UNHCR Individual Consultancy: Knowledge Generation and Management for Nutrition in ESA Region Jobs in Kenya

UNHCR Individual Consultancy: Knowledge Generation and Management for Nutrition in ESA Region Jobs in Kenya


Background:

  • UNICEF’s Eastern and Southern Africa Region (ESAR ) is home to approximately 250 million children under 18 years of age – a population that is expected to double by the end of the century. ESA region is a complex and heterogeneous region comprising low-income and middle-income countries. The region continues to face multiple humanitarian crises fed by a combination of factors including cyclical drought and flooding, erratic weather patterns, and multiple instances of insecurity and conflict often leading to mass population displacements and causing widespread food insecurity and poor nutrition status in many countries in the region. Persistently high levels of poverty and malnutrition and frequent disease outbreaks, including the Covid-19 pandemic, exacerbate humanitarian needs in the region and contribute to poor nutrition status.

  • Despite significant socio-economic progress in some countries, malnutrition in all its forms remains a serious concern in the Eastern and Southern Africa Region (ESAR). While stunting prevalence among children under five decreased from 52 per cent in 1990 to 32 per cent in 2020, rapid population growth means that the number of stunted children increased from nearly 24 million to 28 million over this period, and the region is home to 15 per cent of the worlds stunted children. In most countries, children from the poorest 20 per cent of the population are nearly twice as likely to be stunted (45 per cent) as those from the richest (26 per cent).


  • At the same time, Global Acute Malnutrition (low weight for height, or wasting) affects approximately 6 per cent of children across the region, while in Eritrea, South Sudan, Somalia and Comoros the rate surpasses 10 per cent. Ninety per cent of the annual burden for treatment of severe acute malnutrition (SAM) in ESAR is in 10 countries: Angola, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Uganda and Zambia.

  • Several of the high burden countries for stunting are also high burden countries for SAM (Ethiopia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Somalia). At the same time, the number of children under five who are overweight has increased from 2.1 million in 1990 to 3.9 million in 2020 .

  • Reducing stunting, in order to provide opportunities for children to realize their full potential, is UNICEF’s second Regional Priority. The nutrition section rolling workplan details the activities planned to support the regions 21 countries to reduce stunting. A key area is around improved measurement and documentation of progress in reducing stunting and improved documentation of learning and research findings from programmes across the region.

  • Such documentation is developed in order to capture promising practice and improve programming quality, ensuring a solid evidence base for interventions and programme adjustments. Improved dissemination of documentation and learning is also key, in order to ensure accessibility of information generated to country offices to ensure it’s up-take and use.

    Justification:

  • High quality documentation, analysis and research is required in order to facilitate learning and improving across the nutrition interventions implemented in the 21 countries in the ESA region. Therefore, UNICEF is looking for an individual with proven nutrition research and analysis skills and excellent documentation and writing skills to work both in collaboration with country offices on country-specific learning and to work at regional level to analyze multi-country data and document learning.

    Scope of Work

    Goal and Objective:

  • The overall goal of the Knowledge Generation and Management Contractor is to research, analyze and document learning from key identified topics across the region, in collaboration with country offices and to ensure this learning is readily available for country offices to use to improve programming and to support scale-up.

    Details of AWP areas covered:

  • The areas covered by this consultancy are under Objective 1 of the Nutrition Rolling Work Plan, which is to enhance regional partnerships for adaptation, development and dissemination of relevant evidence-informed policies and guidance for accelerated implementation of nutrition interventions across the region.

  • Specifically, the consultancy will fall under Activity 3 which states that at least
    4 knowledge products are developed per year including innovative approaches, good practice and lessons learned, and their results are disseminated. This TOR includes development of at least 11 knowledge products, covering the requirements for 2021 and 2022.

    Activities and Tasks:

    Regional level documentation:

  • Review of nutrition evaluations and synthesis of recommendations.

  • Document shock responsive climate-resilient approaches to nutrition emergency responses.

  • Documentation of C-19 nutrition response.

  • Contribute to the Social Protection and Nutrition Case Studies, in liaison with Social Policy section in the RO and HQ (Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania)

  • Compile inputs from the nutrition regional team for the bi-annual nutrition newsletter for external sharing and dissemination.

    Country level documentation:

  • Documentation of resilience programmes (Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Uganda and Zimbabwe)

  • Document lessons learned on transitioning Vitamin A supplementation from campaign to routine (Malawi, Madagascar, Ethiopia)

  • Lessons learned on UNICEF-WFP partnership in Somalia, Ethiopia and South Sudan

  • Document adaptations and digital strategies used to increase MIYCN messaging as part of the Covid-19 response and identify practices for scale up (Ethiopia, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Uganda).

  • Document the progress of implementation and promising practices of the Global Action Plan for wasting (Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi and South Sudan).

  • Document the use of digital data collection through Kobo Collect in Angola.

  • Document use of DHIS2 Tracker App in Botswana.

  • Document lessons learned from emergency nutrition response to COVID-19 and shock-responsive climate resilient approaches in nutrition.

    Work relationships:

  • The Knowledge Generation and Management Contractor will work under the overall guidance of the Regional Advisor for Nutrition and the direct supervision of the Nutrition Specialist (NIS). In addition, the incumbent will work closely with the Regional Office Knowledge Management (KM) Specialist as well as with other Knowledge Management Focal Points in the Regional Office.

  • The consultancy will include close liaison with multiple country offices. UNICEF ESARO will facilitate introductions to relevant staff in relevant country offices, and the consultancy will require good collaborative skills.

  • The Contractor will complete all activities and deliverables listed within the allotted time-frame.

  • End consultancy performance review will be conducted upon receipt of all deliverables by the Contractor, inputs from the respective Regional Offices and finalized by ESARO.

    Required qualification, experience, languages and competencies

    Education

  • Advanced Degree in public health nutrition, epidemiology, nutrition information management, or related technical field.

  • A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.

    Work Experience

  • Minimum five years of professional work experience in nutrition information and/or knowledge management.

  • Prior experience with knowledge management, writing and documentation, network support and information sharing.

    Language Proficiency

  • Fluency in English required.

  • Ability to work in French and/or Portuguese an asset.

  • Excellent writing and editing skills in English.

    Other

  • Experience of working within UNICEF or other UN entities is an asset.

    Values

    Must exhibit the UNICEF Core Values of:

  • Care

  • Respect

  • Integrity

  • Trust

  • Accountability

    Competencies:

    The Contractor should have for the assignment;

  • Builds and maintains partnerships.

  • Demonstrates self-awareness and self-ethical awareness.

  • Drive to achieve results for impact.

  • Innovates and embraces change.

  • Manages ambiguity and complexity.

  • Thinks and acts strategically.

  • Works collaboratively with others.

    Competencies (additional):

  • Ability to work efficiently and effectively with project members/partners in various locations and from different country offices.

  • Ability to integrate different experiences, methodologies, and approaches from a diverse range of stakeholders and technical experts from multiple sectors into a coherent and useful documentation.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; UNHCR Individual Consultancy: Knowledge Generation and Management for Nutrition in ESA Region Jobs in Kenya


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