Zimbabwe: UNICEF Zimbabwe is inviting proposals from individual international consultants for the provision of technical support in implementation of the DFID and USAID-FFP funded nutrition projects.

Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Country: Zimbabwe
Closing date: 30 Jan 2018

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1. Background

The Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZimVAC) assessment from June 2016 reported a deterioration in the nutritional status of children. Results showed that levels of acute malnutrition were poor to serious, with the Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) rate ranging from 5% to 17% in selected districts. Average national acute malnutrition levels increased from 3.3% (ZIMVAC, 2015) to 5.7% (ZIMVAC February,2016) and 4.8% (ZIMVAC, June 2016). Findings recently released from the ZimVAC RLA, conducted in July 2017 demonstrate a national Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) prevalence of 3.2%, which is much lower than the GAM rate reported at the same time in 2016, at 4.4%, (ZimVAC RLA, 2016). The reduction in GAM rates is associated to the efforts of the Government, UNICEF, the humanitarian community and the little harvests realized. However, chronic malnutrition, remains a persistent problem in the country, where 1 in every 3 children is stunted (DHS, 2015).

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has been supporting the Government of Zimbabwe (GoZ) to implement nutrition specific and nutrition sensitive programs in the country, with an aim to increase quality and coverage of nutrition services with a focus on stunting through ensuring equity focused national policies, legislation and strategies adopted for scaling up high impact critical nutrition interventions, strengthening subnational capacity to implement and coordinate multi-sectoral scale up of services to protect, promote and support optimal nutrition status of boys, girls and women in all situations and ensuring that children, caregivers and communities in selected districts apply optimal nutrition and care practices, and seek preventive, promotive and curative nutrition services.

2. Purpose

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Zimbabwe Country Office requires a consultant to provide technical inputs to the project’s implementation. The main objective of the consultant’s assignment is support the transition of 10 districts recovering from emergency response interventions to stunting reduction, using the community based model for stunting reduction (MCBM). The consultant will also support the emergency response in 15 Food For Peace targeted districts by ensuring implementation of active screening, referral and management of acute malnutrition.

3. Objective (s)

· Ensure functional Ward Food and Nutrition Committees are formed in the 10 target districts.

· Support the operationalisation of Near Real Time Monitoring through the 100 Ward Nutrition Coordinators in the 10 districts.

· Improve nutritional status of children through counselling and reaching 160,000 of mothers and care givers on IYCN through the

VHWs.

· Improve Vitamin A supplementation coverage to 300,000 of the children 6-59 months.

· Ensure iron and folate supplementation to 18,330 of pregnant women for at least 90 days through monitoring.

· Support monitoring and screening of at least 145,913 of children under five for acute malnutrition.

· Support monitoring and referral for treatment of an estimated 6,164 of children with Severe Acute Malnutrition.

· Ensure that 135,000 of the children 6-24 months eligible for micro nutrients are reached with micro nutrient powders.

· Raise awareness on key IYCF practices through establishment of Mother Support Groups integrated with cooking demonstrations.

· Enhance nutrition sensitive programming by working in an multi-sectoral approach with child protection, WASH, HIV and the Social

Mobilisation teams.

4. Methodology & Expected Output

Under supervision of Nutrition Manager at UNICEF and in close collaboration with National Nutrition Department as well as the provincial and district health authorities and partnering NGOs, the consultant will provide technical assistance MCBM in 10 districts and IMAM emergency response in 15 FFP districts. The methodologies applied to this consultancy will include but not limited to:

  • Regular meeting and joint field visits with the implementing partners (MoHCC, World Vision International, Save the Children Zimbabwe and GOAL Zimbabwe)
  • Monitor progress of the DFID and FFP supported program implementation process for better results.
  • Regular meetings with National, provincial and districts authorities
  • On-site supportive supervision and trainings for health workers in charge of Nutrition
  • Community field-visits in the targeted districts
  • Coordinate capacity building activities for health workers on active screening and management of acute malnutrition.
  • Provide logistical and technical support in quantification of nutrition supplies and support the distribution planning
  • Coordinate nutrition emergency response activities with different partners in the Nutrition Sector
  • Compilation of relevant reports
  • 5. Major Tasks, Deliverables & Timeframe

    No

    Major Task

    Deliverable

    Payment schedule

    1

    Write an inception report

    Prepare implementation plan for the nutrition program for 10 MCBM and 15 FFP emergency districts.

    Support the Wrap Up and Monitoring of the DFID EL Nino grant in 10 districts.

    Write the Food For Peace (USAID) monthly activity report

    Inception report

    Comprehensive implementation plan agreed upon by the manager

    Wrap up and monitoring report

    Food For Peace Monthly activity (RUTF distribution, trends in the number of beneficiaries, Nutrition centers performance) reported timeously (by 15th of each month) submitted to the programme manager

    Payment shall be on a monthly basis upon submission of a detailed monthly report on activities carried out and the outcomes.

    2

    Plan and support the training of 450 Health workers from the 15 districts on IMAM

    Write the FFP monthly report

    Establish ward food and nutrition security committees (WFNSC) in 10 districts

    IMAM training report indicating that 450 health workers were trained on IMAM with support of the consultant.

    FFP Monthly activity reported timeously (by 15th of the month) submitted to the donor

    10 WFNSCs established and functioning in 10 districts

    3

    Train health workers on Micronutrient Nutrient Powders (MNPs), Vitamin A Supplementation (VAS), IYCF, child protection and HIV issues

    Write the FFP monthly report

    Establish Mother support groups in 10 districts

    100% of health facilities in 10 districts have at least 1 health worker trained on MNPs

    200 VHWs per district in 10 districts are trained on integrated MNPs, VAS, IYCF, child protection and HIV issues.

    FFP Monthly activity reported timeously (by 15th of the month) submitted to the donor

    200 mother support groups established in 10 districts

    4

    Train WFNSC on Near Real Time Monitoring System

    Write the FFP monthly report

    All WFNSC and Ward Nutrition Coordinators are trained on Near Real Time Monitoring and are reporting

    FFP Monthly activity reported timeously (by 15th of the month) submitted to the donor

    5

    Provide ongoing technical support to quality treatment of children with SAM and MAM

    Write the FFP monthly report

    Report indicating improved IMAM indicators (Cured rate >75%)

    FFP Monthly activity reported timeously (by 15th of the month) submitted to the donor

    6

    Provide ongoing support to quality treatment of children with SAM and MAM

    Write the FFP monthly report

    Write final report

    Report indicating improved IMAM indicators (Cured rate >75%)

    FFP Monthly activity reported timeously (by 15th of the month) submitted to the donor

    Comprehensive final report submitted to the Nutrition Manager

    A Monthly activity report will be submitted to the supervisor to provide information and progress on each task mentioned above, including recommendations and actions requiring follow up.

    6. Timeframe

    The consultancy will be for a period of 6 months from 01 February 2018 to 31 July 2018

    7. Consultancy Requirements

    Education

    – Advanced degree in Nutrition, Dietetics or Health or its equivalent.

    Work Experience

    – At least eight years of progressively responsible professional work experience on management of acute malnutrition in

    emergencies with experience in Community based health and nutrition programmes.

    – Knowledge of humanitarian and development issues.

    – Strong communication skills – presentation, facilitation, and writing skills

    – Ability to liaise with government, private stakeholders and communities

    – Able to work within various teams and can contribute to the overall success of that team

    – Able to demonstrate a flexible and adaptable approach to work.

    – Ability to communicate fluently in English required.

    Application Procedure

    If interested and available, please submit your application letter, CV, Technical and an all-inclusive financial proposal detailing professional fees, 5 field travel days per month and other miscellaneous expenses

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