Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Specialist, HP+ - Nepal
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Project Overview and Role:
Positive male engagement is increasingly recognized as critical to advancing gender equality a prerequisite for the improved health for men, women, girls, and boys. The 1994 International Conference on Population and Development marked the beginning of a paradigm shift, highlighting the significance of gender inequalities in reproductive health and family planning. This emphasis has led to an increase in gender-integrated health programming focused on positive male engagement to optimize family planning outcomes and an increase in research that offers compelling evidence that engaging men and boys can have a positive impact on increasing family planning access and use.
Palladium is recruiting a Palladium is seeking an experienced consultant to support implementation of a Health Policy Plus (HP+) activity in Nepal. The purpose of this activity is to examine the policy environment for male engagement (focusing on adolescent boys and young men, ages 15-24) in family planning. Emphasis will be placed on understanding critical barriers to policy execution, and to identify priority policy actions that strengthen a supportive environment for engaging boys and young men in family planning programs and services. This work will inform future efforts to integrate adolescent focused male engagement into family planning policies and financing structures and strengthen their implementation.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
The consultant will serve as the primary in country point of contact providing technical input and coordination for the activity and conducting qualitative interviews and focus group discussions. Under direction of the Activity Manager, s/he will be responsible for coordinating and conducting data collection and analysis activities, including: reviewing and analyzing family planning, youth, and health policies; mapping organizations and individuals involved in the family planning and youth development sectors; scheduling and conducting key informant interviews and focus group discussions; analyzing data, and summarizing results. The consultant will carry out these tasks in accordance with the methods described in the research plan developed by HP+. Specific responsibilities include the following:
Activity Design and Desk Review
Identify and collect national and provincial level policies,operational plans and guidelines,budgets,and monitoring and implementation reports related to youth,health and family planning.
Provide technical input (written and verbal) on the key informant interview guide and focus group discussion guide.
Review and provide written input on a text analysis of selected policies.
Develop list of key informants to be interviewed. Include up to 10 key informants from the national level and at least 8 key informants each from Karnali Province and Province 2.
Develop list of focus group discussants. Include 6-8 discussants per focus group (up to 3 focus groups at the national level and 2 focus groups each in Karnali Province and Province
Schedule interviews with key informants and focus groups discussants, according to the research plan.
Use the key informant interview guide and the focus group discussion guide to conduct interviews/discussions.
Record (with prior consent) all interviews and provide files to the HP+ project team in a timely manner.
Type detailed interview and focus group notes, referring to the recordings as needed to ensure the interviews and discussions are accurately and thoroughly documented.
Prepare report documenting the field work and data collection process.
Data Analysis and Dissemination
Provide written input on draft findings and final report.
Organizeandcoordinateameetingtocollectinputfromrepresentativesfromgovernment,civil society,USAID and other donors on the findings. Tasks Include developing invitation list, sending invitations, booking the venue, preparing the agenda, developing presentations and handouts, and facilitating the meeting.
Management and Communication
Provide updates on tasks outlined in the SOW twice a week via email or Skype.
The applicant must have demonstrated experience conducting similar assignments in Nepal. In particular, the applicant must demonstrate the following capabilities: conducting policy analyses and qualitative interviews; expertise in gender equality and social inclusion, youth, and male engagement; understanding of current family planning policies and programs for youth in Nepal.
University degree in social sciences, public health, development studies (or a related field). Educational background in research and qualitative methods strongly desired.
Staff working on the assignment must be proficient in English and Nepali.