Consultancy On Nutrition Information Systems In South Asia

UN Children's Fund, Nepal

Skill Required:, IT and ICT
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
24th September, 2019


Job Description

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

Purpose:

Conduct a mapping of the current ability of routine health and nutrition programme information systems to gather and report data on the coverage of nutrition-specific interventions in the eight countries of South Asia; and
Identify sources to collect key indicators related to the coverage and performance of services to treat SAM, and gaps in information system for the collection and reporting of these data in six countries of South Asia.

Under the guidance of the Regional Nutrition Adviser and with the support from ROSA nutrition team, the consultant will undertake the following work:

Conduct mapping of the current ability of routine health and nutrition programme information systems to gather and report data on the coverage of nutrition-specific interventions in the eight countries of South Asia (in collaboration with IFPRI)

Key tasks:

  • In coordination with UNICEF ROSA and IFPRI, design the mapping exercise, including the development of data collection instruments. See Box 1 for examples of the types of information that will be collected through the mapping exercise.
  • Gather data and information for the mapping through a variety of means, including review of existing information (e.g. GAVI tracking sheet, DHIS2 tracking, online data portals), online surveys of country offices, document reviews and key informant interviews.
  • Identify the main barriers and bottlenecks to the integration of nutrition indicators into HMIS and other routine information systems, and the actions required to address them. Also identify factors that support or hinder the use of data for action in these systems.
  • Produce a report on the findings of the mapping exercise, including an inventory of country specific information and insights from the interviews.
  • Conduct a webinar to share the findings with UNICEF ROSA, UNICEF country office staff, IFPRI and other stakeholders.
  • Phase 2: Identify sources of data collection for indicators related to the coverage and performance of services to treat SAM children in six countries of South Asia, and list information system gaps and capacity needs for the collection and reporting of these data.

Key tasks:

  • Based on the initial mapping (Phase 1), identify for each key indicator related to wasting the sources of data collection (HMIS, UNICEF or other information systems), the accuracy and frequency of reporting by UNICEF country offices.
  • Assess the data collection methods and the comprehensiveness of nutrition indicators included in the routine information systems used by national governments and UNICEF country offices and identify potential gaps and challenges.
  • In collaboration with country offices in South Asia, the planning section at ROSA and based on gaps identified, revise, update and/or provide recommendations on the nutrition data collection and reporting tools using existing national and/or UNICEF reporting systems (HMIS, NutriDash, SMQ, etc).
  • Identify capacity needs of country office nutrition teams (including but not limited to training) on information management related to SAM treatment.
  • Assess the feasibility for UNICEF Country offices to regularly report on SAM indicators and provide recommendations to both country and regional offices to develop a tracking system that will benefit to all offices.
  • Organize and run a webinar to country and regional nutrition teams on the findings of the mapping (Phase 1) and the update and recommendations provided in Phase 2.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have;

Education: Advanced university degree in health, nutrition, information management or related disciplines.

Work experience:

  • At least 8 years of relevant work experience in nutrition programming, knowledge/information management or a related field.
  • Experience of working on health and nutrition information systems in low- and middle-income countries, preferably with experience of working with public health nutrition data.
  • Experience in monitoring programmes on the community-based management of acute malnutrition is an advantage.

Source:https://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=526102

  • Excellent oral and written English skills required

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