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Consultant roster for Nutrition Cluster partners in Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) (521278)

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Contract type: Consultancy
Duty Station: New York
Level: Consultancy
Location: United States
Categories: Nutrition

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, a chance

The Global Nutrition Cluster (GNC), led by UNICEF, was established in 2006 as part of the Humanitarian Reform process, which aimed to improve the effectiveness of humanitarian response programmes by ensuring greater predictability, accountability and partnership. The Global Nutrition Cluster (GNC) is a partnership that includes international NGOs, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, UN organizations, donors and individuals. In 2015, the GNC undertook an assessment of its technical role along with the Rapid Response Team (RRT) evaluation. Both exercises identified serious gaps in addressing nutrition technical needs in humanitarian contexts.  In March 2016, the GNC constituted a Technical Task Force (TTF) co-chaired by UNICEF and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to review recommendations and propose a mechanism to address nutrition technical gaps. One mechanism was endorsed in March 2017 and is called the “Global Technical Assistance Mechanism for Nutrition” (GTAM).

The GTAM is a common global mechanism endorsed by over 40 Global Nutrition Cluster partners to provide systematic, predictable, timely and coordinated nutrition technical assistance in order to meet the nutrition rights and needs of people affected by emergencies. The Global Technical Assistance Mechanism for Nutrition (GTAM) is co-led by UNICEF as the Cluster Lead Agency, together with World Vision and is articulated around 3 pillars: pillar one-provide technical advice, pillar two-facilitate consensus driven guidance, pillar three-provide specialized technical expertise.

As part of pillar three and considering long process of advertising, selecting and recruiting individual consultants for nutrition in emergencies, development or preparedness work, the GTAM has established rosters of consultants in different technical areas, regularly updated, that allow to speed up recruitment process at country level. There are several rosters established, namely in

  • Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) – current roster
  • Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies (IYCF-E)
  • Micronutrient supplementation in emergencies
  • Integrated nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive interventions
  • Needs assessment and analysis for nutrition outcomes (established outside of the scope of current recruitment)

How can you make a difference?

The GTAM is building a roster of professionals with experience in community management of acute malnutrition from which to draw consultants to be recommended to countries in need of nutrition support staff.

Candidates who apply to the Community Management of Acute Malnutrition Roster will be screened based on different technical categories, including:

  • National guideline development or revision
  • Cluster strategy, work plan or scale up plan development
  • Agency strategy, work plan or scale up plan development
  • Programme implementation and monitoring

Candidates can be selected in one or more of the above technical categories, depending on their qualifications and interest.

If approved by the reviewing committee, the candidate will remain in the GTAM Consultant Rosters database during 36 months, unless requested to remove her/him earlier. During this period, candidates might be consulted several times, depending on requests flow.

Any partners working in Nutrition (UN agencies, NGOs, Governments) can contact the GTAM Consultant Rosters to ask for recommendation of consultants. Consultancy proposed may range from 4 weeks to 11.5 months, depending on demand, project specifications and funding availability. Consultants recommended by the GTAM Consultant Roster and hired by the requesting agency will be issued a contract which is subject to:

  • UNICEF General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants / Individual Contractors if hired by UNICEF,
  • or governed by the individual partner conditions for individual consultant agreements if hired by another UN agency/NGO/Government.

Consultants may be requested to work in any country with a nutrition cluster or a nutrition sector, or remotely, as determined by the specification of the project. The work may include incidental travel to participate in field work, workshops or conferences; such travel will be governed by respective UNICEF/UN agency/NGO travel policies for consultants.


Applying to the Global Technical Mechanism Rosters

Being part of the roster means that your profile went through a thorough vetting process and is available to more than 40 NGOs and UN agencies worldwide which are regularly looking for consultants. There will be several rosters established, each valid for 36 months.

This roster is for Community Management of Acute Malnutrition in emergencies only.

If you wish to be part of other available rosters that you find relevant/for which you meet the minimum requirements, please apply via the following links:

Kindly note that membership in each roster will be valid for a 36-month period.


To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

1) Education

  • Advanced University degree in one of the following fields: nutrition, public health, social sciences, life sciences or other related disciplines.
  • Training (course) in community management of acute malnutrition or NiE is an advantage.

2) Work experience

  • At least five years of progressively responsible professional work experience at the national and international levels in Community Management of Acute Malnutrition
  • Work experience in developing countries and emergency context
  • Specialized training/experience in community management of acute malnutrition in one of the following areas:
    • National guideline development or revision
    • Cluster strategy, work plan or scale up plan development
    • Agency strategy, work plan or scale up plan development
    • Programme implementation and monitoring
  • Specialized training/experience in emergency response and/or cluster approach.
  • Experience working with international and local partners, donors and local authorities.

3) Competencies

  • Expertise in Community Management of Acute Malnutrition in at least one of the following areas:
    • National guideline development or revision
    • Cluster strategy, work plan or scale up plan development
    • Agency strategy, work plan or scale up plan development
    • Programme implementation and monitoring
  • Ability to identify issues, formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommendations
  • Demonstrated professional competence and mastery of subject matter; conscientiousness and efficiency in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and meeting results
  • Strong organizational, planning, and analytical skills
  • Demonstrated cultural sensitivity and ability to establish harmonious working relations in a multicultural environment

4) Languages

  • Excellent written and verbal communication in English and/or French, Spanish, Russian and/or Arabic.

Application procedure

Interested candidates are requested to apply via the UNICEF TMS recruitment system.

Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis on receipt for inclusion into the roster. Applicants should submit their applications through the online system and provide the following additional information: 

1) a recent CV (max 2 pages)
2) Attach any related documents /samples of work as per the requirements 

Please note that the selection process might include a reference check, request for any additional information, written test and/or oral interview.


UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization.

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