The Canadian Association of Midwives (CAM) is seeking a Mobile App Developer/Designer or Design Team to develop a digital application for youth that focuses on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). The goal of the app is to increase access to information primarily among marginalized women and girls by promoting quality and rights-based youth focused midwifery services. This product will be utilized as a part of the Strengthening Midwifery Education and Practice in Somalia (SMEPS) Project which is supported by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada and is led by UNFPA in partnership with Somalia’s Ministry of Health and the Canadian Association of Midwives (CAM).
Time frame: August 2021- December 2021/ possibility of extending to 2022
Location: Remote work, but preference will be given to those based in Canada.
Deadline: Interested parties should apply through the submission of an expression of interest, as outlined below by August 11,, 2021.
ASSIGNMENT CONTEXT AND OBJECTIVE
Somalia has one of the highest maternal mortality ratios globally and has been ranked as one of the worst countries in the world to be a mother, due in part to the critical shortage of skilled health care providers. Through the enhancement of midwifery education and practice to improve the quality of maternal health care, increased use of services and association strengthening, CAM and its partners will contribute to the reduction of maternal and neonatal mortality in Somalia. In this challenging context which includes, weakened health infrastructure, high illiteracy levels, shortage of skilled health workforce, inadequate health personnel training institutions and inadequate investment in women’s health and rights, evidence suggests that young children and women of childbearing age are disproportionately affected in this complex and challenging environment. As such in this context, the SMEPS project seeks to improve the availability and accessibility of professionally trained and certified midwives able to provide quality, rights-based SRHR services to women (ages 14-49) in Somalia.
Overall, the goals and objectives of the SMEPS project are:
The Mobile App Developer/Designer objective is to establish a mobile app in the Somali language, aimed at youth which addresses common questions and concerns about SRHR (including contraception, available resources for victims of Gender Based violence, Family Planning, etc) and identifies local midwifery clinics in order to create a demand for services.
The Selected candidate (s) will work closely with CAM’s Midwifery Technical Expert and Communications Co-ordinator and may be asked to remotely attend meetings with key stakeholders and focus groups.
|July – Sept 2021||Detailed project plan developed||Developer/CAM|
|Focus group meetings with Somali youth are held||CAM/MAs/UNFPA|
|Draft content is developed||CAM|
|Draft information architecture is developed||CAM/Developer|
|Oct – Dec 2021||Draft content is sent for translation||CAM|
|Mock up of app developed||Developer|
|Mock up presented to stakeholders||Developer|
|Jan – June 2022||Prototype developed||Developer|
|Somali content reviewed with focus groups||CAM/ MAs/UNFPA|
|Pilot site (s) confirmed Draft prototype ready for piloting||CAM/ MAs/UNFPA|
|Final app delivered||Developer|
SELECTION CRITERIA AND SUBMISSION FORMAT
Expressions of interest will be evaluated on the following criteria:
Priority will be given to an expression of interest that has:
The expression of interest should not exceed four pages and outlines:
3. Budget not to exceed $40 000 CAD.
4. Please include the following table, along with appropriate CVs:
|Team Member||Relevant Experience (bullet point form)||Links and Related Work|
CAM is a bilingual organization and consultants have the choice to communicate in French or English. However, the selected consultant or team must be fluent in English in order to work in the Somali context.
Please follow these instructions:
Send the proposal documents as one PDF file and ensure that your full name (as lead developer, if in a team) and the title “SMEPS MobileApp” are included in the file nameSend your PDF file by email in the subject line, “SMEPS Mobile App” to [email protected]. The deadline for applications is August 11 at 5 pm EST.
August 4, 2021
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