Nutrition International (NI) plans to work closely with the Khyber Pakhtunkhawa (KP) government to expand the childhood diarrhoea management project through capacity building of 108 master trainers, 760 Lady Health Supervisors (LHSs) and 17068 Lady Health Workers (LHWs) across all districts (including newly merged districts) of KP. This project is designed for increasing the coverage and utilization of zinc supplements and LOORS for the management of childhood diarrhoea through capacity building activities of master trainers, LHSs and LHWs in all districts of KP. Childhood diarrhoea is a major cause of child mortality in Pakistan. 7.7% deaths caused by diarrhoea in children under 5 years of age as per UNICEF 2019 report. As per the Pakistan Demographic and Health Survey (PDHS, 2017), 19% of children suffered from diarrhoea in the past two weeks. In the KP province, the prevalence of diarrhoea was around 21%. The survey showed that overall 71% of the children who were suffering from diarrhoea sought and advice or treatment, for KP 60% children with diarrhoea had this opportunity to seek advice or treatment. Only 37% received oral rehydration therapy (KP 35%) and only 8% received zinc with ORS whereas in KP it was 6.5%. Only 48% children in FATA received advice or treatment for diarrhoea.
2. Role of the Project Coordinator (PC)
For smooth implementation and close monitoring of the project implementation activities by 3rd party; NI intends to hire the services of a‘Project Coordinator’ with 15 months consultancy contract. The coordinator will be based at NI office in Islamabad. The Project Coordinator (PC) will support the National Program Manager, Child Survival & Development in smooth implementation, monitoring, deliverable tracking, Project Management Dashboard updates, data analysis and reporting functions of this project and maintaining close coordination with implementing partner.
The Project Coordinator will undertake the following activities:
2.1 Liaison with implementing partner and facilitate NPM in coordination with the government
- Maintain constant liaison with the implementing partner for smooth implementation of the project
- Assist in NPM for maintaining constant liaison with the office of the KP Provincial health authorities especially DG health, PHC, LHWs program and Directorate of Nutrition, to discuss progress, challenges etc
- Advocate to all the government officials and field workers for increasing the use of Zinc and Lo ORS together in the treatment of diarrhea among children U5 during reviews and field visits
2.2 Planning and budget management
- Prepare a detailed monthly plan in consultation with implementing partner based on TORs for training of master trainers, LHSs & LHWs to ensure effective implementation of the project
- Monitor the progress of implementing partner on monthly/quarterly/bi-annual plan to ensure effective program implementation and manage timelines as per Detailed Implementation Plan (DIP)
- Participate in NI, implementing partner & LHWs program’s planning, coordination and review meetings as per signed contract with the implementing partner
- Ensure the smooth disbursement of finances/honorariums & travel expenses related to training & participation of trainees
- Participate in the progress review meetings to discuss project progress with the provincial LHWs program, implementing partner and NI.
- Coordinate with Implementing partner to plan and organize trainings of master trainers, LHSs & LHWs across all districts of KP
- Supervise training sessions and ensure delivery of capacity building sessions as per agreed TORs between NI and implementing party.
- Undertake on the job capacity building of the LHWs during field visits
- Encourage LHWs to discuss the dosage and benefits with parents and caregivers of children under 5 years during home visits to improve compliance
- Develop supportive supervision checklists in consultation with NI CO and Implementing partner to ensure quality service by LHWs