Background & Description

1.0 The ENRICH Project
The Enhancing Nutrition Services to Improve Maternal and Child Health (ENRICH) project in Africa and Asia aims to improve the health and nutrition status of mothers, newborns and children in select regions of Bangladesh, Kenya, Myanmar, Pakistan and Tanzania. The project seeks to achieve this goal through strengthening of health systems with an emphasis on community outreach services, improving nutrition of pregnant women, infants and young children during the first 1000 days from conception to 24 months of age, and ensuring accountability of results at all levels. ENRICH takes a comprehensive approach to: i) improve delivery of essential health services, including basic nutrition and nutrition-sensitive services to mothers, pregnant women, newborns and children under two; ii) Increase production, consumption and utilization of nutritious foods and micronutrient supplements; and iii) strengthen gender-responsive governance, policy and public engagement in maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) in Canada and target countries.

ENRICH is funded by Global Affairs Canada and World Vision Canada. It is implemented by World Vision Canada (WVC) and Nutrition International (NI), with WVC as the consortium lead. This consortium works closely with other Canadian and international partners including Harvest Plus, the Canadian Society for International Health, the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health and the Hospital for Sick Children.

The project is expected to increase the access to basic nutrition and health services to a total of 2.09 million people, including 835,000 women and 740,000 children. In Sukhur District the project is expected to directly benefit 443,054 people, of which 80 per cent are children under two years and pregnant and lactating women.

Key NI interventions areas are:

 

         i.            Health system strengthening through capacity development of healthcare workers in delivery of nutrition services, supply chain management, collection, analysis and use of nutrition data and information.

       ii.            Behaviour Change Interventions (BCI) informed by formative research in the project area to develop a context-specific behaviour change strategy for improving the nutrition status of women and children.

      iii.            Food fortification to increase the demand and consumption of adequately fortified foods as well as promote optimal feeding practices of infants and young children.

     iv.            Policy engagement and advocacy to support the creation of an enabling environment for implementation of the ENRICH project and to use project evidence to advocate with key decision-makers in government for the scale-up of nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive interventions.

Requirements and Skills

1.0 Purpose of the position
Nutrition International is looking for an MNP Program Coordinator for the ENRICH project to work closely with the DoH to support the implementation of a home fortification intervention in Sukhur District. The specific tasks of the ENRICH MNP coordinator are as follows:

§  Ensure continuous availability of MNP at targeted health facilities for distribution to mothers and caregivers of children 6-23 months of age.

§  Support the implementation of the ENRICH BCI strategy to promote optimal feeding practices and the appropriate use of MNP.

§  Monitor the distribution of MNP and data collection quality at facility and community level.

§  Assess district capacity needs to undertake an MNP intervention (e.g. human resources and training, community mobilization and supply chain) beyond the support of the ENRICH project.

2.0 Scope of Work
Planning
§  Support DoH and WV Pakistan in planning the trainings of ToTs for facility health workers, Lady Health Workers and Community Health Volunteers in the implementation of the MNP and BCI programme.

 

 

 

Commodity management

§  Support DoH Sindh to forecast supply needs over the course of the project based on coverage and distribution targets.

§  Ensure supply chain mechanism function effectively i.e. accurate recording of dispensed MNP, timely transport of MNP to targeted health facilities and adequate storage of the commodity.

§  Support DoH Sindh and NI in monitoring stock levels to ensure timely procurement and continuous supply of MNP.

§  Monitor the implementation of the waste disposal plan as outlined in the MNP Implementation Plan.

 

Data collection, monitoring and reporting

§  Work with DoH Sindh, WV and NI to operationalize the monitoring plan as outlined in the MNP Implementation Plan and ensure its complementarity with data collection conducted during the annual survey and mid-term evaluation on coverage, adherence and acceptance as well as stock management.  

§  Conduct regular monitoring visits at district, facility and community level to validate MNP program activities i.e. distribution and counselling, BCI activities, supportive supervision, reporting and data quality audits. 

§  Participate in data review meetings to review the quality of reporting of the MNP program and suggest corrective measures for improvement.

 

Co-ordination and communication

§  Establish and maintain communication with the District Health office (i.e. District Health Officer, District Nutrition Officer, In-Charge Lady Health Workers Program and World Vision ENRICH Project Manager).

§  Provide regular updates on the MNP program to the ENRICH Senior Project Officer.

§  Represent NI, alongside the ENRICH Senior Project Officer, in Project Steering Committee meetings at Provincial level.

§  Liaison with district and provincial level stakeholders including, Department of Health, Nutrition Support Program, Directorate General Health Services, Lady Health Workers Program, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Program, National Program for Family Planning and Primary Health Care and other nutrition partners/NGOs for meetings, follow up on activities, advocacy and possible areas of collaboration and coordination for project activities.

§  Represent NI in monthly Nutrition Working Group meetings, alongside the ENRICH SPO, at provincial level.

§  Provide logistics support (travel and accommodation) to NSP and DGHSS representatives for attending quarterly data review meetings.

 

The ENRICH MNP Program Coordinator will perform other duties as required.      .

3.0 Key Deliverables to NI
§  Work Plan for the duration of the contract. The work plan will be developed in consultation with the ENRICH Senior Project Officer and be aligned with the project’s year two Annual Work Plan and MNP Program Design and Implementation Plan.

§  Revised monitoring plan for the MNP program, including BCI activities, informed by the experience of operationalizing the plan in the first couple of months of implementation.

§  Monthly and quarterly progress report, submitted as per the agreed timelines in the above mentioned work plan.

§  Final report that includes lessons learned and good practices for improvement in the implementation of the MNP program, including recommendations for integration of MNP, BCI activities targeted for IYCN and MNP activities, capacity development of healthcare providers, supply chain management and monitoring and reporting.

Education

Nutrition International (NI) is an international not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and nutrition of the world’s most vulnerable – especially women and children. NI seeks an ENRICH MNP Program Coordinator to support the implementation of a home fortification program in Sukhur district, with the following qualifications:

§  A minimum of five years nutrition program experience at provincial or district level, e.g. coordination of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition projects

§  At least a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition, Public Health, or Sociology

§  Good knowledge of the Pakistan  health system

§  Strong attention to detail and analytic skills

§  Proficient in MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint

§  Strong written and spoken English

How to Apply

Consultants are requested to send their CV to:

Country Director

Nutrition International

4th Floor, 94 West,

Din Pavilion

Blue Area Islamabad

Tel: +92512804118

Email:  mipaksitan@micronutrient.org

Cc: rkahlid@nutritionintl.org

 

The applications should be in MS Word, and should have subject “District MNP Program Coordinator - ENRICH”.  The closing date for receiving applications is May 25th, 2018. Only short listed candidates will receive an acknowledgment and will be called for interview. Selected candidate will be hired on an 11-month contract, potentially renewable based on performance and project duration.

About Organization

Nutrition International (Formerly known as Micronutrient Initiative) is an international non-for-profit organization registered in Canada with headquarters in Ottawa. Since 2000, Nutrition International has been working in Pakistan to improve the health of vulnerable people, especially women and children, through better nutrition. Our priorities focus on improving access to needed micronutrients for the most disadvantaged, from supplementation and fortification to policy changes and advocacy efforts.