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National Consultant for the Revision of MCHN guideline

Kathmandu (Nepal)

  • Organization: UN WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Kathmandu (Nepal)
  • Grade: National Consultant - Locally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
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  • Closing Date: 2019-12-11

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"Qualified FEMALEs are preferred and encouraged to apply."


WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.


The United Nations World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.  The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes.  Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.


These jobs are found in Headquarters (HQ), Regional Bureaux (RBs) or Country Offices (COs) and job holders report to a more senior Programme Policy Officer.
Job holders are likely to be working under the close support and guidance of a more experienced professional staff member receiving guidance and regular feedback on work performed. They are typically involved in programme or policy activities or similar nature and analytical work of limited complexity. 


WFP Nepal Country Office is implementing its Country Strategic Plan (CSP 2019-2023) focusing on strategic objectives of ensuring food access, improving nutrition, strengthening food system, strengthening capacity and achieving policy coherence of food security and nutrition in Nepal. WFP has been supporting the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) of Nepal to implement Mother and Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN) Programme with a main aim of contributing to the improvement of the overall nutritional status of children under five years of age, as well as pregnant and lactating mothers. The MCHN programme areas of focus/support include strengthening local capacity to implement package of nutrition and health intervention, and procurement and provision of specialized nutritious product (super cereals) for children and PLW, as well as increasing health seeking behaviours.

During the previous  CSP (2013-2017), WFP supported implementation of the MCHN programme in Kalikot, Jumla, Mugu, Humla, Dolpa, and Solukhumbu districts of province 6. This is followed by a commitment to continue strengthening the MCHN programme under the current CSP (2019 to 2023), prioritizing implementation in Kalikot, Jumla, Mugu, Humla, and Dolpa districts. The current MCHN manual was revised in 2014, and needs revision in order to align with the current national programme priorities, current recommendations, and administrative arrangements/contexts for implementation of the MCHN programme. Hence, the need to revise and update the MCHN deemed important. It is envisioned that the guideline will priorities the Government’s policies, programmes and priorities.

Hence, WFP is seeking services of a senior public health/nutrition consultant who will review the current guideline through conducting a desk review of existing documents and interview with the concerned stakeholders; partners including WFP, government and Civil Society Organizations. The consultant will also facilitate workshops to consolidate different viewpoints from various key stakeholders thereby adapting the guidelines to the needs of the changed governance structure in consultation with the concerned stakeholders.


The purpose of this consultancy to review and update the MCHN guideline in line with the current structure, policy and recommendations of the Government of Nepal. Final version of the guideline will be submitted in both Nepali and English languages.


Functional Area:      Nutrition/MCHN

Position Title:           National Consultant for the Revision of MCHN Guidelines

Type of Contract:     Special Service Agreement (SSA). Remuneration based on deliverable1-3 as a lumpsum.

Duty Station:            Kathmandu

Duration:                  30 working days (16 Dec 2019 - 31 Jan 2020)

Nationality:               Nepalese ONLY

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Under the general guidance of the WFP Nutrition Adviser and the MCHN team at WFP’s Country Office and Sub-Office levels, the consultant will have the overall responsibility for revision of the guidelines, collecting necessary information and data for the revision, ensuring its quality in the revised version and providing to WFP the final Nepali and English drafts.

The consultant is expected to undertake the following specific tasks:

  1. Revise the pre-implementation activities such as selection of programme districts, processes, baseline survey, orientation and training; operational agreement with the MoHP at central level and Ministry of Social Development (MOSD) at provincial level; as well as food storage and handling, project coordination committee meetings at federal, provincial, district, municipal and ward levels.
  2. Review the implementation activities such as beneficiary groups and criteria for receiving the take-home ration of the fortified blended food (Super Cereal); call forward system for demanding, delivering, receipt and issuance of food quantities; food transportation from EDP to health posts or FDPs in direct collaboration with the Palikas or municipal authorities; food storage/handling/distribution; as well as disposal of the damaged food and reimbursement system of the Internal Transport Storage and Handling (ITSH) cost. 
  3. Review the monitoring, evaluation and reporting processes such as nutrition register, maternal and child health cards, food utilization, health and nutrition services, Non-Food Items (NFIs), annual and final auditing with identification of the key roles and responsibilities of the concerned stakeholders
  4. Update the MCHN guidelines including basic concepts, main objectives, introduction, background information, conceptual framework, strategy and sustainability.


  • Total time period allotted for the task is estimated at 30 working days to be spread over a period of one and a half month during 16 December 2019 to 31 January 2020. (The consultancy work is expected to be completed in 30 (thirty) working days).
  • The desk revision is to start no later than 20 December 2019 and is to be completed by the 31 December 2019.
  • Consultation, revision, update, review, and finalizing the guidelines into the Nepali / English versions should be completed within the timeframe, 31 January 2020.
  • Any extension of the period will be justified by both parties as needed, without additional cost implications or considerations.


  1. Inception report after reviewing relevant documents and consulting relevant stakeholders
  2. Draft devised MCHN guidelines
  3. Final guideline incorporating feedback from WFP and government in both Nepali and English versions

Education: Advanced University degree (preferably Masters Degree or higher education) in Public Health, Nutrition or other relevant field.

Language: Fluency in both English language and Nepal language (speaking and writing). 

  • Over seven years of professional experience in health and nutrition sector
  • Expertise in assessing, preparing and writing of MCHN related documents (manuals, standrads, directives, curriculum...etc);
  • Expertise in other health and nutrition-related programming, including social and behaviour change,as well as monitoring and evaluation. Prior experiences of working with WFP or other development partners on similar roles will be an advantage.
  • Ability to provide reference for similar previous works.




  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Understands WFP’s Strategic Objectives and the link to own work objectives.
  • Be a force for positive change: Flexibly adapts individual contributions to accommodate changes in direction from supervisors and internal/external changes (such as evolving needs of beneficiaries, new requirements of partners).
  •  Make the mission inspiring to our team: Recognizes and shares with team members the ways in which individual contributions relate to WFP’s mission.
  •  Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Sets own goals in alignment with WFP’s overall operations, and is able to communicate this link to others.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people's skills: Assesses own strengths and weaknesses to increase self-awareness, and includes these in conversations on own developmental needs.
  •  Create an inclusive culture: Participates in open dialogue, and values the diverse opinion of others, regardless of background, culture, experience, or country assignment.
  •  Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Proactively seeks feedback and coaching to build confidence, and develop and improve individual skills.
  •  Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Participates in accomplishing team activities and goals in the face of challenging circumstances.


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Shows willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work.
  •  Focus on getting results: Consistently delivers results within individual scope of work on time, on budget and without errors.
  •  Make commitments and make good on commitments: Commits to upholding individual accountabilities and responsibilities in the face of ever-changing country or functional priorities.
  •  Be Decisive: Makes rational decisions about individual activities when faced with uncertain circumstances, including in times of ambiguity regarding information or manager direction.


  • Connect and share across WFP units: Seeks to understand and adapt to internal or cross-unit teams’ priorities and preferred working styles.
  •  Build strong external partnerships: Demonstrates ability to understand and appropriately respond to and/or escalate needs of external partners.
  •  Be politically agile & adaptable: Portrays an informed and professional demeanor toward internal and external partners and stakeholders.
  •  Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Provides operational support on analyses and assessments that quantifies and demonstrates WFP’s unique value as a partner.
Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance Demonstrates ability to identify key variables and contextual factors that affect food assistance problems and programmes throughout the lifecycle to inform quality programme design or re-design.
Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Voucher) Demonstrates ability to analyse and consolidate quantitative and qualitative information from different sources (e.g., market studies) to inform transfer modality selection and programme development.
Broad Knowledge of Specialized areas (i.e. Nutrition, VAM, etc.) Demonstrates the ability to interpret basic data in the context of WFP specialised fields to contribute to technical programme design, implementation and monitoring.
Emergency Programming Displays capacity to provide inputs into the development, implementation and realignment of high quality emergency programmes.
Strategic Policy Engagement w/ Government Develops thorough recommendations using multiple inputs (e.g., government counsel, research, own experience) to strengthen national or subnational entities and government owned food and nutrition security programmes.

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Only shortlisted candidates will be invited to submit technical and financial proposals.


Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.

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