Consultant- Barrier Analysis- International Medical Corps

Organization:International Medical Corps
Department:Nutrition and Food Security

Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work

International Medical Corps has been providing targeted, integrated, and comprehensive live-saving health and nutrition interventions in Darfur and most recently in Blue Nile and South Kordofan benefiting IDPs living in camps, Community Integrated IDPs, returnees as well as host communities. IMC implements primary health care, nutrition, and WASH programs, supporting around 90 health facilities with integrated interventions. IMC also works to build the capacity of the health work force and of the community to ensure project activities are built into long-terms strategic planning and that the workforce will have the needed capacity to continue humanitarian interventions in the target communities. 

IMC has been using the Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) approach to manage and prevent malnutrition for Community integrated IDPs and returnees in in its intervention in these states. Malnutrition rates, particularly during the hunger period, are rising to emergency levels across the areas. IMC is planning to conduct a barrier analysis for nutrition program in South Kordofan states (focusing on nutrition supported areas or villages).Through this consultancy service, International Medical Corps plans to understand and the identify barriers to access services.

IMC is seeking a consultant to conduct barrier analysis in South Kordofan State of Sudan using a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods to identify what is preventing a target group from adopting a specific behaviour, as well as identifying enablers of the behaviour. The results of the questions are compared amongst groups of people who already have adopted the behaviour (called “Doers”); and people who haven’t yet adopted the new behaviour (called “Non-Doers”). By comparing these two groups, it is possible to assess what determines whether or not people follow this behaviour and which of these behavioural “determinants” are the most important.

The overall purpose of the barrier analysis is to identify barriers to service access and utilization in South Kordofan state and to develop recommendations for programme improvement.  Furthermore, the consultant will develop the skills of key nutrition staff in conducting barrier analysis using mix of qualitative and quantitative methods.

This barrier analysis will be conducted in South Kordofan State to better understand the barriers to service access and uptake of the nutrition programme.

  •  Develop inception report including methods, sample size, team composition,
  •  Develop and design the barrier analysis  protocol and training materials, data collection modalities, etc, and contextualize tools using the barrier analysis technical reference document 
  •  Train the barrier analysis enumerators,  supervisors  and data clerks (including pre-testing questionnaire) 
  • Assume overall responsibility for design and implementation of the barrier analysis, including daily supervision of survey teams and daily data collection quality assurance
  •  Be responsible for data cleaning and analysis using appropriate Epi Info or SPSS and triangulating of the findings  
  •  Prepare a draft survey report for review by IMC, ensuring that the assessment is comprehensive and includes all relevant indicators
  •  Prepare a final report including background, methodology, results, limitations, conclusions and recommendations incorporating feedback from IMC staff on the draft report.
  •  Deliver Barrier analysis Inception report: present the design, implementation and supervision strategy of the SQUEAC survey. Validate with IMC country team and the TU Nutrition advisor 
  •   Implement the barrier analysis survey in South Kordofan state 
  •   Barrier analysis draft survey report including background, methodology, results, limitations, conclusions and recommendations (short term and medium-term recommendation) 
  •    Barrier analysis survey final report incorporating the feedback from the IMC country team and the TU nutrition advisor
  •     Submit all the data and analysis outputs (both raw and final) electronically to IMC country team


To perform this consultancy successfully, an individual must be able to perform each task with or without reasonable accommodation. 

  • A health professional or nutritionist with MPH, MSc or advanced professional degree or field-related experience
  • Significant and proven experience, at least three years, in community-based studies including barrier analysis  
  • Knowledge in designing and implementing CMAM and IYCF programs
  • Excellent analytical and statistical skills.
  • Strong communication skills, able to effectively present information clearly and respond appropriately to questions from IMC staff and other relevant stakeholders
  • Strong supervisory and organizational skills
  • Ability to work on own initiative and to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to cope with stress; hardship; patience and flexibility and willingness to work additional hours in order to meet tight deadlines;
  • Ability and willingness to travel to field sites and nutrition facilities
  • Advanced proficiency in the use of MS Office, EPI INFO, SPSS 
  • Fluent in written and spoken English language         

Code of Conduct

All Consultants are required to adhered to  and promote International Medical Corps shared responsibility and obligation to report matters involving Sexual Exploitation & Abuse, Trafficking in Persons, Child Safeguarding and any suggested violation to our Code of Conduct which may involve Conflicts of Interest, Fraud, Corruption or Harassment.  If you see, hear or are aware of any suggested activities then you have an obligation to report to International Medical Corps.

Equal Opportunity 

International Medical Corps is proud to provide equal consultancy opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran.

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