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UNICEF-Nutrition Cluster Coordinator-P4-Niamey, Niger

Niamey, Niger
Position Title: Nutrition Cluster Coordinator
Receiving Agency: UNICEF
P Level: P4
Location: Niamey, Niger
Duration: 3 months 
Language: Fluency in French and English required

Background

Niger is facing a severe food and nutritional crisis of the same magnitude, and potentially more serious, than the crises experienced in 2005 and 2012, with prevailing trends and indications reflecting a very high level of needs.

The Harmonized Framework (HF) (Cadre Harmonise in French) analysis carried out in March 2022 showed never-before recorded levels of food  insecurity in Niger.  From  March to May 2022, 3.3 million  people were found to be acutely severely food insecure "Inter-Phase Classification" {IPC) phase 3 or 4 (13%of the population), which represents a 106% increase  compared to the same period last year (1.6 million people). For the June to August period (i.e., the lean season) this will increase to 4.4 million acutely severely food insecure people (17% of the population), which represents a 91%  increase compared to the same period last year (2.3 million people).  For the first time since the start of the HF analysis in Niger in 2012, entire districts were classified in phase 4 (one district during the March-May period, and two districts during the June- August period - all in the  conflict-affected  region of Tillaberi).   Results showed that the situation was not only much worse than last year, but also worse than what had  been anticipated during the November 2021 HF analysis- in particular for the regions of Dosso and Zinder. Moreover, 12.5 percent of children are acutely malnourished (above the 10 percent of the alert threshold set by the WHO), with 2. 7 percent affected by Severe Acute Malnutrition (above the alert level of 2%).
Market trends in February/ March 2022 continued to worsen, with the trends already observed since 2021 being further exacerbated by the still limited market exchange due to COVID-19 and its aftereffects, fuel price increases and decrease of basic commodity availability due to the poor harvest of 2021 and further worsened by the Ukraine crisis. Low agricultural yield in 2021 and continued food and basic commodities price increases are amplified by the transportation challenges associated with Niger's landlocked position and poor existing road infrastructure. High food prices and reduced food availability on local markets have direct implications on food insecurity, as they affect household purchasing power and capacity to access food commodities - in particular for the poorest households, who do not produce enough to meet their annual household food needs and who rely disproportionally on market purchases. It is expected that the situation  will  exacerbate the  prevalence of acute  malnutrition  nationwide  and  mostly  in the  most vulnerable and insecure areas.

Emergency nutrition coordination is done through a Technical Groupe dedicated to the subject which includes members of the larger National Nutrition Technical Group which coordinate both development and emergency aspects of nutrition. These groups are under the strong leadership of the Government but could be more efficient. Among several action points that have been listed by the partners and donors to strengthen in the on-going emergency response are the following:  to improve the  coordination of the partners at national and sub-national levels (if possible within the existing coordination platforms), to engage more actively partners  in completing  the  SW  matrix,  improve follow-up  of  larger  emergency 
response with OCHA and the food security cluster, contribute to HNO and HRP revision if any as well as documenting better the place of nutrition in the existing emergency response plan and propose a sectoral plan as needed.

Objective and Task of the deployment

The RRT on-site deployment from the 4" of July to the 1 of October 2022 (90 days) would support Niger Nutrition Cluster to:
  • Ensure the coordination of the Emergency Nutrition Technical Group (GTT Nutrition Urgence) at national level In at least 3 key regions, support the national facilitator in the improvement of sub-national nutrition coordination through existing local mechanisms as much as possible and by Identifying the capacity  strengthening  needs of government  and partners to  ease this  coordination.  Build regional/district capacity for contingency planning and preparedness
  • Sensitize sector partners on the cluster approach and better understanding of principles of partnership to facilitate effective service delivery
  • Engage the NGO partners in completing the SW matrix (UNICEF is seeking an IM technical support separately but data needs to be available for results
  • Support the national facilitator in the estimation of programmatic and geographic coverage and produces coverage maps
  • Facilitate communication with OCHA for the follow-up of anticipatory actions and potential HNO and HRP revision
  • Complete a desk review of nutrition positioning in the different national, UN, sectoral response plan available and propose an emergency nutrition sectoral plan as needed
Key deliverables
1.   Emergency nutrition meetings from the "GTT Nutrition Urgence" are coordinated at national level
2.   In at least 3 key regions, ways to integrate better nutrition in existing mechanisms and needs for capacity strengthening are proposed
3.   The capacities of the key regional and district counterparts are built
4.    The 5Ws matrices are completed by NGOs partners
5.    The programmatic coverage map is produced
6.    If needs arise, support to nutrition partners is given to update the HNO and HRP
7.   A desk review report is available, and a sectoral response plan is proposed if identified as a need

Conditions
  • RRT  deployment  will  be based in-country,  more  precisely in Niamey,  Niger with  some  field missions to key regions.
  • Documents  and access to necessary platform/ database  will  be provided  by the  UNICEF team, Government and NGO partners.
  • The Nutrition  Cluster  Coordinator  will  report  to the  UNICEF Chief of Nutrition  PS  for general guidance and direction.
Technical competencies
•            Good understanding of the  key technical problems facing the  cluster to be able to  collaborate with cluster participants and identify their needs for cluster specific coordination needs
•     Proven competency in Government and partners coordination
•            Proven technical expertise in the preparation to and management of nutrition in emergencies and the use of data analysis for result-based actions
•            Know-how in terms of engaging NGO partners in a transparent way of doing business for improved quality preparation and response
•     Proven skills in capacity strengthening of Government and NGO partners in coordination
 

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