VN No.: VN-NGR-65-2015
Location: Abuja with frequent travel to Northern state.
Type of Appointment: Special Service Agreement (SSA) for 6 months
- Micronutrient deficiencies remain an enduring problem in Nigeria. The prevalence of Vitamin A Deficiency is 30%, which is six times higher than the threshold for public health significance of 5%, Use of adequately iodised salt is less than less than 60% in the North West.
- Little has been done to address anaemia in children and women.
- Over 70% children suffer from anaemia and Nigeria has the highest burden the world.
- Almost 60% pregnant women arc anaemie during pregnancy and this is one of the key contributing factor for the high level of maternal mortality.
- The Government has also adopted the World Fit for Children’s (WFC) Goals on micronutrients which are - to achieve sustainable elimination of Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD), control vitamin A deficiency and reduce prevalence of anaemia by one third of 1990 level.
- The control of micronutrient deficiencies is one of the key components of the UNICEF country programme and is one of the four Intermediate Results (IRs) under Nutrition Pmgramme (PCR 3/AWP).
- UNICEF is providing lead support to the Government to implement the national bi-annual Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) Weeks to deliver vitamin A capsules, deworming and iron supplements.
- UNICEF is working with partners to ensure and sustain the Universal Salt lodisation goal of at least 90% of households consuming adequately iodised salt. Furthermore, a policy has been approved on the use of Micronutrient Powder (MNP) Supplementation to address anaemia in young children and the initiation and scale up of this intervention is one of the key priorities for UNICEF.
- UNICEF has decided to - up to scale up Zinc/ORS and iron supplementation universally this year in the five States in Northern Nigeria.
Major Tasks to be accomplished:
- Support the planning and implementation of Maternal New born and child health week (40%);
- Support co-ordination to contribute to the successful implementation of the campaign
- Support the organization of the review meeting
- Ensure supplies are distributed to states in a timely manner
- Support identification and training of smart phone federal monitors
- Ensure timely reporting of data from the smart tablet monitoring on a daily basis during the campaign and follow through to ensure corrective action
- Work with M&E team to introduce innovations and M&E tools to enhance efficiency and effectiveness of planning process, monitoring and reporting activities
- Work with C4D to develop social mobilization strategy for MNCHW and BCC tools
- Support the implementation Micronutrient Powder for home fortification in three Emergency
- States (Borno, Yobe and Adamawa) in line with the implementation plan and schedule (30%)
- Follow up with program roll out as scheduled
- Ensure adequate supply of commodities to the states
- Work with M&E personnel to ensure regular reporting and collation of the data
- Support strengthening of implementation of Zinc LO-ORS program in WINNN states (15%)
- Support implementation of iron supplementation in WINNN states (5%)
- Prepare advocacy, technical briefs and case studies to micronutrient programming including introduction of new interventions (5%)