FAO-Somalia Nutrition Field Analyst Job


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Vacancy Announcement No: FAO/35/2015

Issued on: 29 October 2015
Deadline for Application: 11 November 2015
Position Title: Nutrition Field Analyst
Grade Level: SC8Contract Type: Service Contract

Duty Station: Garowe, PuntlandOrganizational Unit: FAO-Somalia

Duration: 3 months with possibility of extension
Eligible Candidates: Somali nationals only
Anticipated start date: ImmediatelyGeneral description of tasks and objectives to be achieved: Under the overall supervision of the FAO Somalia Representative, CTA and the Nutrition Technical Manager and   direct supervision of the Nutrition Analyst,  the Nutrition field Analyst will focus on the following areas and tasks:

  • Facilitate and Conduct Nutrition surveys as per SMART Methodology
  • Conduct routine nutritional surveillance activities (HIS, sentinel sites surveillance or rapid assessments) in pre-determined regions,
  • Responsible for data entry, analysis and consolidate the analysis for the specific region  and report to the Nutrition Analyst
  • Represent FSNAU in meetings with partners at the field, informing the local administration, where appropriate, of FSNAU nutrition activities.
  • Highlight areas of concern in their areas of responsibility alerting the Nairobi based supervisor when additional resources are required.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities
  • Provision a monthly reliable and appropriate up to date nutrition analysis of the predetermined region by the 25th of each month. This information should come from primary sources as well as triangulated with secondary sources: primary data (most recent nutrition assessments; sentinel site nutrition data; recent rapid assessments; selective feeding centre data); secondary sources of data (HIS data from health centre post, hospitals and other health related data from MoH and NGO where appropriate; Food Security and nutrition information from FSNAU and partners on the ground; NGO/ CBO reports)
  • As per the work plan of nutrition assessments and in collaboration with other members of the Nutrition Team, partners and FSNAU enumerators, plan and undertake nutrition assessments.
  • Conduct sentinel site surveillance activities in the pre-selected sites in line with high standards of data collection.
  • Ensure the data is reliable and accurate and ensure quality control when entering data into EpiInfo and conduct preliminary analysis.
  • Feedback the data as necessary to the community in the relevant sites
  • Collect and enter monthly nutrition information from the HIS and send to Nairobi
  • Provide quarterly feedback to all health facilities participating in the Nutrition Surveillance System on the data provided.
  • Support health facilities in the analysis, interpretation and use of nutrition information.
  • Ensure timely and appropriate dissemination of information and support understanding, analysis and use of the information among key partner.
  • Support the establishment and maintenance of systems for transmission of data within the area of responsibility and to Nairobi.
  • As per the work plan and in collaboration with members of the Nutrition Working Group identify and provide training and supportive supervision to health workers and project managers in partner organisations in nutrition assessment methodology and analysis as requested.
  • In collaboration with the Nutrition Field Analysts assess training needs and undertake nutrition related training of FSNAU Enumerators, Food Security Field Analysts and partners.
  • Undertake training of survey teams where necessary; participate in data collection and analysis and support interpretation and presentation of survey results.
  • Disseminate the Nutrition Update and other relevant publications to relevant partners in areas of operation requesting feedback on the content and use. Ensure that this feedback is sent to the Nairobi based supervisor
  • Liaise with and update relevant partners and actors on FSNAU plans for activities in the region for the coming month.
  • Provide input to the ‘Nutrition Update’ and contribute to the food security input of the ‘Food Security Monthly Report’ as defined by supervisor.
  • Ensure weekly contact with the NBI based supervisor to keep them update of changes in the activities work plan where appropriate or changes in the nutrition situation
  • Attend regional technical meetings in consultation with regional and Nairobi based supervisor.
  • Represent the Nutrition Surveillance Project at other humanitarian focus meetings.
  • Liaise with the FSNAU Food Security Focal Point in the area in situation analysis, preparation of reports and planning of significant activities.
  • Ensure the local administration is involved and aware of FSNAU nutrition project activities.
  • Undertake any other duties related to the objectives of the project as described on the first page.
  • In the event of exceptional circumstances such as recent displacement or flooding requiring a rapid assessment the Nutrition Analyst will prepare an additional report outlining the key findings and analysis as necessary.
  • Participation in nutrition assessments in respective area of coverage in addition to occasional support to other regions where necessary
Minimum Requirements Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition, Public Health or equivalent from a recognized university / institution
Work Experience
  • Minimum of 3 years relevant work experience in Nutrition analysis preferably in Somalia
Technical Competencies
  • Excellent data analysis skills and proficiency in analytical software including SPSS, Epinfo, ENA
  • Excellent planning, organizing and delivery of  quality results
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Working knowledge (level C) of the FAO official language used for communication within the country (English, French or Spanish) and working knowledge of the local language(s) is required.
IT Skills:
  • Ability to effectively use standard office software, such as MS Office (Windows, Word, Outlook, Excel, Exchange) etc.
  • Ability to use accounting software and other information systems and databases to insert data, make enquiries, retrieve/define ad hoc reports and analyses and edit results in appropriate format.
Office Management Skills:
  • Systematic, well-structured and efficient approach to work assignments.
  • Analytical ability, accuracy and consistency.
  • Exercise diligence and care in dealing with records and expenditures.
Interpersonal Communications and Teamwork Skills:
  • The incumbent must possess a cooperative spirit, flexibility and openness to work in an international environment.
  • Tact and courtesy.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of different national and cultural background.
 How to Apply: Interested applicants are required to submit

(1) a covering letter,
(2) detailed Curriculum Vitae and
(3) Personal Profile form (PPF) from FAO iRecruitment.

How to Apply

To create the PPF, please follow the instructions available at: http://www.fao.org/employment/irecruitment-access/en/ 
In order for your application to be properly evaluated, please ensure that all sections of the on-line profile are completed. Please send your application to [email protected] quoting the Position Title and Vacancy Announcement No. “Nutrition Field Analyst FAO 35 2015” in the subject heading. Applications received after the closing date and applications without all the specified/ required documents will not be given consideration.
Only short listed candidates will be contacted.