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IRC seeks Nutrition Coordinator, Niger

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HR Associate / International Rescue Committee

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20 Mar 2013, 19:54

This position is contingent upon funding. The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home. Background Since the early 1980s Niger has consistently been ranked at the bottom the UN’s Human development index. Over half the population suffers from chronic food insecurity and one in ten are extremely food insecure. Niger is also a disaster prone country, regularly hit by food crises and vulnerable to flooding, cholera and locust swarms. Access to health care and education for women & girls are very limited. In addition to the vulnerability of a significant proportion of Nigerians, Niger also plays host to 62,000 refugees from neighboring Mali. The needs in this situation are significant and are expected to increase, with further displacement into Niger anticipated. IRC plans to start a nutrition intervention in Niger. Scope of work Under the supervision of the Head of Office - Niger, and based in Niamey, the Nutrition Coordinator will be responsible for the vision, strategy, design, implementation and management of the Nutrition Program in Niger, working in collaboration with the senior management team in Niamey, and the teams in the field. The Nutrition Coordinator will be based in Niamey with frequent visits to the field sites. Responsibilities Coordination and Representation • Plan and coordinate IRC Niger interventions; • Collaborate with other sectors to ensure a holistic approach in line with IRC’s Program Framework principles; • In coordination with the supervisor, represent IRC to UN, international and national NGOs, and Ministries of Health, for nutrition topics; • Oversee implementation of grants and management of budgets, including budget forecasting, development of spending plans in cooperation with the Grants Manager. Technical Monitoring and Program Quality • Provide technical supervision of, and technical support to IRC Niger Nutrition programming activities; • Ensure that nutrition programs utilize standardized protocols, policies and guidelines, as prescribed by the Ministry of Health and WHO/UNICEF; • Ensure that all nutrition activities are consistent with established best practices; • Oversee the collection and timely reporting of data and statistics for all nutrition programs in line with IRC’s REL (Research, Evaluation & Learning) guidelines and according to internal and donor requirements; • Ensure appropriate follow-up and decision-making on data relevant to IRC nutrition programs; • Ensure all stakeholders are provided with updates on the nutrition program in Niger, including Head of Office – Niger, Nutrition Technical Unit, donors etc. Strategic Planning • Monitor evolving needs of the target communities and adjust the programmatic priorities as necessary; • In collaboration with the Nutrition Technical Advisor and the Head of Office - Niger, lead the overall development of an overall IRC Nutrition Program strategy in line with IRC Niger Strategy. Program Development • Identify opportunities for program development; • Lead technical assessments as a basis for nutrition program development; • Coordinate and initiate project proposals and develop program proposals (development of logical frameworks and appropriate, realistic and measurable indicators) for the IRC Niger Nutrition Program under the supervision of the Head of Office – Niger. Staff development • Ensure the ongoing capacity building of expatriate and national staff. Qualifications & experience • Professional degree preferably at the advanced level (Master) linked to nutrition; • At least five years international professional experience, including significant experience managing nutrition programs; • International experience with preference in Africa • Excellent management skills; • Previous experience in supervision and management of multi disciplinary team in a multi cultural environment; • Experience conducting assessments, preferably using participatory approaches and/or SMART and SQUEAC surveys; • Ability to write clear and concise reports and proposals and to meet required reporting deadlines; • Able to work independently while being a strong team player; • Competence with Windows, Microsoft Office; • Ability to work in unstable security environments; • Good level of spoken and written English and French. This is an unaccompanied position. Please apply online: .

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