Kenya: Consultancy: Provide rigorous and up-to-date analysis on the state and trends in financing, including domestic financing, of anti-retroviral…

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Organization: UN Children's Fund
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 28 Dec 2017

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children’s rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.Sub-Saharan Africa is impacted by the highest HIV prevalence and incidence globally, and a comprehensive response addressing prevention, treatment, and care for HIV-affected populations is a key feature of UNICEF’s work in Eastern and Southern Africa. In this context, UNICEF views ensuring consistent, free, domestically-financed access to anti-retroviral treatment (ART) as a core element of effective social policy and social protection.

With this in mind, UNICEF’s Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO) Social Policy team, with substantial inputs from colleagues working on HIV/AIDS, has initiated an analysis of trends and opportunities in financing of ART, including a review of domestic financing and options to expand the fiscal space for health financing. This analysis is expected to provide an evidence base for the current state of ART financing, and provide rigorous data to inform advocacy at country and regional levels for increased investment in ART.

Scope of Work and Objectives

The purpose of this assignment is to conduct and develop in a publishable form, a high-quality analysis of trends and opportunities in the financing of ART, and opportunities to identify additional fiscal space for domestic financing. This will include a report of no more than 20 pages providing an analysis of regional trends and key issues, coupled with 21 one-page country profiles which can be used for advocacy. A draft of this report already exists, with considerable but incomplete data.

Under the guidance of the Social Policy Specialist, the consultant will be expected to:

  • Provide a high-quality regional analysis which provides up-to-date data on trends in disease burden (including prevalence amongst adolescents and children), ART coverage, domestic financing and trends (both proportional and absolute, and in proportion to overall health sector financing), donor funding and trends (focusing on PEPFAR and Global Fund, and including comparisons of countries at different income levels), sustainability of financing and options for identifying additional fiscal space, and a set of clear policy recommendations.
  • Develop 21 one-page country profiles providing data on HIV prevalence and ARV coverage (including for children and adolescents and pregnant women living with HIV), indicative resources allocated to HIV (PMTCT, VMMC, paediatric and adolescent treatment, care and prevention programmes), domestic expenditure trends (proportional and absolute), and any potential issues impacting HIV financing.
  • These materials should be developed primarily using existing data included in sources such as PEPFAR reports, Global Fund grant allocations, supplemented with discussions with UNICEF ESARO, and UNICEF country offices and reviews of recent health budget briefs where possible. Note that a substantial amount of data has already been collected and a basic draft report exists; though this will require significant adjustment, it will serve as a key source of data for the consultant.

    Key activities and deliverables

    Duration

    (Estimated # of days or months)

    Timeline/Deadline

    (tentative)

    Schedule of payment

  • Summary report (20 pages) and 21 one-page country profiles
  • 15 days

    29 January 2018

    (submission of first full draft for review)

    Completion and final approval of all deliverables: 16 February 2018

    Payment upon submission and approval of the report and case studies

    Payment Schedule

    The Consultant will be paid upon receipt of satisfactory deliverables as outlined above:

    • Deliverables that meet UNICEF’s quality standard.

    Desired competencies, technical background and experience

  • Advanced university degree in Economics (ideally Health Economics) or a related field;
  • Proven experience conducting data analysis, and specifically financing and budget analyses, at a senior technical level;
  • Minimum 8 years of relevant experience at a professional level;
  • Must be reliable, creative, and be able to work with little supervision;
  • Must be able to work efficiently under tight deadlines;
  • Proven experience delivering publication-quality products designed for non-specialized audiences;
  • Ideally a record of publication in respected journals or working paper series; and
  • Excellent spoken and written English.
  • The contract will be established for 15 working days, to commence upon the signature of the contract. The Consultant will be required to deliver a high-quality initial draft, building on the analysis already undertaken, by 29 January 2018. Following a brief feedback period, the Consultant will finalize the assignment by 16 February 2018. The Consultant will work from home with regular interaction with ESARO/SPR staff through teleconferences or skype. The Consultant will be supervised by the Social Policy Specialist.

    The final products should be delivered to UNICEF in word and PDF format – both low and high resolution.

    As per UNICEF DFAM policy, payment is made against approved deliverables. No advance payment is allowed unless in exceptional circumstances against bank guarantee, subject to a maximum of 30 percent of the total contract value in cases where advance purchases, for example for supplies or travel, may be necessary.

    The candidate selected will be governed by and subject to UNICEF’s General Terms and Conditions for individual contracts.

    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://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=509586

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