Menu ENN Search
Language: English Fran├žais

IYCF-E and Assessment Advisors for the Tech RRT

This question was posted the Announcements & Nutritionists needed forum area and has 0 replies.

This question has been closed, so you cannot submit a new reply. Recommended answers have been marked with a star.

Michele Goergen

Nutrition Advisor Technical Rapid Response Team

Normal user

7 Dec 2018, 12:11

The Nutrition Technical Rapid Response Team (Tech RRT) is looking to develop a roster of IYCF-E and Assessment Advisors that are on standby and able to deploy within 72 hours for assignments up to 8 weeks to Level 3 (major) emergencies as a priority and to Level 2 (medium) emergencies as needed. We are looking for advisors that speak English and French or other languages such as Arabic and Spanish. To learn more about the Tech RRT visit our website:

Find below the job descriptions for each advisor.

If you would like to apply, please email your resume and cover letter to

We are looking to fill this roster quite quickly so resumes will be reviewed as they are received.

Position 1: IYCF-E Advisor

The IYCF-E Advisor’s main responsibility is to improve in country capacity for the IYCF-E response by conducting trainings, facilitating the incorporation of IYCF indicators into assessments, developing IYCF priority interventions in consultation with in country partners, and integrating IYCF-E into all relevant sectors including nutrition, health, mental health, WASH, food security and livelihoods, child protection, and education. He or she will also provide support on the appropriate use and management of Breast Milk Substitutes (BMS), develop preparedness plans and/or plans for scale up.

Some of the main responsibilities when deployed include:

1. Ensure adequate coordination for IYCF-E is in place through either establishing and leading or providing substantial support to the IYCF-E technical working group
2. Lead IYCF-E assessments and advocate for inclusion of IYCF-E in multi sector rapid assessments
3. Support country nutrition clusters to develop an IYCF-E strategy and mapping as required (BMS, partners)
4. Design appropriate and evidence based IYCF-E response plans
5. Facilitate and guide monitoring of the Code, tracking and reporting BMS violations, advise on appropriate use or disposal of confiscated BMS, and advocacy for adherence to global standard for appropriate infant feeding in emergencies
6. Advocate for prioritization of the most vulnerable: orphans or unaccompanied infants, the non-breastfed child, new-borns, infants affected by HIV and AIDS
7. Assess capacity building needs across partners and develop a plan for meeting these; conduct Training of Trainers (TOTs) for Ministries, train field workers/first responders, hold orientations for stakeholders
8. Provide logistical advice (supplies for Mother Baby Areas, BMS kits, Breast Feeding kits)
9. Integrate IYCF-E into current, new, or scaled up nutrition activities: CMAM, micronutrients
10. Advise on integration with other sectors (WASH, Food Security and Livelihoods, Child Protection, Health)
11. Work with other Tech RRT advisors to develop relevant IYCF-E messages and behaviours to focus on during emergency assessments and response
12. Design M&E tools and indicators
13. Monitor and evaluate IYCF-E activities, including supervise quality of BF assessments, re-lactation, BMS programming, BCC such as one to one counselling
14. Determine need for scale up, brief donors and advocate for adequate resource allocation. Lead the development of proposals and budgets to seek adequate funding for IYCF-E
15. Support and develop government capacity in IYCF-E

Experience and technical competencies:
• Proficiency in English is required. Proficiency in French is highly desirable, and knowledge of another language is an asset (Arabic, Spanish)
• Master’s degree in nutrition or Public Health or equivalent
• Substantial experience and a track record of success in delivering high quality humanitarian IYCF-E programmes
• Demonstrated experience in designing and leading IYCF-E assessments
• Strong skills in coordination and the ability to work effectively with a range of stakeholders, including nutrition clusters, partners and the Ministry of Health
• Highly developed writing skills – both at a programmatic level (assessment reports, proposals) and a policy level (policy papers, guidance notes)
• Strong communications skills (both written and verbal) at a level appropriate for high-level external representation (lobbying, presentations)
• Ability to analyse diverse information and develop recommendations for an appropriate response to emergencies
• Demonstrated capacity in delivering high quality training in IYCF-E
• Ability to travel at short notice, to potentially remote and insecure locations

Position 2: Assessment Advisor

The Assessment Advisor’s main responsibility will be to provide senior leadership and be responsible for leading, supporting, strengthening and monitoring the delivery of nutritional assessments in rapid onset and protracted emergencies globally, through in country deployments to governments, nutrition clusters, the Global Nutrition Cluster (GNC), and local and international non-government organisations. In addition, if emergency needs require it, the Advisor could potentially provide supplementary support to nutrition gap analysis and response monitoring, in collaboration with existing IMO capacity, and in alignment with GNC-approved tools.

Some of the main responsibilities when deployed include:

1. Undertake assessment planning in coordination with the countries prioritized needs
2. Ensure adequate coordination for planned assessments is in place through either leading or providing initial support to the Information or Survey technical working group.
3. Coordination with the Ministry of Health and/or other line ministries for the implementation of assessment activities.
4. Support country nutrition clusters or individual organisations on assessments and/or related needs in the given context (i.e. support a specific assessment or national support to a number of assessments). Nutrition assessment support may include support to SMART surveys (at sub-national level or for individual organizations), IYCF assessments (SENS methodology, KAP), anaemia assessments (SENS), barrier analysis and initial rapid assessments (MIRA, IRA).
5. Effectively manage and implement surveys from planning, logistics, budgeting, team recruitment, training, coordination and reporting according to the specific context.
6. Produce assessment analysis and guarantee the timely issuing of preliminary results (1-2 weeks) and the quality of the final survey report and recommendations.
7. Liaising with relevant ministries and stakeholders, conduct learning needs analysis when relevant and develop appropriate recommendations for future capacity building programming for the specific context.
8. Provide support to the monitoring of established nutrition assessment systems in emergency contexts.
9. Provide ad-hoc support to gap analysis and response monitoring, if necessary, in collaboration with existing nutrition cluster IMO capacity.


Experience and technical competencies:
• Proficiency in English is required. Proficiency in French is highly desirable, and knowledge of another language is an asset (Arabic, Spanish)
• Master’s degree in nutrition or Public Health or equivalent
• Knowledge of SPSS software preferred;
• Knowledge of SENS, KAP, Barrier Analysis and MIRA methodologies will be added value.
• Demonstrated experience and/or personal commitment to promoting gender equality within the humanitarian and/or development work
• At least two-years of experience in undertaking nutrition and mortality surveys
• Knowledge of the following tools required: ENA and SMART, EPI Info
• Strong facilitation skills for trainings, workshops and seminars
• Ability to develop training modules, innovative training tools and adult education skill a plus;
• Strong analytical, interpersonal and coordination skills;
• Excellent knowledge of MS Office packages and basic HTML.
• Flexible personality and good negotiation skills.
• Willing for frequent travel for deployments to requesting countries.
• Easily adapt to remote area living conditions.
• Ability to absorb and manage workloads and stress without affecting the quality of deliverables
• Ability to travel at short notice, to potentially remote and insecure locations

If you have any problem posting a response, please contact the moderator at

Back to top