Organizing Annual National Newborn Stakeholders Meeting (National Consultancy)

Accra | Accra

1. Background

Since 2012, Ghana Health Service with support from partners has organized four National Level Stakeholders’ Meetings on Newborn Care, in July 2012, July 2013 and July 2014 and July 2015. Organization of annual National Newborn Stakeholders’ meetings is institutionalized by the National Newborn Strategy and Action Plan. The annual meeting with participation from high officials of Ministry of Health, other line Ministries, Ghana Health Services, academia, development partners, media and civil society organizations takes stock of key achievements, reviews challenges and proposes appropriate solutions to address the issues of newborn health care in Ghana.

In this context, MoH/GHS under the coordination of National Newborn Subcommittee (NNSC) is holding the Fifth National Newborn Stakeholder Meeting in Accra in July 2016 to take stock of the progress of the implementation of National Newborn Strategy and Action Plan. More than 120 participants from national and regional levels, academia, professionals and civil society organizations will participate and deliberate on the issues of newborn in Ghana.

The RCH Unit of the Ghana Health Service has limited human resources and capacity to organize this type of large meeting at the national level. Accordingly, GHS has requested UNICEF to provide support with a national consultant for documenting the progress of implementation of National Newborn Strategy, compiling status of follow up actions after last year’s meeting, planning and facilitating the proposed meeting from 26-28 July, 2016.

Objective of the consultancy

The main objective of this consultancy is to work and provide technical assistance to the Deputy Director RCH, GHS to organize the Annual National Stakeholders’ Meeting on Newborn Care to review the implementation of the National Newborn Strategy, share the best practices, challenges and agree on the way forward.

Specific tasks

The specific objectives of this consultancy are to:

  1. Work with Deputy Director/RCH and Newborn Subcommittee of the Child Health Coordinating Committee to plan and prepare for annual newborn stakeholders’ meeting;

  2. Review and document the status of the implementation of national and regional newborn action plan from July 2015 to June 2016;

  3. Organize three days Annual National Stakeholder on Newborn Care in July 2016

    Activities and key deliverables



Working days

I. Document the status of the implementation of national and regional newborn action plan from July 2015 to June 2016

Review report


II. Prepare the agenda and presentation outline of the meeting

Final agenda and presentation outline


III. Identify and work with facilitators on presentations as per the agenda

Final presentations


IV. Conduct and facilitate three days meeting

Rapporteur report


V. Prepare the final report of the meeting

Validated meeting report


Total working days


End product

Submit final validated report of national newborn stakeholder meeting

Expected background experience

The required qualifications and experience for the consultancy are:

  1. Masters in Public Health or related medical field;

  2. More than 8 years of work experience on maternal, newborn and child health services;

  3. Experience in organizing stakeholder meetings and preparing quality reports;

  4. Previous working experience with Ghana’s Health System is an asset;

  5. Excellent English language skills both written and verbal;

  6. Excellent skills on report communication; on preparing PowerPoint presentations, report writing, etc.

Consultancy period

From 25 May 2016 to 15 August 2016

Level of consultancy fee

National consultant mid-level and fee applicable to the level, subject to negotiation with selected consultant.

Payment Schedule

The payment will be done on the basis of satisfactorily completing deliverables with endorsement of completion of work from Deputy Director/RCH/FHD of GHS and acceptance by supporting partner UNICEF supervisor/Health Specialist;

i. Completion of review, final agenda, final presentations of the facilitators and facilitation of the meeting – 40% payment;

ii. Completion of proceeding of the meeting and approved final report – 60% payment

General conditions- procedures and logistics

  1. Consultant will work in Accra with Deputy Director/RCH/FHD of GHS.

  2. Consultant will work with own computer/laptop.

  3. The consultant will not travel outside Accra for the purpose of this consultancy.

    Policy both parties should be aware of

  4. Consultant is not entitled to payment of overtime. All remuneration must be within the contract agreement.

  5. No contract may commence unless the contract is signed by both UNICEF and the consultant.

  6. Signed contract copy must be received by UNICEF Office in Accra before starting the consultancy.

  7. Consultant will not have supervisory responsibilities or authority on UNICEF budget.

  8. Consultant will be required to sign the Health statement prior to taking up the assignment, and to document that she/he has appropriate health insurance. The form ‘Designation and Revocation of beneficiary’ must be completed by the consultant upon arrival at the section.

Interested Individuals should also complete the United Nations Personal History form (P11) and include a copy of their CV, academic Certificate, and motivation letter. The P11 form can be downloaded from: Applications submitted without the P11 form will not be considered. Individuals should quote a daily fee for the services to be provided. Applications for individual consultants should be submitted directly to Applicants should CLEARLY write the title of the consultancy ”Organizing Annual National Newborn Stakeholders Meeting” National Consultancy

Only short-listed candidates will be notified.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Accra | Accra
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Health service
    • Health service
  • Closing Date: 2016-05-18

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