Dedza Nutrition, Food Security, and Enhanced Resilience programme
United Purpose (UP) Malawi is an international non-governmental organisation working to create opportunities for lasting improvement in peoples’ lives. We work in partnership with others to support a range of livelihoods and food security, WASH and health, sustainable energy and gender equality programmes reaching over 1,000,000 people a year across Malawi. Globally, we work in nine countries across Africa, Asia and South America, however our Malawi programme is by far and away our largest and most established country programme. UP currently operates in 24 districts in Malawi, supporting over 30 on-going projects, with a total staff of around 200.
UP Malawi is seeking to recruit a talented and dynamic team for an anticipated new GIZ-funded integrated nutrition strengthening-resilience building programme in Dedza. The candidates we are looking to recruit must all be firmly committed to delivering lasting positive improvements to the communities that we serve, and delivering UP’s mission and upholding our values of integrity, dignity, and environmental respect. The contracts will be until approximately October 2022.
The availability of these positions are contingent upon the award and funding to UP Malawi.
United Purpose (formerly Concern Universal) has been implementing the Scaling up Nutrition (SUN) programme since 2012 in Dedza with support from Irish Aid. Since 2015 GIZ through the BMZ-funded Food and Nutrition Security Programme (FSNP) has provided intensified support to improve the nutritional situation of women of reproductive age and children under-two, initially in TA Chauma, Dedza before later expanding to Kasumbu and Kamenyagwaza Traditional Authorities.
Under the SUN programme, 2012-2017, significant progress was made towards achieving the programme goal of reducing the rate of stunting in Dedza and Balaka districts. According to the end line evaluation (2017), the project contributed towards a 12.3% reduction in the rate of stunting in Dedza (from 51.1% to 38.8%). In some communities, stunting rates have already reached acceptable levels based on the WHO threshold set at less than 20%.
This new programme is expected to be implemented from January 2020 until December 2022 and will both build on the gains made in FNSP phase 2 and strengthen the resilience to food crises as well as expanding into a fourth Traditional Authority (TA); TA Tambala in Dedza.
The overall objective of the country package is: ‘the nutritional status and resilience to food crises of people in Dedza district who are vulnerable to nutrition insecurity, particularly women of reproductive age and young children, has improved’.
The overall objective will be achieved through four fields of activity: