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20-179: Consultant - SQUEAC/SLEAC
Department:International Programs
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:

Since 2004, the International Medical Corps (IMC) with the support from Donors and in partnership with MOH, has been providing targeted, integrated, and comprehensive live-saving health and nutrition interventions in Darfur and most recently in Blue Nile and South Kordofan benefiting IDPs living in camps, Community Integrated IDPs, returnees as well as host communities. IMC implements primary health care, nutrition, and WASH programs, supporting around 90 health facilities 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 in its intervention in these states. 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 South Kordofan states(focusing on nutrition supported areas or villages).Through this consultancy service, International Medical Corps plans to understand and the identify boosters and barriers (barriers to be assessed in more detail) to access services and to estimate the coverage of nutrition programmes in South Kordofan states.

Overall objective OBJECTIVES

  • Develop the skills of key nutrition staff in conducting access and coverage survey using Semi Qualitative Evaluation of Access and Coverage (SQUEAC) methodology. 
  • Determine single coverage of CMAM services, identification of barriers to service access and uptake in South Kordofan state (Localities to be determined). 

    Specific Objectives

  • Enhance competencies of IMC technical staffs in SQUEAC methodology 
  • Assess single coverage in the target areas of South Kordofan. 
  • Identify factors affecting uptake of the CMAM services in South Kordofan. 
  • Develop in collaboration with IMC specific recommendations to improve acceptance and coverage of the programme. 



To achieve the above-mentioned objective, the consultant will undertake the following: 

  • Train IMC staff and MOH representatives to equip them with skills to undertake a SQUEAC coverage survey independently. 
  • Supervise a full coverage survey (survey planning, data collection, analysis and reporting) in all the targeted areas of specific country 


     Responsibilities include, but not limited to:

  • 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.

    IMC Responsibilities 

  • Conduct initial stakeholder meetings in project areas to identify critical questions that will contribute to the survey. 
  • Provide initial briefing to consultant, approve consultant work plan and gather together and provide key documents to consultant. 
  • Conduct follow-up meeting with stakeholders to share findings from the draft report and to solicit their recommendations for possible solutions to challenges the assessment identifies; the number of meetings will vary depending on the number of stakeholders. 




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 coverage surveys such as SQUEAC/SLEAC.
  • 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, Xmind, BayesSQUEAC, EPI INFO, SPSS and ENA for SMART Software.

  • Fluent in written and spoken English language
  • The candidate must present an approved final report of the most recent SQUEAC survey that he/she had conducted.