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Expression of Interest for Consultancy Services

Assignment Title:
Training on Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction


Duration: 14 days

Background: Save the Children is rolling out a 3 year DFID funded project across four sites in Mandera County. 

The project seeks to build the resilience and adaptive capacities of vulnerable households, communities and government systems in Northern Kenya in the face of shocks or stresses. 

The project’s key outcome is that communities in northern Kenya will have increased incomes, assets, and skills to sustainably reduce their vulnerability to shocks and stresses by the end of the three year project. 

The project aims to achieve this outcome through three outputs:
  1. Households have improved livestock productivity through access to production system inputs and community assets;
  2. Women and youth from targeted households have received skill and asset building inputs enabling them to sustainably diversify their sources of income;
  3. County government systems for community development are strengthened and supporting community-led initiatives.
Based on recommendations from the recent mid-term review and in order to enable the DRR Officer and other implementing Officers to effectively implement component 3 of the project, Save the Children intends to engage consultancy services to train the project staff on Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction (CMDRR) approach that will build community ownership and capacitate local stakeholders to be the primary implementers of DRR.  

The training will entail classroom theory and practical demonstration at the community level
Assignment Objective
Duration of Consultancy: 2 weeks within the month of May 2015
To increase capacity and confidence of Arid Lands Support Programme staff in use of CMDRR approach in delivery of the DRR component of the project.

Scope of Work
1. The workshop facilitator should impart skills which will enable the project team to effectively facilitate communities using a CMDRR approach. 

By the of end of the training, the implementation team should have the skills to support the community through four basic and essential steps for CMDRR: 
  • Participatory Multi-hazard Risk Assessment and Analysis (PDRA&A)
  • Development of Risk Reduction Measures
  • Building strong Community Organizations and fostering social mobilization
  • Participatory Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (with particular consideration of marginalized groups such as women, youth and people with disabilities).
2. The consultant will train the implementation team on concepts and rationale and added value in use of CMDRR approach.
3. Facilitate a review of DRR processes already undertaken and advise on how best to strengthen them to ensure they are in line with good CMDRR practices and principles. 

  • Workshop with staff
  • Demonstration of CMDRR approach at the community level. 
  • Hold plenary review and support strategic planning for the delivery of pending DRR activities and develop work plan to strengthen existing DRR activities
  • Training plan and presentations including classroom training using participatory approaches.
  • A trainer’s manual that will serve as a guide for current and future project staff (can be a summary of training presentations and notes).
  • A participant’s workbook that can be used by community participants to guide them as they implement CMDRR (SCI staff should be trained on this as TOT to enable them to pass this onto the community).
  • Practical demonstration of the CMDRR approach at the community level (through facilitation of the community)
  • Training report including work plan for strengthening DRR activities in earlier reached community and using CMDRR approach in pending communities.
  • Advanced degree on DRR or related field
  • 5 years’ experience implementing DRR programmes including community led/managed and child centred DRR initiatives.
  • Experience in facilitating DRR (including community led/managed and child centred DRR) training. 
  • Preferably experience working in ASALs in Kenya.
How to Apply

All interested Individuals/firms are requested to express interest following the attached EOI format ONLY (CLICK HERE to download) by email to: with a copy to  by 8th May 2015 indicating the Assignment Title on the subject line.

Vacancy: Nutrition Coordinator

Position Code: NUT CO SCI

Team / Programme:Programmes

Location: Wajir
Grade: 3 

Post Type: National (1 year with possibility of renewal)
Child Safeguarding: Level 3 - the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people

Role Purpose: Under the supervision of the Health and Nutrition Manager, the incumbent will coordinate the overall implementation of the ECHO, DFID, WFP and OFDA funded nutrition projects in Wajir South, East and Tarbaj Sub-counties ensuring all components of the programme are functioning properly, providing quality care to all the patients / beneficiaries through respecting protocols and principles of good practice.

S/He will work in collaboration with existing County Department of Health (County Nutrition Coordinator, County Nursing Officer and County Health Records and Information Officers) and all the Sub-County Health Management Teams (SCHMTs) as well as in close collaboration with other consortium partners (ENSURE project).

Scope of Role: The Nutrition Coordinator will be expected to work closely with the Health and Nutrition manager, coordinate with the nutrition officers in  implementation of four Save the Children’s (SC) projects: 

1) ECHO funded project which aims at Strengthening health systems for improved nutritional outcomes and resilience in Mandera and Wajir Counties; 

2) DFID funded consortium project which aims at Enhancing Nutrition Preparedness, Surveillance, and Resilience in Kenya’s Arid and Semi-arid Lands; 

3) WFP funded Micronutrient Powder (MNP) Supplementation programme for children 6-23 months and 

4) OFDA –World Vision funded Saving Children’s Lives using mHealth to Improve Treatment, Reporting, Monitoring and Supply Management for Acute Malnutrition. 

The incumbent will work closely with the Sub-County Health Management Teams and SC teams in ensuring the projects are implemented in line with donor and SC regulations.

Reports to: Health & Nutrition Manager

Dimensions: Save the Children has been operational in Kenya since the 1950s, providing support to children through developmental and humanitarian relief programmes delivered both directly and through local partners. 

Current programming focuses on child protection, child rights governance, education, health, HIV/AIDS, livelihoods, nutrition and WASH. 

In 2012, as part of a global reorganization process, Save the Children combined the programmes of SC UK, SC Canada and SC Finland to create a single operation in Kenya. 

In Feb 2014, we completed a second transition, which saw us join forces with the British INGO, Merlin, and merge their health and nutrition programmes with our own. 

Save the Children now has an operational presence in Bungoma, Dadaab Refugee Camp, Garissa, Mandera, Turkana and Wajir and we work through partners in many other parts of the country. 

We employ nearly 300 staff and will have an operating annual budget in 2015 of approximately US$20-25 million

Staff directly reporting to this post:  Nutrition Officer , Community mobilizer

Key Areas of Accountability:
1. To ensure the nutrition program is implemented according to the approved donor agreements.
  • Overall responsible for the day-to-day coordination of project activities and staff (Nutrition Officer and Mobilizers) management.
  • Spearhead the capacity building activities; In liaison with health and nutrition program manager identify MoH personnel, partner NNGOs or INGOs for collaboration of nutrition activities and/or technical training for management of acute malnutrition according to the national protocol.
  • Organize and carry out nutrition trainings for MOH staff, community health workers and volunteer groups on management of acute malnutrition both moderate and severe.
  • Follow up and provide ongoing technical support (on job training) to the activities of the trained MOH team at the health facility. The volunteers to be trained are health facility management and village health committees (FHM/VHC)
  • To participate the evaluation of these activities, and to propose recommendations to develop future capacity building strategies for SC.
  • Coordinate closely with the District Health Management Team for the start and quality implementation of IMAM in the district through the existing health facilities and the nomadic clinic.
  • Provide technical guidance to support MoH and SC staff in implementation of OTP/SFP at the health facilities.
  • Ensure all staff understand and implement programme protocols in line with the donor approved agreement
  • Ensure the trained health workers are carrying out appropriate and consistent health and nutrition education messaging to mothers and other carers at health facilities where OTP/SFP are implemented.
  • Coordinate quality quarterly and one national supervision jointly with the MOH district health team and collaborating partners (UN WFP, UNOP and COCOP)
  • Ensure the district nutritionist provides satisfactory monthly stock consumption reports, supplies request and the distribution plan for the following. 
  • Conduct evaluation and appraisal of staff
  • Provide the district’s systematic treatment/ essential drugs and the immunization reports on monthly basis.
  • Initiate and participate in health and nutrition monthly coordination meetings in the district and link where necessary other stakeholders (UN WFP, UNOP and ALRMP)
  • Liaise with other implementing partners and local authorities to maximize collaboration and ensure proper coordination of activities
  • Regularly undertake liaison and advocacy with Government partners and officials in your district on project activities and related nutrition issues.  
  • Facilitate visits to field sites for donor representatives and other external visitors as required.  
  • Be able to clearly explain project activities and objectives, related policy issues and the project’s contribution to wider SC goals and objectives
  • Lead and motivate the Nutrition team (Nutrition Officer and Mobilizers) to ensure effective project implementation and conduct monthly team meetings.
2. Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Participate in the development of detail implementation plan for the project that provides the overall framework for activities implementation.
  • Participate in the design, development and implementation of an M&E framework for all component of the project.
  • Write reports to document the process of implementation, lessons learnt and good practice and ensure information is widely disseminated
  • Collation and analysis of other existing surveillance data
  • Participate in the design and execution of nutrition surveys according to national guidelines
  • Prepare monthly activity progress reports as well as quarterly and periodic donor reports.
  • Participate in nutritional assessment planning, implementation, analysis, interpretation and reporting as required.
Skills and Behaviours (our Values in Practice)
  • Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
  • Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved
  • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves (and their team), takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages others to do the same
  • Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • Future orientated, thinks strategically
  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners and supporters
  • Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to
  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • Willing to take disciplined risks
  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency
Qualifications and Experience

Person Specification

  • University Degree in Foods, Nutrition and Dietetics i//Public Health or equivalent
  • At least four (4) years’ experience of emergency nutrition work and the design and implementation of nutrition programmes (ideally HINI), including monitoring evaluation Accountability and Learning.
  • Experience in conducting nutrition assessments and an understanding of nutritional surveillance and information systems
  • Proven capacity to supervise, train and coach staff
  • Willingness and capacity to be flexible and accommodating when faced with difficult and frustrating working conditions
  • Prepared to live and work in an uncertain security environment
  • Ability and willingness to frequently travel and stay at the field
  • Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values and principles
  • Experience and ability to represent SC nutrition work in external meetings
  • Demonstrable ability at report writing and excellent communication skills
  • Computer literate with proficiency in MS word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English, Kiswahili and local languages
  • Qualified Nutritionist with primary health care/community health care experience
Working Contacts  

External: The Nutrition Coordinator will work closely with representatives fromWFP, UNINCEF, IRK, ALDEF

Internal: On a day to day basis, the Nutrition Coordinator will work closely with the Programme Manager, Nutrition officers,  project team and field support team (Finance, logistician and HR/Admin) and Community volunteers

How to Apply

Interested candidates are required to submit a CV and mandatory Cover letter to indicating the Position Code on the subject line by 5th May 2015. 

Due to the urgency of these position applications will be reviewed as and when they are received.  

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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