Maternal & Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response Consultant at UNICEF

Kibondo, District, Tanzania

Job no: 564524
Contract type: Consultant
Duty Station: Dar-es-Salaam
Level: Consultancy
Location: United Republic of Tanzania
Categories: Health

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.
Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.
For every child, Health Maternal & perinatal death Surveillance and response (MPDSR) is a globally promoted intervention to address preventable maternal mortality through a continuous surveillance, review, and action cycle. Interpretation of collated reports is used for recommending measures that will prevent future deaths at different levels of the health system.

Tanzania implements MPDSR at the national and sub-national levels in line with the global and national guidance stipulated in One Plan III. Its implementation has evolved from focusing on maternal deaths only – MDSR - to also include perinatal deaths - MPDSR. As a country, a lot of gains have been achieved, including the adaptation of the WHO guideline, national-level commitment to MNH, roll out and implementation at the facility level.

How can you make a difference?
To provide technical assistance to the government of Tanzania in producing the 2018-2022 annual MPDSR report, outlining analyses of available data, including GIS mapping of high mortality burden facilities, and an assessment of the functionality of the reporting and response mechanisms.

Scope of Work:
Design methodology and time frame for assignment, including data collection/extraction forms, interview guide and approach to analysis, including GIS analysis, and report writing.
Data collection

  • Work closely with the Ministry of Health, Reproductive, Child and Adolescent Health Department to collate all available MPDSR reports from January 1st, 2018, to December 31st, 2022.
  • Conduct key informant interviews (KII) at national, regional and district level through a purposive sampling technique: 3 KII at national level, 6 KII at regional level (RMO and RRCHCo) across 3 regions and 12 at district level (DMO and DRCHCo) across 6 districts.
  • Collaborate with the Ministry of health, Reproductive, Child and Adolescent Health Department in conduct confidential inquiry across selected facilities and selected cases.

Data analysis

  • Quantitative data analysis of collated MPDSR data.
  • GIS analysis of high burden facilities.
  • Qualitative data of narrative MPDSR reports and of Ke

Report writting
a. Draft the MPDSR 5 years report 2018 - 2022
b. Present to MOH and RMNCAH stakeholders
c. Review report following comments

Final presentation of MPDSR report 2018-2022


Work Assignments Overview


Delivery deadline

Payment in %.

Inception: Outlining methodology and approach for the assignment, interview guide, relevant framework and data analysis methods, and timeline. The inception report should be presented to UNICEF and the government for review, input, and validation

Inception report

15th September 2023


Data collection, analysis and draft report writing: Based on data collection, Data analysis and report writing

Draft report

10th October 2023


Final report writing and power point presentation: Based on review of draft report following input from stakeholders during consultation and final presentation of report

Final report and power point presentation

30th November 2023


UNICEF reserves the right to withhold all or portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if work/output is incomplete, not delivered or for failure to meet deadlines

Evaluations: The applicant should submit both technical and financial proposal which clearly stipulate how the work will be conducted. The Financial Proposal should include all costs of this assignment including fee, travel costs, accommodation as UNICEF will not pay any DSA.

Proposals will be both technically and financially evaluated. The technical part will carry a weight of 75%, in which the consultant will put clear his/her technical approach to ensure quality attainment of each deliverable and the consultancy in totality. The financial part will carry 25% showing the proposed budget breakdown of consultancy cost for each deliverable (fees, travels and accommodation) and eventual total consultancy cost.

The consultant will operate remotely.
The validity of the contract will be for 3 months. The consultant will be required to travel to Dar es Salaam, Dodoma, and other three regions as appropriate.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Advanced degree (master’s or MMed) in public health, maternal and newborn health, quality of care, epidemiology, or another relevant field
  • 8-10 years of experience of working in Reproductive Maternal New-born and Child Health (RMNCAH) programmes
  • Experience in stakeholder engagement and communication at both, national and sub-national
  • Experience in report writing
  • Experience in data analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data
  • Experience in GIS analysis
  • Experience of working in MPDSR is an added advantage
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required
  • Proficiency in Swahili is an asset

For every Child, you demonstrate...
UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter:

UNICEF competencies required for this post are…
Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1), Works Collaboratively with others (1), Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1), Innovates and Embraces Change (1), Thinks and Acts Strategically (1), Drive to achieve impactful results (1), Manages ambiguity and complexity (1).
During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

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 to become a part of the organization.

We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff , including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

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.

This position has been assessed as an elevated risk role for Child Safeguarding purposes as it is either: a role with direct contact with children, works directly with child, is a safeguarding response role or has been assessed as an elevated risk role for child safeguarding. Additional vetting and assessment for elevated risk roles in child safeguarding (potentially including additional criminal background checks) applies.

UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable candidate from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, are encouraged to apply.

Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

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

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments are also subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.
This is a National Officer position and is open to nationals of the United Republic of Tanzania only.

Advertised: 28 Jul 2023 E. Africa Standard Time
Deadline: 11 Aug 2023 E. Africa Standard Time