Consultant-Costed Implementation Plan for Family Planning

The Palladium Group
Monrovia, Liberia
Apply by 13 August 2018
Senior-level , Short-term contract assignment
Posted on 7 August 2018

Job Description

Health Policy Plus (HP+) is a USAID-funded five-year $185 million project awarded to Palladium (formerly Futures Group) on August 28, 2015. HP+ has a mandate across global, country, and subnational levels to strengthen and advance health policy priorities in family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH), HIV, and maternal health. It aims to improve the enabling environment for equitable and sustainable health services, supplies, and delivery systems through policy development and implementation, with an emphasis on voluntary, rights-based health programs, and by strengthening in-country partners’ capacity to navigate complex environments for effective policy design, implementation, and financing aligned to their priorities. We carry forward proven approaches to preserve achievements. These approaches inform how we manage programs and engage with stakeholders, and tools and techniques improve decision making and the achievement of predetermined goals.

HP+ is supporting governments to attain the ambitious commitments they made at the London Summit through strengthening national capacity to develop country-owned, broad-based, national FP costed implementation plans (CIPs) aligned to FP2020 pledges. FP Costed Implementation Plans are concrete and detailed plans for achieving the goals of a national family planning program over a set number of years. A CIP details the program activities necessary to meet national goals and the costs associated with the activities, providing clear program-level information on the resources it needs to raise domestically and from partners. A CIP is critical to give direction to a national FP program. To ensure that a country’s London Summit commitments are implemented, there needs to be a detailed plan of where they want to go and how they intend to get there. Activities with measureable performance indicators also need to be developed so countries can monitor their progress against their plan. HP+’s innovative approach to supporting the CIP process in countries leads to greater country ownership and aligns with ongoing government planning and coordination efforts within a relatively short development process.

The consultant will support monitoring and implementation of Liberia’s family planning Costed Implementation Plan.

Working with Palladium staff, the Family Health Division (FHD) of the Ministry of Health, and respective Monitoring and Evaluation focal points to:

* Develop, refine, and validate CIP indicators including indicator definitions and data sources
* Support the FHD in data collection for the family planning program by:
* collecting quarterly family planning partner data
* identifying data sources that are not readily available
* providing alternative indicators or data sources for existing indicators that cannot readily be collected
* aggregating partner data into a data collection sheet
* Supporting handover of CIP Performance monitoring system/process to the FHD, including determining the assigned staff to support CIP performance monitoring going forward, and orienting relevant staff on the process and tools.
* Other related technical and administrative tasks as required
* Strong background in Monitoring & Evaluation of family planning programs including familiarity with HMIS and IHRIS
* Superior problem solving, analytic, and evaluative skills
* Significant knowledge of the Liberia health system and family planning stakeholders
* Ability to work independently and solve day-to-day problems, with good judgment for escalating issues
* Experience interacting with host country government agencies including local governments, development partners, and civil society organizations
* Attention to detail and ability to effectively and efficiently perform multiple tasks and balance competing priorities while meeting deadlines
* Based in Monrovia, Liberia

Qualifications
* Master’s Degree or higher in international health, international development, political science, social sciences, economics or health economics, or a related advanced degree (coursework in Family Planning/ Reproductive Health/ Population Studies is preferred);
* 10 years of experience at least
* Based in Liberia with significant work experience in M&E of FP/RH programs;
* Strong skills in Microsoft Excel and Word;
* Strong interpersonal, writing, and oral communication skills in English

Timeline
* Start date: August 15th, 2018
* End date: September 14th, 2018

Total Number of Work Days
* Up to 20 days

ACTIVITY DELIVERABLE DEADLINE
Conduct partner visits to collect family planning performance dataCompleted data collection sheet with non-readily available data sources identifiedAugust 31, 2018 Support identification of alternative indicators or data sources for non-readily available dataCompleted template with alternative data sources/indicators detailedSeptember 7, 2018 Conduct follow-up partner visits as needed to complete data collection with revised indicators/data sourcesFully completed data collection sheet with notes to facilitate data collection handover (contact persons, clarifications on indicator definitions or sources, pending items, etc)September 14th, 2018

About the Organization

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

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