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Consultant - Production of a Video Documentary on Resourcing Families for Better Nutrition - Spotlight on CDGP
Job ID: 19000185
Employee Status: Fixed Term
In Northern Nigeria, infant mortality is 40% higher than the rest of the country. In programme areas, 66% of children under the age of five were classified as stunted. According to the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) Multi-dimensional Poverty Index (MPI), in Zamfara and Jigawa 91.9% and 88.4% of the populations are defined as poor compared to a national average of 53.3%. In addition, at baseline in programme areas, 10% of households overall reported to not have enough food to eat during the lean season with affordability of food a key driver. Dietary diversity is also poor; in programme areas 16% of children 6-23 months received the recommended number of food groups. There is evidence of inadequate infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices and misconceptions about breastfeeding; just 40% of children in programme areas were appropriately breastfed.
Resourcing Families for Better Nutrition (RFBN) in the First 1,000 Days (activities of the approach are also known as Cash Plus) provides a comprehensive approach to reducing maternal and child undernutrition, in particular stunting and wasting, in development and humanitarian contexts. The approach combines regular cash transfers that are designed and implemented to maximize impacts on nutrition, with a contextually informed package of social behavior change communication (SBCC), linkages to basic maternal and child health and nutrition services, and additional context-appropriate, nutrition-specific interventions.
The Cash Plus for Nutrition approach provides guidance to governments, national stakeholders and development partners on how to design and implement a cash transfer combined with appropriate interventions to prevent maternal and child undernutrition. The main focus of the approach is to reduce the prevalence of stunting; however, the paper also provides options for improving access to treatment of acute malnutrition (wasting) and addressing micronutrient deficiencies. The approach is based on wide ranging evidence that combining cash with other complementary features to address context specific drivers of undernutrition can be a powerful approach for reducing undernutrition.
Cash Plus for Nutrition in the First 1,000 Days has two core components:
The Child Development Grant Programme (CDGP) operates in five Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Zamfara and Jigawa. CDGP is the first Cash Plus programme in Nigeria and the first with a food security and nutrition focus. The programme aims to improve the nutritional status of children under five in Jigawa and Zamfara. The expected outcome is a scalable programme showing how cash transfers can bring costeffective immediate and long-term food security and nutrition benefits to eligible households with young children in poor communities in northern Nigeria. The programme began in 2013 and will run until 2019.
CDGP provides monthly cash transfers of 4,000 Naira as of 2017 (reviewed annually) through an electronic payment mechanism to approximately 70,000 women, from as early as possible during pregnancy until their child is two years old. Social and behavioural change communication (SBCC) around nutritional education and advice accompanies the cash transfer to support the feeding practices of pregnant women, infants and young children. The SBCC activities include nutritional support groups, mass media communication (radio and posters), food demonstrations, messaging through Friday prayers and one-to-one counselling sessions.
CDGP is a five-year pilot programme supported by UK’s Department for International Development (DFID). It is aimed at tackling poverty and hunger and reduce malnutrition in children in Jigawa and Zamfara states in Northern Nigeria. Save the Children is leading the INGO consortium delivering the programme, in partnership with Action Against Hunger (ACF). The CDGP will run to July 31st 2019
The CDGP provides a Cash Transfer grant of 4,000 NGN per month for up to 93,000 pregnant women and women with children under the age of 2 in Jigawa and Zamfara states. The cash transfer is accompanied by nutritional education, advice and counselling. The predictable monthly cash transfer is expected to contribute to increased food security, improve intake of more nutritious food, leading to improvement in child nutrition within 90,000 households.
More broadly, the programme aimed to generate evidence of a scalable programme that shows how a well-designed cash transfer programme, targeted at the critical First 1,000 Days of a child’s life, can bring cost-effective immediate and long-term food security and nutrition benefits to eligible households with young children. The broad outcome of CDGP is a scalable programme showing how cash transfers can bring cost-effective immediate and long-term food security and nutrition benefits to eligible households with young children in poor communities in northern Nigeria.
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