Gender Equality & Social Inclusion Specialist- South Sudan Health Pooled Fund

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Country: South Sudan
Organization: Montrose
Closing date: 16 Oct 2020

MONTROSE is an international development project management and consultancy company providing support to clients operating in the developing world. Specialised in the sectors of health, education, rural livelihoods and private sector development, our clients include bilateral and multilateral development agencies, the private sector, Non-Governmental Organisations and other development stakeholders.


The Health Pooled Fund began its third phase (HPF3) in July 2018 and is supported to run until 2023 by the British Government’s Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), the Government of Canada, the Swedish International Development and Cooperation Agency (SIDA), United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the European Union (EU). A consortium led by Crown Agents and including Montrose is responsible for managing and implementing HPF3.

HPF3 merges two previous health programmes - Health Pooled Fund 2 (HPF2), which provides healthcare at health facility level, and the Integrated Community Case Management 2 (ICCM2) programme, which provides healthcare to children under five within more remote communities. HPF3 supports delivery of community level essential primary health care, secondary health care and referral health services, stabilisation of local health systems, and procurement and supply chain management of essential medical commodities.

HPF supports services in eight states of South Sudan: Eastern Equatoria, Central Equatoria, Western Equatoria, Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Western Bahr el Ghazal, Warrap, Unity, and Lakes.

The programme impact will improve the health and wellbeing of the population through increased coverage, access and utilisation of quality lifesaving health, sexual and reproductive health and nutrition services under the following five outputs:

  1. Output 1: Delivery and increased availability/readiness of quality health services at facilities.

  2. Output 2: Community level interventions that increase awareness, prevention and treatment of common conditions.

  3. Output 3: Availability of safe, effective and quality essential medicines and supplies.

  4. Output 4: Stable health systems that enhance accountability and responsive to the needs of the people.

  5. Output 5: Funds and processes that are efficient, effective, inclusive and offer value for money.

To attain these outcomes, the HPF3 team is responsible for:

  • Effective programme management, including robust risk management
  • Ensuring continuity of and support to service delivery, with a focus on improving quality
  • Specialist technical assistance covering health service delivery, community engagement, nutrition, health planning, information and HRH
  • Procurement and supply chain management of essential medical commodities
  • Management of the implementing partner fund
  • Management of fiduciary risk associated with use of donor funds

Position summary

The Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) Specialist will lead specific actions across all counties in eight states to integrate gender equality and social inclusion (mental health and disability) throughout both service delivery and in communities – focusing on institutional change and whole community transformation. The GESI Specialist will also support the institutionalisation of GESI into relevant Ministry of Health (MoH) planning and operations.

Specific roles and responsibilities

Programme planning & implementation

  • Ensure development and regular review of the GESI strategy and plan for HPF3 that maps out areas of intervention in the eight states and builds on the achievements from HPF2. This includes mainstreaming of mental health and disability interventions.
  • Oversee implementation gender and social inclusion (mental health and disability) interventions as laid out in the GESI strategy.
  • Engage with key stakeholders especially MoH, Ministry of Gender and Social Welfare and UNFPA to identify gaps and develop relevant materials for addressing gender-based violence (GBV) and GESI issues in the health sector.
  • Engage with MoH and health cluster on mainstreaming of activities pertaining to mental health and disability.
  • Engage with MoH and other stakeholders through the technical working groups to ensure key policy frameworks and strategies take into account the needs of the women, girls, people living with mental health and disability, and excluded groups.
  • Identify areas for STTA, draft Terms of Reference for the STTAs, support and monitor the STTA activities throughout the duration of the engagement of the STTA.
  • Support and champion GESI integration in the Health Pooled Fund generally.
  • Provide timely GESI updates for inclusion in HPF reports, including but not limited to the monthly/quarterly/annual reports and provide responses to questions from stakeholders in a timely manner.

Technical support

  • Provide technical support and guidance to the implementing partners (IPs) to carry out GESI (including mental health and disability) interventions as per their work plans and budgets.
  • Capacity building of implementing partners through trainings and mentorship.
  • Develop tools including job aids, information and education communication materials, handbooks for the IPs to support in implementing GESI interventions (including mental health and disability).
  • Conduct field visits to the counties to provide technical support to the GESI interventions on ground.
  • Support integration of GESI in other programme areas such as human resources for health, maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH), the Expanded Programme on Immunisation, family planning, nutrition, infection prevention and control/water, sanitation and hygiene (IPC/WASH), and community engagement health services.
  • Coordinate with county health departments to ensure that IP community interventions reach out to women, girls, and other excluded groups.

Monitoring & evaluation (M&E)

  • Work with M&E team to develop/review/update GESI indicators (including mental health and disability).
  • Regularly review achievements of GESI indicators against log-frame targets and present the findings to the HPF team and during meetings with stakeholders.
  • Develop M&E tools for the IPs to support in monitoring GESI interventions.
  • Work with M&E team to build capacity of IPs in collection and reporting of quantitative and qualitative GESI indicators.
  • Conduct field visits to the states to monitor the GESI interventions.
  • Work with the HPF M&E team and contracts team to support IPs in effectively monitoring and reporting and spending on GESI interventions. This includes both quantitative and qualitative data generation.
  • Review and provide feedback in the IP quarterly progress reports.
  • Work with M&E team and Operational Research Manager to identify subject areas in GESI for further study and analysis.
  • Advise on best practices to improve the quality of GESI services, capture stories, document and share lessons learned.
  • Any other tasks or responsibilities based on organisational or programming needs as assigned by the line manager.

Essential skills and qualifications

  • Master’s degree in gender, human rights, disability, mental health, protection or related studies.
  • At least 10 years’ experience in gender equality and social inclusion.
  • High standard of technical writing with experience of drafting reports, technical bulletins, policy briefs.
  • Good knowledge management experience.
  • Knowledge of the development sector is essential, and knowledge of the health sector is advantageous.
  • Proven experience of working with the donors that fund HPF, specifically FCDO, Sweden, Canada or USAID.
  • Familiar with implementation of activities and its challenges in the context of South Sudan.
  • Strong communication skills and cultural awareness.
  • Interested candidates preferably based in South Sudan.

How to apply:

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