Consultant For Facility Based Management Of Children With Severe Acute Malnutrition
Location: Jaipur, Rajasthan at NRHM
Official Travel: 7 days per month in selected districts
Duration: 11 months
Closing Date: 5 March 2014
I. PURPOSE OF ASSIGNMENT:
The state of Rajasthan has a population of 68 million of which 17.2% belong to the schedule tribes and 12.6% scheduled Castes. The demographic pattern of the state depicts that over 75% of the population live in rural areas and are dependent on the government service delivery mechanisms. There is a lack of any alternative system that makes reaching out to the marginalized an even bigger challenge for the government.
In spite of decades of ICDS and health programme implementation, the status has hardly been affected to a large extent, which is a matter of great concern. Prevalence of under nutrition in children, adolescents and women is very high in Rajasthan.
About 44% children under 3 years of age are stunted/short for age (chronic undernourished), 23% are wasted/thin (acute undernourished) and 37% children are underweight in Rajasthan. About 7 % children are severely acutely malnourished (SAM) in the state (NFHS-3 2005-06). More than 75% of children in the age group of 6-35 months suffer from iron deficiency anaemia, which inhibits their growth and development. About one-third of adolescent girls suffer from chronic energy deficiency (BMI<18.5 kg/sqm). About 53% adolescent girls 15-19 years suffer from anaemia (NFHS 3, 2005-06). Therefore, intensified efforts and a robust monitoring mechanism are required to improve child nutrition in the state.
II. BASIC OBJECTIVE:
The aim is to provide technical and programmatic support to NRHM Department of health and Family welfare Government of Rajasthan as a part of state priority to achieve quality care for children with severe Acute malnourished.
III. MAJOR TASKS
The Nutrition Expert would accomplish the tasks related to the Key strategic actions for NRHM with specific focus on following:
· Monthly activity and travel plan with timelines-Last week of every month for next month’s plan.
· State PIP of NRHM, POA for MTCs and other care for children with SAM.
· District plan of actions for MTCs and community based care with CMHO office.
· Monthly analyzed reports on key indicators for informed decisions.
· District wise report and data on key indicators on admitted, discharged and follow up of children with SAM.
· Minutes of at least 6 state level review meetings.
· Strategy not on focusing tribal communities focused districts
· Computerized/ web based report mechanism on key indicators
VI. QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:
• Post graduate degree in Nutrition/ Public Health Nutrition/ MD/ MBBS/MPH/ Master’s Health administration
• Work experiences of 6-8 years in the field of maternal health, child development and nutrition and emergency nutrition.
• Good analytical, negotiation and communication (oral and written) skills
• Computer literate and conversant with MS Office and its application, internet, e-mail
• Knowledge/familiarity with the national flagship programmes (NRHM, ICDS and others) and experience of working with Government systems of ICDS and Health is a must.
• Knowledge of English and Hindi essential.
(1) Qualified female/male candidates are requested to please indicate their ability and availability to undertake the terms of reference above.
(2) We request you to please inform us where you have seen this advertisement.
(3) Your application should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by COB 5 March 2014 with subject line "Consultant for Management of SAM, Jaipur" in separate files consisting of:
a) An application letter, CV and P11 form (which can be downloaded from our website at http://www.UNICEF.org/india/overview_1440.htm)
b) A financial proposal in PDF format indicating deliverable based fee as per template attached. Please mention your name in the file name while saving.(Download)
(4) The selection will be on the basis of technical evaluation & financial proposal in the ratio of 70:30.
(5) Only short-listed candidates will be called for written test/interview (if applicable).
(6) The financial proposals of only those candidates, who are found technically responsive, will be opened.
(7) Any attempt to unduly influence UNICEF’s selection process will lead to automatic disqualification of the applicant.
(8) Joint applications of two or more individuals are not accepted.
(9) Please note, UNICEF does not charge any fee during any stage of the process.