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  • Organization: UN WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Addis Ababa
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
    • Nutrition
  • Closing Date: 2019-06-24

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Senior IMAM Coordinator CST

Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)

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WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.

Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply

ABOUT WFP

The United Nations World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.  The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes.  Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE OF THE ASSIGNMENT

In Ethiopia, acute malnutrition is a serious public health concern. Ten percent of Ethiopian children under five years of age and 35.5 percent of women (15 to 19 years) have signs of acute malnutrition. The prevalence has not decreased in the recent years. Wasting contributes to paediatric stunting (38.4 percent) which costs at least sixteen percent of the national gross domestic product yearly

In May 2019, the Federal Ministry of Health has signed the new protocol of Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition (IMAM), designed with support from UNICEF, WHO, WFP and several NGOs (Concern, ACF, GOAL among others). Since then, the rehabilitation of moderate and severe and acute malnutrition will require more coordination than before, between all the MoH partners for acute malnutrition. WFP target caseload of moderate acute malnutrition is the largest among the ones the other UN Agencies are accountable for.

In accordance with its global nutrition policy, the Ethiopia WFP Country Strategic Plan 2018-2020 supports supplementary feeding programming (Strategic Outcome no. 1, activity no. 2). In the last years, WFP needs to support the GoE rehabilitation of acute malnutrition increased from 35 (2016) to 52 thousand metric tonnes (2018) of Specialized Nutritious Foods (SNF). In 2019, the needs for SNF will reach 70 thousand metric tonnes, and WFP plans to reach a monthly average of 1.2 million of children and mothers with signs of acute moderate acute malnutrition. In 2019, WFP will manage more than 100 staff residing and working the top priorities districts, selected by the Nutrition Cluster, to ensure that IMAM (both severe and moderate acute malnutrition) is well monitored, and that IMAM-related issues raised by district-level health authorities and WFP Cooperating Partners are promptly addressed. WFP programming fosters its partners to link moderated wasting rehabilitation to stunting prevention in innovative ways, evidence-based.

Therefore, WFP Ethiopia Country Office seeks a Senior IMAM Coordinator managing the wasting rehabilitation programmes in close relationship with the MoH partners externally (donors, UNICEF, WHO, NGOs) and, internally, with the WFP operational units (Supply Chain).

STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education: Advanced University degree in Public Health Nutrition, Nutrition, Food Technology, Medicine or other related fields

Languages: English fluency (oral and written), Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language, and Ethiopian national languages are an additional important asset

Experience: At least 1 year of coordination of Nutrition in Emergency work in poor settings using the Global Nutrition Cluster tools, nutrition related sphere standards and/or coverage estimation tools.  Pevious work in Ethiopia, and/or with WFP or other UN Agencies is an additional asset

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES/RESPONSIBILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Externally

  • To support the Nutrition Cluster Coordination in any matter related to TSFP strategic and operational aspects
  • To determine major needs/relevant priorities/best options, while proposing draft plans for addressing malnutrition through the TSF programme
  • To coordinate the prioritization of the WFP resources for moderate acute malnutrition rehabilitation and prevention operations of WFP Ethiopia in alignment with MOH, and the National Disaster Reduction Management Commission of the GoE
  • To coordinate strategically the operations of WFP through its Cooperating Partners (NGOs, including Save the Children, GOAL, Action Against Hunger, Concern WW, among others and Regional Ethiopian Authorities), including their Field Level Agreements preparations, approval and supervision in the field
  • To allign the WFP support to the roll out of the IMAM capacity strengthening strategy at higher level with GoE and its partners efforts
  • To coordinate the production of WFP dashboards to be customized as per WFP Strategic Partners’ use
  • To prepare timely proposals, reports and evaluations of WFP programmes in collaboration with WFP Donor Relations Focal Points
  • To advocate and coordinate the alignment of WFP supplementary feeding activities with General Food Distributions programmatic activities
  • To promote Coverage surveys within the IMAM Community of Practice
  • To advice and support evidence generation around innovation (e.g. digital tracking, simplified protocol for rehabilitation) in rehabilitation of moderate acute malnutrition
  • To organize regular field missions with WFP Partners (GoE, donors, NGOs)
  • To coordinate monthly meetings with WFP Cooperating Partners (NGOs)

DESIRED RESPONSIBILITIES FOR THE ROLE

Internally:

  • To collate real-time programmatic information and data coming from the district- and Sub Office level WFP Field Monitors into regular Situation Reports and provide strategic feedback to their supervisors
  • To provide inputs to the WFP Vulnerability Assessment and Mapping unit (VAM) and to the IPC national coordination for improved cross-sectional regular reports on acute malnutrition in Ethiopia
  • To coordinate programmatic TSFP plans with technical WFP Units such as Supply Chain (Procurement, Logistics, Safety, Resource Management)
  • To prepare and update internal regular reports about the WFP operations (e.g. Situation Reports, Briefings, 3- or 4-W tables) endorsed by WFP Sub Office management
  • To prepare and implement a building-capacity programme for national staff to take over the accountabilities of this ToR
  • To support the Evaluation and the Nutrition Evidence generation WFP Colleagues in performing their activities
  • To support the design and implement innovation in promptly capturing the malnourished cases leveraging the WFP Social Behavioral Change Communication, Cash-based Transfer and other nutrition-sensitive operations 
  • To provide inputs to design the new WFP Country Strategic Plan (2021-2025)

4Ps CORE ORGANISATIONAL CAPABILITIES

Purpose

  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Utilizes understanding of WFP’s Strategic Objectives to communicate linkages to team objectives and work.
  •  Be a force for positive change: Proactively identifies and develops new methods or improvements for self and immediate team to address work challenges within own work area.
  •  Make the mission inspiring to our team: Identifies opportunities to further align individual contributions with WFP’s mission of making an impact on local communities.
  •  Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Helps colleagues to see the link between their individual tasks and the contributions of their unit’s goals to the broader context of WFP’s mission.

People

  • Look for ways to strengthen people's skills: Is able to identify, support and encourage focused on-the-job learning opportunities to address gaps between current skillsets and needed future skillsets for WFP.
  •  Create an inclusive culture: Recognizes the contributions of teammates, and encourages contributions from culturally different team mates to recognise the value of diversity above and beyond just including it in programming for beneficiaries.
  •  Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Provides and solicits ongoing constructive feedback on strengths and development opportunities to help develop individual skills, whilst also helping others identify areas for improvement.
  •  Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Sets clear targets for self and others to focus team efforts in ambiguous situations (e.g., unprecedented issues and/or scenarios)

Performance

  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Thinks beyond team’s conventional approaches to formulate creative methods for delivering food aid and assistance to beneficiaries.
  •  Focus on getting results: Maintains focus on achieving individual results in the face of obstacles such as volatile or fragile environments and/or organizational roadblocks.
  •  Make commitments and make good on commitments: Takes personal accountability for upholding and delivering upon team’s commitments and provides assurance to stakeholders.
  •  Be Decisive: Demonstrates ability to adjust to team’s plans and priorities to optimize outcomes in light of evolving directives, while also responding quickly in high-pressure environments, such as in emergency settings.

Partnership

  • Connect and share across WFP units: Demonstrates an understanding of when and how to tactfully engage other units in conversations on impact, timing, or planning
  •  Build strong external partnerships: Networks regularly with key external partners using formal and informal opportunities to understand each partner’s unique value proposition, and to build and strengthen relationships 
  •  Be politically agile & adaptable: Demonstrates ability to adapt engagement approach in the context of evolving partner circumstances and expectations
  •  Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Demonstrates ability to articulate to internal and external audiences the value that individual contributions and immediate teams bring to partnerships.

OTHER SPECIFIC JOB REQUIREMENTS

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Coordination related skills: preparation of meeting and workshops, group discussion tools design, reporting and tracking of agreed actions
  • Proposal (including budgeting) and Report preparation for complex operations
  • Communication skills in complex environment and operations

FUNCTIONAL CAPABILITIES

Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Knowledge of Nutrients Has strong understanding of key nutrients requirements, food sources, food science and food technology related to vitamins and minerals to present evidence on nutrition effectively to WFP staff and partners.
Situation Analysis and Evidence Assessment Leverages new evidence and applies that to provide technical advice, identify and prioritise country nutrition gaps, design programmes and train staff and partners on the new evidence.
Knowledge of Public Health Ability to analyze data to determine overall health status, determining factors relating to nutrition, and possible areas of intervention for health and nutrition.
Knowledge of Food System Expert knowledge of emerging trends and developments in food systems and value chain transformations, as well as innovative programming, policies and interventions achieving good nutrition-promoting food systems.
Applying Programme  & Policy Standards Leverages nutrition knowledge to provide technical advice to governments to design and implement country nutrition programmes that follow international and WFP agency standards and guidance.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Female and National Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. However, the selection process is open.

The consultancy will be over a period of 11 months.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS

20th June 2019

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WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.

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