Programme position on SSA contract
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Programme position on SSA contract
The World Food Programme in Tajikistan invites applications from suitable, qualified and experienced candidates for a temporary Programmeposition on SSA contract (equivalent to G5) in Dushanbe.
TB re-emerged as a serious public health threat following the collapse of the former Soviet Union, and remains a significant burden in Tajikistan. According to World Health Organization (WHO), the estimated incidence of TB was 91 per 100,000 populations in 2014, which was the sixth highest level among 53 countries of the WHO European Region.
TB patients are among the lowest income earners in the country. As a critical social protection safety net for TB patients and their families, and to achieve higher completion and recovery rates of treatment, WFP continued its assistance to TB patients registered in the directly observed therapy strategy (DOTS) programme in all 66 districts of the country. TB clients registered in the DOTS programme are provided with food assistance for a period of six months. Patients' families also receive WFP support as a safety net during 6 months to compensate for the decrease or loss of the income-earning power. If, however, the patient drops out of the treatment, the assistance to both the family and patient is stopped - a conditionality that strengthens patients' motivation to complete the treatment as well as encouragement for the family members to support the treatment.
In its 2016-2020 Country Programme (CP), WFP has planned a gradual shift from direct implementation to capacity development and augmentation (CD&A), with the aim of handing over most of the safety nets to the Government by the end of the CP, including assistance to TB patients and their families.
WFP has been actively engaged in policy formulation and strategy design, and recently supported the Government in the TB National Strategic Plan (2015-2020) development process. Food and nutrition support for TB patients was recognized as one of the national priority actions. WFP has been requested to collect in-country evidence on the impact of the food support on treatment adherence and therefore increase awareness and commitment of key stakeholders in the area of food/cash assistance within the TB response in Tajikistan. In addition, the lack of guidance on nutritional care and support was identified as a gap in TB treatment in the TB National Strategic Plan for 2015-2020. The TB National Strategic Plan highlights the importance of developing guidelines to provide timely support the TB patients during the treatment, especially those who are malnourished.
WFP took the lead and, together with NTBC and other relevant partners, started in the 4th quarter of 2015 the developing of national guidelines on nutritional assessment, counselling and support (NACS) for patients affected by tuberculosis and HIV. This document aims to provide principles and recommendations for management of malnutrition and maintenance of improved nutritional status of TB/HIV patients as part of the routine treatment care. WFP together with his national and international partners finalized the first NACS guideline in December 2015.
The NTBC requested WFP to build the capacity of the NTBC to integrate the NACS approach into comprehensive treatment, care and support for patients receiving TB treatment. The national guidelines will help health workers providing care to people with TB and has the potential to be used by a wider audience, including policy makers and technical advisers, staff managing national TB/HIV programme and nongovernmental agencies that deliver TB/HIV services. It is anticipated to be a useful tool for scaling up TB/HIV prevention, diagnosis and treatment, including adherence to and completion of therapy.
Objectives of the consultancy:
Programme Assistant will support Nutritionist in conducting of the workshop and Training of Trainers. Programme Assistant will also assist Nutritionist in consolidate input and feedbacks gathered during the workshop and the training events and report back to NTBC and WFP.
Major tasks to be accomplished
Assist Nutritionist in conducting a general workshop acknowledging the NACS local guidelines among all stakeholders and agency representatives;
Assist Nutritionist in conducting Training for Trainers (TOT) for selected senior level health workers from the different regions and agencies working in the field;
Support Nutritionist in introduction of NACS guidelines to DOTS and HIV district centres through awareness training;
Support Nutritionist in developing communication materials for awareness rising of introduction of NACS guidelines;
Assist Nutritionist in consolidate input and feedbacks gathered during the workshop and the training events and report back to NTBC and WFP.
Qualifications and Skills:
Education: Completion of secondary school education. A post-secondary certificate in the related functional area is desirable.
Experience:At least 3 years professional experience in public health, nutrition or related field;
Technical skills, knowledge and experience in health, nutrition and other related fields;
Demonstrated skills and knowledge to develop information, education and communication materials for behavioral change communication;
Understanding of roles/responsibilities of different UN agencies;
Good analytical skills;
Advanced computers skills at least intermediate skills in windows based word processing, power point and spreadsheet;
Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English and Russian/Tajik.
Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives:Helps teammates articulate WFP’s Strategic Objectives.
Be a force for positive change:Suggests potential improvements to team’s work processes to supervisor.
Make the mission inspiring to our team:Explains the impact of WFP activities in beneficiary communities to teammates.
Make our mission visible in everyday actions:Articulates how own unit’s responsibilities will serve
Look for ways to strengthen people's skills:Trains junior teammates on new skills and capabilities.
Create an inclusive culture:Seeks opportunities to work with people from different backgrounds.
Be a coach & provide constructive feedback:Serves as a peer coach for colleagues in same area of work.
Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit:Tracks progress toward goals and shares this information on a regular basis with supervisor.
Encourage innovation & creative solutions:Explores ways to consistently be more efficient and accurate in own areas of work and shares new methods of work with colleagues.
Focus on getting results:Focuses on getting results and tracks trends in completion rates for own tasks to identify opportunities for efficiency.
Make commitments and make good on commitments:Takes responsibility for own tasks and notifies supervisor as soon as possible of potential delays in meeting deadlines or commitments.
Be Decisive:Independently decides what action to take when faced with critical choices in the workplace or in dangerous situations in the field.
Connect and share across WFP units:Suggests opportunities for partnering with other units to supervisor.
Build strong external partnerships:Identifies opportunities to work with colleagues and partners in the field towards common goals.
Be politically agile & adaptable:Develops an understanding of the value of WFP’s teams and external partners in fulfilling team’s goals and objectives.
Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships:Aligns own activities with supervisor’s priorities to fulfill internal and external partner needs.
Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance: Can facilitate implementation of food assistance programmes under guidance using basic understanding of principles and good practices of programme design, implementation and monitoring.
Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Vouchers):Demonstrates ability to facilitate, under guidance, food assistance programme implementation that deploys full range of transfer modalities with an understanding of basic principles guiding modality selection and implementation.
Knowledge of Specialized Areas: Understands basic technical concepts and data and their relevance to food assistance programmes.
Emergency Programming: Displays capacity to provide inputs into the development, implementation and realignment of high quality emergency programmes.
Strategic Policy Engagement w/Govt: Understands and applies basic principles of engagement with government counterparts at the national or local level.
Please submit letters of motivation with CV and duly filled WFP Form 11 (available at WFP offices in hard copy) or can be downloaded from the following link:
For further information and assistance with obtaining WFP Form 11, please contact Bibidavlat Saidsharapova at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IMPORTANT: Applicants need to provide a CV and complete WFP Form 11 in their application. WFP WILL NOT consider applications without these documents.
Only applications received by e-mailat the following address will be accepted: Dushanbe.Announcements@wfp.org, clearly indicating the position title (Programme) in the subject field.
The deadline for submission of applications is 06 October 2016.
Female candidates are encouraged to apply.
Acknowledgment will only be sent to short-listed candidates.