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Senior Consultant- Nutritionist

Center of Excellence (CoE) for SAM Management

Bhubaneshwar, Odisha

1. POSITION VACANT: Senior Consultant- Nutritionist, CoE, Shishu Bhawan, Bhubaneshwar, Odisha

If you are a passionate and committed nutrition professional and wish to make a lasting difference for children, we would like to hear from you.

2. PROJECT BACKGROUND:                                                            

Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM), remains a major killer of children under five years of age in India. According to NFHS-4 (2015-16) more than 20% under-five children in Odisha are wasted and 6.4% children are severely wasted and suffer from SAM. The fact that the proportion of children with SAM in the state has increased from 5.2% (NFHS-3) to 6.4% (NFHS-4), is another area of grave concern. These children are at 9-11 times higher risk of death and require immediate treatment and Facility-based or Community-based, care.

Odisha has a well-established system of Facility-based management of SAM (F-SAM) and is in the process of initiating a programme for Community based management of SAM (CMAM), as well. Nutrition Rehabilitation Centers (NRCs) have been established in the state since 2009, with support from NHM, and their number gradually scaled-up, with the intention to provide quality care to children with SAM and thus reduce child mortality.

As children with SAM have compromised immunities and are at an elevated risk of death, it is particularly important to ensure quality in their management and care. It is therefore essential that the capacities of all NRC functionaries are continuously strengthened. Simultaneously, it is also crucial for the state to build systems to monitor the processes, outputs and quality of services at NRCs. Further, as the state moves ahead with its plan to scale-up the CMAM programme, there is a need for a central institution, which can support and guide the state in establishing linkages between NRCs and the community.

It is therefore proposed that a Centre of Excellence (CoE) be established at Shishu Bhawan, Bhubaneshwar, to serve as a one-stop center for capacity building, monitoring and knowledge management for SAM management in the state. The CoE shall serve as a state-level, think tank resource, guiding the implementation of Facility and Community-based management of SAM, building on the NRC at Shishu Bhawan, Bhubaneshwar, which shall also serve as a ‘Model NRC’ for the state.

3. PURPOSE OF THE POST:

Reporting to the Superintendent, Shishu Bhawan/ Director, Capital Hospital, the Senior Consultant- Nutritionist shall provide support for the development of the NRC at Shishu Bhawan as a model NRC for management of SAM cases. The incumbent will monitor the services at the NRC and guide the NRC staff to strengthen and sustain quality delivery of therapeutic feeding, sensory stimulation, mothers’ counselling and management of medical complications as per standard protocols. S/he will also support all capacity building, monitoring and documentation initiatives, at the CoE. Technical oversight and funding for the position shall be provided by a respected, International Development Agency, that works across the globe, to promote children's survival, protection and development.

4. MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

(1) Provide technical and handholding support to the existing NRC at Shishu Bhawan in order to develop this NRC as a ‘Model NRC’ for the state;
(2) Provide technical support to trainings of NRC staff at the CoE and hands-on support for exercises and demonstrations during trainings;
(3) Support monitoring of NRCs including the provision of technical and handholding support to NRCs across the state;
(4) Support identification and documentation of best practices related to quality of care and protocols followed at NRCs.

5. QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE AND COMPETENCIES:

Qualification:
Applicants must have post graduate degree/ diploma in Nutrition/ Public Health Nutrition, and prior experience of working in the public health and nutrition sector.

Experience:
(1) At least one year of professional work experience in the field of nutrition, micronutrients, maternal nutrition, child nutrition, emergency nutrition and/or relevant area of nutrition programmes;
(2) Prior experience of working with the Government shall be an asset;
(3) Knowledge/ familiarity with national flagship programmes such as NHM, ICDS and others.

Skills and Competencies:
(1) Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-disciplinary environment and to establish harmonious and effective working relationships with governmental, non-governmental and civil society organizations;
(2) Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of local language (Oriya) shall be an asset;
(3) Good analytical, negotiation and communication (oral and written) skills;
(4) Ability to use computer software i.e. MS Office, MS Excel, PowerPoint and Internet programmes.

6. PROFESSIONAL FEES:

Professional fees of the selected candidate shall be Rs. 40,000/- per month. (Note: Subsistence, Mobility and Contingency support shall be separately provided, to address field travel and related costs incurred by the Senior Consultant- Nutritionist).

7. LOCATION: Centre of Excellence, Shishu Bhawan, Capital Hospital, Bhubaneswar

8. DURATION:

The project duration is from November 1, 2017 to October 31, 2019. The successful candidate shall be issued an initial contract till December 31, 2017, which will be extended based on performance, funds availability and continuing requirement for the position.

9. REFERENCE: SC-NI

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-ni@sams.co.in

11. APPLICATION PROCESS:

Eligible candidates interested in this position are requested to apply to sc-ni@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 October 31, 2017. For further details, please visit www.sams.co.in.