Nutrition & Food Security Associate – UNHCR Vacancy Announcement


Nutrition & Food Security Associate – UNHCR Vacancy Announcement, March 21 2023



Organization: UNHCR

Position: Nutrition & Food Security Associate

Employment: Full Time, Contract

Location: Jijiga

Grade: GS6

Date of Announcement: March 20 2023

Deadline: March 26 2023





Job description

Standard Job Description

Nutrition and Food Security Associate Organizational Setting and Work Relationships The 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 nutrition and food security programming in line with global and national technical standards, supports nutrition and food security monitoring and assessments. The Nutrition and Food Security Associate normally reports to a more senior Programme, Public Health, Nutrition and Food Security 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. Duties – Support the design and implementation of nutrition and food security programmes based on up-to-date assessment and identification of needs in support of national health systems. – Support the planning and implementation of 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. – Analyse and interpret related nutrition, food security and health data for reporting and advocacy and support the exchange and analysis of information on nutrition and food security at the national level with government and other partners. – Provide technical assistance on nutrition and food security to UNHCR’s staff and partners. – Advise on matters related to procurement of sector-related materials and equipment, and regular update on new development 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. – 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. – 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.


Job requirements


Minimum Qualifications

Education & Professional Work Experience

Years of Experience / Degree Level

For G6 – 3 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; Nutrition; 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

IT-Computer Literacy

NU- Nutrition Nu-Food Supplements,Smart Methodology, CMAM, IYCF Voucher Cash Transfer NU-Nutrition Treatment &Prevention of Micronutrient Deficiencies and Anaemia PG-Programme Management (programme cycles and reporting standards)


(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.

Desired Candidate Profile

Location of Assignment: Bokh

The incumbent of the position will be based in Bokh not in Jijiga, which is the exact location of the contractual assignment of this position.

Additional language skills in Somali and Amharic are a desirable.

Female applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

Living and Working Conditions:

Bokh town is located in Doolo zone of the Somali Regional State of Ethiopia and is the headquarters of the Bokh woreda (District), with an estimated population of 50,000 people. It is situated 170 kms away from Wardher, the Doolo zonal capital, 780km from Jijiga, 80-100 km from the Ethiopia-Somalia border and 1,400 kilometers away from Ethiopia’s capital city, Addis Ababa.

Kebridehar is the nearest big town located on the main asphalt road from Jijiga that has an airport providing air transport from Addis Ababa to the region. However, the distance from Kebridehar to Bokh via Wardher is about 305 kms, but this takes about 7 hours due to the rough nature of the road.

Bokh and its surrounding areas are characterized by moderate, dusty, and dry weather. The temperature varies from 30–38 degrees Celsius and can rise up to 40 degrees Celsius, thus creating a very hot and uncomfortable environment. The rainy season is normally during the months of June to September and although it reduces the warm temperature, it creates a perfect condition for insects to fertilize, especially mosquitoes.

The currency used in Doolo zone is the Ethiopian Birr (ETB). There are no banking services in Bokh town. The nearest banking facility if the branch for the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia in Wardher, the zonal capital. It is recommended to carry cash before arriving at the Bokh UNHCR Satellite Office.

Services like electricity and water are very limited. Electricity for the town is supplied for a few hours a day from a big generator and some residents have invested in solar power. Water is provided from two main boreholes whose capacity does not satisfy the entire town population, with proposed rehabilitation and construction of new boreholes by the district authorities.

Network coverage is unreliable in Bokh. In commercial hotel accommodations, there is no access to the internet at all. Sometimes staff use mobile phone data to check their emails. Connection to wireless networks and other ICT needs is under preparation by UNHCR ICT colleagues. VSAT equipment are being prepared for installation in Bokh and some ICT emergency kits have recently been delivered in Bokh to facilitate staff office activities.

Currently, accommodations are being provided by two private commercial hotels (Shobane and Rambo) with the price varying between ETB 500-600 per night. UNHCR is planning to rent a property for staff accommodation which will then provide a standard accommodation rate in accordance with the Policy on UNHCR-Provided Accommodation in the Field. However, due to the numbers of humanitarian workers arriving in Bokh, accommodation has recently been scarce. UNHCR has dispatched some 50 tents and mattresses to set up a tented camp for staff accommodation to complement available hotel spaces.

Most accommodations do not have private bathrooms, air-conditioning, closets, or other additional house furniture.

Upon arrival at the UNHCR Satellite Office in Bokh, a security briefing is required. Official working hours are Monday through Thursday: 08:30 – 17:30 hours, with a one-hour lunch break from 12:30 to 13:30 hours; while on Friday: 08:30 – 14:00 hours, with no lunch break.

Functional Clearance

This position doesn’t require a functional clearance


Required languages (expected Overall ability is at least B2 level)



Desired languages


Additional Qualifications


IT-Computer Literacy, NU-Food Supplements,Smart Methodology, CMAM, IYCF Voucher Cash Transfer, NU- Nutrition, NU-Nutrition Treatment & Prevention of Micronutrient Deficiencies and Anaemia, PG-Programme Management (programme cycles and reporting standards)Education


Food Security – Other, Nutrition – Other, Public Health – Other

Work Experience



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