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Nutrition Officer, Maroua, Cameroon


Purpose of Assignment & Justification: The latest SMART survey (carried out in October 2016) showed that the prevalence of acute malnutrition was 7.3% in the northern region.

Populations in the Far North face recurring crises: climate (drought, floods), epidemics (cholera, malaria, etc.), and food insecurity (crops, border closures), Region with limited development. The successive crises have a direct impact on the situation of acute malnutrition and create a situation of continuous deterioration of the state of the growth of children, the prevalence of stunting is 37.8% One-third of children in the region.

At the same time, the MICS 2014 survey in Cameroon showed that infant and young child feeding practices (IYCFs) were inadequate in the northern region, for example, exclusive breastfeeding is practiced only To 11.3%.

Faced with this situation, Cameroon, in partnership with UNICEF, has been implementing since 2008 an integrated program for the management of severe acute malnutrition (PCIMAS) in health facilities with ambulatory Nutrition Centers for the severe (CNAS ) And the Internal Therapeutic Nutrition Centers (CNTI) for the care of children suffering from severe acute malnutrition with medical complications. To date more than 185 health facilities offer PCIMAS services in the region through state structures as there are no technical partners in the care of severely acute malnourished children in the region. Since July 2016, the food program that led nutritional interventions in the region has ceased its activities. Each year the region admits more than 15,000 children under 5 years.

The latest revision of the National Treatment Protocol dates from 2013. At the end of this revision, 300 health personnel had been trained. However, the level of implementation and supervision methods, as well as the high turnover of staff, did not significantly improve the quality of the program. On average, cure rates are consistently above standards by 75%, but these results conceal wide disparities. In addition, drop-out rates remain a major program problem with rates regularly above 20%, and the community component of the program (screening / referral and home-based follow-up) is difficult to develop and Coverage and performance.

Finally, coordination of the program remains complicated with a supply chain and reporting mechanism that is fragile and dependent almost exclusively on UNICEF support.

Under the supervision of the Nutrition Specialist in Maroua, the Nutrition Administrator will be in charge

To support governmental and non-governmental partners in the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of nutrition interventions in the Northern Region.
To act as a technical expert on emergency nutrition interventions to provide strategic and operational technical assistance to implementing partners, in particular to collect the analysis and regular transmission of program performance in the Northern Region.
To contribute to the monitoring and evaluation of interventions in the preparation and nutritional response through the analysis of databases, requests, and reports and undertake regular visits to the intervention sites the quality of the response .

Indicative assignment dates: From 1 July 2017 for a period of 182 days.

Supervisor: Nutrition Specialist P3 - Maroua

Major duties and responsibilities

Support program development and planning with focus in Garoua

Contribute to the preparation of the situation analysis by collecting data, analyzing and evaluating information; Participate in periodic reviews of the nutrition program with the government counterpart and other partners.

Program management, monitoring and results management with focus in Garoua

Work closely with colleagues and internal and external partners to discuss operational and implementation issues, provide appropriate solutions, recommendations and / or alerts. Conducting reports and evaluations to facilitate analysis and identification of lessons learned.
Provide data for the preparation of the Program Status Report, as required by the Section, Management, donors, budget review, program analysis, annual reports, etc

Technical and operational support for the implementation of the program with focus in Garoua

Conduct site visits to follow-up of nutritional centers (CNAS, CNTI) and community nutrition interventions / activities, particularly in the Northern region (Garoua)
Identify training needs and capacity building objectives
Monitor supplies, analyze and evaluate nutrient center data, including supply inventory data to ensure the achievement of objectives and / or take corrective action, if necessary, to meet program objectives;
Ensure that nutrition information is accurate and timely recorded in the program information system and produce / disseminate monthly status reports for monitoring and evaluation purposes;
Provide technical and operational support to government counterparts, NGOs, UN system partners, implementation and understanding of UNICEF policies, strategies, processes and best practices on nutrition and The implementation of the program.

Networking and creation of partnerships with focus in Garoua

Facilitate synergistic collaboration on nutrition between government, UN agencies, civil society, including organizations (national and international) and donors; Maintain effective communication, networking and information sharing with government and non-governmental partners on progress in the implementation of activities.

Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building with focus in Garoua

Identify, capture, synthesize and share lessons learned for knowledge development and stakeholder capacity building.
Seek innovative approaches and promote best practices to support the implementation and achievement of program outcomes.

5. Qualifications or specialized knowledge / experience / competencies required for the assignment


Have a university degree (Maitrise) in Nutrition, Medicine or Public Health;


Have at least two (02) years of professional experience and accountability in the management of Nutrition Program with an emphasis on acute malnutrition management.
Working experience in an International Organization will be an asset.
Experience of at least one year in emergencies is an asset as well.


Mastering French. Average knowledge of English and a local language of the duty station is an asset


Core Values

Diversity and inclusion

Core competencies

Communication (II)
Working with people (I)
Drive for results (I)

Functional Competencies:

Formulating strategies and concepts (I)
Analyzing (II)
Applying technical expertise ((II)
Learning and researching (II)
Planning and organizing (II)


Specific Technical Knowledge Required (for the job) [II]

Control of acute malnutrition management protocol

(F) OTHER SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES (Indicate what other skills and attributes required, such as computer skills, management or communication skills, negotiating or training ability, etc.)

Good computer skills (MS office, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Internet, ...) indispensable.

Good ability to resist stress and work in a difficult safe environment.

Advertised: Jun 13 2017 W. Central Africa Standard Time

Application close: Jun 22 2017 W. Central Africa

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