- Build awareness of young people and policy makers on NCD risks and burdens;
- Empower young people with the information and skills to influence policy and demand accountability for their health and well-being at local, national and global levels;
- Work with young people and government leaders to develop and enforce public policies aimed at NCD prevention among adolescents.
- Goal and Objective: Under the supervision of the Nutrition Specialist in the Health and Nutrition Section, the consultant will assist the Health and Nutrition team to generate baseline information on NCDs risk factors with emphasis on nutrition and physical activity in adolescents and youth under the AZ Partnership.
- Provide details/reference to AWP areas covered:
- Activities and Tasks:
- Conduct policy scoping: identify existing evidence, policies and strategies on NCD modifiable risk factors (i.e. diet and physical activity) amongst adolescents at global, regional and in South Africa.
- Collect and analyze available evidence on NCD prevention initiatives led by youths.
- Analyze epidemiological data and available information to identify high risk, underserved, or vulnerable adolescent sub-groups to NCD risk factors.
- Gather information on knowledge and attitudes of adolescents and youth and identify gaps on modifiable NCD risk factors with specific reference to dietary intake practices and physical activity habits amongst adolescents through U-Report polls.
- Consult young people across priority districts through different platforms (including U-Report, focus group discussions, etc.) to enable young people to provide inputs and voice their opinions on baseline information.
- Conduct focus group discussions and/or informal interviews to map the perceptions and experiences of key stakeholders in relation to NCD prevention among adolescents.
- Make recommendations on key issues emanating from the baseline findings on adolescents’ awareness, gaps identified through policy scoping which should be considered when developing key messages and advocacy tools for the prevention of modifiable NCD risk factors targeted to adolescents.
- Work relationships:
10%Desktop review report on policy scoping and evidence related to NCD modifiable risk factors (i.e. diet and physical activities) amongst adolescents.
8 September- 02 October 2020
Field report on dietary intake practices and physical activities amongst adolescents and youth.
05 October – 04 December 2020
Stakeholders report on NCD prevention amongst adolescents
07 December – 30 December
Key recommendations to inform messaging and advocacy tools for adolescents.
04 January – 29 January 2021
10%Total 100 days Payment Schedule Please see Payment Schedule under section (5) Outputs/Deliverables. Payment is dependent on each deliverable being completed to a high standard (satisfactory completion) as vetted by the Health and Nutrition programme. Desired competencies, technical background and experience
- Advanced degree in Public Health, Nutrition, Psychology, Social Work, Adolescents, or other related degree.
- 5 years’ professional experience in adolescent health and programmatic research.
- Prior work experience with a multi-lateral or international health and development agency, and experience supporting national Adolescent Health or Mental Health Programs in any of UNICEF’s key geographic regions.
- A native command of the English language is required.
- Strong ability to multi-task and a drive for on-time delivery required.
- Detailed curriculum vitae including a description of main achievements;
- Submission of at least 2 products and/or writing samples related to relevant topic;
- Minimum three references that include the name and contact person, title and contact information.
- A detailed financial proposal quoted in United States Dollars (USD).
- The Consultant will use his/her office space and may request to meet with the Nutrition Specialist during the project cycle;
- Where relevant and applicable, all travel is by most economical fare and reimbursement as per UNICEF policy;
- The service provider will undertake to keep the contents of the documents, whether in draft or in final format, confidential and not publish it or any part thereof either in print or electronically, or share it as a sample of work, prior to the public dissemination of the document, without the prior written permission of UNICEF.
- As per UNICEF DFAM policy, payment is made against approved deliverables. No advance payment is allowed unless in exceptional circumstances against bank guarantee, subject to a maximum of 30 per cent of the total contract value in cases where advance purchases, for example for supplies or travel, may be necessary; and
- The candidate selected will be governed by and subject to UNICEF’s General Terms and Conditions for individual/institutional contracts.
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.
UNICEF only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at: http://www.whed.netIndividuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.