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- BY Nicole Pelette
FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally-driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in health, education, nutrition, environment, economic development, civil society, gender, youth, research and technology — creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today's interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 70 countries and all U.S. states and territories.
Alive & Thrive (A&T) is a global nutrition initiative to save lives, prevent illness, and ensure healthy growth of mothers and children. From 2009–2014, A&T demonstrated that rapid improvements in infant and young child feeding (IYCF) are possible in settings as diverse as Ethiopia, Bangladesh, and Viet Nam. In 2014, A&T began working in Burkina Faso, India, Nigeria, and throughout the Southeast Asia region, expanding its scope to include maternal and adolescent nutrition, and using agriculture and social protection programs as delivery mechanisms for maternal, infant, and young child nutrition (MIYCN). Currently, A&T is leveraging its robust network and knowledge base to strengthen systems and build capacity in these and other countries across Africa and Asia, and disseminate innovations, tools, and lessons worldwide. A&T is managed by FHI 360 with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other donors.
The overarching goal of A&T is to accelerate effective coverage at scale of key nutrition interventions in priority geographies. In Bangladesh, A&T focused for many years on demonstrating that significant MIYCN performance improvements are possible at scale by integrating a comprehensive set of social behavior change communication (SBCC) strategies into the community-outreach platform of a leading Bangladeshi non-governmental organization (NGO). Since 2016, A&T has refocused its efforts on strengthening mainstream systems for MIYCN by providing technical assistance to the Government of Bangladesh (GoB), development partners and other stakeholders to accelerate sustained delivery.
Improving in-facility MIYCN services has so far been the focus of UNICEF, World Bank, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and A&T’s efforts to help GoB achieve higher rates of MIYCN counseling, weight measurement and iron folic acid (IFA) supplementation in community clinics. However, community-based approaches are an essential complement to in-facility service delivery if Bangladesh is to significantly accelerate its MIYCN performance. UNICEF has therefore issued a request for proposal (RFP) for “strengthening community-based approaches for MIYCN and inter-linked health, preventive and promotive practices and services”, for which A&T is bidding.
The role of the Project Director is to lead this project.
MAJOR AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY:
A&T is seeking a senior executive with a passion for innovation in sustainable health system strengthening and community mobilization. The perfect candidate is as comfortable leading a small team to assess and design solutions, managing a large program encompassing implementation research in partnership with the government and other NGOs, defining and advocating for a pathway to scale and sustainability, and managing partnerships with multiple development partners and GoB.
The Project Director will work in close collaboration with A&T’s South Asia regional leadership and Bangladesh country director to ensure the delivery of high quality and timely solutions for Bangladesh, as well as to set a global example for mainstreaming MIYCN community mobilization and promotive practices.
The purpose of the project is to “analyze existing community engagement and accountability approaches and mechanisms (including processes, platforms and packages); and establish a standardized and evaluable model to scale-up and improve infant feeding, maternal nutrition and inter-linked [maternal, newborn and child health] MNCH practices. There practices include IYCF, maternal nutrition, [antenatal care] ANC, birth planning and Skilled Birth Attendant (SBA) for delivery, newborn [NNC] and postnatal care [PNC], nurturing care 0-3 years and [extended program on immunization] EPI (to examine feasibility of integrating with systemic delivery of services), as well as service-delivery platforms and modalities such as the [community clinic] CC, [upazila health complex] UHC, [union health and family welfare center] UHFC, [community health care provider] CHCP, [family welfare assistant] FWA / [health assistant] HA, [multi-purpose health worker] MPV, mothers support groups and mothers assembly.” (RFP)
The specific objectives of the project are to:
Lead the Strengthening Community Based Approaches for MIYCN and interlinked health, preventive and promotive practices and services project
Oversee and directly contribute to mapping and analysis of community outreach engagement and accountability interventions/packages for MIYCN, nurturing care 0-3 years and inter-linked MNCH preventive and promotive practices and service delivery approaches
Lead the formulation of a national package for community-outreach, engagement and accountability on MIYCN, nurturing care 0-3 years and interlinked MNCH practices and services
Strong experience in health system strengthening and community mobilization, including preferably: