National Consultant: Assessment of Stigma & Discrimination Trainings for Health Care Workers

Closing date: February 24, 2017

Background

The mission of the Jamaica National Family Planning Board and Sexual Health Agency (NFPB/SHA) is to provide guidance, leadership, advocacy and implementation of quality equitable sexual health education and services to enable all Jamaicans to achieve optimal sexual health outcomes throughout their life course. On 26 March 2013, vide Cabinet Decision No. 12/13, approval was given for the integration of certain components of the National HIV/ STI Programme into the NFPB. This merger resulted in the creation of an organization responsible for ensuring and guaranteeing the sexual health of Jamaicans through the formation of a Sexual and Reproductive Health Agency that provides for strengthening the links between HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health programmes and services through joint policy-making, planning and advocacy.  The Integration of the HIV response into sexual reproductive health programmes within the ambit of the primary health care response can lead to broader reach and deeper sustained impact.  The emergence of this authority has also facilitated the fulfilment of international best practice guidelines for SRH and HIV/AIDS programming.

Strengthening systems to increase access to health care and removing blockages are essential for Jamaica to achieve the WHO/UNAIDS 90-90-90 goals of 90% of people living with HIV diagnosed by 2020, 90% of diagnosed people on antiretroviral treatment by 2020, and 90% of people in treatment with fully suppressed viral load by 2020. Stigma and Discrimination is held as a major deterrent by Persons Living with HIV (PLHIV) and Key Populations (KPs) from their access to services and commodities at public health facilities. Improving S&D reduction trainings for Health Care Workers can translate into more user friendly health service provision. As assessment of the trainings of Health Care Workers in the area of Stigma and Discrimination (S&D) reduction would help to identify effective training elements and any gaps, towards improving upon these trainings and the delivery of rights-based care.

The LINKAGES project, funded by USAID, and hosted by Family Health International (FHI360) in Jamaica, as a key partner of the NFPB-SHA in this exercise, is therefore seeking to engage a Consultant to carry out an assessment of the S&D reduction trainings for Health Care Workers (HCW).

Main Objective of Assignment

To identify the most effective S&D reduction training components, identify any gaps and make recommendations to improve HCW S&D training material and training delivery.

 

Scope of work

LINKAGES project seeks a National Consultant to carry out an assessment of S&D reduction trainings of HCW, in collaboration with a Lead International Consultant (LIC); working closely with the NFPB/SHA’s Enabling Environment and Human Rights (EEHR) unit, the EEHR national Technical Working Group, LINKAGES Project staff and partner IntraHealth, to undertake the following tasks:

  1. Participate in inception meeting towards a common understanding of the Scope of Work, the Terms of Reference of the International and National Consultants and the expectations of NFPB-SHA, donors and partners
  2. Participate in weekly teleconference calls for the duration of the assignment with NFPB/SHA, donors and partners
  3. Partner with the LIC by providing input in the development of the Technical Plan, inclusive of methodology and analytical framework
  4. Participate in the desk review of reference material
  5. Develop a detailed schedule for primary data collection and carry out field work to gather primary data
  6. Design data collection instruments for Key Informant interviews and Observation of S&D trainings
  7. Support analysis of findings, with a focus on analysis of field work findings
  8. Co-author and co-present draft report and PowerPoint slides, to be presented at a stakeholders meeting for the presentation of findings, preliminary analysis and draft recommendations
  9. Support the integration of feedback from stakeholders to produce and submit a final report
  10. Partner with LIC for quality assurance of all deliverables, whereby the LIC will sign off on the deliverable before sign off by NFPB/SHA

 

Deliverables

  1. Technical Proposal
  2. Detailed schedule and instruments for collection of primary data
  3. Draft analytical report with preliminary recommendations
  4. PowerPoint presentation summary of draft report
  5. Final report

 

Qualifications and Experience

  1. Master’s degree in Social Science, or another Masters level degree with relevant social research experience
  2. At least 7 years’ experience in public health, HIV, adult education, skills training, program design, management and evaluation (or variable combination of the above inclusive of HIV)
  3. Demonstrable experience in social research methods, and research report writing
  4. Familiarity with the Jamaican public health system, inclusive of the Regional Health Authority level of health service provision
  5. Experience working with a diverse groups of stakeholders, inclusive of PLHIV and KPs
  6. Ability to build and maintain diverse relationships across sectors, across nationalities and remotely, as well as in person.
  7. Excellent English verbal communication and writing skills, inclusive of public speaking/presentation.
  8. High level of computer literacy (MS Office Suite and Internet).
  9. Demonstrated ability to problem-solve, think analytically, make decisions, and work independently
  10. Ability to work well under pressure, manage multiple tasks and meet tight deadlines.
  11. Determination and resourcefulness
  12. Availability to travel within Jamaica to carry out primary data collection

 

Requirements

Internet and mobile phone accessibility;

Travel across Jamaica for collection of primary data

 

Location

NFPB/SHA office and LINKAGES office

 

Level of Effort

35 non-consecutive work days

 

Duration

Mid-February to End-May 2017

 

How to Apply

Please submit the following via email to Recruitment-JA@FHI360.org by 24 February 2017:

  • a cover letter indicating suitability for the position, and soonest availability,
  • current Curriculum Vitae, and
  • two references with contact information, where at least one reference is a past client.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.