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18-222: Consultant- Barrier Analysis
Department:International Programs
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:

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.

Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, non-political, non-sectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.


Since 2004, the International Medical Corps has been providing targeted, integrated, and comprehensive live-saving health and nutrition interventions benefiting IDPs, host communities, nomads refugees and returnees throughout Central, South, and West Darfur states. IMC implements primary health care, nutrition, and WASH programs, supporting 66 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. Surveys carried by IMC have shown poor child care practices, high prevalence of malnutrition and poor uptake of maternal and child health care services including reproductive health. 

A coverage survey carried out in Bilel County by IMC indicated low coverage for Nutrition care and treatment services (single coverage of 55.6% for OTP and 65.6% for TSFP). Through this consultancy service, International Medical Corps plans to understand and determine the barriers to effectiveness of services at community and health facility level. The results will also act as baseline information and the resulting recommendations will be incorporated in the current program implementation strategy.



General Objective:

To effectively plan and implement a Barrier Analysis survey and use the results to inform their behaviour change strategy.   

  1. To identify the specific barriers and facilitators that influence the practice of:
    • Infant and Young Child Feeding practices by mothers and/or caretakers of children 0-59 months,
    • Nutrition treatment program access and utilisation
    • Access and utilisation of reproductive health services (Skilled delivery, health facility delivery) by pregnant and lactating women and their spouses. 
  2. The consultancy will last 40 days, starting from the signing of the contract.
  3. Based on the findings, propose appropriate evidence & context specific recommendations which could assist in addressing identified barriers and improve practicing IYCF both at community and health facility level and  uptake of nutrition treatment and reproductive health services.
  4. Development of a Behaviour Change (DBC) framework for targeted behaviours according to DBC template.


  • Assume overall responsibility for design and implementation of the Barrier Analysis assessment, including sampling and development of tools using the BA methodology following the Design for Behaviour Change (DBC) framework.
  • Train the BAdata collectionteams, using ‘A Practical Guide to Conducting a Barrier Analysis’ manual by Bonnie Kittle as a guide for lesson development. 
  • Assume overall responsibility for assessment logistics, including working with the field team on a logistics plan, daily supervision of BA teams and daily data collection quality assurance, and lead coding sessions.
  • Be responsible for data cleaning and analysis using appropriate software, including the Microsoft Excel Barrier Analysis Tabulation Sheet.
  • With (sector) team, develop bridges to activities and recommendations based on found barriers and facilitators.
  • Prepare a draft BA survey reports for review by IMC HQ and Field staff, ensuring that the assessment is comprehensive.
  • Prepare a final report including executive summary, background, methodology, results, limitations, conclusions and recommendations incorporating feedback from IMC staff and technical advisor in the draft report.
  • Prepare an IMC debriefing with presentation of key findings and recommendations
  • Prepare and lead a validation workshop for MOH and stakeholders in Nyala-South Darfur Sudan. The presentation outcomes to be shared at state level via the Nutrition Cluster.



  • Present the design, implementation and supervision strategy of the BA survey. Validate with IMC country team and the TU Nutrition advisor 
  • Implement the BA survey in Al Selam 2 camp, Bilel Locality, South Darfur 
    • Present a draft BA survey report including executive summary, background, methodology, results, limitations, conclusions and recommendations 
  • Present BA final reports incorporating the feedback from the IMC country team and the TU nutrition advisor
  • Submit all the survey tools, 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 BA surveys. 
    • Knowledge in designing and implementing CMAM and IYCF and reproductive health 
    • Excellent analytical and statistical skills, especially related to qualitative data collection and analysis.
    • Strong communication and training 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. 
    • Advanced proficiency in the use of MS Office.
    • Fluent in written and spoken English. Knowledge of Arabic is an added advantage but not a requirement.
    • The candidate must present an approved final report of the most recent BA survey that he/she had conducted.