|World Food Program recruits 01 Nutrition and Retail Consultant|
|Description de l’offre|
Nutrition and retail Consultant
• Dakar, Sénégal
• Économie & Statistique
• Management – Gestion de Projet
• ONG et Ambassades
• Santé & Social
• Transport – Logistique
World Food Program is hiring a Nutrition and Retail Consultant (Market-Based Nutrition Solutions).
• Org Unit: RBD, Nutrition Unit
• Duty station: Dakar, Senegal with frequent travel in the region, especially Central Sahel (Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger).
• Duration: 11 months
In West and Central Africa, several factors threaten the food security and nutritional status of the population, but especially of women and children under five. These include household food insecurity, conflicts and armed violence, population displacement, high levels of childhood illnesses and water-borne diseases such as diarrhea, fragile health systems, poor access to clean water and sanitation, and chronic poverty.
In May 2020, the number of food insecure people in the Central Sahel was estimated at 4,8 million, of which 1,6 million, or one third, in the Liptako Gourma area. The nutrition situation is equally worrying with an estimated number of 2,8 million wasted children, of which close to 40% in the Liptako Gourma area.
In this region, a combination of humanitarian, development and peacebuilding interventions are being implemented and complement each other. This nexus of short-term (emergency response) and medium-to long term programming (development approach) is essential to ensure the appropriate balance between emergency response to acute shocks and strengthening of systems so resilience of nations, systems, communities and populations to new future shocks is improved.
The CRIALCES project1 (Réponse à la CRIse ALimentaire au CEntre Sahel : support nutritionnel et relèvement) x²aims to reverse the negative trend with regards to economic and job opportunities as well as the nutrition status of women and children in the targeted areas in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. Building on existing initiatives, it will contribute to the sustainable development of food- and nutrition security in selected communities in order to reinforce their capacities to prevent and mitigate impact of disasters and crises. To reach these objectives, the CRIALCES – project will apply a food systems approach, reinforcing simultaneously the food production, preservation, processing and consumption of nutritious foods at local, decentralised and national levels.
In this project, WFP will apply its CBT-approach interacting directly with the retail sector. The project will benefit from relevant support from the different technical units in RBD (SAMS, CBT, etc.) and HQ (NUT, SCOT, etc.). The project also complements other nutrition interventions, using Specialised Nutritious Foods (SNF.)
Under the supervision of the Regional Nutrition Officer – Data and knowledge management, and in close coordination with relevant technical colleagues in RBD and CO’s (Monitoring, Evaluation, VAM, Nutrition, BPU, Supply Chain, etc.), the Consultant will be responsible to oversee day–to-day details in the area of Nutrition & Retail, and Market-Based Nutrition Solutions, considering other interventions using SNF.
In close coordination with relevant technical colleagues in RBD and CO’s, the incumbent will:
Provide Support to Retail Supply Chains:
• Identify bottlenecks in the retail supply chain and propose improvements, including the quantification of investment required and the return on the investment
• Implement approved improvements working together with internal and external partners
• Conduct preparedness actions that enable cash-based assistance in emergencies
• Standby agreements
• Pre-positioning of emergency cash response equipment
• Supporting emergency preparedness drills / simulations
• Contribute to pilot market development activities in coordination with other units (HQ/RB & COs) in particular in collaboration with SAMS, Supply Chain and other stakeholders, linking production units, smallholder farmers, retailers and to our beneficiaries
Act as Nutrition & Retail focal point for RBD
• Understand and Influence Consumer Preferences to promote nutritious food choices
• Analyse monthly transactions from retailers to understand Consumer Preferences, considering market prices and non-affordability of a nutritious diet.
• Contribute to consumer and retail healthy diets perception analysis.
• Track Non-Affordability of a nutritious diet: Situation Analysis & Intervention Modelling
• Support all analysis related to the non-affordability of nutritious foods (based on initial FNG-analysis in the region) with the objective to enhance the food security and nutrition situation analyses and to improve integration of nutrition objectives into WFP-interventions. This includes, but is not limited to, following tasks:
• Adjust ongoing assessment and analysis work through Cost of Diet (CotD) analyses, including modelling scenarios and sub-national trend analysis
• Desk-based research to gather and review secondary data and information sources relevant to FNG analysis in order to provide a context-specific framework for interpretation of modelling- and trend analysis results (malnutrition characteristics, availability and access to food and nutrients, nutrient intake, qualitative information on barriers to nutrient intake and influencers of dietary practices for key target TERMS OF REFERENCE (Max 2 pages) groups, market information, poverty and -food-assistance programmes, retail strategies, Social Behaviour Change Communication, etc.
• Perform cross-cutting analysis around availability, access and affordability of nutritious foods, incl. on SNF, and impact on coverage of nutrition programmes.
• Act as FNG- focal point in RBD
Understand past, current and future use/needs of SNF in the region
• Support analyses of Fortified Foods, including SNF and other needs to assist in the establishment of periodic dashboards, trend analyses and forecasts in the region.
• Monitoring the resource pipeline for all modalities with a special emphasis on Fortified Foods, including Specialized Nutritious Foods (SNF) to maximize operational effectiveness, following standards and processes, and providing reports, dashboards allowing informed decision making by management.
• Monitoring of fortified food stocks, including SNF at all stages of the Supply Chain (POs, High seas, overland; in country) against planned distributions to alert in case of absorption, BBD, or TDD issues.
• Follow up and support discussions with UNICEF on prevention and treatment of wasting in the region.
• Provide relevant inputs to different work streams related to different strategies, incl. alternatives, for procurement of SNF.
• Act as SNF-focal point in RBD.
• Perform any other related activities as assigned by immediate supervisor.
Specific qualifications & experience required
Knowledge & Skills
• Master’s degree in statistics, social sciences, nutrition, public health, logistics, procurement, food technology, economics, business administration, international programme management or related field
• At least 3 years of successful experience in an international setting (ideally humanitarian and development).
• Experience working with private & public sectors, and civil society.
• Experience with UN, including at Regional Bureau and/or Country Office-level, is an asset
• Proficiency in Windows, MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
• Advanced excel (and/or SPSS type software) skills preferred
• Good communication, writing and facilitation skills
• Flexibility and adaptability; Analytical and problem-solving skills.
• Interpersonal and cross-cultural sensitivity; Able to work under pressures and meet deadlines.
• Able to work in a sometimes fluid and insecure environment
Languages: Fluency in English and French is required (Level C – reading, writing, speaking)
Deadline for applications: 09/06/2021.
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