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The FCDO ‘Delivering Accelerated Family Planning in Pakistan (DAFPAK): Lot 2 Public Sector Service Delivery’ is a part of the DAFPAK programme funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). The 3.5-year programme aims to increase access to family planning services; and improve quality of client-centred services such that more women, including adolescents are able to safely plan their pregnancies and improve their sexual reproductive health. The expected outcome for the programme is 11.9 million CYPs generated by expanded access to FP services; 55,000 additional users of family planning and an increase in modern CPR from 26.1 at the baseline to 33.9.

Palladium and its consortium partners, Pathfinder, the Family Planning Association of Pakistan (FPAP), IPAS and Aahung will strengthen the quality of service provision in the public sector (across 30+ districts in three provinces Punjab, Sindh and KPK) by:

 Increasing access to FP services:

  • Building capacities of government health/FP facility staff on integration of services, improving clinical quality and expanding the range of contraceptives offered.
  • Training community workers (LHWs) to expand the FP services that they offer.
  • Establishing new procedures in health facilities to better integrate services.

 Improved quality of client-centered FP services:

  • Building capacities of the government health/FP facility staff on client-centered/unbiased counselling.
  • Building capacities of community workers on better, client-centered/unbiased counselling.
  • Building capacities of government health/FP facility staff on improving clinical quality.
  • Improving quality assurance systems involving district health management teams, including clinical waste management.

Beyond building capacities of district health teams, health facility staff and community-based workers. The project will focus on sustainably changing behaviours of providers, systemic changes and commitments through engagement with and TA to district and provincial level governments, health management teams, providers and communities. 

Assignment Background:

DAFPAK will be working to improve the quality and access of Family planning service delivery by engaging communities in the target district in three provinces (KP, Punjab and Sindh), inform them of their rights including right to services etc, provide them a forum to register their feedback and escalate it to the decision makers. The position will be required to support the implementation of Community engagement interventions at the district level and work with the LHWs program to revive Village Health committee and collect citizen feedback for improved FP service delivery

Specific Tasks and Deliverables:

The specific task may include the following:

  • Mobilize communities and support LHWs/LHS to revive /form Village health committees and collect citizen feedback for improved FP service delivery
  • Support the Community Engagement Officer to impart capacity building sessions for the Village Health Committee/Sehat Committee Members
  • Mobilize communities and ensure that the Sehat committees are inclusive of marginalized segments of population including women, minorities, and persons with disability etc
  • Support the LHS in collating the community feedback for onward sharing to the District Health Population Management Team/District Technical committee for informed decision making
  • Support in recording and reporting of the VHC/SC committee meetings minutes and periodically check its quality
  • Support the Community Engagement Officer in organizing and facilitating the trainings of LHWs and LHSs on community engagement where needed
  • Support the CE Officer in building Linkages of VHC/SC with other groups in the area including Women Support Group
  • Performing any other tasks as agreed with the Community Engagement Officer

Reporting:

The community engagement expert will report to the Community Engagement Officer in their respective districts.

Districts:

Swabi, Mardan and Nowshera in KP, Kasur, Layyah, Muzaffargarh, Jhang, Nankana sb, Gujranwala, Shekhupura in Punjab, Matiari, Tharparkar, Thatta, Nosehroferoze, Sukkur, Khairpur, Sajawal, Jamshoro and Ghotki in Sindh 

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Master’s Degree in Public Health, social sciences, or a related field.
  • At least 03 years of professional experience in Public Health particularly RMNCH, and community mobilization/engagement 
  • Experience working with local civil society and community-based organizations, as well as with governmental organizations    
  • Computer competency with spreadsheets, databases and word processing suites;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, flexibility and patience.
  • Fluent in local languages




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