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MEDAIR is seeking a Nutrition Advisor for its programme in Afghanistan

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Eliza Jockuat

HR Recruitment Support - Medair UK

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18 May 2014, 23:44

Role and Responsibilities Provide technical advice and support to the field management and nutrition staff. Develop, lead, monitor and evaluate the nutrition aspects of the country programme. Coordinate and network at a senior level with national and regional nutrition and health authorities and other NGOs; lead on all nutrition elements of proposals and reports; provide capacity building for national and international staff; champion best practice (international and Medair) in the nutrition programmes and contribute to the overall management of the country programme. Medair Medair is a humanitarian organisation inspired by Christian faith to relieve human suffering in some of the world’s most remote and devastated places. We bring relief and recovery to people in crisis, regardless of race, creed or nationality. As signatories of the Red Cross Code of Conduct, we believe that aid should be given to everyone who is in need, regardless of political, social or religious viewpoint. We save lives in emergencies and then stay to help people recover from crisis with dignity—working side by side with communities to leave a lasting impact. We provide a range of emergency relief and recovery services: health care and nutrition; safe water, sanitation, and hygiene; shelter and infrastructure. Workplace Kabul, Afghanistan. Take a look at Medair’s work in Afghanistan Starting Date As soon as possible Initial Contract Details Full time, contract of 12 months Key Activity Areas Nutrition Project Technical Oversight • Maintain an overview of the country nutrition programme and of the regional context, with a view to strategically developing new projects in current sites and / or in surrounding regions, and proactively planning for responsible exit. • Give technical advice to field managers and HQ on potential involvement in new nutrition interventions and internal nutrition capacity for implementation. • Define appropriate policies, guidelines and protocols for the nutritional aspects of Medair’s work in country, in consultation with HQ advisors, other field managers and in line with relevant government, Sphere and WHO guidelines. • Supervise and monitor the development of reporting systems for nutrition data collection (qualitative and quantitative), analysis and follow-up and feedback to relevant staff, donors, partners and other agencies. Representation • Develop and maintain relationships with Ministry of Health, UN, NGOs, donors, partners and other stakeholders, with the objective of raising public awareness of Medair and ensuring good co-operation and partnerships. Staff Management • Ensure that all nutrition staff are adequately trained and, if necessary, create possibilities for capacity building, mentoring and coaching, within budget constraints. Plan and develop training material as required with support from HQ advisors as needed. Financial Management • Ensure the nutrition project expenditure is in line with approved budgets, advising on potential under / over spend and recommending appropriate corrective action. Quality Management • Ensure nutrition projects are implemented in line with donor proposals and requirements and in accordance with Medair, donor, country and international standards e.g. Sphere and HAP standards, WHO recommendations, etc. Follow the direction of the Senior Health & Nutrition Advisor at HQ regarding quality, strategy and technical guidelines. • Maintain a resource library for the nutrition team and keep up-to-date with the latest trends and updates within the sector. Ensure all nutrition staff have access to necessary and appropriate information as required. Qualifications • University degree in nutrition or clinical medicine (nurse or doctor) • Post-graduate degree in nutrition / public health / or medicine desirable Languages • Strong working knowledge of English (spoken and written) • Ability to speak, or willingness to learn, local language desirable Experience / Competencies • Relevant post-qualification professional experience, in a management position • At least 1 year of international experience managing and implementing an emergency nutrition intervention • 3 years international experience in relief work with an NGO managing and coordinating nutrition projects, preferably using the CMAM model and in an emergency context desirable • Competent with statistical database(s) such as ENA, EPI Info, SPSS, EPI Nut or STATA desirable • Experience in the design, monitoring of implementation and evaluation of CMAM programmes • Knowledge of humanitarian principles, Sphere and HAP Standards and other international humanitarian guidelines and protocols • Advanced planning, assessment and analytical skills; good report and proposal writing skills • Good negotiation skills; problem solving ability • Able to cope with basic living conditions in the field and during field trips • Self-motivated, energetic, hard-working, servant-hearted Medair Standard Working Requirements for the Field • Experienced professionals in a relevant field; Overseas intercultural experience • Committed Christians; commitment to the Medair values • Strong working knowledge of English, spoken and written • Working knowledge of French, spoken and written, for French-speaking field programmes • Single or married (with no children under 18). If married, your spouse must also apply. • Successful completion of Medair Relief & Recovery Orientation Course (ROC) • Reflect the vision and values of Medair with team members, local staff, beneficiaries, external contacts • Able to live and work in a multicultural team under difficult conditions • Strong character traits, including emotional stability, adaptability, ability to handle stress, cultural and gender sensitivity, honesty, and physically fit Benefits • A salary based upon the grade of the position and the experience of the position-holder • Comprehensive briefing at our Swiss headquarters, as well as an in-country briefing • Security training for those going to particularly insecure environments • Accommodation, food, and transportation in-country • Return flights to and from the country programme (one return flight for every year of service) • Rest and recuperation (R&R) leave (including travel, accommodation, and food allowance) • Annual leave; Death and disability allowance • Contribution matching programme for retirement savings (for experienced relief workers) • Additional contract benefit allowance for those who commit to longer contracts • Comprehensive medical and emergency rescue insurance, with up to 60 days post- assignment coverage, including debriefing Working Conditions • This is a field-based position and working and living conditions may be very different to that previously experienced. Application Process Follow this link: check if you are an Experienced or New Relief Worker and that you fit our standard working criteria, then: a) apply for this vacancy (or another position that matches your profile), or b) apply for a Medair ROC (where we can try and match your competencies to our vacancy needs). Please do not make multiple applications. We will not review email applications. Only English-language applications / CVs will be reviewed. Medair does not set closing / deadline dates for applications; recruitment is on-going until the position is filled.

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