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Nutrition Cluster Co-Coordinator for International Medical Corps in South Sudan

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Iris Bollemeijer

Nutrition Advisor

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23 Mar 2020, 09:52

Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:

International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.


IMC has worked in South Sudan since the mid-1990s and currently operates in five of the country’s former 10 states, providing health care, psychological support, nutrition services, and gender-based violence prevention services and in particular IMC is working to contribute to improving the nutrition status of children, adolescent girls and women by implementing high impact nutrition interventions in Upper Nile (Malakal PoC, Malakal town and Maban Refugee Camps), Unity State (Nyal-Panyijar County) and Central Equatorial in Juba PoC. In addition to comprehensive primary health care, International Medical Corps also implements multiple complementary programs including mental health, reproductive and sexual health, GBV prevention and response, and health outreach activities. International Medical Corps also supports three midwiferies and nursing colleges in South Sudan in Juba, Kajo Keji and Wau. The organization is composed of over 750 national staff and 50 expatriates providing support to hundreds of thousands of people in need.
IMC works closely with South Sudan Ministry of Health and South Sudan Relief and Recovery Commission at national, sub-national and operational levels. IMC is actively participating in cluster meetings and member of SAG and three others technical Nutrition Working Groups (NWG) as well CMAM Technical Working Group, Nutrition Information Working Group and MIYCN Working Group. Furthermore, IMC has recently been selected and secured the nutrition cluster co-lead position for the year 2020-2021

In South Sudan, the Nutrition Cluster was established in late 2010 after strong advocacy for a greater focus on nutrition in Southern Sudan. The primary purpose of the Nutrition Cluster is to improve Nutrition coordination and leadership of nutrition actors within the humanitarian community, and to ensure appropriate and efficient response to humanitarian crisis by providing life-saving nutrition support to populations in need in accordance with national and global standards. UNICEF is the Nutrition Cluster Lead Agency (CLA). The nutrition cluster co-leadership role has been played by other partners since 2010 and as per the regular rotation of cluster co-lead defined by Nutrition Cluster in South Sudan.  The cluster co-lead is nominated to International Medical Corps to co-lead cluster and provide technical inputs.

Job Purpose

This position will help to ensure sufficient Nutrition response capacity and enhanced leadership, accountability and predictability in Nutrition sector response, through building capacity of nutrition partners, preparing Humanitarian Response Plans (HRPs)/Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNOs) and monitoring of life saving activities.

Supports: All cluster partners and the National Nutrition Cluster Coordination Team

Duty Station: The incumbent will be based in the UNICEF-led National Nutrition Cluster Coordination Unit in Juba with regular visits to all crisis-affected states

The Nutrition Cluster Co-coordinator seconded by International Medical Corps in Nutrition Cluster will be managed by IMC South Sudan Country Mission. The Nutrition Cluster Co-coordinator will collaborate with the Nutrition Cluster Coordinator for implementation of day-to-day cluster activities according to the agreed Nutrition Cluster work plan. The Cluster Co-coordinator will be supervised by the IMC Nutrition Coordinator; and periodic performance appraisal of the Cluster Co-coordinator will be conducted by IMC management with inputs from the Cluster Coordinator against the deliverables of the present ToR and on specific tasks assigned to the Co-coordinator within the cluster work plan.

In collaboration with the Nutrition Cluster Coordinator and in collaboration with the National Ministry of Health, the Nutrition Cluster Co-coordinator will facilitate a timely and effective nutrition response in South Sudan and ensure that the capacity of local institutions is strengthened to respond to and coordinate emergency nutrition interventions that demonstrate results and impact achieved.

Main Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation. The tasks listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all-inclusive.

Support service delivery

  • Explore and identify appropriate partners to engage in emergency nutrition response and facilitate the active engagement of these agencies in the cluster at national and/or at sub national level, focusing on partners with capacity to conduct nutrition related assessments such as SMART surveys, analysis, etc.;
  • Regularly liaise with the State Cluster Focal Points to identify progress, gaps, bottlenecks and challenges in implementation of nutrition responses, surveys/assessments/analysis, communicate/feedback to the National Cluster and propose corrective actions (if needed)
  • Act as focal point for inquiries on the Nutrition Cluster’s response plans and implementation of nutrition surveys and assessments;
  • Support the Cluster Coordination team in organizing of and participating in regular cluster coordination meetings and information sharing to ensure appropriate coordination between all nutrition humanitarian partners, including provision of inputs for the agenda and information and evidence to inform cluster partners discussions and facilitation of sessions related to strengthening emergency nutrition responses in priority locations;
  • Identify and liaise with FSL and other cluster’s partners to advocate for integration of nutrition sensitive interventions and nutrition indicators into their respective response plans and where feasible; propose corrective actions, if needed;
  • Provide regular inputs from cluster partners for Nutrition cluster information management products, cluster bulletins, etc., including needs, gaps, supply pipeline updates, etc;
  • Act as a Cluster Coordinator in the absence of the CLA National Nutrition Cluster Coordinator by, which includes management of other cluster coordination team members

Informing strategic decision-making of the HC/HCT for the humanitarian response

  • Participate or coordinate and support cluster and/ or the nutrition cluster input into inter-cluster initial rapid needs assessments (IRNA), multi-cluster initial rapid assessments (MIRA), humanitarian needs overview (HNO), IPC analysis, etc, using cluster tools and provide relevant inputs (survey plans, tools, identification of needs, gaps, etc) to the National Nutrition Cluster Coordination team;
  • Represent the cluster coordination team in the IPC technical working group where needed and lead discussion related to analysis of nutrition information.
  • Support State Nutrition Cluster Focal points (MOH, UNICEF & NGO) and nutrition partners to participate in nutrition need assessments and response planning.
  • Coordinate with the UNICEF/WFP RRM and other rapid response mechanisms in identifying location for intervention based on cluster priorities, mobilizing partners to participate in the Missions and analyzing all data generated by RRM teams.
  • In collaboration with the NIWG, MOH and with other sectors, ensure nutrition assessments are conducted using standardized tools and methods. ? Ensure representation of nutrition cluster in the Food Security & Livelihoods, WASH, Health and Education Clusters by regularly attending meeting organized by those clusters/sectors

Prioritization, grounded in response analysis

  • Lead and support the development of Nutrition Cluster strategies and plans at national and sub national level, based on solid analysis of the situation; in order for the cluster to prepare for and respond appropriately to emergencies.
  • As a member of the cluster coordination team, provide relevant inputs to the development and revision of the Nutrition cluster Strategic Response Plans (HRP) as required. As part of this process, ensure that gaps and duplications are identified and appropriately addressed.
  • As member of the cluster coordination team, develop and contingency planning and preparedness for new emergencies related assessment and analysis needed and capacity required for assessment by cluster partner, and ensure this is adequately reflected in the overall humanitarian country strategy and response plan.
  • Ensure that Nutrition Cluster partners are aware of relevant commitments that the Government/concerned authorities have undertaken under international human rights law; and relevant government policies and protocols and legislation which will impact on Nutrition assessment and analysis (eg Human Resource Issues, Operational Agreements with Gov etc).
  • Ensure that OCHA identified priority crosscutting issues, including gender, HIV and environment; are fully integrated into the nutrition cluster strategy and nutrition cluster partner projects, in line with ISAC guidance and international best practices with specific focus on ensuring cross-cutting issues are addressed in nutrition survey plans, methodologies, etc


  • Conduct analysis and write up of the nutrition cluster information from the various sources and share nutrition briefings with stakeholders and monthly situation analysis with the humanitarian community.
  • Identify core nutrition advocacy concerns, including resource requirements related to nutrition surveys/assessments, and contribute key messages to the broader advocacy initiatives of the HCT.
  • Advocate for donors to fund Nutrition Cluster partners to carry out activities in line with the Nutrition Cluster strategies, and identified priorities while at the same time encouraging cluster participants to mobilize resources for their activities through the usual channels.

Monitoring and reporting the implementation of the cluster strategy and results

  • In collaboration with the Cluster Coordinator, guide the work of the Information Management Officer to maintain a functional Nutrition Cluster Information Management system; which includes Monthly
  • Partner Reporting, Nutrition Partner database and 5W Matrixes; Capacity Mapping database, Repository of Nutrition Surveys and Cluster Website.
  • Ensure regular monitoring of nutrition surveys/assessments activities and coordination against cluster indicators, including activity at operational level (quality, coverage, continuity and cost); and sub national and national level cluster coordination activities.
  • Conduct analysis of best available information in order to benchmark progress of the emergency response over time.
  • Submit regular Cluster reports to MOH, OCHA and UNICEF in line with reporting requirements (monthly/quarterly).
  • Work with the Monitoring and Cluster partners to establish a solid cluster monitoring system. ? The cluster co-coordinator is expected to spend at least 40% of his/her time in field monitoring responses and supporting partners in improving quality programming

Training and capacity development of national/local authorities and civil society

  • Identify capacity building needs for the cluster and coordinate and support training of humanitarian personnel and capacity development of humanitarian partners; based on capacity mapping and understanding of available personnel and institutional capacities.
  • Support efforts to strengthen the capacity of national and state MOH and other national//local authorities and civil society on emergency nutrition coordination, responses and assessments.
  • Collaborate with the nutrition cluster TWGs to organize/conduct training aimed at improving the capacity of partners in conducting SMART surveys, MIYCN and CMAM programs coverage assessments.

Accountability to affected population (AAP)

  • Take leadership in ensuring that the nutrition cluster framework on accountability to affected population is integrated, implemented by nutrition cluster partners, monitored and reported accordingly.
  • Monitor the implementation of 6 core cluster indicators on AAP that have been agreed with all nutrition cluster partners
  • Actively promote PSEA (Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse) standards within International Medical Corps and amongst beneficiaries served by International Medical Corps.

Code of Conduct

It is our shared responsibility and obligation to prevent matters involving Sexual Exploitation & Abuse, Trafficking in Persons, Child Safeguarding and any suggested violation to our Code of Conduct, which may involve Conflicts of Interest, Fraud, Corruption or Harassment.  If you see, hear or are made aware of any suggested activities then you have an obligation to report.


  • Master’s in Nutrition, Public Health, Public Health Nutrition, Management or related fields or Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition, Public Health Nutrition with experience in cluster/partnership coordination
  • Training on cluster approach and coordination will be an advantage


  • Minimum of 8 years’ experience preferably in emergency response, and post-disaster and post conflict work experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience in context of South Sudan
  • Having worked as cluster coordinator or co-coordinator in any country will be an advantage.
  • Ability to write clear and concise proposals and reports and to meet required reporting deadlines; Extremely flexible, the ability to work in basic living conditions and under administrative and programmatic pressures, and the ability to cope with stressful situations;
  • Solid SBCC, IYCF and CMAM experience and care group experience preferred
  • Working in chronic underdeveloped settings where both acute malnutrition and stunting are significant issues of public health concern 
  • Knowledgeable about latest development best practices relating to nutrition such IYCF-E, ECD, acute malnutrition and CMAM.
  • Ability to read, analyse and interpret data and familiarity with nutrition surveys (Coverage, SMART and KAP surveys).
  • Excellent oral and written communication; good computer skills, strong writing skills (in English) with satisfactory organizational skills.


  • Demonstrates a thorough understanding of the responsibilities specific to the job, as well as the ongoing capacity to stay abreast of changes in job function
  • Demonstrates the ability to work cooperatively and effectively with other employees. Maintains good work relationships both internally and externally and has the ability to work productively as a team. Experience in facilitation of trainings and workshops. Fluent in written and spoken English
  • Demonstrates the ability to make good decisions about what should be done given a specific situation.Thinks carefully before taking action and behaves appropriately for the circumstances.
  • Demonstrates the ability to use creativity, reasoning, past experience, information and available resources to resolve issues.
  • Promotes and encourages a culture of compliance and ethics throughout International Medical Corps. As applicable to the position, maintains a clear understanding of International Medical Corps’ and donor compliance and ethics standards and adheres to those standards.Conducts work with the highest level of integrity. Communicates these standards to partners and requires them to adhere to these values.
  • Takes responsibility for actions, decisions, and outcomes. Can confidently take the lead role on a team, if and when

Equal Opportunities

International Medical Corps is proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran.

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