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18-085: SMART
Department:International Programs
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:

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IMC is implementing an ECHO funded program titled Integrated Gender-Based Violence and Nutrition interventions for vulnerable population in North-East and North West Nigeria. The program’s curative and preventive nutrition intervention in Maiduguri has expanded to 14 OTPs in Jere, Konduga and MMC LGAs. The curative component targets children, 6-59 months with SAM. Community health volunteers screen and refer children with a MUAC <11.5cm or WHZ < -3 or those with grade + or ++ or edema to OTP sites for treatment. SAM cases are treated at the OTP using RUTF, deworming and Vitamin supplementation. Children with severe acute malnutrition and medical complications or those <6 months are referred to stabilization centers. In addition, caregivers of children 6-59 months are trained on how to measure MUAC. If a caregiver identifies a child with SAM these are re-assessed by the CHV and if confirmed, the child is referred to the OTP. These children receive nutrition support through RUTF based on their weight, treated for infections using routine medication and screened and treated for malaria. The severely acutely malnourished who are 24-59 months are de-wormed. All severely acutely malnourished without edema receive routine vitamin A supplementation and zinc supplements for those that present with diarrhea. All these activities are directly integrated with IMC WASH and Food Security sectors.  Under this project, IMC is to conduct an end-line SMART survey to determine prevalence of acute malnutrition as well as assess the change in infant and young child feeding and WASH practices.



Principal Objective

The principal objective of the survey is to measure the extent and severity of acute malnutrition in children aged 6 to 59 months, assess IYCF practices and additional nutrition and health related indicators as per the ECHO Funded Program results framework.


Specific objectives

  • To determine prevalence of acute malnutrition, chronic malnutrition, underweight and overweight among children 6-59 months
  • To assess retrospective morbidity among children under 5
  • To assess retrospective mortality (Crude Mortality and U5 Mortality rates) over 3 months’ recall period among populations.
  • Assess community IYCF practices particularly among the households with children under two years of age
  • To establish recommendations on actions to address identified gaps to support planning, advocacy, decision making and monitoring.


Consultant will serve as the Survey Manager on the SMART & IYCF survey program in Borno State, Nigeria.  Specifically, Consultant will complete the following tasks:


  • Develop and design SMART survey protocol, including sample size estimation, population size, clustering of the villages etc., and validate contextual tools using the SMART methodology
  • Train the SMART data collection teams and data clerks (including field testing)
  • Assume overall responsibility for design and implementation of the SMART, including daily supervision of SMART teams and daily data collection quality assurance
  • Be responsible for data cleaning and analysis using appropriate software i.e. Epi Info, SPSS, ENA for SMART
  • Prepare a draft SMART survey 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
  • Prepare and lead a validation workshop for MOH and stakeholders in Maiduguri, Borno State Nigeria. The presentation outcomes will be shared at national level via the Nutrition Cluster/ Nutrition working group



  • Present the design, implementation and supervision strategy of the SMART survey. Validate with IMC country team and the TU Nutrition advisor
  • Implement the SMART survey in Jere, Konduga and MMC LGAs in Maiduguri, Borno State Nigeria.
  • Present a draft SMART survey report including background, methodology, results, limitations, conclusions and recommendations (short term and medium-term recommendation)
  • Present a SMART 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



  • 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 SMART surveys.
  • Knowledge in designing and implementing CMAM and IYCF programs
  • Excellent analytical and statistical skills.
  • 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 to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to cope with stress; hardship; patience and flexibility and willingness to work additional hours in order to meet tight deadlines;
  • Ability and willingness to travel to field sites and nutrition facilities
  • Advanced proficiency in the use of MS Office, EPI INFO, SPSS and for ENA SMART Software.
  • Fluent in written and spoken English.
The candidate must present an approved final report of the most recent SMART survey that he/she had conducted