Terms of Reference – Application to the GTAM Consultant Roster : Needs assessment and analysis for nutrition outcomes


The Global Nutrition Cluster (GNC), led by UNICEF, was established in 2006 as part of the Humanitarian Reform process, which aimed to improve the effectiveness of humanitarian response programmes by ensuring greater predictability, accountability and partnership. The Global Nutrition Cluster (GNC) is a partnership that includes international NGOs, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, UN organizations, donors and individuals. In 2015, the GNC undertook an assessment of its technical role along with the Rapid Response Team (RRT) evaluation. Both exercises identified serious gaps in addressing nutrition technical needs in humanitarian contexts. In March 2016, the GNC constituted a Technical Task Force (TTF) co-chaired by UNICEF and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to review recommendations and propose a mechanism to address nutrition technical gaps. One mechanism was endorsed in March 2017 and is called the “Global Technical Assistance Mechanism for Nutrition” (GTAM).

The GTAM is a common global mechanism endorsed by over 40 Global Nutrition Cluster partners to provide systematic, predictable, timely and coordinated nutrition technical assistance in order to meet the nutrition rights and needs of people affected by emergencies. The Global Technical Assistance Mechanism for Nutrition (GTAM) is co-led by UNICEF as the Cluster Lead Agency, together with World Vision and is articulated around 3 pillars: pillar one-provide technical advice, pillar two-facilitate consensus driven guidance, pillar three-provide specialized technical expertise.

As part of pillar three and considering long process of advertising, selecting and recruiting individual consultants for nutrition in emergencies, development or preparedness work, the GTAM has established rosters of consultants in different technical areas, regularly updated, that allow to speed up recruitment process at country level. There are several rosters established, namely in:

  • Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM)
  • Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies (IYCF-E)
  • Micronutrient supplementation in emergencies
  • Integrated nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive interventions
  • Needs assessment and analysis for nutrition outcomes – current roster

Terms of Reference

The GTAM is building a roster of professionals with experience in needs assessment and analysis for nutrition outcomes from which to draw consultants to be recommended to countries in need of nutrition support staff.

Candidates who apply to the Needs assessment and analysis for nutrition outcomes Roster will be screened based on different technical categories, including

  • SMART surveys
  • IYCF-E surveys
  • Coverage surveys
  • Qualitative assessments

Candidates can be selected in one or more of the above technical categories, depending on their qualifications and interest.

If approved by the reviewing committee, the candidate will remain in the GTAM Consultant Rosters database during 36 months, unless requested to remove her/him earlier. During this period, candidates might be consulted several times, depending on requests flow.

Any partners working in Nutrition (UN agencies, NGOs, Governments) can contact the GTAM Consultant Rosters to ask for recommendation of consultants. Consultancy proposed may range from 4 weeks to 11.5 months, depending on demand, project specifications and funding availability. Consultants recommended by the GTAM Consultant Roster and hired by the requesting agency will be issued a contract which is subject to:

  • UNICEF General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants / Individual Contractors if hired by UNICEF,
  • or governed by the individual partner conditions for individual consultant agreements if hired by another UN agency/NGO/Government.

Consultants may be requested to work in any country with a nutrition cluster or a nutrition sector, or remotely, as determined by the specification of the project. The work may include incidental travel to participate in field work, workshops or conferences; such travel will be governed by respective UNICEF/UN agency/NGO travel policies for consultants.

Being part of the rosters means that your profile went through a thorough vetting process and is available to more than 40 NGOs and UN agencies worldwide which are regularly looking for consultants.

If you are interested to become part of the GTAM Consultant Rosters you can apply now, applications for the roster are open from April 2020 onward.


1) Education

  • Advanced University degree in one of the following fields: nutrition, public health, epidemiology, statistics, social sciences, life sciences or other related disciplines. A Bachelor’s degree can be accepted if supplemented by relevant work experience.
  • Training (course) in population-based surveys, including SMART surveys, needs assessments and/or analysis.

2) Work experience

  • At least five years of progressively responsible professional work experience at the national and international levels in nutrition assessments or analysis.
  • Work experience in developing countries and emergency context.
  • Specialized training/experience in conducting nutrition assessments in one of the following areas:
       •  SMART surveys, coverage surveys, IYCF-E surveys, etc.
       •  DHS, MICS, etc.
       •  Routine data system development, management and analysis
       •  Needs analysis (IPC, qualitative analysis, etc.)
  • Experience working with international and local partners, donors and local authorities.

2.1) Supplementary work experience (IN ADDITION TO THE ABOVE) if applying to the SMART surveys category:

  • Have completed 5 validated SMART surveys
  • Have at least 5 SMART consultancy experiences
  • Have at least 5 SMART consultancy reports to be shared
  • Possess certification from SMART training (distinction preferred – a certification of participation is not acceptable)
  • For SMART surveys capacity building consultants: must be trained as SMART Master Trainer and have facilitated at least 1 SMART training

3) Competencies

  • Expertise in conducting nutrition assessments or analysis.
  • Ability to identify issues, formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommendations
  • Demonstrated professional competence and mastery of subject matter; conscientiousness and efficiency in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and meeting results
  • Strong organizational, planning, and analytical skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication in English and/or French, Spanish, Russian and/or Arabic
  • Demonstrated cultural sensitivity and ability to establish harmonious working relations in a multicultural environment

Application procedure

Interested candidates are requested to apply via this link.

Applications will be screened regularly and on receipt for inclusion into the roster. Candidates should submit their applications through the online system and provide the following additional information:

  1. a recent CV (max 2 pages)
  2. any related documents /samples of work

Please note that selection process might include reference check, request for any additional information, written test and/or oral interview.