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National Consultant- Instructional Video Production- Active Nutrition Screening Techniques to Children Under Five by Caregivers.

Freetown (Sierra Leone)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Freetown (Sierra Leone)
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Nutrition
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Technology, Electronics and Mechanics
  • Closing Date: 2021-01-17

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UNICEF Sierra Leone is seeking to recruit a national consultant to conduct nutrition screening of caregivers through the development of a short tutorial film that gives instructions on the technique on how to take a MUAC measurement and conduct nutritional oedema assessment.

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, innovation.

How can you make a difference?

Malnutrition remains prevalent in Sierra Leone. One third of children under-five years of age are stunted and approximately 5 per cent are suffering from acute malnutrition. Of these, 1 per cent are severely malnourished and at high risk of dying if left untreated. Children with acute malnutrition are 11 times more likely to die than well-nourished children. Thus, early identification, referral and treatment of severely malnourished children are routine practices that needed to be strongly put in place to control acute malnutrition.


The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the food and nutrition security of the people of Sierra Leone especially young children resulting in increased household food insecurity thereby increasing rates of malnutrition. Coverage of essential health and nutrition services such as nutrition screening at the health facility and community levels has been impacted with constraints on providing these services due to social distancing and limited infection prevention and control (IPC) materials to name a few.


Application of active nutrition screening techniques through mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) measurement and checking for nutritional oedema by caregivers is an important approach in employing IPC measures while addressing the need to regularly screen for malnutrition. Thus, an instructional video on the proper application of MUAC measurement and nutrition oedema assessment can support training, mentoring and coaching of caregivers even community health workers and mother support groups (MSGs)




The purpose of the assignment is to support the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS) efforts to strengthen essential nutrition services inspite of the COVID-19 pandemic through proper application of MUAC measurement and nutrition oedema assessment techniques. The specific objective of these activities is to improve nutrition screening coverage by supporting nutrition screening by caregivers through the development of a short tutorial film that gives instruction on the technique on how to take a MUAC measurement and conduct nutritional oedema assessment. The video will be used for orientation and trainings of health workers including community health workers.  It will also be shared on UNICEF Sierra Leone social media platforms- Facebook, Twitter, and other outlets and platforms to support public education.


Activities, tasks, outputs and deliverables

  • Conduct a desk review of MUAC’s key documents including available human-interest stories. Based on the desk review, develop a concept of the video, scenario/shooting scripts. Submit script/story line for discussion. Deliverable- script or story line.
  • Film the programme focus areas – including interviews with Government partners, health workers, community members or UNICEF representative if required. Deliverable – filming of programme focus areas.
  • Use animation, infographics, sketches, diagrams, etc where appropriate. Deliverable -   Evidence of insertion of these materials into the video.
  • Edit and produce video content and photo shots into final, publishable content using the UNICEF editorial style. (Two separate videos in English and Creole with the same content). Deliverable - 1st draft of the 3min video and the 7 * 1min video clips.
  • Edit and finalise the video clips. Deliverable - Incorporation of feedback and finalisation of the video clips.

Please see attached ToR for detailed information. Download File ToR MUAC.pdf

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

  • A university degree Communication, Media, Journalism, Public Health, Business, Business Administration, Social Science, and any other relevant disciplines
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience working on advocacy videos – with experience in similar assignment. 
  • Additional relevant professional qualifications in media and communication (Including videography and editing) are required.
  • Ability to effectively grasp and incorporate inputs/feedback from multiple contributors.
  • Previous UNICEF, UN and/or INGO experience in a similar role is desirable.
  • Fluency in English and Creole is required.

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.

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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.


Consultants and Individual contractors are responsible for paying any taxes derived from the earnings received from UNICEF.

  • Application to include financial proposal that will detail your daily/monthly rate (in Leones) to undertake the terms of reference. 
  • Payment of professional fees will be based on submission of agreed satisfactory deliverables. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold payment in case the deliverables submitted are not up to the required standard or in case of delays in submitting the deliverables on the part of the consultant.

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 leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). 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.

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