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Date of publication
15/03/2014
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JOB DESCRIPTION
POST HOLDER
POST TITLE
Main place of work
Direction / Service
Reporting to
Area of activity
Goal
NUTRITIONIST
EXPERIENCED IN NUTRITION SURVEYS AND SMART
METHODOLOGY
Orissa state
–INDIANutrition
Health and Nutrition Head of Department
INDIA
To prepare, organize, supervise, analyze and write report of 2 Integrated
SMART surveys in 2 districts of Orissa - India
BACKGROUND
Orissa has a high prevalence of malnutrition among children and women. According to
National Family Health Survey (NFHS)-3 data, 45 % of children under five year are stunted
(too short for their age indicating chronic malnutrition) while 20% are wasted (too thin for their
height indicating acute malnutrition). Taking into account both chronic and acute malnutrition,
40 % of children under five year are underweight
The cyclone Phailin, made landfall on 9th October near Gopalpur triggered huge destruction
of shelter and livelihood, caused heavy rainfall into central India, subsequently caused
flooding in Ganjam, Puri, Mayurbhanj, Bhadrak and Balasore districts and the displacement
of 171,083 people. According to Odisha State Government report on Phailin, 171 Blocks
were affected in the state and 2,164GPs, 18,374 villages, with 13,235,981 people were
affected. In total 21 casualties have been reported to date as a result of the cyclone and 23
due to the subsequent flooding. 983,642 people were evacuated due to the cyclone, 171,083
people were evacuated due to the flooding and 31,062 cattle were evacuated.
Following the Phailin cyclone in the region of ODISHA‘s State, a consortium's intervention
funded by ECHO was set up with participation of ActionAid, ADRA, Christian Aid, Oxfam and
Plan. The response targets cyclone and floods affected peoples in 14 Development Blocks of
4 districts of Odisha (30,195 households or 181,170 persons) with mainly food security,
shelter and WASH activities.
ACF upon requests of partners, and in the frame of the Consortium intervention, will
undertake 2 SMART surveys within the two most affected districts (exact location still needs
to be defined). The objective of these 2 studies is to determine the baseline prevalence of
acute malnutrition and mortality in these two districts.
METHODOLOGY
These 2 studies will employ quantitative research instruments to estimate the prevalence of
acute malnutrition, chronic malnutrition and other core indicators (IYCF and maternal caring
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practices, health, WaSH, FSL) as deemed necessary. The surveys will be developed using
the SMART methodology and the Indicators guidelines for Nutritional Causal Analysis1.
Anthropometric indicators will be generated using ENA or Epi/ENA software. Survey
methodologies should be validated by Health and Nutrition HoD or HQ nutritionist prior to
data collection.
The SMART survey manager will be assisted by one dedicated ACF staff trained on SMART
methodology (during March 2014 SMART survey training in Delhi). This person will become
a SMART survey referent for ACF India mission and will be carrying out SMART survey by
herself in the future.
Mission 1: Preparation, organisation, and implementation of the Integrated SMART
survey
The Survey Manager is responsible for:
 Ensure adequate information regarding geography, population and general situation are
collected.
 Ensure the survey methodologies are in line with the SMART methodology and is
validated by Health and Nutrition HoD (Delhi) and HQ Nutrition Advisor
 Ensure questionnaires are elaborated/ updated and agreed on.
 Ensure timeframe, planning, training plan, and necessary material are adequate and
available.
 Ensure recruitment of survey teams is done in time in collaboration with HR team.
 Ensure training of survey teams (including pre-post tests, standardization test and presurvey) are adequate and using the relevant smartmethodology.org website modules
 Create the schedule and agenda of the teams for the data collection
 Ensure data collection is done following the schedule and reorient the survey collection if
needed
Mission 2: Collect field data for correction and analysis (using ENA-SMART software)
The Survey Manager is responsible for:
 To define cluster for the survey using ENA software
 Ensure data collection is done following the schedule and reorient the survey data
collection if needed
 To check the quality of the data entered in the software and double check the data base
daily if possible
 To run appropriate analysis on the collected nutrition data.
 To compare current data with those of previous nutrition surveys if possible.
 Prepare data and formulate conclusions on nutrition situation to be included in
preliminary and final reports
Mission 3: Analyze and interpret data from all sectors of survey and other sources if
relevant
The Survey Manager is responsible for:
 Define a short questionnaire related to FSL, WaSH and IYCF as relevant and after
discussion with the Health and Nutrition Head of Department., including inputs from HQ
pool advisors
 Run appropriate analysis on FSL, WaSH and IYCF data, where possible identify
relationships with nutrition data
 To collect secondary information about FS, WaSH, health and care practices (internal
from other ACF departments / external from relevant partners) where relevant for the
analysis.
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NCA indicators Guide. August 1st 2012. ACF. Draft version.
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 Interpret findings to formulate conclusions to be included in final report
Mission 4: Write the integrated SMART survey preliminary and final reports and
present to stakeholders
The Survey Manager is responsible for:
 To write 2 preliminary report with summary of methodology, survey results and
recommendations within 2 weeks of data collection.
 To write 2 final reports, including methodology, results, analysis of results,
conclusion and recommendations in terms of program implementation taking into
account the human rights situation, the context, and the transversal approach
adopted for the program implementation.
 To complete final reports including feedback from HoD Nutrition and HQ advisors
 If time allows, prepare a presentation of survey results and present to partners.
Mission 5: Coach one ACF staff for her first SMART survey in the view of having this
person becoming SMART survey manager for ACF India in the future.
The survey manager is responsible for:
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Participation of the ACF staff in each step of the SMART survey (preparation,
organisation, implementation, data collection and analysis)
Supervision, monitoring of her work and advising her
Giving feedback at the end of the SMART survey, with recommendations for
validation as SMART survey manager.
Supervise their work
Internal
Relations
 Hierarchical Management of the field based survey team
 Managed by the HoD Nutrition
 Technical support from the Nutrition and Health Head of Department
 Representation and communication with the relevant authorities and
External
partners
This document is non-contractual and may be modified to reflect the changing needs of the
mission.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
The successful candidate will:
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Have a university degree or the equivalent, with advanced education in nutrition, with
a specific competency in humanitariean and development contexts.
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Have significant experience in undertaking nutrition surveys (design and
methodologies, staff recruitment and training, field supervision and data analysis/write
up).
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Be familiar with the SMART survey methodology and ENA, Epi/ENA or Epi Info
software.
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Be fluent in English with excellent writing and presentation skills
 Familiarity with the Indian context is an asset
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