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A Nutrition & Health Emergency Coordinator - Coxs Bazaar, Bangladesh

Duration : 8 Months
Start date : 15/04/2018

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General description of the position

Under the supervision of the Field Operations Director, you will be responsible for internal and external coordination to ensure smooth implementation of Action Against Hunger Health and Nutrition Activities in Cox’s Bazar host communities and refugee settlements. You will provide support to the nutrition programme managers in the development, implementation and management of the health and nutrition activities as well as monitoring and evaluation of the project. You will support the Health and Nutrition Head of Department in development and implementation of the health and nutrition strategy in Cox’s Bazar District. 

Main responsabilities

Develop Internal and External Coordination 

  • Represent the organization in external coordination mechanisms, District Coordination, Nutrition Sector and Health sector and any other relevant coordination mechanism
  • Represent Action Against Hunger and Health and Nutrition Strategy in Technical Working Groups
  • Leading the Assessment Technical Working Group in Cox’s Bazar District
  • Coordination with international and local partners, as well as local implementing partners
  • Coordination with other Action Against Hunger sectors to ensure smooth implementation of activities


Develop, implement and manage the Health and Nutrition Interventions in Cox’s Bazar 

  • Provide inputs in development of health and nutrition strategy in Cox’s Bazar
  • Execute Action Against Hunger health and nutrition strategy
  • Support the Health and Nutrition Managers to develop project proposals, targets, budget, donor reporting, etc
  • Ensure quality of health and nutrition activities

Manage the Health and Nutrition Team

  • Management of his/her team (leadership, coordination, monitoring, motivation etc)
  • Determine HR needs for the implementation of health and nutrition activities
  • Follow up on recruitment status and support health and nutrition managers in recruitment
  • Identify capacity building needs of health and nutrition team and develop capacity building
  • Provide training to health and nutrition team in collaboration with Health and Nutrition capacity building unit
  • Capacity build and handover to local health and nutrition coordinator

Do you fit the requested profile ?

You hold a Master degree in Nutrition with a specialization in Public Health with 5 years minimum of professional experience and 2 years prior experience working with emergency and development projects dealing with Health and Nutrition.

You are recognized for your technical expertise in nutrition & health programming and experience in project cycle management and integrated approaches.

You have a significant expertise in CMAM program setup and a strong ability to provide technical support. You have as well strong skills in capacity-building development and the ability to work in partnership with local partners and government.

Excellent diplomacy, negotiation and representation skills are required thus team management experience.

You are known to be adaptive and assertive, as there are many meetings scheduled on short notice and you will work on both emergency programming as well as more development programming.

Your English is fluent (spoken and written).

Specific conditions / Salary

Status: Employee 

Contract: 8 months fixed term contract under french legislation

Remuneration and benefits:

Monthly gross salary from €1805 to €2305 upon experience.

Per diem and living allowance: 515€ (cf eurocost) net, field paid.

+ 16% of monthly gross salary as reimbursement of retirement insurance for non-French citizen.

+ Child allowance, limited to 5 children.

Transportation and accommodation:

Coverage of transportation costs to and in the mission.

Individual room in guesthouse covered (préciser si logement individuel)


Medical coverage100% coverage of medical expenses + repatriation insurance.


Leaves and RnR

25 days of paid leaves per year.

+ 20 RnR per year.  

+ 215 € at each RnR period (averagely every 3 months).

Coverage of the transportation expenses to the RnR area of reference.


Training :

Free and unlimited access to the certifying e-learning platform Crossknowledge ©.

Technical trainings at HQ or regional level (averagely 1 per year). 

Intermission Workshop once a year.

Work context

Our Nutrition & Health activities in Cox’s Bazar: 

Currently Action Against Hunger is responding to a humanitarian crisis in Cox’s Bazar where 617.000 Myanmar Nationals fled across the border to Bangladesh. Action Against Hunger has scaled up the nutrition activities in the refugee settlements, while continuing to implement existing activities for the Host Communities of Cox’s Bazar. Action Against Hunger implements 5 Stabilisation Centres and support to 5 Government stabilisation centres, 118 Outpatient Therapeutic Programme centres, 4 Targeted Supplementary Feeding centres, Blanket Supplementary Feeding Centres, kitchens providing hot meals, Infant Young Child Feeding in Emergencies counselling etc. The activities are implemented in close collaboration with WASH, MHCP and FSL departments.

The coordination with health and nutrition partners is crucial during the emergency to ensure collaboration, good programme coverage, thus more lives saved. It’s important to represent Action Against Hunger and use experience and knowledge of Action Against Hunger for advocacy and for the development of tools used by the sector.

Security, working and living conditions: 

Cox’s Bazar is a major tourist destination in Bangladesh and therefore it can be crowded and noisy. However you have opportunities to go out for diner and have some social life. However, there is a curfew, and movements are restricted for non Bangladeshi staff. The refugee settlements are about 1 hour from Cox’s Bazar. The Rohingya population is conservative and therefore suitable clothing is required. Cox’s Bazar is hot and humid. Walking through the settlements can be physically challenging due to the heat and the hilly conditions. During rainy seasons, the refugee settlements are muddy and slippery.

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