Nutrition Surveillance Consultant, Khartoum, Sudan

WHO - World Health Organization

WHO Khartoum

Nutrition surveillance Consultant

( 2300655 )

Contractual Arrangement : External consultant

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : 6 months

Job Posting: Jan 23, 2023, 10:02:26 AM


Support in the building of Ministry of Health (MoH) staff capacity in Sudan on Nutrition Surveillance, enhancement and strengthening of the nutrition information system, in addition, to enhancing the rollout of the Nutrition Surveillance system at the sub-national level.

  • Background

Sudan has one of the highest rates of chronic malnutrition and high rates of micronutrients deficiency among children and women. Sudan continues to have a high prevalence of global acute malnutrition (GAM). The results of MICS survey conducted in 2014 showed that the national prevalence of GAM is 16.3% that is above the emergency threshold for intervention according to the WHO standards. In Sudan, one-third (33%) of under-five children are underweighted, while two out five (38.2%) children under five are stunted. The prevalence of low birth weight is 32.3% in the country.

The information must be linked to data on demographics, personal and environmental health determinants, and factors affecting access to safe, affordable nutritious foods. All of this information must be available for the overall population of all ages and for vulnerable sub-populations.

Accurate and relevant information generated from the periodic (routine) and systematic measurement of some of these factors” in combination with measures of population nutrition and health status provides a good foundation for understanding trends in health and nutrition and taking appropriate action to promote the well-being of populations.

Information is also needed to provide early warning of expected nutritional emergencies and for ongoing programme management. The basic aim should be to provide relevant and accurate information that can be utilized efficiently. Therefore, information must be accurate and available to the decision- makers and communicated effectively at the appropriate levels.

3. Planned timelines: –

Six months with the possibility of renewal.

4. Work to be performed

Output 1: Support the enhancement and strengthening of the nutrition information systems and nutrition surveillance system.

Deliverables 1.1:

  • Support integration of nutrition indicators within Mother and Child Health database
  • Provide guidelines based on the use of routine nutrition data for the development of the nutrition surveillance system.
  • Coach Ministry of Health staff through conducting regular trainings and providing on the job training on the use of databases and information management to achieve high quality of data.

Deliverables 1.2:

  • Develop training modules for the nutrition surveillance system.
  • Build staff capacity on data quality check, analysis, interpretation,
  • Support nutrition staff on building plan of actions based on the surveillance results

Objective 2: Develop the nutrition surveillance bulletins on regular basis.

Deliverables 2.1:

  • Develop and support MoH in developing quarterly and annual based national nutrition surveillance bulletins at national and locality levels
  • Develop simple analysis tools through surveillance systems to help nutrition directors track results on a regular basis.
  • Provide the nutrition surveillance bulletins to the nutrition sector and get the results disseminated.

5. Specific requirements

– Qualifications required:

First university degree in information technology and computer science. Advanced training in statistics will be an asset.

– Experience required:

Up to 5 years of relevant experience in nutrition information management

Skills / Technical skills and knowledge: Teamwork skills

Strong reporting and analytical skills

Very good communication and negotiation skills.

Familiar with the nutrition information system.

– Language requirements:

Fluency in both Arabic and English languages.

6. Place of assignment

The incumbent will be based in Khartoum with possible travel to other states.

7. Medical clearance

The selected Consultant will be expected to provide a medical certificate of fitness for work.

8. Travel

The Consultant is expected to travel according to the itinerary and estimated schedule below: Travel dates






Any affected state


Purpose of the mission: To support the nutrition surveillance and information data as per WHO guidelines.

All travel arrangements will be made by WHO – WHO will not be responsible for tickets purchased by the Consultant without the express, prior authorization of WHO. While on mission under the terms of this consultancy, the Consultant will receive subsistence allowance.

Visas requirements: it is the consultant’s responsibility to fulfil visa requirements and ask for visa support letter(s) if needed.

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