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ER-073: Emergency Nutrition Coordinator
Department:Humanitarian Response
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:

About International Medical Corps
International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit 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, nonpolitical, nonsectarian 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
When catastrophe hits, International Medical Corps is often one of the first humanitarian aid organizations on the scene—providing rapid and effective aid that saves lives, reduces suffering, and promotes self-reliance.

International Medical Corps has established an International Emergency Roster to ensure that emergency positions are filled in a timely manner with professionally qualified, gender balanced, geographically diverse, linguistically able, and a highly motivated corps of professionals. The team includes coordinators, logisticians, doctors and water and sanitation experts. It also includes specialists who focus on protection, prevention of sexual violence and aid for rape survivors and mental health.

Selected Emergency Response Team (ERT) members are always on standby to deploy to a crisis within 72 hours, whether they are launching into new areas or lending support to International Medical Corps teams already on the ground. International Medical Corps maintains a roster of volunteers, staff and available specialists who have been interviewed and have completed pre-deployment paperwork, orientation and training. The roster is updated on regular basis as new responders are identified and members update their areas of expertise and other relevant information. Through this expression of interest, applicants are encouraged to submit their profiles so that their information is readily available in the International Medical Corps applicant tracking system.

Job Summary
Candidates applying to this position are indicating that they are interested in being considered for the International Medical Corps standby roster for emergency response. Roster members will only be contacted when there is an emergency response need for which the responder is qualified for. This position will not be compensated unless responders are deployed to an emergency response.

The purpose of the Emergency Nutrition Coordinator position on the International Medical Corps Emergency Response Team (ERT) is to assist International Medical Corps in delivering life-saving programs in disasters in a holistic and sustainable way, keeping in mind how the emergency response will impact the transition to development programming. The Emergency Nutrition Coordinator will technically be supervised and supported by the International Medical Corps’ Nutrition and Food Security (NFS) Department Director or designee, and operationally will report to the Emergency Program Director. 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation. The duties and responsibilities listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all inclusive.

Assessment, Evaluation and Program Design:

  • Conduct initial nutrition sector-specific assessments and make technical recommendations for appropriate activities, both for initial disaster response phase and for longer-term transition phase;
  • Assess the immediate lifesaving nutrition interventions needed, such as CMAM, in addition to the prevention activities, such as ENA and IFE that need to be implemented at the same time;
  • Provide assessments of the nutrition situation as it relates to food security, WASH, and Health;
  • Assess health sector’s ability to respond to the nutritional needs of acutely malnourished children and make recommendations on how to best respond to those needs programmatically;
  • Determine the cause of the malnutrition in the emergency response and formulate appropriate responses that will address the cause;
  • Develop the nutrition program strategies, with support from NFS, for the specific disaster response;
  • Assist in development of, or provide technical review for, emergency response proposals to be submitted by International Medical Corps to ensure that proposed activities and programs align with best practices in the nutrition sector;
  • As appropriate, apply new developments in the nutrition sector to International Medical Corps programming.

Program Implementation:

  • Lead the implementation of emergency nutrition programs, including the integration of nutrition into health and WASH response;
  • Ensure high quality nutrition programs are delivered with conscientious attention to accountability to affected populations;
  • Directly supervise nutrition staff and other response staff who are implementing nutrition programs;
  • Manage the budget for nutrition activities, possibly including financing from multiple donors;
  • Work closely with logistics to ensure unbroken supply chain of nutrition commodities, medications and other needs for the program;
  • Ensure stock monitoring and accountability for nutrition supplies at all levels in coordination with logistics team;
  • In close collaboration with monitoring and evaluation coordinator work ensure that monitoring tools are implemented and utilized appropriately and that information is used to inform the response.

HR Management:

  • Recruit, train and supervise national staff, including health and wash staff to ensure they have the skills needed for the response;
  • Carry out additional trainings as required and carryout formal staff evaluations.


  • Actively represent International Medical Corps in nutrition sector discussions and activities and display technical and organizational leadership in sectoral activity as a primary resource person for nutrition on the International Medical Corps Emergency Response Team;
  • Coordinate International Medical Corps’ nutrition response and recovery activities across a wide range of actors within International Medical Corps, donors, host governments, UN and NGO partners to ensure consistency of programming;
  • Actively participate and represent IMC in country-based nutrition Cluster meetings;
  • If appropriate during the response, provide technical support to assist in the development of disaster risk reduction programs that mitigate the effects of disasters on populations and communities; identify disaster mitigation measures, where appropriate, that could be linked to disaster response activities.

Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse
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. 

  • BSc in Nutrition required with at least seven years of field experience or Master’s in Nutrition or other relevant field, with a minimum of five years of international experience in nutrition, including experience in emergency response and recovery following natural disaster or in conflict setting;
  • Current knowledge of nutrition, health, food security issues, risk reduction, emergency response, and sustainable development concepts;
  • Experience in multisector assessment and program design, implementation, budget management, program monitoring, data collection and evaluation;
  • Skills in technical proposal writing, designing and implementing nutrition programs;
  • Experience designing and, implementing appropriate and effective holistic nutrition programs incorporating access to health care, WASH, and food security programming;
  • Familiarity with design and programming processes of different donors and a general familiarity with recent initiatives such as the Global Health Initiative and Feed the Future;
  • Ability to exhibit tact, diplomacy, and resourcefulness in dealing with high level officials from donor agencies, international organizations, and other foreign and domestic government officials and partners;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English required, working knowledge of French, Spanish or Arabic skills desirable;
  • Must be able to demonstrate cross-cultural awareness and maintain a positive working relationship with clients and colleagues with professionalism and integrity;
  • Demonstrated skills in creative problem solving particularly in limited resource settings;
  • Experience in managing, training and motivating multiethnic and multicultural teams.

International Medical Corps is a ‘first-responder’ both to natural and man-made disasters and has a mandate of working in remote locations.  The organization has a comprehensive security management policy and plan in place and committed to do everything possible within its remit to ensure safety and security.  Notwithstanding, the mandate and programming choices of International Medical Corps require staff with a high degree of resilience, sound judgement, the ability to move fast, and the willingness to travel and work in unstable situations and harsh conditions.

International Medical Corps is proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran.