Nutrition Cluster Coordinator, P-4, Rapid Response Team (RRT), UNICEF

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Re-advertisement: Nutrition Cluster Coordinator, P-4, Rapid Response Team (RRT), EMOPS Geneva #103054


Job Number: 519128 | Vacancy Link
Locations: Headquarters Locations: Switzerland
Work Type : Fixed Term Staff

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone. And we never give up.

For every child, a champion

Consistent with its focus on equity, UNICEF promotes the rights of all children in humanitarian settings. UNICEF is the Lead Agency within the humanitarian cluster system for WASH, Nutrition, co-lead for Education, and the lead for the Child Protection Area of Responsibility (CP AoR) under the Protection Cluster.  As such, UNICEF is accountable for ensuring that efforts of all actors in contexts covered by the cluster system are well coordinated, achieve adequate coverage, and are of the highest possible quality in order to achieve optimum results for children.

In order to meet its Lead Agency responsibilities, UNICEF invests human and financial resources to strengthen and improve the coordination function at global level for each of the Clusters / AoR it leads, as well as in each humanitarian context. In line with UNICEF’s commitments to the World Humanitarian Summit and Grand Bargain outcomes, this includes a strong focus on adopting “people-centered approaches” in cluster coordination and performance management processes.

The UNICEF RRT Cluster Coordinator is situated in the Office of Emergency Programmes EMOPS) Division, Global Cluster Coordination Unit (GCCU), in Geneva, Switzerland.  The direct supervisor is the Global Cluster / AoR Coordinator, who in turn, report to the Chief, GCCU. The GCCU forms a key part in UNICEF’s implementation of its Cluster Lead Agency accountabilities.

How can you make a difference?

The main purpose of this post is to support the Global Nutrition Cluster / AoR in effectively managing and strengthening frameworks and capacity for country-level Cluster Coordination. This work will ensure field Cluster Coordination functions are conducted in a way that maximizes field results. The recruited candidate will be expected to travel around 70% of the time to support cluster responsibilities for UNICEF.

The main purpose of this post is to support the Global Nutrition Cluster / AoR in effectively managing and strengthening frameworks and capacity for country-level Cluster Coordination, and through this, support timely, relevant and appropriate responses that effectively meet the needs and priorities of at risk and crisis affected people. This work will enable field Cluster Coordination mechanisms to:

  • maximize quality and coverage of responses;
  • minimize duplication, gaps and risks;
  • continuously support stronger national leadership of coordination.

Technical support through high quality, rapidly deployable Cluster capacity in humanitarian situations to support timely, appropriate and relevant operational and strategic decision-making:

  1. Deploy when a system wide Level 3 is activated and security/access allows.
  2. Other prioritized, non-L3 field missions: Large-scale, rapid onset emergencies
  3. Take on strategic Cluster missions to priority countries, and with a focus on Cluster assessment missions, and capacity building of staff in-country.
  4. Participate in global missions related to the implementation of the IASC Humanitarian Programme Cycle and the Reference Module for Cluster Coordination at the Country Level, e.g. alongside OCHA or in support of the UNICEF led Clusters.

Leadership, capacity building and advisory services. Support Global Cluster efforts to expand and strengthen the pool of available, high quality staff. 

  1. Induction for staff who are taking on their first Cluster deployment/position.
  2. On-the-job support, including provision of that support when needed, to:
    1. New staff in the field, including mentoring and ensuring the required systems, and understanding of those systems, is in place for staff to fulfil the Cluster core functions.
    2. Cluster staff who are leading key processes (such as Strategic/Humanitarian Response Plan and Cluster Coordination Performance Monitoring).
    3. Regional focal point support to country level coordinators including HNO and HRP as well as identification of longer term technical support needs.
    4. Ensure opportunities for knowledge/skills development through mentoring of identified RRTs.

Cluster development, planning, monitoring, and partnership building:

  1. Acting as a conduit of field realities, identifying key issues and gaps and suggest improvements or measures of escalation.
  2. Support the Cluster through active participation in UNICEF Global Cluster Coordination Unit meetings; the preparation and facilitation of global Cluster meetings with partners; and representation on behalf of the Global Cluster in other relevant fora.
  3. Contribute to specific technical projects related to 1) the Cluster and inter-Cluster coordination in Emergencies; 2) Inter-Agency coordination in general; and 3) Implementation of WHS and Grand Bargain commitments in Emergencies.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Education: Advanced degree in social sciences or other related field.
  • Work Experience: A minimum of 8 years of relevant experience. Demonstrated field coordination experience within humanitarian reform and Cluster approach environments. Strong analytical skills and a keen interest and motivation for inter-agency coordination. Demonstrated understanding of sector programming, needs assessment and monitoring.
  • Language Proficiency: Fluency in English is required. Fluency in another UN language (French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian) is highly desirable.

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.

Functional Competencies:

  • Leading and Supervising  [III]
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts   [III]
  • Deciding and Initiating Action [III]
  • Relating and Networking [III]
  • Persuading and Influencing  [II]
  • Learning and researching [I]
  • Creating and innovating [II]
  • Applying Technical Expertise  [I]
  • Planning and Organizing  [III]
  • Adapting and Responding Change  [III]
  • Coping with Pressure and Setbacks  [II]


View our competency framework at:


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.



* Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

* Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
Opening Date Thu Jan 10 2019 09:00:00 GMT+0100 (Central European Standard Time) W. Europe Standard Time
Closing Date Sun Jan 27 2019 23:55:00 GMT+0100 (Central European Standard Time) 


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