Concern Worldwide

Fellowship Number: 
07-03
Field Location: 
Quellimane, Mozambique
Policy Location: 
Dublin, Ireland
General Scope of Work: 
Integrating agriculture and nutrition
Description of Organization: 

Concern Worldwide is a humanitarian, non-governmental organization (NGO) dedicated to the reduction of suffering and working towards the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty. We work in 23 of the world’s poorest countries and have over 3,000 staff.  Our headquarters is located in Ireland. We also have offices in the UK and the US.

Our mission – what we do.

Our mission is to help people living in extreme poverty achieve major improvements in their lives which last and spread without ongoing support from Concern Worldwide. To this end, Concern Worldwide will work with the poor themselves, and with local and international partners who share our vision, to create just and peaceful societies where the poor can exercise their fundamental rights. To achieve this mission we engage in long term development work, respond to emergency situations, and seek to address the root causes of poverty through our development education and advocacy work.

Our vision – for change.

Concern Worldwide’s vision is a world where no-one lives in poverty, fear or oppression;  where all have access to a decent standard of living and the opportunities and choices essential to a long, healthy and creative life; a world where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

Project Description: 

The ‘Increasing Women Farmers Access to Food, Income and Equality Programme’will be implemented in the provinces of Manica and Zambezia in the Central region of Mozambique.

The aim of the programme is to support women farmers to have more and better quality food throughout the year, as well as to increase their income and their control over household resource management decisions.  The programme also aims to support the children of these women farmers, particularly those under 24 months old, to have a more consistently nutritious diet.

The programme will address the needs of the poor by building their productive asset base by providing training in agricultural production. Household, and in particular child, nutrition will be improved via increased and more diverse food production, ensuring a more diversified diet particularly through the hunger period. The programme will link agriculture and nutrition using a ‘Healthy Harvest’ approach that will build skills in horticulture, fruit trees and the cultivation of other crops and varieties that meet the essential nutritional and micronutrient needs of participating families.  Training in nutrition, food preparation, and infant and young child feeding will also support households to reduce the risk of infant malnutrition.

Field Placement: 

During his/her field year, the fellow will be a team member in the ‘Increasing Women Farmers Access to Food, Income and Equality Programme’. They will join the programme at a critical moment in the development of its programming and strategic direction. Health is a now a key area of intervention for Concern Mozambique and the fellow will be instrumental in refining the programme activities and direction and ensuring quality from an early stage. They will have the opportunity of influencing the way this important programme component evolves.

The fellow will be based in the Quellimane, the provincial capital of Zambezia Province, but will spend considerable time in the field location in Zambezia and Manica Provinces. Their regular travel to the field will bring them into regular contact with the implementation teams (including local and expatriate staff) as well as target communities, beneficiaries, program partners and government counterparts.

The fellow will work contribute to the establishment of an effective programme that links agricultural gains with household food security and nutrition. In particular, the fellow will focus on the development and roll out the programme component that addresses infant and young child nutrition.

Specifically, the fellow will:

  • Coordinate the development of the ‘Healthy Harvests’ approach;
  • Lead the development of effective behavioural change communication activities that focus on household food security and nutrition and specifically infant and young child feeding practices;
  • Coordinate the development of the nutritional education and behavioural change delivery mechanisms and methodologies with SETSAN, the Ministry of Health and other key stakeholder;
  • Lead the development of staff training in relation to the appropriate delivery mechanisms and approaches developed;
  • Ensure that the programme both effectively benefits from and contributes to the SUN initiative and link with health and nutrition working groups in Mozambique; and
  • Support the development of effective M&E and operational research related to nutrition related activities and programme components.

The fellow will also participate in a field exchange visit with Concern Malawi for 1-2 months in order to provide guidance to Concern Malawi’s Food Income and Markets (FIM) programme in terms of how it could maximize the impact of agricultural activities for nutritional outcomes (i.e. establishment of kitchen gardens). The fellow will provide guidance on the following:

  • Selection of crops to be grown for nutritional and medicinal purposes  (traditional and non-indigenous plants with medicinal purposes) for integration into kitchen gardens;
  • Training materials for agricultural extension agents to use on kitchen garden design and cultivation of new crops (especially medicinal crops or new vegetables); and
  • Development of a strategy for integrating kitchen garden activities with other Concern Malawi FIM and health and nutrition activities.

Expected outcomes of the field year include the following:

Mozambique related:

  • The setup of an effective approach to nutrition education activities in coordination with agricultural extension activities, ensuring consistent household access to and consumption of a wide range of nutritious foods. 

Malawi related:

  • Key recommendations for Concern Malawi’s FIM programme on the establishment of kitchen gardens to optimize nutritional outcomes.

Personal/ staff development related:

  • An in-depth understanding of the nutritional needs and practices of a rural Southern African community;
  • Insight into a development project with a research focus aimed at preventing malnutrition from a predominantly agricultural perspective; and
  • The ability to develop and lead a similar project in the future;
  • The ability to facilitate cross-project/country learning. 
Policy Placement: 

During the policy year, the fellow will be based in Concern Worldwide’s headquarters in Dublin, Ireland. The overall goal of the fellow’s policy year will be to translate their field experience into effective advocacy messages for national and international audiences.

Specifically, the fellow will:

  • Work with Concern’s Advocacy team in revising Concern’s policy and key messages on food and nutrition security in light of the experience gained from Rwanda’s LAPPM program. A key focus will be to help the Advocacy team to develop evidence-based advocacy messaging.
  • Support the Hunger Advocacy Officers in Dublin, New York and London in promoting Concern’s experience, messaging and policy on nutrition and hunger among key donors, stakeholders and at various international fora (e.g. Irish Aid, EC, DFID, USAID)
  • Work with Concern’s Advocacy team to support SUN activities at the international level and with Concern country programs to support Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) activities at the national level
  • Help to translate experiences from Concern’s Community Resilience for Acute Malnutrition (CRAM) model for Concern’s Community Resilience-themed advocacy messages
  • Conduct an assessment for Concern of Millennium Development Goals performance in relation to food and nutrition security
  • Support Concern’s Advocacy team in engaging in dialogue with new strategic partners 
Education/Experience Required: 
  • Master’s degree in Public Health, Health systems Management, Gender and Health, Child Health and Nutrition  or related subject
  • Experience and expertise in the development of behavioural change strategies and nutritional education approaches and methodologies
  • Work experience in health/maternal and child health
  • Excellent organisational and planning skills
  • Ability to manage time and meet deadlines
  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written
  • Fluent English and good level of Portuguese language skills
  • Skills in survey design and statistical analysis
  • IT skills (statistical packages: Epi-info, SPSS, etc.)
  • Self-reliant with a proven track record of working in environments which can be socially isolating
  • Ability to work with culturally diverse groups of people

Desired

  • Skills in survey design and statistical analysis
  • Experience in operational research
  • One year's experience working overseas, preferably in Africa