National consultancy to provide technical assistance in developing CRF including Multisectoral plan of action for Nutrition in Tajikistan (at NOA level), Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Dushanbe

The proposed consultancy aims to assist an international consultant to develop a CRF with comprehensive multisectoral action plan for Nutrition

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Purpose of the Assignment:

National consultancy to provide technical assistance in developing CRF including Multisectoral plan of action for Nutrition in Tajikistan, at National Professional (NOA) level

Duration of contract:   February – 31 May 2017(65 working days)
Location:  Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Closing date:    12 February 2017


1. BACKGROUND

The Government of Tajikistan joined the Global Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement in September 2013 thereby showing a high commitment for scaling up their citizen's nutrition. The First Deputy Minister of Health and Social Protection has been appointed as SUN Focal Point. The establishment of a SUN Multi-sectoral Platform ensured that all key ministries as well as other stakeholders such as development partners are also engaged to advance the SUN Movement in the country. Development partners (donors/UN), under the leadership of UNICEF and USAID as SUN donor co-conveners, are highly involved in providing technical support to the Government to move forward with SUN. Many important milestones have been achieved to date. In November/December 2014, a review of policy and strategy alignment around nutrition was carried out. The review found that several national strategies mentioned nutrition , including the Nutrition and Physical Activity Strategy 2015-2024, the National Health Strategy 2010-2020, the National Child and Adolescent Health Strategy 2010-2015 and the Food Security Programme 2009-2015. The majority of these strategies included stunting as a key indicator, but with different targets for its reduction. The year 2015 offered a unique opportunity to strengthen the policy and strategy framework for nutrition as many strategies and plans were coming to an end and the process of new drafting was beginning. In August 2015, a programming gap analysis was undertaken through stakeholder consultation and a review of existing documents. This culminated in a high level workshop in September 2015, which brought together key stakeholders from different sectors within Government, development partners, civil society, private sector and academia to agree on a common goal for development of a Common Results Framework (CRF) and to start discussing sectoral priorities and contributions towards achievement of that goal. Reduction of stunting was agreed upon as the overarching goal among sectors. Moreover, with continuous advocacy efforts, Food Security and Nutrition was included as a separate goal in the new National Development Strategy for 2016-2030.

The next step for Tajikistan is to move forward with the development of a CRF along with a costed multi-sectoral plan of action. To this end, the SUN national focal point tasked sectoral representatives in the SUN Multi-sectoral Platform to examine the possibility of inclusion of nutrition-related interventions and indicators in their own sectoral strategies and programmes as a first step towards sectoral acknowledgement and ownership of nutritional issues and their role in addressing them. 

Now, the global SUN Secretariat has agreed to engage an international expert to work in Tajikistan in order to technically support the SUN multisectoral platform and facilitate the policy and strategy dialogue between different sectors, and consolidate the discussions and sectoral inputs into a CRF with a comprehensive multi-sectoral plan of action for nutrition. In order to ensure effective communication, collaboration, and coordination among different sectors / stakeholders, and to build national capacity for future follow-up on CRF implementation and monitoring, UNICEF Tajikistan seeks a national consultant, who will work closely with an international expert.


2. OBJECTIVE

The proposed consultancy aims to assist an international consultant to develop a CRF with comprehensive multisectoral action plan for Nutrition.

3. TASKS

A national consultant will make use of his/her in-country contacts, knowledge and technical expertise to:
- Provide the international consultant with insights on the field of food security and nutrition, and related sectors.
- Assist the international consultant in collecting all available data, documents and reports specific to Tajikistan, particularly in the areas of food security and nutrition.
- Assist the international consultant in developing tools to facilitate inter-sectoral coordination; including a mapping exercise of nutrition interventions implemented by different sectors and stakeholders.
- Organize and manage meetings with the members of SUN multisectoral platform and other relevant stakeholders, e.g. private sector, international organizations and civil society.
- Support planning, coordination and routine operations for effective functioning of SUN multisectoral platform, including drafting of notifications, letters for communication, minutes of related meetings, and maintenance of the records and information.
- Perform specific support and coordination tasks as required by SUN Focal Person.
- Facilitate communication of technical matters in Russian or Tajik, as necessary, with stakeholders.
- Provide Russian/Tajik – English interpretation for the international consultant to facilitate the day-to-day discussions with SUN National Focal Point and multisectoral coordination platform members, as necessary.
- Assist the international consultant in analyzing the data.
- Provide inputs to the CRF and action plan document as well as the final report.

4. DELIVERABLES, TIME FRAME AND PAYMENT SCHEDULE

№ /Deliverables/ /Deadline/ /Payment Schedule/

1) All necessary support provided to the international consultant to develop a detailed Roadmap, and time frame for CRF development, agreed with SUN national focal point
 and Multi-sectoral Platform members, 25 February 2017, 40% upon UNICEF approval of a Roadmap   
2) All necessary support provided to the international consultant in facilitation of an initial high-level, workshop, followed by a series of follow-on workshops with the SUN
 technical working group, and sectoral consultations as necessary, 24 March, 2017 
3) All necessary support provided to the international consultant in drafting CRF and multi-sectoral plan of action for nutrition, 10 April , 60% upon completion of the entire assignment 
4) All necessary support provided to the international consultant in facilitation of the high-level final consultation workshop, 24 April 2017 
5) All necessary support provided to the international consultant in developing the Final Draft of CRF and plan of action incorporating feedback and comments from UNICEF and government stakeholders, 6 May 2017 
6) Final consultancy completion report, 20 May 2017 


5. QUALIFICATIONS

• Advanced degree in social science, public health and/or nutrition, food security, planning, and other related disciplines.
• 8-10 years of professional experience in in developing strategies/policies/plan of actions and relevant work experience in the field of Public health/Nutrition/Food Security.
• Fluency in English and in either Tajik or Russian.
• Team player with excellent interpersonal skills and sound judgment.

6. DURATION AND TIMING OF CONSULTANCY

The consultant will work within 4 months (65 working days) February –May of 2017. 

7. REPORTING AND SUPERVISION

The consultant will work with the International consultant on a daily basis under overall supervision of the Chief of Health Nutrition of UNICEF Dushanbe and in close coordination with the UNICEF Nutrition Officer and the SUN National Focal Point.

8. PAYMENT TERMS

Payment will be made in two installments based upon completion of deliverables as certified by the international consultant.  The first installment of 40% upon approval of a Roadmap and time frame for CRF development, agreed with SUN national focal point and Multi-sectoral Platform members. The second installment of 60% upon completion of the entire assignment.

9. LOCATION AND TRAVEL

The consultant will be stationed in Dushanbe. If field trips will be envisioned, UNICEF Tajikistan will cover travel-related costs, including Daily Subsistence Allowance as per UN rules.


APPLICATION PROCEDURES

The link to review detailed Terms of Reference would be available at the following links: www.untj.org/jobs, www.unicef.org/tajikistan/resources, www.facebook.com/uniceftajikistan.
The candidates who are interested to apply for the position should follow the electronic application's instructions at: 
 http://jobs.unicef.org/cw/en-us/job/502751?lApplicationSubSourceID=

It requires the applicant to upload the detailed CV and academic degrees/diplomas. UN candidates should upload at least two latest performance evaluation reports.

Individual contracts should, to the extent possible, stipulate all-inclusive fees, including lump sum travel and subsistence costs, as applicable.

 

Competencies of Successful Candidate:

Analyzing Level 2
Applying Technical Expertise Level 2
Communication Level 2
Drive for Results Level 1
Formulating Strategies and Concepts Level 1
Learning and Researching Level 2
Planning and Organizing Level 2
Working with People Level 1

To view our competency framework, please click here

Deadline for applications: 12 Feb. 2017

Please indicate your ability, availability and daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above (including travel and daily subsistence allowance, if applicable).  Applications submitted without a daily/monthly rate will not be considered.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Dushanbe
  • Grade: NO-1
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Health service
    • Nutrition
  • Closing Date: 2017-02-12

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