Location:
Geneva, Switzerland
Industry Sector:
International Public Sector
Type of contract:
Contract
Salary:
Competitive

Nutritionist

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What we do

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) works worldwide to provide humanitarian assistance to people affected by conflict and armed violence. We take action in response to emergencies and at the same time promote respect for international humanitarian law.  We are an independent and neutral organization, and our mandate stems essentially from the Geneva Conventions of 1949. We work closely with National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and with their International Federation in order to ensure a concerted, rational and rapid humanitarian response to the needs of the victims of armed conflict or any other situation of internal violence. We direct and coordinate the international activities conducted in these situations.

Role description

Main responsibilities

Economic Security is defined as the status of an individual, household or community to cover its life and livelihoods obligatory expenditures in a sustainable manner, consistent with its environment, culture and customs. Within its global Economic Security approach in conflict affected countries, the ICRC implements Relief, Livelihood and Rehabilitation Programmes in order to improve, restore or maintain food and economic security at household level. To achieve this objective Economic Security uses a combination of different interventions, such as cash and voucher programs, microeconomic initiatives, agricultural and livestock programs, and relief items distributions. The ICRC nutritionist is responsible for advising and supporting EcoSec teams to develop nutrition-sensitive approaches in their programmes, integrated into the various stages of the project cycle, as well as to design, implement, monitor and evaluate nutrition- specific programmes. This should be done in compliance with ICRC’s guidelines and standards.

The panel of activities includes

  • To design and implement EcoSec assessments incorporating nutrition components
  • To understand the causes of malnutrition and use this knowledge in programming
  • To evaluate/monitor the nutrition situation, alert when required and participate in the immediate response to critical situations
  • To provide recommendations to orient the ICRC programme’s policy, strategy and targeting with regards to nutrition
  • To include nutrition considerations in economic security programmes by facilitating, designing and implementing strategies to improve the nutritional status of household members
  • To prevent and treat acute malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies
  • To evaluate the impact of nutrition/economic security interventions, and changes in population environment/livelihoods, and to adapt the programmes accordingly
  • To review and adapt nutrition inputs/interventions in emergency and recovery responses
  • To represent the ICRC at nutrition-related forums
  • To support capacity building of ICRC staff and partners
  • To participate in internal/external workshops and seminars

 

  • To design and implement EcoSec assessments incorporating nutrition components
  • To understand the causes of malnutrition and use this knowledge in programming
  • To evaluate/monitor the nutrition situation, alert when required and participate in the immediate response to critical situations
  • To provide recommendations to orient the ICRC programme’s policy, strategy and targeting with regards to nutrition
  • To include nutrition considerations in economic security programmes by facilitating, designing and implementing strategies to improve the nutritional status of household members
  • To prevent and treat acute malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies
  • To evaluate the impact of nutrition/economic security interventions, and changes in population environment/livelihoods, and to adapt the programmes accordingly
  • To review and adapt nutrition inputs/interventions in emergency and recovery responses
  • To represent the ICRC at nutrition-related forums
  • To support capacity building of ICRC staff and partners
  • To participate in internal/external workshops and seminars

Desired profile and skills

  • Master in nutrition
  • University degree in the fields of agronomy, veterinary, anthropology, medicine, nursing, or public health is an advantage
  • Minimum of 5 years professional experience in international humanitarian work and field missions abroad, especially in emergencies
  • Compulsory command of French and English
  • Familiarity with word processing, spreadsheet software and basic nutrition computer programs
  • Strongly motivated by humanitarian work
  • Ready to work in a multidisciplinary team and strong capacity of collaboration
  • Ability to work under pressure, in a dangerous environment
  • Open-minded and adaptable, empathic and diplomatic
  • Good speaker, well-developed writing and summarizing skills
  • Ability to take relevant decisions within a given framework
  • Experience of work with the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement is an asset

Our operational and field constraints

  • In line with the principle of neutrality, the ICRC does not assign personnel to a country of which they are nationals
  • Candidates must be in good health and will have to do a medical check-up prior to departure in the field
  • Candidates must possess a driving licence (for manual transmission vehicles)
  • Candidates must be prepared to accept unaccompanied postings (i.e. no spouse, partner, children or dependents) for at least the first 24 months

What we offer

  • Rewarding work in a humanitarian and multicultural environment
  • A two-week orientation course and other opportunities for further in-house training
  • Generous social benefits
  • Length of assignment:  12 months
  • Join an ICRC talent pool and be considered for future assignments elsewhere
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