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Consultant-Nutrition Cluster Coordinator 13-137

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19 Mar 2013, 20:40

International Medical Corps is partnering with the Global Nutrition Cluster (GNC) to support the established Rapid Response Team (RRT). The purpose of creating the RRT is to increase the capacity of the GNC to support cluster coordination and information management functions and subsequently to ensure timely and appropriate coordination and informatiaon management support in humanitarian situations – for improved emergency response. This position is based with International Medical Corps under a secondment arrangement with UNICEF, with up to 50% of time on deployment to support the efforts of Nutrition Clusters at country level in emergency response. Duty station: Global – International Medical Corps (agreed upon base) while on standby, UNICEF Country offices while on deployment, periodic visits to GNC in EMOPS Geneva. Reporting: While on deployment the secondee reports to the UNICEF Country Representative (or his/her designated nominee). While not on deployment the secondee reports to the GNC Coordinator EMOPS Geneva and the Director of Nutrition and Food Security Department at International Medical Corps. Duration: 12 months Starting date: April 2013 Time allocation: Up to 50 % of time on emergency deployment, 25% of time will be spent working with the GNC, based at International Medical Corps (agreed upon base) with periodic visits to GNC Geneva; and the remaining 25% working with International Medical Corps (agreed upon base). Emergency deployment (50%): Up to 50% of the time will be spent on emergency deployment The RRT member will be deployed on a short notice when required for up to 2 months at any time. This may be reviewed and possibly extended for a further 1 month maximum depending on the context. During deployment on mission to support country level nutrition responses, the RRT member would function within the UNICEF Country Office (CO) as NCC. Specific tasks and responsibilities will be outlined in a TOR (prepared by UNICEF CO) for each deployment, based on country context and needs; and they are likely to include several of the following key tasks – Identification of key humanitarian partners for the cluster, respecting their respective mandates and program priorities and establishment and maintenance of appropriate humanitarian coordination mechanisms Capacity mapping of all current and potential actors – government, national and international humanitarian organizations as well as national institutions, the private sector and market assess to materials and services Needs assessment and analysis of nutritional situation and vulnerability Maintain or oversee information management system Planning and strategy development for nutriton response Application of standards - ensuring that cluster participants are aware of relevant policy guidelines, technical standards and and that responses are in line with existing policy guidance, technical standards, and relevant Government human rights legal obligations Provide technical support (in areas of CMAM, nutrition surveys, IFE and Emergency component of micronutrient deficiency prevention and control activities) Ensure full integration of the IACS’s agreed priority cross-cutting issues, namely human rights, HIV/AIDS, age, gender and environment, utilization participatory and community-based approaches. In line with this, promote gender equality by ensuring that the needs, contributions and capacities of women and girls as well as men and boys are addressed; Identify core advocacy concerns, including resource requirements, and contribute key messages to broader advocacy initiatives of the Humanitarian Coordinators, donors and other actors Prepare funding appeals eg CHF, CERF etc Training and capacity building of national/local authorities and civil society Ensure regular reporting against cluster indicators of service delivery (quantity, quality, coverage, continuity and cost) supports analysis of cluster in closing gaps and measuring impact of interventions Maintain records, ensure and maintain docuemntation fo all collective decisions and recommendation, provide cluster based update to GNC coordinator Support and orientate an incoming nutritoion cluster coordinator, prepare comprehnsive handover notes and fully brief sucessor Global Nutrition Cluster standby (25%): The GNC strategy reflects agreed priorities between the cluster partners and the Cluster Lead Agency (CLA). The RRT member would play a key role in the advancement of, and support to, progress in these areas. The allocation of specific roles and tasks among the RRT will seek to match the person’s interests and skills with GNC requirements and will be agreed upon with the GNC Coordinator and may include any/all of the following – • Provide technical support to on-going responses and preparedness activities for National Nutrition Clusters/Sectors; • Participation in training of Nutrition Cluster staff • Contribute to a review, refinement and promotion of procedures, tools and approaches adopted by GNC Partners; • Collaborating with the other RRT members within GNC and EMOPS to ensure a complementary and standardized approach and to share learning in order to enhance the effectiveness of the emergency deployments • Any other specific roles and tasks allocated by the GNC Coordinator. The RRT is expected to spend an average of one week per quarter at the GNC in Geneva between deployments to enhance team building within the Cluster and to promote greater coherence of cluster approach. Host agency standby (25%): While working with International Medical Corp the RRT member is expected to focus on capacity building of the host agency on the cluster approach and mainstreaming of the cluster approach within the host agency. A detailed work plan will be developed between the NCC and the director of the Nutrition and Food Security department at International Medical Corps. QUALIFICATIONS • At least eight years of experience in the nutrition sector, humanitarian preparedness, response, and poverty reduction and a well developed understanding of the challenges and opportunities for community participation in emergency response. • Experience with natural and complex emergencies in diverse cultural and climatic settings. • Experience in programme design, management, monitoring and evaluation, including application of SPHERE standards, donor relations, security, and protection considerations. • Experience in liaison with a broad range of stakeholders, including international donors, UN agencies and INGOs, national authorities, national/local partner agencies and emergency-affected communities. • Ability to deploy within 72 hours. • Excellent training, coaching and mentoring skills. • High level of writing and communication skills. Candidates should be able to demonstrate experience in all of the following and should be highly proficient in at least two of the four team competencies: 1. Nutrition Cluster co-ordination support (capacity for national or sub level) 2. Development of response strategies, flash appeals/proposals, etc., with the Nutrition Cluster agencies to support sector advocacy, coherence and fund raising efforts. 3. Technical support in the areas of CMAM, Nutrition surveys, IFE and emergency component of micronutrient deficiencies prevention and control activities as well as leading Nutrition Cluster technical working groups or identifying partners agencies who could lead such a technical working group and coordinating the outputs of such working groups. 4. Rapid needs assessment. Key capabilities • Team building • Networking • Leadership skills and conflict management • Self awareness • Interpersonal and negotiation skills • Resilience, stress tolerance and ability to cope with change • Community orientation • Data analysis for planning and monitoring • Proactive problem solving • Operational decision-making • Strong organisational skills and capacity to self-manage Education Master’s degree or Bachelor’s degree in nutrition or associated disciplines, such as public health and eight years relevant work experience Languages English fluent and a second relevant language is desirable (i.e. French, Spanish, Arabic). Other requirements Candidates must be physically capable and medically fit to work and travel to remote areas. Profile We are looking for men and women with a strong commitment towards humanitarian relief and disaster operations. The candidate must possess a high level of professional and personal maturity together with an ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, managers and external partners, such as UN organisations, NGOs, recipient governments and host populations. Candidates must be able to interact with sensitivity and display respect for diversity and gender in multi-cultural environments. A capacity for working under pressure is essential, as work is often in difficult and demanding conditions, where the focus frequently shifts due to changes in priority. The candidate is expected to have excellent analytical and communicative skills, show initiative and take both a hands-on and an analytical approach to tasks and problems. How to apply: APPLICATION PROCEDURE To officially begin the application process, please visit our website at and complete the online employment application form.

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