State Child Health Consultant

Last date of application
 12-May-22 23:59 HR


State Child Health Consultant,
International Development Agency, Raipur, Chhattisgarh


1. POSITION(S) VACANT: State Child Health Consultant, International Development Agency, Raipur, Chhattisgarh


Our client is a respected, International Development Agency (IDA), that works across the globe to promote children's survival, protection, and development.



India accounts for the highest number of under 5 deaths in the world. Even though the U5MR has declined from 47/1000 live births in 2017 to 45/1000 live births in 2018, Chhattisgarh has one of the highest U5MR in the country. The major concern is the infant mortality rate (IMR) during the same period has increased from 38/1000 live births in 2017 to 40/1000 live births in 2019. This translates to 31000 child deaths every year in the state of Chhattisgarh.


NHM has taken lot of initiatives and implementing national/state flagship programs to address high IMR and U5MR. As a priority for the year 2021, the IDCF campaign must be intensified and bring more visibility and thus creating greater awareness. The State Integrated Action plan for Pneumonia and Diarrhoea must be notified incorporating SAANS, a new program on Pneumonia. The CDR should be strengthened in the state along with state level reviews and corrective action. The first 1000 days needs to be focussed and work towards effective roll out and implementation of the revised MCP card and HBYC. IMNCI needs to be brought back into focus. New initiative for quality Newborn & Paediatric care in public health facility under MusQuan to be roll out in the state. Further strengthening of paediatric care through institutional arrangement of HDU & ETAT. In the view of Paediatric Covid-19 care, up-gradation of services in public health facilities.


IDA would support with a technical consultant to build the capacities of the state/district for improving child health by effective implementation of HBYC, SAANS, IAPPD, Defeat Diarrhoea, IMNCI, MusQuan, HDU, ETAT, Paediatric Covid-19 care and CDR. 


IDA as the State Lead Partner is expected to provide high-end technical assistance through a high-end consultant to the State NHM and the Directorate of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of Chhattisgarh to monitor the progress in the districts with special focus on aspirational districts and provide day to day technical assistance to initiative corrective actions and bridge the gaps. This specific support will aim at building capacity of the state and district health managers/supervisors to strengthen government child health programme in the state. The priority child health interventions for IDA which would be coordinated by the consultant with the NHM Chhattisgarh would be to monitor implementation of IDCF (D2), support for roll out of SAANS, coordinate for roll out of MCP card and HBYC, develop state action plan for IAPPD, strengthen child death reviews and roll out eCDR, tracking AES in the state and monitor diarrhoea outbreaks during floods, roll out of MusQan, support for CNAP/INAP , Functionalization of HDU & ETAT,  contribute to evidence-based planning and budgeting of NHM CG PIP- Child Health section, including appropriate budget allocations for aspirational districts.



Reporting to Mission Director, NHM, Chhattisgarh and day to day reporting to Mission Director, NHM, Chhattisgarh, the consultant will be a part of State RMNCH+A Unit at NHM to provide regular technical assistance to NHM and related departments for the overall planning, implementation, monitoring & supportive supervision of the Child Health initiatives under RMNCH+A. Support in formulation of plans for roll out and scale up of new initiatives & regular monitoring to assess the coverage and quality of implementation of flagship and other programs related to child health.

Key Responsibilities:

(A) Support for prevention and treatment of childhood illnesses

(1) Support in development and roll out of state and district IAPPD and Chhattisgarh Newborn Action Plan (CNAP / INAP) action plans;

(2) Support for strengthening Diarrhoea and pneumonia control and management (IDCF, D2, SAANS);

(3) Develop supportive supervision mechanism by system supervisors;

(4) Support for strengthening CDR mechanisms in the state for identifying 3 delays and initiate corrective actions along with scale up of eCDR including deaths of child born to positive mothers;

(5) Support for functionalization of HDU & ETAT;

(6) Support for strengthening of public health facilities for pediatric covid-19 care;

(7) Support in implementation of Quality initiative under MusQuan.


(B) Early Childhood Development

(1) Support State Government to develop ECD call center strengthening, screening for birth defects in delivery points and outreach (Revised MCP card, VHSND, community referrals);

(2) Strengthen convergence with other programs – RBSK, HBNC etc.;

(3) SBCC strategy to improve behavior of service providers for ensuring early initiation of breast feeding among all public institutional deliveries.


(C) Support establishment of State resource center for pediatric and new-born care (in line with FBNC, FBPC, KMC, PICU, RBSK);

(D) Support roll out of additional home visits by ASHA under HBYC program;

(E) Support state and district level processes for health systems strengthening, including gap & resource analysis; and based on the findings support the development of district RMNCH+A action plans with a focus on Child Health;

(F) Support the State Program Officers, SPMU, State M&E Officer & State Media Officer/NHM IEC Cell in analysis of the Child health data and developing monthly reports.;

(G) Support in improving the quality of implementation of IMNCI programme at the community level and in facility based IMNCI programme at all delivery points;

(H) Technical support to the State RBSK cell for implementation of RBSK programme across the state with a special focus on establishment of DEIC as well as improved monitoring and supervision along with improved reporting system.;

(I) Support in planning and implementation of RMNCH+A supportive supervision along with VHND supportive supervision through system supervisors of the state;

(J) Contribute to evidence-based planning and budgeting of NHM CG PIP, including appropriate budget allocations for Aspirational districts for child health component as per national guidelines;

(K) Documentation of outcomes/results and best practices in child health.



(1) Applicant must have Medical/ BDS/BHMS/BAMS/ Public Health graduate/BPharma/BSc or MSc Nursing;

(2) Post Graduate training in Paediatrics, OBGY or Community Medicine/ Public Health desirable.

(1) Minimum five years or more field experience in Child Health program at district/regional/state level, with professional knowledge of Reproductive, maternal, neonatal and child health is essential;

(2) Familiarity with theory and practical applications and essentials of maternal/ child survival Experience in planning and management of Health sector/RCH programs.

Skills and Competencies:
(1) Good negotiation and influencing skills supported by excellent communication skills

(2) High level of computer proficiency with specific familiarity with commonly used Windows and MS Office software and database software;

(3) Excellent oral and written communication & presentation skills in English and Hindi;

(4) Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team environment with strong facilitation skills, ability to analyse reports, plan and monitor projects.

5. ESTIMATED TRAVEL: Approximately 5 days in a month for the achievement of the listed deliverables.


The Consultant shall be hired on a consultancy contract through Strategic Alliance Management Services P Ltd. (SAMS), a respected HR Agency.




Remuneration payable to the selected candidate in the form of professional fees shall be attractive and in alignment with market norms.


Applicants are required to provide details of salary history, as well as expected remuneration for the position, in the online application form.



(1) The above elements shall be a key input into the selection and negotiation process.

(2) Candidates are expected to have their own laptops and be internet connected and these items shall not be provided.


8. LOCATION: The Consultant shall be based at Raipur, Chhattisgarh


9. DURATION: The successful candidate shall be issued a consultancy contract from the date of joining till December 31, 2022.






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Eligible candidates interested in the position are requested to apply using the link by or before May 12, 2022.