Nutrition Consultancy: Small and/or Sick Newborn Feeding Generic Training Curriculum

  • Anywhere
Organization: Save the Children
Closing date: 28 Sep 2022

BACKGROUND PATH, with funding from USAID and in partnership with USAID’s MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership (MCGL) project, is developing a Training Curriculum for Specialized Lactation Support for the small and sick newborn (SSNB) mother-baby dyad to be used in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) to train clinical staff supporting inpatient care at maternity centers and newborn units. This implementation training curriculum is influenced by the WHO’s Protecting, Promoting and Supporting Breastfeeding: The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) for small, sick and preterm newborns, and will be organized in a way that provides modular additions to existing BFHI or Essential Newborn Care trainings in low-resource settings, or as a standalone training package. Of particular importance, this curriculum will go beyond supporting breastfeeding at the breast, and will assist in supporting mothers to initiate, build, and maintain lactation even when babies are unable to feed at the breast (as is the case with many SSNBs). This will also cover supporting bereaved mothers with their lactation choices. The target audience for this global good curriculum on SSNB supportive feeding for in-service training in LMICs is:

  1. Health providers who care for SSNBs and support mothers of SSNBs;
  2. Health workers and managers of human milk banks; The training is focused on clinical care, but community workers supporting mothers and caregivers of SSNBs post-discharge can be considered a secondary audience.

CONSULTANCY MCGL is seeking two candidates from complementary perspectives of high-income and low-and middle-income country contexts to conduct concurrent, in-depth reviews of the draft curriculum. The consultants’ reviews are intended to take place before and after the overall review by the Technical Advisory Group (TAG). The curriculum design will be conducted in four phases: • Phase I: Design draft curriculum (PATH) • Phase II: Review: In-depth review by consultant, and overall review by technical advisory group • Phase III: Curriculum revision and pre-test • Phase IV: Pilot

This consultancy is the basis of the in-depth review under Phases II and III, which requires specifically:

  1. Reviewing the draft curriculum in its totality for technical rigor;
  2. Identifying additional resources for inclusion; and
  3. Providing suggestions to improve the usefulness and accuracy of the training curriculum.

PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE The curriculum reviews are estimated to total three days per consultant from September 2022-January 2023. Changes may occur related to the progress of the project, and the start date is dependent on when the consultant passes a required background check.

BUDGET/LEVEL OF EFFORT The applicant should propose a budget for the full scope of work in USD. Save the Children US, an MCGL consortium partner, will manage the consultancy and issue payment per the proposed schedule below once the SCUS Technical Lead approves the deliverables.

DELIVERABLE AND PAYMENT SCHEDULE

  1. First review: October 19, 2022 (30% of payment, November 4, 2022)
  2. Second review: November 30, 2022 (30% of payment, December 16, 2022)
  3. Complete review of draft curriculum: January 4, 2023 (Final 40% of payment, January 20, 2023)

CONSULTANT PROFILE The consultant should possess the following educational and professional qualifications for the execution of this scope of work: • Advanced degree in public health, nursing, midwifery or another related field • Familiarity with SSNB feeding guidelines and experience caring for SSNBs • Knowledge of BFHI, ENC, and training curriculums such as AAP’s Helping Babies Survive • Experience leading the development of toolkits and training materials • Strong communication, analytical and writing skills • Fluency in written and spoken English


How to apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, budget/daily rate quote, and a USAID Contractor Employee Biographical Data Sheet (https://www.usaid.gov/forms/aid-1420-17) to Lydia Wisner, lwisner@savechildren.org by September 28, 2022.

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