BASED AT: KAMPALA UGANDA
REPORTS TO: UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF THE ASSISTANT
COMMISSIONER REPRODUCTIVE AND
INFANT HEALTH AT THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH
(MoH), AND THE PSI UGANDA COUNTRY
REPRESENTATIVE, THE CONSULTANT WILL
REPORT TO PSI UGANDA WHILE DELIVERING TA
ON BEHALF OF THE MoH
TIMELINE: APPROXIMATELY FROM JUNE – DECEMBER
ENGAGEMENT: 12 DAYS PER MONTH
While self-care has existed for quite some time and presents many facets, with new
devices, drugs, diagnostics and digital health tools (i.e., the 4Ds) allowing users, where
applicable, to assess and manage their own sexual and reproductive needs – putting
more power, more care and control directly in health consumers’ hands – and provide
an opportunity to refocus attention on this important and evolving approach.
Self-care interventions, particularly in the realm of sexual and reproductive health and
rights (SRHR), have transformative potential to increase individuals’ autonomy in making
decisions about their own care, strengthen countries’ health systems, and ultimately pave
the way toward universal health coverage (UHC). They can be pivotal when it comes to
reaching vulnerable populations, especially those living in humanitarian contexts.
Self-care will never replace the need for access to quality health care. Ensuring affordable
and functional basic health coverage for all calls for us to develop health systems that put
people at the heart of healthcare and puts more control in individuals’ hands. The release
on 24 June 2019 of the World Health Organization (WHO)’s Consolidated Guideline on
Self-Care Interventions for Health has been a pivotal moment for the self-care movement.
The guidance covers people-centered, evidence-based recommendations for key self-care
interventions for SRHR. The WHO Guideline also calls for adoption of national policies—
and builds the evidence base—to usher in this transformative era in health care and pave
the road to universal health coverage. The COVID crisis has added an urgency of self-care
approaches to take pressure off health care system and facilities and improve access to
In response to the Government of Uganda’s request to identify innovative solutions to
offer continuity of SRH services and reach new users during the COVID crisis, Ministry of
Health (MoH) in partnership with PSI Uganda is seeking a short-term Self-Care Consultant
to (a) help establish the multi-sectoral self-care working group (SCWG); (b) conduct
analyses and consolidate evidence to inform self-care approaches within Uganda’s health
system; and (c) lead technical support for the ‘Championing Self-Care for Maternal, Sexual
and Reproductive Health in the Context of COVID-19 context’ program.
In the above context, support the MOH and other stakeholders to do the following:
1. Help fast-track the establishment of the multi-sectoral self-care working group
(SCWG), under the direction of the MOH which could include creating the working
group TOR, communicating with members, convening meetings, etc.
2. Under the leadership of the SCWG conduct relevant analyses and consolidate
evidence to inform self-care approaches within Uganda’s health system. This
– Desktop review of all existing self-care guidelines (WHO Consolidated
Guideline for Self-Care as well as existing national policy documents,
guidelines, SOPs, and laws for specific self-care interventions).
– Mapping of current status of national policies and guidelines for the WHO
endorsed self-care interventions, and analyze inconsistencies between
existing policy documents, guidelines, laws and standard operating
– Facilitate participatory process with the SCWG group to identify which of
the WHO’s 24 recommendations for self-care interventions for SRHR will be
included in Uganda’s national self-care guidelines.
– Mapping of existing self-care implementers and interventions by health
intervention area, focusing on the SRH interventions determined by the
MoH and SCWG. This will include geographic reach, delivery channel, quality
assurance mechanisms and target user groups.
– Identifying potential convergence points from the user and provider
perspectives (e.g., target segments, value proposition, preferred source for
gaining awareness/knowledge) and the health systems perspective (e.g.;
delivery channel, quality of care systems).
– Facilitate participatory process with members of the SCWG in order
to review convergence points and identify priority areas for action.
– Map who is paying for what self-care interventions, for which populations.
Assess mix of coverage: i.e. out of pocket, state financed, insurance coverage.
Reflect on affordability of self-care (and self-care vs alternatives the clients
face). Create a roadmap for financing quality self-care within existing health
financing architecture, noting that self-care should not be promoted as a
means of saving costs for the health system by shifting costs to users.
– Consolidate existing implementation evidence and lessons on priority SRH
self-care interventions, including what has worked and what hasn’t.
– Create and disseminate insightful knowledge management products
including fact sheets, stories, and technical briefs that fill information gaps.
3. Lead technical support for the ‘Championing Self-care for Maternal, Sexual and
reproductive health in the context of COVID-19’ concept.
• A master’s degree in public health, social sciences, medicine or management or
any other relevant subjects or equivalent standard of education.
• Experience working with Ugandan Ministry of Health with solid understanding
of sexual reproductive health and self-care for SRH and MCH.
• Technical assistance experience: 10+ years in TA roles for SRH, bringing
exceptional knowledge of SRHR interventions, policies, and programs.
• Demonstrated relevant analytical experience (i.e. conducting desk reviews and
• Demonstrated experience communicating relevant SRH and MCH content to
non-technical audiences (I.e. advocacy briefs, fact sheets, etc.)
• Published author in technical gray or peer-reviewed literature preferred.
• Experience in facilitating policy/guidelines development.
OTHER KEY QUALIFICATIONS INCLUDE:
• Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
• Proven facilitation skills, having successfully facilitated processes and groups
to deliver tangible outcomes.
• Strong interpersonal skills.
• Strong written and verbal communication skills with the ability to present
complex information in a clear and concise manner to a variety of audiences.
• Tech savvy- candidate must have access to internet connection and computer
and be confident using online solutions to facilitate groups and steer processes.
REQUESTED APPLICATION MATERIALS
Interested candidates should email their cover letter addressed to the Human Resources
and Administration Manager, PSIU, resume and three English-language writing samples
to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating the Job title in the subject of the email.
Applications should reach us not later than 5.00pm (1700H) on Wednesday July 01st,
Applications received will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to submit
your application as soon as possible!
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
**Please note PSI Uganda does not solicit for funds during any recruitment process