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For every child, Good Health
Since 2016, South-West and North-West regions of Cameroon have experienced a social instability studded with violence, with a negative impact on the socio-economic context. The socio-political crisis gradually turned into insecurity and armed violence since early November 2017.
The escalation of tension and the multiplication of outbreaks of hostility between the non-state armed groups and security forces have affected the civilian population and forced the high number of households to leave their villages to more secure areas in other towns or in the bush.
The current conflict has significantly increased existing vulnerabilities in the two regions. Since the majority of the affected populations have been displaced and forced to live in the bush where they do not have access to basic health, hygiene, and sanitation services, it’s likely that the ongoing emergency has already had a serious impact on the nutritional status of the most vulnerable groups, mainly children under five and women.
In line with the UNICEF CCCs for nutrition, there is an urgent need to protect the nutritional status of children and women in the two regions to prevent excess morbidity and mortality. There is also a need to coordinate nutrition interventions through a dedicated nutrition cluster to ensure that the needs of vulnerable populations are covered in a timely manner.
How can you make a difference?
On behalf of the IASC Humanitarian Coordinator and under the overall supervision of the UNICEF Representative in Cameroon) (as the lead agency for the IASC Nutrition Cluster), the Nutrition Cluster Coordinator will facilitate a timely and effective nutrition response and ensure that the capacity of national and local institutions is strengthened to respond to and coordinate emergency nutrition interventions that demonstrate results and impact achieved in the North-West and South-West regions of Cameroon.
1. Identification of key partners: 20 %
Identify key humanitarian partners for the Nutrition Cluster response, respecting their respective mandates and program priorities
Identify other key partners including local and national authorities, peacekeeping forces, etc.
Carry out and regularly update capacity mapping of all current and potential actors – government, national and international humanitarian organizations as well as national institutions, the private sector, and advocate donors, NGOs, government and other stakeholders on the nutrition program needs and services
2. Establishment and maintenance of appropriate humanitarian coordination and planning mechanisms: 25%
Ensure appropriate coordination between all Nutrition humanitarian partners (including national and international NGOs, the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement, IOM and other international organizations active in the sector) as well as national authorities and local structures
Ensure the establishment/maintenance of appropriate coordination mechanisms with the sector and related working groups at both national and other regional levels: ensure the information sharing and regular meetings.
Ensure full integration of the IACS’s agreed priority cross-cutting issues, namely human rights, HIV/AIDS, age, gender and environment, utilization participatory and community-based approaches. In line with this, promote gender equality by ensuring that the needs, contributions, and capacities of women and girls, as well as men and boys, are addressed;
Secure commitments from cluster participants in responding to needs and filling gaps, ensuring an appropriate distribution of responsibilities within the cluster, with clearly defined focal points for specific issues where necessary;
Promote emergency response actions while at the same time considering the need for early recovery planning as well as prevention and risk reduction concerns;
Ensure effective links with other clusters (with OCHA support), especially Health, WASH, Agriculture and Livelihoods and Education;
Act as the focal point for inquiries on the Nutrition Cluster’s response plans and operations.
3. Planning and strategy development: 25%
Ensure predictable action within the cluster for the following;
Needs assessment and analysis; development of standard assessment formats for use within the sector;
Identification of gaps;
Developing/updating agreed to response strategies and action plans for the Nutrition Cluster and ensuring that these are adequately reflected in the overall country strategies;
Drawing lessons learned from past activities and revising strategies and action plans accordingly.
4. Monitoring and reporting: 20%
Ensure an analytical analysis of the best available information in order to benchmark the progress of the emergency response over time. That is – monitoring indicators (quantity, quality, coverage, continuity, and cost) of service delivery which is derived from working towards meeting standards;
Act as an information manager for the cluster by ensuring regular reporting against the Nutrition Cluster indicators of service delivery (quantity, quality, coverage, continuity, and cost) supports analysis of the Nutrition Cluster in closing gaps and measuring impact of interventions.
5. Advocacy and resource mobilization: 10%
Identify core advocacy concerns, including resource requirements, and contribute key messages to broader advocacy initiatives of the Humanitarian Coordinators and other actors;
Advocate for donors to fund cluster participants to carry out priority activities in the sector concerned, while at the same time encouraging cluster participants to mobilize resources for their activities through the usual channels;
Act as the focal point for reviewing and ensuring quality control for all the Nutrition Cluster project submitted for Flash Appeal, CERF, and other funding mechanisms;
As agreed by the IASC Principals, ensure that the Nutrition Cluster lead agency is responsible for acting as the provider of last resort to meet agreed priority needs and will be supported by the HC in their resource mobilization efforts in this regard. Under the principle of the “Provider of last resort”, the Nutrition Cluster Coordinator will liaise with the Cluster Lead Agency UNICEF to ensure that gaps are filled.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in one of the following fields is required: nutrition, public health, nutritional epidemiology, global/international health and nutrition, health/nutrition research, policy and/or management, health sciences, nutritional epidemiology, or another health-related science field
A minimum of  five of relevant professional experience in a developing country in one or more of the following areas is required: nutrition, public health, nutrition planning and management, or maternal, infant and child health/nutrition care.
Extensive work experience with either the UN and/or NGO is required.
Recent experience in Nutrition in an Emergency program including, but not limited to Malnutrition, Micronutrients, Supplementation, and SMART survey methodology is required.
Experience on emergency response and programme coordination is an asset.
Experience working with government agencies, local authorities, international organizations, NGOs and communities in the field of Nutrition in emergency context is an asset.
Demonstrated experience in humanitarian contexts characterized by access issues is required.
Knowledge of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee and the cluster approach either through training or practical experience is required.
Fieldwork experience is required.
Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
The competencies required for this post are:
Diversity and inclusion
Working with people (II)
Drive for results (II)
Leading and Supervising [II]
Formulating Strategies and Concepts [II]
Relating and Networking [II]
Persuading and Influencing [II]
Creating and Innovating [II]
View our competency framework at http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
* The successful candidate for this emergency recruitment MUST be available to commence work within 31 days of receiving an offer.
* Please note that this is a non-family duty station.
* 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 offer of employment may be withdrawn if these conditions are unlikely to be met before the date for commencement of service.
Closing Date Wed Jun 26 2019 23:55:00 GMT+0100 (Afr. centrale Ouest)
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