Individual/Institutional Consultant(s) to conduct Formative Research on Nutrition-WASH norms and practices in Pacific Island Countries (Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Vanuatu and Republic of Marshall Islands)
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Purpose of the Assignment
The overall purpose of the formative study is to inform appropriate individual and social behavior change interventions for improved maternal and child nutrition in Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and RMI.
The findings from the formative study conducted in collaboration with the MoH of target countries will guide the development of country specific communication strategies for improved maternal and child nutrition targeting the period from pregnancy to the child’s second birthday. Additionally, the study will support UNICEF’s behaviour change communication strategy in the target countries for improving caregivers’ adoption of recommended maternal and child feeding and hygiene practices.
The study aims at gaining insights into the social and behavioural determinants associated with maternal and child nutrition, care and hygiene practices and the mix of communication channels to address positive behaviour change. The key behaviours to be examined include infant and young child feeding among children less than two years; maternal nutrition with focus on pregnant and lactating women; and environmental sanitation.
The individual/institutional consultant(s) will develop the research methodology. It is recommended that the Socio-Ecologic Model (SEM) is applied by the researchers to provide a comprehensive picture of the participant groups at different levels (micro, meso, and macro) and their power of influence on caregivers’ behaviours. In collaboration with the MoH, the consultant will identify select communities (urban and outer islands) in at least one province each in Kiribati, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and RMI and the target participant groups.
To allow for an in-depth causal analyses, the research questions should examine the immediate, underlying and structural or normative causes that could influence address why caregivers adopt certain maternal, infant and young child feeding and care practices.; what are the main determinants (ie. social norms, taboos, beliefs, social pressure etc.) behind the behaviours; who/what are the main influencers, and what are the main barriers. The key questions to consider include, but are not limited to, are as follows:
The key questions to consider include:
Qualifications of Successful Candidate
Individual/Institutional consultant(s): Post-graduate degree in Nutrition, Public Health, Health Sciences, Social sciences including anthropology, global/international health and nutrition, or medicine
Years of relevant experience
Detailed copy of the Terms of Reference is attached:EXTERNAL TOR Formative Research (WASH and Nutrition).docx
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