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Nutrition Cluster Coordinator (P-5)

Full Time
  • Full Time
  • Addis Ababa
  • As per UN Scale USD / YEAR
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  • Salary: As per UN Scale


UNICEF is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of Nutrition Cluster Coordinator (P-5)  in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Job Description

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, a chance

UNICEF Ethiopia is committed to support humanitarian coordination through the cluster approach. The cluster approach aims at ensuring clear leadership, predictability and accountability in international responses to humanitarian emergencies by clarifying the division of labor among organizations and better defining their roles and responsibilities within the different sectors involved in the response. As a member of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC), UNICEF works along with national and local stakeholders (including national and local authorities, civil society organizations, and communities) to support humanitarian coordination and to improve the collective impact of humanitarian response. UNICEF plays a key role in country-level interagency coordination for its areas of programmatic responsibility. As Cluster Lead Agency for Nutrition, UNICEF is committed to fulfil the core functions defined by the IASC when the clusters are activated or when UNICEF is asked to support sectoral coordination.

How can you make a difference?

On behalf of the IASC Humanitarian Coordinator in Ethiopia and UNICEF Ethiopia Country Office as the lead agency for the IASC Nutrition Cluster and in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) and the National Disaster Response Management Coordination Committee (NDRMCC), the incumbent under the overall direction and guidance of the Chief of Nutrition will provide leadership and representation of the Cluster at Federal and regional level. The Cluster Coordinator will 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.

The post holder’s main tasks and responsibilities will include but not be limited to:

Coordination, representation, and leadership

  • Maintain a coordination mechanism that facilitates the effective achievement of the cluster functions (as outlined by the IASC Reference Module) and the requirements of the HPC (HNO, HRP and CCPM), and which builds on the ENCU structures under the NDRMC and furthers the development of current or future national and regional ENCU capacities.
  • Oversee the functioning of the 9 regional Nutrition Clusters/ENCU, ensuring alignment of work and priorities, effective communication, reporting, engagement and coordination between the levels.
  • Supervise the Cluster coordination team.
  • Ensure appropriate coordination and build partnerships with 35 humanitarian and development partners comprising of UN agencies, international organizations, Donor agencies, International and National NGOs and affected populations.
  • Build complementarity of partner actions within the Nutrition Cluster, pro-actively negotiating with a wide range of partners to avoid and resolve duplication and gaps and taking action to resolve any conflict or systemic challenges arising from within or beyond the Cluster.
  • Coordinate, collaborate and represent the Nutrition Cluster with stakeholders across all sectors, including through inter-cluster coordination, developing cross-sectoral relationships as appropriate.

Needs assessment and analysis

  • Lead the planning and implementation of needs assessment and analysis, including representing the Nutrition Cluster and taking a leading role in multi-sectoral needs assessments and joint analysis of need, at national and subnational levels.
  • Analyze needs assessment data and work collaboratively with the Nutrition Cluster partners to create analytical products, including an HNO based on evidence-based information.

Strategic response planning

  • Lead and coordinate strategic planning, response prioritization and the development of the Nutrition sectoral response plan that is based on the HNO and aligned with Ethiopia’s national priorities, policies, and plans.
  • Ensure all programme delivery modalities (in-kind, cash, voucher and services) are given equal consideration in the strategic response planning and establish and implement systematic measures for supporting their consideration and use.
  • Provide high-level technical expertise to drive strategic-level discussion and ensure the sectoral response addresses the Ethiopia Food and Nutrition strategy (2021-2030) priorities and affected populations’ needs drawing on the best practices.
  • Ensure that the Nutrition Cluster response plan is updated regularly (twice a year from September to January and from May to June) according to evolving needs and that it establishes indicators by which performance of the cluster can be measured.
  • Engage with OCHA and other Joint Cluster meetings to contribute to the development of the HRP, advocating for a response that reflects and addresses the concerns of the Cluster.

Resource mobilization and advocacy

  • Support and coordinate the mobilization and equitable allocation of adequate resources to ensure the effective functioning of the Nutrition Cluster and its response, identifying and taking actions to resolve any ongoing or potential future challenges that impact partners’ access to resources.
  • Monitor, analyze, and communicate information about the Nutrition Cluster’s financial situation and resource mobilization and identify appropriate actions to address gaps or constraints through the EHF and CERF funds.
  • Advocate for improved sectoral outcomes, by developing an advocacy strategy, networking with advocacy allies, influencing stakeholders’ decision-making and ensuring that advocacy activities are adequately resourced.

Implementation and monitoring

  • Monitor, evaluate, and report on the coverage, equity, quality and progress of the response in line with the Nutrition Cluster’ response strategy, priorities and agreed results.
  • Plan and oversee gap and coverage analysis to identify spatial and temporal gaps, overlaps and coverage of the Nutrition Cluster’s humanitarian response.
  • Monitor the Nutrition Cluster’s adherence to IASC cluster approach principles, relevant humanitarian and Ethiopia Nutrition policies and guidelines and provide systemic advice and support to make improvements.

Operational peer review and evaluation

  • Lead the annual Nutrition Cluster Coordination performance monitoring (CCPM) exercise and annual review and contribute to other sectoral and humanitarian evaluations as appropriate.

Accountability to affected populations

  • Be accountable to the affected population by establishing inclusive and consultative feedback mechanisms, creating meaningful opportunities for the involvement of the affected population in the response and encouraging Nutrition Cluster partners to operate accountably.
  • Ensure the inclusion of cross cutting issues (age, child protection, disability, gender, gender-based violence (GBV) mitigation and response and HIV & AIDS) in Nutrition Cluster activities throughout the HPC.
  • Establish and implement systematic measures for supporting inclusive work practices and processes.
  • Adhere to child safeguarding and PSEA policies including procedures for challenging and reporting incidents and ensure other members of the coordination team comply.

Strengthen national and local capacity

  • Encourage participation of local and national actors in Nutrition Cluster activities and strategic decision-making, removing barriers to access.
  • Lead the development of a capacity assessment and capacity strengthening strategy for the Nutrition Cluster members and oversee implementation and harmonization of initiatives.
  • Lead early warning, contingency planning, and emergency preparedness efforts for the Nutrition Cluster, ensuring adequate cluster participation in inter-cluster early warning, contingency planning, and emergency preparedness activities.

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

  • An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: nutrition, public health, nutritional epidemiology, global/international health and nutrition, health/nutrition research, policy and/or management, health sciences, or another health-related science field.
    • *A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with extensive relevant work experience in clusters coordination may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
  • A minimum of 10 years of relevant professional experience in nutrition, public health, nutrition planning and management, or maternal, infant and child health/nutrition care is required, with 10 years of professional experience at international level preferred. Relevant experience of health/ nutrition programme/ project development and management in UN system agency or organization is considered an asset.
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience of Nutrition Cluster/ Sector/ Working Group coordination is required.
  • Experience in effective leadership and management of human resources/ teams to deliver results in high stress/risk environments is required.
  • Experience of demonstrating analytical and persuasive writing skills, editing skills, and the ability to convey complex information in a clear manner to a diverse audience is required.
  • Prior experience in partnership development and management, including bilateral donors, foundations and civil society is required.
  • Experience in humanitarian contexts is required with experience in development contexts an added advantage.
  • Direct, practical experience in the design, implementation and/ or coordination of nutrition interventions through community-based platforms, and effective intersectoral collaboration is strongly desired.
  • Experience of demonstrating the ability to set priorities and manage multiple tasks under minimal supervision in an effective and efficient manner.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA).

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

  • Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (3)
  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (3)
  • Works Collaboratively with Others (3)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (3)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (3)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (3)
  • Drives to Achieve Impactful Results (3)
  • Manages Ambiguity and Complexity (3)

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. We strongly encourage qualified female candidates to apply.

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 also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. 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.

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