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Consultancy for 2022 Global SRMNCAH Policy survey at World Health Organization

World Health Organization

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The Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030) is a bold roadmap for ending all preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths, including stillbirths by 2030, and improving their overall health and wellbeing. It aims to keep these groups at the heart of the sustainable development (SGD) agenda, unlocking their vast potential for transformative change. It was developed to translate the SGD agenda into concrete guidance on how to accelerate progress through a multisectoral approach.

This Global Strategy includes a monitoring framework with 60 indicators to help countries and their partners promote accountability in ending preventable deaths (Survive), ensuring health and wellbeing (Thrive) and expanding enabling environments, so that all women, children and adolescents can reach their potential (Transform) and no one is Left Behind. W

As part of supporting Member States to monitor more effectively the Global Strategy for

Women, Children and Adolescents Health, WHO HQ in collaboration with AFRO conducts a global policy survey for sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (SRMNCAH) every 2 years. The last was conducted in 2018/19.

As the only database in the world that focuses on key laws, regulations, policies, guidelines,

and strategies across SRMNCAH, it has been used extensively by Member States, UN agencies, donors, and other partners. It is now time to update the status of SRMNCAH policies and

the survey will be conducted in all Member States of the Region.

According to the Malawi Demographic and Health Survey (DHS 2015-2016), maternal mortality is still high at 439/100,000 live births, neonatal mortality 27/1000 live births, infant mortality at 42/1,000 live births and under-five mortality is 63/1,000 live births. The most common causes of maternal mortality in Malawi are postpartum haemorrhage, pre-eclampsia/eclampsia and sepsis while malaria, HIV/AIDS, pneumonia and diarrhoea account for a large proportion of child death. Asphyxia, prematurity and sepsis remain the leading causes of neonatal mortality. The proportion of pregnancies among the 15–19-year-olds is 29%. Unmet needs for family planning among the married are 19% and among the unmarried is at 40%. The SDG target for maternal and neonatal mortality are 70/100,000 births and 12/1,000 live births respectively and 25.0/1,000 live births for child mortality.

Malaiw  has put in place laws, policies and guidelines to address the health and wellbeing of mothers, neonates, children and adolescents some of which include the Malawi National SRHR Strategy (2021-2025), the National Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Policy (2017-2022), Every Newborn Action Plan, National Child Health Strategy (2021-2026) and guidelines for the management of the common maternal, neonatal, child and adolescent conditions.

The WHO country office for Malawi is seeking the services of a suitable consultants to support the Ministry of Health to conduct the SRMNCAH policy survey in Malawi as part of the global exercise for an estimated duration of two months.

to translate the SDG agenda

2.            Deliverables

Working closely with the Ministry of Health and WHO focal points, the consultant will be expected to:

•             Coordinate survey respondents across SRMNCAH programmes, including holding meetings and

reviews

•             Facilitating data collection physically and virtually

•             Consensus and data harmonization meetings

•             Review survey responses and enter responses into online system

•             Collect and send legal & policy documents as required

 

This work should be completed by 30th September 2022

 

3.            Qualifications, experience, skills and languages

Educational Qualifications

Essential: Master’s degree in public health related field

Desirable: Specific training in the any of the following fields: reproductive health, maternal and new-born health, child health and adolescent health

Experience

Essential: Minimum of five years experience in developing, implementing, reviewiewing and evaluating  RMNCAH policies, startegies and programmes. Experience conducting online surveys.

Desirable: Relevant work experience in WHO, other UN agencies; experience working in relevant non-governmental organizations.

Skills/Knowledge

Demonstrated knowledge of public health field work in the area of RMNCAH

Languages and level required

Advanced English and local language in the area of assignment.

4.            Technical Supervision

Under the guidance and overall supervision of the WHO Country Representative and  technical oversight of the UHC/LC team lead, the consultant will work under the direct supervision of the of the WHO RMNCAH focal point.

To apply for this job please visit careers.who.int.