Consultant at P5 Level for Health Systems

  • Added Date: Monday, 15 April 2019
  • Deadline Date: Tuesday, 23 April 2019

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1. Purpose of the Consultancy

The main objective of this consultancy is to review the recently done health situation analysis for Somalia, identify health priorities for the coming 5 years and develop the new WHO Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS) for Somalia based on thorough discussions and consultations with country office staff, Federal and state MOHs, other government officials and decision makers, health partners and donors.

2. Background

The Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS) is WHO’s medium-term strategic plan to guide the Organization’s work in and with a country. CCS is a comprehensive strategic plan to support the implementation of the GPW13 at the country level and monitor results. The CCS communicates WHO’s jointly agreed priorities and their alignment with national context and needs, the health and development agenda, as well as the interplay and opportunities for collaboration between the range of partners and stakeholders. It is a political instrument to promote national ownership and inter-sectoral approaches to achieve all health-related SDGs, a mechanism to ensure strategic coherence, complementarity and coordination among the United Nations entities with mandates relevant to health and elevating the profile of health in the development agenda; a tool to mobilize resources at the country level; and a platform for increasing WHO’s visibility as a communication and advocacy tool, to communicate WHO’s work with Somalia and enhance opportunities for resource mobilization.

The new CCS will be aligned to the timeframe of National Strategic Plans and the UNSF, it will be strategically focused on implementation and results; and include a clear results chain in the form of the CSP to communicate the planned contribution from all three levels of the Organization towards clearly defined priority outcomes and targets defined at country level. It recognizes the relevance of working together with the UN system in the context of the UN reform, and the need to provide a more coherent support for the achievement of the SDGs aligning the CCS with the UNDAF, to the extent possible and it will contain an overview of resources needed, available and gaps to implement the CCS and to support health related SDGs targets achievement, defining available resources or those to be potentially mobilized.

The assigned consultant will draft the CCS through a broad range of consultations. The consultant will be supported and supervised by WR and health management officer in WHO Somalia.

3. Planned timelines

Start date: 01/05/2019

End date: 31/07/2019

4. Work to be performed

Output 1: An updated situation analysis of health system in Somalia

Deliverable 1.1: Conduct a desk review on Somalia health situation including stakeholders’ analysis

Deliverable 1.2: Facilitate national and state consultations with MOH staff, other government officials, health partners (including donors, NGOs and civil society organizations) and WHO Somalia technical staff.

Deliverable 1.3: Draft situation analysis based on the desk review, consultations and discussions made


  1. Country context - key political, social, demographic and economic factors

  2. Health situation – country burden of disease and root causes

  3. National health and development agenda – policies, plans and reforms across sectors

  4. Partnership environment – UN and other relevant partners in health and development

  5. The final step. Once the national context is fully analysed, a review of the GPW13-aligned priorities and impact targets identified as part of planning and budgeting should be reviewed to ensure good alignment and to identify any major gaps that WHO, the government or partners are not addressing.

Output 2: Develop the first draft of the Somalia CCS document taking into consideration the fragile status of the country

Deliverable 2.1: review the old CCS for Somalia and build on the lessons learned and new developments in addition to the consultations to draft the CCS

Deliverable 2.2: present the draft CCS to all stakeholders, discuss the contents and incorporate comments and feedback.

Deliverable 2.3: develop a M&E framework for the CCS document with estimated costing


1. Cover page - usually contains a photo or graphic from the country

2. Signature page – Refer to Stage 5 for conventions concerning signatories

3. Table of contents

4. List of abbreviations

5. Executive summary (maximum 1 page):**

Provides information on the new strategic agenda for WHO cooperation focussing on implementation and results and summarizes the CCS consultation process undertaken, key aspects of country ownership and modalities of delivery including partnerships

6. Introduction (maximum 1 page):

This should set out the role of the CCS in the wider health development landscape and usually contains an overview of:

· WHO policy framework: the GPW, and regional and subregional priorities.

· The country context, strategic joint priority areas for collaboration

· The CCS development process including actions taken and key stakeholders involved

7. Health and Development Situation (maximum 6 pages):**

Refer to stage 2 for content, structure and examples

8. Partnership Environment (maximum 1 page):

Refer to stage 2 for content, structure and examples

9. History of collaboration between WHO and the country (maximum 1 page):

· Key functions of WHO support, technical focus of recent WHO work in country

· Key achievements over past 5 years and lessons learned

· Country’s contribution to the regional and global health agenda, including: financial and technical support to other countries (including through South-South cooperation); and participation and/or leadership in global, regional, subregional or other inter-country groups with health agendas.

10. Strategic priorities (maximum 1 page):

List priorities agreed following analysis and dialogue with corresponding impact targets

11. Implementation: Contribution from WHO and Partners (maximum 2 pages):

· Include an extract from the CSP to highlight the full results chain including the key contributions to the strategic priorities from 3 levels of the Organization

· Include key implementation partners that WHO will work with and any specific contribution expected to support achievement of each of the strategic priorities.

· If there are considerable opportunities to mobilize resources at the country level, consider including a section on ‘*Financing the Strategic Priorities’*. Here you may, for each strategic priority estimate budget required, highlight anticipated budget available and any anticipated funding gaps. This will help to inform any country-level investment case and /or resource mobilization plans to meet the priorities.

· Special reference should be made to the linkage between the CCS and the UNDAF to ensure a coherent approach with the UN system in the implementation stage.

12. Monitoring and Evaluation (maximum 2 pages)

Include key milestones for monitoring and evaluation activities for entire CCS cycle and highlight how impact will be quantitatively and qualitatively measured 13. Annexes*:* (Where possible, use electronic annexes to reduce document size)

May include: full stakeholder mapping and capacity analysis; a matrix of health-related priorities in National Health Policies, Strategies and Plans, GPW, UNDAF; the methodology for budget estimation for implementing priorities.

  • Experience required:

At least 10 years’ experience working with priority health programs such as health systems, NCDs, MNCH, nutrition, communicable, emergencies

Previous experience in health policy development

Previous experience in preparing health strategies and plans

Previous experience for working with UN agencies and partners will be an asset

Previous experience in developing CCS documents for WHO will be an asset

  • Skills / Technical skills and knowledge:

Excellent writing, communication and analytical skills.

Good understanding of the emergency context of fragile countries.

Ability to produce deliverables in due time

  • Language requirements:

Expert level of English

1. Place of assignment

Desk review in home country with travel to Somalia and Nairobi to meet stakeholders

2. Medical clearance

The selected Consultant will be expected to provide a medical certificate of fitness for work.

3. Travel

The Consultant is expected to travel to Mogadishu, Garowe and Hargeisa to conduct the consultations in addition to Nairobi for consultation with partners.

This vacancy is archived.

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