Job ID: 200002OY
Employee Status: Fixed Term
Introduction and Background
Despite remarkable progress made globally, in reducing child deaths over the past 15 years, more than six million children under the age of five continue to die each year according to United Nations Inter-Agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (UN IGME) 2019. Nearly one third of these deaths are attributable to just three causes: pneumonia, diarrhoea, and malaria. Pneumonia control is critical to reducing child mortality and achieving Sustainable Development Goal 3 globally. Nearly one million child deaths are due to pneumonia, which is the leading infectious cause of death for children under five, accounting for 39% of all deaths related to infectious causes. Furthermore, 99% of these deaths from pneumonia occur in low- and middle-income countries. In order to reduce child mortality, controlling pneumonia is a critical component to any integrated child health strategy.
Pneumonia accounts for approximately 18% of all under-five mortality cases with 57,500 to 127,500 deaths annually thereby making pneumonia the leading killer of Nigerian children under five. In order to achieve SDG 3.2, Nigeria needs to prevent the deaths of approximately 70,000 additional children by 2030, (WHO 2016) and improve pneumonia outcomes as part of Nigeria’s broader child health strategy. Many of the tools to protect, prevent, diagnose and treat pneumonia exist; but, doing so requires greater attention to scaling these tools and the use of an integrated child health, multi-sectoral approach.
The Federal Ministry of Health is committed to address pneumonia and led the development of the first National Integrated Pneumonia Control Strategy and Implementation Plan in 2019. The strategy was recently launched by the Hon Minister of Health in Nigeria and was also taken to global forum in Barcelona to showcase to the world the efforts by the Nigerian government to compact the deadliest childhood killer diseases. The strategy was developed in collaboration with partners and stakeholders with widespread consultation at national and subnational level. There was engagement with professional, regulatory bodies, professional associations, civil society organizations, development partners and the private sector.
- The reason for this consultancy is to get an expert that will proof read, edit and format as well as come up with how much it will cost government at all levels to fully implement the national integrated pneumonia control strategy and implementation plan. The roof reading is to eliminate possible grammatical and typo graphical errors that may have occurred in the cause of collating ideas from different stakeholders. Formatting the strategy to align the tables/figures and number them properly as well as ensure that statistics used and other references follow standard/recommended referencing styles.
- The Strategy promotes integrated approach to pneumonia control through multisectoral actions. It aligns and builds on exiting strategies namely, the revised national health policy, the national child health policy, the integrated reproductive maternal, new-born, child and adolescent health plus nutrition strategy. The integrated management of childhood illness strategy (IMCI), the national strategic plan of action for nutrition, and the integrated community case management (ICCM) of childhood illness among others.
- Since pneumonia control is central to achieving universal health coverage (UHC) and meeting sustainable developments goals (SDGs) in Nigeria, it is therefore imperative for government and partners to efficiently implement the packages of evidence based interventions articulated within this strategy and plan for protecting and preventing diseases in children with a focus on underserved, marginalised and vulnerable communities.
- The costed implementation plan will be used for advocacy by the civil society organizations to get government, development partners, private sector, professional associations and others to fully commit to implementing this strategy with a view to improving the lives of under five children and reducing mortality resulting from pneumonia and other infectious diseases. Advocacy efforts will also be taken to other line ministries eg ministry of environment, agriculture, education, women affairs etc.
Objective of the Consultancy
- To proofread, edit/format of the strategy following standard/recommended referencing styles.
- Articulate how much it will cost the government, private sector, development partners and other relevant stakeholders to fully implement the national integrated pneumonia control strategy both at national and state levels.
- Using economics of scale, identify priority areas of focus within the strategy for government, professional associations, private sector, development partners and community structures towards full implementation of the strategy at all levels of governments.
- Develop an advocacy brief containing all the cost component in the strategy and recommend funding opportunities for the implementation of the strategy.
- It is expected that SCI and consultant(s) will work collaboratively with all stakeholders so that there is buy in, right from the start which will encourage everybody’s full participation in the process and ensure endorsement of the final product.
The following key deliverables are anticipated:
- Report to be submitted at the end of the assignment detailing methodology and approaches used.
- Properly edited/formatted/costed implementation plan of the National Integrated pneumonia control strategy.
- An advocacy brief to be used by CSOs to engage government at different levels.
- Develop tools including approaches and techniques to be employed for costing of the strategy.
- Desk review of the strategy and other available literatures.
- Proof reading, editing/formatting of the strategy.
- Hold debriefing meeting with SCI and Federal Ministry of Health Child Health Division.
Timeline Start Date:
- Inception report: within 1-2 weeks of commencement
- Final report: June 2020
- Total work days: 14 days.
Required Skill and Experience
- Experience in developing and costing policies, plans and strategies for development.
- Experience in proof reading, editing/formatting documents.
- Experience working in health and nutrition programmes and projects.
- Proven ability to work in a collaborative manner with experience working in Nigeria and excellent understanding of the federal ministry of health.
- Strong writing and communication skills – to be authenticated by work already done. The references for the individual should be from the people who commissioned a piece of work that would be shared with us as proof.
- University Degree (Masters preferred) in any of the following fields; International Relations, Development Studies, Public Health, Health Economics & Health Financing.
Candidates interested in this assignment should attach a detailed proposal along with a detailed CV to their applications. This should include but not limited to the following:
- Details on understanding the Terms of Reference (TOR) scope of work, draft methodology to be used.
- Understanding of the pneumonia and the recent developments in child health in Nigeria
- Timeline, with specific dates from commencement to final submission of deliverables.
- Detailed budget breakdown with work plan based on expected daily rates
- Cover letter
- Names, Organisations, and Contact details of three Referees whom we may contact
- Evidence of at least 2 similar jobs done in the past by the Consultant.