USAID SCALING UP NUTRITION TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE (SUN TA)
DISTRICT TECHNICAL OFFICER- HEALTH &NUTRITION
Kabwe District- Central Province
Kaputa District – Northern Province
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1. Project Background:
The Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Program is a cross-ministry and multi-donor program to reduce stunting in Zambia. The National Food and Nutrition Commission (NFNC) implements SUN as part of the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) 1,000 Most Critical Days Program. SUN 2.0, the second phase of the program, has three major components: (1) Pooled Multi-Donor SUN Fund, (2) SUN Technical Assistance (SUN TA), and (3) SUN Learning and Evaluation. Working in parallel with the SUN Fund, the USAID/Zambia SUN TA program will provide support and direct technical assistance to sub-national government departments in target provinces and districts to plan, implement, coordinate, and monitor integrated nutrition-sensitive and nutrition-specific activities to reduce the rate of stunting among Zambian children under two.
USAID has identified two main objectives that address stunting, including (1) Adequate Quantity and Quality of Dietary Intake among Target Groups; and (2) Adequate Health Conditions for Biological Utilization of Nutrients. SUN TA interventions will increase access and availability of safe, diverse, nutritious food; adoption of better child feeding habits and household hygiene practices; and access to improved health, water and sanitation services. The project will prioritize sustainability by improving intra-household joint decision making and building capacity of local government and their stakeholders to ensure coordination, accountability, and learning, following the Scaling Up Nutrition model.
Central Province: The District Technical Officer -Health and Nutrition will be based in Kabwe district with frequent (more than 50% of time) travel throughout assigned district.
Northern Province: The District Technical Officer -Health and Nutrition will be based in Kaputa district with frequent (more than 50% of time) travel throughout assigned district.
The District Technical Officer -Health and Nutrition will work in close collaboration with the District Nutrition Coordination Committee (DNCC), District Coordination Committee (DCC), and the line ministries participating in the committees, and will support the implementation of the District work plans and activities and improve district capacity in the areas of health and nutrition, agriculture and livelihood, and water and sanitation.
4. Tasks and Responsibilities:
5. Reporting and Supervision:
The District Technical Officer- Health and Nutrition will report directly to the District Manager and will be supported by national level SUN TA Nutrition and Child Health Expert.