United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Nutrition Advisor (6.5 months maternity cover)- London based. see details

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Organization: International Medical Corps
Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Closing date: 15 Oct 2015

Background

International Medical Corps UK delivers lifesaving nutrition and health care in emergencies for people affected by disaster or conflict. No matter where, we are first there and we stay to help people survive and rebuild through the building blocks of recovery – nutrition, water, food, safety, medicine. Finally, we help people stand on their own by passing on skills and knowledge locally through training.

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International Medical Corps UK works alongside International Medical Corps Worldwide, responding to humanitarian emergencies and communities afflicted by conflict, poverty and natural disaster in more than 30 countries.

Job Purpose

To provide nutrition technical assistance to the International Medical Corps’ missions; advocating with UK donors on behalf of IMC beneficiaries; and assisting in emergency response, nutrition assessments, program development, and new program start-up.

Key results areas (Primary roles and responsibilities)

The Nutrition Advisor will provide technical support to International Medical Corps country teams in order to successfully design and implement high quality humanitarian nutrition programs including providing surge and desk support for new emergency nutrition programs and supporting emergency preparedness and capacity building. Additionally the Nutrition Advisor will support the Nutrition and Food Security and Livelihood unit s (NFSL) research activities, advocacy work and new initiatives.

1. Technical Program Support

• Provide technical support to countries with the design of nutrition programs.

• Ensure that the implementation of the nutrition programs conform to internationally accepted standards and country guidelines

• With the countries nutrition focal points, monitor program impact and ensure that program data is valid and relevant, and used to inform program development.

• Provide guidance to staff on the integration of a nutrition component into other sectors as appropriate

• Provide technical leadership and support for conducting nutrition surveys and assessments.

• Provide technical review of proposals and project reports prior to submission to donors.

• Participate in the development and expansion of International Medical Corps nutrition programming in emergencies and development.

2. Training and capacity building

• With the countries nutrition focal points, assess the training needs of nutrition staff and develop a training program to meet these needs.• With the countries nutrition focal points, conduct nutrition training for project nutrition staff and MOH counterparts implementing nutrition programs, focusing on all aspects of community-based management of acute malnutrition (CMAM), IYCF, etc

• With the countries nutrition focal points, ensure the establishment and strengthening of nutrition monitoring activities and train health staff (IMC, MOH, and local NGO) in case detection and referral mechanisms.

With the countries nutrition focal points, conduct and train health staff on surveys including SMART surveys, coverage surveys, and other assessment methodologies.

3. Surge Support

• Provide nutrition surge support to International Medical Corps’ emergency response team, deploying to conduct assessments, develop an appropriate response, and start up lifesaving nutrition activities

4. NFSL Initiatives Support – Advocacy + Research

• Take leadership on IMC’s nutrition advocacy work in the UK, represent IMC at meetings and on working groups.• Take leadership on knowledge management within the NFSL unit and support countries to develop technical learning documents

• Participate and take leadership on specific NFSL unit projects, such as research, new initiatives, and developing IMC policies and program models.

5. Other Responsibilities:

• Any other tasks or responsibilities based on organizational and programming needs as assigned by the Director Nutrition and Food Security and Livelihood (NFSL) unit.

Person specification

To be successful in this job, an individual must be able to deliver each key result areas above regularly and satisfactory. Specific requirements include:

• Master’s degree in nutrition, public health nutrition, or related discipline

• Proven track record in implementation and management and provision of technical support to nutrition programs (including Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition; IYCF; etc) in humanitarian settings

• Prior experience in nutrition surveys (SMART, KAP, etc.)

• Experience of capacity building and mentoring

• Strong written and oral communications skills including the ability to write technical documents (assessments reports, proposals, briefs etc.)

• Ability to travel at short notice, occasionally to remote and difficult locations (30-50%)

• Ability to create solutions or responses to problems in an autonomous way

• Proficient in English and computer literate

• Team player

• Proven experience with donor relations

• Proficient in other in other languages e.g. French, Arabic, a plus

Closing date

5pm GMT 15 October2015 date.

How to apply:

Candidates who meet the specifications set out above and can prove they have the right to work in the UK should send CV and cover letter to hr-uk@internationalmedicalcorps.org.uk or by post to Human Resources Unit 254-258 Goswell Road, London, EC1V 7EB.

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