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20-244: Advisor, Global Nutrition RRT Technical Unit – IYCF-E
Department:Technical Unit
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 areas worldwide. By offering training and health care 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 health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.


International Medical Corps is leading the nutrition Technical Rapid Response Team (Tech RRT) a consortium with Action Against Hunger (AAH) Canada and USA and Save the Children UK (SC UK) to provide nutrition technical surge capacity for rapid response in emergencies. The Tech RRT works in close collaboration with the Global Nutrition Cluster (GNC) and UNICEF, and under the umbrella of the GNC Technical Alliance (formerly GTAM).

The goal of the Tech RRT is to improve and strengthen the technical quality of programs and assessments for improved nutrition outcomes of affected populations in emergencies and protracted crisis situations. This goal is achieved by providing remote technical assistance or by deploying technical advisers to countries requesting assistance (subject to COVID-19 pandemic and travel possibilities). In addition, the Tech RRT delivers various capacity strengthening initiatives (such as webinars) to address capacity gaps identified at a global and country level.

The Tech RRT consists of 4 Tech RRT Advisors that are deployed or provide remote support to Level 3 emergencies as a priority and to Level 2 emergencies as needed to support nutrition partners on the ground including nutrition clusters to conduct nutrition needs assessments, start-up or quickly expand programs and support government and partners on IYCF-E, CMAM and Social Behaviour Change.

The Tech RRT is currently part of important developments in the provision of nutrition technical support at global level in the form of the GNC Technical Alliance (formerly GTAM). This is therefore of high importance that all Advisors are on-board and ready to provide technical support on demand (in country or remote as the pandemic evolves).

Job Purpose

The post holder will be our lead IYCFE Advisor to be deployed by the Tech RRT mechanism, for approximately 50% of the time, and will contribute the remaining 50% of their time to supporting global, regional, or country level initiatives, with priority given to country support. Currently deployments in country are on hold due to COVID-19 pandemic and all technical support is provided remotely. Deployments will resume when the situation allows.

When deployed/supporting a country remotely, the IYCF-E Advisor will provide senior leadership and be responsible for improving the delivery of IYCF-E responses in rapid onset and protracted emergencies globally, through in country deployments/remote support to governments, nutrition clusters, the Global Nutrition Cluster (GNC), and local and international non-government organisations.

Main Responsibilities

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

Deployments/remote support to country (50%):

Specific tasks and responsibilities will be outlined in a TOR for each deployment/remote support to country (prepared and validated by the members of the deployment steering committee for the Tech RRT), based on country context and needs; and they are likely to include several of the following key tasks:

  1. Ensure adequate coordination for IYCF-E is in place through either establishing, leading or providing substantial support to the IYCF-E technical working group.
  2. Lead IYCF-E assessments and advocate for inclusion of IYCF-E in multi sector rapid assessments.
  3. Support country nutrition clusters to develop an IYCF-E strategy as required.
  4. Design appropriate and evidence based IYCF-E response plans.
  5. Facilitate and guide monitoring of the Code, tracking and reporting BMS violations, advise on appropriate use or disposal of confiscated BMS, and advocacy for adherence to global standard for appropriate infant feeding in emergencies.
  6. Advocate for prioritisation of the most vulnerable: orphans or unaccompanied infants, the non-breastfed child, new-borns, infants affected by HIV and AIDS.
  7. Assess capacity building needs across partners and develop a plan for meeting these; conduct Training of Trainers (TOTs) for Ministries, train field workers/first responders, and hold orientations for stakeholders (in country or remotely based on COVID-19 pandemic).
  8. Provide logistical advice (i.e. supplies for Mother Baby Areas, BMS kits, Breast Feeding kits).
  9. Integrate IYCF-E into current, new, or scaled up nutrition activities.
  10. Advise on integration with other sectors (including WASH, Food Security and Livelihoods, Child Protection, Health).
  11. Work with other Tech RRT advisors to develop relevant IYCF-E messages and behaviours to focus on during emergency assessments and response.
  12. Design M&E tools and indicators and support their implementation.
  13. Monitor and evaluate IYCF-E activities, including supervise quality of BF assessments, re-lactation, BMS programming, BCC interventions such as one to one counselling.
  14. Determine the need for scale up, brief donors and advocate for adequate resource allocation. Lead the development of proposals and budgets to seek adequate funding for IYCF-E.
  15. Support and develop government and other partner’s capacity in IYCF-E.
  16. Participate in the Tech RRT Advisor coordination calls.
  17. Contribute regularly to the Tech RRT’s social media activities and website content.

Non-Deployment time (50%):

Non-deployment activities can include, but are not limited to, the following: In collaboration with stakeholders, develop and rollout appropriate IYCF-E trainings including webinars.

  • In collaboration with the partners, GNC and IYCF Forums, support the development of tools and guidance as needed.
  • Document interventions and lessons learned to support the development of guidelines in emergencies.
  • Build partner staff capacity in IYCF-E in emergencies.
  • Contribute to research and analysis on IYCF-E to enhance good practices and assist in building the body of knowledge and evidence.
  • Synthesize and/or analyze learning generated through programs into communicable outputs and disseminate these appropriately.
  • Stay abreast of developments and current good practices in the field of practice.
  • Contribute to writing and disseminating program learning documentation.
  • Collaboratively and as needed, help develop tools and job aids that foster organizational capacity in IYCF-E.
  • Draft blog posts for the Tech RRT website and develop tweets for the Tech RRT Twitter account.
  • Write articles for the Field Exchange.
  • Improve and manage Tech RRT archives and data.

 Code of Conduct

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  • Typically, post graduate qualification in a Public Health, Nutrition or relevant field. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.


  • 10+ year of relevant and progressive experience working in related field, including minimum 7 years of implementation and management of humanitarian nutrition programs
  • Field experience in several and diverse acute emergencies as well as protracted crisis settings.
  • Demonstrated experience in designing and leading IYCF-E assessments.
  •  Highly developed technical competencies in nutrition in emergencies, and specifically IYCF-E.
  • Strong skills in coordination and the ability to work effectively with a range of stakeholders, including nutrition clusters, partners (local, national and international) and the Ministries of Health.
  • Highly developed writing skills – both at a programmatic level (assessment reports, proposals) and a policy level (policy papers, guidance notes).
  • Strong communications skills (both written and verbal) at a level appropriate for high-level external representation (lobbying, presentations).
  • Ability to analyse diverse information and develop recommendations for an appropriate response to emergencies.
  • Demonstrated capacity in delivering high quality training in IYCF-E.
  • Ability to travel at short notice, to potentially remote and insecure locations.
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.) and the Internet.
  • Proven teamwork, partnering skills (facilitating dialogue and communications across diverse sectors, institutions, and geographic administrative levels).
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to initiate and implement activities with minimal oversight and supervision.
  • Proficiency in English is required.
  • Proficiency in French is highly desirable, and knowledge of another language is an asset (Arabic, Spanish).

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.