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International Medical Corps position: Nutrition Survey Manager in Yemen

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23 Dec 2013, 05:21

International Medical Corps is looking for a Nutrition survey Manager for a joint Yemen nutrition cluster and IMC project. POSITION TITLE: Nutrition Survey Manager COUNTRY: Yemen (Sana’a, with 60% field time) 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. Summary Seconded to the Nutrition Cluster, The IMC Nutrition Survey Manager (NSM) will provide field based technical support, countrywide, for the completion of nutritional assessments (primarily, but not exclusively, coverage and SMART surveys). Where necessary, the NSM will lead on the implementation of surveys. Back ground and Justification: Yemen is amongst the countries with the highest level of child malnutrition. In 2013 an estimated 1 million children are suffering from acute malnutrition and a little over a quarter of these are severely acute malnourished. IMC, UNICEF and nutrition cluster partners have been responding to emergency levels of child malnutrition for the last three years. CMAM programmes have thus been scaled up in recent years. By the middle of 2013 a total of 1141 Outpatient Therapeutic Program (OTP) and 544 Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP) had become operational. To inform the decision making in planning and designing of live saving and long term nutrition programs in the country several nutrition assessments have been carried out. However there still exists a dearth of up to date information on the current situation of acute malnutrition in most of the country. In addition, the effectiveness and efficiency of the already established CMAM program has not been particularly effectively examined - only a couple of CMAM coverage evaluations (using SQUEAC methodology) had been carried out in the last year. Although there have been improvements in capacity of Ministry of Public Health and Population (MOPHP) and cluster partners to undertake timely and good quality nutrition assessments, there is still a gap in having an experienced and senior level technical expert that can provide guidance and oversight to governorate level assessment coordinators. Thus the overall purpose of this assignment is to enhance the MOPHP capacity in assessment, and technically support MOPHP and nutrition cluster partners to carry out SMART nutrition surveys and coverage assessments in high priority areas of Yemen. Specific Tasks: 1. In consultation with the Nutrition cluster Assessment Technical Working Group and MOPHP nutrition department develop a nutrition assessment decision making framework for Yemen. 2. Review and update the SMART nutrition survey tools which have been used in previous surveys so that they are adaptable to various contexts in Yemen. 3. Provide support for the planning, coordination and implementation of SMART nutrition surveys in priority governorates. 4. Train MOPHP and Nutrition cluster partners on SMART Nutrition survey and Coverage Assessment methodologies. 5. In coordination with MOPHP nutrition department establish a roster of personnel to make up a Nutrition Rapid Assessment Team at national level, and work with the government to ensure assignment of focal persons in governorates. 6. Support Cluster information management officers in creating repository of reports and datasets of past Nutrition Assessments. 7. Support design, implementation, and completion of SQUEAC coverage assessment in Hajja, Hodeida and other governorates as required. Deliverables 1. Training of MOPHP / NGO staff on SMART nutrition survey methodology 2. Four rounds of training (75-100 participants) of MOPHP and NGO partners on Coverage 3. Supports and ensures the implementation of 10 SMART and 10 Coverage surveys 4. Revises SMART Nutrition Survey data collection tools 5. Nutrition Assessment Team is established in Ministry of Health and Governorate focal persons are assigned. 6. Repository of past nutrition Survey reports and datasets is created. 7. Nutrition Surveillance and Survey Framework in place. Technical Background and Experience: 1. Advanced university degree in public health, nutrition or related field with at least 3 years of work experience; or first degree with significant experience (at least 5 years) 2. Required experience in conducting SMART surveys of significant size with a successful track record of effective survey management 3. Experience in unstable and potentially insecure humanitarian settings required 4. Demonstrated technical knowledge in conducting emergency nutrition SMART surveys, and coverage assessments. 5. Experience in capacity building of government and national agencies. 6. Excellent communication, organizational skills and ability to work in a team. 7. Computer skills, including word processing, spread sheet and other software packages/ systems is required. Statistical skills in working with Nutrisurvey/ENA ,EPI-INFO,SPSS or other software packages is essential 8. Fluent in English (some Arabic language understanding/ speaking will be an asset). Procedures and Logistics: • The staff member predominantly will work in UNICEF office and will frequently travel to the field to train, supervise, monitor, and assist in undertaking the survey activities. • Internal flights, security support, housing, field logistics etc… will be facilitated by IMC. • UNICEF will provide office supplies and space. • The NSM will provide monthly reports and weekly briefings to the IMC Country Director • The NSM is a member of the IMC country team and participates as required in IMC meetings, supports programme design, documents (proposals etc…) How to Apply: Go to and apply on line.

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