Azerbaijan: Consultancy on data collection and analysis related to introduction and implementation of wheat flour fortification programme in Azerbaijan

Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Country: Azerbaijan
Closing date: 15 Apr 2018

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Fortification is the process of adding vitamins and minerals to foods to prevent nutritional deficiencies. Wheat flour, maize flour and rice are primarily fortified to prevent diseases, strengthen immune systems, and improve productivity and cognitive development. Fortification is successful because it makes frequently eaten foods more nutritious without relying on consumers to change their habits. Wheat flour is the staple most commonly fortified (already in 87 countries) with iron in large-scale fortification programs. In Azerbaijan, recent surveys show that every fourth child under 5 age and every third woman of reproductive age are anaemic. This high prevalence of anaemia among children and reproductive age women is an emerging issue of public health that may cause to lower productive human capacity, leading to huge health care expenditures and economic losses of the country. This happens due to various micronutrient deficiencies leading by iron deficiency.

For many years, UNICEF has supported the Ministry of Health (MOH) to develop a law on wheat flour fortification as an easiest and cheapest way to reduce anaemia among population particularly for children and pregnant women. UNICEF has already supported pilot project on flour fortification in Azerbaijan in 2005-2007. The results of pilot project showed significant reduction of iron deficiency and anaemia among population including children and pregnant women. However, this pilot was not able to scale-up nationwide and the anaemia prevalence level remained high along the years.

Continuous efforts have been made by UNCIEF to advocacy with the government to develop and adopt the law on flour fortification and recently achieved some good progress. A draft Law on Flour Fortification has been developed followed by a round table consultation with multi-stakeholders and achieved good consensus. Before endorsement of the national FF legislation, the Government of Azerbaijan needs a clear perspective over all financial aspects of this program in terms of costs, benefits and potential influence on the cost of the flour/ bread.

A high-quality financial assessment is a critical step to support the policy makers in Azerbaijan to decide on the choice of the law and also throughout the process of adoption of the national law and implementation of the national program. The Country Office has no existing capacity and requires international expertise to support the initiative. To support international consultant there is also need for local consultant for collection of data necessary for financial assessment.

The consultancy will contribute to the UNICEF Country Programme 2016-2020 planned results on:

Outcome: Quality and equitable social services

Output: Strengthened public and private sector commitment and accountability to legislate and implement nutrition interventions

Activity Cost-estimation for flour fortification program in Azerbaijan

The consultant will provide technical support to collect necessary data, documents and materials for financial assessment on introduction and implementation of a flour fortification program in Azerbaijan and support an international expert to gather all needed information.

Deliverables:

  • Data collected based on international consultant’s request provided in English
  • Developed agenda for in-country visit of international consultant
  • Comments and feedbacks including from local stakeholders on final report of financials assessment on introduction and implementation of a flour fortification program in Azerbaijan.
  • A final consultancy report to descript the tasks, results and lessons learned in the process.
  • This ToR outlines the purpose of assignment, major tasks to be accomplished and required qualifications of candidates.

    How can you make a difference?

    Guided by UNICEF and the International Consultant, the national consultancy includes more specifically:

    – Collection of all necessary statistical, policy, legislative and other data for costs estimation; Translate the relevant documents into English providing analytical summary of the documents in English.

    – Together with Programme Officer arrangement of meetings with all relevant stakeholders during in-country visit of international consultant;

    – Review and ensure accuracy of source data/information and provide comments to the draft report. Follow-up with local stakeholders on review and feedbacks for final report, provided in English.

    Time frame, costs and payment schedule:

    The consultancy covers the period of 23rd April to 29th June, 2018.

    The payment will be made based on deliverables as following:

    Deliverable

    Timeframe and deadline

    Payment

    1) Collection of preliminary data from the country based on the requirement provided by the International Consultant

    20th April – 4th May

    No payment

    2) Support international consultants in-country visit

    7 – 11th May

    No payment

    3) Review of the draft report with accuracy check of source data and follow-up with national stakeholders

    29th May – 8th June

    No payment

    4) Proofreading of the final report in Azeri.

    18 – 20th June

    100% of total cost

    The payment will be made based on deliverables and satisfaction of work after completion of assignment.

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

  • Local consultant is required with following qualifications:

  • At least post-graduate degrees in Public Health, Economy, Food Science, Food Technology, Nutrition, Nutrition policy and economics or a related field
  • Strong skills on collection and analysis of statistical and other types of data
  • At least 3 years’ experience in strategic planning, financing, performance improvement and monitoring.
  • Experience in research, policy analysis, management and programming-related work.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision;
  • Evidence of having undertaken similar assignments;
  • Demonstrated experience in working with government partners and other stakeholders, especially in supporting public-sector institutions to clarify mission and strategic direction
  • Knowledge on flour fortification programs and related issues is a plus

    The consultant is also expected to bring/possess the following skills and competencies:

  • Must be result-oriented, a team player, exhibiting high levels of enthusiasm, tact, diplomacy and integrity;
  • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal and professional skills in interacting with government and development partners;
  • Skills in facilitation of stakeholder engagements/workshops;
  • High level of knowledge of Azerbaijani language; proficient written and oral communication skills in 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.

    The technical competencies required for this post are….

    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:

    Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

    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=511938

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