• Request for Proposals: Nutrition Consultant

    Job Locations US
    Department
    Programs
    Type
    Contract
  • The Role

    Last Mile Health (LMH) partners with the Liberian Ministry of Health to directly recruit, train, equip, manage and pay community health workers and clinic-based nurse supervisors in three counties of Southeastern Liberia. Activities already planned under the National Community Health Assistant (CHA) Program related to routine household visits, nutritional screening for sick children, counseling on exclusive breastfeeding and maternal nutrition could be complemented and extended by having the community health platform play a greater role in essential and supportive nutrition activities. Last Mile Health is committed to working with its local ministry partners to achieve a reduction in stunting and wasting through increased quality of current nutrition related activities and through the expansion of essential nutrition actions for maternal and child health.

     

    The Consultant will provide senior leadership and technical assistance to LMH’s Liberia team, guiding the design, implementation and quality assurance of nutrition aspects of current programming, as well as future innovations and scale. The Consultant will support the Programs team in using evidence to develop a more comprehensive  nutrition strategy including facility and community-level interventions improved nutritional outcomes for children under five.

     

    When applying to this position, please be sure to note your proposed rate for the consultancy in your letter of interest/cover letter.

    What You'll Do

    OBJECTIVES

     

    Activity I. Program Strategy & Design

    • Provide technical oversight, strategic direction and definition of appropriate nutrition activities in line with Government of Liberia nutrition policies and strategies and globally accepted best practices
    • Contribute to establishing and implementing a system to ensure technical quality of nutrition activities
    • Contribute to the formulation of innovative approaches for scale-up of targeted nutrition services

     

    Activity II. Capacity Building and Quality Assurance

     

    • Help develop and/or revise nutrition training and development of tools, guidelines, standards to improve program quality.
    • Contribute to the learning agenda by writing nutrition background documents, briefs, and presentations for LMH, including carrying out relevant literature reviews and data analysis.
    • Support technical capacity building of staff, Community Health Assistants, and Community Health Supervisors through technical updates, training opportunities, identification of potential exchange visit, literature sharing, etc
    • In Coordination with LMH’s National Community Health Systems’ (NCHS) team, support LMH’s relationships with the Liberian Government and the Ministry of Health, NGO partners, donors, and other organizations. Identify and build relationships with key nutrition partners and working groups for collaboration and advocacy.
    • Provide technical guidance for LMH’s policy advocacy and technical assistance in nutrition to the Ministry of the Health.

     

    Activity III. Assessment, Evaluation, & Learning

    • In coordination with Research Monitoring, & Evaluation (RM&E) and Program teams the consultant will design, oversee, and coordinate formative research using participatory methodologies to build local capacity and to design high impact community and facility-based interventions based on the social and cultural context in the target areas as determined by the research
    • Work with the Program staff to design and implement a monitoring and evaluation plan related to nutrition  interventions to inform adjustments in project implementation

     

    PROJECT TIMELINE & EFFORT

     

    Commitment - Average of 4 - 5 hours per week (or 20 hours per month), plus for the 6 weeks of travel time

    Start Date - ASAP

    Duration - One year

    Location - Primarily remote from anywhere in the world with travel to Liberia (2 trips, 3 weeks each). First trip to focus on survey design and second trip focused on strategy and monitoring design.

    Reports to - Liberia Program Director

    Expenses - LMH will directly finance and organize travel, lodging, and transportation for two 3-week trips to Liberia

     

    OVERVIEW OF DELIVERABLES

     

    Note: Deadlines are illustrative and subject to change based actual start date.                    

     

    Deliverable

    Description

    Deadline

    1

    Review nutrition baseline survey results and support submission of high-level analysis in written report that outlines potential areas of inclusion for subsequent formative survey

    December 22, 2018

    2

    Develop and/or revise nutrition training and development of tools, guidelines, standards to improve program quality for package of nutrition

    December 1, 2018, further revision February 2019

    3

    Contribute to the learning agenda by writing nutrition background documents, briefs, and presentations including carrying out relevant literature reviews and data analysis

    Starting November 2018, then monthly support as needed

    4

    Review and provide feedback on  the nutrition baseline survey training for enumerators and during implementation. Particularly providing guidance on best practices and guidance on the anthrophonic measurement process

    Starting November and in December

    5

    In coordination with the Program and RM&E teams, lead the design of a formative assessment to determine a barriers analysis and plan for future nutrition interventions.

    January 15th 2019

    6

    Generation of a report inclusive of a quantitative and qualitative analysis of results from baseline and formative assessment surveys with recommendations for prioritization of targeted nutrition service delivery to achieve high impact on reduction of wasting and stunting

    February 15, 2019

    7

    Work with RM&E staff to design monitoring system related to nutrition interventions that will inform progress but also track key outcome indicators.

    November 2018 with revision by February 30, 2019 to reflect changes in interventions

    8

    Ongoing collaborative review of nutrition monitoring on a monthly basis and provide technical advisory through phone calls and monthly 1-2 page reports with identification of challenges and successes and formulation of innovative approaches for strengthening implementation and scale-up of targeted nutrition services

    Ongoing, monthly report due 30th of each month

    9

    Provide technical assistance, strategic direction, and definition of appropriate nutrition activities in line with national nutrition policies and strategies and globally accepted best practices

    Ongoing through monthly coordination calls and weekly email

    10

    Provide technical guidance for LMH’s policy advocacy and technical assistance to the Ministry of the Health, in design of national nutrition interventions and in revision of NCHAP ;

    Starting November 2018, then monthly support as needed

    11

    Build Capacity of Staff, in the area of nutrition including that of Training and Quality Assurance Management Advisor, Program Coordinator, Medical Directors, Program Managers, and Special Projects Officers, through provision of monthly data review and literature sharing

    Starting November 2018, then monthly support as needed

    12

    Identify and foster 2 local and 2 international strategic partnerships for strengthening of nutrition activities and achieving impact on nutritional status of population served

    May 2019

    About Last Mile Health

    Last Mile Health (LMH) saves lives in the world's most remote communities by partnering with governments to bring critical primary care services to the doorsteps of people living in the last mile. Last Mile Health is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization with offices in Liberia, Boston and New York. For more information, visit www.lastmilehealth.org.

    EEO Statement

    We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at LMH. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

    Options

    Sorry the Share function is not working properly at this moment. Please refresh the page and try again later.
    Share on your newsfeed