Nutrition Coordinator at International Rescue Committee (IRC)

The 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 and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.IRC has been present in Nigeria since 2012 when the organization responded to flooding in Kogi state.  In early 2014, IRC opened a field office in Mubi town of Adamawa state in NE Nigeria followed by offices in Yola (Adamawa state) in November 2014 and Maiduguri (Borno state) in October 2015.  IRC has ECHO, OFDA, and Gates funds to respond to nutrition, nutrition, GBV, and WASH activities.  In late 2014 and early 2015, IRC received additional funds from SV, SIDA, USAID, and UNICEF to carry out education, child protection, general protection, emergency food distributions, shelter support, and NFI distributions to newly displaced IDPs. In late 2015 into early 2016, IRC received Swiss and UNHCR funds for additional emergency response humanitarian-focused programming in NE Nigeria. In Borno state, there is a humanitarian crisis with malnutrition and food insecurity levels at unprecedented hieghts since the start of the Boko Haram led crisis.   Job Title: Nutrition CoordinatorSector:    NutritionSCOPE OF WORK:The Nutrition Coordinator will be responsible for the vision, strategy, design, implementation and management of IRC’s Nutrition program in Nigeria, working in collaboration with the Humanitarian Coordinator and Deputy Director of Programs, and directly with the project teams. As the focal point for Nutrition programs in Nigeria, s/he will provide technical support to the nutrition program for project design, proposal development and reporting, ensuring that IRC programs are of high quality and that programs are driven by data and learning, working in conjunction with other colleagues in the IRC Nigeria program. S/he supervises other nutrition staff, and reports to the Humanitarian Coordinator. The position is based in the IRC Maiduguri field office in Borno state but with regular trips to IRC’s nutrition programs throughout Nigeria. The Nutrition Coordinator will receive technical support from the Nutrition Technical Advisor based at IRC HQ. KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:In collaboration with the other nutrition program staff in Nigeria, oversee the implementation of nutrition projects implemented by IRC Nigeria.Provide technical supervision and guidance of all IRC nutrition projects. Extend technical support and supervision to the IRC’s implementing partners as the need arisesEnsure that nutrition programs utilize standardized protocols, policies and guidelines, as outlined by the Federal Ministry of Nutrition and WHO. Ensure that all nutrition activities are consistent with established best practices.Promote the quality of the IRC’s nutrition programs by setting up quality assurance mechanisms and checks in collaboration with other staff.Ensure sound data collection and information management systems are in place for ongoing performance analysis and programmatic action based on data and identified needs.Ensure that the stated goals and objectives of all nutrition projects are met with strong monitoring and evaluation (M&E) follow up, including any required operational research, with technical support from the Nutrition Information Management team in New York Nutrition Unit and the Country Technical Advisor as needed.Participate in the design of robust M&E plans and design/adapt nutrition information systems including surveillance systems for the IRC nutrition programs in NigeriaProvide technical support to the nutrition program for program design, proposal development and reporting, ensuring that IRC programs are of high quality and that programs are driven by data and learning, working in conjunction with other colleagues in the IRC Nigeria program.Ensure all designed Nutrition projects use the IRC theories of change and that outcomes are evidence-driven and evidence-generated. MANAGEMENTProvide supportive supervison to the other nutrition staff to develop work plans to guide implementation of approved grants. Support the Field teams in the implementation and monitoring of the work plans ensuring that activities reflect the commitments IRC made to the donor and community.Review Budget vs. Actual expenditure for nutrition programs on a monthly basis with staff.Participate in the development of staff development plans for nutrition staff based on performance reviews in collaboration with the human resources department and contribute to the training of nutrition staff (mentoring, on-the-job sessions as well as formal trainings). Review performance evaluation of nutrition staff in the field.Develop/organize training opportunities to build the capacity of the nutrition staff and local partners in order to transfer skills.  This includes staff training in program management areas such as reporting, budgeting, monitoring, evaluation, and supervision.Oversee the implementation of nutrition sector priorities, ensuring that program growth is in line with country strategic plans.Review all reports prepared by the nutrition staff and provide appropriate feedback to the concerned staff, and ensure that reports are written and submitted to concerned bodies in a timely manner. REPRESENTATION AND ADVOCACYIn coordination with the Humanitarian Coordinator and Senior Management Team actively develop and maintain effective working relationships with key stakeholders in Nigeria including donors, government actors, UN agencies, international and local NGOs, and other relevant actors.Develop strategic partnerships with local organizations, wherever possible.Represent IRC to local communities, government departments, international agencies, local partners and donors as required.Upon request by the Senior Management in Nigeria, assist in organizing donor site visits by supporting field staff in the smooth design and implementation of agendas and visit activities.

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