International Consultant (Nutrition)-UNICEF Regional Office, Kathmandu, Nepal

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International Consultant (Nutrition) – UNICEF Regional Office, Kathmandu, Nepal

Job Number: 516659 | Vacancy Link
Locations: Asia and the Pacific: Nepal
Work Type : ConsultancyUNICEF 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.

Purpose:

The purpose of this consultancy is to provide technical assistance to the SAARC Secretariat in the development of a regional maternal nutrition guidance document and tools to support operationalization of global maternal nutrition recommendations and mainstreaming of maternal nutrition interventions at scale in South Asian countries.

Specific objectives:

  • To develop a regional maternal nutrition guidance document for South Asia.
  • To develop a simple and practical toolkit on mainstreaming maternal nutrition interventions at scale to complement the regional guidance document.

The document and toolkit will focus primarily on nutrition-specific maternal nutrition interventions that are delivered through the health system, however, it will also make reference to complementary nutrition-sensitive interventions in other sectors (e.g. social protection, WASH, food/agriculture and education sectors).

Key Assignments/Tasks:

The consultancy tasks are divided into two inter-related work packages. The regional maternal nutrition guidance document will inform the scope and content of the toolkit for mainstreaming maternal nutrition at scale.

The consultant will undertake the following tasks:

Work Package 1: Development of regional maternal nutrition guidance document (Estimate 40 days)

  • Collate and review available global, regional and country guidelines/guidance, recommendations, frameworks, policies, strategies, reports, evidence on better practices and lessons learned and other relevant documents on maternal nutrition
  • Prepare an outline of the overall structure and contents of the maternal nutrition guidance document, including the objectives, scope, framework and guiding principles.
  • Share the proposed structure and contents of the maternal nutrition guidance document with key technical experts of SAARC member countries and leading regional nutrition technical partners and experts to gather input and obtain consensus.
  • Develop the draft regional maternal nutrition guidance document.
  • Finalize the draft maternal nutrition guidance incorporating feedback from SAARC member states, regional nutrition technical partners and experts for submission to the SAARC Secretariat for endorsement by member states.

Work Package 2: Development of toolkit for mainstreaming maternal nutrition interventions at scale based on the regional guidance note (Estimate 25 days)

It is expected that the toolkit will comprise and bring together resource documents, methods, checklists/templates for the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation and scalability of maternal nutrition interventions that can be adapted to the country context. It will pull together existing tools, but where necessary, the consultant will design new tools (e.g. matrix templates, checklists etc).

  • Seek input from regional and country partners on what tools countries need to mainstream maternal and nutrition interventions. Gather existing tools through literature searches and from global, regional and country partners, and identify missing tools that need to be designed. Prepare an outline of the overall structure and contents of the toolkit.
  • Share the proposed structure and contents of the toolkit with key technical experts of SAARC member countries and leading regional nutrition technical partners and experts to gather input and obtain consensus.
  • Develop the draft maternal nutrition toolkit.
  • Finalize the maternal nutrition toolkit incorporating feedback from SAARC member states, regional nutrition technical partners and experts, for submission to the SAARC Secretariat for endorsement.

Key Deliverables:

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  1. Inception paper indicating work plan to conduct the key assignments to develop maternal nutrition guidance and toolkit (2 days)
  2. Inventory of existing resources documents and tools that will be used to inform the maternal nutrition guidance and toolkit. Draft outline of the structure and contents of the maternal nutrition guidance document and toolkit (14 days) 
  3. Report on technical consultation process on the outline of the maternal nutrition guidance document and toolkit (4 days)
  4. Draft of the maternal nutrition guidance document and toolkit (30 days)
  5. Report on technical consultation process on the first draft of the maternal nutrition guidance document and toolkit (5 days)
  6. Final maternal nutrition guidance document and toolkit for submission to SAARC Secretariat for endorsement by member states (10 days)

Working conditions:

The assignment will be predominantly home-based with two travels to Kathmandu, with regular communication with UNICEF ROSA, regional stakeholders and platforms. The consultant is expected to have own computer and telecommunication access for regular skype calls during the regional landscape analysis process.

Minimum Requirements:

Education:

  • An Advanced University Degree in Public Health Nutrition, Nutritional Epidemiology, International Health and Nutrition, Maternal and Child Nutrition, or other Nutrition-related science field is required.

Work Experience:

  • A minimum of 8 years of relevant professional experience in public health/nutrition planning, management, policy research at the international level, including in low and middle income countries.
  • Experience in nutrition and public health policy and programming essential.
  • Knowledge of maternal nutrition policy and programme landscape in the South Asia region essential.
  • Proven experience in developing nutrition programme guidance /frameworks and toolkits desired.  
  • Expertise in maternal nutrition desired

Competencies:

  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Demonstrable analytical and research skills, review and synthesis of data and information.

Language Proficiency:

Excellent oral and written English skills required.

Duration:

  • 15 November 2018 to 15 May 2019 (65 days – tentative). Start date may change depending on the situation. 

Note: Please quote your daily rate and other cost estimates while submitting the application. Application without daily rate will not be entertained.

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 Mon Oct 01 2018 10:15:00 GMT+0700 (Western Indonesia Time) Nepal Standard Time
Closing Date Tue Oct 23 2018 01:10:00 GMT+0700 (Western Indonesia Time) 

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