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Nutrition Cluster Coordinator, (P-4), Fixed Term, Mekelle, Ethiopia (Tigray Response)

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Contract type: Fixed Term Appointment
Level: P-4
Location: Ethiopia
Categories: Nutrition, P-4

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On behalf of the IASC Humanitarian Coordinator in Ethiopia and UNICEF Ethiopia Country Office as the lead agency for the IASC Nutrition Cluster and in collaboration with the Regional Health Bureau (RHB) and the Regional Disaster Response Management Bureau (RDRMB), the incumbent will facilitate a timely and effective nutrition response at Regional level and ensure that the capacity of regional and local institutions is strengthened to respond to and coordinate emergency nutrition interventions that demonstrate results and impact achieved.

How can you make a difference?

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

Core cluster functions (Cluster Coordination Reference Module, IASC, 2015):

1. To support service delivery by:

• Providing a platform that ensures service delivery is driven by the Humanitarian Response Plan and strategic priorities.
• Developing mechanisms to eliminate duplication of service delivery.

2. To inform the HC/HCT’s strategic decision-making by:

• Preparing needs assessments and analysis of gaps (across and within clusters, using information management tools as needed) to inform the setting of priorities.
• Identifying and finding solutions for (emerging) gaps, obstacles, duplication and crosscutting issues.
• Formulating priorities on the basis of analysis.

3. To plan and implement cluster strategies by:

• Developing sectoral plans, objectives and indicators that directly support realization of the overall response’s strategic objectives.
• Applying and adhering to common standards and guidelines.
• Clarifying funding requirements, helping to set priorities, and agreeing cluster contributions to the HC’s overall humanitarian funding proposals.

4. To monitor and evaluate performance by:
• Monitoring and reporting on activities and needs.
• Measuring progress against the cluster strategy and agreed results.
• Recommending corrective action where necessary.

5. To build Regional capacity in preparedness and contingency planning

6. To support robust advocacy by:

• identifying concerns, and contributing key information and messages to HC and HCT messaging and action.
• Undertaking advocacy on behalf of the cluster, cluster members, and

7. Accountability to affected population.

Major Tasks and Responsibilities:

With the support of the Global Nutrition Cluster, and under supervision of Chief of Field office, the Nutrition Cluster Coordinator will be responsible for leading the Nutrition Cluster at the regional level in Ethiopia. The Nutrition Cluster Coordinator’s major tasks and responsibilities will include:

Support service delivery

• Explore and identify appropriate new partners to engage in nutrition in emergencies (NiE) in Tigray and facilitate the active engagement of these agencies in the cluster at Regional and/or at sub Regional level, focusing on partners with capacity to conduct rapid assessments, nutrition surveys, analysis, etc.;
• Regularly liaise with the Sub-regional Cluster Focal Points (if applicable) to identify progress, gaps, bottlenecks and challenges in implementation of nutrition
surveys/assessments/analysis, communicate/feedback to the Regional Cluster and propose corrective actions (if needed)
• Support the Cluster Coordination team in organizing of and participating in regular cluster coordination meetings and information sharing in all crisis-affected states to ensure appropriate coordination between all nutrition humanitarian partners, including provision of inputs for the agenda and information and evidence to inform cluster partners discussions and facilitation of sessions related to surveys/assessments;
• Identify and liaise with FSL and other cluster’s partners to advocate for integration of nutrition rapid assessments/screening and nutrition indicators into their respective RAs, if feasible; propose corrective actions, if needed;
• Provide regular inputs from cluster partners for Nutrition cluster information management
products, cluster bulletins, etc., including needs, gaps, supply pipeline updates, etc;

Informing strategic decision-making of the HC/HCT for the humanitarian response

• Coordinate and support cluster partners in inter-cluster initial rapid needs assessments (IRNA), multi-cluster initial rapid assessments (MIRA), humanitarian needs overview (HNO), IPC analysis, etc, by identifying the appropriate partner for the assessments/surveys, ensuring that all partners using agreed cluster tools and provide relevant inputs (survey plans, tools, identification of needs, gaps, etc) to the Regional Nutrition Cluster Coordination team;
• Support Sub-Regional Nutrition Cluster Focal points (MOH, UNICEF & NGOs) and nutrition partners in the states to participate in nutrition need assessments and response planning.
• Coordinate all planned nutrition assessment through the chair of NIWG (if applicable) by maintaining the database of all planned assessments and surveys.
• Coordinate and collaborate with other sectors to ensure nutrition assessments are conducted using standardized tools and methods.
• Coordinate with Nutrition Cluster IMO to ensure that cluster IM products related to surveys/assessments are up-to-date;
• Coordinate cluster partners’ and IMO to ensure that partners’ survey/assessment plans, methodologies are in line with cluster priorities and standards, identify existing gaps and propose corrective actions;
• Strengthen inter-cluster coordination at Regional and sub Regional level, particularly with Food Security & Livelihoods, WASH, Health and Education Clusters to facilitate a comprehensive approach to addressing the issue of nutrition in Ethiopia by regularly liaising with IM focal points on the clusters and ensuring information collected by them is used to inform nutrition situation analysis.
• Ensure representation of nutrition cluster in the Food Security & Livelihoods, WASH, Health and Education Clusters by regularly attending meeting

Planning and implementing strategy:

• Coordinate and provide relevant inputs to the development and revision of the Flash Appeal/Humanitarian Response Plans. As a part of this process, ensure that gaps and duplications are identified and appropriately addressed.
• Ensure that all partners adhere to existing standards and guidelines.
• Clarify funding requirements, prioritization, and cluster contributions to HC’s overall humanitarian funding considerations (CRP/SRP, CHF, CERF, etc).
• Ensure that OCHA identified priority inter-cluster and crosscutting issues, including gender, HIV and environment; are fully integrated into the nutrition cluster strategy and nutrition cluster partner projects, in line with IASC guidance and international best practices with specific focus on ensuring cross-cutting issues are addressed in nutrition survey plans, methodologies, etc.

Monitoring and evaluation of performance:

• Guide the work of the Information Management Officer to maintain a functional Nutrition Cluster Information Management system; which includes Monthly and Weekly Partner Reporting, Nutrition Partner database and 4W Matrixes; Capacity Mapping database,
Repository of Nutrition Surveys and Cluster Website. Ensure regular monitoring of nutrition in emergencies activities and coordination against cluster indicators, including activity at operational level (quality, coverage, continuity and cost); and sub Regional and Regional level cluster coordination activities. Conduct analysis of best available information in order to benchmark progress of the emergency response over time.
• Liaise with cluster partners and provide technical support to the cluster IMO in identification of
quality gaps in regular reporting to the cluster. Take corrective actions, if needed;
• Submit regular Cluster reports to OCHA and UNICEF in line with reporting requirements
• Work with the Cluster partners to establish a solid cluster monitoring system.

Build Regional capacity in preparedness and contingency planning

• Coordinate partners’ capacity development for implementation of nutrition in emergencies
interventions by regularly conducting the capacity gap analysis;
• Liaise with the Regional nutrition cluster partners to ensure the capacity for NiE is enhanced based on the mapping and understanding of available capacity;
• Identify cluster partners who can build the capacity of cluster partners on nutrition assessments/analysis/surveys and advocate to them to cover the capacity gaps of other partners as per capacity mapping;
• Support efforts to strengthen the capacity of the Sub-Regional /local authorities and civil society on NiE.


• Identify core nutrition advocacy concerns, including resource requirements related to nutrition in emergencies, and contribute key messages to the broader advocacy initiatives of the HCT.

Accountability to affected population:

• Be accountable to the affected population through effective and inclusive consultative and feedback mechanisms by ensuring that the target populations are aware how the needs for NiE programmes are identified, how the programme is targeted and how the population views around satisfaction and feedback could be collected.

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) 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, or another health-related science field.
  • A minimum of eight (8) years of relevant professional experience in nutrition, public health, nutrition planning and management, or maternal, infant and child health/nutrition care is required. Relevant experience in health/nutrition programme/project development and management in a UN system agency or organization is considered an asset.
  • Experience of working in UN humanitarian system coordination is strongly desirable.
  • Experience in effective management of human resources/teams in high stress/risk environments is desirable.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are...

  • Builds and maintains partnerships
  • Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness
  • Drive to achieve results for impact
  • Innovates and embraces change
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity
  • Thinks and acts strategically
  • Works collaboratively with others
  • Nurtures, leads and manages people

Functional Competencies:

  • Leading and Supervising [II]
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts [II]
  • Analyzing [II]
  • Relating and Networking [II]
  • Deciding and Initiating Action [II]
  • Applying Technical Expertise [II]


To view our competency framework, please visit here.

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

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.



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

This is a non-family/emergency duty station. Compensation packages apply accordingly.

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

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