Emergency Nutrition Specialist

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Development and Project Management, Health Care
Addis Ababa, Addis Ababa 
Career Level:
Senior Level (5+ years experience)
Employment Type:
Full time

Job Description

Purpose of the position:

The post holder is responsible to lead, guide and strategize the design, implementation; monitoring and evaluation of all World Vision Ethiopia initiated emergency nutrition interventions in emergency/humanitarian response, post emergency recovery and disaster risk reduction/mitigation projects. He/she is expected to proactively engage in influencing pertinent policies, strategies and practices with the aim to ensure benefit of children affected by disasters, and also build institutional capacity of WVE and its partners to effectively respond to emergency nutrition related needs; with the overall objective of protecting, promoting and improving the nutritional and health status of children affected by and recovering from disasters/emergencies

Major Responsibilities :


§  Provide strategic leadership and guidance in designing effective emergency nutrition projects within the framework of WVE’s Country Strategic Plan, principles, values

§  Provide overall leadership and coordination in the design of emergency nutrition response plans and strategies and also in the development of proposals for submission to donors to raise funds.

§  Planning and implementation of Emergency Nutrition Response project activities and set high quality performance targets ensuring adherence to national policy, strategy and technical standards, best practices and donor and internal guidelines

§  To enhance understanding regarding standards and accountability in nutrition in emergencies

§  To ensure effective communication and information sharing on emergency nutrition programming with in WVE


§  Actively participate in soliciting fund for emergency nutrition projects in collaborations with GAM

§  Provide and coordinate technical assistance for emergency nutrition resource acquisition work in the NO, working to ensure that the WVE acquires adequate public and private funding to scale up strategic and high quality nutrition.

§  Coordinate and lead emergency nutrition response projects during planning, budget preparation, implementation, M&E and timely reporting ensuring quality and standards through enhanced partnership with HEA/Grant operation teams

§  Work in collaboration with HEA/Grant operation team to ensure the quality of emergency nutrition projects implementation

§  Provide overall leadership and guidance in the design and undertaking of rapid assessments and standard nutrition surveys and subsequently in the design of nutrition responses in affected areas to ensure alignment of WVE’s work with applicable government and donor policies, strategies and operating procedures


§  Liaise and establish contacts  at national level ENCU, DRMFSS, NGOs, donors, UN agencies and other international partners and discussions at national level concerning emergency nutrition response in WVE operational areas

§  Regularly participate in emergency nutrition information TWG, MANTF and other related coordination meetings and ensuring effective information sharing and flow within WVE

§  Ensuring the emergency nutrition interventions are integrated with other development Area Programs

§  Participate and be an active participant in the national Emergency Nutrition working group. Represent the WVE in emergency Nutrition-related meetings where appropriate

§  Ensure effective partnership, networking and coordination/collaboration with government, NGOs, UN agencies and other international partners in the design and implementation of emergency nutrition projects

§  Ensure documentation of good practices in emergency nutrition and interlinked themes such as WASH and effective communication of lessons within and outside WVE with the aim to enhance learning to improve future planning and programming and also increase WVE’s profile in emergency nutrition  programming

§  Create and maintain linkages with key implementing and research partners within Ethiopia in emergency Nutrition programming.

§  Assist in the recruitment, training and deployment of emergency nutrition staff and periodically review JD’s to best reflect changing staff roles and responsibilities

§  In collaboration with HEA/Grant operation teams review and submit monthly TFP/TSFP admissions to ENCU, ministry of health and others and also for donors  



§  Participate with CMAM forum and Emergency nutrition network

§  Recommend areas for operational research and support nutrition operational research

§  Provide technical support to implementation and monitoring of operational research that are to do with Emergency Nutrition programming.

Disaster Preparedness/HEA

§  Maintain situational awareness of actual and potential hazards at local level and bring to attention of AP and head office

§  Guide community hazard vulnerability analysis in area of health and nutrition

§  Solve problems under emergency conditions

Job Requirements


Required Professional Experience

1.     Minimum 8 years working experience with NGOs in emergency nutrition programs;

2.    A minimum of 5 years with Specialist or advisor position in emergency nutrition Programming.


Required Education, training, license, registration, and certification

·         Master’s degree in public health or nutrition with health background from accredited universities or health colleges.

·          Certificates on:

?  ToT training in Acute Malnutrition 2019 revised guideline

?  ToT training in revised 2019 IMAM guideline

?  Certificate of training on SPHERE standards

?  Trained on Family MUAC approach

?  Trainings on SMART survey, SLEAC, SQUEAC, and NCA 

Preferred Knowledge and Qualifications

1.            Knowledge on Standard methods and indicators for assessing nutritional status, including rapid assessment and SMART methodology

2.            Proven experience in managing emergency nutrition programs including CMAM, IYCF, IMAM/BSFP in multiple locations

3.            Strong skills in technical proposal writing and donor reporting, designing and implementing nutrition programs

4.            Ability to provide technical support for WVE staff and government staff on proper implementation of CMAM, IYCF, IMAM and other nutrition activities

5.            Familiarity with design and programming processes of different donors such as USAID, ECHO, OFDA, WFP, UNICEF, OCHA

6.            Knowledge in designing and implementing appropriate and effective holistic nutrition programs including ensuring that the nutrition program is integrated with food security, health and WASH programming where appropriate

7.            Ability to read, analyze and interpret data and familiarity with nutrition surveys (Coverage, SMART and KAP surveys)

8.            Experience in writing / developing project proposals and project reports

9.            Experience in facilitation of trainings and workshop

10.          Experience in budget management, logistics and Human Resources management

11.          Strong communication skills to effectively present information clearly and respond appropriately to questions from senior managers and headquarters staff, counterparts, senior government leaders and donors

12.          Strong supervisory and organizational skills

13.          Demonstrated experience and skills in ensuring community participation and gender issues in humanitarian programming

14.          Ability to work effectively with government, community leaders, international/national organizations, donors, partners and other International Medical Corps relationships

15.          Ability to cope with stress; hardship; patience and flexibility and willingness to work additional hours in order to meet tight deadlines

16.          Ability and willingness to travel to field sites and nutrition facilities


Working Environment / Conditions

·         Willingness to work hostile environment 

·         50% Domestic travel is required.

How to Apply

How to Apply

Interested applicants are required to  Write Position Title  on the subject line  and attach Current CV with three references & fill employment application form which can be found at     and email before the closing date of this announcement to   [email protected]  or through ethiojobs.net.


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