Duty Station: Patuakhali, Bangladesh
Contract Duration: 11 Month
Contract Type: Consultant
Contract Start: The contract will begin from 15 September, 2019
Reporting to: Zonal Health Officer, Barishal
The objective of MNCH consultant is to supplement capacity of United Nation Agency to support field level MNCH activities in Patuakhali district. S/He will provide technical assistance to local DGHS/DGFP for implementation of Global Affairs of Canada supported ImSRHR&MNH project implementation, monitoring and mentoring for DEPB implementation. S/He will also coordinate with the UNFPA, save the children and other NGO partners supporting implementation of this project to achieve the result for this project.
The overall purpose of the assignment is to support Patuakhali district to strengthen the monitoring and support District Health Managers implementing DEPB following GAC work plan. The incumbents will carry out the activities outlined in this TOR in United Nation Agency supported project activities in Patuakhali district.
United Nation Agency is implementing "Improving sexual, reproductive health and rights including maternal and new-born health in Bangladesh" in five hard to reach districts (Shirajganj, Jamalpur, Moulavibazar, Patuakhali and Rangamati) supported by Global Affairs Canada (GAC). Every district has developed yearly work plan based on existing information to improve RMNCH service and issues. They will go through extensive exercise to find the real bottlenecks and immediate solution of the problem through local funding. Each sub-district will have a separate plan along with the district plan. Both Health and FP section will be involved during the planning process. The fund is released through directorate office quarterly to the civil surgeon as per the approved plan. The health managers are supposed to monitor the process and report every quarterly.
Currently the central team is supported by the zonal Health officers for implementation of this project. But their support is not sufficient since they are involved with overall divisional health activities which involves other responsibilities. Also, much of the intense field support will be required during first one or two years of the project. To improve the efficiency of the funding and implementation, it is important to conduct rigorous monitoring of progress and revised the plan as per need. At national level, the Line Directors are highly involved in planning and little attention to monitoring in the field. The previous experiences show that intense follow-up of any plan gives more strength to the program and improve many bottlenecks in the field. It is anticipated that Government mechanism for regular local level coordination and planning will be established by the end of that period (2022). As mentioned, these five districts are very hard to reach and fall behind on most of the health indicators, to monitor the implementation is a challenge. In this respect, consultants with time bound outputs are deemed more appropriate for these tasks. It is hoped that, after a year of intense support, capacity of stakeholders will be increased, and linkages well established at various tiers. C. Scope of work:
The consultant will perform the specific defined task with time line in collaboration with DGHS, DGFP, UNFPA and other partners in the assigned districts. The consultant will report to supervisor every month focusing on the progress of the overall indicated activities. S/He will ensure timely quality accomplishment of DEPB implementation at the facilities; Quality Improvement initiative and NGO supported activities in the community level. S/He will also coordinate with country office and other MNCH consultants in other districts to share the progress as required.
H. Administrative Issues:
Consultant will be located at Patuakhali and report to Health Officer, Barisal. The second line supervisor will be Health Specialist, Dhaka
The consultant will get BDT 160,000 per month for 11 month as a consolidated package, which includes lump sum travel cost, so consultant will not claim any travel cost in addition to this.
Computer and communication will bear by the Consultant
Consultants should find own working space in Civil Surgeon office of Patuakhali;
Stationary and other office equipment, will be borne by the Consultant.