Consultant- provide technical advice to the Risk-benefit analysis and monitoring of the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health
Purpose of the consultancy
The purpose of this assignment is to provide technical advice to the Risk-benefit analysis and monitoring of the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) services in selected countries in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region.
The COVID-19 pandemic is posing unprecedented challenges to governments and health systems. While efforts to mitigate the direct impact of the pandemic on population health are imperative, evidence suggest that the most important effects of the COVID-19 pandemic will be indirect. In multiple settings, access and utilization of essential health services have been compromised, making pregnant women, mothers, newborn, children and older adults very vulnerable.
Recent modelling of the indirect effects of the coronavirus pandemic on maternal and child mortality in low- and middle-income countries has shown that even moderate service reduction scenarios can lead to a large number of additional maternal and child deaths. As a consequence, the world will face a major setback in the progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
Modelling using actual country data provides a realistic picture of what will happen to women’s and children’s health outcomes including maternal and child mortality when key RMNCAH services are disrupted due to Covid-19. Modeling also provides an opportunity to identify the most efficient interventions to be prioritized if needed. The outcome of such modelling can be used to advocate for maintaining the essential and efficient RMNCAH interventions and necessary programmatic and policy decisions including target setting. The purpose of the modeling will be to address two key questions:
- What is the potential impact on women’s and children’s health outcome including maternal and child mortality due disruption of essential RMNCAH services because of COVID 19 pandemic?
- Which essential RMNCAH interventions need to be to save the most lives and to result in the least decline in health outcomes among women?
Section: Responsibilities / Duties
- Conduct mapping of and archiving of documents (policies, strategies, guidelines) on continuation of essential health services including RMNCAH services in COVID-19 pandemic.
- Identify and compile the strategies practiced by member states to mitigate the direct and indirect impact of COVID-19 on RMNCAH services.
- Be responsible for the compilation, data entry, preparation of documentation and archiving of relevant datasets from various sources, including UN agencies and country-level health information systems.
- Conduct Risk-benefit analysis of the impact of COVID 19 pandemic on RMNCAH services in selected countries in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region using analytic software such as the Lives Saved Tool (LiST).
- Conduct a thorough review of the strategies practiced by member states to mitigate the direct and indirect impact of COVID-19 on RMNCAH services and use the findings as qualitative input into the modeling process.
- Develop policy briefs and other briefing materials for review with in-country teams.
- Monthly progress reports on the risk benefit analysis of selected countries
- Compendium of the strategies practiced by member states to mitigate the direct and indirect impact of COVID-19 on RMNCAH services.
- Relevant datasets to measure the impact of COVID-19 on RMNCAH services from selected countries.
- Report on the Risk-benefit analysis of the impact of COVID 19 pandemic on RMNCAH services in selected countries in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region.
- Policy briefs on the Risk-benefit analysis of the impact of COVID 19 pandemic on RMNCAH services in selected countries.
Section: Requirements: Education / Experience / Languages / other requirements:
Education: University degree in public health, health statistics or related field.
- A minimum of 5 years of experience in public health, health statistics or related field.
- Proven experience in collecting and compiling data across various areas of public health.
- Proven experience in modeling health outcomes using statistical software or other related suite of modeling tools such as Life Saved Tools (LiST).
- Proven experience in producing deliverables within required timeframe.
- Proven experience in maintaining effective communication with counterparts.
Skills / Technical knowledge
Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to work independently and to produce results under strict timelines.
English – Expert level in speaking, reading, and writing. Knowledge of Arabic is an asset.
Travel (If travel is involved, a medical certificate of fitness for work will be required.)
All travel arrangements will be made by WHO – WHO will not be responsible for tickets purchased by the Consultant without the express, prior authorization of WHO. While on mission under the terms of this consultancy, the Consultant will receive subsistence allowance.
Visas requirements: it is the consultant’s responsibility to fulfil visa requirements and ask for visa support letter(s) if needed.
Remuneration and budget (travel costs excluded) Remuneration: Professional consultant (P3 level)Additional Information section
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