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International Consultant, for Health Promotion and Risk Communication and Community Engagement Strategy for COVID-19 for South Sudan
|Location :||UNDP Country Office; Juba, SOUTH SUDAN|
|Application Deadline :||21-Jan-22 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||HIV, Health and Development|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||15 working days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||15 working days|
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
Following the confirmation of the initial COVID-19 case on 5 April 2020 in South Sudan, subsequent cases were identified and a fully-fledged coordination framework that included the COVID-19 National Taskforce, Chaired by the Vice President was established. This was followed by establishment of service cluster for overall policy and strategic guidance; National Steering Committee and its eight Technical Working Groups, Chaired by the COVID-19 Incident Manager for providing strategic and operational guidance; and the COVID-19 state Taskforce committees for coordinating the frontline implementation of recommended COVID-19 interventions. Coordination and establishment of technical working group (TWG) was achieved with ease given the existing ebola virus disease (EVD) preparedness structures, the partner mapping; effective leadership from the MoH and trainings undertaken thus leading to effective coordination and harmonisation of risk communication approaches and messages – considered to be one of the critical pillars of COVID-19 emergency preparedness and response.
In October 2020, an intra-action review (IAR) was undertaken to assess the functional capacity of the public health and emergency response systems and to identify practical areas for immediate remediation or continued improvement of the current response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The findings from the IAR indicated that there was robust mobilization of partners to support RCCE facilitated by presence of humanitarian partners countrywide; there was some level of engagement of community leaders /influencers; there was use of mix communication channels for dissemination of COVID-19 messages; and there was an evidence base- a KAP study that allowed targeted messaging. Key challenges were also teased out: limited systematic community engagement; progressive decrease of risk perception; limited enforcement of the recommended measures to support risk communication messages; and demand versus services imbalance due to weak coordination.
The Ministry of Health in collaboration with partners has developed several guiding documents to support the RCCE activities in the country. Standard operating procedures (SOP) for RCCE TWG; Communication Strategy for COVAX; Key Messages on COVID vaccination (updated on 27 September 2021) were a few of them. There remains work to be done to revise the existing national Health Promotion and RCCE documents, consolidate the lessons learned thus far, and develop the national Health Promotion and RCCE strategy. A consultant to lead this exercise is, therefore, required.
Duties and Responsibilities
The main objective of this consultancy is to review the existing Health Promotion Strategy in the context of COVID-19 pandemic and support the development of BCC Strategy.
Scope of work
The international consultant will work with the Director of Health Education and Health Promotion, the TWG of RCCE and UNDP focal points to carry out the following tasks:
The consultant will be expected to submit the following deliverables:
-Deliverable 1: Finalized National Health Promotion Strategy for South Sudan
-Deliverable 2: Finalized BCC strategy
- Deliverable 3: RCCE Supportive Supervision tools (checklists)
Project and Resource Management:
Communications and Advocacy:
Excellent oral and written English.
Criteria for Evaluation
* Technical Criteria weight; [70%]
* Financial Criteria weight; [30%]
To be computed as a ratio of the Proposal’s offer to the lowest price among the proposals received by UNDP
Payment Method for the Consultancy
Travel for the consultant
All travel costs will be covered by UNDP according to its rules and regulations. Travel, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses will be agreed upon, between UNDP and the Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be covered and paid by UNDP. The fare will always be “most direct, most economical” and any difference in price with the preferred route will be paid for by the
Required Skills and Experience
Advanced University degree in public health communications, social sciences, anthropology, or related fields
Guidelines for Applications
Interested applicants are advised to carefully review this advertisement and ensure that they meet the requirements and qualifications described.
Applicants are to submit:
*Please note that the financial proposal is all-inclusive and shall consider various expenses incurred by the consultant/contractor during the contract period (e.g. rent of dwelling, fee, health insurance, vaccination, visa costs and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services...). All envisaged costs (except of the unforeseen travel costs for missions, if any) must be included in the financial proposal. Unforeseen travel costs for missions, if any, will be paid separately according to UNDP rules and regulations. All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal. Per diems cannot exceed UN DSA rates (http://icsc.un.org/rootindex.asp).
Security: Individual Consultants are responsible for ensuring they have vaccinations/inoculations when travelling to certain countries, as designated by the UN Medical Director. Consultants are also required to comply with the UN security directives set forth under https://trip.dss.un.org
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials.
Due to large number of applications we receive, we can inform only the successful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process.