Nutrition Officer



Under the direct supervision of the Senior Public Health Officer, in liaising with HQs Nutrition team, the nutrition officer is expected to provide policy and technical guidance on nutrition, training, carry out joint assessments, nutrition surveys, coordinate implementation of the programme with WFP and UNICEF, ensure standard settings and protocols, compile and provide data on nutrition situations.

In order to ensure wider reach out to the refugee and reinforce their close involvement in the delivery and management of nutrition services, the incumbent will need to establish an appropriate consultative and monitoring framework which would draw the experience and expertise of a wide range of actors both internally and externally.

The incumbent of the position will oversee and supervise the Nutrition programmes in all refugee camps in Chad, in the East (Sudanese refugees), South (CAR refugees) and at the Lake Region (Nigerian refugees), and provide strong technical guidance to partners, monitor and evaluate the programme and ensure and lead monthly nutrition coordination meetings. The incumbent will demonstrate strong representational, networking and negotiation skills with internal and external stakeholders such as the Government counterparts, UN Agencies and Embassies.

- To coordinate nutrition programmes in order to ensure that minimum UNHCR and international standards are met including inter-sectoral coordination within UNHCR and with partners in all matters related to nutrition and food aid.
- Support the prioritization of the Nutrition and food assistance strategy focusing on prevention and treatment activities, including ensuring appropriate food availability at border areas, transit sites and in camps/sites, detection, referral and management of MAM and SAM, IYCF, community based nutrition linkages and monitoring components.
- Support in the programming exercise to draw proposals and budgets related to nutrition and food assistance.
- Ensure that timely nutrition data is available for incorporation into the Health Information System and that nutrition and food asssitance data is analysed and interpreted to serve as evidence base for planning and interventions.
- To ensure that the WFP/UNHCR `Memorandum of Understanding¿ and general policies on Food and Nutrition Programme Management are adhered to including provision of complementary foods, micronutrients, feeding programmes etc.
- To ensure that nutrition is clearly defined in joint documents, like MoU or JPA, with WFP and UNICEF.
- To liaise with WFP in all aspects related to the general food distribution and food aid.
- Ensure JAM, nutritional survey and other assessments are adequately conducted and implemented.
- Ensure monthly (at the very least ¿ weekly in some cases) nutrition coordination meetings are conducted with all relevant partners.

- Support the Ministry of Health with the coordination and response to refugee nutrition activities.
- Work in a multi-sectoral and co-ordinated approach in co-operation with governments, UN agencies, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other humanitarian partners.
- Provide technical assistance to UNHCR sub/field offices and implementing partners in development, integration and mainstreaming of appropriate and cost-effective nutrition programmes.
- Monitor and evaluate country-level Nutrition programmes against standard UNHCR and international indicators to ensure that programmes are evidence-based and implemented in a comprehensive and cost-effective manner with an emphasis on:
- Application of standard guidelines and protocols,
- Comprehensiveness of nutrition programme,
- Apply various mechanisms and tools to ensure proper monitoring including:
- Site visits
- Regular flow of information (reporting)
- Conventional/non-conventional surveys and evaluation studies and support periodic nutrition surveys
- Coordination meetings with nutrition / health implementing partners
- Providing technical support and guidance to implementing/operational partners where required
- Undertake Data analysis and interpretation
- Regularly update on the nutrition situation
- Work closely with UNHCR programme, field and protection staff to identify priority nutrition issues and key data requirements for programme planning and monitoring to ensure that minimum UNHCR and international standards are being met.
- Promote basic health and nutrition education for populations of concern and train refugee health workers (e.g. community health workers, peer educators, counselors, etc.);
- Work towards strenghtening local structures and capacities; ensure strong linkages among health, nutrition, food security, Reproductive Health and HIV with protection and human rights;
- Improve coordination among partners and participate in capacity building efforts;
- Use community-based approaches, including clear involvement of refugees in the nutritional and public health programmes.
- Promote information sharing on all aspects related to refugee nutritional health.
- Support the establishment of Refugee Nutrition Committees to enable their active participation in the process of nutrition planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
- Advocate, inform, and communicate amongst stakeholders to ensure that refugee nutrition issues are addressed and that their nutritional needs and status of refugees and other persons of concern to UNHCR are appropriately documented and disseminated.
- Ensure regular updates and share information within UNHCR as well as with relevant government, UN and implementing and operational partners¿ counterparts and donor communities in the host country on their nutritional status and needs.

- Guidance on the overall strategy and focus of nutrition and food assistance programmes in the operation.
- Make recommendations to Senior Management on nutrition issues concerning refugees.


- Bachelor Degree or higher in Human Nutrition or related scientific field.
- Minimum of 7 years of progressive relevant field experience in the same sector and in humanitarian operations.
- Good writing and analytical skills.
- Working knowledge of English and good written and spoken French.

- Experience, advanced training and combined knowledge in various related fieldss: e.g. public health, food asssiatnce, IYCF, reproductive health, WASH.
- Experience in Nutrition surveys, implementation of micro-nutrients programme. 
- Previous experience working with WFP or UNICEF desirable.

C001L3 - Accountability Level 3
C002L3 - Teamwork & Collaboration Level 3
C003L3 - Communication Level 3
C004L3 - Commitment to Continuous Learning Level 3
C005L3 - Client & Result Orientation Level 3
C006L3 - Organizational Awareness Level 3
M001L3 - Empowering and Building Trust Level 3
M006L3 - Managing Resources Level 3
M004L3 - Strategic Planning and Vision Level 3
M002L3 - Managing Performance Level 3
M003L3 - Judgement and Decision Making Level 3
X004L3 - Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Level 3
X001L3 - Analytical Thinking Level 3
X008L3 - Stakeholder Management Level 3

Please note that the closing date for all vacancies in Add.2 to the September 2015 Compendium is Monday 22 February 2016 (midnight Geneva time).

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: N'Djamena
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Health service
    • Health service
    • Health service
    • Health service
  • Closing Date: 2016-02-22

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