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Type of the Consultancy: Individual Consultant
Proposed level of Consultancy: Senior Level
Hiring Section: Health
Duration: 2 Months
Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI) is an integrated approach to child health that focuses on the well-being of the child. IMCI aims to reduce death, illness and disability, and to promote improved growth and development among children under five years of age. IMCI includes both preventive and curative interventions that are implemented by families and communities as well as by health facilities.
The strategy includes three main components:
- Improving case management skills of health-care staff
- Improving overall health systems
- Improving family and community health practices.
In health facilities, the IMCI strategy promotes the accurate identification of childhood illnesses in outpatient settings, ensures appropriate combined treatment of all major illnesses, strengthens the counselling of caretakers, and speeds up the referral of severely ill children. In the home setting, it promotes appropriate care seeking behaviours, improved nutrition and preventative care, and the correct implementation of prescribed care.
Therefore, IMCI aims at enhancing or ensuring good quality of health services by improving health provider’s skills in case management of childhood illness through training and at improving provision of essential drugs, supplies and equipment in order to reduce disease incidence.
To contribute to reduction in child morbidity and mortality, Rwanda adapted IMCI tools and strategy to the context of the country in 2002. From 2006 to 2009 the trainings of trainers and providers practicing in health facilities were trained on this approach.
In 2020 the IMCI tools has been updated according to the new protocols, cognizant that the booklet and the tools used in IMCI are in French while some health care providers mostly those graduating from different schools are using more English than French, there is a need to translate the booklet of IMCI and the tools used in IMCI into English to have these documents in two languages with view to avoid language barriers in implementing IMCI.
Therefore a short consultancy is necessary to translate the IMCI booklet and IMCI tools from French to English.
The consultant will work under the guidance of RBC/MCCH, Child Health technical working group and UNICEF health section.
As the Government is seeking the service of a national consultant with a proven experience and expertise in developing IMCI booklet and IMCI tools in health facilities to manage childhood illness and fluency in French and English to translate the French IMCI materials to English. MoH/RBC of Rwanda has requested UNICEF to provide technical assistance to translate the French IMCI materials to English.
The main objective of this consultancy is to translate the current French IMCI booklet used in Rwanda as well as all other related tools used to manage sick children according to IMCI approach.
• The consultant will be responsible for translating the French IMCI booklet first and then the IMCI related tools used across health facilities.
• Translating the whole IMCI booklet (French) currently used into English
• Translating all IMCI tools (French) used in health facilities while managing sick children in health facilities.
• Present the translated documents to Child Health Sub-Technical Working Group for review
• Incorporate the inputs or comments from Child Health Sub-Technical Working Group to come up with the final documents.
• Submit the final agreed design, edited and layout of the English IMCI booklet and IMCI tools.
The following weighting will be applied during review and selection of the suitable candidate:
a. Technical Proposal – 70%
b. Financial Proposal – 30%
The average weight (technical and financial) will be used to determine the most suitable candidate.
Please note that the final remuneration will be negotiated by HR.
Payment is linked to agreed deliverables upon satisfactory completion and certification of deliverables by the supervisor.
||Description of deliverable
||Expected Timeline of Completion
||Deliverable 1: First draft English translated IMCI booklet and IMCI tools submitted and reviewed by Child Health Sub-Technical Working Group
||Deliverable 2: Final draft English translated IMCI booklet and IMCI tools, validated by Child Health Sub-Technical Working Group
Risks associated with the contract
As the consultancy will be done in collaboration with Child Health technical working group members and technical experts from RBC/MoH, there may be a delay to complete on time. Plan will be developed with timeline and agreed with members of the Child Health technical working group members and technical experts from RBC/MoH. UNICEF will make strict follow up to stick on agreed timeline with Child Health technical working group members and technical experts from RBC/MoH.
General Conditions: Procedures & Logistics
• UNICEF will issue the contract and pay the consultant, based on the payment schedule mentioned above and after the clear/validation of the deliverables by Child Health TWG, RBC/MOH and UNICEF. UNICEF’s Health Specialist – in collaboration with RBC/MoH technical expert- will manage the contract and be the focal point for all contractual matters. For all contractual issues, the consultant will report to UNICEF. For technical issues, the consultant will work directly with the technical team, led by UNICEF and RBC/MOH and Child Health technical working group. All deliverables must be validated by Child Health TWG and UNICEF to be considered final.
• During the consultancy period the consultancy will cover his/her transport cost in Kigali and at the request of the supervisor, UNICEF shall provide the Consultant with transport for field visits. For field trip, the consultant will be reimbursed based on out of pocket expenses associated with the travel at official daily subsidy allowances and based on a submitted voucher/claim approved by the supervisor. Other expenses such as local travels, banking/cash services, or office space and equipment (including computers and photocopiers) shall be under the responsibility of the consultant. The consultant is expected to use his or her own equipment, including computers. UNICEF premises will be available for the meetings and collecting inputs from other partners.
• The consultant shall not make use of any unpublished or confidential information, made known in the course of performing duties under the terms of this agreement, without written authorization from MoH/UNICEF. The products of this assignment are not the property of the consultant and cannot be shared without the permission of MoH/UNICEF. The consultant shall respect the habits and customs of the local population and abstain from interfering in the country’s political affairs. Law no 31/2007 on intellectual property right will be applicable where necessary.
• The consultant shall abide by and be governed by UNICEF Procedure on Ethical Standards in his/her duties and will be required to complete mandatory trainings before s/he is hired.
• Payment will only be made for work satisfactorily completed and accepted by UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if work/deliverables is incomplete, not delivered or for failure to meet deadlines.
• All materials developed by the consultant will remain the copyright of MoH/UNICEF, who will be free to adapt and modify the materials for future use.
How can you make a difference?
The assignment is divided into two deliverables:
• Deliverable 1: First draft English translated IMCI booklet and IMCI tools submitted and reviewed by Child Health Sub-Technical Working Group
• Deliverable 2: Final draft English translated IMCI booklet and IMCI tools, validated by Child Health Sub-Technical Working Group
All deliverables need to be reviewed and validated by Child Health Sub-Technical Working Group and UNICEF.
The write up of all outputs above should be in a clear language so that they can be easily understood, avoiding long sentences, jargon, abbreviations and technical terms to the extent possible, and should as necessary define the terms used.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- University degree in Medicine or Nursing Plus a Master’s degree in Public Health, Pediatrics, Child Health or Global Health and at least 8 years in similar work is required.
• Familiarity with MCCH Programs with the focus on IMCI
• Proven experience with IMCI approach including being IMCI National Trainer and facilitation at least for five years
• Have a recommendation letter confirming her/his involvement in IMCI activities especially training and elaboration of tools
• Prior experience in working with institutions as a consultant
• Strong communication skills – Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English and French language
• Knowledge of Rwanda health system is an asset.
How to apply
UNICEF is committed to gender equality in its mandate and its staff. Well qualified candidates, particularly females are strongly encouraged to apply.
Interested candidates should send their complete Personal History (P11) form, which can be downloaded form (http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/P11.doc)
or a CV/resume, as well as a cover letter explaining what makes them suitable for this consultancy.
Qualified and experienced candidates are requested to submit a letter of interest to be considered as a Technical Proposal for the consultancy in which candidates should highlight their previous work experience relevant to the assignment, the attributes that make them suitable, and their proposed road map and approach to undertake the assignment.
Only elected candidates will be requested to submit a Financial Proposal outlining the total costs for this consultancy with payment linked to the main deliverables outlined above.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.