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Purpose of Assignment:
To address under nutrition systematically and at scale, the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) launched the National Nutrition Service (NNS), comprising of a set of child and maternal nutrition interventions focused on the critical window of opportunity of 1000 days. Efforts have been made to mainstream nutrition within the existing health and family planning service delivery systems all over the country. However, poor management and planning at districts/ sub-district levels and inadequate technical capacity and skills of health workers to provide nutrition services and counselling were identified as two critical bottlenecks in the effective implementation of NNS.
To address these, the “Accelerating implementation of NNS (AINSS)” project was conceived with an objective to strengthen system for evidence-based planning at districts and sub-district levels and enhance skills and capacity of health workers to deliver nutrition at the facility level. At present, UNICEF is supporting the Government to implement the project in 43 districts out of 64 districts.
The implementation includes two approaches: first, provision of dedicated nutrition professional, District Nutrition Support Officer (DNSO), at the district to empower and transform districts capacity in planning, implementation and monitoring and reporting of the nutrition services. The second part of the project is Competency Based Training (CBT) and mentoring of health managers and service providers, which has a more focus on building the skills of the health service providers for efficient and effective nutrition service delivery. Also known as Dipshikha in Bangla, is an innovative way to improve the knowledge as well as skills and competencies of managers, supervisors and service providers to deliver nutrition interventions. Unlike conventional training, CBT focuses more on building the skills of the health service providers through practical demonstration and hands on practice. The current 3 days training module includes infant, and young child feeding practices, adolescent and woman’s nutrition; and growth monitoring and promotion. The training is also supplemented with mentoring to ensure adequate retention of the knowledge and skills. The managers and first line supervisors, who receive additional 2 days on supportive supervision, mentoring and monitoring.
The uniqueness of the CBT is the component of post-training supportive supervision, mentoring and monitoring. Thus, the capacity building of the service providers is not only restricted to the training sessions but are extended to their workplace through on-site technical support by their respective supervisors. Each health facility is visited every quarter for supportive supervision.
This is one of the key projects supported by the Nutrition Section. An independent evaluation done by icddr,b found great improvement in knowledge of health workers after receiving the training but also highlighted the need to further improve the skills and application of the knowledge, i.e. quality of IYCF counselling, through refresher and effective mentoring, which needs attention. There has also been concern that the maternal nutrition component has been weak. Thus, the current training package (both module 1 and 2) and mentoring approach needs to be refined. Furthermore, the Government has also decided, as part of a new refresher module, also introduce new nutrition themes that was not part of the existing modules. The Government now is calling the package Comprehensive Competency Training on Nutrition (CCTN).
The CBT has been implemented in 26 districts between 2017 and 2018 and recently the Government rolled out the package in additional 6 districts in the past six months. The Government has included rollout of CCTN training in the new NNS operational plan (2017-22) and has plan to cover all remaining districts by 2020 largely with their own resources. Specifically, 18 districts in the 2019-2020 fiscal year.
Therefore, is an urgent need to revise the current package based on the implementation experience, assessment and evaluations. UNICEF Nutrition Section is recruiting an International nutrition expert to lead overall development of CCTN training and mentoring package. To support the lead consultant, the section will also be hiring a national consultant as well as plan, coordinate, track and report rollout of CCTN activities for 18 districts for the fiscal year.
Description of assignment:
A. Support Lead CCTN consultant to:
- Based on implementation experience, assessments and evaluation findings, work with nutrition stakeholders and CCTN team to refine the existing training package (Module 1 and Module 2 under Competency Based Training). The consultant with lead a team comprising with CCTN team (IPHN, NIPSOM, ICMH) and also ME specialist, maternal nutrition consultant and other professionals as deemed necessary
- Develop case studies to be used for mentoring of health workers during supportive supervision and through peer discussions
- Review and refine promotional tools to be used by health workers focusing on key messages
- Conduct assessment of the current masters and district trainers’ capacity used for rolling out the CBT modules
- Refine Job Descriptions and conduct national resource pool training
- Supervise training of district trainers on new CCTN modules
- Develop new refresher module (3) to reinforce module 1 and 2 new topics identified by CCTN team, pretest and finalize it and conduct masters training
B. Support IPHN, NIPSOM and ICMH to plan, coordinate and track rollout of the CCTN:
- Coordinate with partners to develop plan and execute it to rollout the trainings
- Conduct strategic review and performance tracking of the training rollout
- Provide quality assurance oversight of capacity building of national resource persons and trainers for CCTN
- Manage external monitoring of the CCTN to ensure due diligence
- Work with research institution to conduct post 6-month training assessments
- Work with IT company to ensure transfer of skills to manage CCTN online dashboard
- Provide support to IPHN to ensure effective implementation of the post training supportive supervision activities and documentation
- Monthly activity report against agreed work plan
- National workshop of CCTN leading to development of 2019-2020 fiscal year work plan to rollout and 2020-2021 plan
- Annual budget with Government and partners contribution and supply requirement
- Training rollout activity plan with timeline by each training partner institution
- External monitoring report of CCTN using RTMR
- Monthly activity on the support provided to the lead consultant and activities carried out to develop new CCTN
- Post-training supportive supervision plan and monthly tracking report with key findings and analysis using RTMR data uploaded by the front-line supervisors (generated by NIPU)
- Weekly and monthly update of the rollout of the CCTN training through of CCTN dashboard
- Quarterly Advisory CCTN meeting
- Quarterly Partners meeting
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- Advanced University degree in relevant field, public health, nutrition
- 10 years’ work experience in public health and nutrition in developing country settings.
- Experience on developing training courses, curriculum, modules and manuals using participatory and skills-based training methodologies for managers, supervisors and frontline workers.
- Proven experience of developing nutrition training for community health workers and volunteers
- Experience in project management, particularly supporting Government to rollout training package
- Negotiation skills to bring together different stakeholders for joint initiative
- Experience working in Government system
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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
- Duty Station: Dhaka with frequent travel
- Duration: 10 months
- Professional Fees: BDT 250,000/- per month
- Travel & DSA Cost: Will be provided at actual cost as per UNICEF requirements
- Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.