Deadline: 21 January, 2022

Location: Maiduguri, Nigeria

United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has opened applications for the role of Nutrition Sector Coordinator.

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  • Maintain a coordination mechanism that facilitates the effective achievement of the sector functions and the requirements of the humanitarian project cycle and which builds on pre-existing coordination structures
  • Ensure effective communication, reporting, engagement and coordination between different levels in each of the three states (Borno, Adamawa and Yobe), to enable alignment of work and priorities
  • Supervise and manage the sector coordination team
  • Build partnerships with all relevant sector stakeholders, including government counterparts and national authorities, local, national and international organisations, affected populations and other AoRs/sectors
  • Build complementarity of partner actions within the sector, proactively negotiating with partners to avoid and resolve duplication and gaps and harmonise actions and accountability
  • Represent the sector with stakeholders across all sectors, including the humanitarian coordinator on prioritisation, resource mobilisation and advocacy and through inter-sector coordination forums, develop cross-sectoral relationships as appropriate
  • Promote emergency response actions while at the same time considering the need for early recovery planning as well as prevention and risk reduction concerns
  • Lead the planning and implementation of needs assessment and analysis, including representing the sector in multisectoral needs assessments and joint analysis of needs
  • Analyse needs assessment data and work collaboratively with the sector partners to create analytical products based on evidence
  • Synthesise evidence and provide near realtime information to stakeholders to strengthen planning and implementation
  • Develop standard assessment formats for use within the sector including for rapid response mechanism
  • Lead and coordinate strategic planning, response prioritisation and the development of a context-specific gender-transformative-sectoral-response plan across the triple nexus
  • Lead early warning, contingency planning, and emergency preparedness efforts for the sector, ensuring adequate sector participation in inter-sector early warning, contingency planning and emergency preparedness activities
  • Draw lessons learnt and adapt strategies and action plans on a regular basis in response to the evolving situation
  • Establish indicators by which performance of the cluster can be measured
  • Develop an exit, or transition, strategy for the sector and in partnership with the government
  • Ensure all programme delivery modalities (in-kind, cash, voucher and services) are given equal consideration in the strategic response planning and establish and implement systematic measures for supporting their consideration and use
  • Provide technical expertise and advice to sector partners to ensure activities are relevant, appropriate and in line with context priorities and communities’ needs
  • Engage with OCHA and other AoRs/sectors to contribute to the development of the HNO/HRP, and collaborate with UNICEF on the HAC, advocating for a response that reflects and addresses the concerns of the sector


  • Advanced university degree (master’s degree or higher) in Nutrition, Public Health, Nutritional Epidemiology, Global/International Health and Nutrition, Health/Nutrition Research, Policy and/or Management, Health Sciences, or a related field
  • Eight years, minimum, of professional experience in nutrition, public health, nutrition planning and management, or maternal, infant and child health/nutrition care
  • Relevant experience in health/nutrition programme/project development and management in a UN system agency or organisation is considered an asset
  • Experience in a similar role with two years, minimum, of nutrition cluster/sector coordination experience (highly desirable)
  • Experience working in emergency/humanitarian contexts away from country of residence is essential
  • Experience of demonstrating analytical and persuasive writing and reporting skills, editing skills, and the ability to convey complex information in a clear manner to a diverse audience
  • Ability to multitask and deliver against work plan and tight deadlines
  • Fluency in English
  • Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset

To apply and for more information, click here.

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