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UN World Food Programme: Nutrition Officer

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Cameroon is facing a multifaceted increasingly complex humanitarian crisis. In addition to preexisting chronic food insecurity and malnutrition challenges resulting from recurrent climatic shocks and food production deficits, spill over conflict from both Nigeria and Central African Republic (C.A.R.) have resulted in large scale displacements across borders as well as within the country. Currently, Cameroon hosts over 344,000 refugees (260,000 from C.A.R and 84,000 from Nigeria) and over 190,000 IDPs who have been displaced by insurgent attacks in the Far North region. 

The result of SMART survey conducted by UNICEF in October 2016 indicated an improvement in the nutrition situation in all four regions targeted by the survey. The GAM rates in the Logone and Chari division of the Far North region stood at 10.9 percent while that of the other five divisions of the Far North stood at 6.4 percent. GAM rates in the East and Adamaoua regions stood at 4 percent and 6percent respectively.  However, the nutrition situation remains worrying with regards to the severe acute malnutrition rates recorded. Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) rates are estimated at 1.8 percent for Logone and Chari division and Adamaoua region indicating a critical nutrition situation. 

To deal with the simultaneous challenge of responding to the growing emergency needs of refugees and displaced populations, while at the same time achieving long term gains in terms of improved nutrition practices and reduced child stunting, WFP is implementing a nutrition programme with a stronger focus towards prevention and nutrition-sensitive food assistance. 

The nutrition programme builds on the following components: 

  • Robust preventive nutrition programmes aiming to prevent all forms of undernutrition; 
  • Reinforce behavioural change through a strong nutrition education programme; 
  • Strengthen coordination with key stakeholders and reinforce government capacities to manage nutrition programmes at central and decentralized levels. 

The Ministry of Public Health-Nutrition is directly in charge of coordinating the implementation of activities through existing national and regional structures, while WFP provides financial and technical support.  

Duties and Responsibilities 

Within delegated authority, the Nutrition Officer is responsible for the following duties and responsibilities under the direct supervision of the Deputy Country Director:      In collaboration with the other WFP units (Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping, M&E, Cash and Vouchers, Logistics, etc.) and WFP Sub-Offices, national and international NGOs, Government counterparts, and other key stakeholders, support the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of Nutrition programme activities.    

  • Contribute to the development/establishment of the unit programme goals, objectives and strategies and results-based planning through analysis of nutrition needs and areas for intervention and submission of recommendations for priority and goal setting.    
  • Contribute towards the development of a wide variety of nutrition projects, plans and processes, ensuring alignment with wider programme policies and guidance and UNDAF objectives.    
  • Participate actively in thematic working groups directly related to WFP’s nutrition operations in Cameroon.    
  • Participate actively in national and field coordination forum directly related to WFP’s nutrition operations in Cameroon.    
  • Provide technical and operational support throughout all stages of programming.    
  • In collaboration with the Partnership unit, prepare calls for proposals and perform project and budget analysis submitted by partners with respect to WFP procedures and guidelines.    
  • Provide technical and operational support throughout all stages of programming.    
  • Provide technical assistance, (including classroom training and /or on the job formative supervision) to WFP Cooperating Partners to ensure compliance with the WFP’s policies, criteria, guidelines and procedures.    
  • Oversee preparation and dissemination of timely analytical and critical reports including monitoring and evaluation reports; ensure that complementary programme activities are planned and delivered, especially in regard to nutrition messaging and social behaviour change communication;    
  • Support Senior Management in fundraising strategies: prepare funding proposals and reports; and prepare nutrition related communication and advocacy materials.    
  • Contribute to preparation of accurate and timely reporting on nutrition programme activities that enable informed decision making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.    
  • Liaise with internal and external counterparts to ensure effective collaboration, monitor ongoing nutrition programmes and highlight potential risks to project delivery.    
  • Work in close collaboration with internal counterparts and external partners to strengthen the quality of food security and nutrition results monitoring and build credible evidence of trends towards the achievement of SDG2.    
  • Seek partnerships with the sister UN agencies, national and international NGOs, donors, and relevant stakeholders; draft and manage Field Level Agreement and Memorandums of Understanding, as appropriate.    
  • Promote actively integration of nutrition specific and nutrition sensitive interventions among the relevant actors involved in the humanitarian response to Lake Chad Basin crisis (Government, UN agencies, NGO, communities).    
  • Foster implementation of the 2015-2020 Joint UNICEF-WFP Framework for addressing undernutrition in West and Central Africa. 

Educational Requirements 

  • Advanced university degree (Master II or DESS/DEA) in Nutrition, Public Health, Clinical Nutrition, Medicine  or  any other relevant master degree with proven experience and skills in promoting nutrition sensitive approach focusing on children and lactating mothers will be considered as meeting the requirement for this position. 

Working Languages     

  • Fluent in both English (Level C) and French (level C)  

Essential Experience 

  • At least Five years of postgraduate progressively responsible professional experience in Nutrition food, nutrition education for children, nutrition programme formulation and management, planning, monitoring and evaluation of nutrition activities, Medical Sales Representation (With focus on nutritious food). 
  • Promotion of current knowledge of the latest developments, guidelines and standards, and technology in the field of Nutrition, especially in the prevention and treatment of maternal, neonatal and child undernutrition 
  • Experience in direct implementation of IMAM, micronutrient supplementation, maternal health and nutrition programmes and multi-sectoral responses addressing the underlying causes of under nutrition. 
  • Experience in carrying out health, markets and/or nutrition surveys and/or other relevant surveillance activities. 

Critical success Factors     

  • Ability to express clearly and concisely ideas and concepts in written and oral form.    
  • Ability to travel frequently and to work in difficult and unsecure environments.     
  • Proven ability to conceptualize, develop, plan and manage programmes, leadership and teamwork abilities, good analytical, negotiation, communication and advocacy skills    
  • Ability to engage effectively at field level with a wide range of actors including those in the international humanitarian community and governments;    
  • Excellent analytical skills; resourcefulness, initiative, maturity of judgment, tact, and negotiation skills;    
  • Ability to work in a team, and establish effective working relations with persons of different national and cultural backgrounds;    
  • Good computer knowledge including Microsoft Office package;    
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines and simultaneously manage multiple tasks in an autonomous manner;    
  • Ability to develop and implement appropriate internal control tools to address fraud and abuse

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