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RedR seeks Nutrition Specialists

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Tamsin Walters

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15 Apr 2014, 10:15

RedR Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that recruits, selects, trains, prepares, deploys and supports experts to international humanitarian relief operations in disaster and conflict zones. We maintain a Standby Register of experienced and highly mobile professionals for this purpose. RedR Australia has recently deployed personnel to Fiji, Jordan, Lebanon, Myanmar, Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, The Philippines, South Sudan, Switzerland, and Thailand. As part of RedR Australia’s ongoing support to humanitarian operations worldwide, we are seeking Nutrition Specialists with the ability to deploy rapidly and work in demanding situations for three to six months, to join the Standby Register. Nutrition Specialists with RedR Australia are deployed to a UN agency such as WFP, UNICEF, WHO and UNHCR to provide support and implement programs during times of severe food insecurity and famine where large numbers of vulnerable people are at risk of malnutrition. Key Responsibilities Nutrition Specialists will commonly be required to: 1. Conduct thorough assessments of the current health system of the country/region, focusing on its ability to respond and manage the crisis. From this you will be able to analyse gaps and suggest rapid corrective measures 2. Conduct community visits to map malnutrition sites, types and magnitude of needs of children and women (as a primary focus) 3. Develop an action plan and inventory of Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food by health district with a detailed supply schedule for nutrition therapeutic centres 4. Develop and set up a data collection mechanism, meeting all nutritional data (who, how many, how severe, food and treatment required) needs for an emergency context 5. Monitor the trends in the nutritional status of women and children and vulnerable populations and identify core advocacy concerns utilising Nutritional Surveillance Tools Qualifications, knowledge and experience required 1. Education: Advanced University degree (Masters or equivalent) in Dietician or other relevant field such as Public Health 2. At least five years’ experience in the field of international nutrition, preferably in emergency response settings, either with multilateral, bilateral agencies or NGOs 3. A minimum of one year’s experience in emergency response or humanitarian relief context (though experience in a development context is also highly regarded) and experience working at a national or international level supporting the development of policy and guidelines for nutrition 4. Experience working with Ready-to-Use-Therapeutic-Foods 5. Experience working with malnourished populations and identifying the nutritional needs of pregnant and lactating mothers 6. Experience in nutrition research and capacity building as well as interagency coordination is beneficial 7. Good command of English. Knowledge of another language (French or Arabic in particular) is desirable Where we work UN agencies have in recent times requested RedR Australia Standby Register personnel in: · Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt, Turkey and Jordan to support Syrian refugee movements and help respond to the Syria crisis. · Myanmar to provide aid relief related to the ongoing conflict and displacement. · Pakistan and the Philippines assisting with affected communities victims of natural disasters. Key competencies and attributes we look for in all RedR Register personnel include: · Relevant technical / vocational qualifications and practical hands-on experience · Experience working, living or travelling in developing countries or remote areas · Experience supervising staff and leading a team · Ability to train and develop the skills of local national staff · Proficiency in computer skills such as word processing, spreadsheets, internal databases, email and internet for sharing information, maintaining records and preparing reports · Excellent level of spoken and written English. Knowledge of other languages (French, Arabic, Spanish, and Portuguese) would be highly regarded. If you are able to offer this mix of skills and experience and feel you have the requisite attributes for emergency response field work, please Apply Now as RedR Australia’s first recruitment intake is only open from 14th April to 4th May. We look forward to receiving your application.

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