Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) WFP is recognized as the leading solution provider and partner in the struggle to end hunger and malnutrion and particularly for its efforts to reach those furthest behind first.
Being the frontline agency of the United Nations system that delivers innovative hunger solutions to 81 countries each day worldwide; WFP’s 14,800+ strong staff share a vision and commitment to end hunger by 2030. Tackling the causes -- not just the symptoms – and operating in the remotest corners of the world, with all logistical means necessary, WFP’s results-focussed team provides nutritious and life-saving food and cash assistance when necessary. Bringing unrivalled experience and operating in the world’s most high profile, difficult environments, WFP upholds the humanitarian principles of humanity, integrity impartiality and neutrality.
In successfully achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 2 (SDG 2) i.e Zero Hunger by 2030, the WFP team actively fosters partnerships with governments, communities, local authorities, civil societies, other UN agencies and the private sector.
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Southern Africa remains at the epicentre of the HIV epidemic. Though rates of new infections are declining, at the current rate of decline, the region will still have at least 570,000 new infections annually. The HIV situation is further compounded by the TB and HIV co-infections with Lesotho, Swaziland, Namibia and Mozambique having the highest TB cases in the world. Strong shared responsibility between the region’s governments, civil society, international donors and the research community is delivering steep declines in HIV infections and AIDS-related mortality. However, huge challenges remain. Gender inequalities and gender-based violence, combined with physiological factors, place women and girls in eastern and southern Africa at huge risk of HIV infection. In 10 countries in the region, laws and policies that require parental consent to access sexual and reproductive health services discourage adolescent girls from accessing the services they need to stay healthy. The region is also burdened with high levels of stunting, micronutrient deficiencies and increasing food insecurity. While the ‘double burden’ of malnutrition – the concurrence of undernutrition and overweight/obesity is a growing concern in the region.
As one of the eleven Cosponsors of UNAIDS, WFP shares the UNAIDS vision of achieving, by 2020, the ambitious treatment targets of 90% diagnosed, 90% on treatment and 90% virally suppressed, and the end of the AIDS epidemic by 2030. Within the UNAIDS division of labour, WFP together with UNHCR, is responsible for addressing HIV in humanitarian emergencies. Further, WFP and ILO co-lead global efforts to scale up the work on HIV-sensitive social protection and to strengthen national social and child protection systems to “ensure that by 2020 75% of people living with, at risk of and affected by HIV, benefit from social protection”. WFP also provides technical support and advises governments on integrating food and nutrition within national HIV and TB efforts and supports building national capacity.
The WFP’s HIV policy has two main objectives: ensuring nutritional recovery and HIV/TB treatment success through the provision of nutrition and/or food support; and mitigating the effects of AIDS on individuals and households through sustainable safety nets.
PURPOSE OF THE ASSIGNMENT
WFP’s Regional Bureau in Johannesburg (RBJ) covers 12 operational countries in Southern Africa Angola, DRC, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, RoC, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Of the twelve countries, 10 are UNAIDS fast track countries and HIV situation is further compounded by the TB and HIV co-infections with Lesotho, Eswatini, Namibia and Mozambique having the highest TB cases in the world.
With the support of the regional office, country offices have contributed to the joint HIV/AIDS response, leveraging context-appropriate partnerships and entry points including: Nutrition Assessment and Counselling (NACS); nutritional support to pregnant and lactating women receiving PMTCT services; HIV-sensitive social safety nets; technical support to governments and national partners.
A key challenge faced in the region is the limited culture of information/knowledge documentation and sharing. Although a lot of knowledge exists, this is not documented or stored in a format that is easily accessible to all who would find it useful and for use in advocacy and programming.
The consultant is required to support the Nutrition and HIV team to strengthen the impact of explicit and tacit knowledge, through documentation of the ongoing initiatives, identification of good practices and key lessons for effective knowledge sharing and application. The work of the consultant will enable country offices (and beyond) to benefit from exchange of experience and replication of working processes and be in a position to use this to improve overall programming
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES(not all-inclusive)
Under the overall supervision of the Senior Regional Nutrition & HIV Advisor, and the direct supervision of the Programme Policy Officer -
HIV, the consultant will undertake the following:
DELIVERABLES AT THE END OF THE CONTRACT
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
Education: University degree in social/behavioural sciences, communications and media reporting with a bias on public health; social/health sciences; knowledge and information management, international development reporting and documentation
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & EQUIPMENT REQUIRED
Knowledge, Skills & Equipment Required: