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RedR Australia - Nutrition Specialists for Emergency Response

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RedR Australia

Standby Register, RedR Australia

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22 Jun 2012, 06:49

RedR Australia is a not-for-profit organisation which selects, trains, deploys and supports experts deployed to international humanitarian relief operations. RedR Australia maintains a Standby Register of experienced and highly mobile professionals to assist with humanitarian operations. RedR Australia has recently deployed personnel to support our UN Partner Agencies in Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Jordan, Liberia, Pakistan, Fiji, South Sudan, Kenya, Switzerland, Egypt, Italy, Thailand and Burma. As part of RedR Australia’s ongoing support to humanitarian operations worldwide, we are seeking Nutrition Specialists with the ability to deploy rapidly and work in demanding situations for three to six months, to join the Standby Register. Nutrition Specialists with RedR Australia are deployed to a UN agency such as UNICEF, to provide support and implement programs during times of severe food insecurity and famine where large numbers of vulnerable people maybe at risk of malnutrition. Key Responsibilities Nutrition Specialists will commonly be required to: 1. Conduct a thorough assessment of the current health system of the country/region, focusing on its ability to respond and manage the crisis. From this you will be able to analyse gaps and suggest rapid corrective measures; 2. Conduct community visits to map malnutrition sites, types and magnitude of needs of children and women (as a primary focus); 3. Develop an action plan and inventory of Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food; e.g. Plumpy Nut needs by health district with a detailed supply schedule for nutrition therapeutic centres; 4. Develop and set up a data collection mechanism, meeting all nutritional data (who, how many, how severe, food/treatment required) needs for an emergency context; 5. Monitor the trends in the nutritional status of women and children and vulnerable populations and identify core advocacy concerns utilising Nutritional Surveillance Tools; Qualifications, knowledge and experience required 1. Education: Advanced University degree (Masters or equivalent) in nutrition or other relevant field, such as public health 2. At least 2-5 years’ experience in the field of international nutrition, preferably in emergency response settings, either with multilateral, bilateral agencies and/or NGO’s. 3. Experience working with Ready-to-use-therapeutic-foods. 4. Experience working with malnourished women and children, and identifying the nutritional needs of pregnant and lactating mothers 5. Experience in nutrition research and capacity building as well as interagency coordination is beneficial. 6. Given the requirements throughout Africa, French language skills are highly valued. Where we work UN agencies have in recent times requested RedR Australia Standby Register personnel in: • The Sahel Region of Northern Africa (Nigeria, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Chad, Burkina Faso) • Sri Lanka, Burma and Thailand • Yemen • The Horn of Africa (Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Somalia, Sudan) • South Sudan • Lebanon and Jordan to support Syrian refugee movements Apply now! A generic Nutrition Specialist Terms of Reference is available on our website and on our Positions Vacant page. If you feel you have the requisite attributes to join the RedR Australia Standby Register as a Nutrition Specialist, apply here. We look forward to receiving your application and CV and working with you through the recruitment process. RedR Australia operates in accordance with Australian employment law; only people with the right to work in Australia are eligible to be accepted on to the RedR Register.

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