At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are 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. Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance and more. This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.
Adolescents and Children HIV Incidence Reduction, Empowerment, and Virus Elimination (ACHIEVE) is a five-year, USAID-funded global cooperative agreement, which helps priority PEPFAR countries achieve and maintain HIV epidemic control among pregnant and breastfeeding women, infants, children, and youth. The two objectives of the project are to: i) attain and sustain HIV epidemic control among at-risk and hard to reach pregnant and breastfeeding (PBF) women, infants, children, and youth, as well as to mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS and prevent HIV transmission among these populations; and ii) support the transition of prime funding and implementation to capable local partners in order to meet the PEPFAR goal of 70% of funding to local partners.
ACHIEVE is seeking a consultant to assist the ACHIEVE global team in researching and designing a new USAID/PEPFAR-funded community health and social welfare systems strengthening project focusing on orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in Zambia. The period of performance will begin on or around Oct 15, 2020, for a period of up to six weeks.
ACHIEVE will receive funding to improve outcomes and reduce the incidence of HIV among vulnerable children and adolescents (VCA) and their families in order to accelerate and maintain HIV epidemic control. The activity will focus on providing technical assistance to MCDSS to provide direct service delivery through their community structures (e.g. CDAs and CWACs) as well as support coordinating efforts of the various stakeholders that work to improve access to health and social protection services. This activity will build on the progress made and best practices of the Service Efficiency and Effectiveness for Vulnerable Children and Adolescents (SEEVCA) program.
Key tasks under the ACHIEVE Zambia project will include:
- Obj. 1 Improve ability of local community structures to manage and deliver high quality services to VCA
- Obj. 2 Support MCDSS to develop a VCA data management system and database
- Obj. 3 Improve fiscal accountability for the management of USG funds
- Obj. 4 Strengthen inter-sectoral integration and coordination between MCDSS and stakeholders and build a supportive multi-sectoral environment for vulnerable children led by MCDSS through systems strengthening at national, provincial and district levels
Objectives of the Systems Strengthening Consultancy:
Through remote and/or in-person meetings, key informant interviews, and documents review, the consultant will gather information on the following items and incorporate findings into a set of recommendations and plans responding to USAID’s priorities for the ACHIEVE Zambia project. The consultant’s information gathering will focus as needed at all levels of the social welfare system, including national, provincial, district, and community levels. In-person meetings will be conducted with due respect for coronavirus safety precautions.
- Determine the current status of community structures to deliver quality social services and comprehensive case management for beneficiaries.
- Compile information regarding the progress and gaps in strengthening the community-level social welfare workforce, strengthening community-level committees (DWACs, ACCs, and CWACs), and strengthening CBOs, as well as progress and gaps in rolling out a national database and other above-site initiatives;
- Conduct key informant interviews with other stakeholders engaged in work relevant to the ACHIEVE project, such as USAID Empowered Youth Program (SDVCA), and UNICEF (former SEEVCA) Stop GBV and prevention/KP programs, and DREAMS;
- Enumerate government ministries’ priorities relevant to the ACHIEVE project, including MCDSS, MoH and MoE, ;
- Preliminary fact finding on the status of the national MIS for VCA
Depending on the ability of ACHIEVE global staff to resume international travel, additional tasks may be assigned and period of performance extended.
- A minimum of Bachelor’s degree in Public Health, Health Administration, Social Work, or Business Administration with a focus on public health, social sciences, or related field
- A minimum of 10 years’ experience in health/HIV program implementation, technical assistance, and/or monitoring and evaluation
- Experience implementing USAID/PEPFAR programming, with extensive experience with PEPFAR VCA programs and/or relevant systems strengthening activities
- Understanding of the health and social services systems in Zambia, with first-hand experience working with MCDSS and/or MoH preferred
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