Consultancy – Conduct a Survey on Nutrition Knowledge Attitudes and Practices (KAPs) | United Nations World Food Programme | Lusaka, Zambia | Full Time


ABOUT WFP

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.

STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education: Advanced University degree in Social Sciences, Nutrition, Statistics, Demography, Research Methodologies, Development Studies, Law, Education and any other related fields, or First University Degree with additional years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses.

Language: Fluency (level C) in English language and the duty station’s language, if different.

JOB PURPOSE

The World Food Programme (WFP) supports the Zambian government through the Ministry of General Education to implement the Home Grown School Meals (HGSM) Programme. The standard school meal is comprised of maize, cowpeas or beans, and oil fortified with vitamins A and D. The food basket for the HGSM, except for the vegetable oil, is all procured locally. However, diverse nutritious diets are not frequently prioritized at the household level as there are low levels of knowledge about the importance of consuming nutritious foods and what constitutes a nutritious diet. In order to overcome this challenge, therefore, WFP collaborating with The Ministry of General Education piloted model school gardens an intervention to improve knowledge and application of good nutrition practices among targeted schoolchildren and communities.

To be able to track progress against the set programme objectives, a Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices (KAP) survey is proposed to be undertaken in both Mumbwa and Petauke districts. All the communities surrounding the schools where the pupils come from will also be covered by the project for agricultural and nutrition interventions using the school gardens as the learning centre.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  1. Assess the level of nutrition knowledge among learners, school teachers and Parent Teachers Associations (PTAs).
  2. Determine the existence, utilization and adequacy of nutrition materials in schools.
  3. To determine nutrition knowledge, attitudes, and practices among community members (parents and guardians of the schoolchildren).
  4. Identify barriers to practice recommended agriculture and nutrition behaviors, diverse crop production and utilization.
  5. Obtain an in-depth understanding of the SHN club activities and determine their functionality.
  6. In line with commitments to gender equality and women’s empowerment, the assessment will identify specific gender issues with regard to the knowledge, attitudes and practices in nutrition among men, women, boys and girls in the targeted communities and schools and make recommendations to address the gaps.
  7. Ascertain the level of ownership by the government through interviews with the DEBS as the first line of defense and support to the schools.
  8. Ascertain the feasibility of mainstreaming nutrition in the current curriculum and teaching materials, and also identify appropriate levels- teacher training (TT) and primary school level or TT alone or classroom level? Alongside this, identify required actions to enable mainstreaming.

METHODOLOGY

The consultant will be expected to present detailed methodologies and appropriate tools and budget for the intended assessment. The number of enumerators and the associated costs should be included. The following should be taken into account:

  1. The methodology should clearly discuss representative sampling techniques, standard questionnaires, appropriate data collection tools and procedure, statistical package for data processing and analysis.
  2. Focus group discussions will be conducted with the School Health and Nutrition (SHN) Clubs to get in depth understanding of the activities of the SHN and determine their functionality.
  3. The collected data should be a representative sample of the population where conclusions can be drawn at 95% confidence interval.
  4. Data collection tools should consist of specific Measurable, Achievable, Reliable, and Time-bound (SMART) indicators.
  5. Fieldwork should include both primary and secondary data from various sources. Secondary data sources should be clearly cited.
  6. The assessment to be conducted within the given time frame.



DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE

  1. The person should have a minimum demonstrable experience of undertaking desk reviews, as well as rapid assessments and/or evaluations.
  2. The consultant should have a significant experience of collecting and analyzing quantitative data from small-scale sample surveys.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS

Deadline to receiving applications is Friday 15th June 2018. Please ensure that you mention www.zambianjobhunter.com as the source of this job advertisement.

To apply for this job please visit www1.wfp.org.