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The Gambia Maternal and Child Nutrition and Health Results Project

Request for Expressions of Interest (EOI)

Country:                                  The Republic of The Gambia

Project Name:                         Maternal and Child Nutrition and Health Results Project

Contract Ref:                           MCNHRP / CS /17/ 10

Position:                                  FNS and UTC Programme Management Assistant                   

Number of Candidates:           5 (Five)

Reporting to:                           Project Coordinator Via the Project Facilitator and FNS Consultant

Office:                                      Regional

Deadline:                                                     1600hrs (local Time) Friday, 24th March 2017

Background

The Government of The Gambia has secured financing from the World Bank to implement a Maternal and Child Nutrition and Health Results Project using the Results Based Financing for Health approach. The project is being jointly implemented by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and the National Nutrition Agency. It aims at improving the utilization of a minimum package of health and nutrition services.

 

In the delivery of community nutrition services, Food and Nutrition Security (FNS) activities include off-season and diversified food production of vegetables, rearing of ruminants and poultry etc.  These will be provided to selected vulnerable households using a targeting strategy.  In addition, Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) is being provided to the same vulnerable households to supplement the FNS activities in the short-term.  The Project Implementation Committee intends to apply part of the proceeds of this fund to hire the services of a Program Management Assistant for each of the five regions the MCNHRP project is being implemented.

 

General Function:  The Program Management Assistant will be positioned at the Regional level. He/she will be responsible for overseeing the overall Food and Nutrition Security (FNS) and Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) program activities that are being implemented in the Regions.

Job Summary

The Consultant shall be responsible for:

 

  • Working with VDCs,VSGs and others to target vulnerable households for FNS and UCT activities.
  • Participating in the selection of FNS and UCT Monitoring committees in their respective regions.
  • Liaising with the FNS and UCT monitoring committees, Regional Task Force on FNS, as well as all other stakeholders at the regional level, to manage and monitor the ongoing implementation of the FNS activities.
  • Providing support to VDCs, VSGs and others in their daily FNS and UCT program activities, including, but not limited to: training and retraining, dissemination of Health, Food and Nutrition Security messages and other interventions.
  • Collecting and sharing FNS and UCT related data and information from the vulnerable households with relevant authorities for action.
  • Collaborating and work with private agricultural distributors and community entrepreneurs to provide basic agricultural inputs such as, seeds, breeds, and equipment to the communities.
  • Collaborating with the Payment Institution to ensure payments are made to vulnerable households.
  • Working with the PMO and NFO to identify potential community entrepreneurs at the regional level for the supply and distribution of the agricultural inputs to the beneficiary households.
  • Participating in community assessment and evaluation activities to assess the feasibility and relevance of FNS and UCT interventions.
  • Providing support to local community structures (VDCs, CBOs, VSGs) to develop and maintain rules and regulations (By-laws) on community food security projects such as community gardens, small animal/ruminant rearing, as well as community food banks.
  • Performing similar or incidental duties as assigned by the Project Coordinator.

 

Duration

The consultant will be contracted initially for 12 months with the possibility of extension based on performance evaluation.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Food, Nutrition, Agriculture or Livestock.
  • At least three years  related work experience
  • Experience in small enterprise and entrepreneurial development.
  • Must be willing to work and reside in rural areas.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to speak two local languages
  • Ability to work with multiple stakeholders
  • She/he must demonstrate strong interpersonal and motivational skills
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision, and meet deadlines.
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of Food and Nutrition programs: design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation

Interested persons can submit applications together with their CV to the address below on or before Friday, 24th March 2017:

 

Project Coordinator

Maternal and Child Nutrition and Health Results Project

C/O National Nutrition Agency

Bertil Harding Highway

Mile 7

Bakau

The Gambia

 

Note: Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.