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New Job Opportunity United Nations at UNICEF Tanzania – National Consultant

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in Tanzania 2023: New Job Opportunities United Nations at UNICEF, 2023

đź’ĄNational Consultant for development of National Menstrual Health and Hygiene (MHH) guideline and specific toolkits – Tanzania
Job no: 559205
Contract type: Consultant
Duty Station: Dar-es-Salaam
Level: Consultancy
Location: United Republic of Tanzania
Categories: Health
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Health and Hygiene (MHH) is an essential aspect of health and hygiene
for women between menarche and menopause. Menstrual Health and Hygiene
implies that, adolescent girls and women can access accurate, timely,
age-appropriate information as well as safe and friendly infrastructure
and materials throughout their life-course. It also implies getting
timely diagnosis, treatment and care for menstrual cycle-related
discomforts and pain; free from stigma, discrimination, and psychosocial
stress to enable menstruating women and girls to participate in
education, cultural, economic, social, and political activities during
all phases of the menstrual cycle. Globally, more than 300 million women
between the ages of 15 and 49 years are menstruating on any given day.

Health and Hygiene (MHH) is a crucial element for the fulfilment of
girls’ and women’s rights, a vital objective of the Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs) and a component of gender-responsive WASH
services. The SDG 6.2 acknowledges the right to MHH with the explicit
aim to “achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene
for all and end open defecation, by 2030”. Women and girls’ access to
MHH is also central to achieving other SDGs as lack of basic knowledge
about puberty and menstruation may contribute to early and unwanted
pregnancy; stress and shame that can negatively affect mental health.
Lack of safe menstrual products and sanitation and hygiene services may
lead to health risks (SDG 3). Girls might be absent or less attentive in
school during menstruation due to lack of WASH facilities or support
care from the school community, which affects quality of education as
per SDG 4. Insufficient MHH services impacts women and girls’
participation at work affecting their access to gender equity and
equality on social and economic opportunities (SDG 5, 8, 12). Poor
disposal systems for menstrual wastes can adversely affect the
environment (SDG 15) and sustainability of cities and communities (SDG

There has been significant progress on MHH in Tanzania,
with increasing collaboration and action between diverse partners, who
formed the Menstrual Health and Hygiene (MHH) Coalition.
Parliamentarians have been engaged to become MHH Champions and MHH is
increasingly discussed in Parliament. VAT on sanitary products was
removed in 2018 and whilst it was put back on a year later, it was still
a significant progress. There are a range of MHH related publications
being used across sectors that provide guidance on MHH – including girls
books; a National School WASH Strategic Plan and a National SWASH
Guidelines and Toolkits; School Life Skills Guidelines; Safe School
Program; MHH Coalition Strategy; National Accelerated Investment Agenda
for Accelerated Health and Well-being; National Health Sector Strategic
Plan; and National Strategy for Accelerating Sanitation and Hygiene for
All (2020 – 2025).

Whilst significant progress has been made in
raising MHH as a political agenda, barriers are still being faced in
prioritization, budgeting, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation
of MHH services thus calling for development of comprehensive MHH
guidelines to address the challenges. In comparison to other East
African countries, Kenya unlike Tanzania, has made a step forward in
developing specific national policy, strategy, and guidelines for MHH.
This has led to provision of free sanitary towels to all girls in public
primary schools, and some secondary schools as well as removal of VAT
and Excise Duty on sanitary pads and materials for making sanitary pads.
Likewise, Uganda, developed a five-year national strategic plan for
Menstrual Health and Hygiene in 2020 and has provided standards for
manufacturing of MHH products.

The MHH report by NIMR on
adolescent girls’ perceptions about the provision of MHH services in
shcools, 2021 has revealed several MHH challenges in Tanzania including
inadequate knowledge (72%), unaffordable commercial menstrual products
(40%), inadequate handwashing facilities (70%), lack of disposal
solution (75%), lack of changing rooms with basic amenities (83%), girls
reported to miss school for at least 48 of school every year (17%)

having policies, strategies, guidelines, frameworks and ongoing
programs in WASH and other related sectors, MHH has not been addressed
comprehensively, thus limiting access and availability to better MHH
information, services, and products. This has affected women and girls’
health, education, dignity, respect, and participation in social and
economic activities. Furthermore, existing policies and guidelines have
overlooked MHH’s importance as a determinant of sexual and reproductive
health and rights (SRHR). The linkages between SRHR and MH are twofold:
the biological associations between MHH and fertility, contraceptive
use, reproductive tract infections, maternal health, and HIV are
increasingly evident, while sociocultural barriers, including stigma,
lack of knowledge, restrictive social norms and practices, gender norms,
and structural barriers, also create bi-directional linkages between
MHH and SRHR. These biological and sociocultural barriers result in
girls, women and people who menstruate being ill-prepared to make and
have agency over decisions related to sex, relationships, family
planning, and health, thereby perpetuating the cycle of poor SRHR and
broader development outcomes.

In response to these MHH
observations, which are multisectoral, the Ministry of Health (MoH)
plans to develop a Comprehensives National MHH guidelines that will
guide key policy and decision-makers, Development Partners, technical
experts, teachers, implementing partners and other stakeholders on
provision of standard and quality MHH services. The Guideline will
assist stakeholders in providing MHH education, conducting community
awareness programs, providing friendly MHH services, including a safe
disposal mechanism, and emphasising the use of standards for
manufacturing and importing disposable and reusable menstrual materials.
The Guideline, therefore, aspires to strengthen and guide stakeholders’
engagement in MHH responsive programs to provide inclusive and
sustainable services to women and girls in Tanzania.

How can you make a difference?
Broad objective
main objective of this assignment is to develop comprehensive National
Menstrual Health and Hygiene Guidelines and its toolkits that will guide
implementers at National, Sub-national and Community levels on MHH
education and awareness creation programs, provision of friendly MHH
facilities and services, quality supplies, distribution of menstrual
materials/products and use of strategic SBCC approaches to raise
awareness and transform negative social cultural norms and taboos.

Specific Objectives:

  • To
    provide requirements and specifications for inclusive MHH facilities
    such as latrines/changing room with basic amenities, waste collection
    and safe disposal mechanism, at various settings including school,
    healthcare facilities, households, and public places (markets, bus
    terminals, hotels, offices etc.).
  • To provide guidance on
    menstrual materials/products supply chain including specifications for
    importation, certification process, production, handling, and safe
  • To provide key gender transformative and SBCC
    approaches for positive MHH results at different levels and different
    population groups/characteristics
  • To provide guidance for delivering integrated MHH-SRH education and services at different levels
  • To
    provide implementation framework and sustainable coordination mechanism
    at sub-national and community level including mainstreaming MHH into
    existing structure, policies, guidelines, and key ministries for
    prioritization and budgeting in MTEFs
  • To provide MHH monitoring and evaluation framework with key priority indicators for Tanzania
  • To develop simplified tool kits for MHH implementation at different levels.

Scope of Work
The assignment will involve the following set of tasks.
1. Inception report to include:
1.1. MHH situation analysis globally, regionally, and nationally
MHH best practices at Households; Institutions (e.g., schools,
Healthcare Facilities, Working places) and public places (hotels,
highways, bus terminals, markets, emergency camp sites, etc.)
· Number of women/girls at reproductive age in Tanzania including women/girls with disabilities
· Number of menstrual products/materials imported in Tanzania in the past five (5) years
MHH Programming Best practices in Nationally, Globally and
Regionally that managed to break Systemic and Community barriers
Best MHH coordination practices especially at Sub-national and
community level and suggest mainstreaming approach within existing
· Knowledge and perception of MHH in rural and urban areas and among different population groups.
· Existing MHH infrastructure and services in communities, institutions, and public places (e.g., Churches, markets etc.)
· Nutrition needs for menstruating girls and women

MHH stakeholders mapping at National level (including key government
actors, geographical coverage, and their roles and responsibilities).
MHH policy landscape and existing guidelines in Tanzania including
review of the status on how MHH is integrated in education, work, and
health policies.
1.4. Overall methodology, guideline outline and timeline to achieve expected results (deliverables)

2. To develop national MHH guidelines with details on:

2.1 MHH infrastructure, services and best practices in institutions and public places (e.g., schools/ HCF/ Workplaces)
2.2 MHH best practices at Household level (urban and rural)
MHH services and best practices for people with disabilities and other
vulnerable groups (e.g., last mile, mobile population etc…)
2.4 MHH services and best practices for out-of-school adolescent girls/youths.
MHH products/materials and supplies standards (including information
on quality, importation, distribution, certification process,
production, handling, disposal etc.)
2.6 Strategic SBCC approaches
(across the social ecological model) to address negative social and
cultural norms and disparities between communities and individuals
2.7 Provision of integrated MHH-SRH education and services
Gender Based Violence (GBV), Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, Online
Child Exploitation and Abuse and stigmatization related to MHH
2.9 Nutritional needs for menstruating girls and women
2.10 Best practices and platforms for men and boys’ engagement in MHH
2.11 MHH inclusive infrastructure designs, amenities, and Operation and Maintenance Framework
Service directory, roles, and responsibilities of
stakeholders at national and sub-national level and sustainable
coordination mechanism
2.13 MHH M&E framework
2.14 Sustainability framework for MHH interventions/services

3.1 MHH Training manual for schools, community, public places, and other relevant institutions
3.2 Construction of standard MHH changing rooms, incinerator, amenities, and Operation and Maintenance
Strategic SBCC across the social ecological model to transform norms,
change taboos and improve overall awareness. (Awareness, community
engagement, advocacy, social mobilization, and coordination)
3.4 MHH-SRH education and services delivery toolkit
3.5 M&E (Checklists and tools for supervision)
Menstrual materials, products and supplies standards, importation,
certification process, production, handling, and disposal (including
components of Menstrual kit).



Payment Rate

  1. Inception report on how the assignment will be undertaken; minimum
    standards, situation analysis, institutional arrangement, stakeholders
    mapping, and guideline lay out.


  • 10% upon submission of an inception report


  1. MHH Guidelines including MHH indicators, monitoring and evaluation framework


  • 25% upon submission of zero draft of MHH Guidelines


  1. Simplified tool kits for:
  1. Training (TOT, institutions/schools, and communities)
  2. Construction, amenities, and Operation and Maintenance of girl’s special room.
  3. SBCC (awareness, community engagement, advocacy, social mobilization, and coordination)
  4. Integrated MHH-SRH education and services delivery.
  5. M&E
  6. Menstrual materials/products importation, qualities, production,
    certification process handling and disposal (including components of
    Menstrual kit)


  • 40% upon submission of 1st draft of MHH Guidelines and 5 tool kits


  1. Four Consultative meeting reports
      1. Inception meeting (as no. 1)
      2. Stakeholders’ consultative meeting to review zero (0) draft of MHH Guidelines
      3. Stakeholders’ consultative meeting to review 1st draft of Guidelines
      4. Stakeholders’ consultative meeting to review 2nd draft of Guidelines and five (5) tool kits

Stakeholders’ validation final Guidelines and five (5) tool kits

  • 25% upon submission of final MHH Guidelines and 5 toolkits


Payments will be made upon
submission and acceptance of the specified deliverables in the table
above under section TASKS, DELIVERABLE AND TIME FRAME. UNICEF reserves
the right to withhold all or portion of payment if performance is
unsatisfactory, if work/output is incomplete, not delivered or for
failure to meet deadlines.


  • Evaluations:
    The applicant should submit both technical and financial proposal which
    clearly stipulate how the work will be conducted. The Financial
    Proposal should include all costs of this assignment including fee,
    travel costs, accommodation as UNICEF will not pay any DSA.
  • Proposals
    will be both technically and financially evaluated. The technical part
    will carry a weight of 75%, in which the consultant will put clear
    his/her technical approach to ensure quality attainment of each
    deliverable and the consultancy in totality. The financial part will
    carry 25% showing the proposed budget breakdown of consultancy cost for
    each deliverable (fees, travels and accommodation) and eventual total
    consultancy cost.
  • Technical proposal will be evaluated on the following the criteria:
    – Years of expertise experience
    – Academic qualifications
    – Specialized expertise
    – Relevant Experience

The consultant will be required to submit the proof of medical/Health Insurance with medical evacuation coverage.

consultant will report to Directorate of Preventive Services at
Ministry of Health (MHH unit lead) together with UNICEF and will work in
close collaboration with MHH coalition secretariat and partners at

consultant will execute the tasks in his/her own town and in Dar es
Salaam, Dodoma and Morogoro as required and guided by the Directorate of
Preventive Services at Ministry of Health. The Consultant will provide
his own workspace and facilities and organize his own transport to
meeting locations.
This consultancy is expected to travel for a minimum of 21 days. All the cost should be included in your financial proposal.

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is looking for an expert in MHH and who has an immerse and extensive
knowledge on public health guideline development. The consultant must

  • Masters’ degree and above in public health, sociology,
    community development, anthropology, social welfare, gender and
    development or any other relevant field.
  • Minimum of ten (10) years’ work experience in public health, MHH, SRH, WASH and SBCC
  • Evidence
    of prior experience in developing national guidelines and technical
    capacities on key pillars by presenting at least two sample writings
    (e.g., WASH, SBCC, SRHR, M&E, Supply chain/ social marketing)
  • Extensive experience in coordination multisectoral programs with close collaboration with the government.
  • Thorough knowledge of the MHH agenda from global, continental, regional and national level
  • Analytical and writing skills in English
  • Understanding of the Tanzania context and cultural diversity.

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Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1), Works Collaboratively with
others (1), Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1), Innovates and
Embraces Change (1), Thinks and Acts Strategically (1), Drive to achieve
impactful results (1), Manages ambiguity and complexity (1).
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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce,
and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality,
religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with
disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff
, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable
accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages
the use of flexible working arrangements.
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has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the
aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual
exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and
discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding
principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these
standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference
and background checks. Background checks will include the verification
of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates
may be required to provide additional information to conduct a
background check.

UNICEF’s active commitment
towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results
for children. For this position, eligible and suitable candidate from
all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living
with disabilities, are encouraged to apply.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Issuance of a visa by
the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by
UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments are also subject to
inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2
(Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with
UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before
taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to
withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or
medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements
are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.



Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an
institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database
(WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities
(IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at
This is a National Officer position and is open to nationals of the United Republic of Tanzania only.
Advertised: 07 Feb 2023 E. Africa Standard Time
Deadline: 21 Feb 2023 E. Africa Standard Time


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