TECHNICAL SPECIALIST WRITER - Consultancy

Country: Philippines
Organization: Handicap International - Humanity & Inclusion
Closing date: 25 Jul 2021

Development of Training Module on the detailed descriptive algorithm of PEIRIDDDEC system Volume 3, Conceptualization of Localized Blue Box, and Harmonization of all Training Materials and Tools Related to PEIRIDDDEC **

I. Generalities

Program : Philippines

Project : Prevention, Early Identification, Referral, Intervention of Delays, Disorders, and Disabilities in Early Childhood (PEIRIDDDEC) September 2020 to February 2022

Areas of intervention : HI: Zamboanga del Norte (Godod, Leon Postigo, Sindangan, Siayan); Cagayan de Oro City; Valenzuela City

PIP: Northern Samar (Mapanas, Catarman, Lope de Vega, Mondragon); Samar (Pagsanghan, Gandara, Tarangnan)

Target population : Children 0-5 y/o and their families, FHW, CHW, CDW's,CDTs, C/Mswdo, local government unit, National Agencies (ECCDC, DOH & NCC)

Mission duration : July-December, 2021

II. Background

Humanity & Inclusion is implementing an 18-month project for the System for Prevention, Early Identification, Referral and Interventions for Developmental Delays and Disabilities in Early Childhood also known as PEIRIDDDEC, funded by UNICEF and in partnership with Plan International Philippines.

The project intends to establish and/or strengthen the current systems for prevention, early identification, referral, and interventions for developmental delays, by equipping grassroots ECCD providers with necessary knowledge, skills, and tools to provide inclusive services. Currently, some of the components of the system are existing but are not functional or effective. The above-mentioned situation analysis of children with disabilities in the Philippines (UNICEF, 2018) recommended the: (1) strengthening of programs that prevent disability at childhood; and (2) establishment and cascading of a clear referral system.

To standardize and update the ECCD Tools for ECCD service providers, a series of processes will be conducted such as: (1) pre-testing, (2) revision (3) updating of content and (4) final approval of UNICEF & NGA. These processes will ensure the acceptability and usability of the tools. Furthermore, the project will conduct a training and series of support (user tutorials) on how to use the different ECCD tools and how to institutionalize it on the current system.

HI invites qualified professionals with relevant experiences in public health to create the detailed descriptive algorithm of the PEIRIDDDEC system volume 3 and contextualization of the early intervention modules for parents/primary caregiver and service providers (blue box). Also, work in conjunction with the content writer to provide technical inputs for the harmonization of the PEIRIDDDEC system volume 2 “Manual for Training Child Development Workers and Child Development Teachers” and referral modules for children 0-5 years old, as detailed in this Terms of Reference (TOR).

III. Objectives

The overall objective is to create a comprehensive training module for health and social welfare development offices on the institutionalization of the PEIRIDDDEC system but with specific deliverables on leading the development of Training Module on PEIRIDDDEC system Volume 3, Conceptualization of Localized Blue Box. The Technical Specialist, working collaboratively with the content writer, will collate and harmonize all entire PEIRIDDDEC system modules including but not limited to the different volumes, processes, and systems to promote cohesiveness of the entire module though clear and most logical way to present information for greatest end-user comprehension (Annex A: Timeline and Deliverables).

Specifically, the technical specialist will ensure the all PEIRIDDDEC concepts and content are aligned to PEIRIDDDEC algorithm. The completed training manual, which can be implemented in face-to-face and/or online method, accomplished by both the content writer and technical specialist writer, aims to:

  1. Provide concrete operational guidance on the implementation within the health and ECCD early learning sector on the system workflow from the household, community, facility, and early learning sectors within each municipality/city, including but not limited to:

  2. Community targeting of children 0-5 years with risk factors for suboptimal development requiring administration of the ECCD Checklist Child’s Record 1 and 2.

  3. Delineation of roles of the different actors at each level

  4. Identification of the different tools to be used by each actor

  5. Basics of the ECCD Checklist Record 1 and 2 administration and the HERO modules

  6. Referral process and pathways

  7. Early Intervention in the context of ECCD and health sector

  8. Data management

  9. Acquire knowledge and develop a common understanding of the system for prevention, early identification, referral, and intervention of delays, disorders, and disabilities in early childhood.

  10. Develop a common understanding of the concepts, principles and practices to address the needs of children with or at risk of developmental delays, disorders and disabilities;

  11. Explore different prevention strategies to promote advocacy and awareness for parents.

  12. Discuss and explore roles, essential skills, and strategies for proper assessment and identification of risks of delays, disorders, and disabilities.

  13. Discuss context-specific strategies for referral of children identified to have risks of developmental delays, disorder, and disabilities.

  14. Discuss early intervention strategies for children with delays, disorders, and disabilities based on the 4 classifications from the Philhealth CWD-Z package.

  15. Harmonize different tools and checklists in accordance with the PEIRIDDDEC system workflow.

  16. Provide information on how to better communicate results to parents, and how to motivate family members to be involved and engaged in the respective intervention programs of children at risk of delays, disorders, and disabilities, while taking into consideration the COVID-19 protocols.

  17. Incorporate their experiences as well as other stakeholder’s strategies on how to roll out this training to healthcare workers and ECCD service providers.

IV. Target Participants and Schedules

The System Vol 3 training manual aims to target 2,000 community healthcare workers, 155 facility healthcare workers serving 11,000 children of 0-3 years old. The System Vol 2 aims to target 582 child development workers and teachers serving 428 at-risk 3-5 year old children. The training module for LSWDO aims to target 55 Social Welfare Officers. The training module, once approved and finalized, will be used in the national training of healthcare workers and ECCD service providers in the operationalization of the PEIRIDDDEC system.

Due to the ongoing community quarantine and travel restrictions set in place for the whole country, meetings, consultation, and submission of reports will solely be done through an online platform for the months of June-November 2021(see terms of reference).

V. Scope of the Services

The technical specialist writer shall:

  • Review and harmonize the intent, contents, and language of:

● PEIRIDDDEC system volume 1: Background and description of the PEIRIDDDEC system.

● PEIRIDDDEC system volume 2: Manual for the training of ECCD service providers in the early learning sector.

● Training module: Referral for local SWDO of children with or at risk of development delays, disorders, and disabilities in early childhood

  • Develop, organize, and write module with technical specifications, and process documentation on:

● PEIRIDDDEC system volume 3: Detailed descriptive PEIRIDDDEC algorithm for the health sector.

● Contextualized early intervention options (blue box) for parents/caregivers and ECCD service providers.

  • Collaborate with the content writer on the harmonization of different modules by providing technical inputs on the contents of all modules.

  • Closely coordinate with HI’s project team and technical unit with regards to the development, revision, and presentation of the module to get an understanding of the content material and context; project participants’ feedback will also be integrated into the development of the module.

  • Ensure that the outputs meet organizational and technical standards.

  • Write user-friendly content that meets the needs of the target audience, turning language that sets out users up for success.

● Terminologies and descriptions to be utilized as a whole are in accordance with the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of Children and United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability.

  • Meet with subject matter experts in order to ensure that specialized topics are appropriately addressed and discussed

● Consultation meetings and workshops with representatives from UNICEF, ECCD Council, Department of Social Welfare Development (DSWD), Department of Health (DOH), National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), and other organizations involved with prevention, early identification, and intervention in early childhood.

  • Determine the clearest and most logical way to present information and instructions for greatest reader comprehension and writes and edits technical information accordingly.

  • Prepare or commission graphics and illustrations to elaborate on or complement technical writing

  • Develop and maintain detailed databases of appropriate reference materials, including research, usability tests, and design specifications.

  • Revise, edit, or update instructions, technical information, and frequently asked questions as necessary.

  • Prepare and submit the final approved training manual on system volume 3 and training module on referral.

  • Adhere to the safeguarding policies of the organization (Child Protection Policy; PSEAH; Code of Conduct; Disability, Gender and Age; Safety and Security) during the course of the consultancy

VI. Expected Outputs and Deliverables

  • Writeshop/Consultation Design

  • Draft of detailed descriptive algorithm of system volume 3 and contextualized early intervention options (blue box)

  • Revised training modules based from inputs by partners at the national level, UNICEF, and end-users based on the pilot-testing.

  • Harmonized PEIRIDDDEC training manual based on the collaboration with content writer. (November 2021)

VII. Budget and Payments

To be proposed by the service provider:**Item :** Professional service fee

Details of Costs of :

-Service fee

-Withholding tax (10% of fee)**Total**

The service provider shall include in their fees the materials (e.g., stationery, electronic supplies, etc.), which are needed to undertake the tasks above. HI will not cover any operational expenses (e.g. tools subscription, internet, electricity, etc.) incurred by the service provider in carrying out the said activities.

Payment Terms

1- 1) Review background and details of current materials.

1.1 Meeting with team members and partners.

Upon signing-in

30% of the contractual amount

2 -

2) Draft the training module for PEIRIDDDEC system volume 3 and contextualized blue box based on the writeshop and review of current materials

3) Present training module to NGA and UNICEF for feedback/revision

4) Continuous revision and submission of training modules

5) Collaboration with content writer to provide technical inputs on PEIRIDDDEC system volume 1 & 2 and referral module.

2.1 Writeshop meeting

2.2 Submission of draft of training modules on system volume 3 and bluebox.

3.1 Presentation of drafted module to NGA and UNICEF

3.2 Training modules for pilot-testing to end-users

4.1 Submission of revised PEIRIDDDEC system volume 3

4.2 Submission of revised contextualized blue box

5.1 Technical inputs on system volume 1, 2, and referral module.

Within 1-6 months

30% of the contractual amount

3

6) Collaboration Submission of harmonized training manual

7) Presentation of harmonized training manual

6.1 Harmonized and approved training manual by NGA and UNICEF

7.1 Presentation of final harmonized training manual to NGA and UNICEF

November 2021

40% of the contractual amount

How to apply:

VIII. Required Qualifications, Skills, and Experiences

  • Masters Degree in Public Health or any health-related field.

  • Proven experience working at least 2-3 years in a technical writing position.

  • Previous experience writing documentation and procedural materials for multiple audiences.

  • Proven ability to quickly learn and understand complex topics.

  • Superior written and verbal communication skills, with a keen eye for detail.

  • Ability to explain concepts clearly including through visual representation.

  • Skilled at prioritization and multitasking.

  • Proficiency in using computer programs and online collaboration tools.

  • Experience working with an I/NGO is an advantage.

  • Due to specific constraints related to COVID Crisis , National candidates will be prioritarily considered

Requirements: Interested consultant/service provider shall submit to Stephen, s.saberon@hi.org and Alvin, a.dumduma@hi.org address to Marie Catherine Mabrut- PIN Country Director, Handicap International Federation on or before the 25th July 2021 (Philippines time), the following elements:

· A Curriculum vitae (max 3 pages);

· A motivation letter (max 1 page) stressing experience in Write shop/Consultation Design and Module on ECCD;

· Proposed methodology (max 3 pages) and schedule for the mission detailing the mission outputs and facilitation approaches;

· A financial quotation, indicating a total professional fee (in Philippine peso) to finished the final output.



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