11 Sep 2017

Terms of references for the CMAM and IYCF Training to Save the Children staff In Beletweyne and Mataban


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Terms of references for the CMAM and IYCF Training to Save the Children staff In Beletweyne and Mataban

                                                                                                            Date: September 10, 2017


These is CMAM and IYCF refresher training aimed to refine and improve the understanding of all SNS Nutrition staff and IYCF Consular of the Save the Children international in Hiran

The staff will revise different components of the CMAM and IYCF as well as to follow strictly guidelines/action protocols, and also remind fundamental Sphere Standards to their overall activities since it’s a harmonized humanitarian standards that every organization running nutrition program should follow and apply in order to perform the best qualitative approach to the most vulnerable children and Pregnant /lactating mothers who are malnourished.

This CMAM and IYCF training is intended to revitalize SCI Nutrition staff and IYCF Consular, because throughout the project existence the staff has been receiving trainings, so this will be part of the capacity building and development that SCI intended to put forward to its staff in order to improve their knowledge as well as to enhance their performance and ultimately deliver high quality services to the target beneficiaries. It is also one of the activities in the work plan that has been set for the current SNS project which will be closed on October 2017.

Aim of the training

This training is aimed to SCI SNS nutrition staff including IYCF team in Hiran covering Beletweyne and Mataban districts delivering treatment of acute malnutrition (OTPs and TSFP) for children 6 -59 months and pregnant and lactating women,

To enhance the IYCF staff knowledge on optimal Infant and Young child feeding practices the IYCF staff under SNS project,

To promote optimal breastfeeding for 0-24 month’s children and developed using methodologies and technical content appropriate for use with nutrition and health workers

Main objectives

The main objective of the training is to enhance knowledge and skills of programme staff on the management of acute malnutrition using CMAM and IYCF guidelines.

Specific objectives

  • To improve the capacity of staffon management of acute malnutrition using CMAM approach.
  • To enable participants recap the main standards, protocols on the management of acute malnutrition
  • To improve staff capacity on programme management , supervision and reporting
  • To improve skills enhancing SCI staff to deliver highest quality services to its target beneficiaries who are malnourished children and Pregnant and Lactating Women in its target area.
  • Explain why maternal, infant and young child nutrition practices matter.
  • Demonstrate appropriate use of counseling skills (listening and learning; building confidence and giving support [practical help]) and use the set of counseling cards.
  • Use the Three-Step Counseling process (assess, analyze, and act) with a mother, father, or other caregiver.
  • Describe recommended feeding practices through the first two years of life; demonstrate use of related possible counseling discussion points and technical material.
  • Describe how to breastfeed most effectively.
  • Identify ways to prevent and resolve common breastfeeding difficulties.
  • Describe various aspects of appropriate complementary feeding during the period from 6 up to 24 months.
  • Describe practices for feeding the sick child or recovering from illness.
  • Facilitate action-oriented group sessions and mother-to-mother infant and young child feeding support groups.
  • Counsel pregnant women and mothers on appropriate nutrition during pregnancy and breastfeeding.


The contents of the training included the following among others

  • Overview of malnutrition in Somalia and Hiran (use existing nutrition data to get trends in Hiran)
  • The causes and Types of Malnutrition and its implication
  • Common nutritional indices, indicators and their interpretations
  • Target group and screening procedures
  • Admission and discharge criteria and procedures for SAM and MAM
  • Management of severe and moderate acute malnutrition at the different level
  • Demonstration and practical attachment on common anthropometric measurement
  • Indicators for programme quality access and coverage
  • Nutrition supply management
  • Recording, verifying and reporting of nutritional data.
  • Supervision and support
  • basic and technical interventions to protect and support IYCF
  • challenges around IYCF-E in different contexts of emergencies
  • key considerations to minimize the risks of artificial feeding
  • infant feeding guidance for women living with HIV
  • Mother-to-child transmission of HIV
  • Mother-to-child transmission of HIV
  • Myths and misconceptions about breastfeeding
  • Breast milk substitutes in emergencies and the operational guidance
  • Risks of artificial feeding
  • How breastfeeding works
  • Ten steps to successful breastfeeding
  • Stages of breast milk production
  • Key signs of good attachment and Results of poor attachment
  • Skin to skin contact
  • Initiation of BF within the first hour, Exclusive BF, and complementary feeding
  • Individual and group counseling sessions and their practice
  • IYCF Support groups and how is formed and managed
  • Discussion of practical challenges seen in the community during IYCF intervention


The training is designed to take place with a period of 9 days starting at 8.00 am and ending at 03:30 PM

Training Facilitator

The training will be facilitated by an external consultant with support from Nutrition Project Officer and MEAL officer in Hiran.


The trainer should submit a clear and concise report, with the documentation of daily activities included as annexes, after completion of the training, including pre and post training results as well as pictures.

Facilitators’ profile

To achieve these objectives, the training Facilitator  needs to show skills and experience in developing training materials, and as a trainer, able to work with a broad range of people.  Fundamental skills are the ability to train others in an interactive way, balancing between the provisions of key knowledge, the sharing of experiences and practical case studies related activities. The facilitators should demonstrate his/her ability to communicate easily with target audiences.

Education and qualifications

Graduate degree in Nutrition or Nursing or public health.

The facilitator should also have TOT for IMAM and IYCF


Professional experience

  • At least 2 years’ experience in field work and Trainings withNGOs
  • Knowledge of main nutrition guidelines (with emphasis IMAM) and practices is necessary (assessment, treatment, surveys, surveillance, monitoring and prevention)
  • Experience in provision of training is compulsory
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Good written and oral presentation skills
  • Must be able to work in respect of deadlines

Technical Skills

  • Strong capacity for training, specifically in the domain of nutrition in emergencies
  • Good understanding of nutrition programming in general and emergency nutrition response in particular.
  • For this position, fluency in English and Somaliis required.


Nine days for development, delivery, reporting and finalization of materials.


Because Save the Children’s work is based on deeply held values and principles, it is essential that our commitment to children’s rights and humanitarian principles is supported and demonstrated by all members of staff. Save the Children’s Code of Conduct sets out the standards which all staff members must adhere to.


Interested consultants who meet the consultancy requirements should submit the following;

Application, Curriculum Vitae, Technical and financial proposal.

To submit applications for this consultancy, please send required documents to Somalia.vacanciescs@savethechildren.org

for consideration. Applications will close by 13/09/2017 at 3.30pm.

We work with children, communities and governments all over the world and we believe in the right person for the job regardless of where you come from and how you identify yourself. We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to ensuring that only those who are suitable to work with children are considered for these posts. All successful applicants will, therefore, be required to complete a Police Check and must sign onto our Child Protection Policy and organizational Code



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