Nutrition Consultant for MYAP Evaluation - Catholic Relief Services, Bujumbura

Closing date:  31 Jan 2012

The Catholic Relief Services (CRS) program in Burundi is seeking a French-speaking nutritionist or maternal/child health expert for the final evaluation of its four-year Multi Year Assistance Program (MYAP). The evaluation will be implemented in early March and fieldwork will last one month. The program is implemented in partnership with International Medical Corps (IMC) since 2008 and aims at reducing chronic and transitory food insecurity of vulnerable populations in the provinces of Kayanza, Kirundo and Muyinga in northern Burundi.

The main objectives of the final evaluation study are: 1. Assess whether the MYAP outcomes and impacts are achieved in line with the stated goal, objectives and intermediate results; 2. Assess constraints, lessons learned/good practices, opportunities as well as successes in implementation; 3. Determine the relevance and effectiveness of the strategies/approach utilized in the implementation of the program; 4. Assess the sustainability of the program benefit including but not limited to the development of the capacity (knowledge and skills) of stakeholders (community, local government, and partners and Consortium staffs) and quality of the activities (adherence to government and donor technical standards). 5. Compare indicator values at end line against targets and against their values at baseline. 6. Assess challenges to the project and the impact of these challenges on project performance.

Specific objectives for the Nutrition and Health Expert:
Quantitative data will have been collected prior in a replication of the baseline methodology (population-based sample survey). Under the supervision of the Team Leader, this consultant and the rest of the team will analyze and interpret data collected. Specific objectives of the Nutrition and Health Expert are as follows: • To assess the achievements in the nutrition and health sector based on the indicators as stated in the approved proposal. In considering these achievements, please consider the relevance, effectiveness and efficiency of the interventions; • To assess the effectiveness of coordination with the government and other actors. • To conduct an analysis of the results achieved by the nutrition and health sector, particularly at the strategic objective level, • To conduct a statistical analysis of health and nutrition outcomes and compare to the target populations’ current records or any baseline information; • To document “lessons learned” including strengths and weaknesses, and provide recommendations for future programming as well as other needs in the nutrition and maternal/child health sector that were not addressed

The consultant should have the following background: • Master’s, PhD degree in nutrition or public health, or other relevant diploma • Five to ten years experience in development project/program management, especially USAID Food for Peace programs • Substantial experience in program evaluations (quantitative and qualitative methods), especially USAID Food for Peace programs • Extensive experience conducting and analyzing data from anthropometric surveys. • Relevant knowledge of the national health and nutrition policy • Bilingual English- French • Ability to work in a team • Excellent communication skills • Willingness to travel to remote areas • Capable of working under time pressure
How to apply: 

Consultants interested in this assignment should request the full job description by sending an email to katherine.overcamp@crs.org . To apply, please submit the following information by email to katherine.overcamp@crs.org :

• Brief cover letter highlighting relevant experience and skills, as well as confirming availability for March/April 2012 time frame; • Curriculum Vitae; • Written proposal (in English) of at least two pages and not more than 5 pages describing the methodology and actions for completion of the final evaluation; • A writing sample in English from a previous consultancy. A writing sample in French is highly recommended. • Three professional references with phone numbers and/or email addresses; • One page budget indicating daily fee and other related consultancy costs.

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