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: Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition (IMAM) Consultant

Organization: UN Children's Fund
Country: Zimbabwe
Closing date: 04 Oct 2016

Unicef Zimbabwe is inviting proposals from individual consultants for the provision of

Technical support in implementation of the Integrated Management of Acute

Malnutrition (IMAM) Program.**

Background

Zimbabwe is currently experiencing severe drought resulting from below average rainfall in two consecutive seasons (2014/2015 and 2015/2016). The El Niño weather phenomenon of 2015-2016 has negatively impacted the agricultural season resulting in a protracted food and nutrition insecurity situation. Diminished labor opportunities in agriculture and related industries are further eroding income, rendering food prohibitively expensive among poorer households and promoting negative coping strategies. The limited livelihood options, unfavorable geo-political environment and poor food production have further exacerbated the situation. Latest results of the lean season rapid assessment (ZIMVAC May 2016) project the rural food security insecurity during the peak hunger period (January to March 2017) to reach 42% (4.1 million people), the highest prevalence estimated since 2009. In May, Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) was 4.4%, a decline from 5.7% observed in the January ZimVAC rapid assessment. Indications from the May assessment were that there is a progressive increase in the proportion of food insecure households as the consumption year nears the peak hunger period. Some districts still recorded GAM rates surpassing the global thresholds of 5% (who cut-off point for emergency response), with a further 7 districts surpassing the emergency threshold of 2% for Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM). In correlation to the overall food insecurity situation, the assessment of January, 2016 projected that there would be an overall increase in severe acute malnutrition (SAM) caseload compared to 2015 data. The Government of Zimbabwe has since declared a state of Drought Disaster, as the rapid ZimVAC assessment revealed that the number of food insecure people had almost doubled from 1.5 million in July 2015 to 2.8 million in February 2016.

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has been supporting the Government of Zimbabwe (GoZ) to roll out Community Management of Acute Malnutrition programmes since 2006 and has been gradually increasing the number of facilities treating SAM under the routine programme. In May 2015 four districts were identified as worst food insecure according to the food and nutrition security assessments. In these districts, UNICEF and its partners supported active case finding of SAM cases and treatment of identified cases with support from Central Emergency Funds (CERF). Results from these four districts have shown that the number of children admitted for treatment of SAM has more than doubled from 364 to 834 over the period December 2015 to March 2016 compared to the same period a year before. Support for emergency response in the 4 districts however ended in April 2016 and UNICEF and its partners decided to continue supporting SAM management in these 4 districts and also scaling up to additional districts which were identified as worst food insecure in the food and nutrition security assessments conducted in February 2016

Purpose

It is with this background that the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Zimbabwe Country Office, is seeking to hire a qualified IMAM Consultant to provide technical assistance to the 15 targeted districts. The main objective of the assignment is to support the emergency response in the 15 most vulnerable districts by strengthening and facilitating expansion of the rapid SMS system for program monitoring, supporting SMART survey and monitoring and supportive supervision visits.

Objective (s)

Broadly, the project seeks to provide critical lifesaving nutrition treatment care to children under five; with severe acute malnutrition in the 15 most drought affected districts of Zimbabwe

Specifically, the consultant is expected to accomplish the following;

  1. Coordinating national, provincial and district authorities to strengthen supply logistics system for IMAM programme in the 15 districts.

  2. Provide technical and operational support to IMAM program implementation in the 15 districts.

  3. Support SMART survey in the 15 targeted districts

  4. Strengthen monitoring of RUTF supplies by ensuring use of Rapid SMS system for weekly reporting across the 15 districts.

  5. Manage IMAM programme through monitoring and delivery of results in the 15 districts.

  6. Lead in innovation, knowledge management and capacity building of IMAM.

Methodology & Expected Output

Under supervision of Nutrition Manager, UNICEF and in close collaboration with National Nutrition Department Nutrition Surveillance and Emergency Preparedness Manager as well as the provincial and district health authorities and partnering NGOs, the IMAM consultant will provide technical assistance on scaling up Nutrition emergency response for the IMAM program. The methodologies applied to this consultancy will include but not limited to:

  • Coordinate Inception meeting between UNICEF, MOHCC & partnering NGOs
  • Coordinate capacity building activities for health workers to collect, analyze & interpret IMAM data
  • Support SMART Survey protocol development and finalization (& report writing) for the 15 targeted districts
  • Provide logistical and technical support in quantification of supplies, support the distribution planning, and ensure availability of supplies throughout the year.
  • Monitor progress of the IMAM program implementation process for better results by compiling monthly outcomes data on IMAM
  • Coordinate nutrition emergency meetings

  • Compilation of relevant reports, including Inception report showing work plan for the assignment period with monthly targets and milestones clearly identified

  • Monthly activity report, providing information and progress on each task mentioned above to supervisor as required

  • Monthly program level data compiled on program activities completed in the 15 districts based on approved work plan and track program indicators as outlined in program log frame

  • Monthly monitoring reports and follow-up action taken on gaps identified

Major tasks and Deliverables

  1. Task: Compile and submit an inception report

Deliverable: Inception report showing work plan for the assignment period with monthly targets and milestones clearly identified

  1. Task: Provide technical assistance in scaling up nutrition emergency response for the IMAM program, especially in capacity building for facility based and community based health workers; to collect, analyze & interpret IMAM data making use of the Rapid SMS system; reporting and supervision

Deliverable: Submission of weekly, monthly activity and training reports, providing

information and progress on each task mentioned above to supervisor as required

  1. Task: Support Nutrition SMART Survey in 15 districts

Deliverable: Survey Report for 15 districts

  1. Task: Roll out: Rapid SMS system expansion for IMAM data

Deliverable: Functional Rapid SMS system accompanied by weekly reports

  1. Task: Supporting supply logistics, including facilitating procurement & distribution RUTF, Procurement of data bundles for Rapid SMS system, timely assessment & ensuring no stock outs

Deliverable: Monthly report showing that logistics and supply of commodities have been supported

  1. Task: Monitor performance of the IMAM program and support corrective actions

Deliverable: Analyze and share monthly outcome report for the IMAM program

  1. Task: Participate in monthly and weekly nutrition emergency coordination meetings with all stakeholders, including NGOs and civil society

  2. Task: Reports for all meetings submitted.

Deliverable: Monthly report

  1. Task: Follow up monthly screening of all children under 5 years by Village Health Workers and referral of acutely malnourished children.

Deliverable: Monthly community level data compiled and submitted on number of children screened, referred and treated

  1. Task: Compile an exit report and prepare handover notes

Deliverable: Exit report

All deliverables should meet the expected quality as assessed by the Supervisor of the consultancy assignment. Should the consultant fail to deliver as per expected quality or standards, UNICEF reserves the right to amend/delay payouts. Candidates must submit their cost proposal inclusive of travel, DSA and related costs.

Timeframe

The consultancy will begin 03 October 2016 and end on 03 February 2017

Consultancy Requirements

Education and Work Experience

  • Degree in Nutrition, Dietetics or Health 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.

8. Supervision

The IMAM Consultant will be supervised by the Nutrition Manager During the 4 months, the consultant shall be paid 25% of the total consultancy fees per month All deliverables should meet the expected quality as assessed by the Supervisor of the consultancy assignment. During the 4 months, the consultant shall be paid 25% of the total consultancy fees per month. Should the consultant fail to deliver as per expected quality or standards, UNICEF reserves the right to amend/delay payouts. Candidates must submit their cost proposal inclusive of travel, DSA and related costs.

How to apply:

If interested and available, please submit your application letter, CV , Technical and an 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 for delivering the assignment to email address: hararevacancies@unicef.org by 04 October 2016. To quote “IMAM Consultant” as the email subject heading.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.