Job at UNICEF: National consultant for technical assistance to MoH/RBC/MCCH-Strengthening the Nutrition Monitoring System , UNICEF Rwanda (08 May 2017)
Job Number: 504266 | Vacancy Link
Work Type: Consultancy
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Background and rationale
Rwanda has made consistent progress in reducing child deaths over the last decade through strategy focused on reaching high coverage of basic public health services. The under five mortality rates decreased from 152 (per 1,000 live births) in 2005 to 50 in 2015. However to sustain the gain made in reducing child deaths, the country should maintain efforts to prevent and to treat malnutrition which remains one of the major public health concern.
According to the most recent Demographic Health Survey (DHS 2015), Rwanda experienced a significant decrease in prevalence of wasting in children under five (3.9% DHS 2005 compared to 2.2% DHS 2015). Stunting in children under five reduced from 51% to 38% whch still above the WHO high severity threshold. Many interventions are being implemented to reduce the burden of malnutrition with special focus on stunting reduction working accross sectors.
In order to accelerate progresses, UNICEF and Ministry of Health in line with National Food and Nutrition Policy and Strategic Plan adopted in 2013, have been working to promoting the culture of data generation and data use to monitor the situation and inform decision using different systems. It is within this context that in July 2016, the Rwanda Biomedical Center has initiated the growth/stunting monitoring program at health facilities level and integration of nutrition commodities into the national supply chain management system with the main objective, to provide information for nutrition (stunting) status of children for effective action in response. Accordingly staff at health facility level have been trained and provided with adequate equipment and required supplies.
Despite such considerable efforts and potential, the system is not yet to provide full expected results as there is no systematic follow up mechanism in place to ensure full operationalization and integration of the growth/stunting monitoring program and nutrition commodities into the health management system. Consequently the growth/stunting monitoring program initiated and integration of nutrition commodities in national supply chain management system in July 2016 is not generating yet timely, quality and comprehensive information needed to monitor the situation and to inform decision.
Thus there is an imperative need of a technical assistance to support MoH/RBC/MCCH staff’s efforts to strengthen growth/stunting monitoring program at health facilities level and integration of nutrition commodities into the national supply chain management system. The UNICEF office and MoH/RBC/MCCH at central level are not in a position to provide additional human resources to undertake this work. Therefore UNICEF office in Rwanda is seeking a technical assistant to provide technical support to MoH/RBC/MCCH for operationalization of these newly adopted initiatives. Such assignment requires expertise in developing M&E plan and tools specific to such service provision as well as ability to travel regularly within the country for field visits and to supporting the staff implementing activities at health facility level.
To this end, UNICEF Rwanda is looking for a consultant to assess and streghenthen the growth/stunting monitoring program at health facilities level and nutrition commodities integration into the national supply chain management system initiated by MoH in July 2017.
Key duties and objective
Specifically the objectives of this technical support are:
- Review/analyze the growth/stunting monitoring program including the reporting system and data collection processes (at national, district and health facility levels);
- Review/analyse the processes of integration of nutrition commodities into the national supply chain management system
- Identify opportunities and challenges in relation to the operationalization of these two initiatives;
- Develop a set of recommendations in the short and long-run on how to operationnalise and sustain the information collection, reporting and analysis processes and allow for timely, comprehensive and quality information generation on both initiatives;
- Establish/propose linkage of growth/stunting monitoring program with others nutrition and MoH monitoring and evaluation systems;
- Establish/propose linkage of nutrition commodities management with others nutrition and MoH programs;
- Develop tools/templates to support data collection, reporting and data analysis and use as needed;
- Provide technical advice to the concerned stakeholders for supplies and nutrition commodities management, as well as for quality data collection, reporting, data analysis and dissemination;
- Provides technical support to district and health facility-based staff in the areas of supplies and nutrition commodities management as well as for stunting monitoring, data collection as well as data analysis and use;
- Undertake frequent and regular field visits to monitor support activities, as well as conduct or participate in periodic reviews, trainings, supervisions with government counterparts and other partners as needed;
- Proposes and/or undertakes action on operational procedures affecting management nutrition commodities and implementation of the growth/stunting monitoring program;
- Exchange information and support coordination activities with the other components of the nutrition program as well as with other programme of MoH/RBC/MCCH to contribute to the effective integration and to the achievement of the overall objectives of the MoH Programmes.
The consultant will work closely with Nutrition Unit in the UNICEF office and will be based/posted in Nutrition Desk of MoH/RBC/MCCH to perform the tasks described above:
- Review of relevant recent reports and information on nutrition commodities management system and overall existing monitoring and reporting systems;
- Work with the national experts on the subject and in consultation with social cluster ministries, implementing partners and partners in analysing and defining the gaps and needs for an improved growth/stunting monitoring program and supply chain management system;
- Conduct field visits to districts to observe and collect information on actual gaps, potential and resources needed, including checks and analysis of routine data collection (indicators, forms, flows, governing documents) and reporting;
- Facilitate national and district debriefing meetings to present, discuss, prioritize and consent on the progress, findings and recommendations.
- Analytic descriptive report of existing nutrition commodities management system and growth/stunting monitoring program at health facility level and reporting systems and data collection and reporting processes
- Gap assessment report with recommendations and action points to operationalising the growth/stunting monitoring program and nutrition commodities management system;
- Implementation plan on how to achieve recommendations made
- Workshops/meetings with stakeholders to discuss findings and recommendation
- Monthly activity reports
- Field visits reports
Supervision and stakeholders’ participation
The consultant will be based in nutrition Desk and will work in close collaboration with MoH/RBC/MCCH, under the overall supervision of the head of Nutrition Unit of UNICEF Rwanda Country Office who will support the overall process for the Technical Assistance.
As national ownership is necessary, involvement of the government, civil society and other national stakeholders at each steps of the process is a pre-requisite for acceptance and adoption of the final documents and implementation of suggested recommendations and action points.
The consultant will develop within two weeks working days of contract signing a detailed work plan in consultation with the UNICEF nutrition team and the head of nutrition desk of MoH/RBC/MCCH. The Consultancy plan will be finalized and validate with UNICEF nutrition team in close collaboration with MoH/RBC/MCCH nutrition desk.
Qualifications and Requirements
- Advanced university degree in nutrition studies, public health or other relevant social sciences preferably with some specialized training in public health programs monitoring and evaluation.
- At least two years professional work experience in the development field including focus on nutrition program planning, monitoring, evaluation and reporting, with particular interest in issues relating to child survival and development and results based management.
- Skills in quantitative and qualitative analysis and analytical communication.
- Demonstrated skills in work planning, monitoring and report preparation, including writing in English and/or French language.
- Familiarity with the MoH, UN and/or UNICEF planning processes is an asset.
- Proven ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and to establish and maintain harmonious and effective productive working relationships, and to meet deadlines.
- Good interpersonal and communication skills and ability to travel frequently out of Kigali.
Please indicate your ability, availability and all inclusive monthly rate (in RWF) to undertake the terms of reference above. Applications submitted without a monthly rate will not be considered.
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Opening Date Mon Apr 24 2017 08:00:00 GMT+0200 (South Africa Standard Time) South Africa Standard Time
Closing Date Mon May 08 2017 23:55:00 GMT+0200 (South Africa Standard Time)
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