United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Consultant (Technical Assistance to Support Development of Updated Food Legislation Promoting Healthy Diets for Children)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Job Description

The overall purpose of the consultancy is to provide Technical Assistance to support development of updated food legislation promoting healthy diets for children. ICEF 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, early moments matter TERMS OF REFERENCE Subject : Technical assistance to support development of updated food legislation promoting healthy diets for children. Duration : 23 Days over 5 months Supervisor : Nutrition Manager PURPOSE OF THE ASSIGNMENT The purpose of the proposed assignment is to draft Acts and regulations pertaining to transformed food products, food and food standards and their Marketing. This assignment will be informed by a comprehensive review of the key legislations include the Constitution of Zimbabwe (2013), the Public Health Act[Chapter 15:09], the Food and Food Standards Act [Chapter 15:04] and  subsidiary legislation, regulations and statutory instruments (partiularly SI48 of 1998, SI5 of 2015) relating to this subject. ASSIGNMENTS: The consultant will be responsible for the following:
  • Identify and conduct a review of the current legislation regulating food and food standards including marketing of foods in Zimbabwe, in consultation with stakeholders, identify gaps and recommend way forward targeting restricting marketing of unhealthy foods and beverages to infants and children.

  • Review food marketing regulations and recommend how nutrient thresholds set by WHO can be incorporated in acts regulating marketing of foods.

  • Identify opportunities to include global and regional standards on trans-fat, salt/sodium and sugar and restrict marketing of unhealthy foods and drinks and consumer friendly labelling.

  • Develop and propose recommendation into acts and regulations and present to stakeholders

  • Draft validated recommendations into the acts and regulations and submit to Ministry of Health and Child Care.

  • Develop recommendation guidance for government to adopt

The consultant fee scheduled will be based on deliverables as outlined below Inception report prepared and shared with supervisor and Nutrition Team at UNICEF and MOHCC (including policy and planning) Inception Report 2 days Identify and desk review of relevant acts providing for food and food standards and those which help in restricting marketing of inappropriate foods Produce a report analyzing how existing national acts and regulations provide comprehensive/doesn’t provide the necessary regulatory framework on food and food standard and restriction of marketing of unhealthy foods to children and infants 5 days (10% payment) Conduct consultations with relevant ministries and monitoring authorities to come up with guidance on how government can review relevant acts to restrict marketing of inappropriate foods to infants and children. A draft recommendation guideline presented to the stakeholders on how to improve legislature to restrict marketing of BMS and other inappropriate food to infants and children 5 days Propose revisions and recommendations into identified Acts and regulations. Revisions and recommendations for incorporation into the Acts presented to stakeholders for validation 5 days (40% payment) Draft validated recommendations into the Acts Submit proposed draft Acts to the MOHCC 5 days Write final consultancy report including recommendations, for medium to Long Term actions Final Report Presented and all above deliverables handed over in an electronic folder 1 day (50% payment) CONSULTANCY REQUIREMENTS Masters Degree in a relevant field such as Public Health, Law, Statistics, Evaluation, Social Science Expertise in public health, legislative drafting and extensive knowledge on food standards legislation  a requirement At least five years of proven experience in conducting qualitative and/or quantitative research in public health specifically food standards legislation  a requirement Able to work within various teams and be able to contribute to the overall success of that team Able to demonstrate a flexible and adaptable approach to work. Ability to communicate fluently in English required. Application Procedure If you meet the entry qualifications and you are interested and available to undertake the consultancy assignment, please submit your application online, upload your cover letter, highest academic certificate qualification, CV, technical proposal and an all-inclusive financial proposal detailing your professional fees, including travel, per-diem etc for delivering the assignment as applicable. For every Child, you demonstrate… UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) 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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check. Remarks: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process. UNICEF does not charge any fee at any stage of the application process. Individuals 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.
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