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20-064: Consultant- SMART Survey
Country:Sudan
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.

PROGRAM BACKGROUND

International Medical Corps (IMC) has been working in Darfur region since 2004 providing interventions including nutrition, primary health care, maternal and child health, secondary health care, awareness and prevention, outbreak surveillance and response, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) to Internally displaced people, refugees, and host communities in addition to capacity building of the Ministry of Health and the community. This is achieved through the support of donors, government counterparts and the population. The US Agency for International Development’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) is the largest donor supporting IMC interventions in Sudan.  Under OFDA funding IMC is currently supporting 4 health facilities in South Darfur. 

Malnutrition, communicable diseases, and poor access to maternal and child health services are some of the major causes of morbidity and mortality among children under-5 and women living in Darfur. According to S3M December 2018 report by the Government of Sudan, the GAM prevalence in South Darfur is 15.28%, which is above WHO very high threshold of 15% and severe acute malnutrition (SAM) prevalence is 3.11%.

International Medical Corps in conjunction with the Ministry of Health and other stakeholder has been implementing a CMAM program as per national guidelines targeting the most vulnerable groups - children under 5 and PLWs - among the IDPs, returnees and host population in South Darfur. 

IMC’s nutrition program contains a strong IYCF component that supports community- and health facility-based staff to improve care and access to optimal IYCF services for the first 1,000 days, from conception to 23 months. To reach as many people as possible, International Medical Corps applies a mixed approach to promote optimal IYCF and maternal nutrition practices. This approach includes forming and facilitating mother support groups based on the care group model, counseling for those with breastfeeding and/or complementary feeding problems, and group and individual edu

cation during ANCs, PNCs and OTP follow-up days. Child anthropometric data are recorded from Community Health Workers (CHWs), Family MUAC, and the nutrition team in the four health facilities within IDP camps in South Darfur (Kalma, Alsalam1, Alsalam 2 and Elserif). 

The survey will take place in East Jabel Mara locality within West Darfur State where IMC has just started implementing the activities.

 

PURPOSE 

IMC is recruiting a consultant to carry out a SMART survey[1] specified areas of South Darfur. The overall objective of the survey is to assess the level of malnutrition of children 6-59 months, women of reproductive age, morbidity and mortality rates Infant and young child feeding practices among children 0-23 month within East Jabel Mara locality. 

OBJECTIVES

  1. To determine prevalence of acute malnutrition, chronic malnutrition, underweight and overweight among children 6-59 months and PLWs

  2. To assess retrospective morbidity among children under 5 

  3. To assess retrospective mortality (Crude Mortality and U5 Mortality rates) over 3 months recall period among populations 

  4. To assess the coverage of measles vaccine and Vitamin A  

  5. To assess IYCF practices among the households with children 0-23 months in the target population (early initiation, exclusive breastfeeding, continued breastfeeding to 1 year and 2 years, timely introduction of complementary feeding, dietary diversity, meal frequency, minimum acceptable diet, and bottle feeding).

  6. To establish recommendations on actions to address identified gaps to support planning, advocacy, decision making and monitoring.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • 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

DELIVERABLES

  • 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 East Jabel Mara, South Darfur. 

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    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


 

Qualifications:

Required Skills, Knowledge & Abilities

  • 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 and Arabic and any local language will be an added advantage 

    • The candidate must present an approved final reports of the most two recent SMART survey that he/she had conducted.