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Vacancy - Public Health Specialist for PMTCT Programme in Botswana
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11 months consultancy

Public Health Specialist for the Program on Prevention of Mother to 
Child Transmission of HIV/AIDS (PMTCT) 

PURPOSE
The purpose of this consultancy is to provide implementing districts 
with technical assistance in the overall management of the program.

DURATION & COMMENCEMENT

11 months, beginning August 6th 2001

CONTEXT

The Botswana PMTCT Programme was launched in the two main cities of 
Gaborone and Francistown, in April 1999. The project is population-
based and is implemented in all public health clinics (27) and public 
hospitals (2) in the two cities. The phased scaling up of the Pro-
gramme beyond the pilot sites started in July 2000 and is expected to 
be completed in 2002. The Programme provides pregnant women with the 
following services; Information Education and communication (IEC); 
Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT); Administration of Anti retro-
viral (AZT) from 34 weeks of gestational age and during labour; AZT 
syrup to the baby from birth for one month; free infant formula for 
those who choose not to breastfeed; and prophylaxis using the drug 
cotrimoxazole for the prevention of pneumonia from 6 weeks of age un-
til at least 12 months. 

The pilot project was evaluated in February 1999 and lessons from 
this were used to inform the scaling up of the project to national 
level.  This evaluation revealed the project's strengths that can be 
built upon and weaknesses that should be recognised and overcome or 
avoided. To date, the management of the programme has been central-
ized at national level. But as the program rolls out to more dis-
tricts, there is an urgent need for ensuring that technical support 
is provided to districts in the areas of planning, implementation, 
supervision and monitoring. UNICEF is committed to providing Govern-
ment the support to ensure successful implementation of the program. 
UNICEF, therefore, will provide a short term consultant (public 
health specialist) to facilitate strengthening of District capacity. 
The officer will be placed at Family Health Division.

SCOPE OF WORK

Working under the direction of the PMTCT Officer at UNICEF and the 
National PMTCT Coordinator at Family Health Division, the consult-
ant(s) will:

* Work with Family Health Division and the District Health Management 
  Teams during the scaling up of the PMTCT program.

* Provide districts with technical assistance in program planning and 
  management.

* Assist districts with program implementation and establishment of 
  an efficient monitoring, evaluation and reporting system.

* Provide districts with timely responses on issues related to pro-
  gram implementation in consultation with the District Health Team, 
  Family Health Division and the PMTCT Reference Group.

* Report to the PMTCT Reference Group on a monthly basis up to date 
  district program statistics and any issues requiring policy decision.

DELIVERABLES

* Submit district work-plans, to include implementation plans, 
  planned supervisory visits, monitoring and evaluation and community 
  based activities of all implementing districts within two months of 
  beginning the consultancy.

* In liaison with the Data manager and the District Health Teams sub-
  mit district level monthly reports to the PMTCT reference group. 

* Submit documented evidence of any key district community activi-
  ties. 

* Based on agreed work plan, submit monthly reports to the PMTCT Of-
  ficer at UNICEF.

QUALIFICATIONS

The consultant will be expected to have the following qualifications:
Medical Doctor with at least masters degree in Public Health or 5 
years experience at district management level

PENALTIES

Except for reasons beyond the control of the consultant, failure to 
adhere to the prescribed terms of reference will invoke payment pen-
alties.

UNICEF invites consultants to submit their detailed proposals includ-
ing fees not exceeding six pages in length; CVs (including names of 
two referees and their addresses) and a sample of a paper/report dem-
onstrating knowledge of HIV/AIDS issues and writing skills, to the 
attention of the Operations Officer at:

Physical Address

UNICEF
UN Place, 2nd Floor
Khama Crescent
Gaborone, Botswana

or Postal Address

UNICEF
P.O. Box 20678
Gaborone, Botswana

Closing date: No submissions will be accepted after 1400hrs on 13 
July 2001.

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