International Rescue Committee Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition (MIYCN) Consultancy Job in Kenya

Consultancy – MIYCN
Sector: Health
Location: Kenya  
Employee Type: Consultant 
Employee Category: Not Applicable
1. Introduction: The IRC provides general primary healthcare Focusing on preventive, curative and promotion of nutrition services in both Hagadera and Kambioos. 


The nutrition program has enhanced the promotion of exclusive breastfeeding for the first six month of life, optimal complimentary feeding and continuous breastfeeding up to two years, through the adoption of policy on regulation of the marketing of infant feeding products and supporting MIYCN through maternity protection. 
The MIYCN policy aims at strengthening the capacity of health care services, communities and stakeholders to ensure that nutritional needs of infants and young children are met. 
It also covers pregnancy, postnatal, newborn, early childhood nutrition, feeding difficult circumstances; including the context of HIV AIDS, low birth weight, preterm, children with special conditions, malnourished children and young children in emergency situations.   

The IRC has scaled up the services towards promotion breastfeeding and complimentary feeding by working towards BHFI accreditation through implementation of essential policies promoting and protecting breastfeeding across Dadaab refugee complex. 

An internal BFHI Assessment has been in the camp and one of the recommendation was to train staff on BFHI and MIYCN.
 The IRC has developed a community strategy to ensure there is community participation in the promotion of exclusive breastfeeding by forming the Mother to mother support groups to promote “a community that is baby friendly” .
The overall exclusive breastfeeding rates in the camp  is 23.48 % based on 2015 annual nutrition survey results. 
There has been high staff turnover across the camps thus the need to capacity build staff to support mothers to achieve optimal breastfeeding in the camps.

2. Goal: The overall objective is to equip the participants with knowledge and skills to improve nutritional status, health, growth and development and the survival of infants and young children in Hagadera and Kambioos camps through optimal feeding practices and improved maternal nutrition.

3. Expected outcome

  • Staff equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to implement MIYCN.
  • Exclusive breastfeeding promoted, protected and supported for the first six months of life, optimal complimentary feeding with continued breastfeeding for two years and beyond promoted, and feeding of children three years and above.
  • To promote support optimal infant feeding, nutrition and care to minimize the risk of mother to child transmission of HIV through breast milk and maximize child survival.
  • Strengthened breastfeeding support groups in the camp.
4. Major topics
  • Background information.
  • Maternal Nutrition
  • Infant and young child nutrition
  • Growth charts
  • Infant feeding in the context of HIV/AIDS
  • Infant and young child feeding in difficult and special circumstances.
  • Nutrition assessment, counseling and support.
  • Code of marketing breast milk substitutes
  • Baby friendly hospital initiative.
  • Maternal, Infant and young child nutrition (MIYCN) Community linkages.
  • Implementation, monitoring and evaluation of MIYCN.    
  • Action plan.
5. Methodology

The training will be provided in presentation, demonstrations , written exercises, hospital visits and group work methods.

6. Material, Equipment and Logistic Support provided by the hotel.

Flip charts , marker pens, note books, Biro pens , LCD projector and conference facility.

Purpose of consultancy: The purpose of the consultancy is to engage experience consultants to carry out training on Maternal infant and young child nutrition (MIYCN) to the staff who are involved on daily management of mothers with the infants and children with feeding problems and complications on daily basis to strengthen the quality of services offered at community level and key hotspots such as ANC and Maternity in order to improve infant and child feeding thus reducing malnutrition.

Consultants Responsibilities

  • To provide the training timetable for the purpose of planning.
  • To guide the participants during the training and equip them with knowledge on MIYCN based on National guidelines.
  • To create an enabling environment for the participants to actively engage in training sessions
  • To give feedback on emerging concerns to the nutrition manager or his appointee at the end of every session.
IRC responsibilities
  • To provide meals and transport during the training period.
  • Provide the training materials and supplies.
  • Coordinate the training activities to ensure effective and smooth running of the training.
7.Number of Participants: 18 National staff across Dadaab camp + 3 Consultants.

8. Training venue: Hanshi training Hall – Dadaab.

9. Training date: The training will be conducted from 11th to 15nd July 2016.

Kenyan nationals are encouraged to apply.  

International allowances are not available for this position. 
Salary and employee benefits are compliant to the Kenyan NGO Sector.

How to Apply

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