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UNHCR seeks P3 Nutrition & Food Security Officer based in Juba South Sudan

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6 Nov 2015, 16:05

Job Description P3 Nutrition & Food Security Officer based in Juba South Sudan Job Title: Nutrition & Food Security Officer Location: Juba, South Sudan Salary Grade: P3 Current Situation Direct supervision and guidance is received from the Head of Field Office. Close functional linkages and technical guidance will be established with the Senior Regional Public Health Officer and the Public Health Section in Geneva. In order to ensure wider reach out to the refugee and ensure their close involvement in the delivery and management of nutrition services, the incumbent will need to establish an appropriate consultative and monitoring framework which would draw the experience and expertise of a wide range of actors both internally and externally. The incumbent of the position will oversee and supervise the Nutrition programmes in the area of responsibility (AOR), and provide strong technical guidance to partners, monitor and evaluate the programme and ensure and lead monthly nutrition coordination meetings. The incumbent will demonstrate strong representational, networking and negotiation skills with internal and external stakeholders such as the Government counterparts, UN Agencies and Embassies. Desirable Attributes - University degree (Bachelors or higher) in Human Nutrition or related scientific field. - Minimum 9 years (6 years with Advanced University degree) of progressive relevant field experience in a humanitarian operation. - Good written and spoken English and French language skills. - Experience, advanced training and combined knowledge in various related fields: e.g. public health, food assistance, IYCF, reproductive health, WASH (desirable) - Experience in Nutrition surveys, implementation of micro-nutrients programme (desirable). Working and Living Conditions Juba is classified as an E, non-family duty station with limited infrastructure and leisure facilities. All international staff reside at UNHCR provided accommodation. UN curfew is from 21:00 to 06:00. Mental robustness is needed in a highly stressful environment with tight deadlines and high workload. There are limited medical facilities in Juba. Therefore, staff assigned must be in good health. Candidates with conditions that would require regular treatment or medical supervision should be appropriately advised. Duties and Qualifications Nutrition and Food Security Officer ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT The overall nutrition and food security situation in the South Sudan refugee operation requires a sound and standardised mechanism and framework to ensure provision of sufficient, appropriate, and acceptable nutrition services to persons of concern (PoC) to UNHCR. With over 265000 refugees hosted in ten camps in South Sudan, there are ongoing on and of high malnutrition levels in some of the camps, frequent food pipeline breaks and reductions in food basket, ongoing relocation to new camps and the planned establishment of a new camp in Unity, variation in the nutrition programs across all camps, and the lack of meaningful nutrition support to some camps, the incumbent will need to establish an appropriate framework, including use of the experience and expertise of a range of relevant actors and partners. This position demands both the technical knowledge and the work experience needed to coordinate a nutrition programme. The Nutrition and Food Security Officer will oversee and supervise the Nutrition programmes and Food security issues, and provide technical guidance to partners, monitor and evaluate the programme. The incumbent will demonstrate strong representational, networking and negotiation skills with internal and external stakeholders. The incumbent will work very closely with WFP, UNICEF, and partners; will demonstrate strong representational, networking and negotiation skills with internal and external stakeholders such as the government counterparts, UN Agencies, partners, and donors when required. The Nutrition and Food Security Officer is part of the Public Health Unit; will receive direct administrative supervision and guidance from the Deputy Representative, and direct technical supervision and guidance from the Senior Public Health Office, with functional linkages and technical guidance established with the Senior Regional Nutrition Officer in the region and the Public Health Section at HQ. The Nutrition and Food Security Officer will in his turn provide support and guidance to the Associate Nutrition Officer and Nutrition Associate based in the field and/or at Juba level. FUNCTIONAL STATEMENT Accountability - Nutrition interventions are properly managed in line with UNHCR and / or international humanitarian standards to maintain malnutrition at acceptable levels. - Mechanisms both at Juba and field level established and functional with all Nutrition and Food Security stakeholders. - UNHCR policies, standards and procedures on Nutrition and Food Security are constantly and coherently applied. - The nutrition needs of persons of concern such as children under 5, Pregnant and Lactating Women and other Persons with Specific Needs are addressed. - Food Security and self-reliance activities are promoted and put in place. - Timely nutrition data is available for incorporation into the Health Information System. - Nutrition and food assistance data is analysed and interpreted to serve as evidence base for planning and interventions. - JAM, nutritional survey and other assessments are properly and timely planned, conducted and implemented. Responsibility - Lead and manage the nutrition interventions in the refugees operation. - Monitor and evaluate country level nutrition and food security programmes against UNHCR and international standards to ensure that programmes are evidence-based and implemented in a comprehensive and cost-effective manner; this will include data analysis, interpretation and monitoring of programme impact. - Provide technical leadership, technical support and guidance to implementing and operational partners, including on the integration of a nutrition component into the overall primary health care programmes and curative services. - Coordinate country and field level Nutrition and Food Security programmes; and work in a o-ordinated approach in co-operation with governments, UN agencies, UNHCR partners, and other humanitarian partners. - Formulate and submit projects including budget to respond to the assessed and prioritized needs in collaboration with appropriate authorities, partners and UNHCR programme and technical sectors at all levels. - Work closely with UNHCR programme, field and protection staff to identify priority nutrition issues and key data requirements for programme planning and monitoring to ensure that minimum UNHCR and international standards are being met. - Contribute to the budgeting process and input to financial management of the programme on technical areas. - Assess and build technical capacity of UNHCR and its partners including training and inclusion of nutrition and food security into cross cutting issues such as HIV/AIDS. - Assess the training needs of nutrition and / or health workers on nutrition and develop a training programme to meet these needs and support. - Ensure that the UNHCR responsibilities and obligations in the WFP/UNHCR `Memorandum of Understanding, and the nutrition components of UNHCR/UNICEF Letter of Understanding are implemented. - In collaboration with WFP and partners, coordinate and provide technical support to Joint Assessment Missions (JAMs), nutrition surveys, food security assessments as well as implementation of the JAM and nutrition survey recommendations. - Ensure regular updates and share information within UNHCR as well as with relevant government, UN and implementing and operational partners, counterparts and donor communities in the host country on their nutritional status and needs. - Follow up with WFP on coordination and technical support provision to Post Distribution Monitoring (PDM), Food Basket Monitoring (FBM) as well as General Food Distribution (GFD). - Contribute to standard setting and monitoring of nutrition and food security programme, and establish and maintain sound surveillance system through health and nutrition information system. - Work towards strengthening local structures and capacities. - Submit regular nutrition reports including weekly updates, monthly, mid-year, and annual reports, as well as other reports when required. - Work closely and in an integrated manner with Health, WASH, livelihoods and other departments (Community Services, Protection etc.). - Advocate, inform, and communicate amongst stakeholders to ensure that refugee nutrition issues are addressed and that their nutritional needs and status of refugees and other persons of concern to UNHCR are appropriately documented and disseminated. - Establish an appropriate consultative and monitoring framework which would draw the experience and expertise of a wide range of actors both internally and externally. - Support the prioritization of the Nutrition and food assistance strategy, and participate in the programming cycle to draw proposals and budgets related to nutrition and food assistance. Authority - Provide guidance, strategic direction, and recommendations on nutrition and food security programmes in the country. - Providing technical support and coordination related to nutrition and food security. - Represent UNHCR in nutrition and food security meetings. - Provide guidance on the overall strategy and focus of nutrition and food assistance programmes in the operation. - Make recommendations to Senior Management on nutrition issues concerning persons of concern. ESSENTIAL MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIRED - University degree in Human Nutrition or related scientific field. - Minimum 8 years (6 years with Advanced University degree) of progressive relevant field experience; at least 3 years of this experience should be in a capacity directly relevant to the current position in the UN or in an international organisation dealing with large scale emergencies or displaced/refugee situations. - Proven technical expertise in the area of nutrition and food security assessments including surveys, rapid screenings and rapid assessments. - Ability to coordinate a range of diverse actors and activities to achieve a common objective in the area of WASH is essential. - Exposure to UNHCR mandate, its priorities and principles. - Knowledge and experience of working with partner agencies with a capacity to provide formal and informal training. - Proficiency in computer software such as MS Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Epinfo. - Excellent knowledge of English and working knowledge of another relevant UN language. DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS & COMPETENCIES - Experience, advanced training and combined knowledge in various related fields: e.g. public health, food assistance/food a security, IYCF, reproductive health, WASH. - Experience in Nutrition surveys, implementation of micro-nutrients programme. - Demonstrated experience of the latest developments and technology in Nutrition and food security e.g. Use of Food supplementation products, SMART methodology, Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM), Food Security and small scale agriculture, Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) practices. - Experience in project cycle management, partnerships, exit strategy and sustainability of nutrition projects. - Knowledge of Arabic language. Closing Date Please note that the closing date for all vacancies in Add.1 to the September 2015 Compendium is Tuesday 17 November 2015 (midnight Geneva time). How to apply Applications should be made on line on the UNHCR website under Employment / Current Vacancies Current Vacancies

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