CONSULTANCY: MATERNAL, NEWBORN AND CHILD HEALTH CONTEXT AND POLICY MAPPING IN MOZAMBIQUE AND SOUTH SUDAN FOR THE IMCHA PROGRAM
Due Date: 2018-06-15
African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) is a leading Africa-based, African-led, international research institution headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, and engaged in multidisciplinary, policy-relevant research. APHRC actively engages policymakers and other key stakeholders to help ensure decision-making across the continent is informed by rigorous evidence-based research.
APHRC is looking for a consultant with experience in health systems, health policy and knowledge translation to conduct a context mapping exercise in Mozambique and South Sudan to create a better understanding of the health system challenges, relevant policies guiding programming among other stipulated key issues. This insight will support a more nuanced and comprehensive strategy for wider engagement in the decision-making, programming, budgeting and policy processes in the two countries to support improvements in maternal, newborn and child health outcomes.
The Innovating for Maternal and Child Health in Africa (IMCHA) seeks to improve maternal, newborn, and child health outcomes by strengthening health systems to become more equitable, using primary health care as an entry point. Two inter-related components, Implementation Research Teams (IRTs) and Health Policy and Research Organizations (HPROs), have been designed to collaborate on improving the translation of research evidence and learning into policy and practice for effective MNCH interventions in ten countries across the continent.
A consortium of three institutions – APHRC, the East, Central and Southern Africa (ECSA) Health Community (ECSA-HC) and Partners in Population and Development’s Africa Regional Office (PPD-ARO) – have formed the East African Health Policy and Research Organization (EA-HPRO). The EA-HPRO drives the MNCH research to policy process by working with 13 IRTs in five countries in the East African region: Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.
The specific objectives of the IMCHA program are to:
Identify and maximize opportunities for policy influence for MNCH issues.
Influence policy and programmatic decisions and actions on MNCH in the target countries informed by evidence provided by IRTs.
Build consensus for MNCH issues to drive policy outreach at national regional and global levels.
Develop and agree on a regional MNCH agenda together with the legislative and economic bodies.
Strengthen the capacity of IRTs for long-term and systematic engagement with decision makers in their respective countries for more effective uptake of the evidence they generate.
One of the initial activities planned for this project is to conduct context and policy mapping for maternal newborn and child health in the study countries. Thus, the EA-HPRO is seeking the services of a consultant with experience in health systems, health policy and knowledge translation to lead the mapping process.
Goal of the MNCH context and policy mapping
The purpose of the mapping is to ensure that the research carried out in each country is appropriately framed to leverage entry points in the policy sphere. This is to encourage evidence uptake to inform future policies on maternal, newborn and child health.
To assess MNCH policies and identify health system gaps, equity concerns and other barriers to service access
To identify and articulate the national health policy development and budgetary process, policy validation stages, and key actors involved so as to find entry points where research evidence could be used to inform policy change or programmatic intervention
To assess the knowledge translation capacity of national-level decision-makers as well as their use of evidence
The main activities the consultant will undertake are:
Conduct a literature review to identify relevant national health policies and strategy documents that guide MNCH programming in Mozambique and South Sudan.
Identify key MNCH decision-makers and stakeholders (government/NGOs) at country level
Develop a review framework to capture MNCH priorities and identify health systems policy gaps in relation to the following areas covered by the IMCHA program: community-based interventions; quality of care at the facility level; and human resources for health.
Develop an assessment tool on knowledge translation to assess the capacity of national-level decision-makers as well as their use of evidence
Facilitate one-day stakeholder workshops in Mozambique and South Sudan to validate findings derived from the literature review and conduct a stakeholder analysis/mapping – to understand power and influence dynamics in decision making.
Through the stakeholder workshops as a consultative forum, conduct interviews/focus group discussions using a semi-structured interview tool that focuses on MNCH policy processes and knowledge translation among the identified decision-makers in Mozambique and South Sudan.
Collate and analyze results from stakeholder workshops and interviews and develop country reports highlighting all the key components as highlighted in the above section with key messages and recommendations for policy engagement and communications to the Implementation Research Teams and the Eastern Africa Health Policy Research Organization.
Schedule of expected deliverables
Target start date
Literature Review on MNCH policies from two countries
Literature review report of no more than 10 pages for each country
Develop data collection tool
Stakeholder interview tool
Stakeholder workshops in Mozambique and South Sudan
6 days (Travel time and meeting days included)
Stakeholder mapping – to understand power and influence dynamics in decision making, interviews/ FGDs, and validation of literature review findings
Analysis and reporting
Comprehensive report for each country (Mozambique and South Sudan) of no more than 25 pages each. It should include the literature review, results of the interviews/FGDs and stakeholder mapping for each country
The consultant should have an advanced degree (Master’s or PhD) in public health, policy analysis with demonstrated experience in health systems and health policy. Knowledge and familiarity with maternal, newborn and child health is desirable.
The consultant needs to have the following experience:
A minimum of five years professional experience specifically related to the areas above
Substantive knowledge and experience in context, policy and/or stakeholder mapping policymakers/stakeholders and policy platforms
Proven ability to research and prepare reports of a similar nature
Excellent qualitative research skills; quantitative skills are a plus
Proven ability to write and present analysis on policy-related work to a non-technical audience
The ability to conduct and transcribe interviews in English and French (note that if sub-contracting of the second language is required, it is the responsibility of the consultant and not the clients; no additional resources will be provided by the clients)
Excellent English writing skills
Interested experts are invited to apply by submitting the following application documents:
Letter of Motivation outlining how your experience, skills, qualifications and professional networks fit with the required deliverables (one page maximum)
Please submit your detailed application documents in PDF format by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and copy email@example.com by June 15, 2018, indicating the title of the position as the subject of the email.
Please attach a quotation indicating the daily rate and overall cost for the consultancy
State your country of interest to conduct the work. For consultants interested in mapping the Mozambique context, they must be bilingual and hence speak Portuguese and English.
You must be able to produce a valid Kenyan work permit if you are an international applicant.
All communication and queries related to this call should be addressed to the same email addresses.