National Contractor: Scaling up the Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition (IMAM) Program in the context of Covid-19 pandemic – East Java Province, Indonesia

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Title: National Contractor: Scaling up the Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition (IMAM) Program in the context of Covid-19 pandemic – East Java Province

Duty Station: Surabaya

Type of Contract: Individual Contractor

Duration: 15 March 2022 – 15 February 2023 (11 months – full time)

How can you make a difference?


Wasting is a form of malnutrition characterized by thinness, which affects an estimated 6.2 million children under five years in Indonesia. Indonesia currently has the fourth-highest burden of child wasting in the world with more than 2 million children being severely wasted. Of all forms of child malnutrition, it is the most dangerous type with the highest mortality risk. Specifically, severe wasting increases the risk of death in children up to 12 times and requires treatment to restore metabolic functions and regain body weight. The Government of Indonesia has expressed a strong commitment to address child wasting and included wasting as one of the main development indicators in the National Medium-term Development Plan 2020–2024 with a target to reduce wasting prevalence to <7 percent by 2024. However, the disrupted food supply chains, income loss, and reduced access to health services due to COVID-19 has led to further increase in the number of malnourished children in Indonesia.

Wasting prevalence in East Java is 6.4% in 2021 percent (SSGBI 2021). This prevalence account for an estimated of 460,898 children under -five suffered of wasting.

To address this challenge, UNICEF has been supporting the Government of East Java in scaling up the integrated management of acute malnutrition (IMAM), a life-saving program to prevent and treat child wasting, by integrating it within the existing health system. Substantial efforts have been made to support the government in improving the coverage and quality of the IMAM program since 2019, with actions focusing on strengthening mass screening of malnutrition by integrating the mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) measurement into primary and community healthcare services and introducing various innovative approaches. For instance, UNICEF has promoted a ‘family-led MUAC’ approach, a home-based MUAC assessment by mothers and caregivers in six districts East Java.

In 2022 UNICEF will continue to provide intensive technical support to the sub-national government, as more districts are planning to implement the IMAM services. Against this backdrop, UNICEF is seeking one national consultant to support the IMAM program scale-up in East Java Province.


IMAM consultants will facilitate the scale-up of the IMAM program by supporting i) the provincial and district government in IMAM strategy development (planning, budgeting, and implementation), advocacy, coordination, capacity building, and scaling up innovative approaches; and ii) respective local authorities in implementing the IMAM program with quality and coverage.

The consultant will be requested to:

1. Support the institutionalization of IMAM services into existing health systems in East Java Province.

2. Support and facilitate the implementation and scale up of family MUAC approach (i.e., program implementation, capacity building, multi-sectoral coordination, data collection, and documentation) in selected district in East Java Province.

The key tasks and indicative timeline are provided below. The timeline can be adjusted in agreement with UNICEF as long as the tasks are completed by 15 February 2023. The tasks will be conducted in close collaboration with the UNICEF Nutrition Officer in Surabaya Field Office and Nutrition Specialist in Jakarta

Please refer to the Term of Reference attached in the above link for detail breakdowns of key tasks and deliverables.

TOR IMAM Consultant East Java-TMS.pdf

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

- At least 3 years of experience in the field of nutrition, public health, community development, or any related fields

- Knowledge and experience on integrated management acute malnutrition (IMAM) and Infant Young Child Feeding (IYCF) will be an advantage

- Previous working experience in East Java Province will be an advantage

- Previous working experience in providing technical support to the government on policy and local budget planning on nutrition, health, or other fields will be an advantage will be an advantage

- Experience working with various stakeholders including local government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), agencies, and experts, and understand the working system and values of the government is required

- Knowledge and skills on computer use, such as Microsoft Office, including graphics

- Ability to communicate in both written and oral Bahasa Indonesia, while the ability to speak and write well in English would be a strong advantage

- Ability to work independently without secretarial support and experience in supporting government financial systems and basic administration

- Knowledgeable of the latest development issues and national policy.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

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

  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships
  • Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness
  • Drive to achieve results for impact
  • Innovates and embraces change
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity
  • Thinks and acts strategically
  • Works collaboratively with others

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

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.

This position is not considered an elevated risk role. However, UNICEF reserves the right to conduct further vetting/ assessment within the scope of child safeguarding as appropriate.

Closing date: 22 February 2022

Remarks: The screening of your application will be conducted based on the information in your profile. Before applying, we strongly suggest that you review your profile to ensure accuracy and completeness. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process. This vacancy is open for Indonesians only.

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.

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