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International Consultancy-Individucal contractor- Nutrition in Emergency Support

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Work type: Consultancy
Location: Senegal
Categories: Nutrition

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

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Background

Women and children in West and Central Africa remain affected by a variety of humanitarian crises, including insecurity and conflict, drought, flooding, epidemics and acute malnutrition. Conflicts in the Central African Republic (CAR) and in North East Nigeria have led to mass displacement, grave human rights violations and the initiation of self-defence groups that threaten stability in the sub-region. Widespread insecurity persists in northern Mali. Although refugee numbers have declined slightly in Mauritania, Burkina Faso and Niger, remaining refugees are not likely to return to their homes soon. In Eastern DRC, despite the defeat of the M23, one of the major armed groups, other resurgent armed groups have emerged, perpetuating violence and conflict, which may result in increased humanitarian assistance needs. In the Sahel countries, children under 5 years continue to suffer from acute malnutrition coupled with gastro-enteritis and respiratory infections, added to a significant increase in malaria cases that has been observed. In addition, the region remains confronted by Ebola, ravaging Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia in 2014-2015, and a new outbreak is currently faced by DRC, as well impacting neighbouring countries at immediate risk, requiring steadfast scale-up of humanitarian response, as well as increased prevention and preparedness efforts. With both local and national elections upcoming in 2018-2019 in many countries women and children in the region may be affected by further civil unrest and turmoil.

 

In 2019, UNICEF WCARO is committed to continue to provide technical coordination and improve preparedness to help country offices reach vulnerable children and women. Notably, WCARO is committed to provide adequate nutrition response to affected children and to reinforce an integrated, multi-sector approaches to the nutrition crisis, incorporating Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) treatment as well as early detection and prevention activities with a innovative approaches and package of interventions in different sectors. WCARO will support capacity building across all sectors to provide country offices and partners with the practical tools, skills and knowledge needed to support crisis-affected children. The regional office will continue to strengthen results monitoring in humanitarian situations, and will support and oversee emergency-related evaluations. The resilience agenda will also continue to be promoted to assist countries with chronic and recurrent humanitarian needs to develop in-depth risk analysis and mitigation plans.

In addition to the support to regular programming and crucial prevention activities, WCARO nutrition team is particularly committed to support adequate nutrition response in emergency situations and looming Sahel crisis. This include remote and field support to Country Office, monitoring of responses, development of technical guidance, support to in-country coordination groups / clusters, liaison with OCHA regional office, leadership and oversight of the nutrition pillar of responses plans, support to the development of the resilience agenda, as well as advocacy, resource mobilization, and donor’s report for grants managed regionally including several COs.

How can you make a difference?

Objectives

The overall objective of the consultancy is to provide technical support to the nutrition section with data and reporting.

The specific objectives include:

  • Compile and submit timely and quality nutrition data from countries, especially on care for children with SAM
  • Provide technical assistance for regional proposal consolidation, monitoring and donor reporting (Sahel regional grants)
  • Monitor the Sahel response with up to date data and information

Assist country clusters with timely data especially for the HNO, HRP and HPM.

Scope of work

Under the supervision of the Nutrition in Emergency Specialist, the consultant will ensure that humanitarian grants e.g. ECHO, OFDA, USAID-FFP, DFID are implemented as per proposals action plans and timelines. The consultant will also keep the nutrition database up to date to ensure adequate feedback on situation and progress to donors.

Deliverables and Schedules

Activities

Deliverables

Due date

1.   Collect information to support donor reporting (FFP-OFDA)

Report on consolidated country inputs 

30 November 2018

2.   Monitor and follow implementation and coherence of the ECHO grant 2018 (SM 18 0130) in 4 supported countries (Mali, Niger, BF, and Mauritania)

Consultancy report on monitoring of the implementation /coherence of the ECHO grant in supported countries, electronic submission in donor’s format

 

November, the 23rd, 2018 – To be shared with PARMO

3.   Technical support in preparation and consolidation of regional proposal in consultation with COs

2019 consolidated ECHO proposal, Electronic submission in donor’s format.

 

By mid-December 2018 – to be shared with PARMO

4.   Technical support to Country Offices in the HNO and HRP 2019 exercises

5.   Consolidation of information to be shared with OCHA for HRP 2019 monitoring and revision process, and coordination with WFP regional office to collect all relevant information for the sector reporting (per quarter)

HRP draft report (according OCHA schedule) – electronic submission

 

 

According to OCHA schedule in 2019

6.   Bi-monthly follow up of RUTF pipeline for Sahel countries in collaboration with Supply section

Creation of new regional tool to monitor RUTF Supply pipeline and proposition of harmonized method of RUTF pipeline monitoring – Electronic format

Bi-monthly RUTF pipeline status

Recommendations coordinated with supply colleagues

Electronic submission on pipeline excel file Is provided

Each 2 months January 1st and March 2019

7.   Provide technical support on data and information management to country cluster coordinators

4W matrix or SAM databases (or any other tools needed) from each supported country

31 March 2019

8.   Technical support in collecting IMAM data for Sahel countries

9.   Reporting to Food Security and Nutrition Working Group and OCHA

10.Participate in all internal and/or external coordination meetings related to emergency preparedness and response of the Sahel Crisis and related to IMAM programmes as well as SMART surveys

11.Draft requested documents, briefing, reports, or proposals related to emergency preparedness and response, or to the Sahel Crisis or to integrated management of acute malnutrition programmes

12.Collaborate strongly with Emergency and Supply Sections for emergency related needs

13.Support the Emergency Nutrition specialist for other tasks on information management, draft paper and humanitarian monitoring (continuous).

A quality IMAM dashboard to be shared on a monthly basis for Sahel countries + Quality IMAM report covering the whole WCA region to be shared on a quarterly basis

Power-Point presenting main results, challenges, threats on IMAM program in the WCA region to be shared during FSNWG

Synthesis of key outcomes from internal and external meetings attended shared

 

Proposals and briefs drafted and submitted

 Monthly IMAM Dashboard for Sahel countries to be shared the 30th of each month

IMAM report for the WCA region to be shared quarterly

Power Points to be prepared each month depending on the FSNWG schedule

 

Ongoing

14.Technical support to 4 countries to revise monitoring and analytical tools for IMAM program coverage and performances, and for the development of country SAM database

 

SAM databases (or any other tools needed) for each supported country developed alongside a 2019 regional database to ensure proper monitoring and reporting at CO and RO levels

2019 Monitoring and Reporting tools to be shared by January 2019

Timing

Starting date: 29th November 2018

Ending date: 16th April 2019

Reporting Requirements

  • Timely submission of data for updating the Sahel Dashboard
  • Timely submission of RUTF pipeline information
  • 2 donor reports/proposals consolidated as per donor format
  • Follow up of internal HPM and OCHA requests, and timely preparation of material requested
  • Monitoring report on grant implementation (e.g. ECHO)
  • Country trip reports
  • Final consultancy report

    Administrative Issues

    The consultant will be working from home on a fulltime assignment with a few travels to the region and possibly countries. The consultant will interact with COs nutrition team for specifics tasks and consolidate the information for review and use at different levels of the nutrition section.

    IT equipment will be provided by the consultant.

    Ongoing communications to support day to day activities, the supervisor will establish regular touch base meetings (monthly) to review progress and challenges.

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

EDUCATION

At least a master’s degree in nutrition or public health or related field – or equivalent professional experience

WORK EXPERIENCE

At least 5 years of experience in program and information management related to nutrition or humanitarian field. Experience in donors’ reporting is an asset.

LANGUAGES

Fluency in French and English.

COMPETENCIES

•        Ability to express clearly and concisely ideas and concepts in written and oral form.

•        Ability to work in a multicultural environment.

•        Proven skills in report writing, especially for emergency donors.

•        Work experience in sub-Saharan Africa; ideally in West and Central Africa

•        Work experience with major donors in the field of nutrition

Computer skills, including internet navigation and various office applications.

For every Child, you demonstrate dedication

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.

“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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.”

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.

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