions.
  • Participate in dialogues that MCA staff will have with national policy makers from selected countries to obtain feedback on the feasibility and acceptability of the proposed approach and prepare notes.
  • Complete a draft of the operational guidance to inform national orientation and dialogue in selected countries.

The following deliverables are expected within the time frame of this contract and will be adjusted in agreement with WHO based on progress:

  • Annotated outline of operational guidance for well care contacts to support infant, child and adolescent health and development developed and endorsed by the WHO interdepartmental working group. Expected by 15 September 2022.
  • Sections developed and presented for review to the interdepartmental working group. Expected by 31 October 2022.
  • Consultation with the informal reference group of experts and selected government representatives held on a first draft of the operational guidance. Expected by: 30 November 2022.
  • Feedback incorporated and draft of the operational guidance available to inform national orientation and dialogue in selected countries. Expected by 31 December 2022.
  • Notes developed of interagency consultations held by WHO and UNICEF with government and stakeholders in selected countries (3 to 5) on the feasibility and acceptability of the approach and the need for local adaptation – and incorporation in the draft version commenced. Expected by 28 February 2023.
  • First working version of the guidance finalized. Expected by 31 March 2023.

Qualifications, experience, skills and languages

Educational Qualifications:

Essential: University degree in Medicine and/or Paediatrics.

Desirable: An advanced degree in public health or other discipline related to health service delivery for children and adolescents.

Experience

Essential:

  • Over 10 years of relevant experience in health service delivery for children and/or adolescents.
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience of working at global level, in an academic or development cooperation setting.
  • Experience in planning and implementation of country programs for MNCAH.
  • Experience in partner coordination towards common deliverables.

Desirable: Prior experience working with a UN or similar agency in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines.

Skills/Knowledge:

  • Skills in literature review and evidence synthesis, and development of programmatic guidance for public health programming.
  • Knowledge about WHO guidelines and tools for child health and development.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to cultivate contacts and build genuine partnerships with international groups and networks.
  • Strong writing, editing and verbal skills for communicating with broad and diverse stakeholders.
  • Strong project management and organizational skills, ability to multi-task and pay attention to detail.
  • Strong ability to analyze data and information and produce coherent reports and frameworks.

Languages required:

Essential: Expert knowledge of English

Location

Off-site – Home based.

Travel

The consultant may be requested to travel to WHO HQ, Geneva, Switzerland for face-to-face consultation.

Remuneration and budget (travel costs are excluded):

Remuneration: Band level C

USD 10,000

12,500 per month.

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

N/A

Expected duration of contract:

Duration varies, 7 – 8 months.

Additional Information

  • This vacancy notice may be used to identify candidates for other similar consultancies at the same level.
  • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
  • A written test may be used as a form of screening.
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