United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Junior Consultant (Technical Support on Child Wasting)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Job Description

The Nutrition Section, UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Region Office (EAPRO) is seeking an Individual Consultant to support Coordination and technical assistance to countries in the prevention and management wasting, and the implementation of Global Action Plan (GAP) operational plans.

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 fulfilling 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, a better future

UNICEF works to ensure the rights of all children in the East Asia and Pacific Region.  This means the rights of every child living in this country, irrespective of their nationality, gender, religion or ethnicity, to:
  • survival – to basic healthcare, peace and security;
  • development – to a good education, a loving home and adequate nutrition;
  • protection – from abuse, neglect, trafficking, Child Labour and other forms of exploitation; and
  • participation – to express opinions, be listened to and take part in making any decisions that affect them
How can you make a difference?

The Nutrition Section, UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Region Office (EAPRO) is seeking an individual consultant to support coordination and technical assistance to countries in the prevention and management wasting, and the implementation of Global Action Plan (GAP) operational plans.

Work Assignment:

The consultant will work under the guidance of the EAPRO CMAM specialist to carry out assignments in the following areas:
  1. Implementation of the Global Action Plan on wasting (GAP) Roadmaps
  1. Support regional coordination mechanisms for the implementation of the GAP.
  2. Contribute to advocacy and communication campaigns on the GAP at regional and country level.
  3. Support UNICEF countries offices in tracking implementation, Knowledge Management and exchange between countries.
  1. Technical Assistance to UNICEF Country Programs
  1. Contribute to the provision technical assistance to UNICEF countries to adopt and scale up simplified approaches for early detection and treatment of child wasting.
  2. Contribute to the technical assistance to countries to carry out operational research to support optimisation of national protocols for care of children with wasting.
  3. Contribute to the development and country adoption of ASEAN minimum standards for integrating of wasting into primary health care service.
  1. Development of competency-based preservice curriculum for nutrition
  1. Contribute to the development of a preservice toolkit for frontline health workers and integration thereof into curriculums for front line health workers in select countries.
  2. Support pre-testing and feedback from countries and other stakeholders on the draft toolkit  and revision of the content.
  1. Development of e-learning module for treatment of child wasting
  1. Support coordination of the technical working group to the review the e-learning modules for treatment of child wasting.
  2. Support liaison between the courseware developer and technical team.
  3. Support sourcing of video and photographic content for the course.
  4. Support field testing and revision of the e-learning module for treatment of child wasting to incorporate feedback.
  1. Knowledge management and reporting
  1. Support documentation of innovations and country experiences in prevention and treatment of wasting.
Work Schedule and Deliverables:

Implementation of the Global action plans on wasting (GAP) Roadmaps

  1. Support regional coordination mechanisms for the implementation of the GAP
April 2021-March 2022
  1. Contribute to advocacy and communication campaigns on the GAP at country, regional level, and UN partners
April 2021- March 2022
  1. Support countries offices in tracking implementation, knowledge management and exchange between countries
April 2021- March 2022 Technical assistance to UNICEF country programs

  1. Contribute to the provision of technical assistance to UNICEF countries to adopt and scale up simplified approaches
April 2021- March 2022
  1. Contribute to the technical assistance to countries to carry out operational research to support optimisation of national protocols for care of children with wasting.
April 2021- March 2022
  1. Support coordination and liaison with country offices and consultants in the implementation of the work
April 2021- March 2022 Development of competency-based preservice curriculum for nutrition

  1. Contribute to development of the preservice toolkit and integration thereof into curriculums for front line health workers in select countries
June 2021- March 2022
  1. Support pre-testing and feedback from countries and other stakeholders on the draft toolkit  and revision of the content.
June 2021- March 2022 Development of e-learning in-service module for treatment of child wasting

  1. Support coordination of the technical working group to the review the e-learning modules for treatment of child wasting
May – September 2021
  1. Support liaison between the courseware developer and technical team
July 2021 – February 2022
  1. Support sourcing of video and photographic content for the course
May 2021 – September 2021
  1. Oversee field testing and revision of the e-learning module for treatment of child wasting to incorporate feedback
November 2021- March 2022 Knowledge management and reporting

Support documentation of innovations and country experiences in prevention and treatment of wasting April 2021- March 2022   Official Travel:  Travel to UNICEF/EAPRO, Bangkok and EAP region are expected in agreement with contract supervisor, if possible.

Estimated Duration of Contract: 11.5 months with possibility of extension To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Postgraduate Degree (at least Master’s Degree) in public health or nutrition.
  • At least  five (5) years of relevant professional work experience,  especially in child wasting policy, evidence, advocacy, and programming.
  • Demonstrated competency in technical (including peer-reviewed articles) and advocacy writing, reviewing, editing, and production/publication.
  • Experience of development on nutrition training curriculum, communication and training.
  • Experience of nutrition or health related research and Analysis, including formative research is an asset.
  • Sound interpersonal skills, including experience in cross-cultural environment and international settings.
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate people, influence stakeholders and work effectively with people at all levels of the organisation and across multiple organisations and commitment to collaborative work practices.
  • Demonstrated sound and wide-ranging oral communication and writing skills in English.
  • Competency in computer skills with sound knowledge of Microsoft Office, ideally data software (STATA or SPSS).
  • Proven ability for accuracy under pressure and adherence to deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, take initiative and innovate.
  • Work within the core values of UNICEF and the standard terms and conditions of UNICEF individual Consultant Contracts
Interested candidates are requested to submit CV or P-11, full contact information of minimum 3 references, availability, and proposed monthly professional fee in USD by 15 March 2021.

Download File FORM P11.doc For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, 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.

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.

UNICEF is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children.

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