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State Routine Immunization SBCC Consultant

International Development Agency

Guwahati, Assam

1. POSITION VACANT: State Routine Immunization SBCC Consultant (SRISC), International Development Agency, Guwahati, Assam


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:

Government of India has identified development partners for each state across the country who are committed to providing technical assistance to the state government to implement RMNCH+A strategy now focusing on the aspirational districts. IDA is a lead partner under RMNCH+A initiative for Assam. In addition, the scope of the RMNCH+A strategy encompasses cross sectoral convergence, notably with Nutrition, WASH, C4D and Advocacy/ Communications for equity planning, implementation and monitoring. 

 

Assam has one of the lowest full immunization coverage in India with only 47% children fully immunized (NFHS 4 2015-16). The state has around 350,000 children unimmunized or partially immunized. This is also reflected in the high child mortality indicators of Assam. As per SRS 2016, Assam happens to have one of the highest Under-5 Mortality rate in the country at 52 deaths per 1000 live births as compared to the national average of 39 deaths per 1000 livebirths with approximately 40,000 children dying before their fifth birthday. Similarly, Infant mortality rate is also very high in the state at 44 deaths per 1000 live births as compared to the national average of 34 deaths per 1000 livebirths.  

 

Full immunization coverage has improved from 31% in 2005-06 to 47% in 2015-16 but the pace of increment is less than 2% increase per year. The state has successfully conducted Mission Indradhanush (MI), Special Immunization drive, Intensified MI and MI-GSA, however,there are many hard to reach pockets where immunization has not yet reached. Immunization in char areas particularly during floods remains a challenge. The concurrent monitoring reports have shown that fear of side effects and lack of awareness are the major reasons for left out and drop out.  The attendance of children due for vaccines is low during VHNDs, demonstrating poor demand for immunization services particularly in char areas. Immunization is now part of Gram Swaraj Abhiyan which again calls for strengthening community-based interventions to improve RI coverage 

 

Immunization is IDA’s priority intervention and one of the most cost- effective programmes. IDA would like to support the Government of Assam with a high-end technical consultant to build the SBCC capacities of the state and districts for improving immunization coverage with focus on designing of strategic interventions, developing networks and/ or partnerships for enhancing progress for results, building capacities of networks of the health system, contributing to monitoring progress, documenting processes, outputs and results of the interventions implemented. This is aimed to to contribute to lessons learned, initiate and strengthen supportive supervision mechanism and develop plan of action for immunization in tea gardens, immunization in tribal areas, immunization in conflict areas and immunization during floods.

 

 

3. JOB DESCRIPTION/ RESPONSIBILITIES:

The SRIS Consultant will be a part of immunization division at Directorate of Health Services (Family Welfare) and will provide regular technical assistance to the Director Health Services (FW) and related departments for the overall planning, implementation, monitoring & supportive supervision of the Immunization SBCC initiatives under RMNCH+A. 

 

The Consultant will also support in formulation of plans for roll out and scale up of new initiatives and regular monitoring to assess the demand side quality of implementation of flagship and other programs related to Immunization. 

 

The Consultant will also support convergent programming among marginalized communities including tea gardens, riverine areas and left out populations. 

 

Key Deliverables:
A. Communication Strategy for Routine Immunization (RI) and Mission Indradhanush - Planning, Implementation & Monitoring:  

 

(1) Monitor and support the implementation of Mission Indradhanush/ National flagship programmes;

(2) Develop strategic plan for Mission Indradhanush (SMI) under Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (GSA) based on RI communication planning formats at state/ district/ block and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in consultation and review meetings with officials in Assam;

(3) Support Assam state with development and review of district communication strategies for Routine Immunization.  

 

B. Advocacy, Coordination, Reporting, IEC Material Development & Advocacy Tools:

 

(1) Participate in the STF/ DTF/ BTF/ review meetings, and communication core group meetings for Routine Immunization/ MI planning and SOPs;  

(2) Facilitate coordination meetings of communication core group with agenda, invites, and PPTs; 

(3) Identify and list CSO and coordinate meetings between line departments, CSO (especially Hindu, Satra, Islam Institutions, Church, Rotary and Lions Club) and development partners;

(4) Coordinate and review IEC materials translated in local language;  

(5) Identify IEC/ BCC officials (NHM & State) for advocacy and planning. 

 

C. Build Capacity of State and District Officials:

 

(1) Conduct capacity building of State Health Department on Routine Immunization (RI) strategic communication planning forms and standard operating procedures (SOPs) at Districts/ Blocks for Mission Indradhanush (MI) through orientation meetings and planning workshops;

(2) Conduct capacity building of State/ Districts/ Blocks official on development, dissemination and use of various IEC/ BCC material for Routine Immunization and MI;

(4) Conduct capacity building of CSO on planning and support on various IEC and mid-media activities during Routine Immunization and MI, including continued support for RI and Child Health programs; 

(5) Conduct capacity building of State Social Welfare Department (CDPOs, DPOs and supervisors) on Routine Immunization and MI.

 

 

D. BRIDGE/ IPC Training Reports, Supportive Supervision & Advocacy in Assam: 

 

(1) Map training institutions at state, district, and block level for Health (e.g. ANM training centre, ASHA Resource Centre, Health Training Dept, SIHFW, Public Health Institute), along with latest updated communication training curriculum, annual training calendar, number of trainers and qualifications, training methodology, and post-training assessment;

(2) Get the plan approved for capacity strengthening for one training institute endorsed by Departments of Health;

(3) Institutionalize BRIDGE Course as part of training curriculum in Frontline training institution;

(4) Conduct Quality Assessments of BRIDGE post-training impact in districts of Assam.

 

 4. QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE AND COMPETENCIES:

 

Qualification:
Postgraduate degree in social and behavioral science, social work, sociology, anthropology, psychology, political science/ international development, public policy, education, communication, public relations or other related social science field is required.

 

Experience:
(1) Minimum two years of professional experience in the area of social development program planning, social and behavior change communications and public advocacy and/or related areas;
(2) Experience of working in Assam/ North East Region shall be preferred;

(3) Candidate must possess basic knowledge of research, monitoring and evaluation;

 

Skills and Competencies:

(1) Candidate should believe that social and behavior change communication can be an important key intervention for achieving programmatic results;

(2) Should be sensitive and respectful to local cultures and practices;

(3) Should be respectful to the values of organisation and demonstrate the necessary ethics and integrity;

(4) Good negotiation and influencing skills supported by excellent communication skills;
(5) High level of computer proficiency with specific familiarity with commonly used Windows and MS Office and database software;
(6) Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills in English. Knowledge of Assamese and or any local language would be an added advantage;
(7) Demonstrates ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team environment with strong facilitation skills, ability to analyze reports, plan and monitor projects.
 

 

5. ESTIMATED TRAVEL: Approximately 10-12 days in a month for achievement of the listed deliverables.

 

6. NATURE OF ENGAGEMENT:

 

The SRISC 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: Guwahati, Assam

 

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

 

10. REFERENCE: SRISC- C4D- AS

 

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 February 19, 2019.