Helen Keller International is dedicated to saving and improving the sight and lives of the world's vulnerable by combating the causes and consequences of blindness, poor health and malnutrition.
We currently have more than 120 programs in 20 countries around the world.
Part of this work is focused on preventing blindness and vision loss for millions of vulnerable people through cataract surgery, vision correction, vitamin A supplementation, screening and treatment for diabetic retinopathy, and distribution of treatments and cures for neglected tropical diseases.
Scope of Position
When delivered twice a year to at least 80% of children aged 6 to 59 months in countries with high under five mortality and high rates of vitamin A deficiency, Vitamin A supplementation (VAS) can contribute to a reduction of U5M by up to 24%.
For the last decades, VAS has mostly been delivered in Sub Saharan Africa using National Immunization Days (NiD) or Supplementary Immunization Activities (SiA) as a vehicle. These campaigns are primarily organised to deliver polio or measles vaccine and commonly reached >90% coverage.
However, progress in immunization rates and the eradication of polio in most countries of SSA are leading to the phase out of these campaigns. Between 2016 and 2019, coverage of VAS dropped dramatically in SSA as many rounds of campaigns were cancelled and VAS was left without a vehicle.
To ensure that VAS can be continued in countries where it is still needed, HKI and its partners have started supporting the integration of VAS into health systems routine services. As more and more countries are about to initiate this integration process, it is important that lessons be learned from the first initiatives, as where it was initiated, numerous challenges were identified. Some key questions that need to be answered are:
To answer these questions and provide guidance to countries who are already transitioning or considering entering into this transition, HKI and UNICEF developed a concept note and tools for collection of information from countries that have already started the integration process.
Countries identified for this lessons learning exercise are: Kenya, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone, Mozambique, Malawi, Senegal.
To support this exercise, HKI is recruiting a team of 2 consultants for non French speaking countries.
These consultants must
In close coordination with HKI regional program manager for VAS, the consultants will support the lessons learning exercise in Mozambique, Kenya, Sierra Leone and Malawi by:
The 2 consultants selected for the lessons learning exercise will visit the 4 countries listed above and conduct the exercise in accordance with the timeframe proposed in table 1. The first exercise will take place in Kenya and will represent the testing of the tools developed. Following this test, adjustments will be made to the tool and the next round of data collection will take place in September 2019.
It is expected that each consultant will work for 30 days on the exercise between June 2019 and March 2020 as described in table 2.
level of effort expected:
Interested qualified candidates should submit their application to Kenya.firstname.lastname@example.org by latest 5 July, 2019, indicating as a subject “consultancy for assessment on Vitamin A Supplementation in 4 African countries” with a recent resume and a cover letter where daily fee expected and period of availability are clearly mentioned.