Nutrition Coordinator

Juba, Sudan, South
Industry Sector:
International Public Sector
Type of contract:
Full-time position

Nutrition Coordinator

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The Nutrition Coordinator will be responsible for the current emergency nutrition response and the integration of the treatment of severe acute malnutrition into the integrated community case-management (iCCM) in Northern Barh el Gazal, Lakes and Unity State. The overall goal of the iCCM and nutrition project is to decrease child morbidity and mortality in these states by training and equipping Community Health Workers to treat children under 5 for malaria, diarrhea, pneumonia at the home level, and screen and refer children with severe acute malnutrition (SAM) for treatment.  The IRC is interested in closer integration between the iCCM and the CMAM program to improve access and coverage of SAM treatment. The Nutrition Coordinator would oversee an exciting new initiative to pilot home-based treatment of SAM as part of the iCCM program and coordinate an evaluation (i.e. SQUEAC) to measure the impact on access and coverage with technical support from the Coverage Monitoring Network. The Nutrition Coordinator will also be responsible for setting up a new infant and young child feeding initiative in the areas of implementation and ensuring an appropriate evaluation.

Scope of Work

Under the supervision of IRC South Sudan Senior Health Coordinator, and based in Juba, the Nutrition Coordinator will be responsible for the overall coordination, implementation, technical guidance and quality of the South Sudan nutrition program working in close collaboration with the field-based nutrition managers, senior management team, particularly the health, CCM Coordinator, and the teams in the field.  The Nutrition Coordinator will be based in Juba with 50% frequent visits to the field sites.


Technical Monitoring and Program Quality

  • Provide technical supervision of, and technical support to IRC 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 guidelines and according to internal and donor requirements
  • Ensure appropriate follow-up and decision-making on data relevant to IRC nutrition programs
  • Ensure a good coordination with the nutrition coordinator, CCM coordinator  and CCM and nutrition field teams and provide frequent updates
  • Ensure all stakeholders, including IRC Deputy Director Programs (DDP), IRC CCM Coordinator, IRC health technical unit, UNICEF, DFID  and all donors are provided with updates, following the established reporting structures

Program Development and Strategic Planning

  • Identify opportunities for program and proposal development in line with the IRC’s South Sudan Strategic Action Plan (SAP)
  • Lead technical assessments as a basis for nutrition program development when necessary Monitor evolving needs of the target communities and adjust the programmatic priorities as necessary
  • In collaboration with the Nutrition Technical Adviser, the CCM  Coordinator and the DDP, lead the overall development of an overall IRC Nutrition Program strategy in line with IRC South Sudan Country Strategic Planning

Staff development

  • Ensure the ongoing capacity building of nutrition, CCM and emergency teams through support to direct supervisors in ensuring staff performance evaluations and individual development plans
  • Ensure appropriate support to the field bases by regular visits, and replacement of staff if needed
  • Support the role out of the health outcomes to the field teams as it relates to nutrition.

Coordination and Representation

  • Plan, coordinate and ensure quality implementation of the IRC South Sudan nutrition interventions
  • Collaborate with the health, CCM and emergency teams to ensure a holistic approach in line with IRC’s South Sudan’s SAP
  • Represent IRC to UN, international and national NGOs, and Ministries of Health, for nutrition coordination as needed at the national and State levels as necessary
  • Oversee implementation of funding, including budget forecasting, development of spending plans in cooperation with the Health, CCM Coordinator and Grants Manager

Key Working Relationships

Position reports to: Senior Health Coordinator

Indirect reporting: Program Managers have a dotted “support” line to their relevant Technical Coordinator

Other internal contacts: HQ based IRC Technical Advisors, Field Coordinator/Manager and Other Technical Coordinators

External contacts: Relevant other stakeholders e.g. UN bodies, local and INGOs, local and national authorities

Qualifications & Experience Required

  • Nutrition professional with a relative degree in Nutrition or Public Health Nutrition  and  significant experience in nutrition in emergencies
  • At least five years professional experience in nutrition IMAM (CMAM) programs
  • Experience in nutrition emergency assessments or surveys preferred especially in IYCF and/or SQUEAC
  • Excellent management and coordination skills
  • Experience developing staff capacity and working in a multi-cultural setting
  • Experience in emergencies or working in South Sudan previously preferred
  • Ability to write clear and concise reports and proposals and to meet required reporting deadlines
  • Able to work independently while being a strong team player
  • Competence with Windows, Microsoft Office
  • Ability to work in unstable security environments
  • Proficient English written and spoken required, Arabic an asset
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