The Federal Ministry of Health is looking for a qualified person to fill the following position: National consultant to assist in the process of institutionalization and conduct Joint Annual Review of Health sector (JAR).
Given the background that Sudan has signed the International Health Partnership IHP+ Global Compact in 2011 and in July 2014 health partners developed and signed the local health compact in a comprehensive and participatory approach. The objectives of the local health compact reflect the scope of the above mentioned international agreement by focusing on ownership, alignment, harmonization, management for results and mutual accountability. The compact aimed to promote stronger, more effective partnerships that can enhance Sudan’s progress towards global health goals such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As a reflection to this Federal Ministry of Health is adopting the integrated planning approach using the one plan one budget one report methodology to improve the efficiency and ensure alignment and harmonization between different partners in the health sector.
To this end Federal ministry of Health (FMOH) is planning to organize the first joint annual planning meeting (JAR) for the year 2016 plans, the federal and state level, with the participation of FMOH, States Ministries of Health (SMOH) and health partners to assess the performance of Sudan’s health sector. The JAR is expected to complement the existing routine monitoring and evaluation systems by providing the opportunity for a harmonised and jointly-planned annual assessment process and to facilitate collaborative sector policy dialogue and review, with the ultimate aim of optimizing information-sharing, transparency and mutual accountability.
The JAR is an opportunity to have a holistic review of the performance of the health sector instead of fragmented routine reports and reviews from departments of Federal Ministry of health and states, and separate reviews done by other health sectors and each partners.
Key lessons and recommendations of the JAR process can provide a platform to improve planning and implementation for subsequent years’ programming and promote stronger, more effective partnerships that can enhance Sudan’s progress towards (SDGs).Since 2007, Sudan has developed the 25 year strategic health sector plans 2007-2031 and from this started the first health sector five year plan 2007-2011 and the second 5 year strategic health sector plan 2012-2016. From the 5 year HSSP the annual health sector strategic plans are developed at the federal and state levels.
Currently the Federal Ministry of Health has various processes for progress review and feedback to monitor implementation of the annual plans, including integrated programme monitoring and planned quarterly meetings chaired by the undersecretary to review progress and performance of all the directorates at the federal level. Quarterly performance reports are received from all the 18 ministries of health at the state level and are used to monitor progress against state annual operational plans and strategic objectives. Both the federal and states ministries of health present their quarter report to the cabinets of ministers at their respective level. Annually a review meeting is conducted at the federal level with the participation of representative from the states and relevant partners. Performance reports by federal Ministry of Health and individual states ministries of health a represented at this annual meeting and reasons for Progress & constraints in implementing annual work plan, results achieved remedial actions to improve performance are identified. How well next work plan & budget addresses strategy & priorities is discussed and harmonized. On the other hand different health partners conduct their quarterly and/or biannual or annual meetings separately to assess the performance of the planned against implemented activities.
The purpose of the JAR is to review the strategic health sector plan 2012-2016, performance against planned activities with focus on the year 2016 and to ensure that all stakeholders develop a shared understanding of progress in the sector and identify the highest priority issues that need to be addressed to improve performance.
To organize this JAR a national consultant is needed as assistant to the international consultant to help and facilitate the international consultant work as an independent body to together with the technical committee.
Assist the international consultant in the process of institutionalization of the JAR meeting by assisting in the development of the tools and guidelines that help in the expected institutionalization.
Assist the international consultant to conduct the first JAR review meeting, and in the verification and documentation of the other needed sources.
Assist the international consultant to identify the extent to which the targets set for the National health sector strategic plan 2012-2016 were achieved by concentrating on the achievement of the year 2016.
A national consultant will be assigned as assistant to the international consultant throughout the whole work. All the work which will be achieved including frameworks, guidelines tools and reports by the two consultants has to be approved by the technical committee. Members of the technical committee will be from FMOH and the other health sectors partners.
The JAR process is expected to include both quantitative and qualitative approach, using the methods below to collect and analyse information and data:
✓ Literature review of key documents describing progress made during the strategic plan 2012-2016, relevant policy documents, routine reports from the national and/or sub-national performance review processes for the year 2016 and annual plans that have been designed to augment implementation and coordination.
✓ Interviews with key stakeholders, including Government partners, Development partners, representatives of civil society, community and facility service providers, training institutions, and the beneficiaries of health services.
✓ Field visits to two States – Khartoum and Sinnar (or any other State)
✓ Surveys may be needed to collect or to check the data quality.
Terms of Reference:
The national consultant will be assigned as assistant to the international consultant throughout the whole work. All the work which will be achieved including frameworks, guidelines tools and reports by the two consultants has to be approved by the National Technical Committee.
The national consultant mission is to assist the international consultant in his work which includes:
1. Identification and application of appropriate theoretical frameworks and the proper methodology and set suitable tools and guidelines for the review of the performance achieved from National health sector strategic plan 2012-2016 against the strategic plan activities
2. To review performance achieved from National health sector strategic plan 2012-2016 against the strategic plan activities, with the concentration on year 2016
3. Identification and application of appropriate theoretical frameworks and the proper methodology and set suitable tools and guidelines for the JAR
4. To work with the committee in data collection and analysis
5. To assess the performance, progress, difficulties and shortcomings with relation to the health system goals of equity and efficiency, and specifically of the tasks that have been set out in health sector plans and strategies.
6. To Identify and document achievements, constraints and challenges from the analyzed data of the performance over the last year and identify findings and recommendations.
7. To develop mechanism to implement and follow up of JAR the recommendation through action plans and/or in policy dialogue to improve future governance, management and planning.
8. prepare the JAR report and its findings which will be presented at the JAR meeting
9. Present a summary of the key issues identified and the proposed actions for follow up, with an action plan at the JAR meeting (a multi-stakeholder meeting lasts 2 days)
10. draw best lessons learned and experiences gained, and forward recommendations to improve future governance
11. Write the final report of the work.
1. Appropriate guidelines and tools to conduct the JAR
2. The report of National health sector strategic plan 2016-2020 review of the performance achieved against the planned activities.
3. A report from the review of the year 2016 performance of key issues including barriers to implementation and emerging threats and opportunities that might require a response, and how to address them with an action plan and proposed actions for follow up.
4. Action plan from the recommendations which emerged from the review.
5. The final JAR report and the findings that will be presented at the JAR meeting.
Minimum Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
The required competencies and experience for the national consultant include the following characteristics:
● Higher educational degree in Public health
● Past experiences with Health sector reviews or evaluations
● Knowledge of the health sector
● The ability to act independently
● The ability to function well in a team.
● Perfectly speaking, reading and writing in Arabic.
● Speaking English fluently, perfectly writing and reading English.
● Good communication skills.
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