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Nutrition Coordinator At International Rescue Committee

Date Posted: 09/Jan/2014
Deadline: 07/Mar/2014

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.

IRC entered Nigeria in October 2012 in response to a widespread flood disaster. IRC’s Emergency Response Team, with local partner CISCOPE (Civil Society Coalition for Poverty Eradication), implemented a project to support livelihoods and improve WASH in Kogi State from February to May 2013. This was followed by a 3-month nutrition and food security program in the same location from October 2013 to January 2014. IRC is now initiating programming in Adamawa State. The current project addresses malnutrition and associated health concerns among conflict-affected children in four districts. To support this project, IRC is opening offices in Yola and Mubi.

The Nutrition Coordinator (NutCo) will be responsible for the vision, strategy, design, implementation and management of IRC’s Nutrition Program in Nigeria, working in collaboration with the senior management team in Abuja, and directly with the team in the field.

The NutCo reports to the Field Coordinator and supervises the field program team. The NutCo will travel 50% to service delivery sites.

Coordination and Representation

* Develop a sound understanding of the IRC and its programs such that the NutCo can represent IRC Nigeria. Establish and maintain effective, professional relationships with relevant stakeholders.
* Plan and coordinate IRC Nigeria nutrition interventions;
* Participate in the national Nutrition Cluster; ensure leadership of the Regional Nutrition Sub-Cluster
* Participate in internal coordination and management meetings to promote effective and efficient information sharing, problem-solving and decision making.

Program Management
* Oversee implementation of nutrition-related grants and management of budgets, including budget forecasting, development of spending plans in cooperation with other departments.
* Ensure the appropriate utilization of and reporting on resources to deliver programs
* Prepare all necessary documentation for Grant Opening, Review and Closing meetings

Technical Monitoring and Program Quality
* Provide technical supervision of, and technical support to IRC Nigeria 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’s REL (Research, Evaluation & Learning) guidelines and according to internal and donor requirements;
* Ensure appropriate follow-up and decision-making on data relevant to IRC nutrition programs;
* Ensure all stakeholders are provided with updates on the nutrition program in Nigeria, including CD, Technical Unit, donors etc.

Strategic Planning and Program Development
* In collaboration with the Nutrition Technical Advisor and the CD, lead the development of an IRC Nutrition Program strategy in line with IRC Nigeria Strategy.
* Lead technical assessments as a basis for nutrition program development;
* Monitor evolving needs of the target communities and adjust the programmatic p riorities as necessary;
* Coordinate and develop project proposals (logical frameworks and appropriate, realistic and measurable indicators) for the IRC Nigeria Nutrition Program under the supervision of the CD.

Staff development
* Ensure the ongoing capacity building of program staff.
* Ensure respect for IRC HR policies during the recruitment process.
* Provide timely and quality performance evaluations.
* Promote the IRC Way with all supervisees

* Ensure staff are trained on, aware of and in compliance with IRC security policies and the local SMP.

* Submit timely and accurate reports to the CD as required
* Review program reports to ensure accuracy before submission

* Other relevant duties as assigned.


* Advanced degree in Nutr ition
* Related licensure

* At least five years international professional experience, including significant experience managing nutrition programs; specifically in the Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM), Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) and nutrition BCC approaches.
* Experience integrating nutrition into multi-sectoral programming, particularly with the health, WASH, food security and livelihoods sectors.
* Experience coordinating with and building the capacity of local government and civil society partners.
* Experience conducting assessments, preferably using participatory approaches and/or SMART and SQUEAC surveys;
* IRC and Africa experience desirable

* Excellent management skills; able to work independently while being a strong team player;
* Demonstrated ability to handle sensitive situations diplomatically, able to work well w ith people of varying backgrounds, cultures, education levels
* Able to write clear and concise reports and proposals and to meet required reporting deadlines;
* Able to work in unstable security environments;
* Competent in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook
* Fluent in spoken and written English, knowledge of Hausa a plus.
* Additional qualities: ability to handle pressure, to solve problems, to prioritize work, honesty, flexibility, punctuality, sense of humor.


The program site in northern Adamawa State is Security Level 3 – orange; travel is subject to defined security protocols.

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