Alive & Thrive is an initiative to save lives, prevent illness, and ensure healthy growth and development through improved breastfeeding and complementary feeding practices.
In its first five years (2009 to 2014), A&T demonstrated that innovative approaches to improving feeding practices could be delivered with impact and at scale in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, and Viet Nam.
Alive & Thrive continues its work there and is supporting others to scale up nutrition by applying and adapting tested, proven approaches and tools in Burkina Faso, India, Southeast Asia, and Nigeria.
Alive & Thrive is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the governments of Canada and Ireland. More information about A&T can be found at www.aliveandthrive.com
The Associate Director/ State Team Lead /Kaduna is based at the FHI 360 office in Kaduna, Nigeria. This position has a four-fold purpose:
To provide coordination of the technical and program components and general oversight for A&T activities in the State, including managerial oversight of the Kaduna A&T team and monitoring work-plans to ensure timely delivery of results.
Kaduna is Nigeria’s third most populous state and has one of the highest stunting rates for children under 5. Kaduna state has a more typically mixed population of urban/rural dwellers (33%/67%), ethnicities, and religions (though predominantly Hausa and Muslim), and a mix of public and private sector services including formal and informal, private-for-profit (commercial), not-for-profit (NGO and FBO), public sector and traditional sites.
Specifically, in Kaduna state A&T will use advocacy to educate and motivate influential audiences—like policymakers and program managers—to take actions to create a supportive environment for optimal feeding practices.
Additionally, A&T will link up with the initiative’s public and private sector partners (especially the PPMV, maternity hospitals, and private clinics) to strengthen the role of frontline health workers’ knowledge and counseling skills to promote IYCF.
We will work through the public and private healthcare system to integrate materials and delivery of messaging at opportune times and places, including ANC visits, maternity facilities, and through child welfare services’ immunization campaigns and routine provision of vaccines.
Formative research will be conducted to further understand target populations and audiences (stakeholders, providers, beneficiaries), and monitoring systems will be established to ensure that program inputs, outputs, and outcomes are tracked and fed back into improving the program.
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