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18-381: Nutrition Coordinator - Emergency Response Team
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 healthcare 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 areas worldwide. By offering training and healthcare to local populations and medical assistance to people at high risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated healthcare systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.

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 provides safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable and patient centered care; offers needs-based response according to the context and type of sudden onset disaster (SOD) and/or outbreak in the affected nation; adopts a human rights-based approach to its response; ensures it is accessible to all sections of the population affected by the SOD and/or outbreak, particularly the vulnerable; and treats patients in a medically ethical manner.

International Medical Corps is accountable to patients and communities, host governments and ministries of health, and its organization and donors. International Medical Corps commits to a coordinated response under the national health emergency management authorities. International Medical Corps collaborates with the national health system, the clusters and the humanitarian community.

Selected personnel are on standby to deploy to a crisis within 48 hours. Personnel may deploy to new areas of operation or lend support to International Medical Corps teams already on the ground. International Medical Corps maintains a roster of volunteers and staff who have completed pre-deployment paperwork, orientation and training. The roster is updated on a regular basis. Through this expression of interest, applicants maintain professional profiles with International Medical Corps, so that information is complete and readily available for an emergency response deployment.

Job Purpose

This position will support International Medical Corps’ emergency response delivering outpatient clinical care to disaster-affected populations.

The primary responsibility of the Nutrition Coordinator is to lead and provide technical support for planning and smooth operation of nutrition activities in any defined context. The Nutrition Coordinator leads nutrition assessments, designs and is responsible for implementation of program interventions, integrates nutrition activities with other programs as needed, and in compliance with international standards. The Nutrition Coordinator supports proposal development, data management, and reporting; hires, trains, and mentors’ personnel, volunteers, and partners; and coordinates with relevant actors, sub/clusters, working groups, government bodies, other organizations, and partners.

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

Main Responsibilities

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

  • Responsible for leading the nutrition managers and providing technical support and capacity building of the team to successfully plan, implement and monitor International Medical Corps nutrition program activities during emergency response.
  • Organize and support all aspects of the nutrition program including liaising with the Ministry of Health, the nutrition cluster, other international and national agencies, and donors.
  • Responsible for ensuring that the nutrition programs in emergencies are implemented in line with the Ministry’s guidelines and international humanitarian standards and donor guidelines.
  • Provision of technical backstopping and conducting nutrition training, reviewing program reports, surveys and monitoring and evaluation reports.

General

  • Deployed personnel are expected to assist with the setup, maintenance and demobilization of the clinical spaces and base camp as required.

 Policy Adherence

  • Actively promote PSEA (prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse) standards within International Medical Corps and among beneficiaries served by International Medical Corps.
  • Adhere to the Code of Conduct, maintain humanitarian principles and respect international humanitarian law at all times.

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. The fluid nature of emergency response requires personnel to adapt to a rapidly changing landscape; duties may be reconfigured to meet operational requirements.

Code of Conduct

It is our shared responsibility and obligation to prevent matters involving sexual exploitation and abuse, trafficking in persons, child safeguarding and any suggested violation to our Code of Conduct that may involve conflicts-of-interest, fraud, corruption or harassment. If you see, hear or are made aware of any such activities, you have an obligation to report.

Qualifications:
  • Master of Public Health (MPH), nutrition or equivalent in Nutrition/Public Health

Experience:

  • Proven experience in managing emergency nutrition programs including CMAM, IYCF, SBC in multiple locations
  • 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 such as ECHO, OFDA, WFP, UNICEF, DFID, UNHCR
  • 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, analyze and interpret data and familiarity with nutrition surveys (Coverage, SMART and KAP surveys)
  • Experience in writing / developing project proposals and project reports
  • Experience in facilitation of trainings and workshop
  • Experience in budget management, logistics and Human Resources management

Competencies:

  • Strong communication skills 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 work effectively with government, community leaders, international/national organizations, donors, partners and other International Medical Corps relationships
  • 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
  • Fluent in written and spoken English is required; fluency in Spanish, French, Arabic is desirable

Other

In addition to the responsibilities referenced above, candidates can expect to be living and working in austere conditions. Lifting moderately heavy objects from the ground, carrying a backpack for extended periods of time, and walking or hiking in remote locations may be necessary to perform these functions.

International Medical Corps is a first responder 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 is committed to doing everything possible within its remit to ensure safety and security. Notwithstanding, the mandate and programming choices of International Medical Corps require staff members who have a high degree of resilience, extremely decisive qualities and the ability to move fast.

Equal Opportunities

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.