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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:

 

S.No.

Tasks

Deliverables (Performance indicators) – monthly- reporting

 

Assess current status of implementation of facility and community based care under NRHM and advise on accelerating implementation of these interventions in the State. Create a baseline for all the key indicators

Technical documentation

A Status report of implementation of facility and community based care for children with SAM with recommendations

 

Support NRHM, ICDS for availability of protocol, guidelines, counseling/ IEC materials for care for children with SAM. Facilitate approval of capacity building plan and MIS in HMIS.

Protocol, guidelines, counseling/IEC materials for care for children with SAM available at 40 MTCs.

3.

 

Support NRHM, ICDS for improved Performance capability of the service providers i.e. skills, knowledge with  Early screening, timely Referral and follow up of Children with SAM from community to MTCs and follow up for prevention of under nutrition.

Skills enhancement:

Types and number of functionaries who are equipped with skills and knowledge  on care for children with SAM

4.

Strengthen the  MIS system of  both ICDS and NRHM to provide regular reports on coverage data on children with SAM and on key indicators

MIS:

Monthly MIS reports on coverage on Indicators for children with SAM with desegregated data with graphic presentation for quarterly state level review meetings.

5.

Prepare monthly district wise progress on implementation and incorporate in the quarterly review meetings with the ICDS and Health department officials for review of progress in facility and community based care for SAM.

At least 3 Quarterly review meetings held at state level w MIS reports on coverage data on children with SAM with feedback to state and districts

6.

Establish linkages with other institutions including  PRIs and organizations (Chetna, Home Science colleges etc.) within the State for supporting implementation of nutrition interventions, including designing messages for raising awareness of communities on nutrition issues; and for improving counseling skills of frontline functionaries on issues related to nutrition of women and children

10 MTCs per quarter  reach the quality standards for treatment, feeding and care

7.

Develop concept notes and advocacy papers on community based and facility based care of SAM to influence the policy and improved accountability  for nutrition outcomes

Acts of Governance: At least 2 advocacy notes prepared  for evidence based information to influence policy and programme action relating to SAM

8

Documentation of best practices and lessons learned as an evidence base for policy change and programmatic actions.

1-2 case studies, human interest stories/year on children with SAM showing improved nutritional status.

9.

Prepare Monthly Progress Report on the community based and facility based care of SAM along with evidence (data and MIS) (the report should provide programme coverage, constraints identified and future plan of action.

Monthly progress report submitted

10

Facilitate community based Model of care for children with SAM in 3 focus districts and its ownership of government

Community based Model approved and Government on board for facilitating in 3 districts

11

Organise State level review meetings of District officials and key stakeholders including training institutions like medical colleges.

Districts have  clear understanding on reporting and effective service delivery

 

V.        DELIVERABLES:

 

·                     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.

 

APPLICATION PROCEDURES

 

(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 indconsultants@unicef.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.

 

 

 

 

 
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