Nutrition Coordinator

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 27 July 2018

Job Description

Requisition ID: req2425
Job Title: Nutrition Coordinator
Sector: Health
Employment Category: Regular
Employment Type: Full-Time
Location: South Sudan

Job Description

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.

The Nutrition Coordinator will be responsible for the current emergency nutrition response and the integration of the treatment of severe acute malnutrition into the integrated community case-management (iCCM) in Northern Barh el Gazal, Lakes and Unity State. The overall goal of the iCCM and nutrition project is to decrease child morbidity and mortality in these states by training and equipping Community Health Workers to treat children under 5 for malaria, diarrhea, pneumonia at the home level, and screen and refer children with severe acute malnutrition (SAM) for treatment. The IRC is interested in closer integration between the iCCM and the CMAM program to improve access and coverage of SAM treatment. The Nutrition Coordinator would oversee an exciting new initiative to pilot home-based treatment of SAM as part of the iCCM program and coordinate an evaluation (i.e. SQUEAC) to measure the impact on access and coverage with technical support from the Coverage Monitoring Netw
ork. The Nutrition Coordinator will also be responsible for setting up a new infant and young child feeding initiative in the areas of implementation and ensuring an appropriate evaluation.

Under the supervision of IRC South Sudan Senior Health Coordinator, and based in Juba, the Nutrition Coordinator will be responsible for the overall coordination, implementation, technical guidance and quality of the South Sudan nutrition program working in close collaboration with the field-based nutrition managers, senior management team, particularly the health, CCM Coordinator, and the teams in the field. The Nutrition Coordinator will be based in Juba with 50% frequent visits to the field sites.


Technical Monitoring and Program Quality
* Provide technical supervision of, and technical support to IRC Nutrition programming activities
* Ensure that nutrition programs utilize standardized protocols, policies and guidelines, as prescribed by the Ministry of Health and WHO/UNICEF.
* Ensure that all nutrition activities are consistent with established best practices
* Oversee the collection and timely reporting of data and statistics for all nutrition programs in line with IRC guidelines and according to internal and donor requirements
* Ensure appropriate follow-up and decision-making on data relevant to IRC nutrition programs
* Ensure a good coordination with the nutrition coordinator, CCM coordinator and CCM and nutrition field teams and provide frequent updates
* Ensure all stakeholders, including IRC Deputy Director Programs (DDP), IRC CCM Coordinator, IRC health technical unit, UNICEF, DFID and all donors are provided with updates, following the established reporting structures

Program Development and Strategic Planning
* Identify opportunities for program and proposal development in line with the IRC’s South Sudan Strategic Action Plan (SAP)
* Lead technical assessments as a basis for nutrition program development when necessary Monitor evolving needs of the target communities and adjust the programmatic priorities as necessary
* In collaboration with the Nutrition Technical Adviser, the CCM Coordinator and the DDP, lead the overall development of an overall IRC Nutrition Program strategy in line with IRC South Sudan Country Strategic Planning

Staff development
* Ensure the ongoing capacity building of nutrition, CCM and emergency teams through support to direct supervisors in ensuring staff performance evaluations and individual development plans
* Ensure appropriate support to the field bases by regular visits, and replacement of staff if needed
* Support the role out of the health outcomes to the field teams as it relates to nutrition.

Coordination and Representation
* Plan, coordinate and ensure quality implementation of the IRC South Sudan nutrition interventions
* Collaborate with the health, CCM and emergency teams to ensure a holistic approach in line with IRC’s South Sudan’s SAP
* Represent IRC to UN, international and national NGOs, and Ministries of Health, for nutrition coordination as needed at the national and State levels as necessary
* Oversee implementation of funding, including budget forecasting, development of spending plans in cooperation with the Health, CCM Coordinator and Grants Manager

* Position reports to: Senior Health Coordinator
* Indirect reporting: Program Managers have a dotted “support” line to their relevant Technical Coordinator
* Other internal contacts: HQ based IRC Technical Advisors, Field Coordinator/Manager and Other Technical Coordinators
* External contacts: Relevant other stakeholders e.g. UN bodies, local and INGOs, local and national authorities

* Nutrition professional with a relative degree in Nutrition or Public Health Nutrition and significant experience in nutrition in emergencies
* At least five years professional experience in nutrition IMAM (CMAM) programs
* Experience in nutrition emergency assessments or surveys preferred especially in IYCF and/or SQUEAC
* Excellent management and coordination skills
* Experience developing staff capacity and working in a multi-cultural setting
* Experience in emergencies or working in South Sudan previously preferred
* Ability to write clear and concise reports and proposals and to meet required reporting deadlines
* Able to work independently while being a strong team player
* Competence with Windows, Microsoft Office
* Ability to work in unstable security environments
* Proficient English written and spoken required, Arabic an asset


Security level orange:
The situation in the country in general is calm but remains tense and unpredictable; concerns include criminality, presence of armed troops, and looting. There is active conflict in many parts of the country and a possibility for further expansion of the conflict and violence into other areas and other states.

The position is based in Juba. Lodging is a private bedroom in a shared IRC guest house - with electricity, internet and cable TV. Food is the individual’s responsibility. Field office housing is more basic, i.e. in traditional huts or tents with separate shared latrines and showers.

Standards of Professional Conduct:
The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way - Code of Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Harassment-Free Workplace, Fiscal Integrity, Anti-Retaliation, Combating Trafficking in Persons and several others.

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.

About the Organization

From emergency response through post-conflict development work, in a great variety of roles around the world, the International Rescue Committee’s 8,000-plus staff is a force for humanity and hope. If you’re skilled and passionate, we’d like to add your energy to ours.

Careers at the IRC are as wide-ranging and far-reaching as our work. Encouraging staff development through promotion, transfer and rehire, the IRC nurtures long-term career paths and helps employees grow within the organization.

At any given moment, on any given day, all around the world, IRC staff members are restlessly and effectively working for the sake of the most vulnerable among us—to restore and renew hope, dignity and freedom.

The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.

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