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17-510: Nutrition Program Consultant – Puerto Rico
Country:Puerto Rico
Department:Global Strategies
  
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 for rapid response to emergencies. International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.

Program Background

International Medical Corps is supporting the Hurricane Response and Recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. International Medical Corps is partnering with the Primary Care Association of Puerto Rico to provide operational and technical support its member health facilities. The project provides a series of grants to association members to cover emergency expenses, repair storm damage and support staff and patients in an effort to restore health services to pre-hurricane levels.

 

The disruption to services, including health, electricity, water and sanitation, and stress due to displacement have had a negative impact on infant feeding practices.  Although the Department of Health in Puerto Rico has had good success over 25 years of promoting breastfeeding, uptake of exclusive breastfeeding remains low in low-income neighborhoods.  With interrupted access to infant formula, lack of safe water for preparing formula and sanitizing bottles, unsafe formula feeding is leading to increasing infant morbidity.  Stress of coping with the aftermath is impacting mother’s belief in their ability to breastfeed, and new mothers are unable to receive the support needed to breastfeed due to the disruptions of the health system.  In addition, breastfeeding mothers who have returned to work are no longer able to store breastmilk due to the lack of electricity, and are unable to return to their infant frequently to breastfeed due to lack of time.  The Department of Health has requested assistance in addressing these issues. 

 

 

Summary of Scope of Work

Consultant will assess, coordinate and launch nutrition programming on the Hurricane Response Program in Puerto Rico.   

Essential Responsibilities:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation.

Specifically, Consultant will complete the following tasks:

 

  • Identify existing coordination meetings and communication mechanisms for Nutrition by engaging DoH, WIC, and other nutrition stakeholders. Participate in coordination meetings where applicable.
  • Conduct a review of relevant policies, strategies and regulations regarding IYCF in Puerto Rico and compile resources for IMC shared technical and program services.
  • Assess capacity of local partners to provide community level breastfeeding support. Provide template for formalizing partnerships between IMC and local entities.
  • Identify, create, or adapt materials for training, counseling and IEC.
  • Draft IMC technical program description for Nutrition including the following components:
  • Geographic areas of intervention
  • Local capacity and/or partnerships through which IMC should work
  • Adequate and effective support to coordination mechanisms between primary and secondary health facilities to ensure comprehensive patient follow-up
  • Activity descriptions and associated implementation plan.
  • Monitoring/Supervision plan for IMC and reporting requirements for prospective partners.
    • Develop training plan for community and facility level activities, facilitate Training of Trainers (ToT) where necessary.
    • Coordinate activities with other technical experts supporting IMCs Hurricane Response Program in Puerto Rico.


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. 

Qualifications:

Requirements:

  • University degree in Nutrition or Dietetics
  • 3 years’ experience managing projects, including at least 1 year managing emergency nutrition programs
  • In depth knowledge of Infant & Young Child Feeding in Emergencies protocols and best practice
  • Experience working with local partners and mentoring national staff
  • Excellent communication and coordination skills

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