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18-415: Nutrition Coordinator
Country:Sudan
Department:International Programs
  
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:

International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.

Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, non-political, non-sectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.

PROGRAM BACKGROUND

With support from Office of United States Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), International Medical Corps is going to provide life-saving health and nutrition services to displaced communities in Blue Nile and South Kordofan. International Medical Corps will implement primary health care services in 16 health facilities, and will continue to provide medical services including lifesaving emergency obstetric care where referral facilities do not exist. Health and nutrition interventions will cover seven localities in South Kordofan and Blue Nile States to address acute malnutrition, International Medical Corps is planning to operate CMAM services and   to work on prevention of malnutrition in children under two years of age through promotion of appropriate infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices. International Medical Corps will also support hygiene interventions to improve nutrition outcomes and reduce risk of hygiene-related morbidities. The nutrition program will reach approximately 240,409 direct beneficiaries.

 

JOB SUMMARY

The Nutrition Coordinator will be responsible for leading the nutrition team and providing technical support and capacity building of the team to successfully plan, implement and monitor International Medical Corps nutrition program activities in Sudan. The Coordinator must have the ability to organize and support all aspects of the nutrition program including liaising with the Ministry of Health, nutrition cluster, other international and national agencies, and donors.

The Nutrition Coordinator will be responsible for ensuring that the nutrition programs in Blue Nile and South Kordofan States are implemented in line with the Ministry’s guidelines and international humanitarian standards and donor guidelines. Additionally, the Nutrition Coordinator will work closely with the program director and other relevant staff to provide input into proposal development and country level strategies as required.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

JOB DESCRIPTION

Program Implementation and Development

  • Collaborate with the Program Director, Nutrition Managers and MEAL Coordinator to achieve program objectives and smooth implementation of the program.

  • Ensure that IMC implementation of the CMAM and IYCF activities conform to internationally accepted standards and country guidelines.

  • Coordinate and follow-up on nutrition programs implementation to review progress towards objectives through organizing regular review meetings, update and experience sharing meeting among staffs.

  • In collaboration with the team, identify existing project implementation gaps and new opportunities for nutrition and nutrition-related projects and lead on the concept note or proposal development while liaising with interested partners and stakeholders to ensure that proposed activities and programs align with best practice in the nutrition sector.

  • Lead, plan and conduct nutritional assessments and surveys in existing and in potential new areas, following the nationally approved survey protocol, for program expansion and feed assessments results into proposals if needed.

  • Create and maintain smooth relations and open collaboration with Government and local stakeholders and serve as the nutrition resource person

  • Coordinate International Medical Corps nutrition activities and across a wide range of actors including donors, host governments, UN and NGO partners to ensure consistency of programming.

    Others

  • Ensures application and compliance of security protocols and policies

  • Actively promote PSEA (Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse) standards within International Medical Corps and amongst beneficiaries served by International Medical Corps

  • Compliance & Ethics:  Promotes and encourages a culture of compliance and ethics throughout International Medical Corps. As applicable to the position, maintains a clear understanding of International Medical Corps’ and donor compliance and ethics standards and adheres to those standards.  Conducts work with the highest level of integrity. Communicates these values to staff and to partners and requires them to adhere to these values.

  • The duties and responsibilities listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all inclusive

     

     

     

    Program Finance, Logistics and Administration

  • Perform other duties as assigned. The duties and responsibilities listed above are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all inclusive.

  • Lead the development of a referral mechanism and communication strategies and train nutrition staff (IMC, MOH, CHVs) in case detection and referrals between health facilities adapted to the local context.

  • Support the nutrition managers and supervisors to ensure proper functioning of reporting systems data flow mechanisms for regular assessment, monitoring and evaluation of the program against its objectives and expected results. And conduct critical monitoring of all aspects of nutrition activities and identify areas of concern. Submit workable solutions for identified challenges

  • Demonstrate understanding of multi-sectoral approach to malnutrition and ensuring that nutrition project beneficiaries are linked with other sector interventions and provide guidance to staff on the integration of a nutrition component into other sectors as appropriate such as food security, Health, WASH and disaster prevention and preparedness

    Capacity Building

  • Assess the training needs of nutrition staff; develop a training program to meet these needs; conduct nutrition training for project nutrition staff and MOH counterparts implementing nutrition programs, focusing on all aspects of community-based management of acute malnutrition (CMAM) and IYCF with the support of the Health and Nutrition Supervisors

  • Facilitate the development/adaptation of nutrition education training manuals and facilitator’s guide based on existing national nutrition protocols and curricula including training follow-up

    Representation

  • Actively participate and represent International Medical Corps in nutrition sector coordination forums, discussions and activities, serve as an International Medical Corps nutrition resource person, and display technical and organizational leadership in sectoral activities.

  • Prepare detailed work plan and budget plan for nutrition activities and ensure implementation of planned activities according to the work plan adhering to the budget according to IMC standards and oversee program spending per budgets and pipelines

  • Support and motivate program/logistics/administrative/finance staff in their work, by ensuring appropriate training, coaching and supervision by technical leads

  • Manage staff recruitment and training, conduct performance monitoring in collaboration with HR and Nutrition Managers, ensure that standards and protocols are adhered to

  • Ensure equitable allocation of human, material and financial resources

  • Coordinate very closely with logistics in order to ensure that there is no break in nutrition program supplies.

  • Organize and follow-up on all other procurements needed for the projects.

Qualifications:

JOB REQUIREMENTS

Required Skills, Knowledge & Abilities

  • Strong skills in technical proposal writing and donor reporting, designing and implementing nutrition programs

  • Ability to provide technical support for IMC staff and government staff on proper implementation of CMAM, IYCF, SBC and other nutrition activities.

  • Familiarity with design and programming processes of different donors (ECHO, OFDA, WFP, UNICEF, DFID, UNHCR etc)

  • Knowledge in designing and implementing appropriate and effective holistic nutrition programs including ensuring that the nutrition program is integrated with food security, health and WASH programming where appropriate.

  • Ability to read, analyse and interpret data and familiarity with nutrition surveys (Coverage, SMART and KAP surveys).

  • Ability to work effectively with government, community leaders, international/national organizations, donors, partners and other International Medical Corps relationships.

  • Strong communication skills, able to effectively present information clearly and respond appropriately to questions from senior managers and headquarters staff, counterparts, senior government leaders and donors

  • Strong supervisory and organizational skills

  • Demonstrated experience and skills in ensuring community participation and gender issues in humanitarian programming

  • Advanced proficiency in the use of MS Office, and other computer applications

  • Ability to cope with stress; hardship; patience and flexibility and willingness to work additional hours in order to meet tight deadlines;

  • Ability and willingness to travel to field sites and nutrition facilities

 


 

QUALIFICATIONS

Training, education and experience

  • Master in Public health nutrition or equivalent in Nutrition/Public Health from recognized learning institution plus 5 years of experience in related field or Bachelor degree in Nutrition or related field of study with 8 years of experience in related field 

  • Proven experience in emergency nutrition settings including CMAM, IYCF, SBC

  • Experience of facilitation of training review meetings and workshops

  • Experience on budget and administration logistics and Human Resources management

  • Experience on writing / developing project proposals including implementation reports

  • Knowledge of local context is preferred but not required.

  • Fluent in written and spoken English.

  • Arabic language is an advantage.