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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/ 09

Position:                                  Food and Nutrition Security (FNS) Consultant             

Number of Candidates:           1 (One)

Reporting to:                           Project Coordinator (Via the Project Facilitator)

Office:                                      Central

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 (MCNHRP) using the Results Based Financing (RBF) for Health approach. The project is being jointly implemented by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and the National Nutrition Agency (NaNA), through the Project Implementation Committee (PIC).

Food and Nutrition Security (FNS), one of the components of the MCNHRP aim at supporting the scale-up of the Baby Friendly Community Initiative (BFCI). FNS activities include amongst others, support to off-season and diversified food production by means of backyard vegetable gardens, ruminant and poultry rearing etc.  The project will extend the ongoing FNS activities and will introduce targeted unconditional cash transfers (UCT). The aim will be to help vulnerable women with children under the age of five to meet their immediate needs until the FNS activities produce their outcomes.  The Project Implementation Committee intends to apply part of the proceeds of this fund to hire the services of a Food and Nutrition Security Consultant.

Job Summary

The Consultant shall be responsible for:

  1. 1.Providing technical support for planning, managing, and monitoring FNS and UCT activities aiming at achieving the project objectives.
  2. 2.Spearheading the development and update of the FNS and UCT monitoring and reporting tools and templates. Ensure that the tools are harmonized and complementary to the existing MNCHRP monitoring and reporting tools, where applicable.
  3. 3.Preparing periodic, accurate and timely reports and facilitate dissemination of monitoring results to relevant stakeholders.
  4. 4.Providing technical support to regional project and local government staff for an effective implementation of the project activities in adherence to the operational procedures.
  5. 5.Ensuring coordination with the overall project team and with relevant stakeholders at central and regional level.
  6. 6.The regular update of the operational procedures for FNS and UCT activities in the Project Operational Manual (POM)
  7. 7.Taking part in the planning and implementation of the evaluation of FNS and UCT activities and other project components. Contribute to the development of data collection tools, data analysis and reporting, when applicable.
  8. 8.Spearheading the development of relevant training and sensitization materials at regional and community levels.
  9. 9.Providing technical advice on costing, budgeting, and procurement specifications for the FNS inputs
  10. 10.Supervising the unconditional cash transfer activities.
  11. 11.Any other 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.

Required qualifications

A minimum of Master’s degree in Agriculture, Safety Nets, and/or related fields

 

Competencies

  • A senior expert with at least 3 years experience in planning and managing FNS and cash transfer related programmes.
  • Strong communication and facilitation skills and ability to establish good working relationships with colleagues and stakeholders.
  • She/he must demonstrate strong interpersonal and motivational skills and sensitive to the local environment as well as the ability to work with minimal supervision, and meet deadlines.

 

Interested persons can submit applications together with their CV to the address below on or before Friday, 24th March, 2016:

 

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.