Consultancy/Operational Research

Consultancy and Training
Career Level:
Mid Level ( 2+ – 5 years experience)
Employment Type:

Job Description

 Background Information.

 About Amref Health Africa

Amref Health Africa is an independent non-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO) founded in 1957. The organization has country offices in Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa, and Southern Sudan.

Amref’s vision is lasting health change in Africa and its Mission is to improve health and healthcare in Africa so that every African can enjoy the right to good health, by helping to create vibrant networks of informed communities that work with empowered healthcare providers in building strong health systems.

Amref’s Strategy Goal is to advance Africa’s health by catalyzing an evidence-based movement aimed at reducing the gap between communities and the rest of the health system using a series of programme drivers that are cross-cutting and process-based. The program themes that will lead to realization of the strategy are partnership with communities for better health; building capacity for strengthened communities and health system responsiveness, and health systems research for policy and practice.


Amref in Ethiopia Country Programme

Amref Health Africa in Ethiopia is being recognised as an institution that has capability to provide health and community systems strengthening by the government of Ethiopia and various donors. As a result, Amref is entrusted to spearhead the upgrading training of HEW for the whole country. Amref has been recognised and received award from the prime minister’s office to its contribution in health development in marginalised areas in 2013.

   Overview of the Project

Amref Health Africa in Ethiopia has been working with the FMoH since 2008 to address the gap in Human Resources for health (HRH) at a national level to enhance the quality of pre-service education in the HSCs. The Health Extension Program (HEP) in Ethiopia aims to improve primary health services in rural areas, where over 80% of the population resides, through an innovative community-based approach that focuses on prevention, healthy living and basic curative care. The HEP introduced a new cadre of Health Extension Workers (HEWs) who provided 16 packages of essential interventions at the village (kebele) health posts. Two HEWs are assigned to one health post to serve a population of 3000 to 5000 in four thematic areas: Family-based, community-based, outreach activities and health post-based activities.

Since the introduction of the HEP in 2004, more than 38,000 HEWs have been trained and deployed in over 16,447 health posts across the country. In 2008, the FMoH and Amref Health Africa conducted a national assessment which identified the need to upgrade the competency of HEWs. Since 2013, over 8,647 Level IV HEWs underwent an upgrading training programme at different HSCs to help them provide quality services for their communities. 

Amref Health Africa, with the support of the GSK 20% Reinvestment Initiative and the Bar Foundation has played a vital role in the successful upgrading of 3,569 (1367 GSK) Level III HEWs to Level IV by supporting the FMoH, Regional Health Bureaus (RHBs) and HSCs, both technically and financially.

While reducing maternal and child mortality and fighting communicable disease, Upgrading HEWs from level 3 to level 4 and training of midwives are our primary concern.  To this effect, Amref Health Africa in Ethiopia implementing human resource for health (HRH) projects: Enhancing the capacity of HEWs and midwives with skills for community based comprehensive health care provision, building the capacity of health professionals and training institutions.

Amref strongly believe the role of research findings and which can be translated into evidence-based policymaking to address human resources for health (HRH) challenges. Therefore, along with projects implementation Amref aspire to conduct research on assessing the performance of health science colleges for quality education (pre-service training).

 Location of the project:

The project is implemented nationally in selected health science colleges

 Project Objectives

The overall objective of the project is to improve the quality and quantity of low and midlevel health workers in Ethiopia

Specifically the project aimed :

1.     To support the national upgrading training of 16,000 level IV Health Extension Workers (HEWs) by May 2020

2.     To train 190 accelerated midwives in emerging regions by 2020

3.     To enhance the infrastructure and skill lab standards of Health Science Colleges (HSCS) by May 2020

Job Requirements

The potential consultant should have:

·       A general understanding of health sector policies and systems, and HRH strategies and policies in developing countries, preferably in Africa.  Experience in conducting similar assignments would be an added advantage

·       S/he should have a demonstrated more than five years’ experience in conducting research, health system assessments and training programmes in reputable organisations. 

·       The suitable candidate should possess postgraduate training in public health, social sciences or related disciplines.

·       The incumbent should have an overall understanding of the Ethiopian health sector policies and systems


How to Apply

Potential consultants are invited to collect TOR free of charge from our office or through email of   until  May 24, 2019  and can submit the proposal on May 27, 2019.

· The proposal shall include financial and technical proposals sealed in separate envelopes and submitted to Procurement department in person.


Amref Health Africa, Ethiopia office

Behind Bole Medhanialem Church

Near to Abyssinia Building

P.O.Box 20855, Code 1000.


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