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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 Regional Manager 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 Regional Manager 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 Regional Manager is responsible for leading the SUN TA district offices, including oversight of all technical and operational activities and staff with an aim to achieve program objectives. The Regional Manager will oversee TA activities developed in collaboration with the District Coordinators and the District Technical Officers in response to the needs and priorities articulated in the district work plans and will help selected districts reach coverage targets for ward and communities. In addition, with support from the SUN TA Lusaka office, the Regional Manager, in conjunction with the district office teams, will be responsible for building the technical and managerial capacity of the PNCCs through direct TA, training, coaching and mentoring, so that they can work as sustainable partners to drive SUN TA activities down to the district, ward and community levels.
4. Tasks and Responsibilities:
5. Reporting and Supervision:
The Regional Manager will report directly to the Lusaka-based Chief of Party and will supervise the District Coordinators of their assigned zone, an M&E and Communications Officer and a Financial/Compliance Officer.