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Caroline Wilkinson

Senior Nutrition Officer, UNHCR

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7 May 2015, 10:08

UNHCR is looking for a Senior regional Nutrition and Food Security Officer based in Kenya. The Senior Regional Nutrition and Food Security Officer is responsible, within the stated functional area, for the following countries (Tanzania, Kenya, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti and Somalia). S/he will coordinate and provide technical support to a regional network of country-level public health and nutrition focal points and nutrition officers. The incumbent will ensure that UNHCR's nutrition and food security programmes meet minimum international UNHCR and international standards, to minimise malnutrition, micronutrient deficiencies and anaemia prevalence among populations of concern and to support the provision and attainment of adequate food for food security. The incumbent plays a role in programme coordination, planning, monitoring and evaluation; as well as promoting capacity- building of UNHCR personnel and partners, and advocacy, information and communication on nutrition and food security issues.

S/he will liaise with UNHCR country offices, DPSM/Public Health Section, and Regional Bureau/Desk. S/he supports and provides guidance to the network of UNHCR health and nutrition focal points and officers as well as to Implementing and Operational Partners, National Governments, Ministries of Health, UN agencies.

To provide policy and guidance on nutrition and food security, provide information on specific technical guidelines, briefings, training, provide input on evaluation documents, carry out assessments, to facilitate contact with WFP and other partner agencies, advise on local agreements, review survey reports, consult on technical protocols, advise on specific nutrition interventions, provide data on nutrition situations, develop strategic plans, advocacy and support fundraising.

To coordinate approaches and strengthen/develop strategic partnership with other regional UN agencies including WFP, WHO, FAO and NGOs involved in nutrition and food security, to share information and experiences, carry out joint assessments, produce joint technical guidelines, implement joint pilot projects, seek new opportunities for interagency collaboration on specific nutrition issues, seek financial and technical support for selected refugee operations, conduct joint trainings, operational research , coordinate with UNICEF on IDP situations through the cluster approach.

The incumbent holds a professional senior management position responsible for provision of expert technical support and advice as well as strategic planning and policy making on activities within the areas of nutrition and related food security matters as well as related technical sectors as an integral part of UNHCR programmes.

A full job description is available on the UNHCR website.

ESSENTIAL MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

- Advanced University degree in human nutrition or food science or a related field.
- Experience and professional training in public health with a good understanding of the main issues.
- Minimum of 10 years or progressively relevant experience in human nutrition, including a minimum of five years of working experience in emergency nutrition.
- Ability to promote good working relationships among colleagues, supervisors, and those persons he/she may supervise.
- Ability towards analytical and creative thinking for rapid solutions.
- Proficiency in basic computer software such as MS Access, Epi Info and other statistical programmes required for nutritional survey data analysis.
- Excellent knowledge of English (written/oral/comprehension).

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS & COMPETENCIES

- Previous professional work with NGO's and / or UN agencies.
- Experience in comprehensive public health programmes, including Water, Sanitation and Hygiene and strong understanding of the linkages and the main issues in these two sectors.
- Strong communication and presentation skills.
- French desirable.

Closing Date
Please note that the closing date for vacancies in the Spring 2015 Compendium is Monday 25 May 2015 (midnight Geneva time). Candidates are requested to apply via the UNHCR online system under the “current vacancies” space on the UNHCR website: http://www.unhcr.org/pages/49c3646c491.html

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