Thought Leadership Consultant (Improved Accountability and Community Participation) at Pact West Africa

Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow for communities challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant. On the ground in nearly 40 countries, Pact’s integrated adaptive approach is shaping the future of international development.We seek a suitably qualified candidate to fill the position below:Job Title: Thought Leadership Consultant to Support Case Studies on Improved Accountability and Community Participation in Public Health SystemLocation: GombeBackgroundThe State Accountability and Quality Improvement Project (SAQIP) is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and implemented in Gombe State by Pact West Africa. The project’s targets include; improving the governance capacity for the public health system, improved accountability and community participation in the public health system and increased utilization of public Maternal, New-born and Child Health (MNCH) services. To achieve this, SAQIP works with the Gombe State Primary Health Care Development Agency, including Local Government Area (LGA) Health Teams, Primary Health Centres, Ward Development Committees and members of Mothers Groups who are rural poor Women of Child Bearing Age within the eleven LGA’s in the State.The project has built very strong and veritable partnerships across the state and LGAs through which it is providing the support to address institutional gaps that exists at the SPHCDA, LGA Health Teams and facilities. The project has evolved several strategies and approaches through the Ward Development Committees and Mothers Groups to strengthen community structures and stimulated action for the support of high impact primary health services across the 57 intervention wards. This capacity development processes that included hands on support and mentoring is observably showing improvement in their planning and coordination roles of the primary health services. The LGA health teams now take charge of coordinating the activities of all partners within the LGA for effective collaboration and synergy to reduce duplication of efforts, and enhancing linkages and collaboration with other stakeholders and community structures contributing to their health systems.The Consultant will be expected to support the Project in the understanding of effective practices and innovative solutions evolved in the course of implementation for institutionalization. The study will solicit responses of primary and secondary stakeholders of the project to harvest information’s through face to face interview. The respondents would be randomly selected across the 57 intervention wards; in addition to the desk review of literature and programme reports. The findings will serve as knowledge base for Pact West Africa and other Pact Offices across the globe.Purpose of the ConsultancyTo support Pact West Africa with an understanding of the effective practices and innovative solutions that evolved due to the implementation of the State Accountability and Quality Improvement Project (SAQIP) in Gombe State.Description of Key TasksDesk review of relevant literature and program documentsDevelop protocol for qualitative study and dissemination plan for findingsDevelop interview guides and identify respondents for studyObtain ethical approval where relevantInterview and collect data from respondents using appropriate methodsAnalyze qualitative data and information gleaned from desk reviewCandidate RequirementsCandidate with:At least an M.Sc Degree in Development Studies, Social Sciences, Public Health, Political Science, or Economics and at least eight years of research experienceExperience in designing and conducting qualitative studies in the development/humanitarian space with evidence of conducting at least one in the last three yearsExperience using NVIVO and/or any other qualitative data analysis toolAt least one peer-reviewed publication in a reputable national or international journal in the last five yearsExcellent verbal and written communication skillsExcellent interpersonal skillsAbility to speak Hausa fluentlyReadiness to share sample(s) of similar work done in the last three years.Language:Fluency in written/oral English and Hausa is required 

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