Senior Nutrition & Food Security Associate – UNHCR


Job Description

OrganizationUnited Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Job TitleSenior Nutrition & Food Security Associate
LocationEl Gedaref, Sudan
Hardship LevelE
Job ID31749
Salary GradeG7
Family Location TypeNon-Family
Closing Date07/12/2021

Eligible Applicants

This position is advertised open to internal and external applicants.

Procedures and Eligibility

Interested applicants should consult the Administrative Instruction on Recruitment and Assignment of Locally Recruited Staff (RALS).

Duties and Qualifications

Senior Nutrition and Food Security Associate

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships

The Senior Nutrition and Food Security Associate supports UNHCR efforts in ensuring that international standards are met to protect and correct nutritional status and minimise avoidable morbidity and mortality among affected populations of concern (POC) in the country.

The incumbent provides timely technical support to UNHCR senior management and partners on the design and monitoring of UNHCR¿s responses in nutrition and food security. S/he provides guidance on nutrition and food security programming in line with global and national technical standards, supports design and implementation of nutrition and food security assessments with partners and communicates the data and analysis on the nutrition and food security situation to a range of audiences internally and externally

The Senior Nutrition and Food Security Associate normally reports to a more senior Programme, Public Health, Nutrition and Food Security staff. The incumbent normally supervises some support staff.

All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR¿s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.


  • Support the development of country public health, nutrition and food security strategies (including targeting of basic food and non-food assistance) based on up-to-date assessment and identification of needs, recognizing the contributions of governments and other actors and in support of national health systems as much as possible; include preventive, promotive, curative, and rehabilitative care; recognise the different approaches required for the stage of the humanitarian response (preparedness, emergency, stabilisation, transition and long term inclusion) as well as for settlement or camp based POCs and those in urban or non-camp situations.
  • Support the planning, implementation, analysis, and review of the UNHCR Standardized Expanded Nutrition Surveys,
  • joint food security assessments with WFP and partners.
  • Support staff and partners to implement the Health Information Systems, SENS data base, Post Distribution Monitoring and ensure linkages with nutrition cluster assessment tools and process in out of camp or host populations.
  • Support the exchange and analysis of information on nutrition and food security at the national level with government and other partners.
  • Analyse and interpret related nutrition, food security and health data for reporting and advocacy.
  • Provide technical assistance on nutrition and food security to UNHCR’s staff and partners.
  • Advise Field Offices on matters related to procurement of sector-related materials and equipment, and provide regular update on new developments and specifications of such items.
  • Work with stakeholders, including UN agencies, NGOs, Ministries of Health and academic institutions in the development of nutrition and food security plans associated with refugee movements (including in repatriation programmes).
  • Maintain and update contingency plans for potential outbreaks, refugee and returnee movements.
  • Advocate with government and partners for refugees, returnees and other POC¿s access to local public health and nutrition services as well as for their inclusion as a specific group in government policies, plans and social protection programmes.
  • Provide administrative support to the design, implementation and reporting on Joint Assessment Missions with WFP and the resulting Joint Plan of Action.
  • Undertake and/or support capacity strengthening of UNHCR and its implementing partners to ensure the technical integrity of nutrition and food security programmes in a co-ordinated, multi-sectoral way.
  • Assess the capacity of potential implementing partners and assist in providing adequate technical support and training.
  • Ensure close coordination with other humanitarian actors involved in nutrition, food security and related areas.
  • Undertake regular missions to camps in order to support, monitor and evaluate the implementation of nutrition activities to ensure quality services.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Education & Professional Work Experience

Years of Experience / Degree Level

For G7 – 4 years relevant experience with High School Diploma; or 2 years relevant work experience with Bachelor or equivalent or higher

Field(s) of Education

Not applicable.

Certificates and/or Licenses

Public Health;
Food Security;
(Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Relevant Job Experience


Knowledge and experience in working in the area of nutrition (including Community Management of Acute Malnutrition) and food security with UNHCR or partners. Proven technical expertise in the area of nutrition and food security assessments and programme design. Experience in the collection and use of routine health and nutrition monitoring data. Analytical and creative thinking abilities with solutions-oriented approach. Ability to provide formal and informal technical training to partner staff. Strong communication skills both verbal and in writing. Proficiency in computer software such as Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.


Experience in multi-sectoral nutrition programming including understanding and experience in public health, WASH, agriculture and cash programming.

Functional Skills

  • MD-Nutrition;
  • PG-Programme Management (project formulation, programme cycles and reporting standards);
  • MD-Nutrition-Food Supplm, SMART methodology, CMAM, IYCF, Voucher/Cash transfer;
  • MD-Nutrition-Treatment & Prevention of micronutrient deficiencies and anaemia;
  • IT-Computer Literacy.
  • (Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Language Requirements

  • For International Professional and Field Service jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.
  • For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.
  • For General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English.

All UNHCR workforce members must individually and collectively, contribute towards a working environment where each person feels safe, and empowered to perform their duties. This includes by demonstrating no tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, harassment including sexual harassment, sexism, gender inequality, discrimination and abuse of power.

As individuals and as managers, all must be proactive in preventing and responding to inappropriate conduct, support ongoing dialogue on these matters and speaking up and seeking guidance and support from relevant UNHCR resources when these issues arise.

This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR jobs with this job title and grade level. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and/or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and/or position. Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates.

Closing Date

The closing date is 07 December 2021.

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