Consultant V – Sudan | ReliefWeb
International Medical Corps (IMC) provides vital health and nutrition services to displaced people and host communities in Southern Kordofan, Blue Nile and Darfur. IMC has worked in Sudan since 2004 and has been providing quality, lifesaving humanitarian health services in Darfur since the start of the conflict in 2004. The program expanded in 2018 to Blue Nile and South Kordofan states. Current active grants support a population of over 2 million people affected by conflict and disaster. Currently, IMC supports 89 health facilities in West, Central and South Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile states. IMC provides essential primary health care, nutrition and WASH interventions to conflict-affected populations by supporting health systems and emergency response. Health systems support includes infrastructure rehabilitation, WASH, drug supply, capacity building, health and nutrition service delivery and data management. Nutrition services include Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) and Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) activities. IMC provides improved WASH coverage through increased water supply, sanitation infrastructure, solid waste management (medical and domestic) and community mobilization around health promotion and sanitation. hygiene at community and health facility levels. Currently, thanks to in-kind and financial support received from BHA, ECHO, UNICEF and WFP, International Medical Corps is providing a comprehensive package of malnutrition prevention and treatment using the CMAM approach in different centers across the country. Blue Nile, South and South Kordofan States, Central and West Darfur States.
According to the S3M II survey report, 2020, in Sudan, the prevalence of wasting is on average 13.6% among children under five, while 2.72% of children are severely wasted at the level national. The extent of acute malnutrition varies from country to country. 56 of the 185 localities have a rate of severe acute malnutrition (severe wasting according to the weight-for-height (WHZ) z-score) which is classified as very critical (above 3%). Nationwide, 61.5% of children aged 0-5 months are exclusively breastfed. Similarly, the main challenge of infant and young child feeding in Sudan is the low age-appropriate dietary diversity of children from 6 to 23 months, which varies across the country. According to the results of the 2020 S3M II survey report, the prevalence of diarrhea, acute respiratory infections and fever was 20.15%, 20.67% and 17.99%, respectively, among children under five years).
A SMART survey conducted in November 2020 in South Darfur, East Jabel Mara locality, indicates that the prevalence of Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) was 18.1%, while the prevalence of Severe Acute Malnutrition ( SAM) was 5.3%, showing that the prevalence of GAM and SAM is above the emergency threshold of 15% and 1%, respectively.
The locations for the proposed SMART surveys were selected by WFP and WFP requested IMC to provide technical support to conduct these surveys since the partners working in the field do not have sufficient capacity to conduct the surveys. These surveys will be conducted to better understand nutritional and health needs so that a program can be designed that fills the identified gaps. These results will be supported by nutrition screening for children under five and PLW that has been carried out by partners working in the field and the SMOH.
IMC is recruiting a consultant to conduct SMART nutrition surveys with the vulnerable community in the locality of Sharg El Jabal in South Darfur. The overall objective of the surveys is to assess the level of malnutrition among children aged 6 to 59 months, women of childbearing age, morbidity and mortality rates, infant and young child feeding practices among children 0-23 months and WASH practices in IMC operational areas in South Darfur State.
- Determine the prevalence of acute malnutrition, chronic malnutrition, underweight and overweight among children 6-59 months and PLW
- Assess retrospective morbidity in children under 5 years of age
- Assess retrospective mortality (crude mortality rate and U5 mortality rate) over a 3-month recall period among populations
- Assess measles vaccine and vitamin A coverage
- Assess IYCF practices among households with children 0-23 months in the target population (early initiation, exclusive breastfeeding, continued breastfeeding up to 1 year and 2 years, timely introduction of complementary feeding, dietary diversity , meal frequency, minimum acceptable diet and bottle-feeding).
- To determine the main water and sanitation (WASH) hygiene practices among people living in a selected area in Darfur.
- Establish recommendations on actions to address identified gaps to support planning, advocacy, decision-making and monitoring.
- Inception report: Present strategy for design, implementation and supervision of SMART survey, IYCF survey and seek validation with IMC Country Team, TU Nutrition Advisor and MEAL Advisor and SMOH
- Implement two SMART nutrition surveys – one in East Jabel Mara (South Darfur) and an IYCF survey in Um dhukun,
- Present a draft survey report for all surveys, including background, methodology, results, limitations, conclusions and recommendations (short- to medium-term recommendation)
- Incorporate feedback from stakeholders, IMC country team and HQ to finalize report
- Present survey reports for all surveys final reports incorporating feedback from IMC Country Team and TU Nutrition Advisor and MEAL Advisor
- Submit all data and analysis results (both raw and cleaned – electronically to the IMC Country Team
- Present all survey report findings at respective sites to state and federal nutrition cluster
JOB QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS
Skills, knowledge and abilities required
- A health professional or nutritionist with an MPH, MSc or advanced professional degree or experience in the field.
- Significant and proven experience, of at least three years, in community studies, including SMART surveys.
- Knowledge of CMAM and IYCF program design and implementation
- Excellent analytical and statistical skills.
- Strong communication skills, able to effectively present information clearly and respond appropriately to questions from IMC staff and other relevant stakeholders
- Strong supervisory and organizational skills
- Ability to work on own initiative and meet deadlines.
- Ability to cope with stress; proofs; patience and flexibility and willingness to work overtime to meet tight deadlines;
- Ability and willingness to travel to the field and nutrition facilities
- Advanced proficiency in the use of MS Office, EPI INFO, SPSS and for ENA SMART software.
- Fluency in written and spoken English and/or Arabic and/or local language is an added advantage
- Applicant must submit an approved final report from the last two SMART surveys they conducted.
 Sudan S3M II (2020): Report of a simple S3M II spatial surveying method in Sudan. Federal Ministry of Health, Sudan.
Please refer to the scope of work above to see the details and requirements for this individual consultation.
Code of conduct As applicable to this position, an individual must promote and encourage a culture of compliance and ethics throughout the organization and maintain a clear understanding of International Medical Corps and donor compliance and ethics standards and comply with these standards.
Equal opportunities International Medical Corps is proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age , disability or veteran status.
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