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National Nutrition Advocacy Coordinator


  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: Bamako
  • Grade: Mid level - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Political Affairs
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Nutrition
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: Closed
International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries, we restore safety, dignity, and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The mission of the IRC is to help people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future.

IRC opened the national program in Mali in 2012. Our programs range from humanitarian assistance to early recovery activities, focusing on child protection, education, economic well-being, nutrition, health, water and sanitation, and governance. We work in the north, the center, and the south of Mali. Conflict and drought have caused the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people in Mali and neighboring countries. The security situation in the north remains fragile. Nonetheless, the needs of internally displaced persons and conflict-affected host communities are still pressing, and the issue of humanitarian access is an ongoing process. 
Job Overview 

Under the responsibility of the Country Director (CD), based in the IRC country office, the National Nutrition Advocacy Coordinator will lead IRC's policy, advocacy, and communication work to create systemic change in nutrition policy in the country. Globally, approximately 52 million children are currently suffering from acute malnutrition, with the global food crisis and climate change threatening to increase cases imminently. To reduce child mortality, access to treatment for acute malnutrition must be increased. 
IRC seeks to support policy development, planning, and implementation of malnutrition treatment at scale to increase access to treatment. The National Nutrition Advocacy Coordinator will lead the implementation of this initiative at the national level by building the foundation for an emerging partnership on malnutrition treatment.
Major responsibilities: 
Analyze the national nutrition policy context 
Analyze national and decentralized nutrition policies, stakeholders, influencers, and decision-makers focusing on wasting. 
Develop and begin implementing a targeted strategy to advance practice and policy changes toward treating wasting at scale, including simplified approaches, at the national and decentralized levels.
Formulate context-specific demands and recommendations.
Identify targets and key stakeholders to advance policy recommendations.
Identify working groups and other key forums to which IRC belongs or should belong.
Identify and gather information, tools, and products to support advocacy efforts.

Foster knowledge management systems and engage in internal learning and coordination within IRC. 
Document and share useful tools, presentations, analyses, good practices, and lessons learned and exchange learnings with other nutrition policy technical advisors in different country offices.
Collect, analyze, and synthesize data documenting the process and barriers to national scale-up of wasting treatment, focusing on the policy environment.

Job Requirements: 
At least seven years of global health or humanitarian policy, advocacy, or research experience is required.
At least three years of health or nutrition policy, advocacy, research adoption, or communication required.
Master's degree in nutrition, public health, public policy, or another closely related field strongly preferred
Demonstrable technical understanding of nutrition and/or public health
Previous experience working directly with Ministry of Health stakeholders and with national partners and civil society organizations.
Experience in advocacy with national policies strongly preferred
Communication expertise: demonstrated ability to develop materials and presentations for external audiences.
Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to communicate with multiple and diverse audiences; you listen carefully and actively to all audiences; your communications are direct, simple, and respectful.
Strong negotiation, influencing, and networking skills.

Working Environment
Reporting to: Deputy Director of Programs and Regional Advocacy Communications Coordinator - West Africa 
Other internal and/or external contacts: 
Airbel Nutrition PIRG
Health Unit Policy, Advocacy, and Communications Team
Nutrition technical advisors (especially the West Africa TA)
Country Office Nutrition Coordinator
Ministry of Health, National Nutrition Group, and relevant national nutrition working groups

The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct.  These are Integrity, Equality, Service, and Accountability.  In accordance with these values, the IRC enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.

IRC is an equal opportunity employer, considering all the candidates based on merit without regard to race, sex, color, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran or disability.

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