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Save the Children New Ongoing Recruitment [4 Positions]

Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in over 120 countries, including the United States. We aim to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives by improving their health, education and economic opportunities. In times of acute crisis, we mobilize rapid assistance to help children recover from the effects of war, conflict and natural disasters. Each year, we and our partners reach millions of children in communities around the world.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Consultant – IYCF Barriers Analysis
Location: 
Borno

Scope of the Consultancy
The specific purpose of this consultancy is to analyse key barriers to behavioural change among target groups’ practices associated with infant and young child feeding so that behaviour change communication messages and strategies can be tailored to optimize effectiveness, which will strengthen proposed community support activities (e.g. mother and father support groups)

The analysis should establish detailed information, identifying target groups’ current behaviours as well as barriers to behaviour change related to the key determinants of IYCF practices and inform evidence-based behaviour change programming. The analysis will focus on four key behaviours as below:

  • Mothers put the new-born to the breast within one hour of delivery
  • Mothers give only breastmilk to their children from birth till 6 months of age (Exclusive breastfeeding).
  •  Mothers/caregivers of children 6-23 months feed at least 3 cooked foods that contain staple foods
  • Mothers of children 6-23 months who feed on solid, semi-solid and soft foods for at least 4 out of 7 food groups a day

Objectives and Specific Tasks to be undertaken by the Consultant

  • The objective of this assignment is to carry out barrier analysis for four behaviours related to IYCF in Borno state, North East Nigeria (MMC, Jere, Konduga, and Mafa LGAs)

The following are the major tasks consultant is expected to undertake

  • Translate and Pre-test the questionnaire.
  • Collect and Analyse data from barrier analysis in the purview of doers and non-doers survey
  • Present a barrier analysis report with recommendation Outputs.
  • Develop a questionnaire for doers and non-doers surveys (for both quantitative and qualitative data collection) in consultation with SCI technical team
  • Design methodologies for selection of villages/communities for the doer and non-doers. 45 doers and 45 non-doers for each behaviour. Each behaviour will have different respondents to ensure that the same people do not respond to different behaviours
  • Facilitate 2-day practical training of interviewers on the data collection tool – the questionnaire.

The consultant(s) will produce the following key outputs

  • Finalize questionnaires and methods for both quantitative and qualitative data collection from doers and non-doers survey. This will include the sampling framework, analysis procedures and tool
  • Field data collection from doers and non-doers according to statistically representative sample as outlined in the BA guidebook (45 doers and 45 non-doers)
  • Data analysis as per the Design Behaviour Communication (DBC) framework
  • Draft research report submission addressing the study design/ Documentation of the key assessment findings, including a very brief summary report for each Barrier Analysis undertaken
  • Final report
  • Recommendations including a set of field-tested and tailored messages related to key studied behaviours.

Timeline

  • The study is expected to take 27 consultancy days. See below the tentative schedule of activities.

Tasks Duration & location

  • Desk review of project documents and reports
  • 4 days (can be started from home prior to departure):
    • Develop a questionnaire for doers and non-doers surveys (for both quantitative and qualitative data collection) in consultation with SCI technical team
    • Design methodologies for data collection from representative sample sizes for doer and non-doers
    • Facilitate 2-day practical training of interviewers on data collection using the BA questionnaire
  • 2 days, Borno:
    • Translation of questionnaires and pretesting of translated questionnaires – done with the interviewers.
  • 2 days, Borno:
    • Data collection and coding – 3 days for each behaviour
  • 12 days, Borno:
    • Data analysis and write up of draft BA report and submission
  • 4 days:
  • 3 days, could be home based

Essential and Desirable Experience/Qualifications

  • Advanced university degree in nutrition, social science, Anthropology or other related fields.
  • 5-7 years’ experience in conducting Barrier Analysis Studies and other Doer/Non-Doer studies inclusive of use of Designing for Behaviour Change (DBC) Framework
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to effectively work in a multi-cultural environment
  • Experience working in/knowledge of the Northern Nigeria context and local language skills.
  • A reputable consultant with documented experience in conducting studies relating to IYCF, gender, associated barriers analysis and Management capability to conduct formative research.
  • The consultant must have a strong background in quantitative and qualitative data analysis
  • Confident and proficient in the use of MS Office including MS Excel Barrier Analysis Tabulation Sheet
  • Excellent reporting and presentation skills and Proven ability to work independently

Application Requirement:

  • A technical proposal detailing the response to the TOR (scope of work and the methodology to be used)
  • Initial work plan based on the methodology
  • A financial proposal detailing the daily rate
  • CV and most recent and relevant references to the task.

Application Deadline 14th August, 2018.

 

Job Title: Consultant – Review and Adaptation of the ASRH&R Curricula
Locations:
 Gombe, Katsina and Zamfara
Job type: Temporary

Background
Save the Children (SC) Nigeria is implementing Reaching and Empowering Adolescents to make informed Choices for their Health (REACH) in Gombe, Katsina and Zamfara states in Northern Nigeria. The three year project specifically targets states with some of the worst indicators for adolescents, especially girls, and will focus on rural and hard to reach communities where rates of early marriage, early childbearing, low educational attainment and discriminatory social and gender norms significantly affect the ability of adolescent girls and boys to make decisions and access services to protect and improve their sexual and reproductive health (SRH).

REACH project aims to improve access to high quality, gender-responsive and adolescent-friendly SRH services for unmarried and married adolescent girls and boys; increase the decision-making of married and unmarried girls about their SRH and rights; and improve the integration of civil society contributions and evidence-based best practices in ASRHR policy design and implementation at local and state levels.

REACH will also contribute to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3 (ensure universal access to ASRH services, including FP information and education, and integration of RH into national strategies and programmes); and SDG 5 (achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls), by:

  • Improving access to high quality, gender-sensitive and adolescent-friendly SRH services for unmarried and married adolescent girls and boys;
  • Increasing the decision-making of married and unmarried adolescent girls about their own SRHR; and
  • Improving the integration of civil society contributions and evidence-based best practices in ASRHR policy design and implementation at local and state levels.

One major step towards the advancement of project activities is to incorporate gender-responsive approaches into existing FMOH training manuals, guidelines, standards of practice/protocols and job aids on adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights (ASRH&R) to ensure inclusiveness.

Overview of Assigned Tasks

The Consultant will adapt existing ASRH&R curricula of FMOH, WHO and others from relevant agencies involved in adolescent health and youth-friendly services interventions; and lead the training of health workers and services providers including PPMVs and CSOs on ASRH&R in Gombe, Katsina and Zamfara states. The training categories include the training of trainers (TOT) and step-downs on reducing Provider bias, FP, general ASRH counseling, sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), youth-friendly health services provision, contraceptive logistics management system (CLMS), supportive supervisory skills etc.

The consultancy is in two (2) segments:

Review and adaptation of existing ASRH&R Curricula

The consultant will be responsible for the followings:

  • A desk review of all existing ASRHR curricula, guidelines for ASRH services provision and job aids
  • Adapt the relevant curricula into training modules and notes
  • Disaggregate training modules/contents for Health workers (N/midwives, CHEWs), safe space facilitators and PPMVs.
  • Develop prototype supportive supervisory schedules to be adapted by the different cadres of health workers and community-based ASRH services providers.

Plan and facilitate the conduct of central TOT on ASRH&R for selected Health workers, PPMVs, SMOH and CSO staff members
The consultant will:

  • Develop selection criteria for participants, training agenda and modules/contents
  • Develop the schedule for the step-down trainings
  • Lead TOT training on ASRHR for the selected participants from the three project states
  • Lead the development of supportive supervisory schedule for the TOT participants

Consultancy Deliverables:

  • Draft gender-responsive ASRHR curriculum with modules and training notes
  • End of TOT training report
  • Comprehensive end-of-consultancy report
  • Duration of Consultancy: 20 non-consecutive days

Key Skills and Experience

  • Advanced Degree in Public Health, Nursing or Health Sciences Research.
  • Familiarity with ASRH, including family planning, antenatal care, and safe delivery services including SGBV.
  • At least 5 years previous experience in curriculum development and training of various categories of health workers
  • Strong facilitating skills including excellent analytical and report writing skills.
  • Good spoken and written English language; Hausa language will be an added advantage
  • The Consultant reports to REACH project director SCI Nigeria, but will work primarily with the ASRH Advisor; the Gender and MEAL Advisors will be providing appropriate thematic guidance.

 

Job Title: Consultant – Adaptation and Development of ASRH Toolkits for Adolescent Girls and Boys
Locations: 
Gombe, Katsina and Zamfara
Duration of Consultancy: 10 days

Background

Save the Children (SC) Nigeria is implementing Reaching and Empowering Adolescents to make informed Choices for their Health (REACH) in Gombe, Katsina and Zamfara states in Northern Nigeria. The three year project specifically targets states with some of the worst indicators for adolescents, especially girls, and will focus on rural and hard to reach communities where rates of early marriage, early childbearing, low educational attainment and discriminatory social and gender norms significantly affect the ability of adolescent girls and boys to make decisions and access services to protect and improve their sexual and reproductive health (SRH).

REACH project aims to improve access to high quality, gender-responsive and adolescent-friendly SRH services for unmarried and married adolescent girls and boys; increase the decision-making of married and unmarried girls about their SRH and rights; and improve the integration of civil society contributions and evidence-based best practices in ASRHR policy design and implementation at local and state levels.

REACH will also contribute to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3 (ensure universal access to ASRH services, including FP information and education, and integration of RH into national strategies and programmes); and SDG 5 (achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls), by:

  • Improving access to high quality, gender-sensitive and adolescent-friendly SRH services for unmarried and married adolescent girls and boys;
  • Increasing the decision-making of married and unmarried adolescent girls about their own SRHR; and
  • Improving the integration of civil society contributions and evidence-based best practices in ASRHR policy design and implementation at local and state levels.

Furthermore, to improve gender equality and positive gender norms through the engagement of VYA, older adolescent girls and boys including men; REACH project will develop gender transformative toolkits using GREAT, REAL Fathers, “Our First Baby” guide and the “Age and life stage” as building blocks.

Overview of Assigned Task

  • To achieve this aim, REACH is sourcing for a consultant to review and adapt the aforementioned curricula and other existing ASRH&R toolkits from relevant agencies involved in adolescent health and youth-friendly services interventions; and lead the field-testing of the final products.

Specifically, the consultant will conduct the following activities:

  • Adapt GREAT, REAL Fathers, “Our First Baby” guide and the “Age and life stage” tools and other gender-responsive resources to develop toolkits for engaging very young adolescents (VYA) aged 10 -14, married adolescent girls aged 15 – 19, married adolescent boys and men.
  • Lead the field-testing of developed toolkit in selected communities.
  • Incorporate the results of field-testing to produce a “camera” ready toolkits

Consultancy Deliverables
Finalized and “camera ready” toolkits for the following target groups:

  • Very young adolescents (VYA) girls aged 10 -14
  • Very young adolescents (VYA) boys aged 10 -14
  • Married adolescent girls aged 15 -19
  • Married adolescent boys aged 15 -19
  • Married men who are 20 years but younger than 30 years
  • End of consultancy report

Key Skills and Experience

  • Advanced degree in public health, sociology, medical, Nursing or health sciences research.
  • Familiarity with adolescent sexual and reproductive health, including family planning, antenatal care, and safe delivery services
  • Previous experience in the development of toolkits for adolescents
  • Excellent communication, analytical and report writing skills.
  • Good spoken and written English language; Hausa language will be an added advantage

The Consultant reports to REACH project director SCI Nigeria, but will work primarily with the ASRH Advisor; the Gender and MEAL Advisors who will be providing appropriate thematic guidance.

 

Job Title: Consultant – Gender, Sensitive Situational Analysis on Pneumonia
Locations:
 Abuja, Lagos and Jigawa

Background

  • Despite remarkable progress in reducing child deaths over the past 15 years, more than six million children under the age of five continue to die each year. Nearly one third of these deaths are attributable to just three causes: pneumonia, diarrhea, and malaria.  Pneumonia control is critical to reducing child mortality and achieving Sustainable Development Goal 3 globally. Nearly one million of deaths are caused by pneumonia, which is the leading infectious cause of death for children under 5, accounting for 39% of all deaths related to infectious causes.  Further, 99% of these deaths from pneumonia occur in low- and middle-income countries.  In order to reduce child mortality, controlling pneumonia will be a critical component to any integrated child health strategy.
  • Pneumonia control is equally as critical to enable Nigeria to achieve its child health goals. Pneumonia is the leading killer of Nigerian children under five, accounting for approximately 18% of all under-five mortality and resulting in approximately 57,500 to 127,500 deaths annually. In order to achieve SDG 3.2, Nigeria needs to prevent the deaths of approximately 70,000 additional children by 2030, and improving pneumonia outcomes as part of Nigeria’s broader child health strategy is critical to do so.
  • Caregivers play an important role in identifying and effectively responding to cases of Penumonia in their children. Recognising that caregivers are primarily women, we seek to identify to what extent gender inequality impacts on women’s ability to make informed decisions and have access to, and control over resources, for the benefit of themselves and their children’s health.
  • Many of the tools to protect, prevent, diagnose and treat pneumonia exist; but, doing so requires greater attention to scaling these tools and the use of a gender-sensitive integrated child health, multi-sectoral approach.

Scope of Work
The proposed assignment will focus on planning and conducting a gender-sensitive situational analysis of pneumonia among under 5 children in Lagos and Jigawa states, focusing on following objectives:

  • Conducting an in-depth assessment of barriers to pneumonia control looking across:
  • The full spectrum of protecting, preventing, diagnosing and treating pneumonia,
  • Multiple sectors, including nutrition, household air pollution, immunization, diagnostics and treatment sectors.
  • This assessment will be done in the context of Nigeria’s broader newborn and child health strategy in order to ensure there is alignment in terms of the barriers explored as well as the potential opportunities identified.
  • Interview key stakeholders in the market at federal and state level, including: government actors; programmatic implementing partners; private sector manufacturers and supply chain actors, and other global actors that have been involved in ongoing efforts (e.g., Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, UNICEF, WHO, GSK).
  • Understand the current newborn and child health priorities in the country and project states and how best to integrate pneumonia sufficiently into these priorities.
  • Understand how gender inequality impacts on pneumonia prevention, control and treatment and how best women – in their role as primary caregiver – can be empowered for the benefit of their children’s health.

Key Assessment Questions

  • What impact does gender inequality have on pneumonia prevention, control and treatment in Nigeria?
  • What is the current state of newborn and child health interventions in Nigeria and the project states? (e.g., how has uptake been? Who are the key players?)
  • What is the current state of pneumonia prevention, control and treatment in Nigeria and project states? (e.g., what efforts are underway? Who are the key players?)
  • What are the biggest barriers in terms of market and user demand; manufacturing and distribution, including sourcing and/or local production; clinical evidence and regulatory approval; policy, advocacy and financing; coordination; other factors? What are the best strategies and activities to overcome these barriers?
  • What are the opportunities for private sector involvement and investment to support pneumonia prevention, control and treatment in the project states?
  • What are the opportunities for stakeholders and partners to support pneumonia prevention, control and treatment in the project states?
  • What are the strategic priorities for the project states?
  • What are potential risks associated with these priorities and their activities, and how can they be mitigated?

Deliverables:

  • Gender-sensitive situational assessment report and strategic priorities for pneumonia project, which includes protection, prevention, diagnosis and treatment, and identifying multi-sectoral priorities that align well with broader newborn and child health priorities in the project states and the country

Proposed Timelines:

  • August: Desk review and data collection both at national, Lagos and Jigawa states.
  • September 5: Submission of the first draft of the report for feedback
  • September 10: Feedback on first draft provided back to the consultant
  • September15: Final report submitted.

Estimate of Work Days Involved (8 hours per work day):

  • Review and analysis of literature and documents, federal and state level consultations: 20 days
  • Data analysis and report writing (first and final drafts): 12 days
  • Feedback incorporation: 3 days
  • Stakeholder dissemination: 1 day
  • Prepare final report : 1 day

Total estimate: 37 days

Required Skill and Experience

  • Having experience in research on the issues of pneumonia or child health, communications, public health or related (both in the southern and northern Nigeria).
  • Experience establishing and fostering partnerships with key development partners including UN agencies, donors, government and other NGOs.
  • Experience gathering and analyzing the views of diverse stakeholders including government officials, donors, NGOs, health care providers, and childcare givers.
  • Strong research skills, with excellent attention to detail, able to synthesize, organize, and present information.
  • Excellent English writing, communication and public presentation skills, preferably in child health policy, advocacy and research issues
  • Computer literacy in word processing, publication, graphics, and spreadsheet software packages.
  • Self-motivated and highly flexible individual who can manage multiple tasks and priorities.
  • Must have strong critical thinking, diplomacy, and negotiation skills.

Interviews and References:

  • Federal and State government actors (e.g., FMoH, SMOH, NPHCDA, SPHCDA, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives , NAPPMED,  among others)
  • Development partners (e.g., USAID, UNICEF, Save the Children, CHAI, JSI, PATH, Jhpiego)
  • Civil society organisations, including women’s rights organisations
  • Private sector manufacturers and supply chain actors (e.g., both global and local manufacturers, private sector pharmacies); and other global actors that have been involved in ongoing efforts (e.g., Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, UNICEF, WHO, GSK).

Application Deadline 30th August, 2018

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