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International Medical Corps is hiring a nutrition coordinator in South Sudan

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Iris Bollemeijer

Nutrition Advisor

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28 Oct 2021, 09:18

International Medical Corps began working in the conflict-ridden region of South Sudan since 1994, nearly 20 years before a 2011 national referendum led to the southern-most states of Sudan becoming an independent nation. Today, amidst ongoing violence, we work with the government of South Sudan to strengthen local healthcare capacity in five of the country's 10 states and deliver health services to nearly 1.3 million South Sudanese. Through 27 health facilities in urban and rural areas, International Medical Corps provides basic healthcare and integrated services, from preventative care to emergency surgery, coupled with emergency preparedness and response interventions. We also run programs to provide nutrition services, battle gender-based violence and support mental health. Violence against women and girls is an endemic problem in South Sudan, exacerbated by ongoing conflict and chronic displacement.

IMC in South Sudan strives to contribute to reducing child and maternal malnutrition by supporting the delivery of comprehensive curative and preventive nutrition programs, in coordination with the Nutrition Cluster, UNICEF, WFP, Ministry of Health, and other partners. The nutrition program is mainly implemented in 4 of 10 states,  providing its services among the IDPs, refugees and the host communities in Upper Nile (Malakal PoC, Malakal town ), Unity State (Nyal-Panyijar County) , Jonglei State (Canal Pigi County ) and Central Equatorial in Juba PoC.

Job Description

JOB SUMMARY: The Nutrition Coordinator's role is to lead and provide technical support for planning and smooth operation of nutrition activities in any defined context. This includes the active involvement in developing and rolling out the country nutrition strategy based on the specific context, assessments/needs identified, program implementation of multiple nutrition projects and fundraising. In addition, the Nutrition Coordinator will support with the overall building of capacity of local staff and stakeholders in nutrition programming.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation:

MAIN TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Nutrition Coordinator will be responsible for leading the nutrition managers and providing technical support and capacity building of the team to successfully plan, implement and monitor International Medical Corps nutrition program activities in a country program. The Coordinator must have the ability to organize and support all aspects of the nutrition program including liaising with the Ministry of Health, the nutrition cluster, other international and national agencies, and donors.

The Nutrition Coordinator will be responsible for ensuring that the nutrition programs in the country program are implemented in line with the Ministry's guidelines and international humanitarian standards and donor guidelines. He or she must be able to provide technical backstopping and conducting nutrition training, reviewing program reports, surveys and monitoring and evaluation reports. Additionally, the Nutrition Coordinator will work closely with the respective line management to provide input into proposal development and country level strategies as required.

Program Implementation and Development

  • Collaborate with the Program Director, Nutrition Managers and MEAL Coordinator to achieve program objectives and smooth implementation of the program.
  • Ensure that IMC implementation of the CMAM and IYCF activities conform to internationally accepted standards and country guidelines.
  • Coordinate and follow-up on nutrition programs implementation to review progress towards objectives through organizing regular review meetings, update and experience sharing meeting among staffs.
  • In collaboration with the team, identify existing project implementation gaps and new opportunities for nutrition and nutrition-related projects and lead on the concept note or proposal development while liaising with interested partners and stakeholders to ensure that proposed activities and programs align with best practice in the nutrition sector.
  • Lead, plan and conduct nutritional assessments and surveys in existing and in potential new areas, following the nationally approved survey protocol, for program expansion and feed assessments results into proposals if needed.
  • Lead the development of a referral mechanism and communication strategies and train nutrition staff (IMC, MOH, CHVs) in case detection and referrals between health facilities adapted to the local context.
  • Support the nutrition managers and supervisors to ensure proper functioning of reporting systems data flow mechanisms for regular assessment, monitoring and evaluation of the program against its objectives and expected results. And conduct critical monitoring of all aspects of nutrition activities and identify areas of concern. Submit workable solutions for identified challenges
  • Demonstrate understanding of multi-sectoral approach to malnutrition and ensuring that nutrition project beneficiaries are linked with other sector interventions and provide guidance to staff on the integration of a nutrition component into other sectors as appropriate such as food security, Health, WASH and disaster prevention and preparedness

Capacity Building

  • Assess the training needs of nutrition staff; develop a training program to meet these needs; conduct nutrition training for project nutrition staff and MOH counterparts implementing nutrition programs, focusing on all aspects of community-based management of acute malnutrition (CMAM) and IYCF with the support of the Health and Nutrition Supervisors
  • Assist Nutrition Manager to facilitate the development/adaptation of nutrition education training manuals and facilitator's guide based on existing national nutrition protocols and curricula including training follow-up
  • Coordinate with other sectoral program managers with IMC's program to ensure that other parts of the program are functioning in order to maximize nutrition intervention's impact
  • Liaise with nutrition experts, provincials Nutritionists and others to ensure that specialized support is available at the field/district/activity level to increase coverage and overall efficacy of the program

Representation

  • Actively participate and represent International Medical Corps in nutrition sector coordination forums, discussions and activities, serve as an International Medical Corps nutrition resource person, and display technical and organizational leadership in sectoral activities.
  • Create and maintain smooth relations and open collaboration with Government and local stakeholders and serve as the nutrition resource person
  • Coordinate International Medical Corps nutrition activities and across a wide range of actors including donors, host governments, UN and NGO partners to ensure consistency of programming

Program Finance, Logistics and Administration

  • Prepare detailed work plan and budget plan for nutrition activities and ensure implementation of planned activities according to the work plan adhering to the budget according to IMC standards and oversee program spending per budgets and pipelines
  • Support and motivate program/logistics/administrative/finance staff in their work, by ensuring appropriate training, coaching and supervision by technical leads
  • Manage staff recruitment and training, conduct performance monitoring in collaboration with HR and Nutrition Managers, ensure that standards and protocols are adhered to
  • Ensure equitable allocation of human, material and financial resources
  • Coordinate very closely with logistics in order to ensure that there is no break in nutrition program supplies.
  • Organize and follow-up on all other procurements needed for the projects
  • Perform other duties as assigned. The duties and responsibilities listed in this document are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and not necessarily all inclusive.

Code of Conduct
As applicable to this position, an individual must promote and encourage a culture of compliance and ethics throughout the organization and maintain a clear understanding of International Medical Corps' and donor compliance and ethics standards and adheres to those standards.

If this is a supervisory position, one must set an example of ethical behavior through one's own conduct and oversight of the work of others; ensure that those who report to you have sufficient knowledge and resources to follow the standards outlined in the Code of Conduct & Ethics; monitor compliance of the people you supervise; enforce the Code of Conduct & Ethics and International Medical Corps' policies, including the Safeguarding Policy and the Protection from Harassment, Bullying and Sexual Misconduct in the Workplace Policy, consistently and fairly; support employees who in good faith raise questions or concerns.

Safeguarding
It is all staff shared responsibility and obligation to safeguard and protect populations with whom we work, including adults who may be particularly vulnerable and children. This includes safeguarding from the following conduct by our staff or partners: sexual exploitation and abuse; exploitation, neglect, or abuse of children, adults at risk, or LGBTI individuals; and any form of trafficking in persons. Staff are also responsible for preventing violations to our Code of Conduct and Ethics, which may involve Conflicts of Interest, Fraud, Corruption or Harassment. If you see, hear or are made aware of any violations to the Code of Conduct and Ethics or Safeguarding Policy, you have an obligation to report.

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.

Job Requirements

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Typically, a Bachelor degree in Nutrition or related field. Master's degree in Public health nutrition or equivalent in Nutrition/Public Health from recognized learning institution is preferred. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.
  • Typically, 8+ years of relative and progressive experience in Nutrition, including minimum 3 years in emergency response setting or 5+ years of experience in development humanitarian field.
  • Proven experience in managing emergency nutrition programs including CMAM, IYCF, SBC in multiple locations
  • Experience in facilitation of trainings and workshops
  • Experience in budget management, logistics and Human Resources management
  • Experience in writing / developing project proposals and project reports
  • Strong skills in technical proposal writing and donor reporting, designing and implementing nutrition programs
  • Ability to provide technical support for IMC staff and government staff on proper implementation of CMAM, IYCF, SBC and other nutrition activities.
  • Familiarity with design and programming processes of different donors
  • Knowledge in designing and implementing appropriate and effective holistic nutrition programs including ensuring that the nutrition program is integrated with food security, health and WASH programming where appropriate.
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret data and familiarity with nutrition surveys (Coverage, SMART and KAP surveys).
  • Ability to work effectively with government, community leaders, international/national organizations, donors, partners and other International Medical Corps relationships.
  • Strong communication skills, able to effectively present information clearly and respond appropriately to questions from senior managers and headquarters staff, counterparts, senior government leaders and donors
  • Strong supervisory and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated experience and skills in ensuring community participation and gender issues in humanitarian programming
  • Advanced proficiency in the use of MS Office, and other computer applications
  • Ability to cope with stress; hardship; patience and flexibility and willingness to work additional hours in order to meet tight deadlines;
  • Ability and willingness to travel to field sites and nutrition facilities
  • Additional Technical or Language Requirements
  • Fluent in written and spoken English

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