Job ID: 2022-4648 Locations: Abuja (FCT), Bauchi, Kebbi, Sokoto and Ebonyi
Category: International Positions
Slot: 4 - 5 Trainers per State
Anticipated Consultancy Period: The anticipated performance period for the consultancy is July - August 2022
Position Reports To: Technical Lead - Maternal and Newborn Health/Family Planning and Reproductive Health Project: USAID-funded Integrated Health Program being implemented in Bauchi (Task Order-3), Kebbi (Task Order-4), Sokoto (Task Order-5), Ebonyi (Task Order-6) and FCT (Task Order-7)
We invites applications from qualified Pediatricians/Neonatologists to organize and facilitate 3 -6 days training on comprehensive newborn care, including care of the small and sick newborn (SSN), Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) and Possible Serious Bacterial Infections (PSBI) as a core component of expanded CEmONC training for doctors, nurses, midwives from selected Secondary or referral hospitals in Bauchi, Kebbi, Sokoto, Ebonyi states and FCT.
IHP is seeking 4 - 5 consultant Pediatrician/ Neonatologist per State with each consultant conducting 2 - 3 batches of 10 days training (depending on the number of general hospitals or PHCs assigned to them per State/FCT).
USAID Integrated Health Program (IHP) in Bauchi, Kebbi, Sokoto, Ebonyi States and FCT task orders 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 are multi-year, reproductive health/family planning, maternal, newborn and child health, nutrition, and malaria (RMNCH+NM) programs being implemented in the respectful states.
As briefly summarized below, Bauchi, Kebbi, Sokoto, Ebonyi and FCT have poor maternal and perinatal health indices due in part to low coverage and poor quality of antenatal, intrapartum, and postnatal routine and complications care.
IHP aims to contribute to State level reductions in maternal and child morbidity and mortality and to increase the capacity of health systems (public and private) to sustainably support quality primary health care (PHC) services for RMNCH+NM, including linkages to high quality secondary healthcare services for women, newborns and children with complications requiring higher level care.
The three objectives of IHP are to:
Strengthen systems supporting primary health care services
Improve access to primary health care services
Increase quality of primary health care services
To improve quality of primary health care services (objective 3), IHP is supporting the State Government, SPHCDA and other partners in the four states and FCT to implement a range of activities in selected Primary Health Centres, including building capacity of PHC providers (training, mentoring, supervision) to provide essential RMNCH care including prompt recognition, stabilizing measures and referral of women and newborns with complications.
As a complement to provider capacity building, IHP is also supporting local health system strengthening and quality improvement (QI) efforts to improve RMNCH care in PHCs, including linkages to secondary care for women and newborns with complications.
In collaboration with FMoH, FCT Administration and Bauchi, Kebbi, Sokoto, Ebonyi states government, IHP intends to conduct onsite competency-based training on comprehensive newborn care including the care of small and sick newborn, KMC and PSBI as a component of an expanded CEmONC training for medical officers, nurse/midwives working at selected general hospitals, Mission Hospitals and Comprehensive Health Centers (CHCs). The training will take place in varied number of health facilities in Bauchi, Kebbi, Sokoto, Ebonyi and FCT.
By the end of 10-day training session, learners will demonstrate competency to a minimum standard in the following areas:
Provide care at birth for all newborns including those of low birth weight.
Provide neonatal resuscitation for all those who need it.
Provide emergency assessment and treatment for small and sick newborns.
Promptly identify which newborn requires referral and safe transport.
Manage common clinical problems of the sick and small newborns especially prematurity and its complications, asphyxia, sepsis and neonatal jaundice.
Counsel families on common problems arising in this age group.
Demonstrate competency on how to use and maintain equipment necessary for the care of newborns.
Actively participate in an expert consultative workshop to finalize and validate the facilitator’s guide for Comprehensive Newborn Care training manual
Actively participate in an IHP organized 6-day training-of trainers’ competencies standardization workshop
Work with IHP to develop Operational Training Plan (as per the deliverable requirements below). Work closely with IHP technical staff (RMNH/FP technical lead, State Technical Directors, Integrated PHC Advisors, Integrated Supportive Supervision/Quality Improvement Specialists) to develop the Operational Training Plan and any follow-on support
Use the IHP training preparation checklist to support advance preparation for the training
In conjunction with IHP, conduct an advance visit to clinical training site the day before the training
Set up simulation stations as required for the training
Facilitate the clinical skills training using ‘hands-on’, interactive, competency based, training approaches and methodology.
Identify a peer practice coordinator (a high performing participant in each health facility who can provide continuing post-training support)
Administer pre and post knowledge, questionnaire, and skills’ assessment to assess knowledge and skills of learners before and after the training
Carry out any other related tasks that may be necessary to facilitate the training activity
IHP in collaboration with FMoH will:
Identify and conduct final selections of trainers.
Organize an expert consultative workshop to finalize the facilitator’s guide for comprehensive newborn care training manual
Organize and conduct 6day training-of trainers’ competencies standardization and harmonization of trainers’ facilitation skills’ workshop
IHP will provide technical guidance towards preparation of power point slides, checklists, pre- and post-tests
IHP with State Ministry of Health will identify trainees at the selected health facilities in advance of the training.
Registered and practicing Paediatrician / Neonatologist with at least 12 years post-qualification working experience
Evidence of previous and ongoing work experience providing comprehensive care for SSN including KMC and PSBI in a facility delivering CEmONC services
Extensive consultancy experience with local and international organizations of at least 7 years
Evidence of previous experience conducting training on comprehensive care for SSN including KMC and PSBI as a key component of an expanded CEmONC or a similar training especially within the last 24 months and/or Evidence of provision of ongoing training to paediatricians undergoing residency training or training of medical officers undergoing rotation in paediatrics till date
Evidence of having up-to-date annual practicing license with Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria
Professional certification in related field is an added advantage
Evidence of strong coaching, mentoring and facilitation skills
Evidence of strong analytical and communication skills
Instructions to the Offerors for Preparation of Technical and Financial Proposal
Technical Proposal Must include the following sections relevant to the consultancy SOW (font size -11, font type – Arial):
Brief statement of understanding of the consultancy scope/Cover letter specifying applicant’s State of interest Ebonyi or FCT (1 page)
Curriculum vitae/Resume (not more than 3 pages) indicating the following:
Applicant’s technical competence in the subject area with respect to provision of paediatrics/neonatology services (current, past).
Experience (current, past) leading/providing competency-based paediatrics/neonatology training (pre-service or in-service) for nurses, midwives, and doctors at any of the 3 levels of healthcare system.
Past and current relevant clinical practice experience providing paediatrics/neonatology services
Three referees and their contact details
Name, Occupation, Designation, Contact Address, Phone number (s), email address
Draft training agenda/training curriculum (not more than 2 pages per thematic area)
Description of training methodology (not more than 1 page)
Scanned copies of educational and professional credentials
Detailing costs to be incurred with respect of the deliverables to be accomplished.
Details of costs should be provided, which may include the following (not more than 1 page): professional rate (consultancy fees), travel/transportation costs, hotel accommodation, per diem, training materials, communication costs (adherence to USAID cost principles - allowable, allocable, reasonable, and supported with evidence of past rates).
No lumpsum cost will be accepted.
Selected candidates will be required to sign certifications: Terrorism, Anti-Kick Back, Debarment, Foreign corrupt Practices Act.