Name: Jonathan Rivers
Organisation: Independent Consultant
My interests includes: 1) Designing and implementing health, nutrition and food security vulnerability assessments 2) Designing and implementing risk assessments 3) Monitoring and evaluating health and food security programs 4) Designing training materials for monitoring and evaluation and survey design and implementation My experience includes: Consulting with UNICEF, WFP, and WHO in the following positions; WHO: Health Action in Crisis’s (HAC) Vulnerability and Risk Analysis and Mapping (VRAM) Platform Consultant Responsible for validating community level, quasi focus group methodologies in the conduct of risk assessments. Responsible for utilizing these methodologies in Ghana to conduct a summary risk assessment of the country. WFP: Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (VAM) Nutrition and food security consultant, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania: Responsible for the data management, analysis and report writing of the 2009 Mainland Tanzania Comprehensive Food Security Vulnerability Analysis (CFSVA) and the 2009 Zanzibar Addendum CFSVA. Specific responsibilities included; 1) overseeing the data validation and cleaning process within the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), 2) conducting thorough secondary data analysis, 3) conducting analysis of both primary and secondary data and 4) authoring a complete report that describes the current food security situation in Tanzania, highlights the constraints to improving food security status and provides recommendations on ways forward. WFP: Food Security Analysis Consultant Responsible for helping refine trainings materials for the conduct of Food Security Analysis (FSA) assessments by developing a guidance note on construction of Knowledge Assessment Tests (KATs) which allow facilitators to monitor the progress of participants in FSA workshops. WFP Trainer, WFP Rome: Responsible for developing training curriculum on how to adequately conduct both emergency and non emergency food security and nutrition assessments. Developed practical exercises and Knowledge Assessment Tests (KATs) to operationalize the curriculum. WFP Advisor, Timor-Leste: Responsible for working with WFP’s VAM officers in the development of WFP’s food security and nutrition Atlas, advising on how to integrate and properly map data from different sources in order to best inform nutrition and food aid programming. WFP Trainer, WFP Regional Bureau (Bangkok, Thailand): Responsible for finalizing a series of trainings on the individual components of survey work that comprise a Comprehensive Food Security and Vulnerability Analysis (CFSVA) including questionnaire development, sampling and data analysis. Responsible for conducting a week-long training to regional VAM officers from countries across Asia. WFP Survey specialist, Rumbek, Southern Sudan (Comprehensive Food Security and Vulnerability Assessment): Responsible for leading the data management and analysis phase of the Sudan Household Health Survey. Analyzed household food security and child nutrition data and integrated data from NGOs and other partners where necessary to fully understand the food security and nutritional situation in the country to ultimately assess the adequacy of program targeting. Responsible for preparing a comprehensive report detailing the food security and nutritional situation and a presentation of key findings to stakeholders. WFP Survey specialist, Monrovia, Liberia (Comprehensive Food Security and Vulnerability Assessment): Responsible for the data management and analysis phase of the Comprehensive Food Security and Nutrition Survey (CFNS). Responsible for analyzing household food security, child nutrition data and mortality data to better understand the post war level of vulnerability throughout the country. Responsible for preparing a comprehensive report on the food security and nutritional situation and a presentation of key findings to stakeholders. UNICEF Research assistant, Nutrition Information Analysis for the Horn of Africa (Nairobi): Responsible for compiling all relatively recent emergency nutrition assessments conducted in 6 countries in the Greater Horn of Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Eritrea, Southern Sudan, and Uganda), evaluating the comparability of the area level surveys compiled and providing guidance on which surveys should be included in the ensuing analysis of wasting fluctuation by livelihood group and season. (http://www.sph.tulane.edu/IHD/publications/WP%20Fluctuations%20Mason.pdf) UNICEF Research analyst, Harare Zimbabwe: Responsible for conducting a health and nutrition needs assessment of orphans and vulnerable children in Zimbabwe using data from the 2003 Poverty Assessment and Study Survey (PASS II). Responsible for preparing a comprehensive report detailing current vulnerabilities and cost effective actions to address these vulnerabilities. Advised PASS II staff in the Ministry of Public Service, Labor and Social Welfare (MPSLSW) on how to conduct similar assessments in the future. UNICEF Research analyst: Advised in the development of a food security module to be included in a UNICEF pilot survey (conducted in Blantyre, Malawi and Kingston, Jamaica) which was designed to test the effectiveness of certain indicators in monitoring children affected by HIV/AIDS. Responsible for managing the ensuing data analysis, to assess the reliability of the food security scale and assessing the food security status of OVC households. Responsible for simultaneous project that required compiling and analyzing all recent DHS and MICS II survey data from throughout Sub-Saharan Africa to assess discrepancies in the nutritional status of orphans and non orphans. UNICEF Research Analyst: Responsible for a project assessing the changes in child growth patterns, adult mortality and HIV/AIDS prevalence from the 1990s to present, utilizing information from DHS surveys conducted in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Research assistant at Tulane University, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine Assisted Dr. John Mason with ongoing nutrition and food security research, with a heavy focus on the interaction between HIV, food insecurity and malnutrition. Conducted data analysis, literature reviews, and report writing. Collaborated with NGO’s, various UN agencies and other quasi-governmental organization. Conducted seminars and assisted in the teaching of nutrition and food security curriculum. Maintained Tulane’s International Nutrition Program website (www.tulane.edu/~internut).