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Alan Mason


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15 Sep 2016, 09:07

Role & Responsibilities
Assist in the direct implementation of nutrition interventions which may include treatment of severe acute malnutrition, moderate acute malnutrition, or provision of blanket supplementary feeding. Provide technical capacity building to the Nutrition team and Ministry of Health (MoH/CHD). Provide training and supervision to local staff to allow them to implement the programmes. Ensure presence of adequate supplementary supplies at the program implementation site. Write timely progress nutrition reports to assist in overall nutrition programming. Provide training to local staff as needed, monitor overall health and nutrition situation and observe for potential outbreaks.

Project Overview
Medair directly implements and provides training to Ministry of Health/County Health Department (MoH/CHD) and local partners to establish nutrition services including blanket supplementary feeding and therapeutic feeding for children and pregnant lactating women.

Take a look at Medair’s Health & Nutrition work.

Medair is a humanitarian organisation inspired and motivated 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. Internationally recruited field and headquarters staff lead the organisation, supported by nationally recruited staff to implement programmes locally.

Field based within any of the 10 states of South Sudan. Take a look at Medair’s work in South Sudan.

Starting Date
As soon as possible

Initial Contract Details
Full time, 12 months

Key Activity Areas
Nutrition Management
• Responsible for the job training and supervision of the locally recruited staff following international and South Sudan guidelines.
• Provide technical support and guidance to all Medair nutrition programmes in accordance with international and South Sudan guidelines to ensure quality of interventions.
• Support or implement sustainable Infant and Young Child Feeding activities.
• Implement participatory Behaviour Change Communication methods in nutrition project.
• Provide training to community health and nutrition promoters to share key nutrition messages.
• Facilitate discussions with the partners and local authorities to ensure they have a good understanding of Medair’s programming and interventions.
• Participate in nutrition assessments and surveys and provide timely monthly reports for the program.
• Ensure regular monitoring and evaluation activities on project implementation.
• Provide input into the integration of beneficiary participation and accountability.
• Input into the development of the country strategy, new projects and donor proposals.

Staff Management
• Assist the Project Manager to manage and oversee the assigned local nutrition team including recruitment, day-to-day management, development, training and performance review.
• Facilitate regular team meetings with the assigned nutrition team, reviewing team and individual objectives, ensuring team members are kept informed of issues relevant to their work.
• Ensure the application of Medair South Sudan staff safety and security guidelines.

Financial Management
• Work with the Project Manager and Nutrition Team Leader to manage finances within the field location.
• Coordinate petty cash requirements of the intervention team, ensuring all required paperwork is completed accurately and in a timely manner.

Communication & Coordination
• Maintain appropriate, regular and transparent communication structures with the assigned team.
• Represent Medair at relevant coordination meetings involving local authorities, UN agencies and NGOs.

• Manage the correct and timely ordering of needed stocks and supplies to the field location and ensure proper records are in place.
• Monitor expiration dates of all stocks in the field location to ensure timely use.

Quality Management
• Promote and use the Medair intranet and other operating procedures.
• Implement relevant policies and standards relating to health service delivery including Sphere and HAP standards, Ministry of Health and donor guidelines.
• Participate in Medair workshops and distance learning sessions to keep up with changing trends.

Field - Team Spiritual Life
• Reflect the vision and values of Medair with team members, local staff, beneficiaries, and external contacts.
• Fully contribute to the rich spiritual life of your team, including team devotions, prayers, and words of encouragement.
• Live, work and pray together in our Christian faith-based team settings.
• Instigate and contribute to prayer times within internationally recruited staff and HQ teams.
• Encouraged to join and contribute to Medair’s international programmes and HQ prayer network.

This job description covers the main tasks and conveys the spirit of the sort of tasks that are anticipated proactively from staff. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary according to organisational needs.

• Clinical degree or diploma as nutritionist or nurse.

• Strong working knowledge of English (spoken and written)

Experience / Competencies
• 2 years of post-qualification experience as nutritionist or nurse.
• Experience in a nutrition programme in a developing country, preferably in a humanitarian context.
• Strong knowledge in the management of acute malnutrition.
• Strong knowledge of infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices in emergencies.
• Excellent organisational skills; able to oversee multiple tasks; able to enforce procedures.
• Committed to consultative and servant minded leadership; able to develop and maintain effective relationships with colleagues, beneficiaries, other agencies and local authorities.
• Good report writing skills; ability and willingness to manage project implementation.
• Aptitude for community mobilisation and capacity-building.
• Able to cope with basic living conditions in the field and during field trips.

Profiles sought for Internationally Recruited Staff (IRS) roles in the field
Relief experience
• Professionals with 12 months or more relevant relief or development experience (Experienced Relief Workers).
• Professionals with less than 12 months relevant relief or development experience (New Relief Workers).
• Experienced professionals in a relevant Medair sector of expertise.
• Overseas intercultural experience.
• Fully committed to the Medair values; to reflect the vision and values of Medair with team members, local staff, and external contacts.
Personal qualities
• 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.
• Single or married (with no children under 18). If married, your spouse must also apply.
Final selection.
• All potential candidates for field positions must successfully complete the Medair Relief & Recovery Orientation Course (ROC). Information, dates and related costs can be found via this link.

Benefits Package provided to all Internationally Recruited Staff (IRS)
• Comprehensive briefing at our Swiss Headquarters, as well as an in-country briefing.
• Security training for those going to 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).
• Annual leave.
• Comprehensive medical and emergency rescue insurance, with up to 60 days post-assignment coverage, including debriefing.
• Disability insurance.

Specific benefits for Experienced Relief Workers (IRS)
(Applicants with 12 months or more relevant relief or development experience)
• A salary based upon the grade of the position and experience of the position-holder, starting from USD 1,700 per month.
• Contribution matching programme for retirement savings.
• Additional contract benefit allowance for those who commit to longer contracts.
• Highly subsidised contribution to Medair ROC travel and accommodation costs.

Working Conditions
• This is a field-based position and working and living conditions may be very different to that previously experienced.

Application Process
Before you apply, please ensure you are fully aware of the:
a) Medair organisational values.
b) Medair Relief & Recovery Orientation Course (ROC) (which forms part of the recruitment selection process for field positions).

Then to apply, go to the "Current Vacancies" page then:
c) apply for this vacancy (or another position that matches your profile), or
d) 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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