Uganda is one of the over 190 countries and territories around the world where we work to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease, and discrimination place in a child’s path.
Together with the Government of Uganda and partners we work towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals, the objectives of the Uganda National Development Plan, and the planned outcomes of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework.Under the direct supervision of the UNICEF Nutrition Manager, and working closely with WFP colleagues, the KNP Coordinator will support the joint partnership coordination of the KNP on behalf of both UNICEF and WFP to achieve set targets and ensure the sound implementation of the programme in line with DFID policies, procedures and guidelines.
There have been significant investments by the government of Uganda (GOU) and development partners to improve security, infrastructure and basic services in Karamoja over the past decade.
Despite these investments, the sub-region continues to have the worst economic indicators in Uganda. The extreme poverty in Karamoja has severe impacts on health, wellness, and the societal coherence of the region.
Poor market access increased poverty induced sales of food, and cultural and social resistance to change increase the risk of malnutrition among children in the sub-region.
Despite the increased investment in the health services, poor WASH and health seeking practices, increase the risk of diseases associated with malnutrition in the region.
Under nutrition and food insecurity prevails in the sub-region and continue undermining the health and education opportunities and thus minimise the likelihood of significantly transforming livelihoods for years to come.
The prevalence of global acute malnutrition (GAM) in Karamoja has remained unacceptable (above 10%) over the last five years despite the implementation of high impact nutrition interventions at facility and community levels.
The Karamoja Nutrition Programme (KNP) is a continuation of the Department for International Development (DFID) or UKAID investment in Karamoja region.
The earlier DFID funded Enhanced Resilience in Karamoja Programme (ERKP) between 2013 and 2017 made significant progress in the move away from humanitarian-style programming towards longer-term programming favouring a systems approach and focusing on resilience.
Lessons learned from the ERKP pointed to the need for a shift in approach with the aim of strengthening longer-term preventive actions such as nutrition-sensitive activities, to strengthen the enabling environment further and to promote a more convergent approach focusing on multi-sectoral nutrition activities around vulnerable households.
The nutrition contribution to health systems strengthening (HSS) will be sharpened. A clear shift in strategy in the KNP is the Joint UN programming approach whereby WFP and UNICEF are working together right from the planning, design phase of the programme through to joint implementation and oversight of the programme.
The KNP consists of the following components: Effective leadership and coordination, improved Human Resources for nutrition and health, evidence generation and application, strengthened supply system and improved service delivery.
In order to coordinate overall implementation of the UNICEF/WFP joint KNP program, it was decided to create the position of a KNP coordinator.