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Consultant Needed at Save the Children for FCT and Gombe State

Save
the Children is a leading international organization helping children
in need around the world. First established in the UK in 1919, separate
national organizations have been set up in more than twenty-eight
countries, sharing the aim of improving the lives of children through
education, health
care and economic opportunities, as well as emergency
aid in cases of natural disasters, war and conflict.

In Nigeria, Save the Children has been working since 2001. The early
focus was on getting children actively involved in shaping the decisions
that affect their lives. Today, Save the Children is working in seven
federal states – Zamfara, Yobe, Jigawa, Katsina, Kano, Bauchi and Kaduna
– focusing on providing basic healthcare and protecting children.

We are recruiting to fill the position of:

Job Title: Consultant – Production of Nutrition Advocacy-Specific Video For FCT and Gombe State

Job ID: #1203546
Location: Gombe

Background

  • Nigeria is recording approximately 800,000 under-five deaths
    every year, accounting for about 11% of total global under-five deaths.
    Malnutrition is the underlying cause of about 45% of child deaths. 37%
    of children under age 5 are stunted, 18% are wasted, and 29% are
    underweight. Only 10% of children within the ages 6-23 months are fed
    appropriately based on recommended Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF)
    practices.11% of women are undernourished, 25% are overweight or obese.
    Although problems related to poor nutrition affect the entire
    population, women and children are especially vulnerable because of
    their unique physiology and socioeconomic characteristics. Nigeria is
    the leading country in Africa and third globally with over 13 million
    children chronically undernourished,whereas, adequate nutrition is
    essential to children’s growth and development.
  • The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) project is
    designed to ensure that the environment to deliver effective Nutrition
    plans are enabled and institutionalized at National and two Nigerian
    states (FCT and Gombe) by 2017. The project seeks to improve
    coordination of nutrition programmes and activities, ensuring that the
    commitments of governments are fully implemented.

Rationale

  • The underlying factors responsible for the poor nutritional
    status in Nigeria is poor governance and stewardship responsibility for
    health, especially at the Primary Health Care (PHC) level which has
    about 70% of the population (especially mothers and children) and
    diseases burden. Some of the dimensions of the problem include absence,
    inadequacy and implementation challenges with regards to extant
    policies, governments’ commitments, legislation, budgets, poverty, food
    insecurity, inadequate care and food intake, unclear roles and
    responsibilities of the various sectors, donor driven intervention, lack
    of accountability mechanisms and weak collaboration and coordination
    among others.
  • As part of the efforts to support evidence generation and
    scaling up of cost effective intervention on nutrition, there is need to
    create awareness amongst the general public and advocacy to policy
    makers on the impeding malnutrition deficiencies through the development
    of a nutrition specific video for Gombe and FCT. The video will be used
    by the Nutrition Advocacy Coalition to effectively carry out advocacy
    efforts which will catalyze improved stewardship responsibility, policy
    environment, increased political will, and unlock funds for nutrition
    activities by different MDAs at the state level.

Specific Task

  • The Nutrition specific video requires an expert/an individual
    knowledgeable in the field of nutrition and a professional videographer
    that is driven to see a change in the malnutrition status of Nigeria.
  • Understanding the purpose involved in undertaking this project
    will help the consultant to be able to tell a captivating/compassionate/
    real life story of the plight of a child suffering from malnutrition or
    the hurdles a mother that is malnourished or has a malnourished child
    goes through.
  • However, a good video will be an advocacy tool that can create a
    ripple effect whereby policy makers are moved to create a nutrition
    budget line, ensure releases and utilization.
  • With the creation of a budget line for nutrition, there will be a
    boost in economy growth because healthy children translate into healthy
    productive market.
  • In essence, the consultant is saddled with the responsibility of
    creating a video that can appeal to policy makers to invest in
    nutrition which has high returns of a lifetime of benefits for
    individuals, families and nations.

Capacity Requirements

  • At least 7 years’ experience of progressive professional work in videography and editing
  • Extensive experience and skills in Nutrition
  • Good geographical inkling of Gombe state and FCT area councils
  • A proper understanding of the malnutrition situation in Nigeria
  • Knowledge and fluency in Hausa language is an added advantage

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their C.V., a list of
works of a similar nature, and a covering letter with a 500-word
statement explaining their suitability for the task to: Nigeria.ProgramsVacancy@savethechildren.org

Note: Also, applications received after the above closing date will not be considered.

Deadline: 13th October, 2015.

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