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Consultancy for Ministry of Health & Social Welfare

Call for interest, in conducting an assessment of status of Public Health Facilities in providing quality maternal and newborn care in the Gambia




The Gambia has attained considerable achievements in maternal and child survival. Between 1990 and 2013, the maternal mortality ratio declined significantly from 1050 to 433 per 100,000 live births and under five mortality declined  from 165 to 54 per 1,000 live births(GDHS, 2013) . The country has reached its MDG4 target of reducing child mortality according to the DHS survey 2013 but failed to achieve the MDG target on maternal mortality.

The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare with support from WHO, UNFPA and UNICEF intends to embark on an assessment of health facilities around the country on what is required to provide quality maternal and newborn care.  The assessment results will guide evidence based programme planning and long term monitoring on the provision of quality maternal and newborn care and the prevention of preventable maternal and newborn deaths.


Scope of work

Under the general guidance of the Centre for Excellence in Maternal and Newborn Care (CEMANC) committee and close coordination with the UNICEF CO, the individual/firm will be required to develop and implement assessment of selected health facilities around the country. 


Specifically the individual/firm shall:

  • Plan and develop a detailedthe assessment tool for the 20 selected health facilities with oversight and guidance  from the CEMANCcommittee
  • Conduct the assessment of the selected health facilities
  • Provide technical and finical proposalwhich will be subjected to review by the CEMANC Committee
  • The duration of the consultancy is expected to last for 6 weeks
  • Assess the general policy environment as it relates to delivery of Reproductive, Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health(RMNCAH) services
  • Assess the Institutional capacity, and Integration in relation to delivery of RCH
  • Disseminate information collected and recommendations to the CEMANCcommittee
  • Draft a report of  the assessment in English based on the outcome of assessment
  • Validate findings with selected stakeholders
  • Incorporate and finalize the draft report based on comments and feedback received from various stakeholders




  1. The candidate should be familiar with the Gambia health system especially maternity and neonatal units
  2. The candidate should have at least a Masters degree in Public Health or its equivalent 
  3. The candidate should have background knowledge on maternal and child health issues
  4. The candidate should have at least 5 years experience in carrying out similar surveys
  5. Excellent communication in English, organizational skills, and the ability to lead a team
  6. Excellent analytical and report writing skills.
  7. Excellent computer skills


The closing date for the receipt of application is 01 December 2017

All applications must be sent to the Office of the Director of Health services, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Quadrangle, Banjul

For further details please contact the office of Director of Health Services, The Quadrangle Banjul: Tel: 4227301

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.





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