Technical Officer, Nutrition
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME
Despite progress, Timor-Leste is still among the highest prevalence of malnutrition in the world. 46% of children suffer from chronic malnutrition or stunting; 24% suffer from acute malnutrition or wasting and 40% are anemic. The prevalence of both stunting and wasting exceed the “very high” WHO classification of public health significance, while the prevalence of anemia is a “severe” public health problem. The basic and intermediate drivers of malnutrition such as inadequate dietary intake and access to health/nutrition care and water and sanitation are yet health care are significant problems. These are further complicated by a host of basic factors such as poverty, socio cultural norms and taboos that shape food choices and predispose vulnerable population groups to malnutrition.
The need to scale-up and improve the quality of existing nutrition interventions focusing during the 1000 days window of opportunity to improve maternal, new-born, infant and young child health is clear. However, many coordination and capacity issues impede robust nutrition service delivery. In recent years, the government of Timor Leste support for nutrition has increased with nutrition increasingly being recognized as a key pillar for national development. Despite this increased impetus for nutrition, on ground actions are impeded by many challenges.
The recent health sector strategic plan for nutrition (draft) identified specific challengers within the nutrition service delivery system. These included capacity gaps of the health care workforce to fulfil the nutrition service delivery demands at all levels of the health care system across the country; poor coordination and cooperation and lack of coherence across the different programmes that deliver nutrition service e.g. Health Promotion/health environment/maternal child health and nutrition, and data gaps that hinder informed policy making. Therefore, it is clear that the health system nutrition service delivery needs to be supported in order to provide the requisite nutrition care for mothers and children.
There are many technical agencies working on nutrition in the country, notably USAID, DFAT, EU and UN agencies such as UNICEF and FAO. WHO's role is to provide policy guidance and evidence based strong technical support to improve strategic nutrition service delivery to improve operational actions. In this regard WHO proposes to obtain the services of a consultant to enhance the support provided by WCO to the ministry of health to scale up and increase the efficiency of nutrition service delivery in Timor Leste.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
Under the direct supervision of Technical Officer- Epidemiology and overall supervision of WHO Representative, the incumbent will perform the following duties:
1.Evaluate gaps in health /nutrition system in relation to the capacity and performance of nutrition workers at community level, to deliver quality basic nutrition interventions. (It is expected that the consultant will gather basic quantitative data and qualitative data to produce the evaluation). Based on this information, develop plans and conduct prioritized capacity building and performance support activities for community nutrition workers.
2. Assess the coordination mechanisms between nutrition and other units including Reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child and adolescent health, school health and NCDs at different levels of governance and evaluate the current status of integration of nutrition service delivery in terms of implementation of prioritized essential nutrition actions through programme packages.
3. Holdstakeholder discussions and identify gaps and solutions to improve the coordination, communication and coherence of nutrition service delivery.
4.Provide technical support during the meetings with relevant staff from the different units within the MOH which are essential in delivery of nutrition services to reach consensus on operational strategies to improve coordination across nutrition service delivery.
5.Provide technical input and support the revision of hospital dietetic manual and training module.
6. Submit an end of assignment report (mandatory).
7. Perform any other duties, as assigned by the supervisor.
Essential: University degree in medicine, nutrition, pharmacy or another relevant field.
Desirable: Advanced university degree in medicine/ nutrition/ public health.
Essential: At least 5 years of experience in the area of nutrition and health systems, including on nutrition service delivery, advocacy and communication. Demonstrated exposure at international level.
- Ability to analyse and interpret diverse information, draw out the keyinformation and translate evidence into context specific and operational solutions.
- Skills and experience in health/nutrition programme service delivery.
- Strong organization skills with the ability to plan, perform, prioritize multiple tasks under tight deadlines.
Desirable:Good knowledge of WHO/UN administrative and financial rules, processes and procedures.
Other Skills (e.g.: IT):
Excellent knowledge of computer applications, particularly word and excel and ability to make oral and written presentations.
2. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
4. Producing results
5. Ensuring the effective use of resources
Use of Language Skills
Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
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