Nutrition Cluster Coordinator, P3, Temporary Appointment, 364 days, Caracas, Venezuela, #113832
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Close on 13 Jul 2020
Location: Caracas (Venezuela)
Grade: P-3, Mid-level Professional
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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, nutrition.

The humanitarian needs of children in Venezuela are immediate, immense and growing. An estimated 3.2 million children in Venezuela need urgent assistance due to the current socio-economic and political crisis. Since 2018, UNICEF has rapidly increased its presence and programs in Venezuela to respond to the growing humanitarian needs of children.  

UNICEF has strengthened its work with a broad spectrum of partners and stakeholders to provide vulnerable children affected by the economic crisis with support in education, health, nutrition, water, sanitation, hygiene, and protection. In line with the 2019 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for Venezuela launched by the United Nations and its partners, UNICEF launched the first appeal to provide humanitarian assistance to 1.3 million people, including 900,000 children. A second appeal will aim to meet the needs of children during 2020.   

How can you make a difference?

UNICEF is the cluster lead agency for the WASH cluster, the nutrition cluster, education cluster and child protection working area of responsibility.

On behalf of UNICEF the purpose of this post is to provide leadership and facilitate the processes that will ensure a well-coordinated, strategic, adequate, coherent, and effective response by participants at country level for Nutrition Cluster in Venezuela, according to core coordination functions.

RESPONSIBILITY

The post holder has joint responsibility with UNICEF, resourcing partners and all cluster participants at the national and sub-national level for the efficient management and functioning of the Nutrition Cluster encompassing the following:

• Maintain and reinforce an appropriate humanitarian coordination mechanism, contributing among others to Service Delivery of Nutrition Response;
• Keep a result-based coordination and monitor performance of the core cluster functions.
• Ensure technical assistance, guidance and quality assurance oversight about main work lines of sector partners (Nutrition at community level, nutrition strategies implemented by the different partners: civil society, Ministry of Health, National Institute of Nutrition INN,community engagement, link with other sectors, etc.)
• Strengthen pre-existing sectors coordination at national and sub-national level through increased predictability and accountability;
• Build complementary of partner actions: avoiding duplication and gaps;
• Ensure adequate resources are mobilized and are equitably allocated for the effective functioning of the cluster and its response;
• Effective and comprehensive integration of relevant cross-cutting issues, accountability to affected population, including age, gender, environment and HIV/AIDS;
• Maintain flexibility within the cluster to respond to changes in the operating environment, evolving requirements, capacities and participation;
• Effectively use and transfer information to, from and between cluster participants and other stakeholders;
• Coordinate with other clusters (including through inter-cluster coordination fora), humanitarian actors, government counterparts, and relevant authorities for operational planning, engagement and active contribution of operational partners;
• Be accountable to the affected population through effective and inclusive consultative and feedback mechanisms.
• Ensure technical assistance, effective communication, reporting, engagement and coordination between national and sub-national coordination levels.

ACCOUNTABILITY and DUTIES & TASKS

The post holder is accountable to:
• The nutrition cluster coordinator is accountable by the UNICEF Representative in Venezuela and will be managed by the Representative or other delegated manager as appropriate.
• Participants of the Venezuela nutrition cluster, who will in turn ensure that they deliver on their agreed minimum commitments (see IASC reference module for cluster coordination at the country level and core functions of nutrition cluster)
• Inter-cluster coordination bodies established by the HCT/UNOCHA
• Affected populations through agreed mechanisms

Core cluster functions:
1. Supporting service delivery
2. Informing strategic decision-making of the HC/HCT for the humanitarian response
3. Planning and strategy development funding considerations (Flash Appeal, CAP, ERF/CHF, CERF)
4. Monitoring and evaluating performance
5. Building national capacity in preparedness and contingency planning
6. Supporting robust and evidence-based advocacy
6+1. Accountability to affected populations

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, nutritional epidemiology, or another health-related science field.
  • Extensive work experience relevant to this post may be considered as a replacement for formal qualifications.
  • Formal training in cluster coordination an advantage or/and 5 years of experience in Nutrition cluster coordination or/and Nutrition Humanitarian work.

Experience

  • A minimum of five 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, or maternal, infant and child health/nutrition care.
  • At least 5 years progressively responsible humanitarian work experience with UN and/or NGO, including programme management and/or coordination in the first phase of a major emergency response relevant to the cluster
  • Extensive work experience outside the humanitarian sector which is relevant to this post may be considered as a replacement for humanitarian experience.

 Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.

  • Fluency in English and Spanish  is required. 

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA), and below the core and functional competencies. 

Core Competencies

· Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (1)

· Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2)

· Works Collaboratively with others (2)

· Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2)

· Innovates and Embraces Change (2)

· Thinks and Acts Strategically (2)

· Drives to achieve impactful results (2)

· Manages ambiguity and complexity (2)

Functional Competencies:

· Analyzing (3)

· Deciding and Initiating action (2)

· Applying technical expertise (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.

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.

Remarks:

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

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

About UNICEF

For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.

UNICEF is the driving force that helps build a world where the rights of every child are realized. UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is also the world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries. As a global authority UNICEF is able to influence decision makers at the global level and turn the most innovative ideas into reality.