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Technical Officer – Nutrition and Food Safety in Emergencies

Brazzaville (Congo Republic)

  • Organization: UNV - United Nations Volunteers
  • Location: Brazzaville (Congo Republic)
  • Grade: International Specialist - Internationally recruited Volunteer
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Security and Safety
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Nutrition
    • Food Security, Livestock and Livelihoods
  • Closing Date: 2020-08-20

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Eligibility criteria

Minimum age: 25 years old. Nationals of the country of assignment are not eligible, except the assignments in Headquarters duty stations.

Description of task

Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of Nutrition team lead or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UN Volunteer Technical Officer - Nutrition and food safety in Emergencies will support the integration of nutrition and food safety activities in AFRO’s Emergency Preparedness and Response activities through performing the following tasks:

  • Monitor sources of early warning information, based weather patterns, disease outbreaks, food security trends, etc, and contribute to AFRO WHE’s preparedness and response planning;
  • Support integration of nutrition and food safety indicators in tools used in the emergency context (e.g., Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR), Health Resources Availability Monitoring System (HeRAMS), etc), and support capacity building for their application in nutrition monitoring and response;
  • Participate in interagency dialogue during development and implementation of preparedness and response plans to address specific nutritional and food safety emergencies;
  • Support epidemiological and risk assessment, and propose responses to nutritional and foodborne disease outbreaks;
  • Support strengthening of surveillance: identify constraints and gaps in existing surveillance systems and provide technical solutions to improve nutrition/food safety integration in broader health information systems (DHIS2, IDSR, HeRAMS);
  • Undertake field assignments during emergencies when needed;
  • Any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor.
Qualifications/Requirements Required degree level: Bachelor degree or equivalent Education - Additional Comments:

Required Education:

An advanced university degree in Public Health, Clinical or Public Nutrition, International Health, Epidemiology, Food Science and Technology or related fields.

Required experience: 36 Months Experience remark:

Required Experience:

Three to five years of relevant experience, at national and international levels, in outbreaks and/or emergency operations with emphasis on nutrition/disease surveillance. Experience in developing and promoting collaborative actions within and between agencies.

Language skills:
  • English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
  • French(Optional), Level - Fluent
Area of expertise: Food safety and nutrition, Emergency response, immediate relief operations, and post-conflict humanitarian aid operations Driving license: No Competencies values:

Adaptability and Flexibility, Commitment and Motivation, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Communication, Integrity, Professionalism, Working in Teams

Application procedure:

* Not yet registered in the UNV Talent Pool?

First register your profile at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/signup.

Important: After creating your account, complete all sections of your profile and submit it. Then go to ‘My Page’ at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/mypage and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink. Lastly, select the special call to which you would like to apply.

* Already registered in the UNV Talent Pool?

First update your profile at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/profile.

Then go to ‘My Page’ at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/mypage and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink to select the special call to which you would like to apply.

This assignment is in the framework of the Africa Women Health Champions to improve health and gender equality initiative. African female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application deadline: 26 March 2020

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