Haiti: TA Emergency Nutrition Manager, P-4, Port au Prince, Haiti (6 months with possible extension)

Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Country: Haiti
Closing date: 13 Dec 2016


On behalf of UNICEF as the lead agency for nutrition and in collaboration with the Departmental Health Offices, the Emergency Nutrition Manager will provide strategic direction and support to nutrition section to accelerate emergency response and coordination mechanisms in hurricane impacted areas according to core commitment, and embed emergency investments in improved national capacity for nutrition programming and coordination.

Main Responsibilities and Tasks

The Emergency Nutrition Manager’s major tasks and responsibilities will include but not be limited to:

  • Planning and strategy development:
  • Provide input into strategies and plans to deliver a comprehensive package of Nutrition services, relevant to the Nutrition needs, national policies and overall emergency response. These strategies will also take into account existing country programme and long term national priorities.
  • Collaborate with UNICEF sections to promote multisectoral programming responses to support nutrition outcomes, with an emphasis on Health and WASH.
  • Collaborate with national actors to update relevant policies and guidelines relevant to the nutrition response.
  • Develop plans to transition from the acute emergency response phase into more sustainable programming, including both improved nutrition programme and humanitarian coordination capacity. This will include but is not limited to advising on HR needs, capacity development and strategy development as well as facilitating delivery of the transition plan.
  • Human and financial resource mobilization
  • Advise on the appropriate staffing (level and skills) required to deliver on UNICEF’s cluster lead agency mandate for both programme and cluster responsibilities from onset through transition from emergency.
  • Support nutrition and HR sections in rapid recruitment of emergency national staff in Jeremie and Les Cayes.
  • Advise on immediate and ongoing supplies needs for the emergency response in close coordination with Supply Division.
  • Contribute to resource mobilization efforts through proposal development and donor advocacy.
  • Partnership and capacity development
  • Initiate, strengthen and maintain operational partnerships based on the capacity mapping exercise to promote adequate coverage of nutrition services in affected areas.
  • Foster operational linkages with other sectors, including health, WASH and food security to promote comprehensive prevention and treatment services.
  • Work and liase with the Nutrition Section of WFP to come to a common agreement on complementary approaches between SAM and MAM in hurricane affected areas and elsewhere.
  • Identify capacity needs for UNICEF staff and agencies engaged in the Nutrition response and support appropriate capacity development activities and resources.
  • Mentor and support to the Haiti CO Nutrition team (including surge staff) to coordinate and manage the emergency response and transition phase.
  • Strengthen humanitarian coordination mechanisms:
  • Work with UNICEF partners, national and local authorities to establish, scale up and embed national coordination capacity. This can include orientation sessions, advocacy, operational mentoring for coordination, co-leading coordination and advising on actions to embed strengthened humanitarian coordination capacity in the affected areas as well as nationally.
  • Work with the regional nutrition coordinators, Nutrition Specialist and national coordination body to secure commitments from sector participants in responding to needs and filling gaps, ensuring an appropriate distribution of responsibilities within the sector, with clearly defined focal points for specific issues where necessary;
  • Work with the regional nutrition coordinators, Nutrition Specialist and national coordination body to secure effective links with other sectors, especially Health, WASH, Agriculture and Livelihoods and Education;
  • Monitoring and reporting:
  • Work with the regional nutrition coordinators, Nutrition Specialist and stakeholders to consolidate and update the nutrition situation analysis on a rolling basis.
  • Advise on relevant indicators and analysis frameworks to facilitate management of the emergency response. Advise on what additional Nutrition related information is needed through one off data collection or strengthening of available Nutrition information systems to guide the Nutrition
  • Work with the regional nutrition coordinators and Nutrition Specialist to strengthen reporting on the nutrition situation and response to ensure that nutrition needs are clear in various fora and that UNICEF actions are clearly reported in internal and external documentation, including OCHA sitreps.
  • Undertake field visits to emergency locations to assess Nutrition programme progress, to identify major problems and constraints and to propose solutions and actions.
  • Contribute to lesson learning on the Haiti response.
  • Minimum Qualifications and Competencies

    1. Education

    An Advanced University Degree (Master Degree) in nutrition, nutritional epidemiology, public health, global/international health and nutrition, health/nutrition research, policy and/or management, or other health related social science field is required

    2. Work Experience

  • A minimum of 8 years of professional experience in programme management or advisory support in the area of nutrition assessment, programming or policy work at national level is required. At least 3 years of which at international level, is highly desirable.
  • Experience of working with government counterparts, UN agencies and NGO partners is highly desirable.
  • Practical experience including, but not limited to CMAM, SMART surveys, and IYCF is
  • Prior experience in Haiti is preferred.
  • 3. Language

  • Fluency in French and English (verbal and written) is required.
  • Competencies of Successful Candidates

    1. Core Values

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Integrity
  • 2. Core competencies

  • Communication – Level II
  • Working with People- Level II
  • Drive for Results- Level II
  • 3. Functional Competencies

  • Leading and Supervising- Level I
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts – Level II
  • Analyzing – Level III
  • Relating and Networking – Level II
  • Deciding and Initiating Action – Level II
  • Applying Technical Expertise – Level III
  • Remarks

    * The successful candidate for this emergency recruitment MUST be available to commence work within 31 days of receiving an offer.

    ** Kindly note thatPort-au-Prince is a non-family duty station.

    *** This post is based in Port au Prince with frequent missions to Les Cayes (South Department) and Grande

    Employment is conditional upon receipt of medical clearance, any clearance required, the grant of a visa, and completion of any other pre-employment criteria that UNICEF may establish. Candidates may not be further considered or offers of employment may be withdrawn if these conditions are unlikely to be met before the date for commencement of service

    How to apply:

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=501785

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