Kenya: Turkana County FP Health Systems Strengthening Expert

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Organization: Palladium International
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 18 Jul 2018

Background to the assignment: The ESHE program has been working with Turkana County for the last three years. A lot of focus has been on the private sector and implementing community based interventions to address cultural and religious barriers including gender dynamics that hinder access to and utilisation of family planning services. Within the last one year we have scaled up technical support to the public sector within Turkana county and we expect to extend this further. Our most recent consultations and planning meetings with Turkana County identified a rnage of health systems bottlenecks that need to be addressed to increase FP uptake. While there are many partners in Turkana, it is reported that there is poor coordination of the partners leading to inefficiency to inefficiency in the delivery of FP services. In addition to challenges with coordination of partners (leadership and governance), other health systems bottlenecks include weak commodity security, human resources for health, poor data quality and its use for decision making and programming among others. Due to the biting human resources for health challenges, the county has only one staff responsible for coordinating all maternal and reproductive health interventions in the county including for FP. Turkana county is currently developing a FP costed implementation plan for the period 2018 to 2022. This is an opportune time to ensure health systems interventions are well articulated in the FP CIP. For these terms of reference, ESHE is looking for a consultant to provide health systems technical assistance to Turkana County. The expert may be embedded within the Turkana County Health Management Team and will work directly with the county RH Coordinator. The overall purpose of the role is to coordinate ESHE's technical assistance to the county, advocate for the FP agenda and support implementation of interventions as articulated in the county CIP.

Tasks:

  • In partnership with the CHMT map FP/RH partners working in the county
  • Identify FP/RH gaps/needs in Turkana county and identify areas priority areas where ESHE could provide further technical assistance
  • Provide technical assistance to the county in the ongoing development of the FP CIP including supporting the county to effectively organise consultation and validation meetings
  • Support the county in ensuring coordination of the FP response including ensuring a functional TWG with clear terms of reference
  • Support the county in ensuring actions from the FP TWG are followed through and implemented
  • Coordinate ESHE's technical assistance in Turkana County
  • Provide any other relevant technical assistance as may be requested by ESHE and Turkana CHMT Deliverables:

  • Monthly report on the FP technical assistance provided to the county and the results/achievements

  • Report on mapping of RH/FP partners in Turkana County including areas of operation, priority intervention focus areas, and gaps

  • Summary of Turkana FP needs and priority areas for ESHE's support

  • Finalised CIP detailing activities/technical areas to be supported by the ESHE program

  • Terms of reference for FP technical working group/or sub-committee with clear plans in place for TWG support and execution The due dates for each deliverable will be agreed with the recruited consultant.

Reporting and supervising: This position reports to and will supervised by the Health Systems Strengthening Advisor and the Regional Manager.

Length of assignment: To have an adequate presence in Turkana county and to ensure informed technical assistance to the county, it is proposed that the recruited consultant will have an estimated level of effort of 10 days per month for the next three to four months. The level of effort and the number of months may be reviewed based on need and availability of budget.

Required minimum technical skills and qualifications:

  • At least a Master's degree or equivalent level in public health disciplines, social sciences, health economics, or a related field
  • At least 12 years of professional experience in reproductive health and or family planning programs. Those with clear understanding and experience on the Kenya FP programme will have an added advantage
  • An understanding of the health systems strengthening approach in increasing demand for and utilisation of FP services
  • Experience working in Turkana is a distinct advantage.Experience working in other similar counties is essential
  • A deep understanding of the Kenya devolved systems. Prospective consultant must have skills and experience in liasing with senior MoH officials, dignitaries and members of the county health teams.
  • Experience in working with and coordinating diverse reproductive health and family planning partners
  • Experience of providing technical assistance in difficult environments, including Kenya's arid lands, is a distinct advantage
  • Fluency in spoken English and excellent writing skills in plain English are required. Candidates must have proven experience in writing high quality reports for similar assignments.
  • Good team player with experience in stakeholder engagement. The consultant must have the skills and willing to guide and lead the costing expert
  • Ability to deliver high quality work in short periods of time
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to synthesise lots of complex information and stakeholders' views into easy to understand text

How to apply:

Please follow this link to apply: http://www.aplitrak.com/?adid=QXZhLkJlY2suMTQ4MzQuMzgzMEBwYWxsYWRpdW0uYXBsaXRyYWsuY29t

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