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18-432: Nutrition Manager - Roster for Emergency Response
Country:Global
Department:Humanitarian Response
  
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.

JOB SUMMARY:
 The Global Nutrition Cluster strategy reflects agreed priorities between the cluster partners and the cluster lead agency (CLA). The RRT member would play a key role in the advancement of, and support to, progress in these areas, including capacity building and promotion of the tools and approaches adopted by the Global Nutrition Cluster members. The allocation of specific roles and tasks among the RRT will seek to match the person’s interests and skills with project requirements and will be agreed upon with the Global Nutrition Cluster Coordinator.


As an active partner of the Global Nutrition Cluster, through this partnership and secondment arrangement, IMC intends to effectively contribute to improving the timely response of the nutrition cluster at country level, while the cluster coordinator will also contribute to IMCs effort of maintaining the cluster approach within its own organizations.


Deployment
Approximately 50% of the time will be spent on emergency deployment. The length of deployment will be limited to 2 months, however during non-mission period RRT members will equally divide their time at base between specific tasks allocated from the Global Nutrition Cluster, including supporting emergency preparedness missions in the regions and assisting in building International Medical Corps’s internal capacity for emergency nutrition response and internal cluster- based capacity building.


The Rapid Response Team (RRT) member will be deployed within 72 hours in an emergency to support the nutrition sector response in the very first days of any emergency response for which additional surge capacity is required. Emergency field deployments will normally be up to 6-8 weeks duration.


Coordinator will support the response in the areas of:
a)Nutrition Cluster Coordination at national or sub-national levels
b)Development of nutrition sector emergency response strategy
c)Technical support (in the areas of CMAM, Nutrition surveys, IFE and emergency component of micronutrient deficiencies prevention and control activities) d)Needs assessment and Information analysis Up to 25 % of the post holder’s time will be engaged in supporting International Medical Corps’s cluster based capacity building strategy for national and international staff. This will include contributing to the refinement of internal procedures and tools to incorporate outputs from the Global Nutrition Cluster strategy and work plan, as they become available. It will also require the participation in training and providing technical support to International Medical Corps.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

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

•Within 72 hours of a joint UNICEF/International Medical Corps decision to respond to an emergency, deploy to the location appropriate to the emergency and, under the direction of the Head of Office of UNICEF, establish and or support the Nutrition Cluster initiative as appropriate. 1.Coordinate the Nutrition Cluster agencies in formulating an effective coordinated sector response, including; contact Nutrition Cluster participants;
2.Establish and promote links with national/local authorities;
3.Coordinate initial rapid assessments;
4.Analyze and prioritise needs;
5.Develop appropriate nutrition strategies and action plans that compliment national norms/ policies/approaches and address and incorporate all cross-cutting issues as appropriate;
6.Coordinate collective efforts of cluster agencies and foster and support communication between cluster agencies, other clusters and national/local authorities;
7.Contribute to Nutrition Cluster advocacy position on key issues such as access and funding;
8.Promote and ensure inter-cluster coordination and synergy;
9. Actively promote PSEA (Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse) standards within International Medical Corps and amongst beneficiaries served by International Medical Corps.
•Monitor continuing development and changing circumstances of the emergency and recommend changes to implementation approaches of the Nutrition Cluster agencies. Formulate collaborative and cohesive inter-agency and inter-sectoral contingency plans to address changing circumstances;
•Maintain records, ensure and maintain documentation of all collective decisions and recommendations, provide cluster based update to the CLA as required;
•Support the recruitment of the incoming Nutrition Cluster Coordinator, prepare comprehensive handover notes and fully brief successor; •Facilitate evaluation of the collective Nutrition cluster response and functionality of the coordination forum, including information management and analysis.
•Undertake tasks associated with the global Nutrition cluster strategy as assigned by the Global Nutrition Cluster coordinator;
•Contribute to International Medical Corps’s technical capacity in the Nutrition sector through promotion of cluster based tools, guidance and resources, enhancing internal agency standards, systems, procedures, and tools and agreed upon best practice for emergency preparedness, disaster risk reduction and emergency response, including SPHERE and other recognized sectoral humanitarian standards, and the Red Cross and NGO Code of Conduct;
•Participate in the training and ongoing technical support of International Medical Corps staff in humanitarian nutrition;
•Liaise closely with the other RRT members and UNICEF to ensure complementarities and standardisation of approach and share learning in order to enhance the effectiveness of the emergency deployments;
•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 inclusive.

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

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:

JOB REQUIREMENTS

Required Skills, Knowledge & Abilities

  • Ability to provide technical support for IMC staff and government staff on proper implementation of CMAM, IYCF, SBC and other nutrition activities.
  • 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, counterparts and government staff
  • 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’s or Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and 3+ years relevant work experience (minimum 2 years in emergency response setting)
  • Proven experience managing emergency nutrition programs including CMAM, IYCF, SBC
  • Experience in facilitation of trainings and workshops
  • Good knowledge on budgets, logistics and Human Resources management
  • Experience in writing project reports; knowledge on developing project proposals
  • Fluent in written and spoken English and local language. French, Arabic or Spanish would be an asset.