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In support of the CAMRIS-implemented, USAID/Nepal Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Activity, we seek a Local Coordinator for the development of a journal supplement to the National Female Community Health Volunteers (FCHV) program. This publication will contribute to global learning on community health workers (CHW) by showcasing Nepal’s experience in implementing a volunteer community-based program. USAID expects to usethis journal supplement to push forward an advocacy agenda that seeks a revision and new direction for the FCHV program based on the country’s transition to a federal system, including demographic and epidemiological changes that have occurred over the past ten years. The total expected level of effort (LOE) is 15 days, over the period mid-July through end of September 2018.
To date, findings of two surveys, in 2006 and 2014, were presented in a technical report and a series of policy briefs. However, for decision-makers in Nepal and those engaged in advancing community health work, there would be value added in developing a journal supplement that looks methodically at the history of the program, including the impact of the program on the health sector’s performance over time.
A set of five papers will be developed, and a core authors’ team has tentatively been formed. The first paper will cover the introduction of the FCHV program. The second will present the services provided by the FCHVs and other accomplishments both qualitatively and quantitatively over the past 28 years. The third paper will talk about the various sources of data and their limitations as relates to the papers, particularly the second paper. The fourth paper will synthesize the findings and the fifth will be a commentary of the previous four papers, including recommendations for future directions. Once completed, the publication will be disseminated internationally, as a supplement to the online journal, “Human Resources for Health (HRH)” to help inform decision-makers in other countries as they develop their own community health worker programs or consider reforming existing programs.