International Medical Corps (IMC)

Nutrition Coordinator

International Medical Corps (IMC)

Job Description

International Medical Corps is a global humanitarian nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in areas worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at high risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance. Program Background International Medical Corps has appointed a country representative since March 2019 who is actively participating in coordination meetings with working groups to discuss key issues, including health; Nutrition; mental health and Psychosocial Support; protection; and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). International Medical Corps has been a key collaborator in meetings with UN agencies, including the Pan American Health Organization, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the United Nations Children’s Fund, as well as with local organizations and donors. International Medical Corps has submitted projects to several donors to address critical needs, including: (1) lack of specialized doctors and health personnel; (2) lack of maintenance for medical equipment; (3) lack of medicines and medical supplies; (4) lack of water treatment, food and potable water; (5) lack of medical waste management services; 5) lack of food supplies to address malnutrition; 6) lack of Protection services. Additionally, as of September 3, 2019, International Medical Corps is one of the few international non-governmental organizations registered as a Civil Association non-profit organization in Venezuela and authorized to provide humanitarian services. International Medical Corps continues to work with IFRC, PAHO, UNICEF other international actors, and local non-profit organizations. By launching efforts with local organizations, International Medical Corps will prioritize not only reaching those most in need, but also building the capacity of the local organizations to provide services for the long-term. International Medical Corps has already identified local partners. International Medical Corps has shipped medicines and medical supplies with a value of more than $500,000 to Caracas, with support from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). International Medical Corps provided medications and medical supplies directly to IFRC and Venezuelan Red Cross (VRC), who support 20 inpatient health facilities and 16 outpatient clinics in Caracas. International Medical Corps (IMC) is now coordinating with international and local partners in Venezuela and is prepared to deliver a multi-sectoral response to meet the urgent health, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in health facilities, protection and nutrition needs of families and communities. Activities will focus on providing essential services with a focus on reaching vulnerable populations, including children, pregnant and lactating women, elderly people and service evaluations. International Medical Corps, will target 22 health facilities that provides outpatient services in 11 states and will provide MMU services in 7 states and 117 communities. At the health facility level, services will include provision of pharmaceutical supplies, health and reproductive health services, Capacity Building, consultations, mental health services, WASH including hygiene promotion, MH, PSS service and last but not least nutrition services. International Medical Corps will work with 2 local partner at health facility level and MMU. These two are FUDEP and Fundación Nativo. As for the Protection / GBV services, IMC will support 3 women centers through partnering with 2 additional local subs – FUNDANA and Fundacion Habla. Job Summary The Nutrition Coordinator's role is to lead and provide Technical Support for planning and smooth operation of nutrition activities in any defined context. This includes the active involvement in developing and rolling out the country nutrition strategy based on the specific context, assessments/needs identified, program implementation of multiple nutrition projects and fundraising. In addition, the Nutrition Coordinator will support with the overall building of capacity of local staff and stakeholders in nutrition programming. Main Responsibilities To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation. The tasks listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all-inclusive.
  • The Nutrition Coordinator will be responsible for leading the nutrition managers and providing technical support and capacity building of the team to successfully plan, implement and monitor International Medical Corps nutrition program activities in Venezuela. The Coordinator must have the ability to organize and support all aspects of the nutrition program including liaising with the Ministry of Health, the nutrition cluster, other international and national agencies, and donors.

  • The Nutrition Coordinator will be responsible for ensuring that the nutrition programs in Venezuela are implemented in line with the Ministry’s guidelines and international humanitarian standards and donor guidelines. He or she must be able to provide technical backstopping and conducting nutrition training, reviewing program reports, surveys and monitoring and evaluation reports.Additionally, the Nutrition Coordinator will work under the supervision of the Deputy Director of Program to provide input into proposal development and country level strategies as required.

Program Implementation and Development
  • Collaborate with the Program Director, Nutrition Managers and Meal Coordinator to achieve program objectives and smooth implementation of the program.

  • Ensure that IMC implementation of the CMAM and IYCF activities conform to internationally accepted standards and country guidelines.

  • Coordinate and follow-up on nutrition programs implementation to review progress towards objectives through organizing regular review meetings, update and experience sharing meeting among staffs.

  • In collaboration with the team, identify existing project implementation gaps and new opportunities for nutrition and nutrition-related projects and lead on the concept note or proposal development while liaising with interested partners and stakeholders to ensure that proposed activities and programs align with best practice in the nutrition sector.

  • Lead, plan and conduct nutritional assessments and surveys in existing and in potential new areas, following the nationally approved survey protocol, for program expansion and feed assessments results into proposals if needed.

  • Lead the development of a referral mechanism and communication strategies and train nutrition staff (IMC, MOH, CHVs) in case detection and referrals between health facilities adapted to the local context.

  • Support the nutrition managers and supervisors to ensure proper functioning of reporting systems data flow mechanisms for regular assessment, monitoring and evaluation of the program against its objectives and expected results. And conduct critical monitoring of all aspects of nutrition activities and identify areas of concern. Submit workable solutions for identified challenges

  • Demonstrate understanding of multi-sectoral approach to malnutrition and ensuring that nutrition project beneficiaries are linked with other sector interventions and provide guidance to staff on the integration of a nutrition component into other sectors as appropriate such as food security, Health, WASH and disaster prevention and preparedness

Capacity Building
  • Assess the training needs of nutrition staff; develop a training program to meet these needs; 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) and IYCF with the support of the Health and Nutrition Supervisors

  • Assist Nutrition Manager to facilitate the development/adaptation of nutrition education training manuals and facilitator’s guide based on existing national nutrition protocols and curricula including training follow-up

  • Coordinate with other sectoral program managers with IMC’s program to ensure that other parts of the program are functioning in order to maximize nutrition intervention’s impact

  • Liaise with nutrition experts, provincials Nutritionists and others to ensure that specialized support is available at the field/district/activity level to increase coverage and overall efficacy of the program

Representation
  • Actively participate and represent International Medical Corps in nutrition sector coordination forums, discussions and activities, serve as an International Medical Corps nutrition resource person, and display technical and organizational leadership in sectoral activities.

  • Create and maintain smooth relations and open collaboration with Government and local stakeholders and serve as the nutrition resource person

  • Coordinate International Medical Corps nutrition activities and across a wide range of actors including donors, host governments, UN and NGO partners to ensure consistency of programming.

Program Finance, Logistics and Administration
  • Prepare detailed work plan and budget plan for nutrition activities and ensure implementation of planned activities according to the work plan adhering to the budget according to IMC standards and oversee program spending per budgets and pipelines

  • Support and motivate program/logistics/administrative/finance staff in their work, by ensuring appropriate training, coaching and supervision by technical leads

  • Manage staff recruitment and training, conduct performance monitoring in collaboration with HR and Nutrition Managers, ensure that standards and protocols are adhered to

  • Ensure equitable allocation of human, material and financial resources

  • Coordinate very closely with logistics in order to ensure that there is no break in nutrition program supplies.

  • Organize and follow-up on all other procurements needed for the projects

  • Perform other duties as assigned. The duties and responsibilities listed above are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all inclusive.

Code of Conduct It is our shared responsibility and obligation to prevent matters involving Sexual Exploitation & Abuse, Trafficking in Persons, Child Safeguarding and any suggested violation to our Code of Conduct, which may involve Conflicts of Interest, Fraud, Corruption or Harassment. If you see, hear or are made aware of any suggested activities then you have an obligation to report. Qualifications: Qualification
  • Master in Public health nutrition or equivalent in Nutrition/Public Health from recognized learning institution plus 5 years of experience in related field or Bachelor degree in Nutrition or related field of study with 7 years of experience in related field (minimum 3 years in emergency response setting)

Experience
  • Strong skills in technical proposal writing and donor reporting, designing and implementing nutrition programs

  • Ability to provide technical support for IMC staff and government staff on proper implementation of CMAM, IYCF, SBC and other nutrition activities.

  • Familiarity with design and programming processes of different donors (ECHO, OFDA, WFP, UNICEF, DFID, UNHCR etc)

  • Knowledge in designing and implementing appropriate and effective holistic nutrition programs including ensuring that the nutrition program is integrated with food security, health and WASH programming where appropriate.

  • Ability to read, analyse and interpret data and familiarity with nutrition surveys (Coverage, SMART and KAP surveys).

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work within different cultural environments;

  • Ability to effectively present information (both written and verbally) and respond appropriately to questions from senior managers in the field and HQ, counterparts, senior government;

  • Ability to work effectively with government, community leaders, international/national organizations, donors, partners and other International Medical Corps relationships.

  • Strong communication skills, able to effectively present information clearly and respond appropriately to questions from senior managers and headquarters staff, counterparts, senior government leaders and donors

  • Strong supervisory and organizational skills

  • Demonstrated experience and skills in ensuring Community Participation and gender issues in humanitarian programming

  • Advanced proficiency in the use of MS Office, and other Computer Applications

  • Ability to cope with stress; hardship; patience and flexibility and willingness to work additional hours in order to meet tight deadlines;

  • Ability and willingness to travel to field sites and nutrition facilities

Other
  • Proven experience in managing emergency nutrition programs including CMAM, IYCF, SBC in multiple locations

  • Experience in facilitation of trainings and workshops

  • Experience in budget management, logistics and Human Resources management

  • Experience in writing / developing project proposals and project reports

  • Fluent in written and spoken English and Spanish;

Equal Opportunities International Medical Corps is proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex , sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran.
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