Job Title: Nutrition Assessment Technical Advisor (Tech RRT)
Organization: Action Against Hunger Canada
Direct Supervisor: Senior Project Manager
Location: Home Based – 50% travel
Type of position: Fixed Term Contract – 12 months
Created in 1979, Action Against Hunger is a non-governmental organization that aims to provide solutions to hunger. Our mission is to save lives by eliminating hunger through the prevention, detection and treatment of under-nutrition, particularly during and after emergency situations linked to conflicts or natural disasters. Action Against Hunger focuses on nutrition, health and healthcare practices; food security and livelihoods; water, sanitation and hygiene and advocacy.
Since 2007, Action Against Hunger has been leading initiatives in SMART (Standardized Monitoring Assessment in Relief and Transition) and acts as the SMART project convener for the Global Nutrition cluster. The SMART initiatives are targeted towards all humanitarian and development agencies conducting surveys and using the methodology. On behalf of all agencies, Action Against Hunger is directly involved in the development and dissemination of standardized training tools to build essential skills in SMART and to provide ongoing technical assistance to nutrition agencies during the survey process.
Program Goal: To improve and strengthen the technical quality of programs and assessments for improved nutrition outcomes of affected populations in emergencies and protracted crisis situations.
The Partners: International Medical Corps (Lead), Save the Children and Action Against Hunger
The Technical Rapid Response Team (Tech RRT) is comprised of three Technical Rapid Response Advisors, including one IYCF-E expert (hosted by Save the Children), one CMAM expert (hosted by International Medical Corps) and one needs assessment expert (hosted by Action Against Hunger). In addition International Medical Corps has a program coordinator to manage this program. These experts are deployed to L3 emergencies as a priority and to L2 emergencies as needed to support nutrition partners on the ground including the nutrition cluster, and individual organizations, to conduct nutrition needs assessment, start-up or quickly expand CMAM programs, and support government and partners on Infant and Young Child Feeding in emergencies.
The three technical experts will be deployed 50% of the time. Non-deployment work could include remote support to country clusters, building the capacity of the consortium partners and other partners including Ministries of Health, government departments, in country UN agencies and local and international NGO staff on IYCF-E CMAM, and needs assessments or supporting global level initiatives to further work in these thematic areas.
I. Job Summary
The Survey and Assessment Technical Advisor will be responsible for leading, supporting, strengthening and monitoring the delivery of nutritional assessments in rapid onset and protracted emergencies globally, though in-country deployments and remote technical assistance to governments, nutrition clusters, the Global Nutrition Cluster (GNC), and local and international non-government organizations. In addition, if emergency needs require it, the Advisor could potentially provide supplementary support to nutrition gap analysis and response monitoring, in collaboration with existing IMO capacity, and in alignment with GNC-approved tools.
Emergency deployment (50%): Up to 50% of time on emergency deployment to lead/support assessments. Specific tasks and responsibilities will be outlined in a TOR (prepared and validated by all the members of the Tech RRT consortium) for each deployment, based on country context and needs; and they are likely to include several of the below key tasks.
Global Time allocation (50%): 50% of the time supporting other activities in the assessment related projects/activities/trainings as prioritized by the consortium.
II. Essential Job Duties
Tasks and Responsibilities
- Undertake assessment planning in coordination with prioritized needs by the country.
- Ensure adequate coordination for planned assessments is in place through either leading or providing initial support to the Information or Survey technical working group.
- Coordination with the Ministry of Health and/or other line ministries for the implementation of assessment activities.
- Support country nutrition clusters on planned assessments and specific support needed in the given context (i.e specific assessment or national support to a number of assessments). Nutrition assessment support may include support to SMART surveys (at sub-national level or for individual organizations), IYCF assessments (SENS methodology, KAP), anemia assessments (SENS), barrier analysis and initial rapid assessments (MIRA, IRA).
- Effectively manage and implement surveys from planning, logistics, budgeting, team recruitment, training, coordination and reporting according to the specific context.
- Produce assessment analysis and guarantee the timely issuing of preliminary results (1-2 weeks) and the quality of the final survey report and recommendations.
- Liaising with relevant ministries and stakeholders, conduct learning needs analysis when relevant and develop appropriate recommendations for future capacity building programming for the specific context.
- Provide support to the monitoring of established nutrition assessment systems in emergency contexts.
- Provide ad-hoc support to gap analysis and response monitoring, if necessary, in collaboration with existing nutrition cluster IMO capacity.
- Appropriately represent the consortium and coordinate externally.
In addition to deployment (50%): While working with the host agency the Advisor is expected to focus on capacity building and build global initiatives for all partners. The Assessment Advisor plays a key role in the advancement of, support to, and progress in areas identified by the consortium in coordination with the GNC, UNICEF, the GTAM and partners. The Advisor will be responsible for delivering key outputs in line with what is defined by the consortium in relation to assessments for the time not on deployment:
- Providing remote support to country clusters on nutrition assessments, including protocol development, data analysis, results validation and data management/protection.
- Planning and facilitating technical capacity building and training sessions for the government ministries and partner NGOs/UN agencies staff/cluster members as and when required.
- Contribute to global capacity building initiatives, when and if required.
- Devise technical articles and case studies based on field experiences for advocacy purposes, outlining the lessons learned and recommendations for future surveys in the country.
- Other activities as defined and prioritized by the consortium.
- Attend planning sessions, team meetings and annual performance reviews as required.
- Pro-active technical exchange and collaboration with the Action Against Hunger Canada Team.
- Keep up to date with technical nutrition developments within the humanitarian sector and share information with Action Against Hunger-Canada teams.
- Ensure an on-going process of personal professional development and learning;
- Other duties as assigned.
III. Supervisory Responsibilities
IV. Physical Demands
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit for long periods and to concentrate on work, including typing, and turn out heavy volumes of work accurately, within short time frames under stressful situations and sometimes in the context of a moderately noisy office with interruptions.
- To travel to the field, the employee must attest to a level of physical fitness capable of enduring physically difficult, highly stressful situations which may include the necessity to walk long distances, to eat a limited diet and/or to reside in potentially uncomfortable housing or tents.
- The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
VI. Working Conditions, Travel and Environment
- The duties of the job require regular job attendance at least five days per week. Must be available to work outside normal office hours or on the weekends as required;
- Must be able to travel as required for standard domestic and international business travel as well as to the missions if appropriate. While visiting the field, the employee may be exposed to precarious settings under high security risks and/or very basic living conditions and outside weather conditions, as well is to infectious diseases.
VII. Required Qualifications
- Post-graduate Degree in Nutrition/Public Health or a mix of relevant study and work experience.
VIII. Required Skills & Experience
- Knowledge of SPSS software preferred;
- Fluency in French and Proficiency in English is a MUST;
- Knowledge of SENS, KAP, BA and MIRA methodologies will be added value;
- Demonstrated experience and/or personal commitment to promoting gender equality within the humanitarian and/or development work;
- At least two-years of experience in undertaking nutrition and mortality surveys;
- Knowledge of the following tools required: ENA and SMART, EPI Info;
- Strong facilitation skills for trainings, workshops and seminars;
- Ability to develop training modules, innovative training tools and adult education skill a plus;
- Demonstrated writing skill in English and French a must; Spanish or Arabic communication skills a plus;
- Strong analytical, interpersonal and coordination skills;
- Excellent knowledge of MS Office packages and basic HTML;
- Flexible personality and good negotiation skills;
- Willing for frequent travel for deployments to requesting countries;
- Easily adapt to remote area living conditions;
- Ability to absorb and manage workloads and stress without affecting the quality of deliverables;
- Prior security training would be considered as an asset.
If you are interested in this position, please send your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 31st, 2019. In the subject line, please indicate “Nutrition Assessment Technical Advisor (Tech RRT)”.