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Title                                                    : Nutrition Fellow – Saksham Project

Reports to                                        : Senior Program Manager/District Project Manager

Location                                            : Kanker and Kondagaon districts, Chhattisgarh

Organization                                    : Sulochana Thapar Foundation

Project  Name                                  : Saksham

Technical Area                                : Maternal Child Health & Nutrition

About the Organization:

Sulochana Thapar Foundation (formerly Avantha Foundation) is a not-for-profit organization working on child nutrition and urban governance issues. In 2011, the Foundation supported a nation-wide nutrition survey (the HUNGaMA survey) that provided contemporary data on the status of maternal and child nutrition in 100 rural districts, covering nearly 20% of Indian children. Since then, the Foundation has been committed to implementing high-quality, evidence-informed and result-driven projects that promoted better nutrition for pregnant women, nursing mothers and young children in remote villages. Over the past seven years, the Foundation’s projects covered more than 75,000 tribal children and their families in nearly 2,700 high-burden villages across four States.

About the Project:

The Saksham project seeks to improve coverage of Maternal Infant Young Child Nutrition (MIYCN) indicators by promoting nutrition-specific and sensitive interventions for pregnant women and children below 3 years of age. The project is implemented in Kanker and Kondagaon districts of Chhattisgarh.

About Saksham Nutrition Fellowship:

This is a two-year full time Fellowship program. During the Fellowship period, the candidate will be assigned to a tribal location in Kanker or Kondagaon district in Chhattisgarh where the project is implemented to help facilitate improved Maternal Infant Young Child Nutrition (MIYCN) outcomes at grassroots.

The Fellow will receive induction training upon joining and thereafter will attend half yearly review and training programs as conducted by the project. S/he will regularly interact with grassroots communities, frontline workers and local stakeholders such as anganwadi workers, ASHA workers, ANM, anganwadi supervisors, CDPOs, and local community groups. S/he will also interact with members of Gram Panchayats for improving converged nutrition actions through better utilization of nutrition-related services and schemes. The geographic area assigned to a Fellow will cover approximately 25 to 30 villages. The broad scope of learning activities during the Fellowship and responsibilities of Fellows are as follows:

  1. Co-ordination:
    • Overall co-ordination in the assigned project area by developing a common understanding, sharing progress, identifying grassroots issues, and through supporting ICDS functionaries in addressing such issues.
    • Monthly meetings with anganwadi and ASHA supervisors, and medical officers at Primary Health Centres.
    • Meetings with anganwadi workers, ASHA workers, ANM, and members of SHGs and Gram Panchayats.
    • Serve as a catalyst in bringing local stakeholders together around the issue of maternal child health and nutrition.
    • Identify, establish rapport and collaborate with local partners working on issues of health and nutrition.
    • Active participation in all locally held government programs and events focusing on MCHN.
  1. Handholding and Supportive Supervision:
    • Handholding support to anganwadi workers and ASHA workers at field level .
    • Improving skills of frontline workers in growth monitoring of children, micro-planning for priority home visits, and for providing need-based Behaviour Change Communication and counseling support to mothers and care givers.
  1. Community Engagement
    • Supporting anganwadi workers in conducting mothers’ meetings and VHSNDs and Community based events (CBE).
    • Sensitizing members of local Self-Help Groups and Gram Panchayats on Maternal Child Nutrition, and on different schemes by the government on health, nutrition and livelihood support.
    • Promoting homestead gardens in each household to improve access to nutritional foods, and demonstration of different recipes using low-cost high-nutrition local food items.
  1. Documentation and Reporting:
    • Documenting interesting case stories from the field.
    • Conducting short studies (action-research) under the guidance of District Project Manager.
    • Collecting field information and submission of monthly MIS to District Project Manager.
    • Formulating anganwadi-specific development plans based on MIS data.
    • Submission of final Fellowship Report to Sulochana Thapar Foundation.
    • Any other tasks assigned by the Foundation.

Qualification:

Master’s degree in Social Sciences/Public Health/Anthropology or Nutrition. Grassroots experience in community-based health programs a definite plus.  Ability to think and work independently with a flair for working with grassroots stakeholders and communities. Good analytical and research skills are strongly recommended. Willingness to travel extensively and work in remote tribal areas.

Stipend:

Rs.30,000/- per month, plus Rs.5,000/- per month as re-imbursement of local travel, communication and other incidental expenses at actuals. Eligible for group medical insurance cover of Rs.1 lakh and group accidental insurance cover as per organization’s policy.

How to Apply:

Eligible candidates may email their updated Curriculum Vitae with a personal statement not more than 500 words on “My perspective on addressing the challenge of malnutrition amongst children in India” to careers@sulochanathapar.org  The CV and personal statement should be attached to the email as Word files. The subject line of the email should read: “Application for Saksham Nutrition Fellowship.”  Last date of receipt of application is 15th February 2019.

Local candidates are encouraged to apply. Shortlisted candidates will be informed about personal interview by email/telephone.

 

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