The Canadian Association of Midwives (CAM) wishes to recruit one (1) local/national consultant as a Subject Matter Expert to develop content for a gender-sensitive, context-adapted and practical handbook on rights-based family planning (FP). This material will be utilized by facility and community-level providers engaging in continuous learning sessions on the provision of FP, destined for hospitals and Health Science Institutes in South Sudan. The Subject Matter Expert’s mandate will include primary data collection to understand needs, information gaps and proposed approaches to continuous learning; a desk review of existing UNFPA/Ministry of Health FP curriculum, training materials and other relevant literature; and the production/adaptation of content for a provider-facing continuous learning handbook. This process will entail close collaboration with CAM Global staff as well as national stakeholders.
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) South Sudan Country Office is collaborating with
the Ministry of Health and other partners to implement the “Human resources for sexual and
reproductive health and sexual and gender-based violence in South Sudan” (HR4SRH&SGBV)
project with funding from Global Affairs Canada (GAC). The Canadian Association of Midwives
(CAM) is an Implementing Partner in this project. HR4SRH&SGBV aims to increase the
realization of the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls in South Sudan
through various innovative approaches, including digital and virtual platforms for essential health
providers on SRH, family planning, and gender-based violence; the training of health providers
on rights-based family planning using job aids and gender-sensitive training materials; and
networking, advocacy and capacity-building exchanges with the South Sudan Nurses and
Midwives Association (SSNAMA).
Background and Rationale for Assignment
South Sudan gained its independence from Sudan in July 2011, following a 2005 peace
agreement that ended one of Africa’s longest-running civil wars. The country is made up of 10
states and over 60 different major ethnic groups, making it one of the most diverse countries on
the continent. While it was hoped that independence would usher in a new period of peace to the
region and to the world’s newest country, escalating internal tensions led to the 2013 and 2016
crises and contributed to the displacement of 2.2 million people.
Sexual, Reproductive, Maternal, and Newborn Health Context
South Sudan is one of the most fragile and underdeveloped countries in the world, with extremely
high rates of maternal and neonatal mortality. Inadequate skilled attendance at birth and
suboptimal quality of care create unsafe birthing conditions and restrict women’s capacity to
assert their rights in pregnancy. In conflict-afflicted regions throughout the country, limited health
system capacity and numerous barriers to access have exacerbated poor sexual and reproductive
health outcomes for women and girls, including unmet need for family planning, child marriage,
and gender-based violence.
Midwives, nurses and community health workers play a pivotal role in South Sudan, providing a
myriad of sexual and reproductive services including but not limited to prenatal, childbirth, and
postnatal care. The promotion of rights-based, context-adapted services by a well-trained and
supported health workforce enhances the SRHR enabling environment and contributes to
enhanced reproductive, maternal and neonatal outcomes in South Sudan.
Continuing Professional Development
Continuing professional development (CPD) is key to promoting ongoing learning and skill
retention among trained providers, including midwives and nurses. Rights-based FP, which
centers the needs, preferences and rights of clients in the provision of FP services, has been
identified as a key area of focus for continuous learning sessions in heath facilities and training
institutes throughout the country.
Goal and Objectives of the Assignment
Goal: The goal of this consultancy is to develop and adapt content for a gender-sensitive, context adapted and practical handbook on rights-based family planning (FP). This material will be utilized by frontline health workers (midwives, nurses and community health workers) and tutors engaging in continuous learning sessions in 13 targeted hospitals and Health Science Institutes (HSIs)
located throughout the country.
Note: Continuous learning programs will be developed using a bottom-up, grassroots approach
within each institution. Close coordination with UNFPA Implementing Partners will be required to
ensure materials are sufficiently adaptable to the proposed programs.
In order to achieve the goal of the consultancy described above, the Subject Matter Expert will:
Methodology / Approach to the Assignment
Parties involved: During the assignment, work and collaboration will occur between the following
The Subject Matter expert will engage actively with the abovementioned CAM Global staff
throughout their mandate; deliverables will be subject to a review by CAM and validation with the
Inter-Agency Task Force for the Development of FP Materials.
Phase IA: Initial data collection and needs assessment (May-June 2023) The first phase of the consultancy will consist of the collection of data from relevant stakeholders to perform a background needs assessment prior to content development. The Subject Matter Expert will employ a variety of methods, including focus group discussions, individual interviews and observations, to collect information from health care workers and tutors in targeted institutions (the product end users) on needs, preferences and knowledge gaps relating to rights-based FP. They will engage in discussions with UNFPA Implementing Partners to understand proposed approaches to continuous learning and coordinate data collection efforts in each institution. CAM and UNFPA will facilitate introductions and provide additional inputs based on the previous experiences and learnings of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Development of FP Materials.
Phase IB: Desk review of existing FP training materials (May-June 2023)
Alongside primary data collection, the Subject Matter Expert will perform a comprehensive desk
review of existing UNFPA/Ministry of Health FP curriculum and training materials, as well as
relevant studies on norms, values and attitudes surrounding FP provision and uptake in South
Sudan. This should also include integrated and innovative approaches to FP service delivery in the South Sudanese context. CAM will provide background resources shared by UNFPA and the
Ministry of Health to assist in this process.
Phase II: Adaptation and development of content for handbook (June 2023)
Based on Phase I findings, the Subject Matter Expert will develop content for a provider-facing
continuous learning handbook on rights-based FP. The material should integrate practical,
scenario-based exercises, addressing issues such as counselling and management for side
effects, non-clinical aspects of FP provision (communication, negotiation, etc.), considerations for
marginalized client subgroups (youth, older persons, persons with disabilities), and predominant
values, attitudes and misconceptions. The content should be adapted from existing materials to
reflect updated practice standards and method mix (including implants and injectables).
Phase III: Validation and finalization of content for handbook (July 2023)
The handbook content will subsequently be shared and validated through a workshop with the
Inter-Agency Task Force for the Development of FP Materials. The workshop may also involve
UNFPA Implementing Partners, technical experts and other national stakeholders. CAM and
UNFPA will provide support for convening these meetings. The Subject Matter Expert will then
incorporate stakeholder feedback into the final version of the handbook content.
The proposed activities will be conducted between May and July of 2023, with the final iteration
of the handbook content being delivered by the 28th of July 2023.
The Subject Matter Expert will be remunerated for their services based on payable amounts for
the activity according to the deliverables schedule. Payment is dependent on the satisfactory
completion of deliverables as assessed by CAM. As full compensation for the services rendered according to this Agreement, CAM shall pay the Subject Matter Expert a maximum amount of $15,000.00 USD. This amount should also include all relevant taxes and expenses incurred in the preparation of milestones and deliverables.
The candidate must demonstrate in their application the following educational and professional
The following educational and professional experience will be considered an asset:
Follow these instructions:
Deadline for applications is June 12, 2023.
juin 1, 2023
juin 12, 2023
South Sudan (Based in Juba)
The Canadian Association of Midwives
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