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Acute malnutrition is a public health problem in Cameroon. Indeed, according to the results of the SMART surveys of the last 8 years, the regions of the Far North, North, Adamaoua and East present a precarious situation with a prevalence of children suffering from acute malnutrition between 5% and 10%. The latest SMART survey (2018) found a prevalence of severe acute malnutrition (SAM) at the emergency threshold level in the Far North (1.1%) and North (1.0%) regions.
The Ministry of Health of Cameroon, in partnership with UNICEF, has been implementing since 2008 an integrated management program for severe acute malnutrition (PCIMAS) in health centers with Nutrition Centers in Ambulatory Care. the Severe (CNAS) and Internal Therapeutic Nutrition Centers (CNTI) for the care of children suffering from severe acute malnutrition with medical complications. As of 2019, more than 800 health facilities in 68 health districts offer PCIMAS services in the four regions. Each year, the program admits more than 65,000 children under 5 years old. In connection with emergency situations in the Far North and East, several NGO partners support the implementation of SAM care in targeted health districts (DS) (CRF, IMC, ACF, MSF, PLAN and ALIMA).
In addition, Cameroon is facing a recent and acute humanitarian crisis in North West and South West regions of the country. The latest available data on nutrition situation, derived from the WFPâ€™s Emergency Food Security Assessment (EFSA) conducted in January 2019, revealed that proxy Global Acute Malnutrition rates for the North-West and South-West regions are respectively 4.4% and 5.6%. As the situation is evolving, UNICEF plans to support a rapid nutrition assessment (RNA) in the coming months to get a better idea of the nutrition situation.
To address the needs of the affected populations in NW and SW regions, UNICEF is intensifying efforts to put in place an emergency nutrition response.Â UNICEF has provided nutrition supplies and anthropometric equipment to several partners to support SAM management. UNICEF is also planning to support MUAC screening and build capacity of local partners on SAM management both for outreach treatment and Inpatient facilities. The multisectoral Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM), aiming to reach the hardest to reach areas, will include screening, referral, vitamin A supplementation and nutrition sensitization. As of end of July 2019, trough RRM in SW and NW regions, 161 children under 5 years were screened for acute malnutrition with none being diagnosed either moderately or severally malnourished. A total of 218 persons from 7 communities were sensitized educated on key infant and young child feeding practices habits.
Purpose of the job:
Provide technical and management support for the implementation and monitoring of the Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition (IMAM) program in six regions of intervention in Cameroon (East, Adamawa, North, Far North, South West and North West) , ensuring overall efficiency, effectiveness and delivery of results in accordance with UNICEFâ€™s (CCCs) and national and international humanitarian standards.
The specific objectives of the position are Âi) manage and ensure planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of the IMAM program (including pipeline and stock management), ii) Provide technical advisory and capacity building support to MoH partners and NGO partners, iii) Ensure technical support to surveys related to the IMAM program, iv) Ensure coordination of HNO/HRP (Human Nutrition Overview / Humanitarian Response Plan) for UNICEF and nutrition sector for 2020, v) Provide technical guidance for the implementation of the emergency nutrition response in the South West and North West regions.
1. Support to programme development and planning
Enhance effective project, sectoral or inter-sectoral planning, development and management by coordinating and supporting the timely completion of the Situational Analysis and its periodic update through accurate and complete monitoring and analysis, and the timely preparation or finalization of sectoral input. Keep abreast of development trends to enhance programme management, efficiency and delivery. Participate in strategic programme discussions on the planning of nutrition programmes/projects. Formulate, design and prepare nutrition programme proposal, ensuring alignment with UNICEF's Strategic Plans, Country Programme, and coherence/integration with the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), regional strategies, as well as national priorities, plans and competencies. Establish specific goals, objectives, strategies, and implementation plans for the nutrition sector(s) based on results-based planning terminology and methodology (RBM). Prepare required documentations for programme review and approval. Work closely and collaboratively with colleagues and partners to discuss strategies and methodologies, and to determine national priorities/competencies to ensure the achievement of concrete and sustainable results. Provide technical and operational support throughout all stages of programming processes to ensure integration, coherence and harmonization of programmes/projects with other UNICEF sectors and achievement of results as planned and allocated.
2. Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results
Plan and/or collaborate with internal and external partners to establish monitoring benchmarks, performance indicators, and UNICEF/UN system indicators and measurements, to assess and strengthen performance accountability, coherence and delivery of concrete and sustainable results for the assigned sector in nutrition programmes. Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual reviews with government and other counterparts to assess progress and to determine required action and interventions to achieve results. Prepare and assess monitoring and evaluation reports to identify gaps, strengths and/or weaknesses in programme management. Identify lessons learned and use knowledge gained for development planning and timely intervention to achieve goals. Actively monitor programmes and projects through field visits, surveys and/or exchange of information with partners and stakeholders to assess progress. Identify bottlenecks and potential problems and take timely decisions to resolve issues and/or refer to relevant officials for timely resolution. Monitor and verify the optimum and appropriate use of sectoral programme resources (financial, administrative and other assets) confirming compliance with organizational rules, regulations, procedures, donor commitments, and standards of accountability. Ensure timely reporting and liquidation of resources
3. Technical and operational support to programme implementation
Provide technical guidance and operational support to government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system partners and other country office partners/donors on the interpretation, application and understanding of UNICEF policies, strategies, processes, best practices, and approaches on nutrition and related issues to support programme development planning, management, implementation, and delivery of results. Participate in discussions with national partners, clients and stakeholders to promote nutrition and development issues especially in the areas of emergency preparedness and maternal, newborn and child survival and development. Draft policy papers, briefs and other strategic programme materials for management use, information and/or consideration. Participate in emergency preparedness initiatives for programme development, contingency planning and/or to respond to emergencies in country or where designated
4. Networking and partnership building
Build and sustain effective close working partnerships with nutrition sector government counterparts and national stakeholders through active sharing of information and knowledge. Facilitate programme implementation and build capacity of stakeholders to achieve programme goals on maternal and child rights as well as social justice and equity. Prepare communication and information materials for CO programme advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnership/alliances and support fund raising for nutrition programmes (maternal, newborn and child survival and development). Participate and/or represent UNICEF in inter-agency discussions, ensuring that UNICEF's position, interests and priorities are fully considered and integrated in the UNDAF development planning and agenda setting.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
Advanced university degree in nutrition, public health nutrition, or another health-related fields.
A minimum of five years of professional experience in one of Âthe following areas is required: emergency nutrition, public health nutrition, public health, nutrition planning and management, or maternal, infant and child health/nutrition care. Experience in emergency settings Experience in health/nutrition programme/project development and management in a UN system agency or organization is an asset.
Fluency in French and good working knowledge of English.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
The competencies required for this post are….
Leading and Supervising [I] Formulating Strategies and Concepts [II]Â Analyzing [III] Deciding and initiating action [II] Persuading and Influencing [II] Applying Technical expertise [III]
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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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.