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Supporting the Development of Nutrition Emergency Preparedness Plan/Contingency Plans for Somalia


Terms of Reference (TORs) for Supporting the Development of Nutrition Emergency Preparedness Plan/Contingency Plans for Somalia

Title: Nutrition Contingency Planning Consultant

Category and Grade Level: P3/NOC Equivalent 

Type of Contract: Special Service Agreement

Length Of Contract: 8 weeks (to start as soon as possible)

Organization Unit: Nutrition Cluster Coordination

Duty Stations: Nairobi with regular travel to Somalia

Date of Issue: 04 February 2014

Closing date of Application: 14 February 2014


Purpose and Objectives

Somalia has been facing chronic emergencies due to ongoing fighting for more than two decades now coupled with recurrent droughts and floods. The nutrition situation across Somalia remains largely critical with a median Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) rate of around 15% and a severely acute Malnutrition (SAM) rate of 3% though regional and livelihood variations exist, with the worst affected areas being areas in the south. In response to the nutrition situation, there has been an increase in both local and international humanitarian players. The nutrition cluster under the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) currently has a total of over 150 implementing NGOs across Somalia. Due to the recurrence of the droughts, floods and displacements (both manmade and natural) in Somalia, there is need to increase the level of preparedness and enhance the ability of the government and partners to respond to the recurring emergencies that are experienced in the country through a process of development of a nutrition emergency preparedness and response /contingency plans (NEPRP/NCP).  It is imperative that the humanitarian agencies in the country sustain their capacity to respond in an effective and timely manner when emergencies occur.

It is envisaged that the NEPRP/NCP would serve as a management tool that would be used to analyze the impact of potential crises and ensure that adequate and appropriate arrangements are made in advance in order to respond in a timely and effective way to the nutritional needs of the affected populations in Somalia. To ensure national ownership and integration, the NEPRP/NCP will be integrated into the health sector government preparedness and response plans. The NEPRP/NCP will provide a common framework to guide the action of all partners. It does not replace the need for planning by individual agencies in relation to the their mandate and responsibilities within clusters, but it provides focus and coherence to the various levels of planning that are required to effectively mount a humanitarian response.

The consultancy will facilitate a consultative process involving the government ministries of health, government emergency/disaster preparedness management and coordination agencies  and partners to develop a feasible comprehensive preparedness and response plans.

Purpose of Assignment:

The purpose of this consultancy is to work with government’s ministries of health (MoH/ DoH) and government emergency/ disaster preparedness management and coordination agencies* in all the three zones to come up with a comprehensive NEPRP/NCP that would increase the level of preparedness and enhance the country’s ability to provide a timely and effective humanitarian response.
*(The National Environment Research and Disaster Preparedness and Management Authority (NERAD), Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management Agency (HADMA), Disaster Management Agency (DMA); and Agency for Non-State Actors Coordination (ANSAC))


  • To provide technical support to the health authorities (MOH) and government emergency preparedness management and coordination agencies to develop comprehensive Nutrition Emergency preparedness and response plans/ response plans (NEPRP/NCP) linked to national disaster preparedness plans (NDPP).
  • To lead in the analysis of recurrent hazards and risks, building scenarios and development of planning assumptions for the NEPRP/NCP that would help the government and partners in early planning and forecasting.
  • To facilitate a consultative process in the zones ensuring ownership and coordination of the NEPRP/NCP under the leadership of the health authorities and disaster preparedness agencies of the government.
  • To ensure the NEPRP/NCP enhances the government’s capacity to respond to future emergencies /shocks.
  • To recommend effective disaster preparedness and management structures at national level to be able to timely respond to nutrition emergencies.

Methodology and Technical Approach

The  consultant will work in close coordination with the health authorities in  Puntland, Somaliland and Central South Zone; relevant government emergency preparedness management and coordination agencies , UN agencies, local and international NGOs, CBOs, tertiary institutions, private sectors and other civil societies. The methodology applied should be participatory and interactive as much as possible.  

To ensure an inclusive planning process; development of the NEPRP/NCP will follow a structured and logical process of analysis of hazards and risks, development of scenarios planning assumptions, and response planning.

The NEPRP/NCP will be based on the common recurring multi-hazards that each of the zones experience frequently. 

The consultant shall perform the following tasks.

  1. Review of relevant sectoral documents, disaster management plans, and nutrition information for Somalia.
  2. Development of planning tools to be used in the planning process.
  3. Facilitate consultations for development of the nutrition emergency preparedness and response plans / contingency plans highlighting the most common hazards, frequency and pattern of occurrence, average numbers of people affected in each zone.
  4. Drafting of the zonal nutrition emergency preparedness and response plans / contingency plans.


  • The time lines for the consultancy will cover the following:
  • Review of the government development plans for nutrition
  • Production of the inception report with detailed workplans and anticipated stakeholders to be met
  • Coordinate consultative meetings/ workshops in each zone
  • Produce draft  nutrition cluster/sector EPRP/CP
  • Coordinate feedback/ review  sessions in each zone
  • Produce second draft
  • Conduct a consensus building meeting at Nairobi level
  • Produce a final NEPRP/NCP

The time frame takes into account the time needed to travel into Somalia

Key Deliverables:

  • Inception report- 1 week from start
  • First draft NEPRP/NCP by zone-5 weeks from start
  • Second draft NEPRP/NCP by zone-7 weeks from start
  • Final reports by zone-3 NEPRP/NCP reports (word document and powerpoint)-8 weeks from start

Management and Organization:

The staff member will report to the Nutrition Cluster Coordinator. The staff member will be based at USSC/Nairobi but travel to the field will be required. 

  • The staff will be provided with office space within the zonal offices and USSC as required, as well as other administrative needs. The consultant should provide their own laptop.
  • A working week is defined as 5 working days 
  • DSA for travel to Somalia will be provided at UN rates
  • The consultant will work closely with UNICEF zonal offices who will provide logistical support for plan and implementation of the consultations.
  • In the event of an international consultant who is not Nairobi-based, travel and DSA for Nairobi will be negotiated


Remuneration will be made deliverable-based.  

  1. 25% on completion of the inception report (deliverable 1);
  2. 40% on completion of the second Draft (deliverable 3);
  3. The remaining 35% on completion of the Final report and Summary Power-point (deliverable 4) 

Qualification, Specialized knowledge and Experience: 

  • Advanced degree in Public Health/Nutrition, Development  Studies, Disaster management, humanitarian studies or other related technical field
  • At least 5 years of hands-on relevant professional experience with proven record in public health, nutrition and emergency programmes in developing countries. 
  • A good track record and verifiable experience in facilitating development of preparedness and response/contingency plans in complex emergencies is required. 
  • Solid technical background, analytical, diplomacy and facilitation skills required.
  • Strong writing and reporting skills
  • Good communication skills and ability to work in a team and with minimum supervision.
  • Fluency in English with excellent facilitation skills Knowledge of Somali operational context and readiness to travel to Somaliland, Puntland and South Central zones.
  • Knowledge of Somali language is desirable.

Interested and qualified candidates should send their applications with updated UN Personal History Form P11, updated CV attaching copies of academic certificates to the email below. UN staff are requested to provide the last two Performance Evaluation Reports (PERs). Applications submitted without a duly completed and signed Personal History Form (P11) which can be downloaded at http://www.unon.org/docs/P11.doc) will not be considered.  Please indicate your expected fee for the assignment. Applicants must quote the vacancy number and post title in the subject line of the application. 

Email to: somaliahrvacancies@unicef.org 

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Only short-listed applicants will be contacted

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.





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