Individual National Consultant: Consultant multisectoral nutrition capacity strengthening

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UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, health Tanzania has made considerable progress in the implementation of National Multisectoral Nutrition Action Plan (NMNAP 2016/17–2020/21); good progress is made against most of the expected targets, however significant systematic gaps exists[1] . According to the NMNAP mid-term review (MTR) findings, despite the progress, multisectoral coordination, human resources capacity and nutrition financing are inadequate at all levels. In addition, interventions directed to addressing the increasing burden of overweight and obesity are poorly prioritized. While the first NMNAP ended in June 2021, overweight and obesity is on increase, from 11.3%[2] (1991) to 31.7%[3] (2018) among women of childbearing age, with negative impacts on child health outcomes. In this regard, UNICEF supported the Government in 2020, to implement a landscape analysis of overweight and obesity, that identified gaps, opportunities, and priorities, towards a program that will work towards preventing the acceleration of the overweight and obesity burden.

Informed by the landscape analysis, UNICEF and partners support, the Government developed the second NMNAP (NMNAP II 2021 – 2026), an evidence-based five-year strategic action plan that seeks to address the triple burden malnutrition in Tanzania in all its forms targeting all ages. The plan applies a life-cycle approach as well as system approach and promotes multisectoral collaboration and coordination to address the social determinants of malnutrition sustainably. Overall, there is a new focus on strengthening the capacity of the NMNAP II Thematic Working Groups (TWGs), sharpen the LGAs capacity to plan and budget for nutrition interventions and ensure that prevention of overweight and obesity is firmly integrated in MDAs and LGAs priorities and that the priorities are implemented and monitored regularly.

How can you make a difference?

UNICEF must advance efforts to strengthen capacity for multi-sectoral/stakeholder nutrition response. Despite the well-articulated NMNAP coordination framework, some of the coordination structures including the Thematic Working Groups (TWGs) have not functioned to the expectations of their terms of reference and are inadequately leading and coordinating implementation of nutrition interventions under key result areas. Specifically, UNICEF should support the Government to revisit and develop the TWGs terms of reference and strengthen their capacity to achieve their TORs. UNICEF should also maintain its convening role of the Development Partners Group for Nutrition (DPGN) with over 40 partners, for effective and efficient support to the NMNAP II implementation.

Second, at the sub-national level, a minimal costed package on high impact interventions is not available. UNICEF should support the Government to develop the minimal package and orient the LGAs to identify, plan and budget high impact nutrition interventions that are relevant in their context. Therefore, this consultant will provide technical leadership and support to TFNC to strengthen capacity for the NMNAP II thematic working groups, provide technical leadership to the PORALG to develop a costed minimum package of nutrition for RSs and LGAs as well as, kick start overweight and obesity country actions informed by the landscape analysis.


Main objectives: The general objective of the consultancy is to strengthen capacity for multisectoral nutrition response, specifically capacity strengthening of NMNAP TWGs and kick start overweight and obesity country actions.

The specific objectives will be:

  1. Provide technical leadership and support to PMO and TFNC to review and develop the new coordination architecture and monitoring framework for nutrition in Tanzania aligned to the new NMNAP II (including a package of TWGs Terms of Reference and subsequent orientation of the TWGs on the TORs).
  2. Support PORALG to develop a minimum package of nutrition interventions for regions and councils that will guide planning and budgeting at RS and LGAs.
  3. Provide technical leadership and support to MOHCDGEC, TFNC and TFDA to develop a concept paper, detailing opportunities, and barriers to implementation with a roadmap on front-of-pack labelling scheme.
  4. Support the Government to undertake DPGN’s database update, implementation of 2022 action plan with a reviewed plan for the year 2022/23.








Coordination architecture and monitoring framework for nutrition in Tanzania aligned to NMNAP II available


March 30th 2022



Capacity building reports for the TWG leads and members available.

TFNC, PMO, UNN nutrition group

28th May 2022



A minimum package of nutrition interventions for regions and councils that will guide planning and budgeting at RS and LGAs validated by the PORALG and available.

TFNC, PORALG, DPGN, nutrition officers and LGAs key sectoral officers

30th July 2022



Finalized concept paper with a roadmap, opportunities and barriers on front-of-pack labelling scheme validated by the MOHCDGEC, TFDA and stakeholders.


30th Sept 2022



Updated DPG database and AWP for FY 2022/23 available and overall consultancy report.


30th Nov 2022


PAYMENT SCHEDULE. Payments will be made upon submission and acceptance of the specified deliverables in the table above under section TASKS, DELIVERABLE AND TIME FRAME. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold all or portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if work/output is incomplete, not delivered or for failure to meet deadlines.

MEDICAL EVACUATION COVERAGE. The consultant will be required to submit the proof of medical/Health Insurance with medical evacuation coverage.

SUPERVISING AND REPORTING The consultant will work under the supervision of the Nutrition Specialist, under overall guidance of the Chief Nutrition. The consultant should provide reports according to the below reporting schedule.

DURATION OF THE CONSULTANCY This consultancy covers a period of 144 working days.

EVALUATION PROCESS Proposals will be both technically and financially evaluated. The technical part will carry a weight of 75%, in which the consultant will put clear his/her technical approach to ensure quality attainment of each deliverable and the consultancy in totality. The financial part will carry 25% showing proposed budget breakdown of consultancy cost for each deliverable and eventual total consultancy cost. This will make a total of 100%.

METHODOLOGY The consultant will collaborate with UNICEF, TFNC and PMO and other key stakeholders in development of the new coordination architecture and monitoring framework for nutrition in Tanzania aligned to the new NMNAP II (deliverable 1). Once the TORs are validated and endorsed by the stakeholders, the consultant will facilitate two capacity building sessions with (i) leaders and (ii) members of the TWGs. The sessions will serve as an orientation, but also enhance capacity for the national and subnational coordination of NMNAP II result areas and are expected to create and build a common understanding of the TWGs roles and expectations, as well as develop a monitoring framework for key annual targets for each TWG. This will be a consultative-participatory process, with two quality reports (deliverable 2) submitted after the orientations.

GENERAL CONDITIONS AND LOGISTICS The consultant will work in the premises of UNICEF in Dar es salaam, have access to internet facilities and is expected to use their own IT equipment (laptop, cellphone, etc.). During this assignment, approximately two field trips are expected, UNICEF will not be responsible for payment of travel costs. The consultancy daily quoted rate will include DSA and travel costs when outside of duty station (Dar es Salaam).

To qualify as an advocate for every child you are expected to have the following:

  • A University Degree in public health/nutrition, epidemiology, health policy and/or management, health education, health promotion or other health related sciences is required.
  • A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in nutrition or public health. Experience in partners and stakeholders’ coordination, planning, partnership, networking is an added advantage.
  • Knowledge of country nutrition context, policies, and relevant strategies
  • Ability to engage in sector dialogue.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Computer skills, including Microsoft word, excel and PowerPoint
  • Ability to work with multi-sectoral, multi-cultural teams.
  • Ability to community fluently in English and Swahili.
  • Ability to present information in a well-structured and logical way.
  • Skills to establish good relationships with partners and relates well to people at all levels.
  • Skills to analyze data and information.
  • Planning and organizing skills.

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UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA)

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Builds and maintains partnerships, demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness, innovates, and embraces change, drive to achieve results for impact, manages ambiguity and complexity, thinks, and acts strategically, work Collaboratively with others.

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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

Remarks: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

[1] National Multisectoral Nutrition Action Plan Mid Term Review Report (2019)

[2] Tanzania Demographic and Health Survey, 1991

[3] Tanzania National Nutrition Survey, 2018

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