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Nutrition Assessment Manager - Yemen- 12 months contract

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Martin Mongalla

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15 Jan 2014, 10:54

JOB SUMMARY Seconded to the Nutrition Cluster, The IMC Nutrition Assessment Manager (NAM) will provide field based technical support, countrywide, for the completion of nutritional assessments (primarily SQUEAC and SMART). Where necessary, the NAM will lead on the implementation of surveys. Background 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 severe 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 OTP (Outpatient Therapeutic Program) and 544 SFP (Supplementary Feeding Program) 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 the 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 SQUEAC 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 in use in the last 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 SQUEAC 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. By closely working with WFP /VAM Unit, and WHO strengthen timely compilation and dissemination of Food security and nutrition surveillance information. 8. Support design, implementation, and completion of SQUEAC coverage assessment in in Hajja, Hodeida and other governorates as required. Deliverables 1. Training of MOPHP staff on SMART nutrition survey methodology 2. Four rounds of training (75-100 participants) of MOPHP and NGO partners on SQUEAC 3. Supports the implementation / ensures the implementation of 10 SMART and 10 SQUEAC 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 8. Provides weekly reports and monthly briefings to the IMC Country Director 9. Is a member of the IMC country team and participates as requited in IMC meetings, retreats, programme design, documents (proposals etc…) Qualifications: Technical Background and Experience: 1. Advanced university degree in public health, nutrition or related field or first degree with significant experience 2. Experience in conducting surveys of significant size with a successful track record of effective survey management 3. Experience in humanitarian settings. 4. Demonstrated technical knowledge in conducting emergency nutrition surveys, and coverage assessments using SQUEAC Methodology, 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). HOW TO APPLY: E-mail: Or via link:

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