Job Description

Workshop Technical Coordinator (consultant)

Location: Washington, DC

Posting Date: 12/27/2017

Deadline Date: 01/31/2018

Starting Date: 01/08/2018

Description

Preventing child deaths by strengthening integrated case management of childhood illness and infant and young child feeding (IYCF) is a shared global priority for child health and nutrition stakeholders. Sub-optimal care and feeding of the sick child puts him or her at higher risk of mortality. Pneumonia, diarrhea and malaria are among the leading global causes of child death. Both vulnerability to and the severity of these illnesses are exacerbated by undernutrition, which is a contributing factor in 45 percent of all under-five deaths (Black et al., 2013). Recent evidence and programmatic experience shows that strengthening nutrition in case management (including for severe acute malnutrition [SAM]) and feeding during childhood illness is crucial to addressing malnutrition and comorbidities, and to achieving SDG targets (Wazy et al., 2014).

It is now the opportune time for country and international actors to converge to identify key barriers and opportunities for implementation of a comprehensive set of nutrition interventions for sick and/or undernourished children, in primary health care settings, including the community settings. With support from USAID-Washington, the maternal and child survival program (MCSP) proposes to convene a workshop to bring together stakeholders and partners from countries to discuss challenges and promising approaches to improve the implementation of a comprehensive set of nutrition interventions for sick and/or undernourished children. The three-day workshop, planned for the Summer of 2018, seeks to translate global and country learning into specific actions to improve nutrition and child health services, and ultimately child health programming, in selected countries and at the global level. International partners have expressed interest in collaborating on shaping the technical content of the workshop and potentially co-sponsoring the workshop and/or international and country participation.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The technical coordinator will liaise closely with the technical and management team at MCSP and international partners to shape the workshop. This will include, but is not limited to finalizing the workshop terms of references, themes, sessions, agenda and participant list. We anticipate that the overall commitment will be approximately 35 days between January and July 2018, with more intense and less intense periods of effort over this period. The technical coordinator will take the lead in coordination of technical aspects of the workshop, seeking inputs from the MCSP team and Technical Advisory Group (TAG), as needed, to:
January 2018
  • Facilitate all calls with the TAG, provide timely summary notes and schedule calls
  • Develop criteria for country selection and participants in coordination with the TAG
  • Based on concept note and inputs from the TAG, coordinate the development of the workshop terms of reference, themes and session plans

February 2018
  • Facilitate all calls with the TAG, provide timely summary notes and schedule calls
  • Develop the draft SOW for the facilitator(s) of the workshop
  • Provide technical expertise on instructional methods to be used
  • Develop the agenda for the workshop in coordination with the TAG and partners
  • Develop draft presentation guidance
  • Coordinate the process of identifying session facilitators

March 2018
  • Facilitate all calls with the TAG, provide timely summary notes and schedule calls
  • Develop the draft agenda for the workshop in coordination with the TAG and partners (continuing activity)
  • Coordinate the process of identifying session facilitators (continuing activity)

April 2018
  • Facilitate all calls with the TAG, provide timely summary notes and schedule calls
  • Developing the draft agenda for the workshop in coordination with the TAG and partners (continuing activity)
  • Develop session outlines and plans, in coordination with the TAG and partners
  • Create template for pre-country work based on TAG discussion (to be finalized by May 1st)
  • Coordinate with overall workshop facilitator for feedback on session plans, agenda, etc.
  • Facilitate coordination between facilitators and speakers

May 2018
  • Facilitate all calls with the TAG, provide timely summary notes and schedule calls
  • Finalize workshop agenda in coordination with the TAG and partners
  • Facilitate coordination between facilitators and speakers (continuing activity)

June 2018
  • Facilitate all calls with the TAG, provide timely summary notes and schedule calls
  • Finalize session plans, in coordination with the TAG and partners
  • Coordinate submission of final session plans, presentations
  • Facilitate coordination between facilitators and speakers (continuing activity)

July 2018
  • Facilitate coordination between facilitators and speakers (continuing activity)
  • Attend workshop and assist with coordination needs and operations

QUALIFICATIONS

Prior experience in:
  • Leadership and management of a large group of diverse international stakeholder engagement
  • Organization of international stakeholder meetings
  • Experience with child health and nutrition programs, including technical expertise

Salary commensurate with experience.


Interested candidates should submit their resumes and cover letters online by 01/31/2018.


No phone calls please.
Principals only please.

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