Women in Nepal

Content Writer, MISP Distance Learning Module

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Background

The Inter-agency Working Group (IAWG) on Reproductive Health (RH) in Crises is a broad-based, highly collaborative coalition with a 20-member agency steering committee representing United Nations, government, non-governmental, research, and donor organizations. Formed in 1995, and currently a network of over 2,700 individual members from 450 agencies, IAWG remains committed to expanding and strengthening access to quality sexual and RH (SRH) services for people affected by conflict and natural disaster. The IAWG’s collaborative network is an essential platform for sharing lessons learned, conducting advocacy, implementing shared research agendas, and establishing standards and guidelines for the provision of SRH services in emergencies. 

The IAWG established the Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) for RH. The MISP is a set of priority activities to be implemented during the onset (within 48 hours wherever possible) of an emergency, which can be brought on by either conflict or natural disaster. The MISP saves lives and prevents illness, especially among women and girls. Neglecting reproductive health in emergencies has serious consequences: preventable maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality; preventable consequences of unintended pregnancy such as unsafe abortion; and preventable consequences of sexual violence such as unintended pregnancies, increased acquisition of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), increased transmission of HIV, mental health problems including depression, and the sequelae of trauma.

The MISP Distance Learning Module (DLM) was created in 2007. Assessments undertaken by the Women’s Refugee Commission demonstrated that many humanitarian actors working in emergencies did not know the priority RH services of the MISP that should be implemented in every emergency setting. Based on these findings, the Women’s Refugee Commission developed the DLM to raise awareness about and provide guidance on addressing SRH in crises. The MISP DLM was revised in 2011. It will be revised again in 2018 to be in alignment with the 2018 version of the Inter-Agency Field Manual on Reproductive Health in Humanitarian Settings and co-published by the IAWG and Women’s Refugee Commission.

Scope of Work

The Women’s Refugee Commission, host of the IAWG, will contract with a consultant to write the content for the MISP DLM so that it is in alignment with the 2018 version of the MISP and formatted for a self-paced and interactive eLearning module.

The consultant will work in collaboration with the MISP DLM Task Team on the content to be included. This includes participation on regular Task Team calls.

The consultant will also be expected to work closely with the eLearning instructional designer on the learning approach and to ensure the content is tailored to the desired format defined by the instructional designer. This requires providing feedback to the instruction designer during the design process and additional content or edits, as necessary.

Deliverables

The consultant is responsible for drafting the 2018 version of the MISP DLM – using the newly revised 2018 version of the MISP and the existing narrative from the 2011 version of the MISP DLM – which includes:

  • updating the existing PDF content so that it is in alignment with the 2018 MISP, this includes creating a new chapter on the added objective of “Prevention of unintended pregnancies”;
  • adding a brief section on quality of care, drawing from the following sections of the revised 2018 IAFM (to be provided): “Fundamental Principles” chapter and the “Maternal and Newborn Health” chapter, with language on respectful maternal care under the objective to “Prevent excess maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality”;
  • providing additional guidance on how to address inclusion at the onset of an emergency;
  • in collaboration with the instruction designer, adding 3-5 short interactive exercises per chapter for learners to apply their knowledge to a case study;
  • updating the quizzes;
  • updating the post-test.

Requirements

  • Prior experience drafting content for learning modules.
  • Expert knowledge of the MISP.
  • Experience working in conflict-affected settings.

Time Frame of the Consultancy

This consultancy will take place from October 1 – December 31, 2018.

  • The MISP DLM content is to be finalized by November 1.
  • From October 1 to December 1, the consultant is expected to work closely with the eLearning instructional designer to format the material to the desired eLearning format.
  • From December 1 until December 31, the consultant is expected to provide intermittent and minimal feedback or edits.

Application Process

To apply, please send a cover letter with your resume and a quote for this work to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday, September 21.