Assistant Nutrition Officer
Application deadline 1 month ago: Tuesday 2 Aug 2022 at 00:00 UTCOpen application form
This is a UNV International Youth contract. This kind of contract is known as International UN Volunteer. It is normally internationally recruited only. More about UNV International Youth contracts.
In Senegal, WFP is implementation a strategic plan covering the period from 2019 to 2023. WFP Senegal Country Office is also engaged in the provision of strategic and technical assistance for the implementation of large-scale nutrition interventions in response to emergency and protracted nutrition crisis and for the development of national Nutrition Capacity in Senegal.
WFP Senegal uses the following strategies to provide response for malnutrition issues:
Nutrition-specific intervention through the prevention of acute malnutrition and stunting in children 6-23 months and women and the treatment of undernutrition in children 6-59 months
Nutrition sensitive intervention through:
Integrated approach to improve the nutritional status of children and women through an integrated approach; CBT & Nutrition through nutritional assistance to children and pregnant and lactating women; HIV & Nutrition through food and nutrition assistance; Micronutrient fortification of food through rice fortification for school canteens;
This UNV assignment is part of WFP following nutrition objectives in the country: Providing children and pregnant and breastfeeding women with specialized nutritious food to treat and prevent malnutrition Promoting awareness on nutrition and infant feeding practices Supporting government efforts to address vitamin and mineral deficiencies including through salt iodization and food fortification.
Under the direct supervision of the Nutrition Programme Officer, the UN Youth Volunteer will perform the following tasks
Support the implementation of the Nutrition Projects in WFP intervention areas;
Strengthen the continuous monitoring of prevention and treatment of acute malnutrition activities with partners;
Support the distribution of nutritional inputs in collaboration with projects workers or with community workers for the prevention of chronic malnutrition among non-malnourished children aged 6-23 months, pregnant, and lactating women;
Provide technical support and guidance to regional nutrition partners (cooperating partners, communities and NGOs) in the planning and implementation of nutrition-sensitive activities supported by WFP;
Assist cooperating partners at the regional level in the promotion of community nutrition activities (Infant and Young Child Feeding) through the consolidation of the collaboration initiated with community level actors;
Assist cooperating partners in identifying training/retraining needs, planning and organizing training/retraining on MAM management;
Assess partners' resource needs, local storage conditions, and monitor the use of inputs made available to the region by WFP;
Participate in partner meetings to review and monitor the implementation of interventions, recommendations and contracts with partners ;
Support cooperating partners, communities and NGOs in the collection, analysis of data and preparation of technical reports related to WFP-supported interventions in a timely manner;
Prepare, consolidate and submit the validated technical report on the implementation of WFP supported interventions in the region (monthly statistical report, distribution report, etc.);
Participate in food security and nutrition assessments as requested by the country office;
Prepare reports (weekly sitrep, monthly quantitative report, quarterly quantitative and narrative report and final quantitative and narrative report including all indicators;
Provide technical guidance on the design and implementation of nutrition specific (prevention and treatment of maternal and child malnutrition) and nutrition sensitive interventions (school feeding, livelihoods support programmes, social protection, etc.)
Support the management of nutrition interventions in WFP emergency, relief and development assistance. Work closely and collaboratively with colleagues and partners to analyze programme data and strengthen programme implementation based on the data; Represent WFP Country Office Nutrition Unit in Nutrition coordination and inter sectorial fora on Nutrition at country or regional level, upon request Develop and sustain liaison with key counterparts, including Government and national organizations, UN agencies, NGOs and private sector engaged in the field of food security / nutrition, and contribute to efforts in building effective and collaborative relations with the local authorities Provide required coaching to WFP and cooperating partners’ staffs in using required tools/approaches to provide nutritional assistance Represent WFP in the nutrition cluster in the region; And accomplish all other tasks as requested by WFP At the end of the achievement of the objectives assigned to the volunteer, the following results are expected The implementation of the Nutrition Projects in the WFP intervention zones are supported; The permanent monitoring of prevention activities and treatment of acute malnutrition are strengthened with good collaboration with partners; The distribution of nutritional inputs is accompanied in collaboration with health workers for the prevention of chronic malnutrition among non-malnourished children aged 6-23 months and pregnant and breastfeeding women; Technical support and guidance is provided to regional level nutrition partners (cooperating partners, communities and NGOs) in planning and implementing WFP-supported nutrition sensitivity activities The technical capacity of colleagues and partners in the prevention and management of acute malnutrition and input management is strengthened; Partners in a timely manner implement planned nutrition-sensitive activities and micronutrient fortification; WFP inputs are distributed and available at the distribution sites (health facilities and communities) in accordance with the distribution plan; Activity and statistical reports are prepared monthly and submitted on time; Payments to partners are made within the required timeframe.
Professionalism Integrity Teamwork and respect for diversity Commitment to continuous learning Planning and organizing Communication
working experience in food security and/or nutrition programme management (0-3 years) Experience in supporting national, bilateral or multilateral strategic and operational nutrition plans Experience in the implementation of food security and nutrition related activities Experience or exposure to emergency nutrition response Good computer knowledge and skills Good analytical and drafting skills General knowledge of UN policies, rules, regulations and procedures governing administration
The assignment will take place Mata, a region of Senegal Its standard time zone is UTC/GMT+0 hours, and its climate is generally warm. Matam is bounded on the north by the Sénégal River and the south by the Sahelian plain studded with baobab trees and has a hot semi-arid climate, with a short rainy season and a lengthy dry season. The living conditions are good with occasional ruptures in electricity requiring many civil servants to use generators. Accommodations can be found with all required amenities (hot water, almost 24 hours electricity, internet, etc…), are in general good and the choice is wide. It is possible to rent unfurnished and furnished accommodations. UN Volunteers can also co-rent and share private accommodations, which must comply with Minimum Operating Residential Security Standards (MORSS). Transportation in town can be easily arranged through local taxis. There are many social or recreational opportunities outside of work. Senegal is an open country that enjoys social stability resulting from the smooth functioning of state institutions. Senegal is also a popular tourist destination. The reception and spontaneous hospitality of Senegalese are among the characteristic features of this West African country. The country is at the level of Security 2, which corresponds to "Low", with the exception of the Casamance natural region (administrative regions of Kolda, Sédhiou and Ziguinchor) where acts of banditry are often reported but also the presence of Elements of the Movement of Democratic Forces of Casamance (MFDC) and unexploded ordnance (UXO). All United Nations personnel must scrupulously comply with UNDSS procedures and recommendations during their assignment to Senegal. Thefts and burglary are the main incidents against UN personnel. Small arms proliferation and organized cross-border crime often occur in suburban areas on major trade routes. There is no R&R entitlement in Senegal. The access to health services in Dakar is good. The yellow fever vaccine is compulsory and vaccination cards should be presented at the entrance. Vaccinations against Meningococcal Meningitis and Hepatitis A and B are also recommended. The basic drugs are available in pharmacies, but it is recommended to bring specific prescription drugs. Many hotels, restaurants and large businesses in Senegal accept the main international credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, etc.). It is also possible to withdraw cash from automatic telling machines found in all the major cities. To enter Senegal, a valid passport is required. ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) nationals are not required an entry visa. Nationals of other countries may be required an entry visa or long stay visa. They should contact the closest Senegalese representation. Senegalese Embassies and consulates in various West African countries and in other parts of the world issue visas prior to travel.