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State Consultant – Adolescent and Maternal Nutrition

International Development Agency

Patna, Bihar

1. POSITION VACANT: State Consultant- Adolescent and Maternal Nutrition International Development Agency, Patna, Bihar

2. ORGANIZATION BACKGROUND:

Our client is a respected, International Development Agency, that works across the globe to promote child survival, protection and development.

Project Background                                                                  

In Bihar, 44.7% adolescent girls of age in between 15-18 are undernourished (BMI <18.5 kg/m2). This is coupled with the state having highest fertility rate (3.2) in the country exposing them to repeated cycles of nutritional stress. Maternity benefits are not universalized. ICDS food given is not in form of ration but in raw materials, which is not fortified. Comprehensive food and nutrition security schemes for preconception women and at nutrition risk women is missing. In order to strengthen the maternal nutrition component of ICDS, it is aimed to include counselling and guidelines for counselling and feeding of preconception and pregnant women who are at nutritional risk. Hence, a senior State Consultant is being hired, through third party, to support the Director (ICDS) to strengthen implementation of preconception and maternal nutrition programmes in the ICDS and adolescent nutrition programme Sabla.

Purpose of Assignment

The purpose of assignment is to provide technical assistance to ICDS, GoB for improving the quality of nutrition programmes for adolescent, preconception and pregnant women, with focus on those at nutritional risk.

3. JOB DESCRIPTION/ RESPONSIBILITIES:

Under the overall guidance of the Director (ICDS), and of the International Development Agency, the following are the key job responsibilities of State Consultant – Adolescent and Maternal Nutrition:

(1) Assist the Department in organization of a State consultation on improving strategies for maternal nutrition;
(2) Develop low-cost complementary food recipes book for maternal nutrition which can be used across weekly discussions with women across regions of Bihar and test these recipes before finalization in selected areas, in consultation with nutrition experts and PUSA university;
(3) Assist the revision of feeding guidelines for specificity and simplification and inclusion of preconception and mothers at nutritional risk, with inclusion of strategies such as Godbarai, Maitri Bethak with Jeevika;
(4) Monitoring and strengthen coverage of maternal nutrition interventions during VHSND/community events;
(5) Development and rollout of a simplified reporting and monitoring system capturing real-time data of the Godbarai/Maitri Bethak and testing it in Gaya and Purnia district;
(6) Strengthen the implementation of the SABLA programme and coordinate and converge with the RKSK programme of health and Child protection activities of Social welfare department;
(7) Undertake any other assignment assigned by the International Development Aagency from time to time.

4. QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE AND COMPETENCIES:

Qualification:
(1) Applicants must have a Master degree in Public Health/ Home Science (nutrition) or related disciplines;
(2) A Ph.D. shall be preferred.

Experience:
(1) Minimum five years of post-masters/ Ph.D. work experience in supporting State Health Society on various nutrition programmes implemented;
(2) Experience of working with GoB will be an advantage;
(2) Candidates have worked in NRC programmes shall be preferred.

Skills and Competencies:
(1) Ability to use computer software i.e. MS Office, MS Excel, PowerPoint and Internet programmes;
(6) Willingness to travel within and outside Bihar.

5. NATURE OF ENGAGEMENT:

The SC-AMNC shall be hired on a consultancy contract through Strategic Alliance Management Services P Ltd. (SAMS), a respected HR Agency.

6. PROFESSIONAL FEES:

Gross annual remuneration budgeted for the position is attractive. The offer made to the selected candidate shall be commensurate with qualifications, experience and salary history.

7. LOCATION: Patna with need based travel to field.

8. DURATION:

The consultancy assignment will be effective from the date of joining till December 31, 2017.

9. REFERENCE: SC-AMNC

10. CONTACT INFORMATION:

Senior Consultant
Strategic Alliance Management Services P Ltd.
1/1B, Choudhary Hetram House, Bharat Nagar 
New Friends Colony, New Delhi 110 025
Phone Nos.: 011- 2684 2162; 4165 3612 
Email: sc-amnc@sams.co.in

11. APPLICATION PROCESS:

Eligible candidates interested in this position are requested to apply to sc-amnc@sams.co.in with a cover letter, discussing their interest in and suitability for the position, along with an updated resume, giving details of three references, current cost to organization and expected compensation, by February 20, 2017. For further details, please visit www.sams.co.in.