The Department of National Planning and Monitoring (DNPM) and UNDP are implementing the MDG Acceleration Framework Pilot Project on Maternal and Infant Health (the Pilot Project) in four villages in Kairuku District, Central Province, PNG. The overall objective of the Pilot Project is to reduce maternal and infant mortality at a faster rate, and to inform local and national authorities of good practices on MDGs 4 and 5.
In two years (2011 to 2012), the Pilot Project aims to achieve the following:
- Improved data collection in Kairuku;
- Problems and solutions on maternal and infant health identified in the project area;
- Strengthened capacity of the community within the project area to demand basic health rights and better health services;
- Progress on maternal and infant health is monitored;
- Strengthened capacity of local governments to improve policies on maternal and infant health;
- Improved capacity of health providers, including Women Health Volunteers to provide basic health services on maternal and infant health; and
- Lessons learned documented and disseminated in the post-intervention period for their application as good practices.
The country’s maternal mortality rate of 733 per 100,000 live births (Second National MDG Report, 2010) is one of the highest in the world. The infant mortality rate was 51 per 1000 live births in 2006 which is the highest within the region. With the aim to reduce maternal and infant mortality rate, the Pilot Project follows the MDG Acceleration Framework and the Guidance Note on MDG 5 prepared by UNDP.
The Pilot Project is expected to be completed by end of December 2012.
Objectives of Assignment
The main objective of this consultancy is to review the status of implementation of the Pilot Project and identify actions required in order to achieve the Pilot Project goals by December 2012. Specifically, the consultant will seek to do the following:
- Assess and document the status of the Pilot Project’s planned activities;
- Review data/information collected by Pilot Project team and undertake gap analysis;
- Compile baseline data collected by Pilot Project team and undertake data analysis;
- Based on results demonstrated by the data, determine the need to provide additional intervention in order to achieve the Pilot Project objectives and targets;
- Develop strategy or action plan for interventions identified; and
- Undertake service level costing of selected interventions to determine the level of public investment required in the national budget.
Scope of Work & Expected Results:
The consultant will provide the following services:
Phase 1: Consultancy plan and Pilot Project status review
- Develop a consultancy plan outlining agreed scope of service, methodology, timeframe and deliverables;
- Conduct review of documents relating to MDGs 4 and 5 in PNG and the Pilot Project, including the project documents;
- Undertake consultation meeting(s) with Pilot Project team members to establish the status of the Pilot Project; and
- Collect and compile Pilot Project related data/information from Pilot Project team members.
Phase 2: Analysis
- Review and update consultancy plan depending on outcome of Phase 1;
- Review data/information collected by Pilot Project team and provide an assessment of the appropriateness and adequacy of data/information collected against expected outputs of the Pilot Project;
- Undertake gap analysis of data/information collected for the Pilot Project, develop action plan and if necessary identify possible data sources in order to demonstrate Pilot Project outputs;
- Based on results of data/information analysis, identify possible intervention if necessary, to achieve the acceleration of achieving MDG 4 and MDG 5; and
- In consultation with Pilot Project team, develop action and adjust the M&E framework, to cover the remaining period of the Pilot Project.
Phase 3: Pilot Project completion
- Review and update consultancy plan depending on outcome of Phase 2;
- Compile information generated from the intervention and relevant information from the Pilot Project;
- Analyse results of the intervention against the Pilot Project objectives and status of MDGs 4 and 5 within the district;
- Develop a strategy/plan including cost estimates on how to replicate the intervention which may include relevant Pilot Project activities.
The consultant will also conduct meetings/presentations as follows:
- Preparatory meeting(s) prior to agreeing on consultancy scope, methodologies, timetable and deliverables;
- Meeting(s) with Pilot Project team members;
- Meetings(s) with other stakeholders, possible data providers and other agencies as necessary;
- Follow-up meeting(s) to discuss status and action plan; and
- Meetings(s) to present the results of each phase of the consultancy.
- Workshops to present the findings of the costing experience to GoPNG departments and UN agencies
During meetings outside of UNDP, the consultant will be accompanied by a suitable UNDP staff, for instance the Chief Technical Specialist (MDGs).
The consultancy will be implemented within 3 months spread over the period 15 August 2012 until 15 December 2012. In anticipation of any immediate intervention required before the completion of the Pilot Project, Phase 2 of this consultancy should be completed by 30 September 2012. The specific scope and timing of Phase 2 will depend on the outcome of Phase 1, while the scope and timing of Phase 3 will depend on the outcome of Phase 2.
The consultant will be independent from everyday implementation of the Pilot Project.
Deliverables/Final Products Expected
The consultant will submit to UNDP the following documentations and reports with the given timelines:
Phase 1 deliverables (payment of 30% of overall lump sum upon satisfactory quality of deliverable):
- Consultancy plan for approval by UNDP: by 15 August 2012
- Summary of the Pilot Project and data/information status against Pilot Project’s planned activities: by 31 August 2012
Phase 2 deliverables (payment of 30% of overall lump sum upon satisfactory quality of deliverable):
- Draft report, including action plan, all data and analysis: by 14 September 2012
- Final report, within 10 working days of receipt of UNDP comments: by 12 October 2012
Phase 3 deliverables (payment of 40% of overall lump sum upon satisfactory quality of deliverable)
- Draft report, including action plan, all relevant data and costing: by 16 November 2012
- Final report, within 10 working days of receipt of UNDP comments: by 12 December 2012
|The position is for international candidates only. The candidate should have strong health sector, statistics, health financing, health services costing and development backgrounds. The consultant should also have extensive experience in data collection, data analysis, systems analysis, project design and project monitoring and evaluation. |