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Consultancy - Knowledge generation and management in the area of health and nutrition

PURPOSE OF THE JOB

To support ongoing and upcoming regional initiatives in the area of health and nutrition in Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region, with an emphasis on knowledge generation and management. 

BACKGROUND AND JUSTIFICATION

The LAC region, a largely middle income country environment, is enjoying stable economic growth and has made important progress on key measures, including the reduction of monetary and child poverty in recent years. However, large disparities based on a combination of factors, such as gender, ethnicity, geography, socio-economic status remain. In addition, the region is vulnerable to the effects of organized crime as well as the risk of natural disasters, exacerbated by climate change.

The work of UNICEF in the region is guided by the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and the UNICEF Strategic Plan 2014-2017, which has seven components –1) Health, 2) HIV/AIDS, 3) WASH, 4) Nutrition, 5) Education, 6) Exploitation and violence, and 7) Social inclusion– along with the commitment to prioritize results for the most excluded and disadvantaged children and adolescents to achieve results with equity. In light of these inter-related commitments, efforts will be made to monitor the maintenance of the progress achieved in child rights at the national level but also to ensure progress is carried through to reduce disparities at the sub-regional level where the most substantial inequities persist.

With respect to health, the focus of work in Latin America and the Caribbean will be the reduction of maternal, neonatal and infant mortality in priority countries with elevated mortality rates, including Bolivia and Haiti. A Promise Renewed (APR) will guide progress, including in relation to monitoring through the APR scorecards. Furthermore, the region is also moving towards a broader look at the health situation of children and adolescents, including the impact and implications of Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in morbidity, mortality and burden of disease of children and adolescents in the region.

It will do so by focusing specifically on research, evidence and knowledge management, partnerships, policy dialogue, advocacy and communication, capacity development, and south-south/triangular cooperation, applied increasing in multi-country initiatives through regional and sub-regional institutions.

The upcoming meeting of regional health and nutrition focal points, to be held in September 2014, provides an invaluable knowledge generation/knowledge management opportunity. However, additional support will be required to maximize fully the opportunity of this face-to-face event and to ensure that key discussions, decisions and experience shared will be well captured and disseminated.

The consultancy being sought will help UNICEF Latin America and Caribbean Regional Office (LACRO) to improve its capacity to collect, analyse, document and disseminate information on the health and nutrition key indicators in the region, as well as on experiences and lessons learned in the improvement of the health and nutrition status of the children of this region.

MAIN TASKS RELATED TO THE JOB

The purposes of this consultancy are:

  • To support the Regional Health Advisor and team in the implementation of knowledge management and data related tasks of the 2014-2105 Annual Work Plan, including in the meaningful participation in the A Promise Renewed (APR) regional metric and monitoring working group;
  • To lead the organisation of the regional health and nutrition network meeting, and co-produce materials for LAC country offices (COs) related to the event, including: the meeting’s term of references, as well as the report and guidance flowing from the meeting;
  • To systematize all the experiences brought by the COs to the regional network meeting into a series of good practices in UNICEF programming in health and nutrition in the LAC region;
  • To produce periodical bulletin news on health and nutrition for the network of focal points;
  • To create, maintain and regularly update a health and nutrition database, based on incoming data from the countries and other available sources;
  • To conduct simple data analysis and visualisation of information, according to the needs;
  • To systematise the available information related to health and nutrition in written documents (concept notes, PPT presentations), according to the needs.

DELIVERABLES

  1. Knowledge management tasks in the Health and Nutrition Annual Work Plan are implemented timely and with quality.
  2. Logistic and technical support is provided for the organization of the LAC Health and Nutrition network meeting. Materials for LAC COs related to the event, including: meeting's terms of reference, as well as the report and guidance flowing from the meeting are produced.
  3. Information for a series of good practices in UNICEF programming in health and nutrition in the LAC region collected with UNICEF COs contributions, organised and consolidated in one document. 
  4. LACRO bulletin news on health and nutrition is produced periodically.
  5. Key health and nutrition data of the LAC region are maintained updated and accessible in a database, as well as used for analysis and written documentation

QUALIFICATIONS AND SPECIALIZED KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

  • Three to five years of experience in Health, Nutrition or related fields;
  • Advanced university degree in Public Health, Epidemiology or related field;
  • Previous work experience and knowledge of UNICEF-supported priorities in health and nutrition an asset;
  • Fluent in oral and written English and Spanish; French and/or Portuguese is an added advantage.

ESTIMATED DURATION OF THE CONTRACT AND PROPOSAL

Five month consultancy, from August to December 2014 (with possibility of renewal).

Reporting Responsibilities/supervision

The consultant will be supervised by the Regional Health Adviser in UNICEF LACRO.

CONSULTANTS WORK PLACE

The hired consultant will work primary from UNICEF LACRO in Panama City. If travel is required, travel costs will be covered by UNICEF and DSA will apply per corporate guidance.

HONORARIA & FEES

Please submit an up-to-date CV, UN Personal History Form, P-11 (attached) as well as the proposed budget including estimated consultancy fees and any other expenses the consultant may incur to: panamarecruit@unicef.org.   

CLOSING DATE

29 June 2014.

 

 

 
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