HIV, Food Security & Nutrition Portfolio


John Snow Inc. (AIDSTAR-One, USAID / PEPFAR)
Washington D.C.: January 2010 – June 2012

Developed issue paper and guidance entitled The Debilitating Cycle of HIV, Food Security and Nutrition : Including a Menu of Common Food Security and Nutrition Interventions for Orpans and Vulnerable Children, for OVC programmers of USAID missions and NGO partners. It provides a framework for understanding the relationship between HIV and food & nutrition security and a menu of interventions to select from for a variety of contexts. The Guide will be released in late 2012.

New York, NY: November - December 2012.

Designed, co-facilitated and documented an ‘Expert Discussion on Operationalizing Nutritional Care and Support for Infants in the Context of HIV Treatment Simplification’. This two-day meeting was convened to brainstorm, discuss and map out what needs to be done to ensure successful nutritional care and support for mothers and infants, as countries review, consider and transition to options B and B+. Report is available on request.

Food for Farmers (F4F)

Burlington, VT: June 2012 (pro-bono)

Facilitated the development of the organizational results framework and M&E plan to monitor the overarching goal and objectives for the organization. This process was conducted with the board of directors and F4F staff. F4F promotes food and livelihoods security among coffee farming communities in Latin America.

World Vision International (WVI), Food Program Management Group (FPMG)

Johannesburg, South Africa: May/June 2012

Developed a community-based PMTCT Implementation Guide (c-PMTCT) for WV and partner staff involved in heath, HIV and advocacy programming. The Guide,entitled A World Vision Guide to Implementing c-PMTCT of HIV, aims to equip staff with the knowledge and skills necessary for WV to make a significant contribution to the Global Plan's goal to Eliminate New HIV Infections among Children by 2015 and Keeping their Mothers Alive.

Management Sciences for Health (MSH)

Abuja, Nigeria: December 2011 - February 2012

As part of a two person team, conducted the mid term evaluation of MSH's Community-Based Support for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (CUBS) program, a PEPFAR funded OVC program aiming to strengthen the capacity of government and civil society to protect and care for OVC.

FHI 360 and CORE Group HIV and Nutrition Working Groups (Save the Children, WV, CRS and PCI)  
Washington, DC: February - March 2012

Co-facilitated a two-day, state of the art (SOTA) conference on Nutrition Assessment, Counseling and Support (NACS) entitled Getting the Knack of NACS and wrote conference report documenting the evidence base, lessons learned, promising practices and the proposed way forward regarding NACS programming. The meeting report, presentations and videos are available at "Getting the Knack of NACS".

John Snow Inc. (AIDSTAR-One, USAID / PEPFAR)
Washington D.C.: January 2010 – June 2012

Developed two case studies and one technical brief on promising practices in food and nutrition security programming for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), with a particular focus on communities/countries affected by HIV and AIDS:

1) Coffee, Popcorn, Soup and HIV -- Integrating urban gardens and poultry activities with PMTCT and ART programs for children (in Ethiopia).

2) Looking Within -- Working with families to identify resource gaps and subsequently develop ‘community enforced agreements’ to fill those gaps, including gaps in food resources (in Tanzania)

3) Permaculture Design for OVC Programming: Low-cost, Sustainable Solutions for Food and Nutrition Insecure Communities (global)

World Vision International (WVI), Food Program Management Group (FPMG)
Johannesburg, South Africa: January – March 2011

Developed a reference guide for World Vision field staff on how to align food programming with WV’s new Child Well Being (CWB) Aspirations, Outcomes and Indicators. Guided the agency in selecting appropriate outcomes and outcome-level indicators for four categories of food programming, including vulnerable group feeding, school feeding, Food for Work/Assets and cash transfers/vouchers. Also made recommendations to management on how to modify FPMG’s mandate and strategic framework, so that they would have greater impact in relation to the CWB outcomes.

Rome, Italy: August – December 2010

Developed training modules on WFP’s Food-by-Prescription program for country- and regional-level staff. Food-by-Prescription is comprised of supplementary and therapeutic food programming for malnourished PLHIV on ART. Training includes power point presentations for training facilitators, and activities and handouts for participants.

Catholic Relief Services
Baltimore, USA: October – December 2009

Adapted Urie Bronfenbrenner’s social ecology model, entitled ‘Circles of Care’, to OVC programming in resource-poor settings. Created an interactive framework and resource guide to help OVC practitioners in the CRS’s country offices to apply the Circles of Care methodology to their OVC interventions. The aim is to help practitioners to view their OVC interventions in a more integrated, multi-sectoral and holistic manner, by providing suggestions on how to support and link their work to complementary services within the various Circles of Care, and then to provide comprehensive guidance on those services.

London, England, with training conducted in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
January 2009 – December 2009

Developed user-friendly, field-tested guidance that will assist practitioners in applying a sustainable livelihoods approach to community based and church based programmes that support those affected by HIV and AIDS. The guidance aims to: (1) assist practitioners to integrate livelihoods initiatives into existing church based models of HIV prevention, care and support, and treatment programmes and, (2) inform the design of new HIV-friendly livelihoods initiatives. This guidance, entitled Think Livelihoods! A Facilitators Guide for Applying a Livelihoods lens when working with People, Households and Communities affected by HIV and AIDS, is currently being piloted in Ethiopia, Uganda and Kenya. Consultant conducted week-long training workshops for practitioners (in Ethiopia) on how to use the Guidance.


Academy for Educational Development (AED)/John Snow Inc. (JSI)
Washington, D.C., USA: November 2009 – February 2010

Designed and co-facilitated the Technical Consultation on Food and Nutrition Programming for OVC and their Families. The Technical Consultation was organized through the joint efforts of a multi-partner planning group led by AED, and including JSI, Save the Children, USAID and OGAC/PEPFAR. It created a unique opportunity for inter-sectoral dialogue among OVC, food security and nutrition specialists, with the aim of identifying the programmatic needs of OVC technical staff at NGOs and USAID missions operating within PEPFAR programs.

Project Concern International (PCI)
Mangochi, Malawi: April – June 2009

Designed and facilitated substantial portions of Africa Forum 2009, a five-day conference for 180 HIV, food security and nutrition practitioners from across Africa. This ‘practitioners’ conference’ was designed to promote knowledge sharing and skill building around integrated HIV and food and nutrition security (FNS) programming using participative, and highly interactive learning approaches. Specific tasks included training country team facilitators on how to create and nurture Communities of Practice (CoPs) as a vehicle for sharing knowledge and improving skills around integrated HIV and FNS programming; presenting at plenary sessions; facilitating daily skill-building sessions on CoPs and lessons learned from Malawi and Ethiopia CoPs; and providing ongoing technical support to country team facilitators. Highlights from Africa Forum 2009 can be found on the PCI website.


U.N. World Food Program, HIV Service
Rome: October 2008 – March 2009

Developed M&E Guidance for food-assisted HIV activities for use by WFP country offices (and partners) worldwide. This entailed conducting research and developing step-by-step guidance on how to design and implement M&E systems for food-assisted HIV and OVC programs, including Care and Treatment, Mitigation/Safety Nets and Livelihoods Promotion. The draft Guidance, entitled The M&E Guide for Food-Assisted HIV Programming, was released in May 2009. Document is available on request.

U.N. World Food Program
Maputo: July-Aug, 2008

Facilitated strategy development for improved integration of WFP OVC programming with the Government of Mozambique’s social protection mechanisms. This included reviewing and making recommendations for improved collaboration at the central level; building capacity of government structures and local partners for holistic OVC programming at the provincial level; and examining possibilities for merging WFP support with existing social protection mechanisms implemented by the government.


UN Inter-Agency Task Team (IATT) on Children and HIV and AIDS – Social Protection working group
New York: May-June, 2008

Conducted research and wrote advocacy paper on social protection for vulnerable children in high HIV prevalence contexts, with a focus on viewing social welfare services as a critical component of a social protection framework. The work, entitled Social Protection for Vulnerable Children in the Context of HIV and AIDS: Moving towards a more Integrated Vision, was supervised by UNICEF and the Better Care Network.


Sept 2007 – Jan 2008

Researched and co-wrote with Kate Greenaway, Getting Started: Food Security Programming for Orphans and Other Children Affected by HIV and AIDS, a manual intended to provide comprehensive guidance and direction for WFP field staff and partners who intend to design and implement food security interventions in support of OVC in the context of HIV.


Catholic Relief Services, HIV/AIDS Unit
Baltimore: April-Sept 2007

Researched and documented promising practices in Home Based Care programming by CRS in 26 countries. Analyzed trends and exceptional practices and co-wrote the Home Based Care Assessment: Giving Hope to a World of Need.


Catholic Relief Services, HIV/AIDS Unit
Baltimore: April-Sept 2007

Co-wrote Training Materials (TOT facilitator’s guide and power point presentations) entitled Getting Started with Nutrition and HIV: A CRS Training of Trainers Manual for CRS staff and partners implementing PEPFAR and Title II programs.

Feb – March 2006

Researched and wrote WFP Occasional Paper #12 entitled Social Protection in the Era of HIV&AIDS: Examining the Role of Food Based Interventions.


World Vision International
July-Dec 2007

Developed DM&E Guidelines for World Vision International entitled Making the LEAP -- Applying the LEAP Framework to WV Food Programming.

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April – Nov 2006

Wrote chapters on M&E, Nutrition, Food for Education, Humanitarian Response, Livelihoods and Social Protection for FANTA/WFP Handbook entitled Food Assistance Programming in the Context of HIV.


Consortium for Southern Africa Food Security Emergency (C-SAFE)
June-July 2005

Co-facilitated workshops on Exit Strategies for Title II food assistance programs (in Zambia and Zimbabwe), and used workshop outcomes and literature review to co-author guidance entitled What We Know About Exit Strategies -- Practical Guidance for Developing Exit Strategies in the Field.

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