Uganda: Consultancy – To provide CSD FamilyConnect Field Support ( Ugandan Nationals only) 11months

Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Country: Uganda
Closing date: 24 Jul 2018

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Under the supervision of the Health Officer, Health Systems Strengthening the consultant will provide support the CSD Section through providing lead field support to districts during implementation of FamilyConnect. Key support will include: provide technical support and supervision of FamilyConnect District Technical Assistants working closely with individual District Health Teams to support the implementation of FamilyConnect; technical support of the district FamilyConnect content development process; and follow up and documentation of any key issues or lessons learned during the implementation.

Background

In early 2014, the Ministry of Health – with support from partners including UNICEF – initiated support to develop the FamilyConnect Platform as part of their broader Community Health Information System. The key drivers for the MoH include improving the quality and availability of services – particularly at the community level; ensuring client safety, confidentiality and privacy; and empowering both health care providers and clients with quality information and tools to make more informed health choices.

The Ugandan MoH requested UNICEF support in transferring the technology, knowledge and skills of MomConnect South Africa, an open-source USSD / SMS based platform designed by Praekelt Foundation which registers expectant mothers and provides them with regular life-cycle stage based messaging to a modified and localized version the Ugandan MoH calls “FamilyConnect”. FamilyConnect is anticipated to be used by all the approximately 179,000 VHTs country-wide to annually target approximately 1,500,000 expectant mothers. In 2016, FamilyConnect was piloted in two districts, Kabale and Kamuli, in Uganda. The pilots were successful and the Ministry of Health decided to start implementation of FamilyConnect in Uganda. Between June-December 2017, FamilyConnect was implemented in 12 districts in Uganda. Due to the nature and results of this rollout, there is been increased demand at the Ministry and District level for FamilyConnect and Community Health Information Systems in addition to the benefits in addressing the challenges in community Health service delivery. During 2018, FamilyConnect will be rolled out to additional 28 districts with UNICEF support.

Key Tasks:

  • Support District Technical Assistants and District Health Teams to ensure effective knowledge transfer of FamilyConnect
  • Support District Health Teams and District leadership during development of strategies that strengthen ownership of FamilyConnect.
  • Support the Content development process including translation, validation and sharing of district target content during the FamilyConnect rollout in the 28 districts.
  • Supervision of FamilyConnect District Technical Assistants including providing first line of technical support during implementation, and ensure activity documentation.
  • Working together with the Health Officer, to plan, support and participate in Regional training exercises for the planned new modules in FamilyConnect including VHT 097 Data Transmission, EMTCT and any other as identified by the Ministry of Health.
  • Facilitate end user documentation during User Experience and acceptance tests for FamilyConnect.
  • To qualify asan advocate for every child you will have…

  • Bachelor’s degree in area of health, development or related field.
  • Demonstrated experience working with training of various cadres in the Uganda health system.
  • Demonstrated experience working with national and local governments implementing SMS and USSD mobile-based solutions.
  • Proven ability to conceptualize, plan and execute ideas as well as to transfer knowledge and skills.
  • Ability to work with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Fluency in written and verbal English as well as at least one local language.
  • SMS and USSD mobile based technology
  • Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms; interact with users and office staff in non-technical, clear terms.
  • Work independently and as a team member.
  • For every Child, you demonstrate…

    Our core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

    For every Child, you demonstrate…

    UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

    The technical competencies required for this post are….

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    Remarks:

    Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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