Purpose of consultancy
To advance social innovation in health in LMICs and to enhance the sustainability and impact of the Social Innovation in Health Initiative (SIHI) towards the Universal Health Coverage targets of the SDGs.
The Social Innovation in Health Initiative (SIHI) is a global collaboration of institutions, organizations and individuals passionate about advancing community-based social innovation in health through research, capacity and influence. The initiative was established in 2014, under the leadership of the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR). The initiative was co-founded alongside three academic institutions: University of Cape Town Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Oxford University Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). The network has expanded to engage low- and middle-income countries where SIHI country hubs have been established in Uganda, the Philippines Manilla, Colombia and in China. More recently, these hubs partnered with research institutions to establish additional social innovation hubs in Ghana, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda and Sweden. SIHI also collaborates with various contributing partners at the global level, such as Fondation Mérieux, Ahimsa Fund, MakeA-Difference (MAD), the WHO Innovation hub, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), UNAIDS, the UN University, the WARN-TB Secretariat in Benin, UNDP and UNICEF, to advance and promote social innovation activities in the Global South.
- A community-engagement self-monitoring guide piloted and assessed with innovators from communities. The guide has been developed and needs testing and adjusting following pilot (by end of contract).
- SIHI fellowship programme implemented and assessed to strengthen the capacity of selected SIHI hubs and offer young researchers in hubs career progression opportunities (by end of contract).
- SIHI innovative financing programme rolled out and monitored, including testing of novel tools such as crowdfunding (by end of contract).
- New partnerships developed, between hubs and with hub supporters (by end of contract).
- Support to SIHI Secretariat to enhance network coordination with the hubs on activities related to the items 1-4 above and establish new partnerships (by end of contract).
- Three progress reports on SIHI/TDR activities coordinated effectively, including interface with donors / partners and linkages with Community engagement and Gender workstreams in TDR (plans, budget, reports, grants, and others as required) (by end of contract).
Qualifications, experience, skills and languages
Advanced university degree in public health, medical sciences or social sciences.
Over 15 years of relevant experience in building institutional capacity and networks at international level, with focus on research and innovation to improve vulnerable population access to health coverage.
Expert knowledge of English.
Expert knowledge of one other UN language.
Off-site – Home based. Must fully accommodate Geneva working hours if living outside Geneva time zone.
One to three travels expected to attend meetings of the SIHI Network and/or symposia where Social Innovation work is presented.
Remuneration and budget (travel costs are excluded):
Band level D - USD 12,520 - 14,400 per month.
Living expenses (A living expense is payable to on-site consultants who are internationally recruited):
Expected duration of contract:
11 months (part-time at 40%). Remuneration will be pro-rated accordingly.
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