Whole of Syria Nutrition Cluster Co-Lead,SCI

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TITLE:  Whole of Syria Nutrition Cluster Co-Lead
TEAM/PROGRAMME: Programme Development and Quality DepartmentLOCATION: Amman Jordan with frequent travel within the region
CHILD SAFEGUARDING: Level 3:  the post holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.


ROLE PURPOSE: The cluster approach ensures clear leadership, predictability and accountability in international responses to humanitarian emergencies by clarifying the division of labour among organizations and better defining their roles and responsibilities within the different sectors of the response. It aims to make the international humanitarian community better organised and more accountable and professional, so that it can be a better partner for the affected people, host governments, local authorities, local civil society and resourcing partners.The main purpose of this role is to be the Whole of Syria (WoS) Nutrition Cluster Co-Lead along with UNICEF WoS Nutrition co-lead and WoS Counterpart to ensure coordinated, timely and accountable nutrition response inside Syria. The WoS Nutrition Cluster Co-Lead will support the coordination of the two hubs (Gaziantep, Damascus) plus North East Syria WG and work closely with the Nutrition cluster/sector coordinator. In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.


SCOPE OF ROLE: Reports to: PDQ Director

Staff reporting to this post: N/A


Representation duties as WoS Nutrition Cluster Co-Lead will be coordinated with the UNICEF WoS focal point and follow guidance from the Save the Children PDQ Director and Response Director.


The post holder has joint responsibility for the functioning of the Nutrition Cluster with the UNICEF-seconded Co-Lead, resourcing partners and all cluster participants at the WoS and Hub levels for the efficient management and functioning of the Nutrition Cluster encompassing the following:

  • Establish and maintain an appropriate humanitarian coordination mechanism
  • Strengthen pre-existing sectoral coordination through increased predictability and accountability
  • Build complementarity of partner actions: avoiding duplication and gaps
  • Ensure adequate resources are mobilized and are equitably allocated for the effective functioning of the cluster and the humanitarian response, including through advocacy to donors


WoS Coordination

  • Working closely with the Nutrition WoS Focal Point at UNICEF and nutrition cluster/sector coordinators, ensure coherence and consistency of humanitarian education in Syria across the three hubs
  • Facilitate WoS analysis, planning and reporting and ensure coherence and harmonization of standards across the three hubs
  • Ensure effective communication, reporting, engagement and coordination between WoS and Hubs
  • Effective and comprehensive integration of relevant cross-cutting issues, including age, gender, disability
  • Maintain flexibility within the cluster to respond to changes in the operating environment, evolving requirements, capacities and participation
  • Effectively use and transfer information to, from and between cluster participants and other stakeholders
  • Interact with other clusters (including through inter-cluster coordination fora), humanitarian actors, government counterparts, and relevant authorities for operational planning, engagement and active contribution of operational partners
  • Monitor performance of the core cluster functions
  • Be accountable and transparent to the affected population through effective, transparent and inclusive consultative and feedback mechanisms.
  • Represent the nutrition sector/cluster in the monthly Inter-Sector Cluster Coordination Group (ISCCG) of the WoS.
  • Synthesize communication and information to the WoS Strategic Steering Group (SSG)
  • Facilitate quarterly meetings and monthly ad hoc skype call among three hubs
  • With the hubs, develop key advocacy messages including the use of innovative approaches
  • Facilitate and support capacity development initiatives across the three hubs


BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice)Accountability:

  • holds self accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
  • holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.


  • sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same
  • widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.


  • builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters
  • values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
  • approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.


  • develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • willing to take disciplined risks.


  • honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity



  • Education to University degree level (Masters preferred) in a relevant subject or equivalent field experience.



  • Significant experience in leadership and coordination roles, including direct experience in Cluster or Nutrition Sector Working Group.
  • Experience of developing and negotiating successful partnerships with institutional donors
  • Significant experience of undertaking a MEAL related role in a remote management humanitarian context.
  • Education to University degree level (Masters preferred) in a relevant subject or equivalent field experience.
  • Experience in child friendly data collection.
  • Experience in conducting and coordinating assessments
  • Experience of applying relevant interagency humanitarian frameworks and standards in nutrition in emergencies
  • Demonstrated strong monitoring and evaluation skills, including planning/participating in evaluations.
  • Ability to work both in an advisory and a hands on implementation capacity.
  • Ability to facilitate/conduct large technical trainings for staff.
  • Experience in strategic planning and coordination of strategy development
  • Experience of representation and ability to represent Save the Children effectively in external forums.
  • Experience of contributing to successful funding proposals for donors.
  • Ability to write clear and effective assessment and project reports.
  • Demonstrates commitment to Humanitarian Principles
  • Demonstrates commitment to Principles of Partnership
  • Very good knowledge and experience in development, set up and use of data and information management systems and tools
  • Excellent communication and influencing skills with experience in advocacy.
  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy.
  • A high level of written and spoken English.
  • The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances.
  • Commitment to the aims and principles of Save the Children. In particular, a good understanding of the Save the Children mandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support.



  • Language skills in Arabic.
  • Experience or knowledge of working and living in relevant regions/contexts.
  • Formal training in cluster coordination an advantage


Additional job responsibilitiesThe duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.
Equal Opportunities The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.
Child Safeguarding:We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.
Safeguarding our Staff:The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI anti-harassment policy
Health and SafetyThe role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.
JD written by: SCIApplication Deadline: 2 July 2019
Hiring Manager: Emanuela Rizzo
Apply: SCI Website https://www.savethechildren.net/careers/apply/details?jid=27274



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