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28 Jun 2012, 18:03

***NOTE*** - THIS POSITION IS TO APPLY TO A STAND BY ROSTER FOR INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL CORPS EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM (ERT). Candidates selected for this position will be placed on the ERT standby roster and may be called when the International Medical Corps ERT responds to an emergency. This position is not compensated unless candidates are responding to an emergency response. When catastrophe hits, International Medical Corps is often one of the first humanitarian aid organizations on the scene—providing rapid and effective aid that saves lives, reduces suffering, and promotes self reliance. International Medical Corps has established an International Emergency Roster to ensure that emergency positions are filled in a timely manner with professionally qualified, gender balanced, geographically diverse, linguistically able and a highly motivated corps of professionals. The team includes coordinators, logisticians, doctors and water and sanitation experts. It also includes specialists who focus on protection, prevention of sexual violence and aid for rape survivors and mental health. Emergency Response Team (ERT) members are always on standby to deploy to a crisis within 72 hours, whether they are launching into new areas or lending support to International Medical Corps teams already on the ground. International Medical Corps maintains a roster of staff which is updated on regular basis in order to include new staff into the system. This also provides an opportunity for the existing staff to update their areas of expertise and other relevant information. Through this expression of Interest, applicants are encouraged to submit their profiles so that their information is readily available in the International Medical Corps applicant tracking system. JOB SUMMARY The purpose of the Emergency Nutrition Officer position on the International Medical Corps Emergency Response Team (ERT) is to assist International Medical Corps in delivering life-saving programs in disasters in a holistic and sustainable way, keeping in mind how the emergency response will set the ground for transitions and development programming. The ERNO will technically be supervised and supported by the International Medical Corps’s the Nutrition and Food Security (NFS) Department Director or designee, based at headquarters. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: • Conduct initial nutrition sector-specific assessments and make technical recommendations for appropriate activities, both for initial disaster response phase and for longer-term disaster risk reduction and transition phase. • At the field level, provide assessments of the nutrition situation as it relates to food security, WASH, and Health. Be able to assess health sector’s ability to respond to the nutritional needs of acutely malnourished children and make recommendations to the International Medical Corps ERT and to headquarters on how to best respond to those needs programmatically. • Be able to determine the cause of the malnutrition in the emergency response and formulate appropriate responses that will address the cause. • Be able to assess the immediate lifesaving nutrition interventions needed (such as CMAM) in addition to the prevention activities (ENA, IFE, etc) that need to be implemented at the same time. • Actively represent International Medical Corps in nutrition sector discussions and activities, serve as an International Medical Corps nutrition sector resource person, and display technical and organizational leadership in sectoral activity commensurate with the role as a primary resource person for nutrition on the International Medical Corps Emergency Response Team. • Coordinate International Medical Corps’s nutrition response and recovery activities across a wide range of actors within International Medical Corps, donors, host governments, UN and NGO partners to ensure consistency of programming. • Actively participate and represent IMC in country-based nutrition Cluster meetings. • Develop the nutrition program strategies, with support from NFS, for the specific disaster response • Assist in development of, or provide technical review for, emergency response proposals to be submitted by International Medical Corps to ensure that proposed activities and programs align with best practice in the nutrition sector. As appropriate, apply new developments in the nutrition sector to International Medical Corps programming. • If appropriate during the response, provide technical support to assist in the development of disaster risk reduction programs that mitigate the effects of disasters on populations and communities; identify disaster mitigation measures, where appropriate, that could be linked to disaster response activities. SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS: 1. BS in Nutrition required with 8-10 years of field experience or Masters Degree required in Nutrition or other relevant field, 6-8 years of international experience in nutrition response, including experience in emergency response and recovery following natural disaster. Experience in assessment, program design and evaluation and technical training and support. 2. An up-to date understanding of nutrition, risk reduction, emergency response, and sustainable development concepts. 3. Knowledge in designing and implementing appropriate and effective holistic nutrition programs including ensuring that beneficiaries have access to health care, WASH, and FS programming. 4. Familiarity with design and programming processes of different donors and a general familiarity with recent initiatives such as the Global Health Initiative and Feed the Future. 5. Proficient analytical skills that demonstrate an understanding of the current concepts, priorities, and issues in program monitoring, data collection and evaluation. 6. Skills in technical proposal writing, designing and implementing nutrition programs 7. Ability to exhibit tact, diplomacy, and resourcefulness in dealing with high level officials from donor agencies, international organizations, and other foreign and domestic government officials and partners. 8. Must have excellent English written and oral communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively with other departments within International Medical Corps, donors, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector. APPLICATION PROCEDURE To officially begin the application process, please visit our website at http://careers.internationalmedicalcorps.org/careers.aspx And complete the online employment application form.

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