Nutrition Coordinator

International Rescue Committee, Inc. (DUPLICATE)
Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic
Apply by 9 March 2018
Mid-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 8 February 2018

Job Description

Requisition ID: req1092
Job Title: Nutrition Coordinator
Sector: Health
Employment Category: Fixed Term
Employment Type: Full-Time
Location: Iraq

Job Description

Background:
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.

CONTEXTUAL BACKGROUND
The Syria crisis is often described as the worst humanitarian catastrophe since the end of the Cold War. Inside Syria, 6.3 million people are internally displaced and 13.5 million are in need of humanitarian assistance, with 4.5 million in besieged and hard-to-reach areas. There are over 5 million Syrian refugees registered in neighboring countries. This is no short-term humanitarian episode. The devastating human consequences to huge numbers of people will endure for decades. The destruction of relationships, communities, livelihoods, homes and infrastructure will take years to repair.

IRC is offering a robust humanitarian response to the Syria crisis. With an annual budget in excess of $140 million and a rapidly expanding portfolio, supported by more than 3,000 staff and workers in the region, IRC is undertaking programs in Syria and the neighboring countries of Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan in the fields of health, child protection, education, women’s protection and empowerment, NFI and food distribution, cash assistance, and livelihood programming. Our work in these challenging settings gives rise to some of the most pressing issues facing contemporary humanitarian action, including questions of access, security, funding and coordination.

Scope of work:
The Nutrition Coordinator will be responsible for rapidly launching maternal, IYCF-E and CMAM nutrition programs for the IRC in northeastern Syria covering responses in the governorates of Hasakeh, Raqqa and Deiz ez Zour. S/he ensures the implementation of quality preventative and curative nutrition programs and oversees nutrition assessments as appropriate. The Nutrition Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating with all partners, including local implementing partners, UN agencies and the Whole of Syria Nutrition Cluster and responsible for fulfilling IRC’s strategic objectives for nutrition. The Nutrition Coordinator will ensure that activities are in line with the 2018 priorities set by the Nutrition Cluster (maternal, infant and young child feeding in emergencies and the management of acute malnutrition) and that these activities are integrated within health services and adhere to relevant national and global guidelines. The Nutrition Coordinator supervises all nutrition staff, provides technical support to local implementing partners and reports to the Senior Program Coordinator. The Nutrition Coordinator will receive technical support from the regional Nutrition Technical Advisor. The position is based in the town of Derek in Hasakeh Governorate, with regular travel to supervise IRC’s and local partner’s preventative and curative nutrition programs.

Key Responsibilities:
* Launch and oversee the implementation of all maternal, IYCF-E and CMAM nutrition programs of IRC and local implementing partners as well as nutrition assessments implemented by IRC northeastern Syria
* Provide technical supervision and guidance to all IRC and IRC partner-implemented nutrition projects.
* Ensure that nutrition programs adhere to relevant national and global guidelines and are in line with the 2018 priorities set by the Nutrition Cluster. Ensure that all nutrition activities are consistent with established best practices.
* Promote the quality of the IRC’s nutrition programs by setting up quality assurance mechanisms and checks in collaboration with other staff and IRC’s M&E Team.
* Ensure sound data collection and information management systems are in place for ongoing performance analysis and programmatic action based on data and identified needs.
* Participate in the design of robust M&E plans and design/adapt nutrition surveillance systems to be integrated within the health information system for the IRC nutrition programs in northeastern Syria.
* Ensure that the stated goals and objectives of all nutrition projects are met with strong monitoring and evaluation (M&E) follow-up, including any required nutrition assessments, with technical support from the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer in the New York-based Health Unit and the regional Nutrition Technical Advisor as needed.
* Provide technical support to the nutrition team for program design, proposal development and reporting, ensuring that IRC programs are of high quality and that programs are driven by data and learning, working in conjunction with other colleagues in the IRC northeastern Syria program.
* Ensure all designed nutrition projects use the relevant IRC theories of change and that interventions are evidence-driven.
* Work with other IRC sector leads to actively integrate into health programs and improve quality of programs.

Management:
* Establish, hire and supervise the entire nutrition program as this is program start up. Ensure technical capacity-building and training to guarantee a quality launch to the programming.
* Provide supportive supervision to the nutrition team to develop work plans to guide implementation of approved grants. Support the field teams in the implementation and monitoring of the work plans ensuring that activities reflect the commitments IRC has made to donors and communities.
* Review Budget vs. Actual expenditure for nutrition programs on a monthly basis with staff and set course corrections as necessary.
* Ensure that periodic data reviews are conducted in coordination with M&E Managers and relevant technical advisors for course correction as needed.
* Participate in the development of staff development plans for nutrition staff based on performance reviews in collaboration with the human resources department and contribute to the training of nutrition staff (mentoring, on-the-job sessions as well as formal trainings). Conduct performance evaluation of nutrition staff in the field.
* Develop/organize training opportunities to build the capacity of the nutrition staff and local partners in order to transfer skills. This includes staff training in program management areas such as reporting, budgeting, monitoring, evaluation, and supervision.
* Oversee the implementation of nutrition sector priorities, ensuring that program growth is in line with country strategic plans.
* Review all reports prepared by the nutrition staff and provide appropriate feedback to the concerned staff, and ensure that reports are written and submitted to concerned bodies in a timely manner.

Representation and Advocacy:
* Represent IRC in the Nutrition Cluster, working closely with other NGOs, UN agencies and local partners
* In coordination with the Health Coordinator, actively develop and maintain effective working relationships with key stakeholders in northeastern Syria including donors, government actors, UN agencies, international and local NGOs, and other relevant actors.
* Develop strategic partnerships with local organizations wherever possible.
* Represent IRC to local communities, government departments, international agencies, local partners and donors as required.
* Assist in organizing donor site visits by supporting field staff in the smooth design and implementation of agendas and visit activities.
* Develop evidence-based advocacy points to be presented through the Nutrition Cluster and I/NGO Forums

Key Working Relationships
* Position Reports to: Senior Program Coordinator
* Indirect/Technical Reporting: Regional technical advisor for nutrition
* Position directly Supervises: Nutrition team

Key Internal Contacts:
* Country Program: Health, Economic Recovery and Development and Integrated Protection Coordinators, M&E Coordinator, Grants Coordinator, Deputy Director of Cross Border Programs
* Region/Global: Team members in health, partnership, public affairs, HR, supply chain, monitoring and evaluation, ICT4P and others

Key External Contacts:
* INGO counterparts
* Relevant UN agencies: UNOCHA, UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP, WHO, etc.
* Relevant coordination forums, working groups, and clusters for Syria: Whole of Syria Nutrition Cluster Lead/Co-Lead, SIRF, Northeast Syria NGO Forum

Job Qualifications:
Education: University degree in related field plus Master’s degree in Public Health, Nutrition or other suitable nutrition-related degree is required. Training in IYCF-E and lactation counselling is highly desired. The Nutrition Coordinator will design interventions that provide lactation support, peer to peer support and counselling, relactation support and appropriate and safe access to breastmilk substitutes. The Nutrition Coordinator will oversee the management of acute malnutrition with a focus on improving access and will lead nutrition assessments as relevant.

Work Experience:
* A minimum of 5 years in coordinating, implementing and managing nutrition programs in humanitarian contexts.
* Experience working in the Middle East/Syria is a plus. Experience implementing nutrition programs in insecure environments, hard to reach areas and displaced communities.
* Previous experience in maternal, IYCF-E and CMAM is required. Experience in conducting nutrition assessments is highly desired.
* Experience integrating nutrition programs with other sectors (e.g. health).
* Demonstrated skills in project design/proposal development and grant management
* Experience in capacity building and mentoring of national and local implementing partners.
* Demonstrated leadership, communication, and facilitation skills; ability to delegate responsibilities.
* Excellent interpersonal and problem-solving skills.
* Excellent coordination and networking skills.
* Willingness to travel extensively in northeastern Syria (Hasakeh and Raqqa governorates)
* Demonstrated computer skills and experience with programs such as: MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint and database management systems, including HMIS, and EPI-Info.
* Additional qualities: ability to be a good team player, ability to multitask, ability to handle pressure well, ability to improvise, flexibility, and adaptability to transitions.

Language Skills: Excellent written and oral English skills; fluency in Arabic or Kurdish a plus

SPECIFIC SECURITY SITUATION/HOUSING
Gender Equality: IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances.

Attention Returning National Candidates IRC strives to attract, motivate and retain qualified national staff in our programs. We strongly encourage national or returning national candidates to apply for this position. If you are a national of the country in which this position is based and are currently located outside of your home country and possess over two years of international work experience, the Middle East Region has introduced an attractive remuneration package. The package includes competitive compensation, return flight to post, shipping allowance, temporary housing and a relocation allowance. Certain restrictions may apply.

Working Environment
The security level is 3 (Orange) in Derek though the situation is generally very calm. Staff must comply with all IRC security policies and procedures applicable to international staff.

Shared housing in a guest house with modern amenities will be provided. The position is unaccompanied.

About the Organization

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 27 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure.

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