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International consultant - to conduct a nutrition causal analysis (NCA) in Doloow IDP camps, Somalia (not for Somali nationals)

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Work type: Consultancy
Location: Somalia
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.

For every child, nutrition


How can you make a difference?


To catalyze more informed discussion and programming decisions amongst key actors on the ground, towards strengthening nutrition programming and impact in Gedo region. The objective of this study is to identify drivers of persistently high levels of acute malnutrition (wasting). The NCA process will assess the coping capacities of IDPs and their relative vulnerabilities to undernutrition to determine pathways to undernutrition and how the various risk factors conspire to lead to undernutrition by type, demographic, social and geographical location. The NCA will dig deeper into nutrition pathways from various vulnerable groups e.g. female and child headed households, households with disabled members among other socially disadvantaged group etc.  The assessment will also study positive deviants within the identified groups to understand what they do differently from the other community members.

Specific Objectives: 

  • To identify the main drivers and causes of acute malnutrition as well as levers and barriers of resilience to inform improved nutrition programming for IDPs
  • To strengthen the evidence base, support advocacy and catalyze positive shifts in programming to effectively address key causes of acute malnutrition in Gedo region and IDPs in particular
  • To assess the suitability of the theory of change underlying the resilience project in implementing the recommendations of the 2015 NCA

3. Research questions:

  1. What factors affect the prevalence and severity of malnutrition in Gedo region, and in particular IDP communities?
  2. What are the causal pathways by which children become wasted?
  3. Are IDPs accessing multisectoral prevention activities. If not, what are the reasons?
  4. What are the main underlying drivers of malnutrition in the communities studied?
  5. Which underlying drivers and pathways are most likely to be modifiable by stakeholders in the Dollow context?
  6. What priority actions are recommended to respond effectively to the findings?

 4. Methods:

The selected methodology will help to establish the association between the prevalence of acute malnutrition and the possible underlying and contributing risk factors. This NCA will be cross-sectional in nature designed to improve the understanding of the causes of acute malnutrition among Dollow IDPs. To identify and assess the multiple causes of malnutrition and develop causal pathways of malnourishment by which certain children in specific population groups and communities become malnourished, the following key elements of the methodology are suggested:

  • Review of secondary data (mainly FSNAU, SNS studies and humanitarian reports by UN OCHA and the Clusters’ 4W Matrices) to inform the development of initial hypotheses on underlying drivers, to guide the study and the development of NCA research tools
  • Key Informant Interviews (KIIs), Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) and an interactive analytical process based on consultations with key stakeholders to form the backbone of this NCA study
  • Conduct field observations, quantitative analysis and debrief sessions and triangulation of emerging NCA data with available expertise and secondary data as required to enrich the process
  • The qualitative inquiry will endeavor to document local definitions and understandings of malnutrition; to explore local perceptions of the wide-ranging causes of malnutrition; to identify relevant seasonal and historical trends as perceived by study respondents and to understand how IDP communities prioritize perceived underlying drivers of acute malnutrition. A series of FGDs and KIIs will help identify key underlying drivers. The analysis should highlight factors modifiable by different stakeholders, to inform stronger, more suitable responses.

5. Duration of the consultancy: 

Estimated timeframe is a minimum of 2 months depending on proposed methodology and work plan. 

6. Deliverables:

  • A detailed methodology and action plan along with work plan prepared and approved
  • Draft NCA Report developed and submitted
  • NCA report with recommendations disseminated at the stakeholders workshop
  • Final NCA report submitted to UNICEF 

The consultant should submit on a timely manner all the required products. Each product should be submitted under print ready soft copies. The electronic quality of the soft copy of the required products should be in a format that can be properly printed without any adjustments or additional configurations

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in one of the following fields: 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
  • A minimum of eight (8) years of progressive work experience
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset
  • Fluency in English is required

Applications should include:

  • One supporting document of max 3 pages outlining core competencies in line with the assignment, the proposed methodology of work including timeframe and location and the financial expectations,
  • Evidence of past experience in undertaking similar assignments (three most recent documents preferred) of similar works done
  • Three (3) references of previous assignments
  • Financial proposal

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.

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.


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

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