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Emergency Nutrition Advisor- Dublin or London with frequent travel overseas

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GOAL Global

Roving Nutrition Advisor

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26 Jul 2016, 11:18

Summary of Role:

Across all programming GOAL implements systems-based approaches to address the root causes of inequality with the aim to achieving sustainable change at scale. GOAL believe If we engage communities, build on their inherent capacities and strengthen the systems in which they live and work then poor and vulnerable households will achieve resilient wellbeing. As part of a team of technical support nutritionists, the emergency nutrition advisor will split their role between two key areas:

Provide GOAL with a technical resource to support the implementation of GOAL’s nutrition strategy and approaches within countries of operation, to improve program quality, efficiency and impact. They will also help to provide direction, support and oversight for the nutrition aspects of GOAL’s emergency programs, to ensure interventions effectively address nutrition needs. The nutrition advisor will support development of policy, review proposals, draw up and review guidelines, support recruitment of in-country nutrition staff and provide ongoing support with regular reviews of in-country progress.
Provide technical oversight and guidance to GOALs emergency nutrition programming with a specific focus infant and young child feeding in emergencies (IYCF – E) and broader emergency nutrition specific and sensitive approaches such as CMAM and cash and vouchers. Lead on the development and roll out of IYCF-E guideline and field based tools.
It is anticipated that 50% of this role will be field based, with the remaining time in head office. The role will be mostly emergency focused and so will involve rapid deployment for emergency response.

Summary of Duties (under the guidance of the Global Nutrition Advisor):

Provide technical oversight and guidance to emergency nutrition programming predominantly on infant and young child feeding in emergencies (IYCF –E) and nutrition sensitive food security approaches.
Rapid deployment and establishment of nutrition programming in emergency response.
During the project development phase, work collaboratively with country program staff and other members of GOAL’s technical team, to ensure multi-sectoral program planning is effectively conducted including the promotion of integrated standardised monitoring and evaluation (M&E) frameworks, to improve quality, efficiency and impact of GOAL’s initiatives.
During the implementation phase, help to improve the quality of overseas nutrition programming to meet internationally acceptable high standards. This should include the planning and execution of intended activities, the achievement of proposed objectives, the application of effective budget management and the accomplishment of quality monitoring, evaluation & learning (MEAL) linked to the associated design of project modifications in light of lessons learned.
Ensure nutrition programs are in line with GOAL’s Nutrition Sector Strategy
Actively promote generalised lesson learning and adaptation of new approaches to further enhance project delivery.

Key Responsibilities - Working with GOALs nutrition advisory team:

Monitor FEWS NET, VAM reports and other early warning systems and share pertinent information.
Participate in, or review reports on, emergency assessments and advise on GOAL’s nutrition responses
Stay abreast of current good practice and ensure this informs GOAL’s own thinking and programming.
Recommend guidance documents and program tools on policy and program issues related to nutrition, in lieu of discussions with the Global Nutrition Advisor.
In coordination with the Global Nutrition Advisor, desk officers and GOALs Health, HIV/AIDS, Livelihoods, Water & Sanitation-Hygiene (WASH), Emergency Medical Team, Humanitarian Unit and Child Survival Empowerment and Protection advisors, maintain an overview of global emergency programming and advise on nutrition inclusions where appropriate to encourage effective integrated and cohesive programming.
Ensure a high degree of interaction with the emergency medical team and humanitarian unit staying abreast of all key programmatic developments and planned research and evaluation activities. Provide technical assistance or guidance when necessary, including during the proposal development phase, for general technical oversight of existing projects, to provide assurances of quality control, and ensure the integration plus utilisation of appropriate MEAL activities/findings.
Support opportunities for cross country learning, regarding both IYCF –E and other nutrition program activities.
Lead on the development and roll out of an IYCF –E guideline and streamlining GOALs IYCF – E approach.
Lead on the development and roll out of a nutrition sensitive food security programming in emergencies guideline in conjunction with GOAL’s Health Unit and Humanitarian Unit
Provide support to head office desk officers (DO) and business development unit (BDU) in developing and managing relevant projects, building the capacity and experience of DOs/BDU in nutrition work.
Participate in setting up of emergency nutrition programmes as required and provide initial support until replacement expatriate or national nutritionists can be recruited.
Represent GOAL in external sectorial networks (as appropriate) – facilitate the exchange of technical information and identify opportunities for cooperative work and joint ventures with other agencies.
Support GOAL management in maintaining effective collaboration with donors and specifically build relationships with nutrition focal points within donor organisations, including assisting in proposal development.

In-country and follow-up support:

Regular field visits to review and report on nutrition program progress, specifically in relation to their efficiency and effectiveness and determine any future program recommendations. Field visits and annual work plan will be planned and agreed with the Global Nutrition advisor, Head and Deputy Head of Health Unit and Operations manager.
Undertake project evaluations as necessary – identifying achievements and lessons learned from the projects and disseminate for use in future programming.
Liaise regularly with field teams to ensure that recommendations are followed up and executed according to suggested timeframes as per the Recommendations Tracker.
Provide on-going technical assistance on nutrition issues to Country Programs ensuring continuity and consistency of support throughout the project cycle. Technical assistance activities will include review of survey results, proposals and reports, input in conjunction with the Global nutrition advisor into strategic planning, and strengthening of program design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation.
Support the recruitment and briefing of nutrition technical staff.
As and when necessary provide initial or refresher trainings for in-country nutrition staff to improve technical capacity across projects and within the organisation and thus ensure a quality level of service delivery is provided throughout the project cycle.

Requirements: (educational, language, etc.)
B.Sc./M.Sc. or equivalent in Public Health Nutrition / Global Nutrition or related degree
Minimum 3 (three) years practical field experience in nutrition programmes including some experience of humanitarian assistance
Experience in IYCF – E programming.
Experience in nutrition sensitive emergency food security programming.
Strong communication skills and ability to work with multi-disciplinary teams
Experience organising and managing nutrition assessments
Clear understanding of pertinent development and relief issues
Experience and skills in staff training and management
Assessment, analytical and planning skills
Proficient in preparation of proposals, reports and budgets, with good writing, communication and computer skills
Familiarity with dealing with donor and government offices in relation to nutrition programs, especially OFDA, ECHO
Appreciation of the aims and objectives of GOAL
Assessment, analytical and planning skills
Fluent in written and spoken English, with French and Arabic considered as non-essential but beneficial skills
Experience in field research (desirable)
Willingness to travel extensively

For further information and to apply here:

*This Job Description only serves as a guide for the position available. GOAL reserves the right to change this document. This is an unaccompanied position. Interviews will be held in Dublin or London. Unfortunately GOAL cannot contribute to financial costs incurred when attending interview.

Note: GOAL is an equal opportunities employer. GOAL has a Staff Code of Conduct and a Child Protection Policy which have been developed to ensure the maximum protection of programme participants and children from exploitation. Any candidate offered a job with GOAL will be expected to adhere to these policies any job offer made is also subject to police clearance

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