Assignment: Development of an Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health Toolkit for The Challenge Initiative
Consultancy dates: August 15, 2017 – December 31, 2018 (~100 work days during this period)
Location: Remote with possible travel to Senegal, Nigeria, Kenya, India, and Baltimore, MD
To apply: Please send CV, writing sample, and proposed daily rate to firstname.lastname@example.org
Integration of adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health (AYSRH) into The Challenge Initiative (TCI) will accelerate universal access to modern contraceptive methods, information, and quality services; increase intent to use modern contraception among women ages 15-24 in priority geographies; delay the age of first birth among young women; and increase healthy timing and spacing of pregnancy among youth. To help achieve these outcomes, the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP), working with an AYSRH consultant, will develop an AYSRH module for the TCI University toolkit that will include proven approaches (i.e., evidence-based interventions) implemented under the Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (URHI), as well as other proven approaches implemented in other donor-funded programs that are relevant to the urban context and feasible to implement within the parameters of the TCI platform. This module will help guide implementation of AYSRH proven approaches for those geographies that want to include a youth focus within their TCI programs.
The AYSRH toolkit will be a part of TCI University (TCI-U), a comprehensive model for continualdynamic learning that has been designed to support adaptation and scale-up of URHI, global best practices for family planning, and now AYSRH. The university features four components: a toolkit of best practices, coaching from technical experts, training modules, and communities of practice. An interactive web platform features a curated collection of tools and resources to fill knowledge gaps among TCI’s primary audiences, which include TCI accelerator hubs, managers from new geographies, and program implementers. These key knowledge management (KM) components will support adaptation and scale-up of best practices from the URHI interventions. Participants are guided through the process of analyzing gaps in family planning programming and selecting the right tools and approaches for project implementation appropriate for each participant’s geographic and cultural context.
- Examine URHI AYSRH interventions and identify best practices that can be replicated or inform implementation within each TCI geography.
- Prioritize the identification of best practices and “how to” guidance in consultation with the TCI hubs. Then, scan global, regional, and TCI country-level AYSRH peer-reviewed and grey literature, including, but not limited to, World Health Organization (WHO), IPPF, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and USAID content.
- Identify needs and gaps related to AYSRH best practices and practical guidance. For gaps in supply and services, demand generation, advocacy, and other areas, identify additional resources and prepare and consolidate evidence from the literature to identify best practices, which will be translated into a tool for TCI AYSRH programming.
- Develop an AYSRH toolkit by consolidating existing AYSRH high-impact practices in key technical areas, such as supply and services, demand generation, and advocacy. The toolkitwill present region- andcountry-specific features/content if available.
Qualifications and requirements
- Master’s degree (or higher) in public health or related field
- Experience working in global health programs (at least 10 years)
- Expertise in Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health
- Knowledge of and experience working in Africa and Asia
- Ability to synthesize research and implementation experience
- Strong technical writing skills, including ability to translate implementation experience into practical “how to” guidance
- French fluency (desirable, not required)
- Availability during the performance period indicated