Facilitate Consultative Meetings and Develop the Postabortion Family Planning (PAFP Guidelines in collaboration with key stakeholders
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
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.
It is envisaged that the consultancy will cover the following scope of work :
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 :
Reporting and Management :
The consultant will coordinate and submit the outputs to the Senior Policy & Communications Advisor, Ipas Pakistan.
Reproductive Health / Public Health Specialist
Gynaecology & Obstetrics Specialist
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