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UNICEF Jobs: Consultancy to Support the Ministry of Health and its Partners to Develop the Kenya Early Childhood Development (ECD) Policy 2020 – 2030 2021

Job Title: Consultancy to support the Ministry of Health and its partners to develop the Kenya Early Childhood Development (ECD) Policy 2020 – 2030

Organization: UNICEF

Job no: 540497
Contract type: Consultancy
Level: Consultancy
Location: Kenya
Categories: Health

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TERMS OF REFERENCE

Scope of Work:
Specific Tasks
Under the leadership of the Ministry of Health and close collaboration with UNICEF, the consultant is expected to perform the following duties:
a) Carry out an analysis of the current national ECD policy statements and strategic directions outlined in Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Devolutions issued documents
b) As per the deliverables under task ‘ECD Workshop planned, support the Ministry of Health to conduct a five-day workshop (virtual or physical) in which subject matter experts will be facilitated to develop various sections of draft zero of the Kenya ECD policy 2020 – 2030
c) Support consultation meetings with various national ministries, and organizations critical in the implementation of the policy. These ministries may include: (i) Ministry of Health (ii) Ministry of Education, (iii) Council of Governors, (iv) other relevant ministries
d) Support the ministry of health to conduct county content development and consultation meetings for all 47 counties to provide content, inputs and feedback into the ECD.
e) Present and collect feedback of draft two of the ECD policy during a one-day validation meeting for -to be attended by ECD stakeholders.
f) Submit Kenya ECD policy to the child health division for final consultations and forwarding for approval and endorsement by senior officials in the ministry of health.

Tasks/Milestone:

Deliverables/Outputs:

Timeline (days)

Payment Schedule

Desk review

Desk review report on national and global documents including strategic plans reviewed to inform the content and flow of policy

2

Phase one; Inception and national content development

 

14 days

 

25 % payment upon receipt of draft zero of ECD policy

Inception meeting among ministry of health, UNICEF, key stakeholders

Inception report for the assignment cleared by UNICEF and MoH

1

ECD workshop planned

Workshop Agenda; Attendees list; group assignments; Draft invitation letter – working with technical group

1

Facilitator notes for groupwork – working with technical group

5

ECD Workshop – National

Zero draft of ECD policy is developed

5

Editing of ECD draft zero

An edited draft zero developed by various groups edited for coherence and consistent flow, including inserting of citations and references

5

Content development phase

 

22 days

 

35 % payment upon receipt of draft one of ECD policy

ECD Workshop – Counties

Draft zero county content improvement and engagement meetings / workshop with counties

15

Editing of ECD draft zero

An edited draft zero developed by counties is edited for coherence and consistent flow, including inserting of citations and references leading to draft one

2

Draft one consultations 

Preparation of presentation of draft one to (i) MoH ECD technical working group, (ii) UNICEF ECD taskforce, (iii) relevant national ministry agencies

1

Finalization phase

 

12 days

 

40 % payment upon receipt of final ECD policy

 

 

Presentation of draft one to UNICEF ECD taskforce and MoH ECD technical working group, and relevant national ministry agencies and NGOs

1

Editing and compilation of feedback received from various consultations leading to draft two

3

Draft two

 

Presentation of draft two to UNICEF ECD taskforce, and MoH ECD technical working group, and relevant national ministry agencies and NGOs

1

Presentation of draft two to counties for validation

1

Editing and compilation of feedback received from various consultations resulting in draft three of ECD policy

2

Incorporation of feedback from MoH leadership for signature

1

Final Draft

Final draft of ECD policy

2

 

Total Days

48

 

 

Minimum Qualifications Required:

Early childhood development (ECD), public health, nutrition, human development, child development, family studies or another relevant technical field.

Knowledge/Expertise/Skills required:

At least 3 years specific ECD experience either in policy development, capacity building or service delivery
2. Substantial experience, and track record or success, in development of ECD related guidance and policy documents
3. Demonstrated technical and practical experience in the implementation of the nurturing care framework within the various components
4. Knowledge of the healthcare and ECD system of Kenya
5. Excellent abilities in consensus-building, diplomacy and tact
6. Excellent communication skills with ability to express ideas clearly, logically and effectively
7. Excellent writing and analytical skills
8. Ability to meet tight deadlines
9. Excellent oral and written command of the English language
10.Strong computer literacy and ability to use Word Processing and office technology equipment.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should apply online using the button below.  As part of their application, candidates should provide:

A cover letter that specifies how you meet the desired competencies, technical background and experience (no more than 2 pages)
A short CV (no more than 4 pages)
A fee structure that should include: daily rate in USD and total fees.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

Deadline: 24 May 2021 E. Africa Standard Time

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