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  • Call for Proposal for Consultancy Opening at The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA)

  • Posted on: 11 December, 2014 Deadline: 26 December, 2014
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  • The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) was established by Decree 29 of 1992 in order to sustain the federal assistance to states and local governments in provision of primary health care (PHC) services.  The agency is to support the states and local governments in developing a sustainable system of PHC services that are accessible, affordable and of good quality through the participation of individuals, families and communities in partnership with government and non-governmental organizations.

    At the 53rd National Council on Health in March 2010, the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health week (MNCH week) was adopted by the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH). Institutionalizing the MNCHW, is one of the priority actions needed to achieve the first strategic objective of the 2007 Integrated Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Strategy which is to improve access to good quality health services in order to reduce child mortality and improve maternal health.  The NPHCDA serves as the co-ordinating body and provides resource mobilization with partners at different levels for effective co-ordination, build capacity of health workers, provide guidelines, training and support states for effective implementation of MNCH weeks

    NPHCDA, partners with many stakeholders to implement the bi-annual campaign on Vitamin A Supplementation through the MNCH week. The MNCH week is a weeklong event that aims to deliver a package of high-impact, low-cost maternal, newborn and child health interventions, proven to be highly effective in both reducing mortality rates and improving mother and child health. These interventions include Focused Antenatal Care (FANC), immunization, vitamin A supplementation and de-worming, zinc/lo-ORS, nutrition assessment, long lasting insecticide-treated nets (LLINs) distribution, birth registration, health promotion (hand washing, early initiation and exclusive breast feeding (EBF), adequate complementary feeding (ACF), hygiene and sanitation and  HCT).

    Post evaluation coverage survey (PECS) recently carried out by HKI in some states showed that most caregivers got information about MNCH week through several means but those who knew the benefits of the campaign, heard through the health workers. Meanwhile only very few number of health workers knew the primary reason for the administration of  the intervention administered to children while most of the health workers had poor knowledge of the importance of the interventions. 

    NPHCDA in collaboration with stakeholders wants to introduce a standardized training module with comprehensive content using the National MNCH week training manual and materials for healthcare providers at National, state and Local government levels.  NPHCDA wants to engage a Web Application designer to develop the online and off-line training package that will be used for the training of frontline health workers at the National, State and Local Government Levels for the MNCH week campaigns.

    Web Application Designers


    1.    Preparation of the Proposal
    NPHCDA will not reimburse expenses including travel expenses incurred by the consultant in the preparation of the proposal and (or) in the negotiation of the eventual contract ensuing. However, authorized travel costs to project sites outside will be paid for by HKI to the consultant. The contract will be negotiated in Abuja.

    2.    Scope of Work
    NPHCDA requires the service of a consultant as a web application designer to specifically perform the following tasks:
    •    Develop training design for MNCHW training of frontline health workers
    •    Develop MNCHW training delivery packages for National, state and LGA levels
    •    Develop standardized MNCHW online (internet) and offline (video) training packages with the following features;
    1.    The online training should be flexible and accessible to participants for a certain number of weeks. Each module should also be restricted to a certain number of days after which if exceeded, participant should be logged off and he/she has to start from the beginning if test has not been passed.
    2.    There should be inbuilt participant knowledge assessment (test) at the end of each training module. The participant should also be given an option to save result once a test has been passed. So he can log off and come back to the module later to start from where he/she stopped.
    3.    The offline training is for participants that do not have internet. There should be a restriction on both types so that people can’t work with both simultaneously. For example, a person should not read offline and answer questions online
    •    Develop simplified training assessment tool for the different levels
    •    Develop outline on the usage of the package from registration of participants to the printing of the certificate after the assessment
    •    Develop the assessment tracking system for both online and off-line participants
    •    Facilitate pre-testing of the training package developed at both the National (with FMOH and NPHCDA officers) and at least in three states from three geopolitical zones
    •    Develop an instruction manual on how to use the web application
    •    Revise and finalize training delivery packages.
    •    Produce facilitators guide for the different packages
    •    Debrief to Technical Committee
    •    Submit detailed reports on;
    1.    The training delivery package for all levels
    2.    Facilitators guide
    The finalized module should be ready for use in the national and three pilot states during the May 2015 round of MNCH Week. Thereafter, it will be evaluated and then scaled up to all the states in the country.

    3.    Deliverables
    a)    A standardized MNCH Week web-based training module that is comprehensive in all the interventions during MNCH week, easy to use and understandable to the health workers at all levels.

    1.    There is a time-limit to a selected training, both online and offline. So when a user selects a training it must be completed within the period specified (this is separate from the time allocated directly to the test itself).
    2.    The printable formats should include .pdf, .jpg - These two formats are commonly known to be immutable.
    3.    Resuming from Logging off during a test session will bring one to the last test question pending during last log off.
    4.    The offline solution will be accessible from a user's resident computer storage.
    5.    The interface will have a feature to select which mode of learning to select - either Online, or Offline.
    6.    A group training and assessment feature to be implemented on the offline mode, with the functionality to;
    •    Allow multiple registrations of users.
    •    Allow multiple selections of users for training sessions
    •    Allow trainings to be taken for multi-user led by a facilitator
    •    Assessment to be taken by the facilitator

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    Content Developer


    1.    Preparation of the Proposal
    NPHCDA will not reimburse expenses including travel expenses incurred by the consultant in the preparation of the proposal and (or) in the negotiation of the eventual contract ensuing. However, authorized travel costs to project sites outside will be paid for by HKI to the consultant. The contract will be negotiated in Abuja.

    2.    Scope of Work
    NPHCDA Nigeria requires the services of a training consultant to specifically perform the following tasks:
    •    Review MNCH week November 2014 state and LGA level training in the three  (3) states
    •    Develop content for the module as follows:

    A.    General Overview of  MNCHW
        Historical perspective of MNCH week
        Stages of planning for MNCH week
        Delivery system

    B.    Nutrition
        Overview of vitamin A
        Importance of vitamin A as a childhood survival intervention
        Vitamin A deficiency (VAD) and ways to prevent VAD
        Method of administering vitamin A and dosages
        Importance of deworming and vitamin A, Nutrition Screening, Zinc and Lo-ORS administration to different target age group
        Method of administering deworming tablets and dosages
        Importance of Iron folate to target age
        Method of administering iron folate and dosages
        Zn /Low osmolar ORS for management of diarrhea for children
        Importance of MUAC screening
        Steps of carrying out MUAC screening
        Action to be taken with results

    C.    Routine Services/ Immunization
        Importance of Immunization
        Method of administering vaccines
        Importance of vaccines (OPV, BCG, PENTA & TT) to target age groups
        Management of AEFI cases

    D.    Other Interventions
        The strategies, mode of administration, doses, and ways of implementing other interventions.
        Malaria control- LLINs distribution and IPTs /SPs for pregnanat women
        Birth registration.
        Promotion of Key Household Practices: focus attenatal Care (FANC), Optimal infant feeding practices (EBF & ACF), Hygiene practices, Basic Sanitation, Personal hygiene including Hand washing, HCT, Family Planning Commodities.

    E.    Data Collection
        Importance of data collection and ways of data collection using the national  data tools including checklists
        Rapid SMS and verification
        Essence of data quality
    •    Develop standardized internet, video and CD training modules for the National , state, LGA and Health Facility  levels
    •    Develop simplified standardized video and CD training modules for the LGA level
    •    Develop training assessment tool for the different levels
    •    Train National and HKI staff on the use of training module
    •    Facilitate pre-testing of the developed modules in at least three HKI supported states
    •    Debrief to Technical committee
    •    Submit detailed reports on;
        The content development for the training modules for all levels
        Showing Modules for Development workshop
    3.    Deliverables
    a.    A standardized training module that will be easy to use, highly effective and can communicate to the target audience. 

    Qualifications or specialized knowledge/experience required:
    •    An advanced University degree in one of the following fields: Nutrition, Public health, Epidemiology, Biostatistics
    •    At least five years of progressively responsible professional work experience in nutrition and/or public health in program/project development, planning and M&E.
    •    Familiarity with the  implementation and/or Monitoring of MNCH week is necessary
    •    Given the wide nature of MNCH week, the lead Consultant may engage other expertise for effective coverage of other content on immunization, maternal health among others.
    •    Skills in information, Communication and Technology will be an added advantage.

    Method of Application

    Final proposal and questions concerning this proposal should be addressed to:

    A.    Mrs Chinwe Joy Ezeife
    Deputy Director/Head MNCH-Nutrition,
    Department of Community Health Services
    National Primary Health Care Development Agency
    Plot 681/682 Port Harcourt Crescent, Area 11, Garki
    Abuja, Nigeria.

    B.    Olayinka Chuku
    Acting VAS Coordinator
    HKI Nigeria

    Closing date: 26th December 2014

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