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CAR: Nutritionist, Central African Republic (CAR)

Nutritionist, Central African Republic (CAR)

Position type and closing date

This position will be filled as soon as the suitable candidate is found.

Location: sub-prefectures of Bossangoa and Batangafo, Ouham prefecture, CAR

Contract duration: initial 6 months with renewal possibility (depending on funding)

Starting date: as soon as possible

LWF World Service

LWF World Service is the humanitarian and development arm of the Lutheran World Federation. We are a widely recognized, international, faith-based organization working in over 20 countries. We seek to bring people of all backgrounds together in the common quest for justice, peace, and reconciliation in an increasingly complex and fragmented world.

A commitment to the human rights of every individual, regardless of their status, guides our work, actions, and operations. We are particularly known for our timely, compassionate, and professional humanitarian work, and for our field presence in hard-to-reach areas. Our work is people-centered and community- based. Above all, we work with the most vulnerable, and in order to claim and uphold their rights, we engage proactively with local government and community structures.

Our partners include Lutheran Churches and their related agencies, the European Commission (ECHO), the US Government (BPRM) and UNHCR, with whom we are a key implementing partner.

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LWF had settled an emergency operation in CAR since 2013 in response to the protracted humanitarian crisis caused by armed conflicts. Responding in five prefectures the LWF CAR program is strategically focused the following main sectors: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Food Security & Livelihoods, Protection and Social cohesion. From August 2018, LWF got engaged in the Nutrition sector funded initially by its related agency, the Church of Sweden and Evangelical Lutheran Church of Wurternberg. The nutrition program was then extended with support of Unicef in Bouar and Bouca. Now LWF is in discussion with Unicef for implementing a nutrition project in Bossangoa and Batangafo health districts. That is requesting a highly qualified nutritionist staff meeting the described position.

Purpose of the position

Based in Bossangoa, one of the main towns where the project will be implemented, the Nutritionist will provide technical and managerial support to the project team. She/he will build a strong leadership in the project area to ensure that, this project is implemented in compliance with all technical standards and requirements to which both UNICEF and LWF adhere. The post holder will have a key role to train LWF and Ministry of Health staffs.

Position Environment and Dimensions

This position is created to cover the lack of technical expertise on the local employment market in CAR. Under the supervision of the Program Coordinator this staff will closely work in collaboration with the finance, administration, HR and logistic teams to ensure activities are carried out in respect of existing procedures and policies. As the leader of this project team, she/he will collaborate with partners including Unicef, Health Zone, Ministry of Health Nutrition unit, community structures and other organisations on the ground to ensure healthy relationship with all stakeholders. This position requires frequent field visits in Bossangoa, Batangafo districts in order to provide the needed technical support and on-job training to the project team. sometimes it will be requested to the holder position to a provide support to other current nutrition projects implemented in Bouca. The living location could change depending on the work dimensions and context.

Required qualifications

A university degree in medical/health sciences with nutrition orientation/specialization.

Knowledge and experience

Good knowledge of new developments in the nutrition sector; this means mastering all new nutritional protocols of clinical and community management of malnutrition cases.

Able to manage the whole process of nutritional surveys; write narrative and statistical reports in French.

Substantial previous experience in supervising and monitoring the management of acute malnutrition.

Good ability to work in a participatory and inclusive manner and ensuring accountability.

High capacity to adapt and perform with autonomy in volatile security situation and resource scare environment.

Ability to organize, analyse, plan and evaluate his own and work of his teams.

Must have a good command of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other statistical software such as SPSS, EPI Info.

Good communication and interpersonal skills.

Good understanding of humanitarian standards and principles.

Experience and perfect knowledge of the aforementioned areas.

Knowledge, sensitivity and commitment to gender equity, protection, environmental protection and HIV/ AIDS issues.

Adherence and commitment to LWF vision, mission, values and principles.

Language skills

Advanced written and spoken English.

Advanced written and spoken French.

LWF Core Skills

Leadership – advanced level*

Working effectively with others – resource level

Accountability – advanced level

Analytical thinking – advanced level

Initiative – advanced level

Achieving results – resource level

LWF Functional Skills

People Management – advanced level

Facilitation / Negotiation – advanced level

Project Management – advanced level

Networking – advanced level

Communication – advanced level

*LWF 3 skills levels are: basis – advanced – resource

Main duties

The Nutritionist is assigned to perform the following tasks:

To plan and follow up the implementation of nutrition activities in the field, in collaboration with service providers and management staff of the health zones.

To provide technical support to community structures in order to enable them to participate, assess malnutrition and propose local solutions.

To organize, in collaboration with the National Nutrition Unit and the bureau of the health zone, training of service providers and community animators from local structures on the current community based management of malnutrition protocols.

To elaborate terms of reference for training and evaluations in collaboration with the Area Coordinator.

To plan and coordinate joint supervisions in collaboration with the MoH staff.

To organise refresh sessions and other learning workshops for capacity building purposes.

To supervise data collection and epidemiological analysis in order to follow up trends of malnutrition for timely decision.

To ensure the supply chain of nutritional inputs, non-food items at the health facility level is maintained.

To follow up indicators, ensuring that nutritional standards agreed in the protocol are met.

To share monthly narrative reports with the supervisor who has responsibility to share them with UNICEF.

To monitor the security situation and timely share relevant information and updates with the supervisor.

To attend relevant coordination meetings in the field. Applicants are required to uphold the core values of our organization.

The candidates are expected to share the core values of LWF.

How to apply

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