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  • Posted: Jul 23, 2019
    Deadline: Not specified
  • FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in health, education, nutrition, environment, economic development, civil society, gender, youth, research and technology - creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today's interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 70 countries and all U.S. states and territories. As we evolve to meet the challenges of the future, we stand committed to the principles that have guided our organization for the last 40+ years. Our work continues to be grounded in research and science, strengthened by partnerships and focused on building the capacity of individuals, communities and countries to succeed.
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    Consultant, SMART Survey

    Duration of Survey: One (I) month.
    Employment Type: Contract

    Project Description

    • Northeast Nigeria is currently faced with a growing humanitarian crisis with a vast number of Internally Displaced Persons in need of humanitarian assistance.
    • These IDPs are living in camps and among host communities, with limited access to basic social services, health care, protection, WASH, food security, livelihoods and resources, ultimately leading to unprecedented levels of malnutrition and food insecurity.
    • FHI 360 has been working in Nigeria for more than 30 years and has expanded its programs to respond to the humanitarian crisis through integrated WASH, Health, Protection and Nutrition interventions.

    Basic Function:

    • The consultant will oversee a Standardized Monitoring and Assessment of Relief and Transitions (SMART) survey and produce quality up-to-date information on the nutritional and health status of children and women in the survey locations.
    • The survey will be developed using SMART methodology. ENA for SMART will be used to conduct all possible data analysis expected of standard SMART survey.

    Primary Survey Objectives:

    • Determine prevalence of acute malnutrition of children aged 6-59 months
    • Determine the coverage of health interventions such as measles vaccinations, among children aged 6 – 59 months.
    • Determine the coverage of Vitamin A supplementation and MNP received in the last six months among children aged 6 – 59 months
    • Determine coverage of BCG vaccination in children 0 – 59 months.
    • Determine the coverage of Folic acid and fesolate received among pregnant and lactating women
    • Estimate Crude Mortality and U5 Mortality rates.
    • Assess core and selected optional IYCF practice indicators particularly among the households with children under two years of age
    • Establish recommendations on actions to address identified gaps to support planning, advocacy, decision making and monitoring.

    Secondary Objectives:

    • Determine access to and use of improved water, sanitation and hygiene facilities.
    • Establish common causes of morbidity according to the community perception
    • Obtain the level of community knowledge and attitude on prevention of common diseases (diarrhea, ARI, malaria)
    • Determine hygiene and sanitation and other related factors such as health seeking behavior during illnesses
    • Determine the estimates of other indicators as expected in standard SMART survey
    • Determine future program focus in relation to survey results among children aged 6-59 months in FHI 360’s operational areas

    Roles and Responsibility

    • Hold stakeholder meeting with nutrition sector, SMOH and other partners.
    • Develop comprehensive SMART survey protocol in line with the standard FHI 360 research template.
    • Train the SMART data collection teams and data clerks (including pilot)
    • Assume overall responsibility for design and implementation of the SMART, including daily supervision of SMART teams and daily data collection quality assurance
    • Be responsible for data cleaning and analysis using appropriate software i.e. Epi Info, ODK/Kobo collect, SPSS, CS Pro, WHO Anthro, ENA for SMART amongst others
    • Prepare and lead a validation workshop for MOH and stakeholders in Maiduguri, Borno State Nigeria. The presentation outcomes will be shared via the Nutrition Cluster/ Nutrition sector working group
    • Prepare final SMART report including but not limited to abstracts, methodology, limitations, results, conclusions and recommendations incorporating feedback from FHI 360 and the NiESWG staff on the draft report.


    • Present the design, implementation and supervision strategy of the SMART survey including Survey protocol, data collection tools and training material.
    • Validate the report with the nutrition coordinator, the M & E coordinator and the FHI 360 staff.
    • Train survey team
    • Complete data collection and entry in Dikwa, Banki (Bama), Ngala and Damasak (Mobbar) Borno State Nigeria.
    • Present a draft SMART survey report after analysis including background, methodology, results, limitations, conclusions and recommendations (short term and medium-term recommendation)
    • Present a SMART final report incorporating the feedback from the FHI 360 IHANN II team, CO, HQ, SMOH, UNICEF and the nutrition Cluster.
    • Submit all the training materials, data and analysis outputs (both raw and final) electronically to FHI 360 IHANN II.

    Essential Skills and Qualifications

    • A health professional or nutritionist with MPH, M.Sc or advanced professional Degree or field-related experience.
    • 5-8 years of experience
    • Significant and proven experience, at least three years, in community-based studies particularly SMART methodology.
    • Knowledge in designing and implementing CMAM and IYCF programs
    • Excellent analytical and bio-statistical skills.
    • The consultant should have qualitative and quantitative data collection, analysis, interpreting and report writing skill
    • Strong communication skills, able to effectively present information clearly and respond appropriately to questions from FHI 360 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.
    • Ability and willingness to travel to field sites and nutrition facilities
    • Advanced proficiency in the use of MS Office, EPI INFO, SPSS and for ENA SMART Software, WHO Anthro, ODK/Kobo collect, CS Pro.
    • Fluent in written and spoken English.
    • The candidate must present an approved final report and all deliverables before final payment.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified candidates should apply using the Apply Now button below.
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