Global Nutrition Cluster
Issue 30 | February 24, 2021
Dear GNC subscribers,

This newsletter features a series of webinars, such as the GNC's Emergency Response Preparedness for nutrition coordination mechanisms, plus COVID-19-related FAQs on vaccines and breastfeeding and the Hopkins dashboard on maternal and child health, nutrition and COVID-19

Don't miss the final progress report from the Global Humanitarian Response Plan and the gap analysis of Gender-based violence in humanitarian settings.
And check out the jobs at the end of the newsletter.

Starting next month (March), we will be bringing you the latest news on nutrition cluster coordination and technical updates in a new format – watch this space... 

Until then, happy reading! 

From the GNC team. 

Global Nutrition Cluster
Technical Alliance

Frequency Asked Questions: COVID-19 vaccines and breastfeeding based on WHO SAGE interim recommendations (February 10, 2021)The FAQs are intended to provide answers to health care providers and the public including mothers who are breastfeeding or expressing milk on breastfeeding and the Pfizer–BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, BNT162b2, Moderna, and AstraZeneca AZD1222 COVID-19 vaccines. They have been developed jointly by the IFE Core Group, UNICEF, and the COVID-19 Infant Feeding Working Group, based on the most recent World Health Organisation (WHO) Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE) Interim recommendations for use of the Pfizer–BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, BNT162b2, under Emergency Use Listing, the Interim recommendations for use of the Moderna mRNA-1273 vaccine against COVID-19, and the Interim recommendations for use of the AZD1222 (ChAdOx1-S [recombinant]) vaccine against COVID-19 developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca.

Hopkins Dashboard: Maternal and Child Health, Nutrition and COVID-19 repository. An interactive dashboard has been launched which allows users to sort publications by country, date, and publication type as well as search by keyword. Users can also filter to view only publications added in this week's update. Click below on the map. In addition, as an end date for the repository is anticipated on April 30, 2021, Johns Hopkins is conducting a survey to know more about how you use the repository, how it has been helpful to you in your work but also to get an idea if there is interest for continuation. 

Please consider taking this brief survey (estimated time 3 minutes). Your feedback is very valuable and your responses will help to inform future efforts. Survey responses are anonymous.  

General GNC Technical Alliance info and link to contact form | The GNC Technical Alliance is an initiative to improve the quality of nutrition emergency preparedness, response and recovery. The Alliance provides access to: technical resources, country learnings and capacity strengthening tools; technical support from experienced advisors to answer your questions or to provide more in-depth support; and expert consensus-driven guidance and advice for emerging technical areas and/or challenging contests. 

GNC Support dashboard

The Global Nutrition Cluster Support dashboard is an information management tool that visually tracks, analyzes and displays key performance indicators regarding the GNC's operational support to countries. 
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News this week

Webinar: Emergency Response Preparedness (ERP) Planning for Nutrition Coordination Mechanisms

To kick-start its work on strengthening ERP Planning, the GNC CT conducted two webinars in English and French (Spanish webinar to follow). The webinars aimed to familiarize participants on the IASC ERP approach and to discuss required country-level actions. 
Read more

Nutrition Machine Learning Workshop

The GNC organized the first of the two half-day workshops to define the GNC approach on Predictive Analytics for the forecasting of Nutrition outcomes.

A compilation of Day 1 resources, including presentations and participant list are available here

Webinar: Digital & Web Accessibility

UNICEF organized a webinar on the importance of digital accessibility, with a focus on web accessibility.

Read more


Case Study: Opportunities and Challenges for Strengthening Humanitarian and Development Linkages for Nutrition in Afghanistan

This country case study and its accompanying recommendations include inputs from members of the Nutrition Cluster (NC), members of the Afghanistan Food Security and Nutrition Agenda (AFSeN-A) multi-stakeholder platform, representatives from civil society and United Nations (UN) agencies, and secondary data and information sources.

The Afghanistan case study is now available in French

The Myanmar case study is also now available in French

Global Humanitarian Response Plan COVID-19 Progress Report: Final Progress Report

2020 was a year like no other. Amidst on-going humanitarian crises, largely fuelled by conflict and violence but also driven by the effects of climate change – such as the largest locust infestation in a generation – the world had to contend with a global pandemic. In less than one year (March-December 2020), more than 82 million COVID-19 cases and 1.8 million deaths were recorded. 

Read more

Gap Analysis of Gender-Based Violence in Humanitarian Settings: a Global Consultation

This new report, GBV Gap Analysis: a global consultation, seeks to update the outstanding and persistent gaps that continue to challenge the GBV sector. It builds upon the first Gap Analysis, providing a further breakdown of how challenges, such as the need for quality GBV expertise or improved monitoring and evaluation of GBV programming, manifest across different types of GBV programming.

Technical support

The Global Nutrition Cluster Technical Alliance has Qualified Consultants Ready for Deployment!

Are you or your organization seeking qualified nutrition consultants?

The Global Nutrition Cluster Technical Alliance Consultant Rosters have more than 100 vetted consultants from around the world and speaking more than 40 languages, ranging from junior to senior level with experience in the following technical areas: 

  1.  Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM)
  2.  Infant and Young Child Feeding in emergencies (IYCF-E)
  3.  Micronutrient supplementation in emergencies 
  4.  Integrated nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive interventions
  5.  Needs assessment and analysis for nutrition outcomes (SMART, IYCF-E, coverage surveys and qualitative assessments)

Any partner, agency, cluster, sector or technical working group in a country that identifies a need for nutrition staff support can submit a request for consultant recommendations. The Global Nutrition Cluster Technical Alliance Consultant Roster’s goal is to provide fast, qualified, consultant recommendations with specific technical knowledge in emergency nutrition.

To learn more about the consultant roster or to submit a request/inquiry, please visit the GNC Technical Alliance consultant roster page.

Current vacancies

Project Officer - Scientific Research on Nutrition and Resilience
Ispra, Italy 
European Commission
Deadline: 03 March 2021

Apply here
Nutrition Sector Coordinator, P4
Temporary Appointment for 364 days
Beirut, Lebanon
Deadline: 08 March 2021
Apply here
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