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  • Organization: ICRC - International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Location: Côte d'ivoire
  • Grade: Mid level - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Nutrition
  • Closing Date:

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REGIONAL NUTRITIONIST

Côte d'ivoire (Cote d'Ivoire)

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.

Location

The position is based in Abidjan

Role Description

The ICRC defines Economic Security (Ecosec) as the status of an individual, household or community that is able to cover its life and livelihoods obligatory expenditures in a viable 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 Programs in order to improve, restore or maintain food and economic security at household level. To achieve this objective, the Economic Security unity uses a combination of different interventions and modalities, such as cash and voucher programs, microeconomic initiatives, agricultural and livestock programs, and relief items distributions.

The Regional Nutritionist for West Africa provides support and guidance within his/her field of expertise either remotely or in person. S/he contributes to ICRC policies and guidelines, and develops tools and training modules for the ICRC’s Nutrition programmes (including for Detention and Health) and contributes to the strategic development of relevant technical files at regional level and in support to the HQ.

The ICRC defines Economic Security (Ecosec) as the status of an individual, household or community that is able to cover its life and livelihoods obligatory expenditures in a viable 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 Programs in order to improve, restore or maintain food and economic security at household level. To achieve this objective, the Economic Security unity uses a combination of different interventions and modalities, such as cash and voucher programs, microeconomic initiatives, agricultural and livestock programs, and relief items distributions.

The Regional Nutritionist for West Africa provides support and guidance within his/her field of expertise either remotely or in person. S/he contributes to ICRC policies and guidelines, and develops tools and training modules for the ICRC’s Nutrition programmes (including for Detention and Health) and contributes to the strategic development of relevant technical files at regional level and in support to the HQ.

Thematic support

§Monitors and provides regional situation analysis to the Regional Management and HQ Nutrition technical focal points, and other relevant units, in relation to field of expertise.

§Liaises with fellow Regional Specialists for in-depth regional situation analysis.

§Collaborates as necessary with regional peers to develop common projects and objectives to enhance the ICRC’s response to affected populations.

§Engages actively with the relevant communities of practice to continuously share knowledge, literature and information relevant for the community regionally and globally.

§Contributes to specific institutional files of interest, research projects, briefs, articles and policy papers, devising a roadmap for action.

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§Designs, organises and delivers trainings and workshops as required and agreed with GVA counterpart. Provides coaching to Nutritionists in Delegations as required.

§Ensures the integration of new trategies in their field of expertise in Delegations, according to priorities and strategies developed.

§In close collaboration with the nutritionists at Headquarters, contributes to the reflexion on operational researches and nutrition strategy.

Global thematic issues

§Contributes to the development of ICRC strategies and policies in Nutrition (including for Detention and Health).

§Documents and actively participates in reflections operationalising issues of institutional importance (in relation to the Institutional Strategy 2019-2022 and beyond).

§Contributes to the development of guidelines, training material and other technical tools in relation to the area of expertise and in support of other specialists.

§Contributes to the adaptation and adoption of global strategies and policies.

§Support in the delivery of the annual Nutritionists’ Workshop in collaboration with the GVA nutritionists.

Regional Networking

§Develops and maintains a Regional network of external contacts (private, public, non-governmental) in the field of nutrition, and represents the ICRC in relevant working groups, regional meetings and fora.

Operational Support (Field and Desk Support)

§Coaches Delegation nutritionists and/or the Delegation in developing relevant strategies, plans of action and programme adjustments.

§Maintains an overview of regional approaches and programs in area of expertise to ensure exchange of experiences and lessons learnt between Delegations. 

§Coaches mobile nutritionists, or supports delegations directly in the definition of malnutrition causal frameworks and food chain analysis for civilians and detainees.

§Supports Delegations in programme-level assessments, monitoring and evaluations (including use of relevant tools) in area of expertise.

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§Coaches new specialists in ICRC approaches to field of expertise, including methodologies, standards and guidance applied.

§Supports EcoSec Departments and Specialists in representing the ICRC with relevant authorities in case of challenging negotiations.

§Ensures guidelines on food quality and good practices on food storage are known, disseminated and used in the field.

Desired profile and skills

Master degree in nutrition or public health

Minimum 5 years' experience in nutrition

Professional experience in international humanitarian work andf field missions abroad, especially in emergencies

Skills

Sound understanding of the project cycle management, establishing appropriate (SMART) objectives and indicators is required

Good organizational, managerial, planning, reporting skills;

Possessing good capacity to analyse and summarise complex situations; ability to take relevant decisions within a given framework and communicate them with diplomacy and negotiate when necessary;

Strong capacities to train, coach and motivate a team of nutritionists;

Readiness and capacity to work in a multidisciplinary team involving other sectors linked to the protection and assistance of people affected by conflict, and collaborating with Red Cross and Red Crescent movement' members;

Strongly motivated by humanitarian work;

Ready to work in difficult contexts and spend time in the field, or to support programs without direct access to the affected population;

Excellent ability to work under pressure in a potentially dangerous environment

Language

  • Excellent written and oral command of French and English is compulsory

    Any other language knowledge (e.g. Arabic, Spanish, Russian) is an asset


Our operational & field constraints

  • In line with the principle of neutrality, the ICRC dœs 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 license (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
  • Attractive social benefits
  • Length of assignment: 24 months
  • Join an ICRC talent pool and be considered for future assignments elsewhere

Deadline for application 03.03.19

Starting date 17.06.19

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