Jun 18, 2017

Turkmenistan: Consultancy for technical assistance to the State Medical University in developing a training course on early identification of developmental delays

NGO/UN Job Vacancy



Organization: UN Children's Fund
Country: Turkmenistan
Closing date: 23 Jun 2017
  1. Program information:

UNICEF is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to advocate for the protection of children's rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. Guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF strives to establish children’s rights as international standards of behavior towards children.

Country Programme Outcome:

By end-2020, all children, including children with developmental difficulties, have access to quality health services to ensure child survival, health and better developmental outcomes

Expected outputs:

Output 2: Availability of and access to essential quality evidence based interventions, skilled human resources and delivery systems for mothers’ and children’s health care ensured through innovative demonstration models and scale up plans.

Output 3: Caregivers know the range and benefit of services available for antenatal, childbirth and young child survival, are empowered to provide stimulating and responsive care for their children, and have access to and use of preventive and curative care.

  1. BACKGROUND AND CONTEXT

Early detection and intervention can prevent death or disability, and enable children to reach their full potential. With UNICEF advocacy efforts Turkmenistan demonstrates strong political will in improving mother and child health and establishing early detection and early intervention services.

In 2014, the Government of Turkmenistan approved a National Strategy of Mother, New born, Child and Adolescent Health (MNCAH) for 2015-2019. In the framework of NMNCAH strategy, with support of UNICEF, the Ministry of Health developed and approved a Conceptual framework and an action plan for 2016-2021 on introduction of developmental pediatrics and early intervention. The document sets objectives and a scale of activities, where development of the cadre and establishment of service delivery standards and procedures within the health care system and for trans-sectoral referrals stands as crucial necessity.

For the past two years the Ministry of Health has established 2 National level entities, ECD Department under the Scientific-clinical MCH Hospital and ECD Center under State Medical University, to provide EI services and with potential to serve as a National training hub. UNICEF supported capacity development of the a core group of qualified professionals on developmental pediatrics and early intervention and prepare trainers on the Guide on Monitoring of Child Development (GMCD tool), which Ministry of Health plans to introduce into Primary Health care level as the essential instrument in timely identification of developmental difficulty and developmental care. As a result, ECD Department and ECD Center started provision of services for children with developmental difficulties and their families. Use of GMCD tool at Primary Health Care level in one demonstration area revealed a high demand (from 60 to 39% of involved children required assistance) and an urgent need in establishing EI services nation-wide. Introduction of new services would require an intensive training of practicing professionals, modification of the training curricular for medical students and building capacity of teaching fellows.

Upon Ministry of Health request UNICEF facilitated development of the Human Resource Development Roadmap in developing the health care professionals’ potential in delivering developmental care to the population to be applied nation-wide. To ensure sustainability

Understanding an urgent need in establishing training programme and training cadre in providing comprehensive support to children with developmental delays, difficulties, and/or disabilities and their families during the critical early years nation-wide, the Ministry of Health requested UNICEF support in provision of the technical assistance to the State Medical University in developing a training course on early identification of developmental delays.

  1. OBJECTIVES This assignment will contribute to implementation of the technical assistance to the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry in establishing early intervention services in ECD demonstration area, in line with international standards for further scaling-up**.** Consultant will work in cooperation with a team of experts (hereinafter, team of experts) providing technical assistance to the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry in developing early intervention services model in ECD demonstration area, in line with international standards for further scaling-up.

Following objectives to be achieved:

  1. Contribute to development of the pre-service and in-service curriculum and training modules for inclusion into the program of the State Medical University.
  2. Co-teach University paediatric department teachers in early identification of developmental delays with GMCD tool and provide further mentoring to ensure teaching quality.
  3. Contribute to building capacity of etrap and velayat ECD Center professionals to enable provision of early intervention services.

  4. SPECIFIC ACTIVITIES TO BE COMPLETED TO ACHIEVE THE OBJECTIVES

· Based on the Human Resource Development Roadmap recommendations contribute to adoption of GMCD course into the under- and postgraduate training curricular for medical students and practitioners.

  1. Co-teach University paediatric department teachers in early identification of developmental delays with GMCD tool and provide further mentoring to ensure teaching quality.
  2. Co-teach etrap and velayat ECD Center professionals to enable provision of early intervention services in ECD demonstration area.

  3. DELIVERY DATES AND DETAILS AS TO HOW THE WORK MUST BE DELIVERED

July 1, 2017 – July 1, 2018.

  1. DELIVERABLES

Deliverable

Expected timeline

Desk review of the relevant country documentation in cooperation with team of experts (out of country)

July – Aug.2017

Contribution to development of the Training program for for etrap and velayat ECD Centers of selected ECD demonstration areas(out of country)

Aug.-Sep., 2017

Contribution to development of the curriculum of State Medical University in regards to developmental care reviewed and 8 hour pre-service program for medical students, 2 day and 5-day course for health professionals (out of country).

July – Sep., 2017

Two country visits:

Site visit to etrap and velayat ECD Centers to understand resources available, assess potential challenges and monitor application of developed EI standards and assessment of its effectiveness.

Co-trained specialists of etrap and velayat ECD Centers of selected ECD demonstration areas.

Co-trained teachers of the State Medical University in developmental care and enable capacity for introduction of up-to-date ECD course, with early identification of developmental delays with GMCD tool.

October, 2017 – April, 2018

Interim Report with activities performed during in-country visits and recommendations developed in cooperation with team of experts.

May, 2018

Online mentoring for local training team (out of country).

August 2017 – June 2018

Contribution to finalization of the EI standards upon results of assessment and recommend for nation-wide application (out of country).

October 2017 – May, 2018

Final Report with recommendations on further scaling up of early intervention services including final draft of EI standards developed in cooperation with team of experts.

June, 2018

  1. DUTY STATION

Turkmenistan.

  1. SUPERVISOR
  2. The consultant/institution will be supervised and report to Health and Nutrition Specialist of UNICEF Turkmenistan Country Office with debriefing and consultation with UNICEF Turkmenistan Deputy Representative and Representative.

  3. Qualifications or specialized knowledge/experience required

  4. Proven experience in providing consultancy services in area of developmental pediatrics and early interventions;

  5. Minimum 5 years of working experience in the relevant field;

  6. Knowledge of global policies, development frameworks in establishing of developmental pediatrics and provision of early detection and early intervention services;

  7. Substantive training experience in developmental pediatrics;

  8. Experience in using GMCD tool and being a Certified GMCD trainer is a requirement;

  9. Excellent analytical thinking, training, report writing and communication skills.

  10. Previous experience in implementation of relevant or similar consultancy work in CIS countries would be an asset;

  11. The consultant(s) should be fluent in spoken and written Russian and English.

Required documentation

  1. A completed Expression of Interest form (see Appendix A) and responses to the questions, including the professional fee/rate, per person day;
  2. Technical proposal and detailed work plan, including training program content;
  3. Financial proposal for the consultancy work: consultancy fee;
  4. Experts’ CVs
  5. Examples of related work

  6. Basis for fee and Payment Schedule:

Payment of consultancy fee will be provided by UNICEF Office in Turkmenistan and will be determined upon UNICEF consultancy fee scale. **

Payment for consultancy fee will be processed as per satisfactory and timely completion of deliverables, as per submission of the consultancy report.

Recourse: UNICEF reserves the right to withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if work/outputs is incomplete, not delivered or for failure to meet deadlines.

  1. UNICEF General Terms and Conditions **

UNICEF’s general terms and conditions will apply to the contract awarded to the vendor. Please note that, in the evaluation of the technical merits of each proposal, UNICEF will take into consideration any proposed amendments to the UNICEF General Terms and Conditions. Proposed amendments to the UNICEF general terms and conditions may negatively affect the evaluation of the technical merits of the proposal.

All submissions should be electronic.

UNICEF reserves the right to withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if work/outputs is incomplete and not provided timely as indicated in the individual work plan of Contractor. This ToR is an integral part of the contract (PO) signed with the consultant.

UNICEF retains the right to patent and intellectual rights, as well as copyright and other similar intellectual property rights for any discoveries, inventions, products or works arising specifically from the implementation of the project in cooperation with UNICEF. The right to reproduce or use materials shall be transferred with a written approval of UNICEF based on the consideration of each separate case. Consultants should always refer to UNICEF Turkmenistan support in developing the materials when publishing the results of the research conducted while in Turkmenistan in academic journals, books and websites.

Appendix A: Expression of Interest Form

International Consultancy for technical assistance to the State Medical University in developing a training course on early identification of developmental delays.

Please fill-in page 1 of the form in its entirety and submit it to us electronically or via fax.

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Please respond to the questions below in a narrative not exceeding 2 pages.

  1. Provide information which will enable us to determine whether you have relevant experience. Information should include:
  2. A description of your technical competencies, and the number of years of experience in developmental paediatrics/early identification and management of developmental difficulties.
  3. reports commissioned by UN agencies or comparable organizations that you conducted, or participated in as a member of a team.
  4. Provide any additional experience that may be critical to the success of the proposed technical assistance, including but limited to:
  5. affiliation to universities or professional bodies in one or more sample countries
  6. any other information that you deem relevant that would give you an advantage over other competing for the same consultancy
  7. Confirm that:
  8. you have no on-going litigation with the UN;
  9. are not currently removed/invalidated or suspended by the United Nations or UN system organizations. **

How to apply:

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link http://ift.tt/2rJQF1g