Consultant: Nutrition Program Semi-Quantitative Evaluation of Access and Coverage (SQUEAC)
International Medical Corps
Department: International Programs
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:
BACKGROUND TO THE ASSIGNMENT:
International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.
Since 2004, the International Medical Corps (IMC), has been providing targeted, integrated, and comprehensive live-saving health and nutrition interventions in Darfur benefiting IDPs living in camps, returnees and as well as host communities. IMC implements primary health care, nutrition, and WASH programs, supporting 62 communities with integrated interventions. IMC also works to build the capacity of the health work force and of the community to ensure project activities are built into long-terms strategic planning and that the workforce will have the needed capacity to continue humanitarian interventions in the target communities.
IMC has been using the Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) approach to manage and prevent malnutrition for Community integrated IDPs and returnees in Darfur in general and Wadesaleh locality in Central Darfur in particular. Malnutrition rates, particularly during the hunger period, are rising to emergency levels across the areas. IMC is planning to conduct a Semi-Quantitative Evaluation of Access and Coverage (SQUEAC) for Nutrition Program in – Wadesaleh locality-Central Darfur. Through this consultancy service, International Medical Corps plans to understand and the identify boosters and barriers to access services and to estimate the coverage of nutrition programmes in Wadesaleh Locality of Central Darfur
PURPOSE OF THE ASSIGNMENT:
• Determine coverage of CMAM services, identification of barriers to service access and nutrition program uptake in Wadesaleh locality in Central Darfur in particular.
• Develop specific recommendations in collaboration with IMC to improve coverage of the programme.
• Develop the skills of key IMC and MOH nutrition staff in conducting access and coverage survey using Semi Qualitative Evaluation of Access and Coverage (SQUEAC) methodology.
3. SCOPE OF THE ASSIGNMENT:
• Develop and design SQUEAC survey protocol, including sample size estimation, population size, clustering of the villages etc, and validate contextual tools using the SQUEAC technical reference document
• Train the SQUEAC data collection teams and data clerks (including pre-testing questionnaire)
• Assume overall responsibility for design and implementation of the SQUEAC, including daily supervision of SQUEAC teams and daily data collection quality assurance
• Be responsible for data cleaning and analysis using appropriate software i.e. Xmind, Bayes QUEAC, Epi Info or SPSS.
• Prepare a draft SQUEAC report for review by IMC, ensuring that the assessment is comprehensive and includes all relevant indicators
• Prepare a final report including background, methodology, results, limitations, conclusions and recommendations incorporating feedback from IMC staff on the draft report.
• Present the design, implementation and supervision strategy of the SQUEAC survey. Validate with IMC country team and the TU Nutrition advisor
• Implement the SQUEAC survey in Wadesaleh locality in Central Darfur in particular
• Present a draft SQUEAC survey report including background, methodology, results, limitations, conclusions and recommendations (short term and medium-term recommendation)
• Present a SQUEAC final report incorporating the feedback from the IMC country team and the TU nutrition advisor
• Submit all the data and analysis outputs (both raw and final) electronically to IMC country team
To perform this consultancy successfully, an individual must be able to perform each task with reasonable accommodation. The consultant must present an approved final report of the most recent SQUEAC Survey that he/she conducted recently.
The individual shall be a health professional or nutritionist with MPH, MSc or advanced professional degree or field-related experience.
Significant and proven experience, at least three years, in community-based studies including coverage surveys such as SQUEAC/SLEAC
Knowledge in designing and implementing CMAM and IYCF programs
Strong communication skills, able to effectively present information clearly and respond appropriately to questions from IMC staff and other relevant stakeholders
Strong supervisory and organizational skills.Ability to work on own initiative and meet tight deadlines
Able to cope with stressful circumstances and hardships; patience and flexibility and willingness to work additional hours in order to meet tight deadlines
Language(s) Fluent in Writing, Listening and Speaking English
Local language Arabic