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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.
– ZONE 1: Kabwe, Central Province, Zambia
The Monitoring, Learning and Communications Officer will be based in Kabwe and will be covering the Central Province and the Copperbelt Province (Zone 1), with frequent (more than 50% of time) travel throughout assigned districts: Kabwe, Mumbwa, Chibombo, Kapiri-Mposhi, Kitwe and Ndola.
– ZONE 2: Kasama, Northern Province, Zambia
The Monitoring, Learning and Communications Officer will be based in Kasama and will be covering the Northern Province and the Luapula Province (Zone 2), with frequent (more than 50% of time) travel throughout assigned districts: Kasama, Kaputa, Mbala, Luwingu, Mansa, Samfya and Nchelenge.
The Monitoring, Learning and Communications Officer will lead monitoring, learning and communications efforts for their assigned Zone (Zone 1: Central and Copperbelt provinces, Zone 2: Luapula and Northern province), and will liaise closely with the Lusaka-based Monitoring and Learning Expert and Communications Manager and other regional counterpart to ensure sound activity monitoring, incorporation of lessons learned, communications and support district activities to achieve results. The Monitoring, Learning and Communications Officer is expected to support development of the project’s internal and external communication strategy and advance the uptake of knowledge by the project’s audiences.
4. Tasks and Responsibilities:
Monitoring & Leaning
5. Reporting and Supervision:
The Monitoring, Learning and Communications Officer directly reports to the Regional Manager of their zone and coordinates closely with the Lusaka-based Monitoring and Learning Expert and Communications and Learning Manager, as well as communications counterpart based in other Regional office.