Job Number: 512235 | Vacancy LinkLocations: Africa: CameroonWork Type : Consultancy
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Over the past 25 years, Cameroon has made little progress in reducing undernutrition. The prevalence of stunting increased from 24.4% in 1991 to 32% in 2014. Likewise, the prevalence of wasting in children under 5 increased from 3% in 1991 to 5.2% in 2014, while the proportion of underweight children increased from 13.6% to 14.8% during the same period (Figure 1). Micronutrient deficiencies are also of concern. The prevalence of vitamin A deficiency among children under 5 is 39%, and it is 18% among pregnant women. Anaemia is common among pregnant women and children, affecting nearly 40% and 58% of them, respectively. Moreover, the prevalence of iron-deficiency anaemia ranges from 12% to 47.4% among children and from 9% to 19.4% among women. At the same time, the country is experiencing a nutrition transition fuelled by a rapid urbanisation and changes in diet and lifestyle patterns, with an increasing number of children who are overweight, obese or suffering from diet-related chronic diseases. Nearly 7% of children under 5 in Cameroon are overweight.
Until recently, these different forms of malnutrition have been tackled in a fragmented way in Cameroon and, as a result, very little progress has been made. Going forward, there is a need for a more focused approach that addresses malnutrition in a comprehensive way and improve coverage of key nutrition interventions. One of the barriers preventing children and mothers from receiving key nutrition interventions in Cameroon is a weak multi-sectoral nutrition system at national and decentralized levels. The Government of Cameroon has established an Inter-Ministerial Committee to fight malnutrition that has a mandate to ensure the coordination of nutrition interventions across many sectors. However, this committee is not functional and does not have the convening power necessary to unite stakeholders around a common platform. As a result, nutrition activities are dispersed across several ministries, departments and agencies, creating a major impediment to the implementation of nutrition-sensitive interventions. Going forward, there is a need to improve nutrition governance and unite stakeholders united around a common results framework. Consequently, the Nutrition Section proposes to recruit a consultant to the Inter-Ministerial Committee to fight malnutrition to bolster its technical capacity to drive the nutrition agenda and put in place a strong multi-sectoral nutrition system that allows the delivery of both nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive interventions.
The purpose of this consultancy is to reinforce the capacity of the Inter-Ministerial Committee to fight malnutrition and support the committee in putting in place a strong multi-sectoral nutrition system that allows the delivery of both nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive interventions.
The specific objectives of the consultancy are as follows:
Provide strategic guidance to the committee to monitor and coordinate all nutrition interventions at national and decentralized levels.
ACTIVITIES, DELIVERABLES, TIMELINES AND BUDGET PER DELIVERABLE
The activities to be taken up and completed during the course of the assignment are summarized in the table below:
1. Provide technical assistance to the Inter-Ministerial Committee to fight malnutritionand facilitate the finalization of a national multi-sectoral implementation plan to reduce malnutrition
o Support the Inter-Ministerial Committee to fight malnutrition to finalize the national multi-sectoral implementation plan to reduce malnutrition and its budgeting.
o Support the committee to produce other strategic documents on nutrition
o Produce monthly reports that give an update of the activities of the commitee
2. Act as a technical advisor to the the Inter-Ministerial Committee to fight malnutrition and its chair
o Perform other related tasks as required.
3. Provide strategic guidance to the committee to monitor and coordinate nutrition activities at national and decentralized levels.
A detailed description of the specific deliverables that are expected during the assignment is presented in the table below:
Schedule of payment
· Clear TOR for the Interministerial Commitee
· Three monthly reports on the commitee’s activities
· Minutes of coordination meetings
31 July 2018
· Progress report consisting of status of the development of a costed multi-sectoral implementation plan
· Two monthly reports on the commitee’s activities
31 September 2018
· Minutes of coordination meetings organized by the committee
· Progress report consisting of status of the implementation of the costed multi-sectoral implementation plan
· Final consultancy report consisting of status of implementation of activities
31 January 2019
The consultant will work under the direct supervision of the Nutrition Section Chief and the overall supervision of the M&E Section Chief. He/she will be expected to work closely with UNICEF Nutrition Specialists. The level of collaboration expected from the consultation is outlined in the table below:
UNICEF Nutrition colleagues
Consultation on strategies and technical issues
Collaboration on cross-sectoral convergence
UNICEF M&E section
Collaboration on monitoring and evaluations
Provide support on M&E of grants
Exchange of information
CONDITIONS OF WORK
The consultancy duration will be for 9 months. The consultancy will be based in the Prime Minister’s office in Yaoundé. No office space or equipment will be provided from UNICEF and will be the sole responsibility of the consultant.
Applications shall be submitted to UNICEF Cameroon before the deadline containing the following required documentation:
CRITERIA FOR EVALUATION
A two-stage procedure will be utilized in evaluating the applications received in accordance to the below criteria, with evaluation of the technical proposal being completed prior to any price proposal being compared. Submitted applications will be assessed using Cumulative Analysis Method. Technical proposals should attain a minimum of 50 points to qualify and to be considered:
a) Technical proposals (Maximum technical score: 70 points)
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