National Consultant to support Multisectoral Coordination for Nutrition and advocacy to scale-up high impact evidence-based nutrition interventions
Job no: 561574
Position type: Consultant
Location: Timor-Leste Division/Equivalent: Bangkok (EAPRO), Thailand
Department/Office: Dili, Timor-Leste
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How can you make a difference?
Under supervision of Nutrition Specialist, provide high-level strategic support to enhance understanding of multisectoral coordination for improved nutrition and influence policies and strategies to scale-up of high-impact nutrition interventions to 80% through advocacy to the ministerial agencies on importance of and investing in nutrition in Timor-Leste.
1. Develop an implementation plan for the consultant and draft steps and strategies to be taken to develop the action plan
2.1. In collaboration with international consultant facilitate the development of the Stunting Unit Action Plan and identify gaps to support tracking of progress by the Stunting Unit
2.2. In collaboration with the Stunting Unit facilitate the consultation(s) with relevant stakeholders – including civil society organizations and business/private sector
3. Liaise with the Stunting Unit and the Government partners to create an understanding on the importance of knowledge management (KM), identify needs and context specific KM mechanisms and platform for evidence generation and dissemination.
4. Support the endorsement of the action plan: 4.1. In collaboration with the Stunting Unit support the endorsement of the action plan by presentation to the council of Ministers to leverage the support from ministries.
4.2. Develop a ToR for the multisector consultation workshop to raise awareness on nutrition to relevant sector senior/high-level ministry officials and their staff to raise understanding on importance of nutrition and their role in reducing malnutrition
5. Multisectoral consultation on nutrition and sector plans for addressing malnutrition: 5.1. Conduct a multisector consultation workshop/s to raise awareness on nutrition to relevant sector senior/high-level ministry officials and their staff to raise understanding on importance of nutrition and their role in reducing malnutrition.
5.2. Facilitate the development of sector commitments and plans to contribute to reduction of malnutrition by sector ministries and follow-up actions.
5.3. In collaboration with the Directorate of Nutrition to develop a consultation plan with Municipality Health Services (MHS)
6.1. Conduct a national symposium (including development of the plan and identify presenters) on nutrition with focus on diet for children 6-23 months to disseminate knowledge and further guide decision making.
6.2. Conduct nutrition intervention analysis with the MHS and develop action plan to improve and implement quality nutrition services as inline with the National Health Sector Nutrition Strategic Plan (NHSNSP) to the last mile.
7. Advocate with and support the MoH to allocate and disburse funds for: 7.1. Implementation of activities at the last mile in Baucau, Manatuto and RAEOA municipalities
7.2. Procurement of nutrition supplies and distribution
8. Liaise with two sectors focal points to review and obtain progress from commitments to implement the sector actions including resource allocation to implement the actions
9. Support the development of SoP for the decree-law for regulating the promotion and marketing of Breastmilk substitute.
10. Advocate with and support the MoH to allocate and disburse funds for implementation of activities at the last mile Manufahi and Viqueque municipalities
11. Advocate with and support the MoH to allocate and disburse funds for implementation of activities at the last mile in Baucau and Lautem municipalities
12.1. Advocate with and support the MoH to allocate and disburse funds for implementation of activities at the last mile in Bobonaro and Ermera municipalities
12.2. Facilitate the national multisectoral policy dialogue on nutrition in collaboration with Stunting Unit including development of the concept note and entire plan to conduct the national
1. Plan to implement the activities including consultation submitted (15 days)
2. Draft Nation Action Plan developed (20 days)
3. KM needs and mechanisms identified and the dissemination platforms of established, and a report to document the process submitted (20 days)
4.1. Presentation to the Council of Ministers
4.2. ToR for multisectoral consultation and schedule submitted (15 days)
5.1. Workshop report with commitment statements and implementation plan from each sector
5.2. Municipality Health Services Consultation Plan developed (20 days)
6.1. A symposium report submitted
6.2. Manatuto and RAEOA Municipality Health Services implementation plan submitted (15 days)
7.1. Report from the implementation of NHSNSP at the last mile of health facility from Manatuto and RAEOA municipalities submitted
7.2. Nutrition supplies procurement plan developed and submitted (20 days)
8. Progress report from the two identified sectors (15 days)
9. Draft SOPs submitted (16 days)
10. Report from the implementation of NHSNSP at the last mile of health facility from Manufahi and Viqueque municipalities submitted (20 days)
11. Report from the implementation of NHSNSP at the last mile of health facility from Manatuto and Viqueque municipalities (15 days)
12.1. Report from the implementation of NHSNSP at the last mile of health facility from Bobonaro and Ermera municipalities
12.2. A policy dialogue report (20 days)
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- A Master degree in public health, health, nutrition or related fields with at least 10 years of experience in high-level advocacy and resource leveraging. A PHD is an asset.
- Relevant experience writing SOPs, processes, procedures, user manuals and/or work instructions
- Ability to collect, organize, analyze, distil, and document significant amounts of information and process steps
- Ability to work independently and to take initiative and ownership of the task
- Strong analytical, oral and written communication skills in Portuguese, English, and Tetum with the ability to build quick rapport with and achieving consensus amongst multiple stakeholders
- Proficiency in and ability to develop easy-to-read process flowcharts
- Demonstrated strong attention to detail and ability to work with accuracy;
- Ability to work efficiently and adhere to deadlines
- Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS).
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Interested candidates are requested to submit a cover letter, updated CV and a financial proposal by 9 May 2023
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