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Position: Transition and Handover Consultant

Country Office: Nigeria Country Office**

Position Reports to: TIPTOP Project Director**

Duration of Consultancy: 2nd October to December 31st 2021**

Location: Abuja

Overview:

Intermittent preventive treatment of malaria during pregnancy (IPTp) with sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine is one of the key interventions recommended by World Health Organization (WHO) for preventing malaria among pregnant women living in high malaria transmission countries including Nigeria. Despite the availability of this affordable intervention and medicines, a high proportion of pregnant women do not have access to them. Unitaid is funding Jhpiego – an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University and her partners to implement a five-year project – “Transforming Intermittent preventive treatment of malaria for optimal pregnancy” (TIPTOP) in four African countries – Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC); Madagascar; Mozambique and Nigeria. The project, operating from 2017 to 2022 is in 2 Phases. In Nigeria, the project began in 2017 in Ohaukwu local government area (LGA) of Ebonyi State and supports all 50-health facilities (47 public, 3 private) in the LGA providing antenatal care and delivery services and, in 2019 Phase 2 began with expansion of operations to Akure South LGA in Ondo State and Bosso LGA in Niger State

The TIPTOP Goal (Impact) is to contribute to reduced maternal and neonatal mortality in project areas by expanding access to QA SP for IPTp

• Outcome 1: Over 5 years, increased IPTp-SP3 uptake to a minimum of 50% in project areas

• Outcome 2: Over 5 years, new available evidence on C-IPTp-SP delivery used by MOHs in targeted countries

Background:

Nigeria contributed approximately 27% of global malaria cases, and 23% of malaria global deaths in 2019 ;. In 2018, only 17% of pregnant women in Nigeria received three or more doses of sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine for intermittent preventive treatment of malaria during pregnancy (SP-IPTp3+) . In Nigeria, about 14.9 million women become pregnant each year while 11% of maternal deaths is due to malaria complications in pregnancy. According to the 2018 National Demographic Health Survey, 67% received antenatal care from a skilled birth attendant, 57% had four or more ANC contacts while only 18% attended ANC during the first three months of pregnancy. It is clear therefore, that gaps in both ANC and IPTp coverage exist. Community delivery of IPTp (C-IPTp) through the Unitaid supported TIPTOP project has shown to be a promising approach to complement facility-based comprehensive ANC service delivery as part of country efforts to achieve full coverage of IPTp uptake among eligible pregnant women and global efforts to meet the targets of the sustainable development goals (SDG) by 2030.

The project has been working closely with key stakeholders through the MAL RMNCAH TWG platform. In Nigeria, donors are members of the platform, this is also the situation in the various states. The TWGs’ platform was leveraged to engage the various government ministries, departments, and agencies to ensure strong coordination, collaboration, and synergy.

NMEP and RH unit of the Federal MOH through the MAL RMNCAH TWG. planned that report of the TIPTOP project will be used to make national decisions. The results will feed into the national plan to complement comprehensive ANC services while awaiting decision from WHO. NMEP has also included CIPTp in the National Malaria Strategic Plan (NMSP) 2021- 2025.

Over the last three years, stakeholders in the Malaria in Pregnancy Technical Working Group (MIPTWG) have monitored the country’s sustainability readiness using an assessment matrix developed for that purpose. The matrix covered policy, service integration, commodities, quality assurance, capacity building, community-based malaria-in-pregnancy program, financing, and monitoring and evaluation. The results of the baseline and four follow-up assessments have shown some improvement in national readiness to sustain the C-IPTp approach at the end of Unitaid funding for TIPTOP project.

As a first step towards handover to Government, TIPTOP plans to constitute a transition and handover plan writing committee to write the transition/ handover plan. Jhpiego is looking to recruit a consultant to support this committee to write the transition/ handover plan.

Scope of Work – Key Tasks:

• Support drafting of Terms of Reference (ToR) and the duration of assignment for the Committee

• Describe clear roles for the handover recipients in the ministry, departments and agencies (MDAs) taking on the new IPTp approach e.g. who will take on the responsibility for organizing needed training and other activities

• Complete the Transition and Handover Plan templates

• Schedule meetings of the THPWC committee to review and approve draft documents

• Develop tools for key informant interviews of critical stakeholders (if needed)

• Develop a handover note and communication plan for the transition/handover

• Identify change management issues and determine how they will be handled

• Document potential risks and have a clear risk management plan

• Develop an appropriate training plan for key players included in the transition/handover plan

• Obtain signatures from relevant levels of government to the handover notes on or before 31st December 2021

Required Qualifications:

· Nigerian graduates with post-graduate degree

· 10 -15 years experience on project transition and close-out

· National key player with strong negotiation ability and skills

· Strong interpersonal skills and ability to interface with high level government personnel, development partners and implementation agencies

· Strong organizing, planning, and prioritizing skills

· Flexibility and able to travel round by air and road to Nigerian states

· Ability to analyze and interpret data, and write reports

How to apply

Method of Application:

Interested and qualified candidates should send their updated CV to [email protected] using “Transition and Handover Consultant” as the subject of the email.

Application Closing date:

Close of Business Tuesday 28th September 2021

Note:

· CV and Cover Letter as ONE SINGLE WORD document

· The title/subject of your email and application should be the position you are applying for.

· Candidates that do not comply with the application instruction will be disqualified.

· Female applicants are especially encouraged to apply

· We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if a suitable candidate is found.

· Only shortlisted candidates will receive an invitation for an interview

· Any successful candidate will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation.

· There will be travel requirements and opportunities both within Nigeria.

· JHU is an Equal Opportunity Employer

For further information about Jhpiego, please visit our website at www.jhpiego.org

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Our History

Responding to the Changing Needs of Women and Families Worldwide

Since its founding in 1974, Jhpiego has been innovating to save the lives of women and families worldwide. From the first day, Jhpiego has been asking the question: How can we make lifesaving services available and accessible to the people who need them—all over the world?

Dr. Theodore M. King, an early innovator and champion for women’s health, was the moving force behind the founding of Jhpiego, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University. In the early 1970s, King recognized the need to make physicians, nurses and administrators from developing countries aware of reproductive health breakthroughs, such as laparoscopy (a procedure used to inspect internal reproductive organs for infertility or to provide contraception by closing off the fallopian tubes) and modern contraceptives. Originally known as the Johns Hopkins Program for International Education in Gynecology and Obstetrics, the organization was funded through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Under King’s leadership, as a founder, trustee and later president of Jhpiego for 14 years, the organization conducted a steady stream of programs throughout the developing world.

How Did We Get from There to Here?

Early on, Jhpiego established itself as a leader in reproductive health training. Beginning in 1974, Jhpiego held training sessions on family planning/reproductive health for doctors and nurses in the USA In 1979, Jhpiego started its first in-country training programs in Tunisia, Brazil, Kenya, Nigeria, Thailand and the Philippines. From 1987 through 2004, Jhpiego conducted three global Training in Reproductive Health Projects, funded by USAID. Beginning in 1993, Jhpiego published learning materials on long-acting family planning methods.

Over the years—to respond more effectively to the needs of individual countries—Jhpiego became increasingly field-based and established its first field office in Kenya in 1993. Today, Jhpiego has field offices in more than 30 countries worldwide. Similarly, Jhpiego’s programming areas have expanded to meet changing needs in the field. In addition to family planning and reproductive health, Jhpiego now has expertise in maternal and child health, infection prevention and control, HIV/AIDS and infectious diseases.

Jhpiego’s work has also expanded to address reproductive health policy and guidelines and to support health systems strengthening. For example, in 1996 in Brazil, Jhpiego launched a performance and quality improvement approach, now known as Standards-Based Management and Recognition (SBM-R), which has since been implemented in 30 countries. SBM-R empowers health workers and facilities to improve the performance and quality of their services by providing them with the tools and methods they need to make decisions, solve problems and innovate at the local level.

Innovations in Training Methods and Technologies

In 1986, Jhpiego pioneered a competency-based training (CBT) approach that emphasizes learning by doing. CBT focuses on how the participant performs and promotes the trainer’s ability to encourage learning. Jhpiego also introduced the use of anatomic models for “humanistic training.” To minimize risk to clients, learners first practice on models until they achieve competency. In 1995, a clinical training skills manual—the cornerstone of Jhpiego’s training approach—was published. Using a systematic “training of trainers” approach, Jhpiego has created a global network of qualified physician, nurse and midwife trainers.

As early as 1984, Jhpiego collaborated with the University of the West Indies to deliver reproductive health courses, via satellite, to six islands in the Caribbean. In 1987, Jhpiego sponsored a global meeting on reproductive health education and technology with the World Health Organization (WHO) and introduced computer-assisted instruction to simulate clinical situations in several of its US-based courses. In 1995, ReproLine, an online source for reproductive health information, was launched. Today, Jhpiego continues to explore new learning technologies: mobile phones in Afghanistan, a computer-based learning management system in Ethiopia, computer-based training in Ghana, a distance learning program in Zambia.

Practical Solutions for Low-Resource Settings

Since the 1992 publication of its international reference standard Infection Prevention for Family Planning Service Programs, Jhpiego has been at the forefront in promoting evidence-based practices that can protect health care professionals, staff and clients from potentially life-threatening infections. To this end, Jhpiego has tested and introduced practical, low-cost infection prevention procedures that can be implemented effectively in settings with limited resources.

In developing countries, cervical cancer remains the leading cause of cancer deaths among women. In 1995, Jhpiego began research with the University of Zimbabwe to find a low-cost alternative to the Pap test that could make cervical cancer prevention a reality in low-resource settings. Based on the results of this research, Jhpiego helped form the Alliance for Cervical Cancer Prevention in 1999 and received funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to expand its cervical cancer program. Since that time, Jhpiego has developed and piloted the single visit approach in which women are screened and treated during the same visit.

In 1995, Jhpiego began addressing HIV/AIDS and its integration with family planning services. Six years later, Jhpiego began work in HIV voluntary counseling and testing with a USAID-funded project in Jamaica. In 2002, Jhpiego received its first funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for work in HIV/AIDS and, the following year, developed a global learning package on prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV—with CDC, WHO and university partners—to enable global scale-up. Also in 2003, Jhpiego began work on male circumcision for HIV prevention in Zambia. In 2008, Jhpiego developed a global learning package on male circumcision for HIV prevention with WHO and UNAIDS.

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Position: Transition and Handover Consultant

Country Office: Nigeria Country Office**

Position Reports to: TIPTOP Project Director**

Duration of Consultancy: 2nd October to December 31st 2021**

Location: Abuja

Overview:

Intermittent preventive treatment of malaria during pregnancy (IPTp) with sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine is one of the key interventions recommended by World Health Organization (WHO) for preventing malaria among pregnant women living in high malaria transmission countries including Nigeria. Despite the availability of this affordable intervention and medicines, a high proportion of pregnant women do not have access to them. Unitaid is funding Jhpiego – an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University and her partners to implement a five-year project – “Transforming Intermittent preventive treatment of malaria for optimal pregnancy” (TIPTOP) in four African countries - Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC); Madagascar; Mozambique and Nigeria. The project, operating from 2017 to 2022 is in 2 Phases. In Nigeria, the project began in 2017 in Ohaukwu local government area (LGA) of Ebonyi State and supports all 50-health facilities (47 public, 3 private) in the LGA providing antenatal care and delivery services and, in 2019 Phase 2 began with expansion of operations to Akure South LGA in Ondo State and Bosso LGA in Niger State

The TIPTOP Goal (Impact) is to contribute to reduced maternal and neonatal mortality in project areas by expanding access to QA SP for IPTp

• Outcome 1: Over 5 years, increased IPTp-SP3 uptake to a minimum of 50% in project areas

• Outcome 2: Over 5 years, new available evidence on C-IPTp-SP delivery used by MOHs in targeted countries

Background:

Nigeria contributed approximately 27% of global malaria cases, and 23% of malaria global deaths in 2019 ;. In 2018, only 17% of pregnant women in Nigeria received three or more doses of sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine for intermittent preventive treatment of malaria during pregnancy (SP-IPTp3+) . In Nigeria, about 14.9 million women become pregnant each year while 11% of maternal deaths is due to malaria complications in pregnancy. According to the 2018 National Demographic Health Survey, 67% received antenatal care from a skilled birth attendant, 57% had four or more ANC contacts while only 18% attended ANC during the first three months of pregnancy. It is clear therefore, that gaps in both ANC and IPTp coverage exist. Community delivery of IPTp (C-IPTp) through the Unitaid supported TIPTOP project has shown to be a promising approach to complement facility-based comprehensive ANC service delivery as part of country efforts to achieve full coverage of IPTp uptake among eligible pregnant women and global efforts to meet the targets of the sustainable development goals (SDG) by 2030.

The project has been working closely with key stakeholders through the MAL RMNCAH TWG platform. In Nigeria, donors are members of the platform, this is also the situation in the various states. The TWGs’ platform was leveraged to engage the various government ministries, departments, and agencies to ensure strong coordination, collaboration, and synergy.

NMEP and RH unit of the Federal MOH through the MAL RMNCAH TWG. planned that report of the TIPTOP project will be used to make national decisions. The results will feed into the national plan to complement comprehensive ANC services while awaiting decision from WHO. NMEP has also included CIPTp in the National Malaria Strategic Plan (NMSP) 2021- 2025.

Over the last three years, stakeholders in the Malaria in Pregnancy Technical Working Group (MIPTWG) have monitored the country’s sustainability readiness using an assessment matrix developed for that purpose. The matrix covered policy, service integration, commodities, quality assurance, capacity building, community-based malaria-in-pregnancy program, financing, and monitoring and evaluation. The results of the baseline and four follow-up assessments have shown some improvement in national readiness to sustain the C-IPTp approach at the end of Unitaid funding for TIPTOP project.

As a first step towards handover to Government, TIPTOP plans to constitute a transition and handover plan writing committee to write the transition/ handover plan. Jhpiego is looking to recruit a consultant to support this committee to write the transition/ handover plan.

Scope of Work – Key Tasks:

• Support drafting of Terms of Reference (ToR) and the duration of assignment for the Committee

• Describe clear roles for the handover recipients in the ministry, departments and agencies (MDAs) taking on the new IPTp approach e.g. who will take on the responsibility for organizing needed training and other activities

• Complete the Transition and Handover Plan templates

• Schedule meetings of the THPWC committee to review and approve draft documents

• Develop tools for key informant interviews of critical stakeholders (if needed)

• Develop a handover note and communication plan for the transition/handover

• Identify change management issues and determine how they will be handled

• Document potential risks and have a clear risk management plan

• Develop an appropriate training plan for key players included in the transition/handover plan

• Obtain signatures from relevant levels of government to the handover notes on or before 31st December 2021

Required Qualifications:

· Nigerian graduates with post-graduate degree

· 10 -15 years experience on project transition and close-out

· National key player with strong negotiation ability and skills

· Strong interpersonal skills and ability to interface with high level government personnel, development partners and implementation agencies

· Strong organizing, planning, and prioritizing skills

· Flexibility and able to travel round by air and road to Nigerian states

· Ability to analyze and interpret data, and write reports

How to apply

Method of Application:

Interested and qualified candidates should send their updated CV to [email protected] using "Transition and Handover Consultant" as the subject of the email.

Application Closing date:

Close of Business Tuesday 28th September 2021

Note:

· CV and Cover Letter as ONE SINGLE WORD document

· The title/subject of your email and application should be the position you are applying for.

· Candidates that do not comply with the application instruction will be disqualified.

· Female applicants are especially encouraged to apply

· We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if a suitable candidate is found.

· Only shortlisted candidates will receive an invitation for an interview

· Any successful candidate will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation.

· There will be travel requirements and opportunities both within Nigeria.

· JHU is an Equal Opportunity Employer

For further information about Jhpiego, please visit our website at www.jhpiego.org

2021-09-29

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