International Medical Corps (IMC) Nigeria has been implementing the program (Expanded response to the emergency needs of IDPs and host communities in newly accessible areas in Borno, North East Nigeria), funded by U.S. Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance. Main objectives of the program are to: Improve IDPs and host communities’ access to quality nutrition services, Improve IDPs and host communities’ access to safe water, improved sanitation facilities and improved hygiene practices. This is with overall goal of addressing the urgent needs for nutrition and Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) for IDPs and host communities in Damboa and Dikwa local government areas.
IMC aims to improve the health status and living conditions of the target population through activities such as treatment of severely malnourished children through outpatient treatment program (OTPs) and in-patient treatment centre (SC), nutrition counselling, education and dialogue sessions on positive infant and young child feeding practices through a platform of care group women support for all pregnant and lactating women of children aged 0-23 months and community leaders dialogue, capacity building through training and on the job mentorship for CNVs, nutrition technical staff and PLW, Household and MASS MUAC screening for all children aged 6-59 months to identify malnutrition and timely refer for care. All this activities are directly integrated within IMC WASH and Food security sectors, whilst indirectly in some locations with other partners NGOs implementing WASH and FS. Under this project, IMC is to conduct a KAP Survey to assess the knowledge and practises of the people in charge of the households regarding nutrition practices during pregnancy and the first 2 years of life for the infants, as well as the nutrition related health practices such hygiene and sanitation at household level .
OBJECTIVE OF THE SURVEY
- To determine mothers/caretaker’s knowledge and caring practice regarding infant and young child feeding (among pregnant and lactating mother of children aged 0-23 months).
- To provide additional qualitative information on the likely causes of malnutrition and barriers to optimal infant and young child feeding nutrition practices (E.g. through focus group discussions).
- formulate and provide practical and sustainable recommendations to strengthen the nutrition activities based on the survey findings.
- To assess the community’s knowledge, attitude, practice and beliefs regarding water, sanitation and hygiene
- Overall to ascertain impact of nutrition and WASH activities in relation positive IYCF, hygiene and sanitation interventions for the last 6months and set and set new baseline for anticipated phase two of OFDA/USAID funded program in Damboa and Dikwa local government areas.
- Present the design, implementation and supervision strategy of the KAP survey. Validate with IMC country team and the TU Nutrition advisor
- Implement the KAP survey in Nigeria, Borno State at Damboa & Dikwa Local Government Areas.
- Present a draft KAP survey report including background, methodology, results, limitations, conclusions and recommendations (short term and medium-term recommendation)
- Present a KAP final report incorporating the feedback from the IMC country team and the TU nutrition advisor
- Submit all the data and analysis outputs (both raw and final) electronically to IMC country team
ESSENTIAL SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED FOR THE ROLE
- A health professional or nutritionist with MPH, MSc or advanced professional degree or field-related experience.
- Significant and proven experience, at least three years, in community based qualitative studies including KAP surveys.
- Knowledge in designing and implementing CMAM and IYCF programs
- Excellent analytical and statistical skills.
- Strong communication skills, able to effectively present information clearly and respond appropriately to questions from IMC staff and other relevant stakeholders
- Strong supervisory and organizational skills
- Ability to work on own initiative and to meet deadlines.
- Ability to cope with stress; hardship; patience and flexibility and willingness to work additional hours in order to meet tight deadlines;
- Ability and willingness to travel to field sites and nutrition facilities
- Advanced proficiency in the use of MS Office, EPI INFO, SPSS, ODK and ENA for SMART Software.
- Fluent in written and spoken English
- The candidate must present an approved final report of the most recent KAP survey that he/she had conducted.
About the Organization
International Medical Corps UK is a global humanitarian organization saving and rebuilding lives through health care, training and community development. International Medical Corps UK works alongside International Medical Corps Worldwide, responding to humanitarian emergencies and communities afflicted by conflict, poverty and natural disaster in more than 20 countries around the world.
International Medical Corps and International Medical Corps United Kingdom with headquarters in the United States and the United Kingdom respectively, work collaborate to maximize resources for the delivery of appropriate relief and development activities.