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Rapid analysis of Family Planning counselling training

Rapid analysis of Family Planning counselling training

Terms of Reference (TOR)
Rapid Analysis of Family Planning Counselling Training

Background
Syria has been experiencing the biggest humanitarian crisis in the world. Since the beginning of the conflict in 2011, more than 2.5 million people have been registered as refugees in neighboring countries. Lebanon is hosting the largest proportion of refugees in the world if compared to the size of its population and the largest number in the region reaching 1,180,185 as of March 26, 2015; of which around 53% are women and about 18% are young people .
Since the beginning of the Syrian influx to Lebanon, UNFPA partnered with different local NGOs to increase awareness among women from the refugee and local communities with an aim to promote healthier practices and changing behaviors pertaining to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and gender based violence (GBV).  In 2014, UNPFA partnered with the Order of Midwives” to further develop the Family Planning (FP) counseling (in terms of skills and knowledge) of targeted health service providers to be able to promote healthier practices and change attitudes related to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and gender based violence (GBV) among women from refugee and most vulnerable local communities.   
 
With the Order of Midwives, it was agreed to form a core group of trainers who will be entrusted with organizing workshops in different Lebanese regions to further enhance the family planning counselling among the targeted health providers – namely midwives - in those regions. The core group of trainers consisted of 11 participants from the “Order of midwives”. After the completion of ToT training, the core group trained 150 front line health services providers including midwives, nurses, community health workers and also a few physicians.  The participants trained provide services in various MOPH, MOSA, and NGO contracted primary health care centers located in Bekaa, North, South, Mount Lebanon and Beirut.   
With AUB, it was agreed to conduct regional training workshops addressing 144 service providers. The training workshops were for physicians interested to attend, nurses, midwives, social workers, community health workers and other health care providers who provided family planning counseling and services. The training workshops of two days each were held in Beirut, Bekaa, North, Mount Lebanon and South Lebanon. In addition, the trainer already had practical community experience working as a women’s nurse practitioner offering reproductive services to women of childbearing age.
 
Currently a rapid assessment on the effectiveness and impact of the above two initiatives would be useful in order to consider its replication and/or scaling up within future programmatic purposes.
 
 
Purpose and Objectives
The purpose of this proposed assessment is to provide an overview of participant’s perception about the FP counselling training  by exploring its effectiveness, relevance and usefulness as well as to identify additional needs and explore ways to fill critical gaps related to capacity building and counselling services through more focused interventions.
 
The specific objectives of this assessment are:
  • To assess the training workshops in terms of  usefulness, relevance, content, and methodology;  
  • To assess the participants’ perception on how the training impacted their knowledge and attitudes; 
  • To assess the participants ‘perceptions for additional training needs and on-the-job coaching in family planning; and 
  • To assess the participant’s perception about challenges and gaps pertaining to the provision of standard SRH package at the service delivery level including family planning counselling. 
 
Tasks
 
Under the supervision of UNFPA office, a researcher/consultant will be contracted to carry out the following tasks:
  • Develop a detailed timeline for the consultancy as agreed with UNFPA
  • Conduct a minimum of two facilitative meetings with UNFPA at the beginning and end of assignment, one interview with Order of Midwives and five Focus Group Discussions in the field and/or as required.
  • Consolidate the data collected and provide detailed analysis as part of final draft report. 
  • Ensure timely delivery of a comprehensive final report based on UNFPA’s feedback. 
 
Expected Output
The researcher/consultant shall deliver a comprehensive assessment report in English based on the objectives and requirements set forth in the Terms of Reference. The report will constitute the final outcome of this consultancy and consisting mainly of the following sections:
  • Overview and background of the assessment;
  • Methodology, data collection procedures, and data analysis plan;
  • Findings and discussion including challenges, lessons learned, and suggestions for scaling up;
  • Conclusion and recommendations;
  • List of annexes;
  • References
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Duration of Assignment
The assessment should be concluded within 1 month from the signing of the contract.
 
Assistance provided by UNFPA
  • Carry out literature review
  • Provide researcher/consultant with necessary and relevant reports and documents 
  • Draft tool for FGDs and finalize it with the consultant. 
  • Facilitate contact with the main stakeholders
  • Participate in the interviews and FGDs where feasible.  
  • Provide input on the draft report

Qualifications
  • Advanced University degree (MPH/MS) in social/development sciences or other related areas with previous work experience and considerable skills in survey design, analysis and report writing;
  • Strong background in SRH including FP; 
  • Good  knowledge in humanitarian contexts and familiarity with humanitarian related resources and material;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to establish effective and working relations with other stakeholders;
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills in Arabic and English.

Interested candidates may apply online by providing:
  • a most updated CV
  • and the RFQ (download here) duly filled and signed. 
The documents must be sent to the following email address: 
Dr. Waleed Ikram, RH/HIV Programme Specialist, ikram@unfpa.org
by no later than May 7, 2015

Notices

No notices available
Latest update: 5/18/2012