Reproductive/Public Health and Gynaecology & Obstetrics Specialist
Ipas
Islamabad, Pakistan
5d ago

Facilitate Consultative Meetings and Develop the Postabortion Family Planning (PAFP Guidelines in collaboration with key stakeholders

Introduction

Since 2007, Ipas has worked to decrease death and injury from unsafe abortion in Pakistan through socially and culturally sensitive interventions, including training health-care providers, supporting the sustainability of safe reproductive health technologies, and strengthening national partnerships in support of women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Unintended pregnancies and the complications that arise from unsafe abortions are tragically common experiences for millions of women and girls in Pakistan.

With approximately 34% of currently married women in Pakistan using modern contraceptive methods (and 21.6% for all women), the rate of unintended pregnancies is high, and many women facing unintended pregnancies resort to unsafe abortion.

In 2016, the use of modern methods of contraception is estimated to have averted 2,638,000 unintended pregnancies and 805,000 unsafe abortions.

As part of PAC, and to minimize missed opportunities, Ipas Pakistan also emphasized the importance of post-abortion contraception counselling and services, including provision of technical assistance to teaching institutions and facilities for bringing contraception services into uterine evacuation (UE) / PAC procedure areas, as these services are often provided in separate areas or facilities in Pakistan.

Ipas is working for the policy component of the project titled as Naya Qadam’. The overall goal of the project is to increase access to high quality post-pregnancy family planning (PPFP), and more specifically postabortion family planning (PAFP) in Sindh and Punjab Provinces in Pakistan.

The project is being implemented by a consortium led by Pathfinder International. Ipas is working with Pathfinder to develop a comprehensive PAFP strategy for the provinces of Sindh and Punjab.

This entailed development of PAFP Policy and PAFP Guidelines through a consultative process. The expected outcomes of Ipas’ overall policy work would be the PAFP policy for Punjab and Sindh, and PAFP guidelines for Punjab and Sindh provinces.

In this context, Ipas wants to hire a consultant / team of consultants to develop the PAFP Guidelines through a consultative process.

The consultative process mainly includes the conduction of two consultative meetings with key stakeholders (policy makers / professionals) at Provincial capitals of Punjab and Sindh and to develop the provincial guidelines on PAFP.

Objectives of the assignment

  • To review the existing PAFP related guidelines & policies and assessment report on PAFP guidelines, which would already be available
  • To conduct two consultative meetings with the key stakeholders (policy makers / professionals / experts)- one at Lahore and the other at Karachi
  • To develop a summary report of the consultative meetings
  • To analyse the outcome of the consultative meetings
  • To Develop the provincial guidelines on postabortion family planning (PAFP)
  • Recipient :

    The direct recipient of the outcomes will be Ipas Pakistan. The indirect recipients are Pathfinder, Naya Qadam consortium partners, Departments of Health and Population Welfare (Sindh and Punjab), development partners and donors providing budgetary and technical support to the project who will receive the PAFP guidelines that would facilitate improving the related services.

    Scope of Work and Methodology :

    Ipas wishes to work with a consultant / team of consultants to deliver the outputs mentioned in the next section. Ideally, a team of two consultants- RH / Public Health Specialist and OBGYN Specialist- will work on the assignment jointly, under one contract.

  • Overall, the assignment will have two components;
  • Review of background documents and conduction of consultative meetings
  • Analysis of outcome of consultative meetings and developing the PAFP guidelines
  • It is envisaged that the consultancy will cover the following scope of work :

  • Review the Report-Assessment of existing PAFP guidelines- which would be available at Ipas office, FP Policy documents, documents related to clinical guidelines on FP, post-pregnancy FP and post-partum FP and PAFP will be carried out by the consultant
  • Develop the agenda and contents of the consultative meetings
  • Conduct / facilitate the consultative meeting with key stakeholders at Lahore and at Karachi- each for one day
  • Formulate two task forces / groups on PAFP guidelines- one for Punjab and the other for Sindh province during the consultative meetings
  • To develop a summary report of the consultative meetings
  • To analyse the outcome of the consultative meetings
  • To develop the draft provincial postabortion family planning guidelines for Punjab & Sindh
  • Timing :

    Total workdays for the consultancy will be 15 days . the consultant will work in close coordination with Senior Policy & Communications Advisor, Ipas Pakistan over a period of two weeks starting (expected) from 3rd December 2019 till 31st December 2019.

    Expected Outputs / Deliverables :

    The following key outputs are expected :

  • Brief Proposal for conducting the consultative meetings and outcome report
  • Draft agenda and contents of consultative meetings on PAFP guidelines
  • Summary Report of consultative meetings on developing draft PAFP guidelines
  • Development of PAFP guidelines draft 0
  • Reporting and Management :

    The consultant will coordinate and submit the outputs to the Senior Policy & Communications Advisor, Ipas Pakistan.

    Consultant’s Qualifications

    Reproductive Health / Public Health Specialist

  • Should have post-graduation in public health / RH / MNCH / or Population Studies
  • Prior experience in facilitating / conducting consultative / strategic meetings with key stakeholders / development partners on reproductive health / maternal health / post-abortion care and / or family planning
  • Demonstrated skills in interpersonal communication
  • Good understanding and experience in analysing the meeting outcomes and developing / drafting the technical / policy documents in the context of RH / FP / PAC
  • Should have deep understanding of issues surrounding PAFP, abortion / PAC, FP and RH in Pakistan
  • Excellent analytical and report writing skills based on previous assignments undertaken
  • Gynaecology & Obstetrics Specialist

  • Should have post-graduation in gynaecology & Obstetrics
  • At least five years of experience in clinical gynaecology & obstetrics. In addition to this, consultant with clinical experience in family planning would be preferred
  • Good understanding of public health issues surrounding reproductive health, especially on unsafe abortion, postabortion care, family planning & Postabortion family planning
  • Prior experience on developing guidelines related to reproductive health / maternal health / post-abortion care and / or family planning
  • Good understanding and experience reviewing the guidelines and technical documents in the context of RH / FP / PAC
  • Excellent analytical and report writing skills based on previous assignments undertaken
  • Should have deep understanding of issues surrounding PAFP, abortion / PAC, FP and RH in Pakistan
  • Ipas is strongly committed to providing a work environment that is free from all forms of harassment, discrimination, and inequity.

    We recruit, employ, train, promote, and compensate our personnel without regard to race, age, sex, religion, national origin, color, creed, ancestry, citizenship, marital status, veteran status, military service, disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, sexual orientation, or any other personal characteristic protected by law or outlined by Ipas policy

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