International consultant to support the review and development of the National Strategy for Prevention of Micronutrient Deficiencies

Bujumbura, Burundi

Job no: 564894
Position type: Consultant
Location: Burundi
Division/Equivalent: Nairobi Regn'l(ESARO)
School/Unit: Burundi
Department/Office: Bujumbura, Burundi
Categories: Health and Nutrition

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 TOR Review National Strategy for Micronutrient Supplementation Burundi Consultancy.pdf

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential. 

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone. 

And we never give up. 

For every child, a champion 

Through this partnership, UNICEF will work with the government, UN agencies and other partners to address gaps in policies, legislation, and fiscal measures that are needed to protect, support, and promote nutrition for children, adolescents, and women, and to develop or refine strategies, guidance, and costed plans to guide their implementation.

In this regard, UNICEF Burundi requires an international consultant to support the review of the current strategy for micronutrient supplementation and develop a broad strategy for prevention of micronutrient deficiencies aligned with the global guidelines and the most recent evidence generated. This will include elements that are otherwise not included particularly on the anemia prevention strategy for adolescents and the introduction of Multiple Micronutrient supplements for pregnant women.

How can you make a difference? 

• Desk review of relevant published and gray literature (current National Micronutrient Supplementation Strategy as well as global guidelines, Protocols, Plans, Curriculum and other materials in relation with prevention of micronutrient deficiencies).
• Carry out a quick analysis of the implementation of interventions included in the current National Micronutrient Supplementation Strategy to identify gaps
• Consult with relevant Stakeholders on Nutrition at national, regional, and global levels (including UNICEF) for global guidance on the prevention of micronutrient deficiencies.
• Develop a National Strategy for Prevention of Micronutrient Deficiencies which outlines high impact nutrition interventions taking into consideration the life cycle (i.e., throughout early childhood, middle childhood and adolescence and during pregnancy and breastfeeding)
• Develop a user-friendly and explicit strategy to facilitate its utilization by Healthcare Workers at all levels
• Facilitate Stakeholders’ technical review of the updated national strategy as well as the validation meetings.
• Collate inputs/comments from the stakeholders’ review meetings (including UNICEF at regional and global level) to produce a preliminary draft of the updated strategy.
• Submit the final edited draft of the National Strategy for Prevention of Micronutrient Deficiencies to the Ministry of Health for approval.
• Launch and disseminate the National Strategy for Prevention of Micronutrient Deficiencies.
• Conduct other tasks that may be deemed necessary.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have… 

  • Masters’ Degree in Public Health and Nutrition, Nutrition Science preferred or other relevant field, such as Public Health, Epidemiology and Pediatrician/Physician.
  • Previous experience in developing National Nutrition/ Health Strategy
  • Past experience in conducting similar assignments, experience in policy and strategy design, with samples of own work to be submitted upon request
  • Minimum five years of relevant work experience in nutrition programming
  • Strong interpersonal skills and, experienced in facilitating multi-stakeholder meetings
  • Previous experience with multi-sectoral, multi-stakeholder program planning, development, review, and evaluation.
  • Sound research and analytical skills

How to apply  

Interested candidates should submit:

  • A cover letter
  • An updated CV 
  • A financial proposal: The Financial Proposal should include the costs (providing a daily rate as justification) for each task, including consultant fee, proposed travel costs and perdiem, communications costs and any other proposed cost.
  • A technical proposal containing the context, the purpose of the work, the methodology to achieve the review of the strategy, the expected results

For every Child, you demonstrate… 

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS). 

  To view our competency framework, please visit here

  UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your assignment. 

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check. 

Remarks:  

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process. 

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws. 

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts.

Advertised: Aug 11 2023 South Africa Standard Time
Application close: Aug 25 2023 South Africa Standard Time