CARE International Timor Leste
Terms of Reference
Mutual Accountability Process Implementation in Beiseuk, Suai
Duration 14 working days (inclusive of travel time to Suai)
Location Dili, Timor-Leste
Reports to Health Program Manager
Start date December 2015
- CARE International (CI)
CARE is an international humanitarian aid organization fighting global poverty, with a special focus on working with women and girls to bring lasting change to their communities. As a non-religious and non-political organization, CARE works with communities to help overcome poverty by supporting development projects and providing emergency relief. We know that supporting women and girls is one of the most effective ways to create sustainable outcomes in poor communities. We work in over 80 countries around the world.
- CARE International in Timor-Leste (CITL)
CARE works to end poverty and bring about lasting, sustainable development in Timor-Leste. CARE places special emphasis on enhancing the roles of women and girls to assure their equality in society. CARE’s commitment to gender equality is outlined in the CARE International in Timor-Leste Gender and Women’s Empowerment Strategy (2013- 2018). CARE works with communities in Timor-Leste to ensure women and girls in disadvantaged rural areas have sustainable and measurable improvement in wellbeing and voice. In order to reach this goal CARE uses a number of approaches including the Women’s Empowerment Framework, engaging men and boys, working in partnership, robust M&E systems and multiplying impact.
- Safe Motherhood Project
Data from the 2009 DHS survey shows that Timor-Leste has a high maternal mortality ratio (MMR) at 557 deaths per 100,000 live births, accounting for 42% of deaths of women 15-49 years. More recent data is however hard to find, especially in remote rural areas where data on maternal mortality and morbidity are only collected in health facilities or where a skilled health professional has assisted in a delivery. This however does not account for the vast numbers of women who do not have access to a health facility during a birth, or choose not to go to a health facility. The overall goal of the project is to decrease maternal mortality and morbidity. To achieve this goal, the project will focus on improving RMH health behaviours and improving, access, utilization and provision of quality RMH services. To achieve these health related outcomes, the project will focus on achieving the following intermediate outcomes (also the program’s objectives):
- Empowered women, youth and communities
- Expanded, inclusive, and effective spaces for negotiation and dialogue
- Empowered, effective, responsive and accountable health system
These outcomes will be facilitated by working with the Ministry of Health, civil society partners and local leaders to implement the following strategies: Mothers’ Caring Groups & Family Gardens, Safe Birth Plans, Family Health Days, Mutual Accountability Process (MAP), training nurses and midwives, and capacity building for Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) as a link to the referral pathway.
The Mutual Accountability process is a key component to realize change. In the coming fiscal year CITL wants to focus on completing one more of the Mutual Accountability process in the suco of Beiseuk in Suai. Last fiscal year the project completed 4 of the Mutual Accountability processes (2 sucos in Ermera, 2 sucos in Suai). The scope for this consultancy includes:
- An orientation session with CITL and its partner Sharis Haburas Communidade (SHC) staff about monitoring the action plans that were developed last fiscal year
- An orientation session with CITL and SHC staff about the MAP process
- Implementing the full MAP process in the suco of Beiseuk together with SHC
- Documenting the action plan coming out of the MAP process
The key deliverable for this consultancy is as follows:
- Orientation plan
- Half day orientation with Sharis Haburas Kommunidade (SHC) and CITL staff about monitoring action plans
- Half day orientation session to staff and Sharis Haburas Kommunidade (SHC) staff on the MAP process
- Implementation plan and schedule
- Implementation of the MAP process in Besieuk
- Reflection after the implementation of the MAP process with CITL and SHC staff
- A report no longer than 10 pages on the MAP process in Besieuk which includes the following:
- Outline of the process
- Lessons learnt
- Action Plan for Besieuk
- Reporting Arrangements
The consultant will report directly to the Health Program Manager with support from the SRMH Technical Advisor, and will be ultimately accountable to the CITL senior management comprising of:
- Assistant Country Director of Programs
- The CITL Country Director
- Schedule and Dates
Dates and times of work will be agreed with the Health Program Manager within the overall timeline to complete the MAP process, documenting the action plan and writing the report within a 14 day period.
- Payment Schedule
The Consultant shall receive full payment for the consultancy on completion of the implementation of the Mutual Accountability Process (MAP), a report and the documented action plan for Besieuk.
The consultant will require the following competencies:
- University degree in public health, development studies or related fields;
- Understanding of development issues and approaches including gender equality, community empowerment, health education and communication, participation and inclusion;
- Previous experience and technical skills in delivering the Mutual Accountability process
- Knowledge of development issues and organisations, especially in Timor Leste;
- Good writing ability in English;
- Currently situated in Timor Leste.
The consultant will be expected to sign and adhere to CARE’s Code of Conduct and Child Protection policy. Interested applicants should respond to this ToR with a letter outlining their interest, availability and daily rate and a recent CV to SRMH Technical Advisor Veronica.Correia@careint.org and date deadline on 22 December 2015.