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UNICEF-Nutrition Coordinator-P3-Caracas, Venezuela

Caracas, Venezuela
BACKGROUND
In the 2010 update of the Core Commitments for Children (CCCs) is the explicit commitment that appropriate and experienced staff and personnel with relevant deployment training are provided and rapidly deployed, that focus on action in the first eight critical weeks of humanitarian response and provide guidance for action beyond that, moving towards defined benchmarks.  

The position forms part of the Venezuela Migrant Crisis Scale Up Plan (L2).  The situation in Venezuela has changed significantly since 2015 as consequence of the protracted economic crisis. Shortage of some basic goods, demonstrations, lootings, increased poverty, migration, hyperinflation, exchange distortions, reduction of imports, lack of updated official economic indicators, with social and political tensions rising, are some of the challenges faced by the country. The complex economic and socio-political dynamics triggered by the crisis are impacting the population’s capacity to access to enough and appropriate services and goods in the areas of health, nutrition, education, electricity, child protection, water and sanitation. UNICEF Venezuela contributes to strengthen the national capacity in the areas of Education, Nutrition, Health, WASH and Protection, by scaling up its cooperation program to address emerging needs that children and women are facing in the context of the current crisis. 
Following the decision of the UNCT, sector coordination groups will be activated, with UNICEF leading the Nutrition and WASH sector.

PURPOSE
The Nutrition Sector Coordinator will facilitate a timely and effective nutrition response and 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.

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES AND TASKS
With the support of the Global Nutrition Sector, the Country Nutrition Sector Coordinator will be responsible for leading the Nutrition Sector at the Country level in Venezuela The Nutrition Sector Coordinator’s major tasks and responsibilities will include but not be limited to:
General activities:
1. Identification of key partners:
•    Identify key humanitarian partners for the Nutrition Sector response, respecting their respective mandates and program priorities
•    Identify other key partners including local and national authorities, peacekeeping forces, etc.
•    Carryout capacity mapping of all current and potential actors – government, national and international humanitarian organizations as well as national institutions, the private sector and advocate to donors, NGOs, government and other stakeholder on the nutrition programme needs and services.

2. Establishment and maintenance of appropriate humanitarian coordination mechanisms:
•    Ensure appropriate coordination between all Nutrition humanitarian partners (including national and international NGOs, the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement, IOM and other international organizations active in the sector) as well as national authorities and local structures 
•    Ensure the establishment/maintenance of appropriate sector coordination mechanisms including working groups at the national, and if necessary, local level;
•    Ensure full integration of the IACS’s agreed priority cross-cutting issues, namely human rights, HIV/AIDS, age, gender and environment, utilization participatory and community-based approaches.  In line with this, promote gender equality by ensuring that the needs, contributions and capacities of women and girls as well as men and boys are addressed;
•    Secure commitments from sector participants in responding to needs and filling gaps, ensuring an appropriate distribution of responsibilities within the sector, with clearly defined focal points for specific issues where necessary;
•    Ensure that sector participants work collectively, ensuring the complementarities of the various stake holder’s actions;
•    Promote emergency response actions while at the same time considering the need for early recovery planning as well as prevention and risk reduction concerns;
•    Ensure effective links with other sector (with OCHA support), especially Health & Nutrition, WASH, Agriculture and Livelihoods and Education;
•    Represent the interests of the Nutrition sector in discussions with the Humanitarian Coordinator as well as donors on prioritization, resource mobilization and advocacy;
•    Act as focal point for inquiries on the Nutrition sector’s response plans and operations.

3. Planning and strategy development:
Ensure predictable action within the sector for the following;
•    Needs assessment and analysis; development of standard assessment formats for use within the sector;
•    Identification of gaps;
•    Developing/updating agreed response strategies and action plans for the Nutrition Sector and ensuring that these are adequately reflected in the overall country strategies, such as the Common Humanitarian Action Plan (CHAP) an integral component of the CAP process.
•    Drawing lessons learned from past activities and revising strategies and action plans accordingly;
•    Developing an exit, or transition, strategy for the sector.

4. Application of standards:
•    Ensure that Nutrition Sector participants are aware of relevant policy guidelines, technical standards and relevant commitments that the Government/concerned authorities have undertaken under international human rights law;
•    Ensure that the Nutrition Sector responses are in line with existing policy guidance, technical standards, and relevant Government human rights legal obligations.

5. Monitoring and reporting:
•    Specifically needs to include an analytical interpretation of best available information in order to benchmark progress of the emergency response over time.  That is - monitoring indicators (quantity, quality, coverage, continuity and cost) of service delivery which are derived from working towards meeting standards (mentioned in point 4).
•    Ensure regular reporting against the Nutrition Sector indicators of service delivery (quantity, quality, coverage, continuity and cost) supports analysis of the Nutrition Sector in closing gaps and measuring impact of interventions. 

6. Advocacy and resource mobilization:
•    Identify core advocacy concerns, including resource requirements, and contribute key messages to broader advocacy initiatives of the Humanitarian Coordinators and other actors;
•    Advocate for donors to fund sector participants to carry out priority activities in the sector concerned, while at the same time encouraging sector participants to mobilize resources for their activities through the usual channels.
•    Act as the focal point for reviewing  and ensuring quality control for all the Nutrition sector project submitted for Flash Appeal, CERF and other funding mechanisms



7. Training and capacity building of national/local authorities and civil society:
•    Promote and support training of the Nutrition sector partners personnel and build the capacity of all the Nutrition partners based on the mapping and understanding of available capacity; 
•    Support efforts to strengthen the capacity of the national/local authorities and civil society.

8. Acting as “Provider of last resort”:
As agreed by the IASC Principals, the Nutrition Sector lead agency is responsible for acting as the provider of last resort to meet agreed priority needs and will be supported by the HC in their resource mobilization efforts in this regard;
Under the principal of the “Provider of last resort”, the Nutrition Sector Coordinator will liaise with the Sector Lead Agency UNICEF to ensure that gaps are filled

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
•    Advanced Degree in Human Nutrition preferably with corresponding degree in Public Health, Food Security, Medicine or other related field.
•    Knowledge of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee and the sector approach either through training or practical experience is an asset.
•    A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in the area of Nutrition
•    Fluency in Spanish (verbal and written)., good level of English 


 
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