USAID Advancing Nutrition is USAID’s flagship multi-sectoral nutrition project, led by JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (JSI), and a diverse group of experienced partners. Launched in September 2018, USAID Advancing Nutrition implements and provides technical support to nutrition interventions across sectors and disciplines for USAID and its partners. The project’s multi-sectoral approach draws together global nutrition experience to design, implement and evaluate programs that address the root causes of malnutrition. Committed to using a systems approach, USAID Advancing Nutrition strives to sustain positive outcomes by building local capacity, supporting behavior change, and strengthening the enabling environment to save lives, improve health, build resilience, increase economic productivity and advance development.
From 2020 – 2022, USAID Advancing Nutrition will provide technical support and assessment services to advance the Government of Ghana’s efforts to improve equitable delivery of quality services that promote household resilience and early childhood growth and development. Technical services provided through USAID Advancing Nutrition will strengthen national and local government planning in Northern Ghana and stimulate the development of multisectoral solutions most pressing food security and nutrition problems. The portfolio will encompass activities funded by USAID/Washington as well as the USAID Ghana Mission.
- Job Location: Accra and Select Districts in the Northern Sector, Ghana.
- Job Type: Short Term Contract (15 days)
- Posting Date: 29/01/ 2021
- Deadline: 11/02/2021
The Nutrition Landscape Mapping Consultant will work under the direction of the National Support Manager
As part of its strategies to improve nutrition multisector coordination and programming, USAID Advancing Nutrition Ghana is working with the National Development Planning Commission to strengthen stakeholder engagement. At the initiation of the project, USAID Advancing Nutrition undertook a limited scoping mission to understand the nutrition stakeholder landscape, multi-sectoral nutrition coordination planning, the medium-term development planning process, and the associated drivers and challenges. To complement the scoping exercise with additional information and fill identified gaps, the project is seeking the services of a short-term consultant to undertake a mapping exercise to further understand relevant processes, bottlenecks, barriers, and drivers during the planning cycle.
Specifically, the mapping will build on the scoping exercise, and also fill in potential information gaps including: Missing information from Government stakeholders not consulted during the virtual scoping mission (Ministry of Finance, Agriculture, Local Government & Rural Development) at the national level; More detailed understanding of how the Mid-Term Development Planning process occurs, the systems that are in place, the challenges that stakeholders face, and how they have overcome these challenges in past cycles at all levels; and establishing existing capacities and functions of those involved in the planning process at all levels;
Scope of Work
The consultant will be required to deliver the following results:
- A comprehensive mapping report that highlights additional stakeholders consulted, processes, bottlenecks, barriers, and drivers during the planning cycle.
- A rubric that identifies the existence or otherwise of skills and competencies such as data management, multisector budgeting, data use and advocacy, and multisector collaboration at the district level.
- Summary report of competency needs of District Planning Officers to help inform which capacity needs exist and requires support and recommendations for capacity strengthening needs, and areas of the planning process to prioritize and pay attention to.
The timeline for completing the assignment is 15 working days.
- Master’s degree or higher in relevant discipline; an advance degree in planning, social science, public health, or nutrition.
- At least 7 years of senior level experience in leading national level engagement of government agencies, stakeholders, decentralized planning and working with development partners and networks.
Required Skills or Experience
- Significant knowledge and experience in the Medium-Term Development Planning process with knowledge in research, monitoring and evaluation, and ability to synthesis and write report.
- Relevant knowledge of nutrition and food systems stakeholder landscape and how they interact.
- Relevant experience in nutrition programming and planning processes including various coordinating mechanism.
- Strong writing and communication skills with the ability to interact effectively with stakeholders and partners at all levels.
- Strong knowledge and understanding of Ghana’s local government development planning process and Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) work in Ghana.
- At least ten years of progressively increasing responsibility working in policy planning and implementation including nutrition and local government planning processes or related fields.
- Working knowledge of Microsoft software packages: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook.
Qualified candidates are invited to send their proposals including their daily rates, and consultancy history via firstname.lastname@example.org by 11th February, 2021