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IRC is looking for Emergency Nutrition Coordinators for the external roster

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Casie Tesfai


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30 Mar 2021, 14:36

Emergency Nutrition Coordinator (External Roster)

Job Description

 The IRC’s Emergencies & Humanitarian Action Unit (EHAU) oversees IRC’s global acute emergency preparedness and response activities. The mission of the EHAU is to expand and improve IRC’s ability to help affected communities survive in acute emergencies and hard to reach contexts by investing in people, systems, and solutions to complex humanitarian challenges.  The EHAU team achieves this mission through ongoing rigorous risk analysis, investing in capacity strengthening of frontline humanitarians, partnership with local actors, offering collaborative support and technical assistance to teams working in emergencies and hard to reach places, and deploying and supporting world class emergency response staff as they help people affected by acute crisis situations.

Nutrition programming at IRC: Our overall objective is to protect children from all forms of undernutrition so that they are well-nourished. We increase access to, and continuity of, treatment for acute malnutrition through in-patient and out-patient care. Using evidence from our cutting edge research, we’re simplifying diagnosis and treatment and bringing care closer to home. We’re also delivering high-impact preventive services through infant and young child feeding programs, infant feeding support for breastfed and non-breastfed infants, cash vouchers, complementary feeding promotion, and micro-nutrient supplementation and fortification while also investing in nutrition integration across health, education, early childhood development, child protection and economic programming.

Job Overview/Summary:

External Emergency Roster Staff are deployed to support either existing country programs in their emergency response, or to initiate a new response. The Nutrition Coordinator will provide technical leadership and direction for an effective, high quality, lifesaving nutrition response. S/he works closely with other technical coordinators, enabling the IRC to provide integrated and client-focused services. The Emergency Nutrition Coordinator will be responsible for all aspects of emergency nutrition programming, particularly the community based management of acute malnutrition (CMAM) and infant and young child feeding in emergencies (IYCF-E), and will ensure national and international guidelines are adhered to as well as uphold quality standards and ensure results-based monitoring/evaluation. S/he will report to the ERT Country Director on deployment, and will work closely with the Senior Technical Advisor for Emergency Health, as well as the Nutrition Technical Advisors in the Health Unit.

Occasional employee position.

Emergency Response Deployments

• Deliver high quality and timely emergency nutrition responses;

• Support rapid needs assessments and provide prioritized recommendations for nutrition activities;

• Design nutrition program responses and strategy, in coordination with internal and external actors;

• Coordinate closely with IRC’s health, water and sanitation, food security, and other relevant teams to ensure integrated programming across sectors;

• Develop technical proposals and budgets for donors, and prepare timely reports and updates;

• Lead nutrition program implementation including staff recruitment and training, workplan development, procurement and inventory planning, and budget management;

• Establish program monitoring systems; ensure consistent reporting and analysis of results to improve program quality;

• Ensure compliance with IRC policy and procedures throughout the program team and activities;

• Represent the IRC, coordinating with other agencies, local government , donors, cluster and other partners;

• Provide a comprehensive handover to successor at the end of deployments;

• Create an inclusive environment where diversity, different work styles, personalities and approaches are valued, and prioritize capacity building of team;

• Model inclusive behaviors to team members (ensuring all members’ voices are heard); acknowledges own biases and learning on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.


• Master’s/post-graduate degree in Public Health Nutrition/Global Nutrition or related Nutrition degree is required. 

• A minimum of 3 years of nutrition humanitarian field experience at the senior nutrition program management/coordination level

• Must have field experience in the design, implementation and evaluation of community based management of acute malnutrition and infant and young child feeding programs at a minimum;

• Demonstrated technical expertise in surveys and assessments particularly SMART, IYCF and the Semi-Quantitative Evaluation of Access and Coverage (SQUEAC) assessment a plus;

• Excellent communication and coordination capabilities, including experience leading teams;

• Effective people and program management skills in acute emergency contexts: including experience in program design, proposal writing, budget development and oversight, and the implementation of monitoring and evaluation systems;

• Flexible work attitude: Be flexible and yet focused & reliable in an environment of changing demands;

• Availability and willingness to travel 65% of the time to regional and international locations (at short notice (within 72 hours) in case of emergencies);

• Professional-level fluency in spoken and written English; fluency in French and/or Arabic a plus


The International Rescue Committee is an Equal Opportunity Employer. International Rescue Committee considers all candidates on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

The IRC and IRC staff must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way – Global Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, Equality and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti-Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.

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