Uganda: Consultancy – Nutrition Knowledge Management and Programme support (Ugandan Nationals only) – 5 Months

Organization: UN Children's Fund
Country: Uganda
Closing date: 23 May 2018

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Under the supervision of the Nutrition Specialist, the consultant will support program (KNP) development and identify and share lessons learned from the implementation of KNP activities and research studies.

Background

There have been significant investments by the government of Uganda (GOU) and development partners to improve security, infrastructure and basic services in Karamoja over the past decade. Despite these investments, the sub region continues to have the worst economic indicators in Uganda. The extreme poverty in Karamoja has serious impacts on health, wellness, and the societal coherence of the region. The poor market access, increased poverty induced sales of food, cultural and social resistance to change increase the risk of malnutrition among children in the sub region. Despite the increased investment in the health services, poor WASH and health seeking practices, increase the risk of diseases associated with malnutrition in the region. Undernutrition and food insecurity prevail in the sub-region and continue undermining the health and education opportunities and thus minimise the likelihood of significantly transforming livelihoods for years to come. The prevalence of global acute malnutrition (GAM) in Karamoja have remained unacceptable (above 10%) over the last five years despite the implementation of high impact nutrition interventions at facility and community levels.

A number of information gaps have been identified, such as lack of effective integration of nutrition into the health system, unreliable estimates of coverage and burden of acute malnutrition due to lack of context specific data on acute malnutrition incidence, weak community-based interventions, lack of understanding of the extent to which anaemia is caused by iron deficiency, poor complementary feeding practices despite current SBCC interventions and a lack of a gender-sensitive nutrition program. UNICEF and WFP will carry out the Karamoja Nutrition Programme (KNP), with support from DFID, sustain ongoing nutrition actions and address the above knowledge gaps.

During the inception phase of the programme, UNICEF and WFP have outlined a number of assessments and studies that will form the basis of the new KNP programme. The knowledge management consultant will support the identification and synthesis of information derived from ongoing KNP activities and research studies for knowledge development and drafting of the new KNP proposal.

Key Tasks:

  • Identify, capture, synthesize, and share lessons learned for knowledge development
  • Apply innovative approaches and promote good practices to support the implementation and delivery of concrete and sustainable programme (KNP) results
  • Research, benchmark and report on best and cutting edge practices for development planning of knowledge products and systems for KNP
  • Develop and update on a weekly basis an e-filing structure for KNP documents
  • Work closely and collaboratively with colleagues and partners (e.g. WFP, Government of Uganda) to discuss implementation issues of the KNP inception phase. Provide solutions, recommendations and/or alert appropriate officials (Nutrition Specialist at UNICEF Uganda) and stakeholders for higher-level intervention and/or decision-making.
  • Support with tracking of programmatic progress of KNP activities with regular updates to be shared with the Nutrition manager and other team members.
  • Keep record of reports and assessments for easy reference and/or to capture and institutionalize lessons learned
  • Contribute to the development and establishment of the new KNP goals, objectives, strategies, and results-based planning, through analysis of nutrition needs and areas for intervention; and submission of recommendations for priority and goal setting
  • Provide technical and operational support throughout all stages of programming processes by executing and administering a variety of technical programme transactions; preparing materials and documentations, and complying with organizational processes and management systems, to support programme planning, results based planning (RBM), and monitoring and evaluation of results
  • Prepare required documentations and materials to facilitate the KNP programme approval process
  • Prepare regular and mandated programme reports for management, donors and partners to keep them informed of programme progress
  • Support with the dissemination of the results from the inception phase from the studies both at national and regional level
  • Support with any other duties agreed with the supervisor and/or the UNICEF nutrition team.
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    Qualification Requirements:

    The consultant will be expected to have the following qualifications and skills:

    1. EDUCATION (knowledge):

  • 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.

    2. EXPERIENCE:

  • At least three years of professional experience in designing, implementing and reviewing public health nutrition programs.
  • Experience in nutrition programme design, implementation and oversight in different nutrition technical areas—Treatment of acute malnutrition, prevention of undernutrition (micronutrients, deworming and community mobilization and SBCC for nutrition), Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) for nutrition, strengthening the enabling environment/nutrition governance including multi-sectoral nutrition strategy planning and development.
  • Experience in the implementation and documentation of studies and assessments (quantitative and qualitative research studies).
  • Experience and skills in programme management and strategic planning.
  • Experience in facilitating multi-partner and multi-sector working groups in national settings.
  • Familiarity with past and ongoing nutrition or food security programs in the Karamoja region is an asset.
  • Experience in health/nutrition programme/project development in a UN system agency or organization is an asset
  • Experience in continuous quality improvement (CQI) in Uganda and Karamoja would be an asset.
  • Experience in SBCC activities for IYCF would be an asset
  • Knowledge of and understanding of the Karamoja context including the wide array of stakeholders and programs will be a distinct advantage
  • Understanding of the Uganda policy environment for nutrition, is an added advantage
  • 3. SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Critical thinking and analytical skills.
  • Very good intersectoral coordination skills
  • Excellent written and communications and interpersonal skills; Ability to write concise scientific documents, including proposal development
  • Excellent knowledge management skills, including writing skills.
  • Effective organizational skills; high drive for results and commitment
  • Teamwork and strong interpersonal and intercultural skills
  • Computer literacy especially with Excel and database management is required.
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    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=512933

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