One of the GNC strategic priorities is to provide both in-county and remote support to national and sub-national nutrition cluster/sector coordination mechanisms.

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Types of support

The GNC has a number of support mechanism, namely:

Short-term support from the GNC Coordination Team

In-country support can be provided for one-two weeks to review challenges and provide recommendations to improve coordination and information management in clusters/sector working groups. Please contact us for more information.

Rapid Response Team (RRT)

When requested, remote or in-country support is provided for up to three weeks to strengthen the coordination and information management capacity of any country during nutrition emergencies and humanitarian crises. The RRT consists of four experience professionals - two Nutrition Cluster Coordinators (NCC) and two Information Management Officers (IMO) - with the proven technical capacity and nutrition expertise to support countries in meeting the needs and priorities of at risk and crisis affected people. RRT members can provide dedicated surge capacity to any country office and are available within 72 hours (pending visa requirements), enabling a timely and coordinated nutrition response.

If longer term support is needed, please read more below under Consultant Roster and Stand by Partnerships. However, it is the responsibility of the country office to organise for and recruit a longer-term NCC or IMO. For more information, check out the RRT flyer and please contact us to request support.

GNC Technical Alliance

Looking to hire a consultant to support your Nutrition in Emergencies activities? The technical team of the GNC – GNC Technical Alliance (The Alliance) – currently has 122 technically vetted consultants across five rosters ranging from Junior to Senior levels. Our consultants come from 45 countries, speak 49 different languages, including: English, French, Swahili, Spanish, and Urdu, and are available to support nutrition cluster/sector working groups and partners at the global and country level.  

Looking for in-country technical support? Technical Advisors are ready to provide technical support in acute and protracted nutrition emergencies, as well as preparedness work. We have full-time Technical Advisors with expertise in Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM), Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies (IYCF-E), social and behaviour change (SBC), Management of At-risk Mothers and Infants (MAMI) and nutrition assessments, and can draw on additional expertise in areas such as nutrition-sensitive programming, surveillance, stunting, adolescent and maternal nutrition, cash for nutrition, adult malnutrition, emergency preparedness, health system strengthening and micronutrient programming.

UNICEF Stand-by Partnerships Agreements with NGOs

Specialists in cluster/sector working group coordination and information management and nutrition in emergencies to provide rapid, temporary in-country support for three to six months.

UNICEF (Cluster Lead Agency for the GNC), has signed a Standby Agreement with various external partners, including NGOs, Governments and private companies. The overall program is referred to as Standby Arrangements. The purpose of Standby Arrangements is to ensure the provision of additional support to UNICEF and UNICEF led clusters/Areas of Responsibility to enhance capacity and efficiency in responses to emergencies and humanitarian crisis. Various partners maintain either a varied pool of operational resources or specific niche expertise that can provide in country support at short notice. Management of the partnership and resources is done in advance, allowing for a timely and effective response to a sudden crisis, including support to protracted crisis and capacity gaps in smaller emergencies. Standby Arrangements are an effective example of the power of leveraging partnerships to support emergency response, to impact humanitarian action, and to achieve greater results for children. UNICEF’s Standby Arrangements are led by the Inter Agency and Humanitarian Partnerships Section (IA&HP) in the Office of Emergency Programmes (EMOPS) Geneva.

For more information, please contact us.

UNICEF Internal Surge and Stretch Assignments

Support is provided in cluster/sector working group coordination, information management and nutrition in emergencies for three to six months. Contact local the UNICEF HR office or the GNC CT for more information.




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