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State RMNCH+A Consultant

International Development Agency

Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura

1. POSITION(S) VACANT: State RMNCH+A Consultant (SRC), (Seven Vacancies: Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura), International Development Agency, North East 

 

2. ORGANIZATION BACKGROUND
 

Our client is a respected, International Development Agency (IDA), that works across the globe to promote children's survival, protection and development. 

 

PROJECT BACKGROUND: 
 
Following the Government of India’s ‘Call to Action (CTA) Summit’ on 7-9 February 2013, MoHFW launched a 3-year national campaign “Reproductive Maternal Child and New Born Health + Adolescents (RMNCH+A) focussing on health and health-related systems strengthening (including under-nutrition, WASH, etc.), to influence key interventions for the prevention and treatment of diseases that result in unacceptable levels of under-five mortality and morbidity, in India’s high risk and vulnerable communities. 

 

The overarching goal of the RMNCH+A campaign is to ensure that India accelerates progress to achieve the SDG goal of Under-5 Mortality at 25 deaths for 1,000 live births by 2030 and in the longer term achieve the U5MR goal of 20 per 1,000 live births by 2035, as per “A Promise Renewed” in Washington (June 2013). The RMNCH+A initiative, comprising interventions and a robust communication campaign is to be implemented in all states, with specific focus on 184 high priority districts, selected on the basis of health and social indicators for children and their mothers. IDA is the lead partner for the implementation of this initiative in Aspirational Districts in the North East Region viz. Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura, Sikkim and Assam.  

 
GOI has recently launched the “Transformation of Aspirational Districts” (TAD) programme which aims to quickly transform and expeditiously improve the socio-economic status of Aspirational Districts. The three core principles of the programme are “Convergence of Central and State Government Schemes”, “Collaboration among Citizens and Functionaries of Central & State Governments including District Teams”, and “Competition among Districts”. Driven primarily by the states, this initiative focuses on the strengths of each district, and prioritizes attainable outcomes for immediate improvement. The initiative focuses on five main themes viz. Health & Nutrition, Education, Agriculture & Water Resources, Financial Inclusion & Skill Development and Basic Infrastructure. Out of the five themes, Health and Nutrition contribute 30% of weightage.  

 

Health Infrastructure and key Maternal, Newborn and Child Indicators are not the up-to mark in Aspirational Districts identified by NITI Aayog. As the State Lead Partner, IDA is accordingly expected to provide high-end technical assistance to accelerate the achievement of Routine Immunization and RMNCH+A indicators in Aspirational Districts.  
 

3. JOB DESCRIPTION/ RESPONSIBILITIES: 

 

The State RMNCH+A Consultant (SRC) shall be responsible for providing high end technical support to states and specifically to the Aspirational Districts of the NE States, to accelerate the implementation of evidence based RMNCH+A interventions and Immunization. The SRC shall coordinate and working closely with the NHM and provide the specific support aimed at building capacity of the state and district health managers/ supervisors. S/he shall be responsible for providing high-end technical support to the NHM and co-ordinating with related Line Departments for the intensification and harmonization of efforts under the RMNCH+A strategy, including PPTCT. S/he shall additionally provide technical support to the state for the intensification of routine immunization with specific focus on Cold Chain and Communication. 
 
The incumbent shall also ensure effective planning, implementation and monitoring of high impact RMNCH+A interventions in the Aspirational Districts of NE States. S/he shall coordinate periodic joint review and analysis of data received from the district and block levels, including appropriate validation. The post-holder shall also be responsible for coordinating supportive supervision and concurrent monitoring initiatives, apart from undertaking field monitoring of Aspirational Districts of the NE states, as and when required. 
 
Key Deliverables: 
 
(A) Contribute to Evidence-based Planning, Budgeting and Implementation of NHM PIPs, SACS for PPTCT, Including Appropriate Budget Allocations for Aspirational Districts: 
(1) Facilitate the states in the development of dashboard indicators to review progress in Aspirational Districts of NE States and use gap analysis in planning and budgeting of NHM-PIPs; 
(2) Provide support to concerned departments to undertake evidence-based annual planning and budgeting in line with RMNCH+A Guidelines, with specific focus on maternal and new-born health at state and district level;  

(3) Support the state in activity implementation aligned with the above plans. 
 
(B) Provide Technical Inputs for Guiding State in Roll-out and Scale-up of Key RMNCH+A Interventions being Supported by IDA along Continuum of Care: 

 
Maternal and New-born Care: 
(1) Support the state/ district in labour room certification under LaQshya and ensure WASH compliance in identified health facilities; 
(2) Support operationalization of First Referral Units (FRUs), to ensure dedicated and around the clock availability of CEmOC services; 
(3) Conduct mapping and advocacy of high home delivery pockets to saturate these areas with SBA trained ANMs in the Aspirational Districts of NE states; 
(4) Improve quality of care for small and sick new-borns – Operationalization of SNCU and roll-out of Kangaroo mother care; 
(5) Improve family practices around new-born care and follow up of high risk new-born in community with facility linkages – HBNC; 
(6) Improve coverage of PPTCT / EID and integration with MNCH services. 
 
Childhood Illness: 
(1) Support the state in planning training for HBYC and revised MCP card; 
(2) Provide technical support to Aspirational Districts for training of all FLWs for HBYC and MCP card; 
(3) Support the state in planning and monitoring of the Intensified Diarrhoea control fortnight (IDCF); 
(4) Facilitate the development of Integrated India Action Plan for Pneumonia and Diarrhoea at the state level and budget it NHM-PIP in identified districts. 
 
Immunization: 
(1) Strengthen the capacity of the state to streamline vaccine logistic and cold chain management system; 
(2) Support the state in developing integration of Routine Immunization and VHND micro-plan to ensure delivery of comprehensive package of services at outreach sessions; 
(3) Support the state in planning, implementing and monitoring of Mission Indradhanush campaign; 
(4) Facilitate supportive supervision, improving RI quality and coverage. 

 

Knowledge Management: 
(1) Documentation of success stories and innovations under RMNCH+A; 
(2) Facilitate the process of updating gap analysis and analysing trends in the improvement of indicators. 
 
(C) Co-ordinate Joint Periodic Review and Analysis of Data Received from District: 

Facilitate conduct of monthly/quarterly review meetings at district/ state level, to discuss progress made and address the gaps identified during supportive supervision at Aspirational Districts. The review will incorporate various thematic areas (Status of RMNCH+A interventions, performance of SNCUs, IAPPD, status of PPTCT and Immunization). 
 
(D) Co-ordinate Supportive Supervision and Concurrent Monitoring Initiatives and Undertake Field Monitoring Visits to Districts, as and when Required: 
Carry out joint supportive supervision of health facilities at all levels, focusing on those that are poor performing, as per requirement on a monthly basis; Provide on-the-job coaching to health care providers and frontline functionaries during the supportive supervision visits.  Assist with compilation, reporting and dissemination of supportive supervision results, thus ensuring that feedback is acted upon. 
 

4. QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE AND COMPETENCIES: 

 

Qualification: 
Any Graduate/ Post graduate diploma in Public Health Administration. 

 

Experience: 

(1) Minimum two years of post-qualification work experience of working at state/ regional level for RMNCH+A interventions is required; 
(2) Experience of working in North East Region will be given preference; 
(3) Prior experience of working in Bilateral/ International/ UN agencies will be preferable; 
(4) Familiarity with theory and practical applications and essentials of child survival;  

(5) Experience in planning and management of Health sector/ RCH programs. 

 

Skills and Competencies: 
(1) Good negotiation and influencing skills, supported by excellent communication skills; 
(2) High level of computer proficiency including specific familiarity with commonly used Windows and MS Office software and database software; 
(3) Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills in English; 
(4) Knowledge of local language would be an added advantage; 
(5) Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team environment with strong facilitation skills, ability to analyse reports and plan and monitor projects. 
 
5.ESTIMATED TRAVEL: Approximately 10-12 days in a month for the achievement of the listed deliverables. 

 

6. NATURE OF ENGAGEMENT: 

The SRC’s shall be hired on a consultancy contract through Strategic Alliance Management Services P Ltd. (SAMS), a respected HR Agency. 

 

7. REMEUNERATION, DSA: 

 

Remuneration payable to the selected candidate in the form of professional fees shall be attractive and in alignment with market norms.  

 

Applicants are required to provide details of salary history, as well as expected remuneration for the position, in the online application form, comprising:  

 

(a) Monthly Professional Fees and  

(b) Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) for field travel outside the duty station.  

 

Notes:  

(1) The above elements shall be a key input into the selection and negotiation process 

(2) Candidates are expected to have their own laptops and be internet connected and these items shall not be provided.  

 

8. LOCATION: (1) Arunachal Pradesh: Naharlagun; (2) Manipur: Imphal; (3) Meghalaya: Shillong; (4) Mizoram: Aizawl; (5) Nagaland: Kohima; (6) Sikkim: Gangtok and (7) Tripura: Agartala. 

 

9. DURATION: The successful candidate shall be issued a consultancy contract from the date of joining till December 31, 2019. 

 

10. REFERENCE: SRC-HLT-NE 

 

11. CONTACT INFORMATION: 

 

Team SAMS 
Strategic Alliance Management Services P Ltd. 
1/1B, Choudhary Hetram House, Bharat Nagar  
New Friends Colony, New Delhi 110 025 
Phone Nos.: 011- 2684 2162; 4165 3612  
 

12. APPLICATION PROCESS: 

 

Eligible candidates interested in the position are requested to apply using the link http://apply.samshrm.com by or before January 21, 2019.