Consultancy position: Micronutrient
UNICEF Malawi aims at ensuring that children under the age of 5 have access to quality nutritional services for the management of micronutrient deficiencies for this age group. The Nutrition section is mandated to work closely with the Government of Malawi, through the Department of Nutrition HIV/AIDS (OPC-DNHA), the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Trade and Industry, academic institutions and industry in order to achieve this objective. A number of interventions have successfully been implemented over the years such as supplementation with vitamin A, promotion of fortified foods such as sugar, oil and flour. UNICEF is committed to the strengthening of salt monitoring in Malawi for iodine content to eliminate Iodine deficiency disorders. The Nutrition section works with district health officials to ensure wide coverage of Vitamin A supplementation targeting children and post-partum. In an effort to establish the impact of various micronutrient interventions, OPC-DNHA is planning to conduct a National Micronutrient Survey planned for 2015 in collaboration with the National Statistics Office. UNICEF is involved in preparations for this survey and a consultant is required to provide support to the survey team during the design of the survey and facilitating the procurement of supplies in readiness for the survey.
UNICEF specifically supports the provision of adequately fortified foods to vulnerable children and mothers. It collaborates with food quality institutions such as the Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS), the Ministry of Trade and Industry, the Ministry of Health in the development of local food fortification standards and establishing quality procedures. UNICEF requires the service of a consultant to facilitate the collaboration between MBS and OPC-DNHA in the development of standards for specified fortified foods that are locally produced. UNICEF supports vitamin A supplementation and works with district health officials to ensure that adequate supplies are available and distributed for both routine and campaign programs. The consultant is expected to work with stakeholders to manage emerging issues related to coverage and reporting. The Government of Malawi is committed to implementing the use of Micronutrient Powders (MNPs) at household level in the districts. The UNICEF consultant will support DNHA in the adoption of this strategy as part of enhancing maternal nutrition, infant and young child feeding. According to the 2009 Malawi Micronutrient Survey, anaemia rates were very high among under-five children and use of MNPs is expected to contribute to a reduction in this regard. Under the Scaling up Nutrition (SUN) Movement, use of MNPs is a priority to address anaemia rates.
Malawi has made much progress in developing systems for monitoring fortified foods at national and district levels for the determination of compliance. Sentinel surveillance sites have been established for household monitoring and the consultant will work with stakeholders from Government to continue the utilisation of these site for monitoring specified micronutrient status.
UNICEF therefore seeking the services of an individual consultant to provide technical support to the activities outlined above as a member of the Nutrition section at UNICEF Malawi office.
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Qualified candidates are requested to submit a cover letter, CV and Personal History Form (P-11 form) (which can be downloaded from our website and attach copies of their certificates. Please indicate your daily/monthly rate to undertake the terms of reference above.
Applications should be sent on or before 27 April 2014 to the following address:firstname.lastname@example.org
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