Thought Leadership Consultant (Mothers Group Component) 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 suitably qualified candidate to fill the position below:Job Title: Thought Leadership Consultant to Support Case studies on Mothers Group Component.Location: 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.SAQIP’s Primary Outcome III focuses on increasing utilization of public MNCH services in health facilities using the WORTH Model (a literacy-led approach to economic empowerment for women through savings and loans). WORTH also layers health education sessions onto the literacy and savings & loans sessions to increase knowledge of danger signs associated with pregnancy as well as the motivation of members to seek MNCH services at the PHC’s. SAQIP also utilizes an MNCH module intended to improve knowledge and attitudes on MNCH for pregnant and other members of the groups/ women of reproductive age who come together to save and utilize the funds to increase access to MNCH services including health, nutrition and positive parenting practices.As the project will be folding up in June of 2019, the project is seeking for technical support from a consultant to come up with case studies that will 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 under the mothers group component.Purpose of the ConsultancyTo support technically in coming up with a case study that will showcase the effective practices and innovations that evolved due to the implementation of the State Accountability and Quality Improvement Project (SAQIP) in Gombe State under the mothers group component.Description of Key TasksDesk review of relevant literatures 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 reviewDevelop report describing the effective practices and solutions due to SAQIPRequirementsCandidate 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 requiredExpected OutcomesStudy protocolDeveloped Interview guide and consent formList of respondents for study and justification for selectionIRB ethical approvalTaped recordings of interviewsCopies of transcripts of interviewsFinal report of studyMilestones and DeliverablesActivities/Tasks Timelines Days Outputs:Inception report TBD 3 Soft copy of Inception reportStudy protocol TBD 7 Soft copy of study protocolInterview guide and consent form TBD 3 Soft copy of Interview guide and consent formList of respondents for study and justification for selection TBD 4 Soft copy of respondent list and justification for selectionIRB ethical approval TBD 3 Soft copy Ethical approvalTaped recordings of interviews TBD 20 Soft copy of recordingsTranscripts of interviews Soft copy transcriptsDraft report of study Soft copy of study reportFinal report of study Soft copy of final reportsWorking Relationships:The Consultant will be expected to work in collaboration with the following SAQIP staff - Clusters Team, LGA PHCD Team, The Mothers Group Officer, Mothers group Assistants, and Advisors. 

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