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Georgia: Support the Development of a National Immunization Communication Strategy
Closing date: 2016-12-15Application : Apply for the job
Organization: UN Children's Fund
Closing date: 15 Dec 2016
International Consultant to Support the Development of a National Immunization Communication Strategy with Action Plan and Crisis Communication Plan for the Immunization Program of Georgia.
The Immunization Program of Georgia benefits from strong political commitment and support, experienced and highly qualified program leadership and staff, good communication channels with major international organizations (Gavi, UNICEF, WHO, CDC, the World Bank) and an Interagency Coordinating Committee (ICC) with high-level political and professional representation. Georgia's National Immunization Programme (NIP) within the National Centre for Disease Control and Public Health (NCDC&PH) remains a strong performer in the EURO region.
Routine childhood immunizations in Georgia are delivered according to the Public Health Law and the National immunization schedule (Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs (MoLHSA) Decree # 183/n, June 25, 2010). The national immunization schedule currently provides vaccination against 12 infections: tuberculosis, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B, Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib), measles, mumps, rubella, poliomyelitis, rotavirus, and pneumococcal infection. WHO/UNICEF coverage estimates and national disease surveillance and epidemiology report the coverage of most antigens to be above 90%. According to the official statistics, in 2015, immunization coverage rates against the majority of antigens exceeded those of the previous year, however they did not meet the national targets of 95 %. In the same year a number of districts in Georgia had relatively low performance with respect to DTP3 coverage, with 7 districts of the country's 65 districts achieving below 80 % coverage.
Building communication capacity and developing a comprehensive national communication strategy for immunization are among the most pressing NIP priorities. At the MoLHSA and NCDC level there is a clear understanding of the critical importance of effective communications and advocacy through a planned approach. Currently, the NIP does not have a crisis communication plan in place to manage adverse events after immunization (AEFIs), outbreaks and other vaccine safety related incidents. This is also an important need that was highlighted by the report: impact of the media coverage of a reported adverse event following immunization (AEFI) during the school measles and rubella campaign in 2008. In the past 2-3 years health staff have started to provide more detailed information on the expected side effects and low levels of risk of adverse events following immunization. This has increased transparency and trust which in turn, has helped manage parents' concerns and expectations. Health professionals are now also increasingly involved in follow-up with parents on immunization timelines (phone/sms reminders of the need to bring children for vaccination, efforts to explain to parents the value and safety of immunization).
Georgia is a GAVI graduation country and as such a joint graduation assessment of immunization in Georgia was carried out in July 2015 to inform Georgia's Graduation Action plan. The assessment report indicated that although the health promotion team at the national level had its capacity increased in the recent years (human and financial resources), it was noted that communication strategies and actions/materials at the field level could be further improved to reach a required level for a strong immunization program. In order to achieve sustained and equitable coverage at the level required, the joint appraisal team recommended that the country develop a comprehensive communication strategy with a detailed action plan and ensure the allocation of sufficient resources for its implementation activities such as immunization campaigns, trainings and information materials etc.
In addition, the WHO Regional Office conducted an Immunization Communication Review in September 2015 for Europe (REO) at the request of NCDC Georgia. This review made several specific recommendations in four priority areas i) the need to build a resilient NIP to manage communications and address safety events and concerns ii) the need to create greater public demand for vaccination and immunization services iii) the need to ensure greater decision maker support for sustainable financing of communications iv) the need to strengthen HCWs (doctors and nurses) to be confident and competent advocates of immunization. The development of a national communication strategy with crisis communication action plan was also recommended.
In order to ensure that immunization programme of Georgia is fully sustainable in the long term, GAVI released a graduation grant for the period of 2016-2017 aimed at addressing the existing challenges revealed through the assessments. UNICEF has been mandated to support the Government to implement the GAVI recommendations and increase its immunization communication capacities and readiness to cope with crisis situations in the field of immunization. This support includes technical assistance in the development of a national communication strategy and action plan including a crisis communication plan for immunization.
The national immunization communication strategy and plans will be informed by current evidence on best practice, the findings of the KAP survey that is currently being conducted as well as inputs from a consultation workshop of wider stakeholders and experts. The KAP survey includes both qualitative and quantitative components. The qualitative component will be completed by the end of September 2016, while the quantitative will be initiated in mid-October (after the national election) with the preliminary findings expected before the end of 2016. Another potential source of information for the strategy will be the results of the WHO ROE 'Tailoring Immunization Programme' (TIP) work that is being carried out as part of the Gavi Graduation Plan for Georgia in 2017. TIP aims to better understand the reasons behind why some groups and geographical areas are under-immunized. Depending on the timing of TIP in 2017 it may be that the findings rather offer an opportunity for the strategy to review and reflect on its approaches to reach particular target groups and identify further potential gaps in the strategy.
OBJECTIVES OF THE CONSULTANCY
Provide technical support to the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health in developing the national communication strategy and action plan for immunization including the crisis communication plan.
SCOPE OF THE CONSULTANCY
The consultant will be responsible to provide the following services:
Familiarize with the findings of the KAP Immunization Survey on the perceptions and concerns that underpin resistance to immunization and their causes amongst key stakeholders
Conduct a desk review of the related strategies, plans and materials, including previously implemented campaigns on immunization communication in Georgia
Review the published evidence on good practice in relation to communication and crisis communication in the field of immunization
Facilitate the consultation with wider partner agencies, wider external and internal stakeholders, media and experts on their understanding and perceptions of the communication challenges in relation to immunization, priorities for the strategy and the role they (their organizations) can play in helping to addressing these. This will be conducted through a series of interviews/meetings and a large group event where the results of the headline findings from the KAP may also be presented if available.
In collaboration with the NCDC&PH's health promotion and Immunization Department, support staff to draw on the range of information to develop draft evidence based Communication Strategy on Immunization with the relevant Action Plan, budget estimates and a Crisis Communication Plan. The strategy should include:
Situation analysis and key communication challenges
Goal and strategic priorities
Communication objectives, target groups, desired behaviors, key messages, channels, action plan and timelines
Roles and responsibilities
Monitoring and evaluation
Budget and resource requirements and sources
Crisis communication plan with associated actions, roles and responsibility and timeliness standards.
A first draft produced by the consultant will be circulated for further comments and inputs. The consultant will make final edits and produce a final draft strategy.
Prepare a draft power point presentation of the Communication Strategy on Immunization and associated action plans and crisis communication plan and introduce it to the government counterparts and other relevant stakeholders.
METHODOLOGY AND TOOLS
Background information and documents will be shared with the consultant in advance.
A communication strategy co ordination group made up of the NCDC, NIP, Health Promotion, UNICEF, MoH PR, WHO will oversee the work of the consultant and support them in their role ensuring agreements, decisions, inputs and communications with their respective organizations are clearly made in a timely manner.
Preparatory work: The consultant will be expected to conduct as much preparatory work as possible prior to the release of the KAP findings. This will include the design of the overall strategy development process, a rapid review of the published literature, a rapid review of related internal strategy policy documents and communication materials and to begin to draft the template for the strategy document.
Read and understand the KAP findings
In Country work:
i) To conduct meetings with the following institutions and departments as part of the strategy development process:
Ministry of Health
Ministry of Finance
National Center for Disease and Public Health NCDC (vaccine storage and distribution)
Interagency Coordination Committee (ICC)
UNICEF and WHO COs
Any other person/unit as needed and agreed with Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs (MoLHSA) and the Communication Strategy Co ordination Group
ii) To facilitate a one day consultative event with wider stakeholders
iii) To hold a two day working programme with the key NIP and HP team members to flesh out the strategic priorities, action plan and M&E framework and
iv) Meet with the communication strategy coordination group to review work to date and agree strategic priorities for the Immunization Communication Strategy and Action Plan and finalize details for the crisis communication plan.
Strategy Drafting: This will be conducted by the consultant online with the expectation there will be considerable and timely exchanges and inputs between the UNICEF/NIP / HP lead staff and the consultant.
The UNICEF and the NCDC in Georgia will manage the final formatting, layout and look of the document including the translation of the strategy in Georgian.
Logistical and administrative details for the setting up of meetings, workshop and co coordinating inputs to the draft will be managed by the NIP and UNICEF. At the consultative meeting a translator will be provided if necessary and also NIP and HP staff will be available to moderate small group discussions and capture feedback at the large consultative meeting.
Messages crafted by the consultant for the target audiences will not be used before they are tested with the target group for understanding, impact and resonance by the NCDC PH HPD
Deliverable must clearly contribute to the attainment of the communication objectives for immunization of Georgia and include in particular:
A communication strategy, which recommends a set of key messages to be promoted among target audience at the central and local levels; define the means necessary for implementation (media and communication tools), indirect and direct target groups parents, medical personnel and ultimate target groups (such as vulnerable groups); the strategy's monitoring and evaluation mechanisms, the nature and conditions for the forging of partnerships; a financial plan as well as a strategy for ensuring the sustainability and institutionalization of the actions carried out.
A communication plan, comprising the principal communication activities scheduled during the period of 5 years.
A crisis communication plan, comprising the principal communication activities, roles and responsibilities during the crisis in the field of immunization.
A brief report presenting the principal stages of the process, the work done, the people involved and any lessons learned
Start of contract: January 10- March, 31, 2017. Duration of the consultancy will be 16 days, out of which 7 days will be spent in the country
Preparatory work January 10-January 30, 2017 (out of country work)
In-country work February 6-14, 2017
Debriefing presentation to coordinating group and key senior stakeholders February 14, 2017
Out-of- country work to compile the draft report - February 15-28, 2017
Circulation of final draft strategy for comments and inputs March 5, 2017
Final edits and final version of the Immunization Communication Strategy and action plan for immunization including the crisis communication plan End of March, 2017
Home Based with travel to Tbilisi for fieldwork and data collection
DURATION AND MODE OF CONSULTANCY
The consultancy service is required for the duration of 16 days starting from January 10, 2017 until the end of March 2017.
University degree; post-graduate education in a field related to this position such as public health, social science and communication or equivalent level of experience in the field of communication for immunization.
At least 8 years of top level experience in the field of immunization communication
Understanding of evidence-based medicine and skills to find the sources for the evidence-based information of immunization
Excellent expertise in developing and using communication tools and mechanisms, including the ability to interpret the research results.
Good knowledge of UN agency policies and role in communication / immunization
Proven ability of conducting the consultancy in the field of immunization communication
Experience in working with UNICEF and other UN agencies will be an asset
Excellent communication and presentation skills
Required documentations for submission
Interested individual consultant must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
Financial proposal (inclusive of the fee for the assignment and estimated travel expenses)
Other materials or information that demonstrate the candidate's expertise in developing health related communication strategies and work in the field of immunization.
50% after submission of debriefing presentation including conclusions and recommendations
50 % after receipt of communication strategy and action plan and crisis communication plan
UNICEF reserves the right to withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if work/outputs is incomplete, not delivered or for failure to meet deadlines (fees reduced due to late submission: 20 days - 10%; 1 month -20%; 2 months -30%; more 2 months payment withhold). All materials developed will remain the copyright of UNICEF and UNICEF will be free to adapt and modify them in the future.
How to apply:
Please follow the link for apply: http://jobs.unicef.org/cw/en-us/job/501712
Georgia: Assessment of Factors Influencing Civic Participation in PFM Processes in Georgia
Closing date: 2016-12-25Application : Apply for the job
Organization: Europe Foundation
Closing date: 25 Dec 2016
Europe Foundation (EPF) is seeking services of a team of international and national consultants to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the existing public finance management (PFM) systems in Georgia, with a focus on participatory and transparent budget development and execution in the country s municipalities. EPF expects the consultants to produce a study that will provide a comprehensive analysis of formal and informal factors that impede participatory budgeting and public expenditure monitoring at the local level and to develop actionable recommendations on how best to promote citizen engagement along the PFM processes. EPF expects that the recommendations derived from the assessment will support the Foundation s efforts aimed at enhancing civil society influence on public decision-making.
EPF s mission is to empower people to effect change for social justice and economic prosperity through hands-on programs, helping them to improve their communities and their own lives. To achieve its mission, EPF strives (1) to strengthen the capacity of individuals and institutions, empowering them to address pressing issues, and (2) to mobilize relevant stakeholders in issue-based dialogue, through raising public awareness and creating various coalitions, platforms or working groups, so as to effect positive change.
EPF s work is guided by the following approaches: (1) creating opportunities for civic participation in public policy making, (2) engaging youth, (3) fostering culture of corporate and community philanthropy, including through formation of public-private-NGO partnerships, (4) promoting evidence-based advocacy and decision making, and (5) building confidence across religious, ethnic, and community divides. Some of EPF s flagship programs include Engage and Monitor for Change, European Integration, Youth Integration,Social Enterprise, and Open Door Grantmaking. Together, they feed into achieving the Foundation s mission and provide opportunities for Georgians to engage in social, economic, and political developments, in order to effect substantive and sustainable positive change at the local and national level.
International experience of citizen involvement at the budget formation stage leads to a more effective and relevant allocation of resources and improved democratic governance in a given society. In recent years, Georgia has made good progress in reforming its PFM sector and ensuring transparency of public finances in line with its European and international commitments. However, it has been less successful in strengthening civic participation in public decision-making, including in the PFM field, at both national and local levels. The recent reforms have created some space for CSO and citizens involvement in the budgeting process at the local level. Nevertheless, these opportunities are not fully utilized due to low civil society activism, poor capacities among local authorities and CSOs, and low levels of political will to cooperate with CSOs. Hence, the examples of civic participation in the PFM cycle are far and few in between, largely determined by the peculiarities of the local context, including the capacities and resources of local CSOs.
EPF would like to initiate an assessment of how the existing public finance management systems in Georgia are able to ensure participatory and transparent budget development and execution in the country s municipalities. The assessment findings should serve as the basis for developing actionable recommendations on how best to promote citizen engagement along the PFM cycle. EPF expects that as a result of the assessment it will be able to identify effective mechanisms and practices contributing to more enabling environment for civil society participation in PFM-related decision-making.
The overall goal of the assignment is to assess the existing regulatory framework and practices, as they concern citizen participation in the PFM processes at the local level.
Specific objectives of the assessment are to:
Identify those regulations and mechanisms that impede participatory budgeting and effective oversight of budget spending at the local level;
Analyze the practices of deficient utilization of the existing regulations, which impede effectiveness of participatory budgeting and public expenditure monitoring, and
Develop actionable, locally grounded, and globally informed recommendations aimed at ensuring effective participatory budgeting and oversight of public spending at the local level.
The methodology to be applied for the assessment will be qualitative in nature, consisting of review of secondary sources of data, as well as collection of primary sources of data, including through key informant interviews with major stakeholders and beneficiaries. The consultant will be responsible for developing the study design and methodology, in order to meet the above-noted goal.
Stakeholder participation has to be an integral part of data collection, data analysis, and formulation of recommendations. Details about the approach and the data collection methods to be employed to undertake this task must be included in the bid.
EPF expects this assignment to be conducted during January March, 2017,depending upon the availability of the selected consultant. The overall duration of this assignment should not be more than six to eight weeks.
The consultant will produce the following deliverables following the timeline suggested below:
Inception Report(January 30, 2017)
a. Objectives and expectations of the assignment
b. Methodology, data collection methods (derived from the methodology), and data collection instruments
c. Study participants/target groups
d. Roles and responsibilities
e. Indicative timeline
Draft report(February 25, 2017)
Final report, which will include the following sections (March 15, 2017*):*
a) Executive summary (1-2 pages)
b) Brief description of the context
c) Description of the goal and objectives of the exercise
d) Description of methodology and data collection tools utilized in the course of the study
e) A comprehensive analysis of the existing public finance management systems in Georgia, with a focus on participatory and transparent budget development and execution in the country s municipalities, assessing formal and informal factors that impede participatory budgeting and public expenditure monitoring at the local level
f) Presentation of the main findings and conclusions
g) Actionable recommendations on how best to promote citizen engagement along the PFM processes, so as to support the Foundation s efforts aimed at enhancing civil society influence on public decision-making
h) Annexes, including the list of reviewed documents, all data collection tools, list of interviewees, etc.
EPF has allocated maximum USD 8,000(gross) for this service, including travel and lodging expenses. Price competitiveness will be a consideration during the selection process, and proposals exceeding the defined amount will be declined.
EPF expects that the selected consultant will have extensive knowledge of and experience in working on PFM related issues in Georgia and other parts of the EaP region. The consultant should also demonstrate thorough understanding of local governance issues.
Additional qualification requirements include:
- Advanced degree in public policy, public finance management, or related field
- Proven experience in working on PFM-related issues
- Ability to work independently and under tight deadlines
- Fluency in English and Georgian, as well as excellent writing skills
- Knowledge of and working experience in international donor organizations is an advantage
- Experience in working in Georgia is desirable.
How to apply:
Eligibility and Selection Criteria
A team of international and national (Georgian) consultants is eligible to participate in the bid to ensure that the recommended solutions are informed by the social and legal contexts of Georgia, and draw upon successful experience of other European countries.
Interested applicants should submit the following information to EPF:
- CV and cover letter, which includes a concise and detailed description of the consultant s qualifications and how the applicant meets the requirements specified in the terms of reference
- Methodological proposal on conducting the assessment
- Copies of the two most recent consulting assignments completed by the consultant on PFM, public integrity, government transparency, accountability or related issues, and
- Financial proposal/budget that includes a breakdown of costs (e.g. consultancy fee, travel related expenses, etc.)
The proposal should be submitted in English. The selection criteria will include the following:
- The quality of the methodological proposal
- Degree to which consultants qualifications and experience match EPF s needs outlined above
- Cost-effectiveness of the proposal, and
- Ability to adhere to the time constraints of the proposed activities.
Proposals can be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate *Assessment of Factors Influencing Civic Participation in PFM Processes in Georgia* in the subject line of your email.
The deadline for application is December 25, 2016.
The contact person for this call is Natia Meladze, Program Manager (email@example.com).
Europe Foundation is located at 3 Kavsadze Street, 1079 Tbilisi, Georgia.
Tel/Fax: (995 32) 2 25 39 42/43; 2 25 27 82.