Nutrition Consultant Vacancy at Value Chain Development Programme

The Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) received a loan from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) towards the cost of the Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP), and intends to use part of the proceed towards carrying out various consultancy and non consultancy service activities.
The VCDP hereby invites eligible/qualified individual consultants to express interest in offering the services below:
Job Title: Nutrition Consultant
Locations: Abuja, Enugu, Nasarrawa or Kogi 
Programme Summary
The VCDP is an investment programme presently being implemented in the six states of Anambra, Benue, Ebonyi, Ogun, Niger and Taraba. Three additional states of Kogi, Nasarrawa and Enugu are to further participate in the programme.
The programme includes the following components:
Agricultural Market Development which includes Support to value addition and market linkages, Support to market infrastructure):
Small Holders Production Enhancement which includes (Support to farmers organization and Support to small holders production) and
Programme Management and Coordination.
The VCDP intends to expand/ update her data base of individual consultants. Eligible individual consultants are invited to indicate interest in working for the programme at any off:
National Programme Management Unit, Abuja
Enugu State Programme Management Unit, Enugu
Nasarrawa State Programme Management Unit, Keffi.
Kogi State Programme Management Unit, Lokoja
Programme Objective and Target
The Programme’s objective is that the incomes and food security of poor rural households engaged in production, processing and marketing of rice and cassava in the Programme Area are enhanced on a sustainable basis.
The primary target groups are:
Poor rural households engaged in the cassava and rice value chains (VCs) who cultivate not more than 5 hectares of land under rice/cassava); and
Small-scale processors (processing capacity of an average of 2 MT/day for cassava and 4 MT/day for rice) and traders, with emphasis on women and youth.
The secondary target groups include:
Downstream stakeholders, particularly processors Linked to a large number of the primary target groups;
Local government councils (LGAs) and communities strengthened to sustainably manage the marketing infrastructures supported by the Programme; and
Private sector operators strengthened to provide quality services demanded by smallholder farmers and processors.
Specific Task in this Area Include
Development of nutrition strategy to guide nutrition interventions
Carrying out nutrition survey and report dissemination on Knowledge, Attitude and Practice.
Support publicity drives through the development and testing of campaign messages, tools and materials to promote education, social and behavioral change communication
Capacity building and training of project staff andprogramme beneficiaries on nutrition sensitive agriculture and other nutrition issues
Conduct thematic studies on nutrition and related issues
Qualification and Experience
The requisite qualifications of the Individual Consultant shall include the following:
A Master’s Degree in the field of Human Nutrition, Food Science or equivalent
At least 7 years experience in understanding of nutrition and food security programmes in the country
Minimum of 5 years experience in implementation of related nutrition and food security activities
Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
Criteria for Evaluation
The Following criteria will be used in evaluating the individual Consultants:
General-Education, Qualification, Membership of Professional bodies
Specific Experience related to assignment
Participation in similar assignments in IFAD and other donor projects
Adequate knowledge of the terrain/environment.
Eligible Individual Consultants should submit their detailed Curriculum Vitae with Covering Letter indicating area of interest.
Application Closing Date
12pm, 18th September, 2019.
Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should submit two hard copies (by hand or post) of their Expression of Interest (EOI) in sealed envelopes with the interested area of specialization clearly marked on the top left-hand corner of the envelope. This submission should be addressed to the undersigned at the stipulated addresses below:
The National Programme Coordinator,
FGNIIFAD Value Chain Development Programme,
4, Batna Close, Off Agadez Street, Wuse 2, Abuja.
Office of the Permanent Secretary,
Enugu State Ministry of Agriculture, Enugu.
Office of the Permanent Secretary,
Nassarrawa State Ministry of Agriculture, Nassarrawa
Office of the Permanent Secretary,
Kogi State Ministry of Agriculture, Lokoja.
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