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The unmet need for SRH and Family Planning services are very high in Pakistan characterized by high fertility rate (3.6 children on average per women), high maternal mortality (186/100,000 per 100,000 live births) followed by high neonatal and infant mortality rates. Pakistan has lower modern CPR (25 percent) with significant provincial variations, lower in Balochistan (14 percent) and higher in Punjab (27 percent). With high unmet need for family planning in Pakistan (17 percent) with wide provincial disparity, some of the provinces has made series of progressive policy and programme interventions to improve access to family planning. In 2018, all provinces adapted the Council of Common Interest (CCI) high level decision to accelerate access to family planning through: establishment of oversight and accountability mechanisms for population and family planning agenda including provincial task force; ensure universal access to FP/RH Services; increased financial allocations both by PWD and DoH; improved availability of contraceptive commodity and active engagement of communities including religious leaders. Costed provincial action plans are in place and implementation is being monitored and reviewed through provincial and national coordination fora such as the Country Engagement Working Group.  UNFPA is providing support to both PWD and DoH through annual work plans for accelerated implementation of the CCI recommendations in all three provinces. 

Purpose of consultancy:

Onsite technical support to PWD and DoH and other partners in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh to accelerate the implementation of CCI recommendations on Population, FP2030 and coordinate the UNFPA supported activities and Work Plans.