In Zambia, there are about 380 000 new HIV infections among young women aged 15–24 every year. In 2013, almost 60% of all new HIV infections among young people aged 15–24 occurred among adolescent girls and young women2. Overall, 5% of adolescent girls aged 10-19 years are HIV positive. Furthermore, poor nutrition is a main driver of maternal and child mortality rates, and aggravates the poor physical condition of women and children. A malnourished mother is more likely to give birth to an underweight baby, setting the child already on a path of likely malnutrition as it grows. Even more at risk are babies born from HIV positive and illiterate mothers. What exacerbates this is the high rate of early marriages in the country. 42% of girls are married by the age of 18; 12% of girls in Zambia start having sex before the age of 15 and only 24% report using condoms. Not only does this undermine their ability to go to and learn in school, it also increases the risk of unplanned pregnancy, unsafe abortions, HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections.
While information exists about the barriers facing adolescent girls in accessing the key aspects of HIV and nutrition support needed for proper growth, development, and good health, this information is often looking at only one aspect or the other, and does not approach HIV and nutrition in a holistic manner.
CSO-SUN has conducted a research which aimed at broadly, understanding the environment, support structures & systems and livelihoods & economic opportunities constraints to address HIV and nutritional needs of adolescent girls. The study was also meant to understand the barriers that adolescent girls face in accessing HIV and nutrition related support.
To develop an adolescent HIV and Nutrition advocacy pack based on findings of the research undertaken by CSO-SUN.
The advocacy and awareness pack will be used by CSO-SUN to undertake advocacy and awareness raising activities around adolescent girls HIV and Nutrition.  The pack will further provide insight into broader United Nations programming on adolescent girls and how the various UN agencies will collaborate to holistically address the issues facing adolescent girls in Zambia.
Working directly with the Programme Officer – Communications and Advocacy, the Consultant will in collaboration with CSO-SUN Members and the AHN technical committee develop a focused advocacy and communications strategy that addresses identified priorities.
The consultant will be responsible for repackaging technical content from the research and engagement with adolescents and other stakeholders, into draft advocacy content for a broad range of audiences. Content will be targeted at communities, state actors, policy-makers, civil society, Media and national and international NGOs.
Building on the challenges, opportunities and recommendations from the research, the consultant will spearhead the development of key messages and tools to inspire and mobilize targeted audience to take impactful action. Specifically, the consultant will be required to: To use data, evidence and technical input from the report to develop advocacy content; – To propose and advise on appropriate formats e.g. policy briefs, information sheets, brochures and fact sheet that will be informative and engaging for intended audience;
The following are expected outputs:
  • Development of an advocacy pack (this includes advocacy and communications materials, key messages, proposed mediums etc)  based on opportunities, challenges and barriers relating to HIV and Nutrition support to adolescent girls. This should include:
    • Key messages
    • Target audiences
    • Proposed mediums of engagement
  • As part of the advocacy pack, develop training manual with which to engage CSO-SUN members related actors.
  • Support the implementation of advocacy pack in collaboration with CSO-SUN and its members in the target districts.
The consultancy will be conducted in collaboration with all identified target audiences at national and community level. A desk review of the research results will be conducted to identify potential priority areas. Thereafter, in collaboration with key stakeholders, key messages will be developed. These messages will be pre-tested in target areas to identified audiences. The consultant will then spearhead the development of various advocacy materials against agreed me
  • CSO-SUN: Directly supervise the consultant and co-develop content.  Hire and provide direction to consultant working on project and any other supporting sub-grantees who will contribute to the consultancy
  • Adolescent Reproductive Health Advocates (ARHA): Provide support at grassroots level participants in the advocacy pack implementation.
  • WFP: Provide technical support as needed, as well as periodic field-level oversight.
  • UN Agencies including UNFPA, UNESCO and UNICEF: for complementarity on adolescent, HIV and Nutrition issues.
The road map provides details of implementing this consultancy. Indicative dates and activities are presented in the table below:
1. Desk review of research results – 19th September 2016
2. Identification/Mapping of advocacy issues & potential actors – 22nd September 2016
3. Development of Key messages – 26th  September 2016
4. Pretesting Key messages – 2nd October 2016
5. Presentation of the first draft Advocacy Pack to Stakeholders – 17th  October 2016
6. Presentation of second draft  Advocacy Pack to Stakeholders – 20th  October 2016
7. Submission of  final advocacy pack – 27th  October 2016
  • Minimum Masters in Development studies, political science, communications or related field
  • Extensive experience in high level Development  communications;
  • Documented capacities working with adolescent actors
  • Experience of having worked with multiple stakeholders, including government, private sector, and civil society
  • Evidence of strong organizational skills and ability to work independently;
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills.
  • Experience in developing advocacy and communications materials
Interested candidates to email CVs to
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