Contractual Arrangement: External consultant
Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): 2 months and 11 days
: Oct 4, 2021, 11:14:45 AM
: Oct 12, 2021, 12:59:00 AM
: EM/DHP Division of Health Protection and Promotion
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- Purpose of the Consultancy
The overall purpose of the assignment is to update, pilot and promote the regional Community Engagement Training Package so that it aligns with the latest technical information and mandates especially guidance related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The final product will be an interactive and tested face to face community health workers training package including 6 modules in line with global relevant guidance ready to be rolled out across the EMR countries.
Engaging with communities is a key approach identified in the EMR Vision Health for All by All in improving the health of the people in the region. Community and civil society engagement is also one of 7 accelerator themes of the Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Well-being (GAP) which aims to strengthen interagency collaboration to support countries in meeting the health-related SDGs. Experiences from the Eastern Mediterranean Region have shown that organized and informed communities are able to significantly improve basic health and wellbeing within their communities. Building appropriately the capacity of community workers and frontline health volunteers so they become a respected key pillar of the healthcare system for their unique role, identity and contribution is a key approach to better engage communities. CHWs have been recognized globally as vital elements and effective agents of change once they are equipped with the needed skills to excel in their practice, build self confidence in their capacities to engage with the community and contribute to long term healthy behavior changes .In 2010, the World Health Organization, Regional Office for Eastern Mediterranean developed training modules for cluster representatives and health volunteers encompassing a series of four modules to facilitate community participation and build capacity of community social and health workers and volunteers to serve their local communities and bridge the gap between the communities and available primary health care services. The training modules have been used with or without adaptation in many countries of the region including Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Syria.
Following ten years of experience in using these modules, and particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is timely to have the content and approaches updated and aligned with the latest technical information and mandates especially guidance related to the COVID-19 pandemic response.
The updating process is planned to be participatory involving the different technical programs in WHO/EMRO led by a seasoned health communication consultant to manage the process, contribute with the instructional designer to the development of a revised interactive training package, pilot the draft training package in 1-2 priority countries of the EMR and promote the roll out of the finalized package to community workers and volunteers at community level. The full training package will also be translated into Arabic and French to fulfill the language preference of some countries of the region. Other languages might be considered depending on needs and requests from countries (Farsi, Urdu, and Dari).
- Planned timelines (subject to confirmation)
Start date: 20/10/2021
End date: 31/12/2021
- Work to be performed
- Identify the gaps and loop-holds in the current training package that are required to be revised and/or updated, agree on the training design and delivery methods based on target audience needs.
- Undertake consultations with Community Engagement focal points in order to assess and collect examples of relevant community engagement successes and challenges sources by national teams and frontline workers to be included in the training package.
- Coordinate the revision process and development of the interactive design modular training package along with the instructional designer, drawing on existing content, regional and national source materials, and WHO and other UN agencies approved global and regional guidance and training materials.
- Facilitate a key stakeholder online meeting to obtain inputs on the revised modules
- Assist in piloting the updated training package in 1-2 priority countries of the EMR and participating in providing coaching training to support the national trainers to ensure that the content, approach and structure meet the contextual needs and challenges faced by the CHWs and that package is developed and designed to an agreed standard.
- Consolidate participants feedback and inputs and use them to revise, modify, and update the training package.
- Promote the training package content and innovative approach to country offices and partners to ensure timely roll out and cascading in EMR countries.
Deliverable 1.1 Review existing modules and prepare recommendation and action plan for the revision, development and design, piloting and roll out process of the regional Community Engagement Training Package
Deliverable 1.2: Set of consultations with Community Engagement focal points conducted and a set of country based- community engagement successes and challenges collected and included in package
Deliverable 1.3: Conduct online meeting to obtain and take onboard feedback included in revised draft module
Deliverable 1.4: Conduct a pilot formal training for 2 – 3 countries.
Deliverable 1.5: Develop training package after pilot trainings is finalized including amendments and wrap ups.
- Technical Supervision
The selected Consultant will work on the supervision of:
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- Specific requirements
University degree in social science and health communication.
- At least 5 years of experience in developing training material such as trainer’s guide, manuals or courses.
- Significant experience in conducting training, coaching, mentoring and other capacity building initiatives.
- Working experience in health communication, Risk Communication and Ccommunity Engagement (RCCE) is an advantage.
- International experience is mandatory for international consultant.
- Working experience in the MENA/Eastern Mediterranean Region is desirable.
- Fluency in written and spoken English, Arabic . French is desirable.
- Place of assignment
The work will be performed remotely from the consultant home country.
- Medical clearance
The selected Consultant will be expected to provide a medical certificate of fitness for work.
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