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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Call for application - Feminist Doctors as a Maternal & Child Health Assessment Consultant in Nepal and India

Maternal & Child Health Assessment Consultant
USAID Funded Health Project for Tibetan Communities in South Asia
Location: Nepal, Delhi, HP, India


The Tibet Fund is currently recruiting a consultant/organization to design and conduct a diagnostic study of the maternal & child health status of Tibetan health system in India and Nepal, under the USAID funded Tibetan Health System Capacity Strengthening Project. The project, consultant responsibilities, and desired qualifications are described below.


The Tibet Fund, headquartered in New York with a field office in India, is a nonprofit organization that works to preserve the cultural and national identity of the Tibetan people through projects supporting education, health, economic self-sufficiency, religious and cultural preservation, and community development.


Applicants should send current resume including professional reference contacts and cover letter by email, referencing “MCH Assessment Consultant Application” in the subject line, to the following address: .

BASE LOCATION: New Delhi, or other location in India, with travel to other parts of India and Nepal
The Tibet Fund offers competitive consulting rates commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The Tibet Fund is seeking an experienced consultant with expertise public health with specific focus on maternal & child health programs and assessments to design and implement the planned diagnostic study over a period of up to four months in 2015. 

The goal of the Tibetan Health System Capacity Strengthening Project (THSC) is to achieve universal health coverage (UHC) for Tibetan communities in South Asia that helps contribute to USAID’s Global Health Mega Goals of ending preventable child and maternal deaths by 2035 and creating TB free communities by 2030. To accomplish this the project will strengthen institutional capacity of the Central Tibetan Administration Department of Health (CTA DOH) to design and implement health financing schemes that are cost-effective, sustainable, and expand access to preventive, primary, maternal and child, and TB care; and to develop a robust Health Information System that promotes financially and socially prudent investments in CTA DOH health programs.

The Tibetan health system currently serves a population of approximately 107,000 Tibetans in South Asia through a network of 38 clinics, 5 primary health centers, and 7 hospitals that provide primary and preventive health services, safe delivery services, and TB care. The system is administered by the CTA DOH and employs 174 frontline health workers, nurses, and doctors and 68 professional health and administrative staff.
The MCH Assessment Consultant will design and implement a diagnostic study of the CTA DOH maternal & child health services, outreach services offered status of pre & post natal care, institutional deliveries, immunization and adolescent health. The consultant will develop a detailed status report, based on the assessment, along with recommendations to strengthen MCH services for the target community. The consultant will work closely with the THSC health systems specialist, CTA DOH staff, and the THSC project director.
Concurrent studies and baseline assessments are planned in the areas of TB care; health information systems; behavior change communications; health financing and health workforce capacity. The activities will kick off all together to arrive with final reports and recommendations so that a comprehensive health care approach may be designed.

Main Responsibilities
• Design and implement a diagnostic study of the CTA DOH reproductive maternal neonatal child health and adolescent health services
• Organise field visits on select facilities of Tibetan community to interact with the service providers and target community
• Conduct discussions, meetings and personal interviews with the users to collect information on the status of services, need and demand
• Analyze study findings and develop recommendations 
• Design comprehensive plan for RMNCH+A services on the basis of gaps analysed and people’s need to integrate with existing system of service delivery and linking it with other programs such as TB eradication, emergency health financing and other disease control activities.
• Create a road map and three-year action plan to implement recommendations
• Conduct a workshop for CTA DOH to present findings and recommendations, improved RMNCH+A activities, road map and action plan.

• MBBS or MPH from recognized institution with experience of public health delivery programs or assessments.

Skills and Experience: 
• Prior experience of working on reproductive & maternal health programs in India. Experience of 8-10 years in designing and assessing MCH interventions for rural and urban communities
• Skilled in analyzing assessment findings, developing recommendations, and leading workshops 
• Strong command of English and Hindi; strong English report writing and presentation skills 
• Strong interpersonal communication and organization skills

The Tibet Fund thanks all applicants in advance for their interest in this position. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

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