National Health and Nutrition Consultant – UNICEF


Job Description

National Health and Nutrition Consultant to assist in building capacity of state Ministry of Health on planning and technically guiding locality level H&N cadres for 11.5 months

Job no:538016
Contract type:Consultancy
Categories:Health, Nutrition
Advertised:01/03/2021 E.Africa Standard Time
Deadline:06/03/2021 E.Africa Standard Time

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

Sudan, surrounded by the Central African Republic, Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Libya and South Sudan, positioned next to East, West, South and North Africa, is surrounded by complex conflicts in an unpredictable, volatile and rapidly evolving region. Sudan is by size the third biggest country in Africa, with a diverse population of around 42 million people. Sudan’s children make up half of the total population, and the past two decades have seen their lives significantly improve: fewer girls and boys are dying before their fifth birthday, primary school attendance is increasing, immunization coverage is high and the country remains polio free. Still, millions of children continue to suffer from protracted conflict in Darfur, the Kordofans, and Blue Nile, from seasonal natural disasters, malnutrition and disease outbreaks, and from under-investment in basic social services. More than three million of Sudan’s school aged children are not in the classroom. UNICEF has been in Sudan since 1952 and continues with a presence in 12 of Sudan’s 18 states.

How can you make a difference?

This consultancy is for the purpose of building capacity of the State Ministry of Health on planning and guiding Locality-level H&N cadres  to carry out regular supportive supervision, on-the-job-training & mentoring of health and nutrition workers at facility and community levels to ensure effective and efficient implementation of Primary Health &Nutrition package of interventions (EPI, IMCI, RH, MNC, MN supplementation, Nutrition) with quality. Upon agreement by the FMOH and SMoH, Locality-level HN consultant will adopt the real-time technology, KOBO toolbox for timely reporting of monitoring information.

Objective 1: Provide technical support to the effective health and nutrition coordination, planning, and implementation at state and locality level

Key Activities/Tasks

  • Support monthly and quarterly meetings with implementing partners dedicated to review monitoring reports and implementation of recommendations and action points from previous monitoring conducted at state and locality level.
  • Support SMOH health and nutrition programmes planning session with bottom up approach
  • Technically support program implementation and conduct analysis of programme data to identify poor performing sites and localities and inform the monthly monitoring plan

Evaluation Criteria: Availability in a timely manner of key deliverables and satisfaction of stakeholders

Objective 2: Support the ongoing Decentralized Health System (DHS) and HMIS strengthening efforts at the locality level

Key Activities/Tasks

  • Support development of performance improvement plan based on monitoring visits findings.
  • Conduct training for Locality-level SMOH and IPs HN programme coordinators on use of monitoring scorecards, and KOBO toolbox for monitoring.
  • Collect and share monthly state/ locality reports/databases for CMAM, IYCF, EPI, Maternal newborn care, MNs supplementation and IMCI/ ICCM services.

Evaluation Criteria: Availability in a timely manner of key deliverables and satisfaction of stakeholders

Objective 3: Conduct a regular joint monitoring and support supervision to enhance the capacity of frontline health and nutrition carders and community-based health and nutrition structures via on site coaching and practical demonstration at the facility level

Key Activities/Tasks

  • Facilitate development of monthly monitoring plan based on the gaps hindering service uptake and quality of care at state level and locality level.
  • Consultant should ensure that 3 to 4 monitoring visits are conducted per week and timely sharing of good quality monthly monitoring reports, highlighting bottlenecks, challenges and recommended solutions
  • Provide on the job mentoring support to H&N Programmes focal points at locality and facility level to improve their skills in implementing and monitoring H&N interventions including UNICEF supported ones
  • Monitor quality of health and nutrition facilities-based service delivery, including CMAM, IYCF, MNs supplementation, Maternal newborn care, EPI and IMCI/ ICCM.
  • Mapping of PHCs and Community based HN platforms and monitor the implementation of community-based interventions including c-IYCF, c-IMCI, promotion of key Health, Nutrition & hygiene practices
    • Support H&N supplies chain management: (Monitor supply availability and utilization at state, locality and facility levels and ensure that timely alert of possible stock out is shared with supervisor, Share regular stock report.
    • Monitoring IPs warehouses/ storage conditions and document IPs efforts to prevent supply leakage.
    • Support end users monitoring & ensure beneficiaries feedback is reflected.
    • Share at least 2 success stories with supervisor on monthly basis to document good practices
  • Evaluation Criteria: Availability in a timely manner of key deliverables and satisfaction of stakeholders


  • Monthly meetings conducted and proper data analysis and way forward set out based on
  • Program data analysis managed, and low performing sites and location identified, and way forward plan set out
  • Annual and quarterly HN nutrition program planning supported and prepared on time  
  • Program Performance improvement plan developed and shared to SMOH and other IPs
  • SMOH and IPs HN program coordinators trained on monitoring scorecards, and KOBO toolbox for monitoring.
  • and shared with UNICEF HN officer   
  • Joint monitoring plan developed in consultation with partners and shared with UNICEF HN officer
  • Minimum of 3 monitoring visits conducted per week to supervise the quality of HN programme implementation
  • On job mentoring provided to support HN programmes focal points at the locality and facilities level
  • Facility based HN services provision regularly monitored and quality of service improved
  • Mapping of PHCs ad community based HN platforms (MSG, CMW, HP) and workers completed and closely monitored and supported their interventions at the ground level
  • HN supplies chain management and Warehousing system capacity enhanced through close technical support and supplies leakage mitigation measures full in placed and bring meaningful change
  • End user monitoring conducted, and community engagement assured in the monitoring process

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

  • Qualifications – BA degree in PH and other health and nutrition related program implementation
  • Professional/Technical experience – e.g. MD or Public health and nutrition professional with minimum of 3 years field level working experience.
  • Relevant work experience in humanitarian organizations in health and nutrition programmes
  • Knowledge of: Theoretical and practical Health and Nutrition Program implementation knowledge and skill sets
  • Language skills required: English and Arabic

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

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.


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 medical insurance coverage and they have to ensure they provide valid health insurance at their own cost). 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.

No Fee


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