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Lead Consultant (HIV Landscape Analysis) at the United Nations World Food Programme

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The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes. Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.

We are recruiting to fill the vacant position below:

Job Title: Lead Consultant (HIV Landscape Analysis) 

Requisition No.: 101929
Location: Abuja
Level: SSA level 10
Job Type: Short Term

Background and Job Purpose of the Assignment

  • In West and Central Africa, only 26 percent of children and 41 percent of adults living with HIV had access to treatment in 2017, and AIDS-related deaths have only declined by 24 percent. Nigeria has the second largest HIV epidemic globally, the largest number of paediatric HIV cases in the world, and more than one-half (51 percent) of the HIV burden in the region. The country has made little progress in reducing new HIV infections in the past seven years with a reduction only five percent. Although HIV treatment coverage has increased, just one in PLHIV is on treatment (33 percent). In 2016, Nigeria had 220,000 new HIV infections, including 37,000 children newly infected with HIV due to mother-to-child transmission, with around 160,000 deaths from AIDS-related diseases.
  • The ongoing insurgency in North East Nigeria has led to the displacement of large populations, most of whom are women and children. Reports have shown that the crisis has impacted negatively on regular access to HIV/AIDS care, treatment and support services. The disruption also affects adherence to ART care and treatment amongst persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV), which may lead to life threatening health conditions.
  • Nigeria’s HIV and AIDS response, as a Fast-Track country, is guided by the National Strategic Framework
  • 2017–2021, which aims at ending AIDS by achieving zero new infections, zero AIDS related deaths and zero discrimination. Elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV is a priority. Stigma and discrimination are major challenges, especially towards key populations and PLHIV.
  • In Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states in northeast Nigeria, the violence has affecting the lives and livelihoods of millions of people. Almost three million persons are facing hunger and almost one-million children under five years are acutely malnourished. The insecurity are causing mass movements of people, with 1.92 million living in camps or host communities within Nigeria and tens of thousands seeking refuge in neighbouring countries, including Cameroon, Chad and Niger. Many of those who left the country are now returning, needing food and shelter. With its Emergency Operations (EMOP 200777), WFP Nigeria has been supporting these vulnerable populations since 2015 with general food distribution, preventative nutrition assistance, and livelihood support.
  • Longer-term and resilient solutions for those affected will be a complex and multi-faceted process that WFP will seek to address in its Country Strategy Programme document, which is presently being developed (2019-2022). To inform WFP on the its potential niche within an existing multi-stakeholder HIV/AIDS environment, a landscape analysis in needed. The results will provide an understanding of the disease burden within WFP’s operational areas, service delivery gaps, integration efforts, and potential for engagement with government authorities, stakeholders, and donors.

Key Accountabilities (not all-inclusive)

  • Reporting to the WFP Nigeria Country Office senior nutritionist, and in collaboration with the WFP Nigeria field offices in Maiduguri and Damaturu, the Lead Consultant will be overall responsible for carrying out an HIV landscape analysis for WFP Nigeria.

Overall

  • Produce a landscape analysis for WFP Nigeria that provides guidance on potential HIV-specific and HIV-sensitive opportunities for the agency to align WFP’s corporate responsibilities in the areas of HIV, food and nutrition, HIV in emergencies and HIV-sensitive social protection, and that are aligned with WFP’s HIV and AIDS Policy (2010).
  • With a primary focus on the Federal level, the Lead Consultant will propose in an inception report, the approach the team will adopt to achieve the listed deliverables.
  • The consultants will include the following techniques amongst others: literature review, data analysis, group discussion, individual interviews, and direct observation of the situation, and the working environment.

Specific Accountabilities/Responsibilities

  • Overall responsible, as a team of two consultants, to perform a thorough situation analysis including a desk review of the many documents, studies, strategies and policies that are available in Nigeria, and produce a landscape report, including recommendations.
  • At the Federal level, engage with Government counterparts, partners and key HIV and AIDS stakeholders to discuss national priorities, ongoing programmes, plans for the coming years, opportunities and areas for potential collaboration.
  • Meet with key HIV and AIDS funding entities, e.g. PEPFAR, GFATM, CCM, to discuss their priorities for Nigeria, and to understand opportunities or barriers for WFP to access funding for HIV-related activities
  • Meet with key HIV and AIDS stakeholders and institutions, including the Federal Ministry of Health and Federal Ministry of Social Protection, NACA, Associations of PLHIV, United Nations Agencies, e.g. UNAIDS, UNICEF, WHO, UNFPA, UNHCR, and relevant Non-Governmental and Civil Society Organisations.
  • Review the draft WFP Country Strategic Plan and provide recommendations that will strengthen the incorporation of any HIV and AIDS activities and/or collaborations and partnerships.

Deliverables at the End of the Contract:

  • The Lead Consultant shall submit the following reports:
  • An inception report upon selection and signing of the contractual agreement: the inception report will include a detailed work plan and specification of the techniques to be used for the landscape analysis. This will be submitted within 7 days after signing of the consultancy agreement.
  • A draft ‘HIV and AIDS Landscape Analysis Report’ and feedback upon collection, analysis and interpretation of all qualitative and quantitative data. This will be submitted not more than 42 days after signing of the consultancy agreement. The draft final report will be submitted for feedback. Relevant comments and suggestions will be incorporated into the final version of the report.
  • A comprehensive final ‘HIV and AIDS Landscape Analysis Report’ of maximum 30 pages (hard copy & electronic copy in English) upon review, validation and acceptance by the WFP Nigeria Country Office shall be submitted not later than seven days after receiving final feedback.

4Ps Core Organisational Capabilities
Purpose:

  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Utilizes understanding of WFP’s Strategic Objectives to communicate linkages to team objectives and work.
  • Be a force for positive change: Proactively identifies and develops new methods or improvements for self and immediate team to address work challenges within own work area.
  • Make the mission inspiring to our team: Identifies opportunities to further align individual contributions with WFP’s mission of making an impact on local communities.
  • Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Helps colleagues to see the link between their individual tasks and the contributions of their unit’s goals to the broader context of WFP’s mission.

People:

  • Look for ways to strengthen people’s skills: Is able to identify, support and encourage focused on-the-job learning opportunities to address gaps between current skill-sets and needed future skill-sets for WFP.
  • Create an inclusive culture: Recognizes the contributions of teammates, and encourages contributions from culturally different team mates to recognise the value of diversity above and beyond just including it in programming for beneficiaries.
  • Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Provides and solicits ongoing constructive feedback on strengths and development opportunities to help develop individual skills, whilst also helping others identify areas for improvement.
  • Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Sets clear targets for self and others to focus team efforts in ambiguous situations (e.g., unprecedented issues and/or scenarios)

Performance:

  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Thinks beyond team’s conventional approaches to formulate creative methods for delivering food aid and assistance to beneficiaries.
  • Focus on getting results: Maintains focus on achieving individual results in the face of obstacles such as volatile or fragile environments and/or organizational roadblocks.
  • Make commitments and make good on commitments: Takes personal accountability for upholding and delivering upon team’s commitments and provides assurance to stakeholders.
  • Be Decisive: Demonstrates ability to adjust to team’s plans and priorities to optimize outcomes in light of evolving directives, while also responding quickly in high-pressure environments, such as in emergency settings.

Partnership:

  • Connect and share across WFP units: Demonstrates an understanding of when and how to tactfully engage other units in conversations on impact, timing, or planning
  • Build strong external partnerships: Networks regularly with key external partners using formal and informal opportunities to understand each partner’s unique value proposition, and to build and strengthen relationships
  • Be politically agile & adaptable: Demonstrates ability to adapt engagement approach in the context of evolving partner circumstances and expectations
  • Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Demonstrates ability to articulate to internal and external audiences the value that individual contributions and immediate teams bring to partnerships.

Functional Capabilities
Capability Name:

Knowledge of Nutrients  (Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level):

  • Has strong understanding of key nutrients requirements, food sources, food science and food technology related to vitamins and minerals to present evidence on nutrition effectively to WFP staff and partners.

Situation Analysis and Evidence Assessment (Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level):

  • Leverages new evidence and applies that to provide technical advice, identify and prioritise country nutrition gaps, design programmes and train staff and partners on the new evidence.

Knowledge of Public Health (Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level):

  • Ability to analyze data to determine overall health status, determining factors relating to nutrition, and possible areas of intervention for health and nutrition.

Knowledge of Food System  (Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level):

  • Expert knowledge of emerging trends and developments in food systems and value chain transformations, as well as innovative programming, policies and interventions achieving good nutrition-promoting food systems.

Applying Programme  & Policy Standards (Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level):

  • Leverages nutrition knowledge to provide technical advice to governments to design and implement country nutrition programmes that follow international and WFP agency standards and guidance.

Standard Minimum Qualifications

  • Education: Postgraduate degree in one of the following areas: public health, nutrition, epidemiology, social sciences  or other relevant field.
  • Experience: At least five years of experience in international development, with a focus on HIV and AIDS, public health and programme management;  A demonstrable experience of undertaking and leading literature reviews, as well as assessments and/or evaluations and extensive report writing.  Experience on HIV and AIDS is a requirement.
  • Language: Fluency (level C) in Oral and Written English language.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Engagement and coordination with different HIV and AIDS actors, such as international organizations, governments, donors, civil society;
  • Experience in report analysis, compilation of information from various sources, and drafting of analytical reports;
  • Experience in HIV and AIDS research, programme monitoring and evaluation and budget monitoring;
  • Previous working experience in West and Central Africa with a UN organization is desirable.

Other Expected Qualities:

  • Good organizational skills: ability to work under tight deadlines, to manage multiple tasks in an autonomous manner and to prioritize;
  • Good computer knowledge and skills;
  • Good teamwork skills: good communicator and team player, ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of different national and cultural backgrounds;
  • Maturity, self-motivation, initiative, courtesy, tact, and reliability.

Application Closing Date
9th December, 2018.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Terms and Conditions

  • Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply.
  • Only Nigerian nationals or holders of valid residence and work permits are eligible to apply for this position
  • Applications are to be submitted and received online and in English language only.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.  Canvassing is strictly prohibited. Canvassing of any sort will lead to automatic disqualification of the concerned applicant.
  • Selected candidate will be employed on a fixed-term contract with a probationary period of one year. WFP offers an attractive compensation package. For more details please visit

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