State Adolescent Health Consultant

Last Date of Apply
 29-May-20 23:59 HR
Job Description

JOB DESCRIPTION

State Adolescent Health Consultant
International Development Agency, Guwahati, Assam

 

1. POSITION VACANT: State Adolescent Health Consultant (SAHC), International Development Agency, Guwahati, Assam

2. ORGANIZATION BACKGROUND
:

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

PROJECT BACKGROUND:
Government of India has identified development partners for each state across the country who are committed to providing technical assistance to the state government to implement RMNCH+A strategy now focusing on the aspirational districts. The IDA is a lead partner under RMNCH+A initiative for Assam. In addition, the scope of the RMNCH+A strategy encompasses cross-sectoral convergence, notably with Nutrition, WASH, C4D and Advocacy/Communications for equity planning, implementation, and monitoring. To accelerate the achievement of RMNCH+A indicators it is essential to focus on each stage of the life cycle.

Adolescence is a very critical period in the life cycle and interventions at this stage will have long-lasting results on the overall health outcomes of mothers and children. Although adolescence is a healthy phase, more than 33% of the disease burden and almost 60% of premature deaths among adults can be associated with behaviours or conditions that begin or occur during adolescence like tobacco and alcohol use, poor eating habits, sexual abuse and risky sex (WHO 2002). Within the age group of 10 to 19 years, the profile of disease burden is significantly different for younger and older adolescents. While injuries and communicable diseases are prominent causes of disability and death in the 10 to 14 age group, outcomes of sexual behaviours and mental health become significant for the 15 to 19 years age group. Moreover, the anaemia statuses among adolescents are very high in Assam. As per NFHS-IV, around 47% of adolescent girls are anaemic. This percentage is much higher in the tea garden areas where the maternal mortality ratio is also higher than the other parts. This percentage among boys is also high. The priorities under adolescent health include teenage pregnancies, adolescent anaemia along with nutrition, sexual and reproductive health, mental health, addressing gender-based violence, non-communicable diseases and substance use.

The
IDA as the State Lead Partner is expected to provide high-end technical assistance through a senior Consultant to the State NHM and the Directorate of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of Assam to monitor the progress in RKSK and Aspirational districts and provide day to day technical assistance to initiate corrective actions and bridge the gaps. This specific support will aim at building capacity of the state and district health managers/supervisors for effective implementation of RKSK, understanding demand related issues, peer educators training, monitor coverage of WIFS, support and monitor the roll-out of School Health program, adolescent HIV and contribute to evidence-based planning and budgeting of NHM Assam PIP- Reproductive and Adolescent Health section, including appropriate budget allocations for aspirational districts.

3. JOB DESCRIPTION/ RESPONSIBILITIES:

The
State Adolescent Health Consultant (SAHC) shall be responsible for providing technical support in quality implementation of high impact evidence-based interventions under the umbrella of RMNCH+A in aspirational districts with specific focus on adolescent health, convergent programming, innovations and capacity building models.

The incumbent shall also be responsible for providing technical assistance to NHM for the overall planning, implementation, monitoring and supportive supervision of Reproductive Health and Adolescent Health initiatives under RKSK program (facility-based and community-based services covering related programmes like WIFS, Menstrual Hygiene, School health), adolescent HIV, PPIUCD, etc. under RMNCH+A.

Key Deliverables:
(1) Lead the RKSK lab district, Dhubri for developing a model RKSK implementation strategy;
(2) Support in reducing adolescent pregnancy by strengthening interventions around adolescent responsive health services;
(3) Provide support in Reproductive and Adolescent health programmes as part of the State RMNCH+A unit and Reproductive and Adolescent Health technical lead; Support the State Program Management Unit (SPMU) in analysis of the Reproductive and Adolescent health data and developing monthly/quarterly reports;
(4) Provide support to the Aspirational Districts State Coordinator and the district RMNCH+A coordinators in planning, and implementation of Reproductive and adolescent health programme components and regular review for the same at the district and state level;
(5) Provide support to NHM in strengthening the adolescent nutrition and the National Iron Plus Initiative and strengthen adolescent initiatives of Anemia Mukht Bharat in the state;

(6) Support ASACS and NHM in the roll out, monitoring and review of Adolescent HIV program in the State;
(7) Strengthen the Facility-based adolescent reproductive and sexual health services (Adolescent health clinics);
(8) Assist in Strengthening RKSK programme in aspirational districts with specific focus on adolescent anemia, HIV and pregnancy;
(9) Identify capacity gaps of district and block level officials on Reproductive and Adolescent Health components and support the strengthening of Reproductive and Adolescent health services in health facilities and in the community through capacity development of the service providers and FLWs in RKSK, NIPI, Menstrual Hygiene program etc;
(10) Support the state of Assam, implementation, monitoring and review of School Health program;
(11) Support NHM at state-level to undertake evidence-based planning and budgeting for the Programme Implementation Plan (PIP), as per the RMNCH+A guidelines;
(12) Support IEC/BCC cell for developing appropriate IEC/BCC plan for strengthening Reproductive and Adolescent Health programme in the state;
(13) Assist State and District teams (supervisors and other partners) in the planning and execution of supportive supervision of RKSK, NIPI (Specially WIFS), focusing on those that are poor performing, on a monthly or quarterly basis, as per requirement;
(14) Establish and co-ordinate linkages with other related line departments (ICDS, SABLA, PHED among others) as well as professional bodies, CSOs, etc.;
(15) Interact with the Department of Social Welfare, the Public Health Engineering Dept, Education department to harmonize efforts focused on WIFS, RKSK, Menstrual Hygiene program;
(16) Co-ordinate with professional bodies (Medical Colleges, IAP, NNF, FOGSI, etc), training institutions, and NGOs for improving Reproductive and Adolescent health outcomes.


4. QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE AND COMPETENCIES:

Qualification:

(1) Medical graduate in/ BHMS/ BAMS/ Public Health graduate/ B.Sc. or MSc Nursing;
(2) Post Graduate training in Paediatrics, OBGY or Community Medicine/ Public Health is desirable;

Experience:
(1)
At least three years field experience in MCH program/ project management at state or regional level
(2) Professional knowledge of Reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child health is essential;
(3) Familiarity with theory and practical applications and essentials of Adolescent Health;
(4) 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) Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills in English and Hindi;
(3) Computer proficiency with specific familiarity with commonly used Windows and MS Office software and database software;
(4) Knowledge of Assamese and or Bengali would be an added advantage;
(5) Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team environment with strong facilitation skills, ability to analyze reports, plan and monitor projects.

5. ESTIMATED TRAVEL: Approximately 8 to 10 days in a month for achievement of the listed deliverables.

6. NATURE OF ENGAGEMENT:
The
State Adolescent Health Consultant (SAHC) shall be hired on a consultancy contract through Strategic Alliance Management Services P Ltd. (SAMS), a respected HR Agency.

7. REMEUNERATION:

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.

Notes:
(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: Guwahati, Assam

9. DURATION: The successful candidate shall be issued a consultancy contract from the date of joining till December 31, 2020.

10. REFERENCE:
SAHC-HLT-AS

11. CONTACT INFORMATION:
Team SAMS
Strategic Alliance Management Services P Ltd.
1/1B, Choudhary Hetram House, Bharat Nagar 
New Friends Colony, New Delhi 110 025
Phone Nos.: 011- 2684 2162; 4165 3612 

12. APPLICATION PROCESS:
Eligible candidates interested in the position are requested to apply using the link https://recruitment.samshrm.com/Jobs/ida by or before May 29, 2020