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TA (364 days) - Nutrition Cluster Coordinator, (P-3), Port-au-Prince/Haiti #124063


  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Port-au-Prince
  • Grade: Mid level - P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Nutrition
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: Closed

In February 2023, the HCT officially endorsed a partial activation of the Nutrition Cluster for Haiti. The Nutrition Cluster aims to strengthen the collective capacity of humanitarian actors working in nutrition in Haiti. The Nutrition cluster will focus particularly on supporting to the Ministry of Health on emergency nutrition preparedness and response efforts at national and sub-national levels.

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For every child, Safe food

Malnutrition remains an issue of great concern in Haiti. The nutrition situation continues to deteriorate because of the ongoing gang violence and insecurity, which prevents children and women from accessing basic health, nutrition, and WASH services. In addition, food insecurity has worsened over the past months, with about 4.7 million people in need of urgent food assistance. Other factors fueling undernutrition in Haiti are poor infant and young child feeding practices, inadequate maternal care, and occurrence infections and outbreaks. The already fragile nutrition situation is further compounded by the ongoing cholera outbreak which put the lives of thousands of malnourished children at risk. The metropolitan area of Port-au-Prince, the capital city, shows a particularly alarming situation. Severe wasting stands at 5% in Cite Soleil, one of the poorest communes of the Metropolitan area.

In February 2023, the HCT officially endorsed a partial activation of the Nutrition Cluster for Haiti. The Nutrition Cluster aims to strengthen the collective capacity of humanitarian actors working in nutrition in Haiti. The Nutrition cluster will focus particularly on supporting to the Ministry of Health on emergency nutrition preparedness and response efforts at national and sub-national levels.

How can you make a difference?

UNICEF as nutrition cluster lead agency and in line with the Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Action, is fully committed to interagency humanitarian reform and supports this through provision of leadership and participation in assigned clusters and sectors.

On behalf of the IASC Humanitarian Coordinator and UNICEF as the lead agency for the IASC Nutrition Cluster and in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, the Nutrition Cluster Coordinator (NCC) will facilitate a timely and effective nutrition response and ensure that the capacity of national and local institutions is strengthened to respond to and coordinate emergency nutrition interventions that demonstrate results and impact achieved.

More specifically, the NCC will focus on the following tasks:

  • support service delivery
  • inform the HC/HCT’s strategic decision-making
  • plan and implement cluster strategies
  • monitor and evaluate performance
  • build national capacity in preparedness and contingency planning
  • support robust advocacy
  • Mainstreaming accountability to affected populations across all phases.

The key services and tasks to be provided/undertaken during this temporary appointment is as follow:

Identification of key partners (10%):

  • Identify key humanitarian partners for the Nutrition Cluster response, respecting their respective mandates and program priorities
  • Identify other key partners including local and national authorities, etc.
  • Carry out and regularly update capacity mapping of all current and potential actors - government, national and international humanitarian organizations as well as national institutions, the private sector and advocate to donors, NGOs, government and other stakeholder on the nutrition program needs and services.

Establishment and maintenance of appropriate humanitarian coordination and planning mechanisms (20%):

  • Ensure appropriate coordination between all Nutrition humanitarian partners (including national and international NGOs, the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement, IOM and other international organizations active in the sector) as well as national authorities and local structures
  • Ensure the establishment/maintenance of appropriate sector coordination mechanisms including working groups at both national and regional level
  • Ensure full integration of the IACS's agreed priority cross-cutting issues, namely human rights, HIV/AIDS, age, gender and environment, utilization participatory and community-based approaches.  In line with this, promote gender equality by ensuring that the needs, contributions and capacities of women and girls as well as men and boys are addressed
  • Secure commitments from cluster participants in responding to needs and filling gaps, ensuring an appropriate distribution of responsibilities within the cluster, with clearly defined focal points for specific issues where necessary
  • Promote emergency response actions while at the same time considering the need for early recovery planning as well as prevention and risk reduction concerns
  • Ensure effective links with other clusters (with OCHA support)
  • Represent the interests of the Nutrition Cluster in discussions with the Humanitarian Coordinator as well as donors on prioritization, resource mobilization and advocacy
  • Act as focal point for inquiries on the Nutrition Cluster's response plans and operations.

Planning and strategy development (20%):

Ensure predictable action within the cluster for the following:

  • Needs assessment and analysis, as well as identification of gaps
  • Developing/updating agreed response strategies and action plans for the Nutrition Cluster and ensuring that these are adequately reflected in the overall country strategies, such as the Common Humanitarian Action Plan (CHAP) an integral component of the SRP process and the SRP document itself, including mid-year reviews.
  • Drawing lessons learned from past activities and revising strategies and action plans accordingly

Monitoring and reporting (15%):

  • Support the MoH/UCPNaNu in reinforcing the timely collect and analysis of screening and weekly and monthly admissions data for nutrition treatment programs
  • Collect and analyze data on screening and admissions from non-governmental partners
  • Update on a regular basis the database for wasting management from non-governmental partners
  • Ensure an analytical analysis of best available information in order to benchmark progress of the emergency response over time.  That is - monitoring indicators (quantity, quality, coverage, continuity and cost) of service delivery which are derived from working towards meeting standards

Advocacy and resource mobilization (10%):

  • Identify core advocacy concerns, including resource requirements, and contribute key messages to broader advocacy initiatives of the Humanitarian Coordinators and other actors
  • Advocate for donors to fund cluster participants to carry out priority activities in the sector concerned, while at the same time encouraging cluster participants to mobilize resources for their activities through the usual channels.
  • Act as the focal point for reviewing and ensuring quality control for all the Nutrition Cluster project submitted for Flash Appeal, CERF and other funding mechanisms.

Training and capacity building of national/local authorities and civil society (25%):

  • Promote and support training of the Nutrition Cluster partners personnel and build the capacity of all the Nutrition partners based on the mapping and understanding of available capacity
  • Support efforts to strengthen the capacity of the national/local authorities and civil society
  • Build capacities at national level to ensure a government-led nutrition coordination (strengthen capacities on IM, coordination skills, data management, data analysis and data recording).

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Advanced university degree (Master) in Nutrition or Public Health Nutrition, preferably with corresponding degree in Public Health, Medicine, or other related field.

  • A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in a developing country in one or more of the following areas is required: nutrition, public health, nutrition planning and management

  • Recent experience in Nutrition cluster coordination
  • Knowledge of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee and the cluster approach either through training or practical experience.
  • Experience in Emergency nutrition programs including, but not limited to wasting management, early childhood nutrition, adolescent and maternal nutrition, etc.
  • Experience on emergency nutrition response and program coordination in a UN system agency or organization is an asset
  • Experience working with government agencies, local authorities, international organizations, NGOs and communities in the field of Nutrition in emergency context
  • Field work experience.
  • Fluency in French and English is required. Knowledge of Creole is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values

UNICEF competencies required for this post are...

(1) Builds and maintains partnerships; (2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness; (3)Drive to achieve results for impact; (4)Innovates and embraces change; (5) Manages ambiguity and complexity; (6)Thinks and acts strategically; (7)Works collaboratively with others; (8) Nurtures, leads and manages people

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.
We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable females are encouraged to apply.

Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service. 

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments are also subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Eligible UNICEF International Professional (IP) Staff Members on fixed-term, continuing or permanent contracts applying to a Temporary Appointment, which is dedicated to L3 (or L2) Response, may be able to retain a lien and their fixed-term entitlements. The conditions of the temporary assignment will vary depending on the status of their post and their current tour of duty, and relocation entitlements may be limited as per the relevant policies.

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