World Health Organization (WHO)
Knowledge Synthesis and Evidence-based Advocacy
( 2209405 )
Contractual Arrangement : External consultant
Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : 11 months
Job Posting: Oct 19, 2022, 7:44:27 AM
Purpose of consultancy
To undertake specific tasks related to the activities of PMNCH’s Knowledge Synthesis workstream, in support of evidence-based advocacy to advance policy, service delivery and financing for Women, Children and Adolescents (WCA).
PMNCH, established in 2005, is the world’s largest alliance of governments and organizations focused on improving the health and well-being of women, children and adolescents, worldwide. It comprises over 1,300 members across 192 countries, organized in 10 constituencies, from the health and health-influencing sectors (e.g. education, WASH, gender, nutrition, etc.). PMNCH is hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) and its Board is Chaired by the Rt Hon Helen Clark. PMNCH’s work contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to 2030, through the delivery of the UN Secretary General’s Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (Global Strategy or GS).In order to do this, and guided by its 2021 to 2025 Strategy, PMNCH’s work will contribute more specifically to the following: driving down preventable maternal, newborn and child morbidity and mortality, including stillbirths, as measured by the maternal mortality ratio (SDG 3.1.1), under-5 mortality rate (SDG 3.2.1), neonatal mortality rate (SDG 3.2.2), and Stillbirth rate (GS 3.2); ensuring progress on financing and equitable access to comprehensive Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) interventions, as measured by the adolescent birth rate (SDG 3.7.2), number of new HIV infections (SDG 3.3.1), and adolescent fertility rate (GAMA);and advancing the well-being of adolescents, as measured by the above indicators and also the adolescent mortality rate (GS 3.4) and suicide mortality rate (SDG 3.4.2).In the context of COVID-19, these ambitions are more relevant today than ever before. Gains to date need to be protected, and a stable return towards achieving the SDGs secured.
Given the breath of deliverables outlined within the PMNCH 2022-2023 workplan, the knowledge synthesis team has a critical role in supporting and leading on numerous initiatives. As such, the project will require a consultant to carry out the work.
Deliverable 1: Develop messaging frameworks and draft media commentaries, including people’s voices and lived experiences to position PMNCH and amplify evidence-based advocacy messages to advance WCAH.
Expected by: May 2023.
Deliverable 2: Develop 2023-2024 advocacy road maps by identifying and synthesizing information on relevant global initiatives, events, potential partners, accountability mechanisms and resources to strengthen its advocacy priorities.
Expected by: June 2023.
Deliverable 3: Contribute to the development of knowledge translation products (i.e., production of podcasts, infographics, visual multimedia material) to advance the PMNCH Board priorities within the overall PMNCH thematic areas (MNCH (e.g., preterm and stillbirths, etc.); SRHR (e.g., sexual and gender-based violence, etc.); and adolescent health and well-being (e.g., climate change, mental health, conflict etc.) to support commitment mobilization for WCAH.
Expected by: September 2023.
Deliverable 4: Contribute to note-taking, development of programmatic streams, background research, progress reporting for the Global Forum for Adolescent Global Coordinating Committee and Action Groups.
Expected by: October 2023.
Deliverable 5: Develop evidence-based advocacy products (e.g., toolkits, compendia, advocacy briefs, background documentation, notes for record) to support partner engagement and capacity strengthening endeavors required by partners and PMNCH Governance bodies, including standing committees and working groups, to meet the strategic advocacy priorities on MNCH, SRHR and AHWB outlined in the PMNCH 2021-2025 Strategy.
Expected by: November 2023.
Qualifications, experience, skills and languages
- First university degree in public health, global health, health systems, or any related development field.
- Advanced degree/ qualification related to women’s, children’s and/or adolescents’ health or any other related development field.
- Minimum of 1 year experience in facilitating the development of knowledge synthesis and evidence products for evidence-based advocacy.
- Minimum of 1 year professional experience related to women’s, children’s and/or adolescents’ health.
- Experience working in a UN organization.
- Experience working in a multi-stakeholder partnership organization.
- Competences in partnership-building and diplomacy.
- Ability to synthesize information from a wide range of sources.
- Ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously.
- Good knowledge of issues related to MNCH, SRHR and adolescent well-being.
- Ability to carry-out assignments in accordance with instructions and guidance.
- Ability to analyze and derive information for decision making from data.
- Solid organizational skills.
- Ability to conceptualize, plan, coordinate and conduct work.
- Excellent writing and analytical skills.
Desirable: Languages required:
Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Knowledge of another UN language.
Off site: Home-based
The consultant is not expected to travel.
Remuneration and budget (travel costs are excluded):
Band level A
USD 3,955-6,980 per month.
Living expenses (A living expense is payable to on-site consultants who are internationally recruited):
Expected duration of contract:
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