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The Central African Republic (CAR) is facing one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world, given the proportion of the population in need of assistance. With over 620,000 internally displaced people and 570,000 refugees, one in five Central Africans has fled conflict, leaving both home and land behind. In 2019, an estimated 2.9 million people, including 1.5 million children – two out of every three children in the country – will require humanitarian assistance, representing a 16 per cent increase over 2018. This rise in needs is due to the increasing number of conflict situations, diminishing humanitarian funding and constrained humanitarian access. In 2019, an estimated 38,000 children under 5 years will suffer from severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM).In 2019, the nutrition situation for children in CAR has continued to worsen; as of end September, over 23,000 children under 5 years were treated for SAM (against 25,500 for the whole year of 2018). The most recent SMART survey conducted countrywide in 2018 shows that out of the 16 prefectures, ten have a malnutrition rate above the emergency threshold of two per cent. National average of SAM is 2.1% and Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) prevalence is 7,1% with two prefectures having a prevalence above > 10%.
How can you make a difference?
On behalf of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Humanitarian Coordinator in Central Africa Republic and UNICEF CAR as the lead agency for the IASC Nutrition Cluster and in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, the Nutrition Cluster Coordinator will facilitate a timely and effective nutrition response at national level 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.
Duties and Responsibilities
With the support of the Global Nutrition Cluster, and under the supervision of the Representative, the Cluster Coordinator will be responsible for leading the Nutrition Cluster at the national level in CAR. The Nutrition Cluster Coordinator’s major tasks and responsibilities (based on the 7 core cluster functions defined in the Cluster Coordination Reference Module, IASC, 2015) will include:
1. Support service delivery
Explore and identify appropriate new partners to engage in Nutrition in Emergencies (NiE) in CAR and facilitate the active engagement of these agencies in the cluster at national and at sub national level, focusing on partners with capacity to conduct rapid assessments, nutrition surveys, analysis, etc.;
Regularly liaise with the Sub-national technical working groups to identify progress, gaps, bottlenecks and challenges in implementation of nutrition surveys/assessments/analysis, communicate/feedback to the National Cluster and propose corrective actions if needed,
Support the Cluster Coordination team in organizing of and participating in regular cluster coordination meetings and information sharing in all crisis-affected states to ensure appropriate coordination between all nutrition humanitarian partners, including provision of inputs for the agenda and information and evidence to inform cluster partners discussions and facilitation of sessions related to surveys/assessments;
Identify and liaise with Sub-national technical working groups and other cluster’s partners to advocate for integration of nutrition rapid assessments (RA)/screening and nutrition indicators into their respective RAs, if feasible; propose corrective actions, if needed;
Provide regular inputs from cluster partners for Nutrition cluster information management products, cluster bulletins, etc., including needs, gaps, supply pipeline updates, etc;
2. Informing strategic decision-making of the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) and Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) for the humanitarian response
Coordinate and support cluster partners in inter-cluster Initial Rapid Needs Assessments (IRNA), Multi-cluster Initial Rapid Assessments (MIRA), Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO), Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis, etc., by identifying the appropriate partner for the assessments/surveys, ensuring that all partners using agreed cluster tools and provide relevant inputs (survey plans, tools, identification of needs, gaps, etc.) to the National Nutrition Cluster Coordination team;
Support Sub-national technical working groups (Ministry of Health, UNICEF & NGOs) and nutrition partners in the states to participate in nutrition need assessments and response planning;
Coordinate all planned nutrition assessment through the chair of Nutrition Information Working Group (NIWG) – if applicable – by maintaining the database of all planned assessments and surveys;
Coordinate and collaborate with other sectors to ensure nutrition assessments are conducted using standardized tools and methods;
Coordinate with Nutrition Cluster Information Management Officer (IMO) to ensure that cluster information management (IM) products related to surveys/assessments are up-to-date;
Coordinate cluster partners and IMO to ensure that partners’ survey/assessment plans, methodologies are in line with cluster priorities and standards, identify existing gaps and propose corrective actions;
Strengthen inter-cluster coordination at national and sub national level, particularly with Food Security & Livelihoods, WASH, Health and Education Clusters to facilitate a comprehensive approach to addressing the issue of nutrition in CAR by regularly liaising with IM focal points on the clusters and ensuring information collected by them is used to inform nutrition situation analysis.
Ensure representation of nutrition cluster in the Food Security & Livelihoods, WASH, Health and Education Clusters by regularly attending meetings.
3. Planning and implementing strategy:
Coordinate and provide relevant inputs to the development and revision of the Flash Appeal/Humanitarian Response Plans. As a part of this process, ensure that gaps and duplications are identified and appropriately addressed;
Ensure that all partners adhere to existing standards and guidelines;
Clarify funding requirements, prioritization, and cluster contributions to HC’s overall humanitarian funding considerations (Country Response Plan (CRP), Strategic Response Plan (SRP), Common Humanitarian Funds (CHF), Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), etc.);
Ensure that OCHA identified priority inter-cluster and crosscutting issues, including gender, HIV and environment; are fully integrated into the nutrition cluster strategy and nutrition cluster partner projects, in line with IASC guidance and international best practices with specific focus on ensuring cross-cutting issues are addressed in nutrition survey plans, methodologies, etc.
4. Monitoring and evaluation of performance:
Guide the work of the Information Management Officer to maintain a functional Nutrition Cluster Information Management system; which includes Monthly and Weekly Partner Reporting, Nutrition Partner database and 4W Matrixes; Capacity Mapping database, Repository of Nutrition Surveys and Cluster Website.
Ensure regular monitoring of nutrition in emergencies activities and coordination against cluster indicators, including activity at operational level (quality, coverage, continuity and cost); and sub national and national level cluster coordination activities. Conduct analysis of best available information in order to benchmark progress of the emergency response over time.
Liaise with cluster partners and provide technical support to the cluster Information Management Officer (IMO) in identification of quality gaps in regular reporting to the cluster. Take corrective actions, if needed;
Submit regular Cluster reports to OCHA and UNICEF in line with reporting requirements (quarterly).
Work with the Cluster partners to establish a solid cluster monitoring system.
5. Build national capacity in preparedness and contingency planning
Coordinate partners’ capacity development for implementation of nutrition in emergencies interventions by regularly conducting the capacity gap analysis;
Liaise with the national nutrition cluster partners to ensure the capacity for NiE is enhanced based on the mapping and understanding of available capacity;
Identify cluster partners who can build the capacity of cluster partners on nutrition assessments/analysis/surveys and advocate to them to cover the capacity gaps of other partners as per capacity mapping;
Support efforts to strengthen the capacity of the Sub-National /local authorities and civil society on NiE.
Identify core nutrition advocacy concerns, including resource requirements related to nutrition in emergencies, and contribute key messages to the broader advocacy initiatives of the HCT.
7. Accountability to affected population
Be accountable to the affected population through effective and inclusive consultative and feedback mechanisms by ensuring that the target populations are aware how the needs for NiE programmes are identified, how the programme is targeted and how the population views around satisfaction and feedback could be collected.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in Business Administration/Nutrition and / or Public Health or other related emergency and/ or humanitarian fields.
A minimum of five (5) yearsof professional experience relevant to the position.
Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
Gender and nutrition in emergencies skills/ experiences are additional assets.
Experience as cluster coordinator is an asset.
Fluency in English and French is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
The functional competencies required for this post are…
Core Values (Required)
Core Competencies (Required)
Working with People [II]
Drive for Results [II]
Functional Competencies (Required)
Leading and Supervising [II]
Formulating Strategies and Concepts [II]
Relating and Networking [II]
Deciding and Initiating Action [II]
Applying Technical Expertise [II]
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Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.