Saving Lives, Spreading Smiles (SLSS) Consultancy, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea , 6 Months

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children’s rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive, and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world. 

For every child, HEALTH.

With over 850 indigenous languages and one of the most ethnically diverse populations, widespread poverty, and gender inequality make it hard for many children to realize their rights. In Papua New Guinea (PNG), UNICEF’s works effectively both ‘upstream’ (with governments) and ‘downstream’ (at the grassroots level) to carry out its mission through a programme of cooperation jointly developed with the government guides our work in the country.

How can you make a difference?

The purpose of this activity is to review the technical components of the SLSS project delivery, specifically the technical areas that are not covered by the EOP Review by DFAT/HDMES. More specifically the review will focus on documenting the lessons from the implementation of specific approaches to improving maternal and newborn health outcomes. Documenting what has worked well, what did not work so well during project implementation will support effective scale up of the innovative interventions across the entire country. Lessons learnt will also guide planning for scale up and sustainability of these interventions.  The review will cover the period of the 2nd phase of the DFAT SLSS support 2018 – 2022.  The key technical strategies/approaches that will be reviewed include:

  • Use of master trainers as a strategy for building capacity for the provision of quality EENC services
  • Introduction of Non-Pneumatic Anti-Shock Garment and potential impact in the management of PPH
  • The work of the VHVs to improve maternal and newborn health at the community level

Geographical Focus: While all geographic regions where the technical strategies/approaches have been implemented are within the scope of this review, the 7 focus provinces of Papua New Guinea (Western, WHP, NIP, Manus, Enga, Morobe and ENB) for the phase 2 support will be prioritized for the purpose of this review.

Proposed Review Methodology:  The EoP Review will rely primarily on existing monitoring data, reports, plans, strategies and policies, and other program related documents. Where there are critical gaps in information, and when feasible, a quick assessment using appropriate methodology will be carried out, including surveys, key informant interviews (KII) and Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) with beneficiaries and stakeholders, and case studies or direct observation at selected project sites. Collected data will be synthesized and analysed towards meeting the objectives of the review. Data collection and analysis methods should be gender-responsive, and data should be systematically disaggregated by sex and age, and to the extent possible disaggregated by disability status.

Governance Arrangements:  A Steering Committee (SC) will be constituted to include relevant stakeholders (NDOH, WHO, UNICEF, DFAT and other partners). The committee will be co-chaired by UNICEF and NDOH and the main goal is to oversee and manage the overall review process. The role and responsibilities of the SC will include the following:

  • Approve the selection of the review consultants
  • Review and approve key deliverables of the review.
  • Facilitate access to information and data sets for the review
  • Facilitate stakeholder identification, and introduction and consultation as needed
  • Recommend approval/rejection of specific recommendations emerging from the report and provide management response.
  • Ensure the report and its results are disseminated and shared with key stakeholders, promoting its use and lessons


  1. Review protocol and tools
  2. Draft inception report
  3. Final inception report
  4. Preliminary review presentation
  5. 1st draft report
  6. End of project review report of maximum 45 pages/30,000 words, excluding annexes and executive summary 

Validation of Report/findings: UNICEF will work with NDOH to organize a validation meeting with stakeholders during which the review report will be presented to  NDOH, UNICEF and other stakeholders such as DNPM, PHAs, other DPs and govt partners, NGOs, Donors etc.

As a champion for every child, you will have… 

  • An advanced degree in Health Promotion or, Public Health or Health Communication or Community Health or another related field. A University Degree with 10 years experience can be considered in lieu of the advanced degree.
  • Extensive research experience (at least 7 years) with an excellent understanding of research methods, including capacity in an array of qualitative and quantitative methods, strong statistical and analytical skills, and an awareness of human rights (incl. child rights), gender equality and equity in programming and research.
  • Specific research experience in the maternal and newborn health (preferably in PNG) is strongly desired
  • Experience of working in a Pacific context is desirable, together with understanding of Papua New Guinean context and cultural dynamics.
  • Adaptability and flexibility, client orientation, proven ethical practice, initiative, concern for accuracy and quality.
  • Excellent English oral and report writing skills; Fluency in one or more local languages highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of UNICEF’s mandate, procedures and working methodologies, and an in-depth understanding of the organizational approach to child survival would be an asset.
  • Able to perform back-office support assisting the team with logistics and other administrative matters.

For every Child, you demonstrate… our core values of Commitment, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability. 

This position is a short-term assignment and doesn’t give rise to a long-term permanent post with the organization.

Applicants are required to include in their applications a financial proposal which includes a lumpsum amount for consultancy fees, local transportation and other miscellaneous costs. Breakdown or details of the fee will be much appreciated.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

UNICEF does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, or orientation). 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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