International Consultancy- UNICEF


International Individual Consultancy – Review and analysis of policies, trends and determinants of maternal, infant and young child feeding and develop papers for publication in a special supplement on Maternal and Child Nutrition journal Kathmandu, Nepal

Job Number: 514113 | Vacancy Link
Locations: Asia and the Pacific: Nepal
Work Type : Consultancy
UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child,

The objective of the assignment is to assess and critically review the maternal, infant and young child feeding situation, trends, policy, program and way forward for Nepal; as well as develop papers to be included as peer reviewed articles in the MCN special supplement for Nepal.

Specific Tasks:

During this assignment, the consultant will accomplish following tasks:

Policy Analysis on Maternal Infant and Young Child Nutrition in Nepal in last 25 years (MDG Era)

This is basically a desk review of the policies, strategies and plans on Maternal Infant and Young Child Feeding and Care that exist in Nepal. Policy analysis will mainly look at what policy exists for maternal nutrition and IYCF, what elements of the global recommendations of the WHA, SDG, SUN, Global IYCF Guidelines etc as well as the recent evidences (Lancet etc). The policies could be analysed to study how comprehensively the policies and strategies and plans have addressed maternal (eg IFA coverage and compliance, deworming, ANC  check-ups and nutrition counselling during pregnancy, institutional delivery),  as well as  the Infant and Young Child Feeding and care components (eg early, exclusive and continued breastfeeding, timely initiation of complementary feeding, minimum meal frequency, diversity, minimum acceptable diets, BMS code and its compliance and monitoring and the baby friendly hospital initiatives).

Some of the areas of interest (but not limiting to) could also be to find out

  • Evidence that Nutrition (Maternal Infant and Young Child Feeding and Care) is part of national, and subnational development plans
  • Existence of specific policy or plans on Maternal Infant and Young Child Feeding and Care
  • Operational plans with budgets to support policies
  • Production of updated protocols for key interventions and programmes (e.g. BFHI)
  • Monitoring implementation of legislation (e.g. BMS Code, Maternity protection)

Trends and Determinants of Maternal Undernutrition and Infant and Young Child Feeding in Nepal in last 25 years (MDG Era)

The trend and determinant analysis is mainly undertaken through the further analysis of the periodic surveys (DHS, MICS), National Micronutrition Status Survey 2016-2017, the evaluation of IYCF-MNP and IYCF-Cash Grant etc. This is also expected to shed light on drivers of IYCF situation.

Development of draft manuscripts

  • Policy Analysis on Maternal Infant and Young Child Nutrition in Nepal in last 25 years (MDG Era)
  • Trends and Determinants of Maternal Undernutrition and Infant and Young Child Feeding in Nepal in last 25 years (MDG Era)


The duration of contract will be total of 40 days; spreading over the period of five months starting from 15 July, 2018 to 15th December 2018.


  • 1st Deliverable by 15 July 2018 – Preparation and Submission of Inception Report
  • 2nd Deliverable by 15 October 2018- Submission of draft manuscripts of two articles
  • 3rd Deliverable by 15 November 2018 – Submission of final manuscripts of two articles

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

  • PhD in Public Health Nutrition or Food and Nutrition, Statistics or MD in Paediatrics or any other relevant field with minimum 10 years of experience and with strong background on epidemiology and evaluation.
  • At least 10 years of experience in Nutrition related research, study and paper publication.
  • Significant number of peer reviewed publications, particularly in the field of public health nutrition.
  • Association with Professional Nutrition and Public Health Societies and Editors on the peer reviewed publications will be an asset.
  • Documented skills of scientific as well as professional English writing as well as presentation among multi-cultural and international audience
  • Previous experience of facilitation in the nutrition conference and documenting the outcomes in the form of proceedings.

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.

Opening Date Tue Jun 26 2018 10:15:00 GMT+0700 (Western Indonesia Time) Nepal Standard Time
Closing Date Tue Jul 10 2018 01:10:00 GMT+0700 (Western Indonesia Time) 



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