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International Consultant: EmONC Data Visualization on Functionality of Life Saving Maternal and Newborn Health Services in ESA Region

Contract Type: Consultancy
Closing date: 13 May 2020 - 5:00pm (New York time)
Duty station: Home based

Hiring Office: UNFPA ESARO

Duration: 30 days, spread over 1 June to 15 September 2020

Background and Rationale

A growing number of countries are capturing information on availability of Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) services through their national periodic Service Availability and Readiness (SARA) Surveys and/or Service Provision and Availability (SPA) surveys. Also, most countries continue to undertake Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (EmONC) surveys on a regular basis. The country-specific EmONC surveys provide information on the functionality of designated health facilities for providing critical life-saving maternal and newborn health services including abortion/post-abortion care and management of Gender-Based Violence (GBV). 

In East and Southern Africa (ESA) region 10 countries (Angola, Burundi, DRC, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, South Sudan, Uganda and Zambia) have conducted EmONC surveys. However, there is a need to aggregate and analyses the EmONC survey data in a user’s friendly way for enhancing their use. 

Currently, at the regional level as well as at country level, in most ESA countries, information in a user’s friendly way to undertake effective policy conversations on the functionality of designated health facilities to provide quality EmONC is not available. The proposed data analytics and visualization exercise will address this issue. 

The proposed task, beyond the review of the EmONC reports, will analyse EnmONC survey dataset.  The analytical work will present the finding in a visual format to understand patterns and connections, highlight areas that remain out of sight in the usual EmONC report (such as abortion and GBV).

To undertake this exercise, UNFPA ESARO intends to engage an international consultant.

Scope of Work

The consultant is expected to: 

A.    Prepare EmONC survey data for analysis

B.    Analyse EmONC data from ESA countries (at a minimum from 10 countries)  

C.    Develop dashboards, interactive reports, charts, and other visual representations that can help display connected information to better understand lifesaving maternal health services including abortion/post abortion care and GBV. 

Purpose and Specific Objectives

The purpose of this assignment is to analyse EmONC survey datasets in ESA region and develop data visualization for critical lifesaving EmNOC functions including abortion/post-abortion and GBV services.  

The specific objectives are:
1.    Collect EmONC survey reports and datasets from at least 10 countries in ESA region.
2.     Prepare and structure the data for analysis using data visualization software by imputing unique identification codes and geographic coordinates for each surveyed EmNOC facilities from the country specific master health facility registry which is already available.
3.    Apply methods from statistics or data mining as a way to discern patterns.
4.    Choose visual model, develop story boards and dashboards.


The task will employ existing EmONC survey data from national surveys. Unique identification code for each EmONC facility will be taken from the country-specific master health facility list/health facility registry.

(1) UNFPA regional office will approach UNFPA Country Offices and UNFPA headquarter to avail EmONC survey dataset of ESA countries. 

(2) Proposed indicators for analysis at a minimum will include but not limited to are:

(a) Indicators of availability
- Availability of EmOC services
- Geographical distribution of EmOC facilities
- Intrapartum and very early neonatal death rate
- Caesarean sections as a proportion of all births
- Direct obstetric case fatality rate
(b) Incidence of obstetric complications 
- Haemorrhage
- Prolonged or obstructed labour
- Postpartum sepsis
- Complications of abortion
- Pre-eclampsia or eclampsia
- Newborn distress (intrapartum)
(c) Signal function performance and reason for non-performance
- Administer parenteral1 antibiotics
- Administer uterotonic drugs
- Administer parenteral anticonvulsants for preeclampsia
and eclampsia
- Manually remove the placenta
- Remove retained products
- Perform assisted vaginal delivery
- Perform basic neonatal resuscitation
- Outcome of the newborn (live birth, still birth, perinatal death)
- Cause of newborn death 
- Perform caesarean section
- Perform blood transfusion
(d) Additional indicators whenever available
- Abortion/post abortion care indicators 
- Gender Based Violence indicators
- Human resource for health indicators
- Infrastructure indicators 
- referral indicators
- Equipment and supplies indicators.
- Governance indicators

(3) The clean aggregated dataset with unique identification code and geographic coordinates for each facility will be prepared, structured and analysed using a data visualization software preferably Tableau software. Tableau software is preferred because of previous experience of using the software by UNFPA. 

(4) Triangulate data from other sources if possible (e.g with MPDSR data), and if required conduct telephone conversations with the UNFPA Country Office maternal health country focal persons.   

The Integrated Sexual and Reproductive Health (ISRHR) Team and the communication team  of the UNFPA ESA regional office (ESARO) will provide advice on content, format, and dissemination of this exercise. UNFPA ESARO and UNFPA headquarter will serve as a technical quality assurance team.


•    Inception report which includes a background, methodology that indicates how data analytics and visualization will be done (should not exceed 4 pages).  
•    A data set of EmONC surveys with unique identity codes and its analytics as a dashboard and stories using a data visualization software, preferably Tableau Software.
•    Power point presentation with exported visual display of the analytics.

Payment Schedule

•    30% upon submission of inception report
•    50% upon submission of draft electronic visual analytic report
•    20% upon submission of final electronic visual analytic report and dataset.


The assignment will be 30 days spread over 1st June to 15th September 2020. The following time frame is applied in calculating the total days. 
•    Inception report - 2 days
•    Data collection, data preparation and structure – 10 days 
•    Analyse data, develop dashboards and stories – 12 days (1 day per country, 2 days for regional compilation)
•    Draft compiled electronic visual analytic report - 4 days 
•    Final compiled electronic  visual analytic report - 2 days

Qualifications and Experience

•    BSC level degree in data analytics, Mathematics, Statistics or other relevant field of study. 
•    Experience in similar tasks using data visualization softwares preferably Tableau software. 
•    Experience in data visualization in the field of public health. 
•    A minimum of 7 years of experience in relevant area;
•    Excellent in designing and visualization of dashboards

How to Apply

•    Deadline of application is 13 May 2020, 5 pm New York time.
•    Submit your applications with a detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV) and motivational letter to Nora Kasonga ( Please specify in the email subject ‘Consultant-EmONC Data Visualization’. 
•    UNFPA does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, processing, training) or other fee, or request information on applicants’ bank accounts.
•    UNFPA will only respond to those applicants in whom the Regional Office has further interest. In the event that UNFPA does not contact you by 1 June 2020, please consider your application unsuccessful. 
•    Please submit previous similar work such as dashboards along with the application.
•    UNFPA does not solicit or screen for information in respect of HIV or AIDS and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.