Somali Field Analyst at Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

On Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Vacancy Announcement No: FAO/115/2013

Issued on: 02th Oct 2013

Deadline for Application: 16th Oct 2013

Position Title: Nutrition Field Analyst 

Grade Level: SC-8

Contract Type: National Personnel Project

Duty Station: 4 (Hiran Region – 1, Gedo Region – 1, Toghdeer Region – 1, Bari Region – 1)

Organizational Unit: FAO-Somalia

Duration: 3 Months, with possible extension
Eligible Candidates: Somali Nationals Only
Anticipated start date: Immediately

Under the overall supervision of the Officer in Charge (O.I.C.) FAO Somalia , CTA and the Nutrition Technical Manager and   direct supervision of the Nutrition Manager,  the Nutrition Data 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
Key Performance Indicators
Expected Outputs:   
  • Supervise nutrition assessment in the respective area of coverage [Biannual]
  • Collection and preliminary analysis of nutrition, health and feeding facility data [Monthly]
  • Distribution of  Nutrition Situation  Reports and updates to partners [Quarterly]
  • Write monthly nutrition situation reports for designated regions [Biannual]
  • Write Nutrition case studies [As required]
  • Management and accounting of disbursed resources including budgets for nutrition activities [As required]
  • Assess capacity needs of the nutrition stakeholders and propose the relevant capacity building intiatives [As required]
  • Training of health staff on anthropometric measurements and data recording [As required]
  • Representation of the FAO/FSNAU in strategic partners meetings [Biannual]
  • Contribute in the writing of technical series reports [Quarterly]
  • Contribute in the writing of nutrition updates [Quarterly]
Required Competencies 

  • Degree in nutrition, public health or equivalent from a recognized university/institution
  • Technical Competencies and Experience Requirements
  • Communicating to build understanding and support
  • Engaging in continuous learning
  • Planning organizing and delivering quality results
  • Understanding FAO mandate and its global context
  • Working together in teams and partnerships
Work Experience:
  • Over 3 years of relevant experience in nutrition analysis preferably in Somalia
  • Data analysis skills
  • Proficiency in analytical software including SPSS, Epinfo, ENA
Languages: Good working knowledge (level C) of English and knowledge of Somali Language

Selection Criteria: Somali National

To Apply:

Send your application to:

Candidates are requested to submit a covering letter quoting the Position Title and Vacancy Announcement No. FAO/115/2013 along with their current/detailed Curriculum Vitae and FAO Personal Profile Form (PPF) available E-mail is the preferred means of receipt and the application should be sent to [email protected]

Applications must be received by the deadline.

Late applications will not be considered.

Only short listed candidates meeting all essential qualifications will be contacted.

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