Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Closing date: 26 Nov 2017
If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you.
For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.
Purpose of the Assignment
The purpose of this consultancy is to conduct a review of the status of policies and programme relating to maternal nutrition in the South Asia region (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka).
To examine the extent to which country policies and programme guidance are in-line with the 2016 WHO recommendations, and to identify gaps
To examine the coverage of maternal nutrition interventions (both geographic and individual), and to identify key gaps.
To conduct a literature review of the evidence (2000 to present) on what works to improve the coverage of maternal nutrition interventions in South Asia
The focus of this review will be the nutrition interventions recommended by WHO plus the following interventions:
Supporting the intent to exclusively breastfeed immediately after delivery until the infant is six months
Counselling on physical activity and adequate rest
Multiple micronutrient supplements.
The consultant will undertake the following tasks:
Collate relevant documents on the status of womens health and nutrition, and policies and programmes on maternal nutrition in South Asia.
Develop a search methodology and templates for key informant interviews.
Through on-line searches of public documents, and with the support of UNICEF and Nutrition International offices, collate soft copies of the following documents on maternal nutrition, by country:
Policies, strategies, plans and programme guidance
Advocacy and communication materials
Monitoring, recording and reporting formats (e.g HMIS)
Data/information on programme coverage
Any reports, analysis or reports on system gaps (supplies, training etc)
Any other identified relevant information
Conduct key information interviews by phone/skype with regional and country level stakeholders including (government, development partners, academic/research institutions and others, as required) to seek clarification on gaps in data and information, and to gain insights into system bottlenecks.
Develop a set of 8 country briefs summarizing the following information.
Status of womens health and nutrition (e.g. prevalence of low height, low BMI and anaemia; fertility; maternal, infant and child mortality rates).
Contextual information shaping the enabling environment for antenatal care
Status of policies and guidelines on maternal nutrition against the WHO (2016) recommendations
Geographic and individual coverage of maternal nutrition interventions
Summary of key system barriers
Other relevant information, as agreed with UNICEF ROSA
Develop a regional synthesis paper, and power point presentation, summarizing the policy and programme landscape for maternal nutrition in South Asia, drawing from the country briefs and other relevant information
Conduct a literature review of the evidence (from 2000 to present) on what works to improve the coverage of maternal nutrition interventions in South Asia.
Develop search strategy and retrieve literature
Tabulate the findings of each study that meets agreed criteria
Develop a journal manuscript to present the findings of the literature review
1. Inception paper indicating work plan to conduct the key assignments; the search methodology; data collection instruments; and templates for the synthesis of data and information.
2. Database of country and regional documents on maternal nutrition
3. Set of 8 country briefs on maternal nutrition
4 First draft of the regional synthesis paper on the policy and programme landscape on maternal nutrition in South Asia
5. First draft of literature review on what works to improve the coverage of maternal nutrition interventions in South Asia
6. Final regional synthesis paper on the policy and programme landscape on maternal nutrition in South Asia
7. Final draft of literature review on what works to improve the coverage of maternal nutrition interventions in South Asia
Qualifications of Successful Candidate
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.
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.
Proven experience in conducting policy and programing landscape analyses, analyzing and synthesizing policy and programme information, and in conducting literature reviews on health and nutrition a major asset.
Knowledge of maternal nutrition policy and programme landscape in the South Asia region an asset.
Expertise in maternal nutrition is an asset.
Excellent communication skills
Excellent organizational skills
Demonstrable analytical and research skills, review and synthesis of data and information
Excellent oral and written English skills required
To view our competency framework, please click here.
Please indicate your ability, availability and daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above (including travel and daily subsistence allowance, if applicable). Applications submitted without a daily/monthly rate will not be considered.
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 organisation.
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=508950
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