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ICRC Regional Nutritionist - Nairobi

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13 Sep 2012, 15:03

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), an independent humanitarian organization whose mandate is to provide protection and assistance for victims of armed conflict and internal disturbances, has vacancies for a Regional Economic Security (EcoSec) Nutritionist based in Nairobi with frequent travelling Main Objective The Regional EcoSec Nutritionist is the reference person for all nutrition-related capacity building and training, analyses and implementation for the countries of the Regions covered. S/he makes the liaison with the Nutritionists and the Capacity Building Focal Point at Headquarters, as well as with the Regional EcoSec Advanced Trainers, in order to ensure consistency across the various Delegations. S/he ensures that capacities of EcoSec staff and partners are built on nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive programming, which are priorities identified in the EcoSec 2012-2015 Strategy and required for the effective and efficient implementation of EcoSec activities in the field. S/he also directly conducts nutrition assessments and supports the formulation of nutrition programmes. Responsibilities Direct technical support The Regional Nutritionist provides advice and/or direct nutrition-related inputs to the Delegations, making sure that at least one Delegation staff is also involved in order to "learn by example", among others: • Link the economic security situation and vulnerability of households or individuals to the prevailing food consumption patterns and nutritional situation • Specifically in places of detention, support the analysis of the food system and of factors influencing the nutritional status of detainees • Design, implement and analyse the results of a nutritional survey, both in communities and in places of detention, using standard methods • Design and support the implementation and evaluation of nutrition rehabilitation programmes, including in communities, primary health care centres and hospitals (under the supervision of the Health Department), places of detention and other institutions. • Identify how EcoSec interventions can best take into account the food consumption and nutritional situation in their design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. • Design or review the design of general food distributions and public kitchens, in particular the composition of food rations, and food quality and safety criteria. • Design and support the implementation and evaluation of nutrition rehabilitation programmes, including in communities, primary health care centres and hospitals (under the supervision of the Health Department), places of detention and other institutions. • Recommend ways to integrate some nutrition aspects into existing and planned economic security monitoring systems, including which nutrition indicators should be monitored and how they should be interpreted to adjust interventions. • Proactively identify situations where a nutritionist support is required, and arrange for such support. • Contribute to the preparation of the Planning for Results (PfR) document. • Screen candidates/recruiting resident staff or consultants (together with the Administration Department), to assist with nutrition analysis and/or programming within the Delegation. Capacity building of Field staff • Guide and give support to Delegations to assess the training needs of ICRC Staff as well as partners (e.g. National Red Cross/Red Crescent Societies and partners engaged in remote management operations) • Together with EcoSec Coordinators, follow-up and assist trained staff in the application of their new skills, through regular contacts and field visits whenever feasible. • Liaise with the Regional EcoSec Advanced Trainers to develop country-adapted training materials and guidance on nutrition programming. • Disseminate practical information on nutrition programming. • If appropriate based on demand, set-up and animate a peer-to-peer forum of exchange on EcoSec nutrition programming in order to share experience and tools. • If appropriate, organize a Workshop of trained staff and partners in nutrition programming in the Regions, for stock-taking on the main challenges and identification of ways forward. Thematic/specialist support • In close collaboration with the Nutritionists at Headquarters, support the Regional EcoSec Advanced Trainers (Nairobi, Abidjan) • Contribute to periodic EcoSec Training Needs Analysis at country, regional and global levels • Establish linkages with agencies, networks and other mechanisms at global and regional levels Selection requirements • Master-level or above in nutrition, public health with nutrition speciality, humanitarian affairs, or in a technical domain related to nutrition programming. • Proven experience with conducting nutritional status surveys, including familiarity with the Standardized Method for Assessment in Relief and Transition (SMART). • Proven experience with planning and supervising nutritional rehabilitation programmes, such as therapeutic feeding in an acute emergency and supplementary feeding. • At least 5 years of practical hands-on experience in relief and livelihood interventions in a humanitarian context. • Proven experience with the conduct of trainings for audiences at different levels of expertise (beginner, advanced). • Fluency in English and French, both orally and in writing. • Ability and willingness to travel for short periods frequently throughout the year (about 60 %). • Prepared to accept unaccompanied posting during the first 24 months of collaboration • Familiarity with word processing and spreadsheet software • Driving licence (must cover manual transmission – a license for automatic-transmission vehicles only is not sufficient) Desirable • ICRC experience, particularly with the Economic Security (highly desirable). • Arabic speaking and writing. General Skills • Strongly motivated by humanitarian work • Strong inter-personal skills • Open-minded and adaptable • Neat appearance good speaker, well-developed writing and summarizing skills • Able to work under pressure • Able to work in a team and in a multicultural environment Minimum length of the assignment : 12 months, extendable Applications deadline 05.10.2012 Only application received through our website, will be taken into consideration

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