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Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) Survey in Umdukun Locality in Central Darfur
International Medical Corps
 Duty Station: Umdukun Locality in Central Darfur
 Closing Date: 25 July 2019


Since 2004, the International Medical Corps has been providing targeted, integrated, and comprehensive live-saving health and nutrition interventions benefiting IDP camp, host communities, nomads refugees and returnees throughout Central, West, and South Darfur states. IMC implement primary health care, nutrition, and WASH programs, supporting communities with integrated interventions.  IMC also works to build the capacity of the health work force and of the community to ensure project activities are built into long-terms strategic planning and that the workforce will have the needed capacity to continue humanitarian interventions in the target communities.The current package of services included in International Medical Corps intervention sites includes:

  • Health Systems Strengthening and Clinical Support,
  • Communicable Disease Prevention and Treatment,
  • Reproductive Health,
  • Community Health Education,
  • Nutrition, and
  • WASH.


Through this consultancy service, International Medical Corps plans to understand and determine the IYCF practices in Umdukun Locality.

Overall Objective

  • The overall objective of the survey is to determine Infant and Young Child Feeding practices.


Specific Objectives

To determine rates for IYCF indicators:

  • Timely initiation of breastfeeding (children 0-23 months)
  • Exclusive breastfeeding under 6 months
  • Timely complementary feeding
  • Introduction of solid, semi-solid or soft foods
  • Continued breastfeeding at 1 year                                    
  • Minimum dietary diversity                                         
  • Minimum meal frequency                                            
  • Minimum acceptable diet   
  • Consumption of iron-rich or iron-fortified foods                           
  • Bottle feeding
  • Other optional indicators as needed      

 Duties and responsibilities:

Duties and Responsibilities of the Consultant :

The applicant will be responsible for the conduct of the survey from its inception to its finalisation. Responsibilities include, but not limited to:    

  • Develop and design survey tools using the StandardIYCF survey methodology 
  • Build the capacity of nutrition team particularly survey team through trainings.
  • Be responsible for preparation for the surveys including sample size estimation, population size, and clustering of the villages etc.
  • Train the survey teams (including pre-testing questionnaire)
  • Assume overall responsibility for implementation of the surveys, including daily supervision of survey teams, daily data quality assurance and reporting to the M&E team.
  • Be responsible for data cleaning and analysis using Softwares like Epi Info, SPSS.
  • Adhere to the methodology used in the proposal.
  • Make sure that the assessment is comprehensive and includes all relevant indicators
  • Ensure the quality of the survey at all times
  • Adhere to all national guidelines and standards, wherever they are available
  • Adhere to WHO standards of IYCF practices.
  • Collect, enter, analyse and report the data and the narrative.
  • Enter the data with experienced data entry person, to be hired and paid by the consultant.
  • Proof read and review the report with a professional English writer

 Minimum Qualification, Skills and Experience Required:

  • A health professional or nutritionist with  MPH or MSc or advanced professional degree
  • Experience in epidemiology and/or surveys.
  • Significant experience in community based studies including conduct of surveys.
  • Excellent analytical and statistical skills.
  • Strong communication skills, with excellent written and spoken English
  • Excellent computing and analytical skills including at least in one of the following: EPI INFO, SPSS, ENA Software.
  • Ability to work on own initiative and to meet deadlines.
  • Excellent reporting and data consolidation skills.
  • Proven competency and experience in monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment (with particular experience in the sectors of public health and nutrition)
  • Proven experience in participatory research methods
  • Experience of working with pastoral community.


IMC Responsibilities

  • Conduct initial stakeholder meetings in project areas to identify critical questions that will contribute to the survey.
  • Provide initial briefing to consultant, approve consultant work plan and gather together and provide key documents to consultant.
  • Conduct follow-up meeting with stakeholders to share findings from the draft report and to solicit their recommendations for possible solutions to challenges the assessment identifies – the number of meetings will vary depending on the number of stakeholders.

General Conditions of the consultancy

  • The consultancy service shall depend on securing the approval from relevant state and federal level authorities.
  • The consultant (s) will be based in Umdukun locality, Central Darfur and will spend most of the duration in the field.
  • The consultant shall facilitate his travel to assessment area and back to his or her home.
  • The consultant will be required to abide by the IMC security procedures and rules in place for IMC staff. 
  • The consultant will cover his food and subsistence related cost and accommodation.
  • The consultant will conduct his/her work using his/her own computer equipment. Other costs related directly to the task, like photocopying of questionnaires, shall be covered by IMC. All other costs including stationeries, perdiem for data enumerators, team leaders and supervisors shall be covered by the consultant.
  • Terms of payment will be negotiated upon acceptance of the consultancy. On the basis of the above proposed activities, the total budget for the consultancy will include VAT as required.
  •  Final payment to the consultant will be dependent on the completion of all deliverables.
  • Assessment Report Approval: IMC Sudan reserves the right to organize a discussion and feedback session where the consultant presents the first draft report of the assessment. The consultant shall incorporate the feedbacks from this session as deemed necessary.
  • Report Language; The assessment report shall be written in English
  • Mode of Submission: The consultant will submit both electronic and hard copies of the report written in Microsoft Word.


  • Final report, electronic and hard copy, detailed including all necessary chapters of standard reports.
  • Data and analysis outputs, raw and electronic version.
  • Final report including short term and medium term recommendations

How to apply

  • Interested applicants are requested to send their submissions, in sealed and signed envelop, to International Medical Corps (IMC) office (Human Resources) located in Amarat Street (41) House # 3, Block (11/S) Tel: +249 (0) 155 181 805 with subject line:

“Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) Survey

Applications must include:

  • Cover letter
  • Assessment budget
  • CV of key survey personnels
  • List of Surveys the consultant did  or brief technical proposal.


Closing Date July 25, 2019 @ 3:30 pm

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