Zimbabwe: Expression of Interest for Consultancy services to Update and Develop Community based demand generation tools for integrated SRHR, HIV AND GBV prevent

Organization: UN Population Fund
Country: Zimbabwe
Closing date: 07 Nov 2016

Purpose of the Consultancy

UNFPA in collaboration with NAC and ZNFPC would like to recruit a firm or institution to carry out a holistic review of demand generation materials and tools (including the monitoring and reporting tools) to adjust, update and develop them in accordance with the latest developments in health. The firm or institution should have two lead consultants, one focusing on the home visit materials and tools and the other on the youth materials and tools. Assessment of the submission will be based on the qualifications of the two lead consultants.

Scope of Work

· Prepare and present an inception report detailing consultant’s understanding of the TORs, methodology, processes and timelines for the assignment

· To conduct a review of the current demand generation materials, monitoring and reporting tools for: home visits, Sista2Sista clubs, youth peer education and community dialogue.

Duration of assignment

The consultancy will be for from November to December 2016 with a possibility of extension to March 2017.

Qualifications of Consultants**

The consultants must possess the following attributes

· An experienced Social Scientist with public health experience or related field

· Minimum qualification of Master’s Degree in Public Health or Social Science

· Strong appreciation and provable in-depth understanding of Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights including GBV, HIV and maternal health

· Strong demonstrable appreciation for community interventions that address SRHR (including GBV), HIV and maternal health

· Demonstrable experience in Monitoring and Evaluation of community intervention

· Strong writing skills and experience in development of programming tools, training manuals and guidelines or any resource materials used by community based workers

· Experience in Zimbabwe and/or other countries in the region;

· Good interpersonal skills and experience in conducting research about sensitive topics relating to sexual and reproductive health and rights, including HIV.

All applications must contain:

· Company Documents, Company Profile and Resume of the consultant with references (for each of the consultants proposed for the assignment)

· Samples of previous work

· Separate technical and financial proposals including suggested time frames/ work plans

· Undertaking of availability for the projected timeframe from November to December 2016.

How to apply:

Application Procedure

Detailed TORs can be obtained from matubu@unfpa.org

All interested firms or institutions should send their applications, indicating their understanding of the assignment (also to include cover/supporting letter and curriculum vitae with relevant traceable and contactable referees), clear marked “Review and update of demand generation tools”. Applications are to be submitted no later than 12 noon on 7 November 2016.to:

The UNFPA Country Representative, Ref: Review and update of demand generation tools, Block 7, 1st Floor, Arundel Office Park, Mt. Pleasant, PO Box 4775, Harare; or by e-mail to mailzwe@unfpa.org

Zimbabwe: Community Based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) Consultancy

Organization: UN Children's Fund
Country: Zimbabwe
Closing date: 24 Oct 2016

UNICEF Zimbabwe is inviting proposals from Individual Consultants for Community Based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM)

Background

Zimbabwe is currently experiencing a drought following below average rainfall for two consecutive rainfall seasons (2014/2015 and 2015/2016). The accumulated rainfall totals for October 2015 – January 2016 rainfall season showed that the greater part of the country had received below average rainfall due to the ongoing El Niño phenomenon resulting in a protracted food and nutrition insecurity situation. In response to the food and nutrition security situation the Government of Zimbabwe declared a state of Drought Disaster on the 4th of February 2016. Based on the Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZimVAC) rapid assessment results of February, 2016, approximately 30% of rural households, and almost 2.8 million people are reported to be food insecure during the current peak hunger season running from January-March 2016. While the drought has impacted the entire country, the provinces of Matabeleland North and South, Midlands and Masvingo are the most affected. Fifteen most vulnerable districts were selected because they have over 40% food insecurity based on the ZIMVAC, 2016 results. The 15 districts are: Zvishavane, Gokwe North, Buhera, Mbire, Mwenezi, Umzingwane, Binga, Tsholotsho, Lupane, Hwange, Nkayi, Umguza, Zvimba, Kariba, and Mudzi.

The ZimVAC Rapid assessment report released by the Food and Nutrition Council in February 2016 revealed a global acute malnutrition rate of 5.7%, which is the highest ever reached in the past 15 years and also surpassed the 5% WHO cutoff point. The severe acute malnutrition rate remains critical at 2.1 %. It is estimated that the overall increase in severe acute malnutrition (SAM) caseload will increase compared to 2015 data. The expected national caseload is projected to 32,258 cases. In the 15 most vulnerable districts, the case load of children with SAM is projected at 17,903.

It is with this background that the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Zimbabwe Country Office, is seeking to hire a qualified CMAM Consultant to provide technical assistance to the 5 selected districts. The main objective of the assignment is to support the emergency response in the 5 most vulnerable districts to ensure implementation of active screening, referral and management of acute malnutrition.

Objectives

In the 5 most vulnerable districts of Kariba, Gweru, Shamva, Binga and Chegutu, the technical support specifically aims to:

  • Raise awareness on improved key child caring practices among service providers and care providers

  • Ensuring iron and folate supplementation to 80% of pregnant women for at least 90 days through monitoring

  • Improve nutritional status of children through counselling 80% of mothers and caregivers of children under two years by VHW

  • Ensuring improved vitamin A supplementation to 80% of children 6 – 59months

  • Ensuring distribution of nutrition therapeutic commodities RUSF for management of MAM in children under five in partnership with MOHCC

  • Support and monitoring of screening at least 70,900 children under-five for identification of acute malnutrition

  • Support and monitoring of referral and treatment of an estimated 4,959 children with SAM and 9,439 children with MAM

Methodology

Under supervision of Nutrition Manager, UNICEF and in close collaboration with National Nutrition Department Nutrition Surveillance and Emergency Preparedness Manager and provincial and district health authorities as well as partnering NGOs, the CMAM consultant will:

  1. Provide technical assistance on scaling up the nutrition emergency response for the CMAM programme, especially in capacity building for facility based and community based health workers; active screening and referral of malnourished children; reporting and supervision.

  2. Ensure timely sharing of information to MOHCC, UNICEF and relevant partners in the 5 vulnerable districts.

  3. Provide support to supply logistics, including timely assessment, ensuring no stock out and reporting.

  4. Monitor performance of the CMAM programme and support corrective actions

  5. Participant in monthly coordination meetings with all stakeholders, including NGOs and civil society

  6. Compile monthly outcomes data on CMAM for the 5 districts. (including equipment & stock reports of critical nutrition commodities)

  7. Carry out any other task related to technical area of assignment as required.

Expected Outputs:

  1. Inception report

  2. Monthly Activity reports

  3. Monthly community level nutrition data

  4. Monthly Monitoring reports

Major tasks and Deliverables

  1. Task: Write an inception report and monthly activity report

    Deliverable: Inception Report and October 2016 monthly report

  2. Task: Support implementation and Monitor performance of CMAM programme and compile monthly outcomes data

    Deliverable: November 2016 Monthly Activity Report (including CMAM data)

  3. Task: Support implementation and monitor performance of CMAM programme and compile monthly outcomes data

    Deliverable: December 2016 Monthly Report (including CMAM data)

  4. Task: Support implementation and Monitor performance of CMAM programme and compile monthly outcomes data

    Deliverable: January 2017 Monthly Report (including CMAM data)

  5. Task: Support implementation and Monitor performance of CMAM programme and compile monthly outcomes data

    Deliverable: February 2017 Monthly Report (including CMAM data)

  6. Task: Support implementation and Monitor performance of CMAM programme and compile monthly outcomes data

    Deliverables: March 2017 Monthly report (including CMAM data)

  7. Task: Support implementation and Monitor performance of CMAM programme and compile monthly outcomes data

    Delivery: April 2017 Monthly report (including CMAM data)

  8. Task: Support implementation and Monitor performance of CMAM programme and compile monthly outcomes data

    Delivery: May 2017 Monthly report (including CMAM data)

  9. Task: Monitor performance of CMAM programme and compile monthly outcomes data

    Delivery: June 2017 Monthly report (including CMAM data)

All deliverables will have to meet expected quality as assessed by the supervisor of the assignment.

Timeframe

The consultancy will begin 01 November 2016 and end on 30 July 2017

Consultancy Requirements

Education and Work Experience

  • Degree in Nutrition or social science or higher degree in Public Health or Nutrition or its equivalent
  • At least two years of progressively responsible professional work experience on management of acute malnutrition in emergencies with experience in Community based health and nutrition programmes.
  • Knowledge of humanitarian and development issues is an asset.
  • Able to work within various teams and be able to contribute to the overall success of that team
  • Able to demonstrate a flexible and adaptable approach to work.
  • Ability to communicate fluently in English required.

Supervision

The Nutrition Manager will be supervising the CMAM Consultancy.

How to apply:

If interested and available, please submit your application letter, CV, a technical and all-inclusive financial proposal detailing monthly professional fees. Travel related costs (for an estimated 5 field travel days per month) and other miscellaneous consultancy costs to email address: hararevacancies@unicef.org by 24 October 2016. To quote “CMAM Consultancy” as the email subject heading.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.