Call for Proposals: Registered Dietitian Contractor



The dietitian contract at the Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies program at VFWC is up for renewal and we feel obligated to do our due diligence for the participants of the program. As such, proposals from registered dietitians are welcomed to fill our dietitian service needs in the Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies program at Victoria Faulkner Women’s Centre for the next contract period. Please read below…

Background:

The Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies (HMHB) program at Victoria Faulkner Women’s Centre (VFWC) is funded by the Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP) through the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).  The program provides support for pregnant women, and parents and their babies up to age one.  Clients of HMHB are a diverse demographic of people with a wide range of experiences related to transitioning to parenthood.  There are also 7 similar prenatal/postnatal support programs throughout the Yukon funded through PHAC. These programs are often called CPNP programs.

The HMHB program seeks to contract a registered dietitian for the three-year period from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2020. The dietitian is required to provide in-house nutritional consultations for VFWC HMHB program participants; to provide education and updates for Yukon-wide CPNP program staff whose programs are funded through PHAC; and distance support via phone/email/video link for all Yukon-wide CPNP program staff and their clients whose programs are funded through PHAC.

Desired Skills and Abilities:

  • Must be a Registered Dietitian, in good standing with a Canadian provincial regulatory body
  • Experience providing nutritional counselling, support and education to prenatal and postnatal clients and groups, as well as nutrition for breastfeeding, and for infant feeding
  • Understanding of confidentiality in the context of a small community
  • Knowledge and experience working within the societal and cultural issues faced by First Nations populations, new immigrants to Canada, marginalized populations, low income and single parent households, and new parenthood transitions as well as clients with possible postpartum mood experiences

Responsibilities and Deliverables:

Listed below are the minimum necessary requirements with regard to hours and provided services. A competitive proposal should meet these requirements, and clearly outline what the applicant can offer in addition to them.

  • 5 hours per month, 10 months (September to June) of the year for nutritional consultations in-house at VFWC, first Thursday of the month
  • 48 hours per year to provide education and updates for Yukon-wide CPNP coordinators
  • Availability to provide distance support (phone/email/video-link to Yukon-wide coordinators and their clients for consultation of 8 hours per month, 9 months/year (September to June but not including Spring Break or Christmas Break)

Additionally:

  • The dietitian attends three times yearly Steering Committee meetings with Yukon CPNP program coordinators
  • The dietitian provides information to VFWC HMHB Coordinator for yearly report to program funder
  • The dietitian updates VFWC HMHB Program Coordinator monthly with basic information regarding service usage of consultation services, distance support statistics (time used for interactions,  which programs using services etc), attendance at trainings
  • The dietitian works with the VFWC HMHB Program Coordinator and CPNP Steering Committee to ensure that Yukon-wide staff training needs are met within the budget and hours of the contract
  • The dietitian is reasonably flexible, although keeping within contracted hours and budget, in order to accommodate changing needs of the VFWC HMHB program needs, as well as all eight Yukon-wide CPNP programs needs, and in order to make best use of the budgeted hours of the contract
  • The contracted dietitian provides VFWC consultations at 503 Hanson Street in the CPNP office, and other work is completed in the contracted dietitian’s space
  • The dietitian is required to carry liability insurance through their regulatory body as well as obtain employee coverage and benefits through their own business

Budget:

$19,550 yearly, for a total of $58, 650 between April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2020

*If the Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies program receives more funding in the future, there is potential for expanding the dietitian contract.

 

To apply please submit cover letter, resume, work plan, budget and references by February 15, 2017 to:

 

Brandie Chetcuti

Program Coordinator for Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies at Victoria Faulkner Women’s Centre

503 Hanson Street

Whitehorse, YT Y1A 1Y9

cpnpwhitehorse@northwestel.net

(867) 667-4134