Vaga para Consultor: Oficial de Informação Nutricional

Vaga para Consultor: Oficial de Informação Nutricional
Vaga para Consultor: Oficial de Informação Nutricional

14 janeiro, 2022

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Background and Justification:

 

UNICEF works to prevent all forms of malnutrition in Mozambique, by improving access to safe, nutritious and affordable diets to children and caregivers both in development and humanitarian contexts. Evidence generation is a key pillar of UNICEF’s support to Mozambican Government and in view of the ongoing criticality to sustain UNICEF’s nutrition leadership in Mozambique, the Child Health and Nutrition Section requires a Nutrition Information consultant to provide technical support to the implementation of nutrition surveys planned for 2022.

 

In the development context, in 2020, UNICEF in partnership with the European Union and the Mozambican Government, launched a 4-year Nutrition Programme to contribute to recovery efforts for people in need in six cyclone-affected districts of Sofala and contribute to the rehabilitation of service delivery for nutrition, health, and WASH. The Action focus on restoring and scaling up nutrition and WASH services with a focus on the first ‘1,000 days window’ from conception to two years of age, as this is when most stunting takes place and when interventions can have the greatest impact.

Among key goals of the programme, is to generate evidence on findings and learning which in turn will feed into nationwide and global learning on actions for stunting reduction. The consultant will provide technical support on the design and part of the implementation of the survey in close collaboration with the hired S3M survey consultants and will continue the engagement with the National Institute of Statistics and the Government (SETSAN) at national and subnational level (Sofala province).

 

In the emergency context, the conflict in Cabo Delgado province continues to escalate and was declared an L2 corporate emergency since November 2020.  Since November 2021 and following sporadic but intense attacks in neighbouring province of Niassa, which displaced more than 3,000 people in Mecula province, the conflict gained new proportions and demands new nutrition surveys to assess the health and nutrition situation of women and children affected by the conflict.

 

Purpose and Objective:

 

Purpose: Technical support to nutrition surveys planning, implementation and reporting as per existing surveys protocol.

 

Objectives:

  1. Provide technical support on the design and implementation of the S3M survey and ensure continued engagement with the National Institute of Statistics and the Government (SETSAN) at national and subnational level (Sofala province).
  2. Provide leadership and active participation to SMART nutrition assessments followed by IPC (Interphase Classification for food security and nutrition) analysis workshops in Northern provinces of Cabo Delgado, Nampula and Niassa provinces.
  3. Methodology and Technical Approach:

 

As the agency responsible for leadership of the Nutrition Cluster, UNICEF needs to provide leadership on SMART surveys and IPC analysis, and other methods to document the extent of acute malnutrition and food insecurity in the Northern provinces and affected areas. The consultant will oversee technically survey planning, implementation and reporting as per existing survey protocol.

 

  1. Activities and Tasks:

The consultant will provide support on the following:

 

Spatial Sampling Survey (S3M) in Sofala

 

  1. Provide technical inputs during the survey design and development of the survey protocol, including first stage sample plan with sampling maps in close collaboration with the hired Consultants, participate in the technical meetings with the National Institute of Statistics and the Government (SETSAN) at national and subnational level (Sofala province), including final review of the survey questionnaire to ensure it is ready to be used.
  2. Co-facilitate training of survey enumerators for data collection in Sofala province, including two days monitoring of data collection.
  3. Supervise data collection and data quality checks throughout data collection.
  4. Support S3M consultants on data analysis and drafting narrative of survey report.

 

SMART/IPC Northern provinces

  1. Provide technical support to design planning and implementation (training, monitoring, data analysis) of nutrition SMART survey, in collaboration with UNICEF regional office and other experts as appropriate
  2. Serve as liaison with government agencies such as Ministry of Health (MiSau) at national and provincial levels, the national and provincial Technical Secretariat for Food Security and Nutrition (SETSAN) and the National Institute of Statistics (INE) in the design, planning and implementation of nutrition survey.  Obtain approvals for protocols as needed.
  3. Provide leadership and active participation to IPC (Interphase Classification for food security and nutrition) analysis workshops in Mozambique, in collaboration with other UN partners (i.e. FAO and WFP) and UNICEF regional office.
  4. Support analysis of nutrition data sets as identified and generate knowledge products for the appropriate audiences (policy/advocacy documents and presentations, info graphics for nutrition cluster and prospective donors, manuscripts for peer review publications, inputs to the UNICEF Mozambique Country Programme Planning Process, etc).

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

Academic qualifications:

A university degree in one of the following fields is required:  nutrition, public health, nutritional epidemiology, global/international health and nutrition, health/nutrition research, policy and/or management, health sciences, nutritional epidemiology, or another health-related science field. An advanced degree and proven relevant experience is an asset.

Work experience:

At least five years of experience conducting and advising on nutritional assessments and data analysis, in particular SMART surveys and rapid nutrition assessments. Experience in a health/nutrition programme/project in a UN system agency or organization is an asset.

Specific knowledge, competencies, and skills required:

Highly proficient and experienced in designing and delivering training, including ToTs.

Established excellence in written communication, including the preparation of user friendly capacity building materials and guidelines.

Language skills:

Fluency in English and Portuguese is required.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

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.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

Remarks:

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

 

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