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Full-time Individual Contractor (11.5 months, home-based): GNC Helpdesk on Nutrition Information System (NIS) - Office of Emergency Operations, Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Nutrition
    • Medical Practitioners
    • Scientist and Researcher
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Customer services
  • Closing Date: 2022-01-28

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The Office of Emergency Operations (EMOPS) is seeking a qualified consultant to strengthen the capacity of Nutrition in Emergency clusters/sector coordination mechanisms at the country level to prepare for, plan and deliver quality, predictable, timely, effective and integrated nutrition responses through provision of quality cluster/sector coordination-related support, mentoring and training.

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, Hope

Scope of Work

The Nutrition Information Systems (NIS) helpdesk role involves a day-to-day, one-on-one needs-based remote support to countries on nutrition assessment, needs analysis, response planning, early waring and emergency response preparedness. The GNC helpdesk on Nutrition Information Systems, with the support of the GNC Coordination team, and in collaboration with UNICEF reginal offices and Program division in New York:

  • Act as a focal point for the needs analysis initiatives at global level for nutrition sectoral and intersectoral (i.e. Joint Inter-agency Analysis Group (JIAG) initiatives, Global NIS Working Group.)
  • Support country cluster/sector coordination teams for the establishment and strengthening of NIS TWG at country level to ensure a coherent and high-quality assessment and analyses are carried out on ongoing basis.
  • The lead focal point with REACH at country- and global-level, particularly for matters involving MSNAs and inclusion of nutrition indicators
  • Provide a day-to-day one-on-one needs-based remote support to priority country coordination teams on all aspects of NIS.
  • Maintain regular communication with the NIS Working Groups at country level and follow up on the ad hoc requests (possibly though monthly calls) in the priority countries.
  • Support rolling out of the IPC Acute Malnutrition to priority countries (those with Humanitarian Response Planning (HPC) process) and support them in the needs’ analysis for the Humanitarian Needs Overview
  • In consultation with GNC helpdesk on Sectoral/cluster coordination, support country cluster/sectors in formulating nutrition cluster/sector response plansbased on evidence and provide technical inputs to the Humanitarian Needs Overviews (HNOs) and Humanitarian Response Plans (HRPs) developed by country clusters/sectors prior to their finalization, in an effort to ensure quality of a comprehensive NiE response plan.
  • Organize webinars for the country coordination teams on various NIS related topics including on IPC AM, HNO guidance to country coordinators, new tools and guidelines.
  • Liaise with NIS Working Group (NISWG) and NIS technical Helpdesk under the GNC-Global Technical Alliance (GNC-TA) in the development and adaptation of rapid nutrition assessment tools including application of qualitative methods of data collection and analysis (tbc).
  • Contribute to nutrition inputs for country and global multi-sector rapid needs assessment tools and their modifications as needed.
  • Regularly follow up with countries to support them in developing the assessment plans and ensuring that they are being implemented; and consolidate countries’ assessment plans at global level.
  • Support countries in systematic ways to organize and analyze assessment data on nutrition and nutrition-related determinants by using appropriate assessment data repositories.
  • Support countries in inclusion of cross-cutting issues such as GBV risk mitigation and multi-sectoral indicators in the existing nutrition assessment tools.
  • Support establishment and strengthening early warning system in priority countries by promoting use of routine monitoring of service delivery date, health and nutrition sentinel surveillance, agroclimatic, population movements and displacement tracking data sources (tbc).
  • Contribute to the GNC operational support team efforts to strengthening Emergency Response Preparedness (ERP) by ensuring regular risk monitoring, and analysis takes place at country level.
  • Support countries in ongoing analysis of response monitoring data including periodic tracking of implementation of HRP and identification of priorities through periodic gap analysis.
  • Participate in the monthly NISWG calls and update the group on the support provided to the countries on needs assessment and analysis, as well as seek their feedback on outstanding unresolved issues brought by countries or at regional or global levels.
  • Provide orientation and mentoring of newly appointed nutrition cluster/sector coordinators on NIS.
  • Ensure cross-cutting issues such as GBV, disability and AAP is taken into consideration in NIS workstream.
  • Contribute to GNC bi-annual and Annual reports.
  • Any other task assigned by supervisor.

Purpose of the assignment

The purpose of this consultancy is to strengthen the capacity of Nutrition in Emergency clusters/sector coordination mechanisms at the country level to prepare for , plan and deliver quality, predictable, timely, effective and integrated nutrition responses through provision of quality cluster/sector coordination-related support, mentoring and training. 

Main tasks / Work Assignment Overview

Tasks / Milestones Deliverables / Outputs Timeline / Deadline
Support country cluster/sector coordination teams for the establishment and strengthening of NISWG at country level 70% of the GNC priority countries have the NIS working group. By 15 November 2022
Provide a day to day one-on-one needs-based remote support to priority country coordination teams on all aspects of NIS. Number of countries supported through NIS Helpdesk – 32
Regularly follow up with countries to support them in developing the assessment plans 80 % of the GNC priority countries have the assessment plan in place.
Support countries in the HNO and HRP process Feedback provided to at least 90% of the GNC priority countries on their Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO)
Support rolling out of the IPC Acute Malnutrition in priority countries IPC acute malnutrition workshop is implemented in 70% GNC priority countries at least yearly
Contribute to the GNC operational support team efforts to strengthening Emergency Response Preparedness (ERP)  Percentage of GNC priority countries with ERP plans that are conducting periodic (quarterly) risk monitoring – 60%
Conduct webinars and/or organise training sessions on NIS related topics Number of Webinars conducted on NIS - 4
Support the provision of Nutrition Cluster Coordination trainings 2 regional trainings
Lead the development and adaptation of rapid nutrition assessment tools including application of qualitative methods of data collection and analysis (tbc). Nutrition rapid assessment tool is developed – yes (tbc based on NISWG decision)

Estimated Duration of the Contract

11.5 months (1 December 2021 - 15 November 2022)

Consultant’s Work Place and Official Travel

The Individual Contractor will be home-based.

Estimated Cost of the Consultancy & Payment Schedule

Payment will be made on submission of an invoice and satisfactory completion of the above-mentioned deliverables. Please indicate an all inclusive lumpsum monthly fee to undertake this assignment. 

To qualify as an advocate for every child, you will have...

  • Advanced degree in Nutrition, Public Health, nutrition assessments, statistical analysis or relevant field;
  • At least 8 years of experience in needs assessment and analysis in emergency responses in a range of settings including sudden onset natural disasters and conflict settings;
  • Experience working on SMART and/or IPC Acute Malnutrition is desirable;
  • Experience in the IASC HPC process desirable;
  • Excellent understanding of the humanitarian architecture at global and field level and the IASC Transformative Agenda and
    cluster approach;
  • Proven ability to work independently and deliver results;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Fluency in oral and written English required. Fluency in French and other UN official languages is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF core values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

Remarks:

Please include a cover letter, a full CV with three most recent references, and list of relevant previous works such as reports, presentations, and publications. Additionally, indicate your availability and all inclusive monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above based on full-time work (i.e. 5 days per week). Applications submitted without a monthly rate will not be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

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