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18-125: Nutrition Coordinator
Country:Central African Republic
Department:International Programs
  
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:
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 SUMMARY:

International Medical Corps has been operating in CAR since 2007, primarily in the north-eastern regions of Vakaga and Haute-Kotto. In Vakaga, IMC is providing nutrition services and remains the only international organization delivering health assistance. In Haute-Kotto IMC is one of the main international actor implementing health, nutrition and protection integrated programs. International Medical Corps is also supporting IDPs and host population in Ouaka prefecture in the south of the country since 2016.

In CAR, IMC is supporting more than 50 health structures and 3 hospitals. Regarding degradation of health and nutritional status of the population affected by the conflicts ongoing in CAR, IMC integrates in its approach of   intervention the package which include health, nutrition and protection activities with a focus on WASH sector. Particularly malnutrition is in alarming level in CAR   specially   in  Vakaga’ where in June 2016  a SMART survey had been  conducted  which revealed SAM rate at  4,9% and a MAM rate at  13,1%.

 

JOB PURPOSE:

The Nutrition Coordinator is responsible for technical and management oversight of IMC nutrition component implemented in CAR.

 

Main Duties & Responsibilities:

 

Project Management:

  • Overall responsibility for the day-to-day management of nutrition staff and health facility- based and community-based IYCF and CMAM activities in association withmedical director and program coordinator.
  • In association with medical director, program coordinator, and medical staff in the field , provide technical guidance on IYCF and CMAM to support staff (IYCF, CMAM, health,and others as necessary) and MoH and other humanitarian actors as necessary to promote consistent good practice.
  • In collaboration with logistics and procurement teams, follows on nutrition intrant stocks level and facilitate its acquisition.
  • Ensure all staff understand and implement nutrition program guidelines on optimal IYCF practices and management of acute malnutrition (SC, OTP, and TSFP).
  • Ensure that all staff understand protection risks associated with implementation of nutrition programs and put in place mitigating measures to reduce these risks and their consequences on nutrition clients, their caregivers, and other community members.
  • Ensure appropriate and consistent messaging to mothers, other caregivers and the community at all programming contact points (e.g. models mothers’ groups’ session, clinics, community health workers meetings).
  • Ensure that all WASH aspects linked to nutrition programming at health facilities levels as well as at community level are implemented.Additionally, ensure that balance’s gender is taken into account in the course of nutrition program implementation.
  • Facilitate the development and scheduling of outreach activities.
  • Develop monthly work plans and supervision schedules.
  • Develop monitoring and evaluation mechanisms for IYCF and CMAM programs in conjunction with Monitoring and Evaluation department.
  • Compile monthly activity reports and donor reports as required.

     

    Training and Capacity Building:

  • In collaboration with medical director, conduct orientations and trainings to build the capacity of staff/volunteers, MoH staff, and the community at large.
  • In collaboration with medical director, mentor senior national staff in all aspects of nutrition program management.

 

Assessment:

  • Conduct nutritional surveys and rapid assessment planning, implementation, analysis, interpretation and reporting, as required, in collaboration with Monitoring and Evaluation Department

     

    Advocacy and Communication:

  • Facilitate cross-sectorial programming, particularly to promote excellent communication and referral between IYCF, CMAM, and other sectorial programming;
  • Participate actively in relevant internal and external sectorial coordination meetings (e.gNutrition cluster meetings)
  • Liaise with other humanitarian actors,countryauthorities to maximize collaboration and ensure proper coordination of activities and agreed protocols;

     

    Program development:

  • Work closely with the Country Director and technical staff to provide input into program development and country level strategies as required.
  • Additionally, the Nutrition coordinator will be responsible for supporting new initiatives (e.g. Blanket Supplementary Feeding, Micronutrient Supplementation….)

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. 

Qualifications:

Requirements

  1. University degree in Nutrition, Dietetics, Public Health Nutrition, or other relevant health field.
  2. 3 years’ experience with in the implementation and management of nutrition programs (including Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition; IYCF; etc.) in emergencies.
  3. Prior capacity building/training experience essential.
  4. Excellent communication skills essential.
  5. Prior experience in surveys (SMART, IYCF, etc.) required.
  6. Ability to create solutions or responses to problems in an autonomous way.
  7. Proven ability to work independently and in insecure areas.
  8. High level of English and French written and oral communication essential.

 

Skills and competencies:

  • Ability to analyze and interpret health and Nutrition data and write project reports to a high standard.
  • Experience in implementing large projects in challenging environments
  • Familiarity with international humanitarian operations, coordination structures, and the mandates of donors, UN agencies, and other NGOs
  • Strong IT and understanding database software skills;
  • Ability to work well within a cross-cultural team.