State Nutrition Consultant - Integrated Management of SAM

UNICEF, Bhopal Madhya Pradesh, India

Skill Required:, Finance and AccountsHR and Admin
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Email for CV Submission: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
12th January, 2017

Job Description

State Nutrition Consultant-Integrated Management of SAM, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh


Duration of this assignment:   11.5 months (Starting from 16th January 2017)
Duty Station:  Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
Closing date: 12th January 2017, Thursday
1. Background:  
As per the Rapid Survey pf Children (WCD-UNICEF, 2013), prevalence of severe wasting in MP stands at 5.4%.  Severe and acute malnutrition (SAM) not only compromises the ability of children to grow to their full potential but also puts them at a higher risk of dying. Severely wasted children are more susceptible to the risk of dying (9 times higher than a normal child)[1]. In response to the nutritional crisis, National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) launched the Bal Shakti Yojna- a pioneer intervention in facility-based nutritional rehabilitation for children with SAM. The programme follows treatment protocols adapted from WHO and GOI guidelines on treatment of SAM.  The programme was initiated in 2006-07 with eight NRCs, through technical support from UNICEF; currently, the programme spans across all 51 districts. In the year 2014-15, a total of 68,428 children were managed through a network of 314 NRCs, across the state.
However, to address SAM both facility and community based care and treatment components are essential. It is important to establish and strengthen the continuum of care for such children, by ensuring effective linkages and convergence between the Department of Health and Family Welfare and Department of Women and Child Development. Therefore, to maximize access, coverage, effectiveness and impact of the initiatives, a community-based management of children with SAM (CMAM) is being proposed, in Madhya Pradesh. Initially, the strategy and operational guideline will be piloted in the state. The proposed CMAM pilot will involve timely detection of children with SAM in the community and provision of appropriate home-based therapeutic care for children with SAM without medical complications. Simultaneously, children with medical complications, will be initially managed at the NRCs, once stabilized, the major part of rehabilitation would take place at home through community-based programme.
In addition to the abovementioned, improving the quality of service delivery and outcomes at the NRCs are an integral part of the F-SAM programme. The Department of Health (NHM) is committed to address the quality and standardization issues, at NRC, through various initiatives. UNICEF supports the state government to improve outcomes for children with SAM; this consultancy is proposed to provide technical support to the Department of Health for scaling up of NRCs with quality, support pilots to improve quality of diet and care at NRCs which conforms to the WHO recommendations and parameters, as well as roll-out and establish linkages with the community based programmes (along with DWCD).
2. Purpose of Assignment:
The aim of this assignment is to provide techno-managerial support to state government for: Strengthening the management of children with Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) both within facilities as well as at community level,

  1. Support for the establishment of centre of excellence at a medical college
  2. Technical Assistance in planning & implementation of pilot intervention on CMAM and subsequent scaling up

3.  Basic objectives of the Assignment:
The   aim is to provide technical and programmatic support to NHM towards management of Severe and Acute Malnutrition; the sub-objectives are:

  • To provide technical support to the state government and partners to  roll-out of  integrated management of severe and acute malnutrition
  • To support establishment of a Centre of Excellence at the tertiary level

4. Programme Area and Specific Project involved
PCR 1: Infants, young children and mothers have equitable access to and utilize quality services for child survival, growth and development
Intermediate Result 1.3: Governments and partners can scale up programmes to provide essential nutrition care and support for children who are severely undernourished, sick and/or affected by disasters, particularly in the most deprived
Activity 2: Support and build capacity of NHM and ICDS to maintain/strengthen scale up care of children with severe acute malnutrition (SAM) using IM SAM package (Technical Assistance through consultant)
5.  Major outputs, activities/tasks and deliverables with timeline:  

Tasks/ Results  

(Performance indicators – Quarterly- reporting)

Deadline for completion of deliverable

travel required
for completion
of deliverable

Support govt. departments for training for FLWs (ASHAs and AWWs) in select district on community based follow-up of children admitted at NRC

Gap assessment report of poor performing block and NRC
Training plan and guidelines drafted
Training reports 

Jan-Dec 2017

30 days

Support concurrent monitoring/ Supportive Supervision  at poor performing NRCs

·                     12Consolidated Supportive supervision and Field Monitoring checklists on outcome indicators
·                     Action taken and follow-up report

Jan-Dec 2017

45 days

Provide technical support for the establishment of Centre of Excellence at medical college and inclusion of SAM in pre-service curriculum

Proposal for the CoE
Operational guidelines for CoE
Progress report on CoE
Training reports of providers at CoE
Meeting minutes with DME
Need assessment report (for the curriculum)
Protocol and guideline for pre-service

Jan-Feb 2017
March-April 2017

5 days

Support knowledge management activities on pilot/assessments undertaken to improve quality of service delivery for the SAM management programme

Documentation report draft
Dissemination plan 

April 2017
Aug 2017
Dec 2017


Support the proposal development for piloting IMAM

Draft concept note prepared for IMAM

Jan - Mar 2017


Coordinate with ICDS & health  and other stakeholders for planning and roll-out of the CSAM pilot
Provide technical input & support to ICDS & for ensuring preparations for the implementation of the CMAM pilot
Facilitate meeting to review CMAM

Roles and responsibility matrix for the functionaries, to roll-out CSAM, developed
Reporting formats
Implementation plan
Review meeting minutes (3) on the CSAM pilot.
Pilot document and analysis

Feb 2017
Feb, June, Dec


Support the capacity building of the field workers on community-based management of children with SAM

Training plan for CMAM
Training reports submitted

Feb 2017

20 days

Support in SMART surveys

SMART training plan
SMART training report

Feb-April 2017

30 days

Technical support to conduct a follow-up study on children discharged from NRC

Planning document for the follow-up study
Training plan for the follow up study
Training and factual report on the follow-up

Sept 2017


Any other activity that NHM, MP or UNICEF may feel necessary within the scope of the programme.

There could be overlap in some of the tasks for the above deliverables. If deliverables are delayed due to extraneous circumstances (in extra ordinary cases and satisfaction of the supervisor) monthly payments can be claimed against submission of a Progress Report
6.Duty station: Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
7.  Estimated duration of contract and deadline for submission of end product:
16th January 2017 to 31st December 2017
8.Official travel involved
The consultant would be based in Bhopal. Travel is required within the state and in special cases, may need to travel outside the state if it contributes to the achievement of the assignment, as approved by the Supervisor. The consultant will be on travel approximately for 8 days a month. The consultant would be required to make own arrangement for travel and stay during travel, and bear the cost for the same.
9. Estimated cost of consultancy and payment:
The total cost of consultancy should include all charges towards the consultancy including professional fee, travel cost, DSA, contingency and any other expenses. The consultant is required to have her/his own equipment such as laptop, internet connectivity and other communication facilities, etc. that are  critical to achieve the deliverables.
Payments are made against the deliverables and shall be made on satisfactory completion of set of deliverables as mentioned above under the head Deliverables. 
10.Qualifications or specialized knowledge/experience required for the assignment :

  • Post Graduate degree in Nutrition/ PGDHM / Public health / MD / MHM / MHA / MPH/MBBS.
  • 5 -10years (or more) of relevant professional experience, past experience of working in Health, Nutrition, development sector; experience of working on management of SAM is desirable.
  • Knowledge of nutrition especially SAM and other community based nutrition program is desirable.
  • Knowledge/familiarity with the national flagship programmes (NRHM, ICDS and others) and experience of working with Government is an asset
  • Good presentation, negotiation and communication skills.
  • Knowledge of computer applications and comfort on relevant software (Word, Excel, Power point SPSS, Atlas Ti, Adobe Photoshop, other presentation software desirable)
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-disciplinary environment and to establish harmonious and effective working relationships with government & other agencies/institutions.
  • Skills and knowledge in facilitation of workshops and trainings
  • Experience in qualitative data entry, analysis, and report writing is essential
  • Report writing skills both in Hindi and English

11.  Application Procedures
(1)  Qualified female/male candidates are requested to please indicate their ability and availability to undertake the above assignment.
(2) Your application should be sent to by 12th Jan 2017, Thursday with subject line "State Nutrition Consultant-IM-SAM, Bhopal”in two separate files consisting of:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  3. P-11 form, can be downloaded from our website at or find it at the end of it.  


  1. Financial Proposal (use the format given at the end of this advertisement for financial proposal. Please Mention your name & sign the financial proposal, convert it into a pdf format & send it along with your application) 

(3) Only short-listed candidates will be called for written test/interview.
(4) The selection will be on the basis of technical evaluation & financial proposal in the ratio of 70:30 respectively. The technical evaluation educational qualification, relevant experience, comprise of CV, written test & interview.  In the technical evaluation, candidate must score a minimum of 70% to technically qualify.
(5) Financial proposals of only those candidates, who are found technically qualified, will be considered.
(6) Any attempt to unduly influence UNICEF’s selection process will lead to automatic disqualification of the applicant.
(7)  Joint applications of two or more individuals are not accepted.
(8) Please note, UNICEF does not charge any fee during any stage of the process.
(9) Candidates who had applied earlier for this assignment/consultancy are requested not to re-apply
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply.


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