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Feb 282018
 

Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Country: Zambia
Closing date: 07 Mar 2018

Title of consultancy: International Consultant – SUN Fund Nutrition Specialist (Non Zambian National only)

Possible start date: March 2018 (as soon as possible)

Closing date: 7 March 2018

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The UNICEF Programme in Cooperation with the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) is designed to address and mitigate the triple threat of poverty the country’s children face, while responding to the needs with interventions addressing the multiple causative factors.

In response to the combination these threats involve the Programme supports national efforts to improve service delivery in the key areas of: child health and nutrition and HIV and AIDS, quality basic education, water, sanitation and hygiene education, child protection and social policy, advocacy and communication.

Background of the Consultancy

Zambia has one of the highest rates of childhood undernutrition in the world with stunting at 40%. In addition, 15% of children are underweight, 6% acutely malnourished, and 9.3% are born underweight due to poor maternal nutrition (ZDHS 2013/2014).

In 2013, the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) initiated the First 1000 Most Critical Days Programme (MCDP) whose aim is to prevent stunting in children less than two years of age as well as build blocks for a coherent and sustainable nation-wide response to undernutrition. The MCDP’s expected impact is improved health and nutritional status of children under-5 years measured primarily by a reduction in stunting. The outcome is a strengthened multi-sectoral nutrition response measured through improvements in maternal and child nutrition practices including increases in iron and folic acid intake amongst pregnant women and in number of children fed in accordance with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Infant & Young Child Feeding (IYCF) guidelines. The specific outputs of the Programme include:

  • Delivery of priority interventions to improve maternal, infant and young child feeding practices in 15 districts;
  • Delivery of priority interventions to increase production, preservation and consumption of a diverse range of more nutritious foods by households pregnant women and children under 2);
  • Strengthened technical and financial management capacity in the NFNC and selected line Ministries to deliver well-coordinated nutrition Programmes at national, provincial and district levels; and
  • An effective and transparent mechanism established for channeling external and domestic resources for delivery of services to reduce stunting.
  • The donors supported the implementation of the first phase of the MCDP (MCDP I) over a period of four years (2013-2017)[1][1] through the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Fund, a joint financing mechanism established by three Cooperating Partners (DFID, Irish Aid and SIDA) and managed by CARE Canada.

    The second phase of the 1000 Most Critical Days Programme (MCDP II) is underway for implementation in Zambia through SUN Fund II managed by contracted service providers from mid-2018 to 2022. To ensure a smooth transition from Phase 1 to Phase 2, DFID is providing bridge funding for effective coordination and delivery of critical nutrition services in 15 districts through support to NFNC and six[2][2] line ministries for the period January to December 2018. This will be done through an existing memorandum of understanding with UNFPA under a joint UN Programme with UNICEF for Health System Strengthening.

    Justification for the Consultancy

    A SUN Fund Nutrition Specialist is needed to ensure achievement of high quality nutrition interventions that promote value for money. Given the main focus of the Programme which is contributing to reduce stunting, a technical expert is needed for quality oversight to ensure the planned interventions focus on key nutrition sensitive and nutrition specific interventions that will contribute to the expected results.

    Objectives and Targets for the consultancy

    The objective of this position is to ensure that the SUN FUND project activities are achieved according to the contractual obligations and the activities proposed in the work plans are in line with national and international guidelines for nutrition sensitive and nutrition specific interventions that will contribute to reducing stunting.

    Main Objective:

    The objective of this position is to ensure that the SUN FUND project activities are achieved according to the contractual obligations and that the agreed activities are implemented on time, within budget and to the required quality. The main purpose of the SUN Fund Project Manager consultant is to lead and manage, on a daily basis, the implementation of the SUN Fund transitional Programme, ensuring they are delivered on time and to the agreed quality standards and budgets. The main purpose of the SUN Fund Nutrition Specialist post is to provide technical oversight to partners in the implementing the SUN Fund transitional Programme, ensuring they are delivered in line with available evidence guiding Programme management to achieve expected results.

    Description of Assignment and Scope of Work/Specific Tasks

    Working under the guidance and supervision of the Nutrition specialist P4 the Nutrition Specialist consultant will be required to complete the following tasks;

  • Give technical oversight and support government (NFNC, 6 line ministries and 15 districts), in the implementation of the 2018 annual work plans;
  • Participate in the field visits to monitor and review implementation of planned activities in the districts;
  • Support line Ministries in field monitoring to generate detailed reports which identify strengths, weaknesses and identification of areas of improvement in implementation of the Programme activities;
  • Review quarterly district reports and consolidate feedback to ensure that findings are used for Programme management;
  • Work in close collaboration with NFNC monitoring and evaluation team to monitor nutrition indicators and assess if the programme is meeting expected targets;
  • Contribute to generation of Quarterly reports.
  • Expected Deliverable

    The consultant shall be paid based on submission of deliverables in accordance to approved quality assurance as indicated on the payment schedule and all deliverables and reports will be submitted electronically

    Tasks

    Expected Output

    Deliverables

    Timeframe

    (Tentative)

    1. Review grant recipients Quarterly workplans and consolidate feedback to ensure that findings are used for programme management;

    Report Quality assured Quarterly Workplans

    Quarterly Progress Report

    Quarterly

    2. Support government (NFNC, 6 line ministries and 15 districts), in the implementation of the 2018 annual work plans;

    Field monitoring of implementation Annual Workplan

    Monthly Progress Reports

    Monthly

    3. Work in close collaboration with NFNC monitoring and evaluation team to monitor nutrition indicators and assess if the programme is meeting expected targets. Prepare inputs for the steering committee.

    Monitoring of the project outputs and outcomes

    Monitoring Quarterly Progress Report

    Quarterly

    4. Compile End of Project report providing a detailed review of achievement towards expected outcomes

    Technical Report on End of Programme report

    End of Programme report

    December

    PROJECT Management

    The consultant will report to the Nutrition specialist P4 who will provide overall oversight of the consultancy. The consultant will provide monthly reports in soft copy to the SUN Fund Manager and Nutrition specialist. Weekly meetings shall be held with the SUN Fund Manager and the Nutrition team and the Chief of Health & Nutrition

    LOCATION AND DURATION

  • Duration: 10 months
  • Location: The consultancy will be conducted in Lusaka at UNICEF offices.
  • Frequent field visits in the 15 implementing districts is expected.
  • Payment schedule

    Payments will be on a monthly basis as per the below table

    Month

    Deliverable

    payment

    March

    Report Quality assurance second Quarter Work plans approved by NFNC , and report first quarter with quality presentations for Steering committee meetings

    10%

    April

    Monthly progress report with recommendations field monitoring

    10%

    May

    Monthly progress report with recommendations field monitoring

    10%

    June

    Report Quality assurance third Quarter Work plans approved by NFNC , and report second quarter with quality presentations for Steering committee meetings

    10%

    July

    Monthly progress report with recommendations field monitoring

    10%

    August

    Monthly progress report with recommendations field monitoring

    10%

    September

    Report Quality assurance fourth Quarter Work plans approved by NFNC , and report third quarter with quality presentations for Steering committee meetings

    10%

    October

    Monthly progress report with recommendations field monitoring

    10%

    November

    Monthly progress report with recommendations field monitoring

    10%

    December

    Annual progress report and preparations steering committee fourth quarter

    10%

    Include actions to be taken in the event of non-satisfactory performance

    How can you make a difference?

    To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

    Qualification/Specialized knowledge and Experience

  • Advanced university degree (minimum Master’s degree level) in Nutrition, Public Health and related field.
  • At least five years of progressively responsible professional work experience in an international organization with proven records of managing large Programmes including staff and budgets.
  • Prior experience of working in nutrition sector.
  • Experience in coordinating and working in teams with a mix of skills
  • Experience of managing large and complex Programmes.
  • General knowledge of nutrition and SUN Programme is desirable
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to negotiate with Programme counterparts.
  • Strong communication skills, including writing and public speaking
  • Strong planning, organization and strategic thinking skills
  • Fluency in spoken and written English
  • For every Child, you demonstrate…

    UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

    View our competency framework at

    http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

    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.

    Remarks:

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

    How to apply:

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=511274

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