Hygiene Promotion Consultant

Danish Refugee Council

Maiduguri, Borno State, NG

Danish Refugee Council, one of the world’s leading humanitarian NGOs, is currently looking for a highly qualified Hygiene Promotion Consultant to conduct detailed formative research as a basis for WFP / DRC related hygiene promotion.

About the job

DRC currently has offices in Abuja, Yola, Mubi, Maiduguri and Yobe, with over 200 national staff and 21 expatriate staff providing emergency assistance to populations affected by the conflict in NE Nigeria. 

While investment in the pipes, pumps and treatment systems of wastewater collection systems are often necessary for health improvement, they are insufficient on their own.  It has long been recognized that the everyday acts of the individual and the household in managing water and waste can have a profound impact upon health and nutrition outcomes.  These everyday habits are referred to as “hygiene behaviour” which includes such activities as handwashing, the management and disposal of infant stools, household practices of water storage and use, food storage and use, management, disposal/reuse of household solid waste, etc.  Efforts to promote (by whatever means) hygiene behaviours that improve health and nutrition are referred to as hygiene promotion.

Hygiene promotion is recognized as an essential activity to maximize the health and nutritional benefits resulting from the major infrastructure investment of the DRC/ WFP project as well as other projects implemented by DRC within the region. 

About you

To be successful in this role we expect you to be responsible for:

  • Production of Situational Analysis:  The consultant will conduct rapid participatory research to understand the needs of the community members and field officers in terms of challenges relating to availability, access, affordability and acceptability of nutritious food as well as infant and young child care and feeding practices, health and hygiene situation.  This will be done utilizing desk review, interview of key informants, focus group discussions and workshops with field officers
  • Training field officers: Field officers will participate in a ToT to enable them to cascade training in nutrition basics and methods for growing, harvesting, preparing and consuming nutritious food.
  • Developing training support kit: communication to promote hygiene (e.g. house to house visits, mass media, community events, etc.) and by whom (e.g. Cultural Health promoters, Water Users’ Associations, mass media, Health outreach workers, local govt.)
Scope of work

See the attached Terms of Reference (ToR) for further details.

Objectives and summary of the consultancy:

The consultant will be asked to conduct detailed formative research as a basis for WFP / DRC related hygiene promotion. The data gathered during the formative research should serve as the basis for detailed hygiene promotion program design, to be closely coordinated with the community mobilization efforts of the overall food security program.

The objectives of the formative research are to:

  1. Identify and prioritize high-risk hygiene practices in the project area.  This research should take into full account whatever is already known about hygiene behaviour in the region, and is intended only to “fill the gaps” of knowledge.  In particular, the consultant should start with a review of the work prepared as part of the Scoping Study.
  2. Identify the most promising motivators for change in behaviour: i.e. those aspirations and desires most likely to be effective in promoting change in behaviour. (e.g. religious motivation, self-respect, desire for cleanliness, respect for community, peer pressure, etc.)
  3. Identify the most appropriate channels and agents of communication to promote hygiene (e.g. house to house visits, mass media, community events, etc.) and by whom (e.g. Cultural Health promoters, Water Users’ Associations, mass media, Health outreach workers, local govt.)

All consultants should master DRC’s core competencies: Communicating, Taking the lead, Collaborating, Striving for excellence and Demonstrating integrity. 

Moreover, we also expect the following: 


· Master’s degree or equivalent in nutrition, public health, international development, social sciences or a related field

· Minimum of 5 years’ experience working in nutrition and agriculture related field

· Experience in community-based training, training of trainers and development of training and IEC materials.

· Excellent facilitation, communication and reporting skills

· Fluency in English


· Ability to work in a multicultural environment and maintain effective working relations with people of different nationalities and cultural backgrounds

· Ability to use participatory research and training methods in working with multistakeholder groups

· Ability to self-motivate, organise and manage

· Ability to work in rural community settings

· Ability to adhere to deadlines

We offer

Contract length: 2 months

Level: Consultancy

Designation of Duty Station: Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria

Start date: March 15, 2018

For questions regarding the consultancy please contact the Food Security Manager at [email protected]

Application process

All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages) in English. Applications sent by email will not be considered. All the documents required must be submitted on the DRC website.

Interested and qualified candidates are invited to submit proposals with the following information no later than 13 March 2018. The consultancy period is expected to be undertaken during the months of April and May 2018. 

1. A one page application letter addressing: 

– The Consultant/Consultancy Team’s previous experience and relevance to the proposed assignment. 

– The names, expertise, years of experience and relevance of team members in undertaking this assignment.

2. A comprehensive proposal demonstrating firm understanding of the Terms of Reference, with a breakdown into assessment areas showing how each assessment sector is going to be undertaken. 

3. Updated CVs for all consultants including relevant work, number of days required, specific roles, experience and qualifications. 

4. Detailed and comprehensive budget covering all assessment costs, including consultancy fees, per diems, flight tickets, assessment and training costs, transportation, accommodation costs, visa fees etc. 

5. Samples of recently written reports on similar assignments. Individual sector assignment reports can also be submitted in lieu of the above. 

6. Contact details for three references.

7. Proof of formal registration in line of work in country of operation or home country

For any question, please contact [email protected]  

Closing date for applications: March 13, 2018