International Rescue Committee (IRC) Job for a Nutrition Coordinator

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is one of the world’s leading
crisis response agencies, providing life-saving assistance and
supporting recovery and reconstruction for people affected by war and
natural disasters. Active in public health, education, livelihoods,
women’s empowerment,
youth development, and protection and promotion of
rights, IRC assists people from harm to home.IRC entered Nigeria in
October 2012 in response to a widespread flood disaster.

International Rescue Committee (IRC) is recruiting to fill the position of:

Job Title: Nutrition Coordinator
Maiduguri, Nigeria
Sector: Nutrition
Employee Type: Regular
Employee Category: Full Time
Scope of Work

  • The Nutrition Coordinator will be responsible for the vision,
    strategy, design, implementation and management of IRC’s Nutrition
    program in Nigeria, working in collaboration with the Humanitarian
    Coordinator and Deputy Director of Programs, and directly with the
    project teams.
  • As the focal point for Nutrition programs in Nigeria, s/he will
    provide technical support to the nutrition program for project design,
    proposal development and reporting, ensuring that IRC programs are of
    high quality and that programs are driven by data and learning, working
    in conjunction with other colleagues in the IRC Nigeria program.
  • S/he supervises other nutrition staff, and reports to the Humanitarian Coordinator.
  • The position is based in the IRC Maiduguri field office in Borno
    state but with regular trips to IRC’s nutrition programs throughout
  • The Nutrition Coordinator will receive technical support from the Nutrition Technical Advisor based at IRC HQ.

Key Responsibilities

  • In collaboration with the other nutrition program staff in
    Nigeria, oversee the implementation of nutrition projects implemented by
    IRC Nigeria.
  • Ensure that the stated goals and objectives of all nutrition
    projects are met with strong monitoring and evaluation (M&E) follow
    up, including any required operational research, with technical support
    from the Nutrition Information Management team in New York Nutrition
    Unit and the Country Technical Advisor as needed.
  • Participate in the design of robust M&E plans and
    design/adapt nutrition information systems including surveillance
    systems for the IRC nutrition programs in Nigeria
  • Provide technical support to the nutrition program for program
    design, proposal development and reporting, ensuring that IRC programs
    are of high quality and that programs are driven by data and learning,
    working in conjunction with other colleagues in the IRC Nigeria program.
  • Ensure all designed Nutrition projects use the IRC theories of
    change and that outcomes are evidence-driven and evidence-generated.
  • Provide technical supervision and guidance of all IRC nutrition
    projects. Extend technical support and supervision to the IRC’s
    implementing partners as the need arises
  • Ensure that nutrition programs utilize standardized protocols,
    policies and guidelines, as outlined by the Federal Ministry of
    Nutrition and WHO. Ensure that all nutrition activities are consistent
    with established best practices.
  • Promote the quality of the IRC’s nutrition programs by setting
    up quality assurance mechanisms and checks in collaboration with other
  • Ensure sound data collection and information management systems
    are in place for ongoing performance analysis and programmatic action
    based on data and identified needs.
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  • Provide supportive supervison to the other nutrition staff to
    develop work plans to guide implementation of approved grants. Support
    the Field teams in the implementation and monitoring of the work plans
    ensuring that activities reflect the commitments IRC made to the donor
    and community.
  • Develop/organize training opportunities to build the capacity of
    the nutrition staff and local partners in order to transfer skills.
    This includes staff training in program management areas such as
    reporting, budgeting, monitoring, evaluation, and supervision.
  • Oversee the implementation of nutrition sector priorities, ensuring that program growth is in line with country strategic plans.
  • Review all reports prepared by the nutrition staff and provide
    appropriate feedback to the concerned staff, and ensure that reports are
    written and submitted to concerned bodies in a timely manner.
  • Review Budget vs. Actual expenditure for nutrition programs on a monthly basis with staff.
  • Participate in the development of staff development plans for
    nutrition staff based on performance reviews in collaboration with the
    human resources department and contribute to the training of nutrition
    staff (mentoring, on-the-job sessions as well as formal trainings).
    Review performance evaluation of nutrition staff in the field.

Representation and Advocacy:

  • In coordination with the Humanitarian Coordinator and Senior
    Management Team actively develop and maintain effective working
    relationships with key stakeholders in Nigeria including donors,
    government actors, UN agencies, international and local NGOs, and other
    relevant actors.
  • Upon request by the Senior Management in Nigeria, assist in
    organizing donor site visits by supporting field staff in the smooth
    design and implementation of agendas and visit activities.strategic partnerships with local organizations, wherever possible.
  • Represent IRC to local communities, government departments, international agencies, local partners and donors as required.
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Education and Requirements

  • Degree in Food Science, Nutrition or related field e.g. MBChB, Public Health, B.Sc Nutrition etc.
  • Minimum 5 years experience in nutrition programs in resource
    poor settings with at least 3 years in project management position,
    experience managing nutrition programs; specifically in the
    Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM), Infant and
    Young Child Feeding (IYCF) and nutrition BCC approaches.
  • Competent in Windows, MS office programs (MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint), email and database (HMIS, DHIS, EPI-Info) experience.
  • Experience implementing nutrition programming in hard to reach areas/displaced communities
  • Experience in capacity building and mentoring of nutrition staff
  • Demonstrated leadership, communication, and facilitation skills;
    Excellent interpersonal and problem-solving skills; Excellent
    coordination and networking skills; Excellent written and oral English
  • Additional qualities: ability to multitask, ability to handle
    pressure well, ability to improvise, be flexible, and adaptability to
  • Experience working in Nigeria/West Africa a plus. Willingness to travel extensively in Nigeria
  • Background in conducting situation analysis, nutrition and
    nutrition assessments. Training and competency in LQAS, SPSS, SQUEAC and
    SMART methodology for conducting surveys is an added advantage.
    Demonstrated skills in quantitative and qualitative research
    methodologies; Knowledge, skills and experience in participatory
    methods, community development and partnership.
  • Experience and competency in proposal development, report writing and grant management.

Specific Security Situation/Housing:

  • The Nutrition Coordinator will be based in Maiduguri, Nigeria with travel throughout the country.
  • The security situation in Nigeria continues to be volatile in the NE with the security level at 3 (orange).
  • The candidate should be prepared to implement programming in insecure environments.
  • This is a non-accompanied position. The Nutrition Coordinator will live in shared housing.

How to Apply
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