United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Consultant (Review of c-IYCF Package for Integration of ECD Elements)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Job Description

The purpose of the consultancy is to do a thorough review of the generic c-IYCF counseling package (including the planning guide, facilitator’s guide, participant’s manual and counseling cards) to make recommendations to strengthen the ECD elements, particularly support for responsive feeding, and opportunities for early learning and possibly attention to maternal mental health or wider care for caregiver well-being 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. Consultancy Title: Review of c-IYCF package for integration of ECD elements Section/Division/Duty Station: PD-Nutrition – Remote Duration: 40 working days 1APR2020-30JUN2020 About UNICEF If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you. For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. UNICEF has over 12,000 staff in more than 145 countries. BACKGROUND Since its launch the Nurturing Care Framework for Early Child Development has achieved a lot of traction both at global and country level. Over 30 countries are working on its operationalization (including approx. 15 countries with National Action Plans). UNICEF and WHO continue to work with partners to provide guidance and technical support to countries to facilitate the operationalization of the framework across different sectors. Regional Consultations have been held in two regions and countries have developed action plans and moved towards implementation. WHO also recently finalized recommendations on improving early childhood development. As part of their recommendations, they stated that responsive care and early learning should be included in interventions for optimal nutrition of infants and young children. The nutrition lead community-IYCF counselling packages provide a good opportunity to integrate these ECD elements as they are already widely used and integrated among nutrition programmes. The c-IYCF counseling package was first published in 2010 by UNICEF in collaboration with Nutrition Policy and Practice (NPP), Center for Human Services, and University Research Co (URC/CHS). Its focus is on skills building and it uses participatory adult learning techniques for people of low literacy. The c-IYCF counselling package was developed as SBCC tool for improving IYCF practices. It includes IYCF practices, hygiene and sanitation, feeding the sick child, infant feeding and HIV, recognizing danger signs, maternal nutrition and family planning. The package includes a planning guide, facilitator guide, a participant manual, counseling cards with high quality images. In 2012, the Package was revised and updated after a number of field tests, regional trainings and country-level experiences. At this time, UNICEF also added a supportive supervision/mentoring and monitoring module to the Package and infused essential early childhood development elements of the Care for Child Development (WHO 2012) module throughout the Package including the facilitator’s guide, the participant manual and the counseling cards. Users of the Package are explicitly recommended to adapt images to local settings. The package is currently used in 87 countries. The purpose of the consultancy is to do a thorough review of the generic c-IYCF counseling package (including the planning guide, facilitator’s guide, participant’s manual and counseling cards) to make recommendations to strengthen the ECD elements, particularly support for responsive feeding, and  opportunities for early learning and possibly attention to maternal mental health or wider care for caregiver well-being. The consultant will also review the c-IYCF packages that were adapted by countries and identify best practices and good examples.  This will also require additional follow up with countries that need to provide additional information on their current packages. Recommendations need to consider training required to include these elements, length of training, skills required, etc. In a few selected (2-3) countries, the consultant will also review other packages on “Caring for Newborns and Children in the Community”, (which is composed of three blocks: i) Caring for the Sick Child in the Community (iCCM); ii) Caring for the Newborn at Home and iii) Caring for the Child’s Healthy Growth and Development) to assess alignment and complementarity with the IYCF package with respect to domains of Nurturing Care Framework (NCF), identify gaps and opportunities for enhancement of the respective packages.  Caring for the child’s healthy growth and development in particular is a package that integrates interventions for responsive caregiving and early learning, infant and young child feeding, prevention of illness and timely care-seeking. The WHO/UNICEF Care for Child Development will be a good source for identifying updates in IYCF materials related to responsive caregiving and early learning.  The consultant will work close with the UNICEF/WHO team that is spearheading development of a generic practice guide which will include guidance for adaptation and strengthening of health and nutrition services to support responsive caregiving, early learning and aspects of safety and security.  Terms of Reference / Deliverables  In consultation with UNICEF Nutrition (Early Childhood Nutrition unit) and the Nurturing Care Framework (NCF) matrix team: 1.           Consult with the global NCF group including WHO, WB and others to identify related global goods and materials 2.           Map and review the content of the generic c-IYCF counseling package according to the 5 components/domains of nurturing care (including the planning guide, facilitator guide, participant’s manual and counseling cards) to identify gaps and good practices 3.           In a sub-set of countries (number to be determined), assess alignment and complementarity between the c-IYCF counseling package and other packages (such as IMCI package, CCD or other parenting/caregiving packages) 4.           Provide clear recommendations on revisions and additional content to be made/included in the generic c-IYCF counseling package that can be implemented by countries to strengthen the components/domains of NCF 5.           Provide a summary of findings from review of packages adapted by countries including lessons learned and best practices a.           Develop a slide deck that can be used for dissemination and present to the NCF matrix team and NCF group b.           Short report on key findings c.           Draft paper for peer-reviewed journal Start Date: April 1st, 2020             End Date: June 30th, 2020            Number of working days: 40 days Qualifications
  • Advanced University Degree in child nutrition, public health or early child development, with minimum 8 years of professional experience.
  • Proven expertise in the development and implementation of programmatic tools and guidance for child health/nutrition/early child development programming
  • Clear understanding of child health, nutrition and ECD programming at the PHC level (e.g. IMCI, iCCM, IYCF etc.)
  • Highly motivated, with the ability to work independently, take initiative and finalize deliverables
  • Work in a multi-cultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships.
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent written and spoken English. Knowledge of other languages an asset, including French 
Requirements:
  • Completed profile in UNICEF's e-Recruitment system and provide Personal History Form (P11) Upload copy of academic credentials
  • Financial proposal that will include:
  • your daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference (can be downloaded here: https://www.unicef.org/about/employ/index_consultancy_assignments.html
    • travel costs and daily subsistence allowance, if internationally recruited or travel is required as per TOR.
    • Any other estimated costs: visa, health insurance, and living costs as applicable.
    • Indicate your availability
  • Any emergent / unforeseen duty travel and related expenses will be covered by UNICEF.
  • At the time the contract is awarded, the selected candidate must have in place current health insurance coverage.
  • Payment of professional fees will be based on submission of agreed satisfactory deliverables. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold payment in case the deliverables submitted are not up to the required standard or in case of delays in submitting the deliverables on the part of the consultant.
U.S. Visa information: With the exception of the US Citizens, G4 Visa and Green Card holders, should the selected candidate and his/her household members reside in the United States under a different visa, the consultant and his/her household members are required to change their visa status to G4, and the consultant’s household members (spouse) will require an Employment Authorization Card (EAD) to be able to work, even if he/she was authorized to work under the visa held prior to switching to G4. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process 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. View our competency framework at: Here 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.
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