Technical Rapid
Response Team

What is the Tech RRT?

The Nutrition Technical Rapid Response Team (Tech RRT) is a team of experienced technical nutrition advisors who deploy within 72 hours to support humanitarian nutrition emergencies.  Our advisors are available for both acute and protracted emergencies. Emergencies include natural and environmental disasters, civil unrest, population displacement and armed conflict, all of which can have a devastating impact on a country’s nutrition status.  Advisors on the Nutrition Tech RRT work to improve the quality of nutrition humanitarian response by deploying technical surge, providing remote support and building the capacity of nutrition partners when national capacity is overstretched or inadequate. The Tech RRT can support governments, UN agencies, and international and local NGOs when they struggle to find adequate technical and human resources to meet urgent technical needs.

For countries wishing to host an advisor, the Tech RRT has cost sharing and cost recovery options. This model enables the Tech RRT to be more sustainable, reach more countries in need and have a greater degree of flexibility to respond in different contexts. See more about cost sharing options in the FAQ.

Areas of Technical Expertise

Our areas of technical specialty include:

Assessments: Identifying and understanding the factors that contribute to malnutrition in emergencies is critical for targeted program planning. Conducting initial rapid assessments helps to understand the affected communities needs and strong M&E plans ensure programs are meeting indicators. For more information on how the Tech RRT can support Assessments in emergencies, click the assessment link below.

Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies (IYCF-E): Proper IYCF practices are crucial to reduce the risk of infant mortality in emergencies. IYCF-E offers protection and support of safe and appropriate (optimal) feeding for infants and young children in all types of emergencies, wherever they happen in the world. For more information on how the Tech RRT can support IYCF-E, click the IYCF-E link below.

Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM): In emergencies, the risk of malnutrition leading to increased infant and child morbidity and mortality are greatly magnified. For more information on how the Tech RRT can support CMAM in emergencies, click the CMAM link below.

Social Behaviour Change (SBC): SBC is the strategic use of approaches and activities to promote changes in knowledge, attitudes, norms, beliefs and behaviours, across a variety of channels and platforms to reach multiple levels of society, including the individual, the community, services and policy. Though often viewed as more suitable to development programming, SBC is an integral part of any emergency response, and is needed to ensure communities, households and individuals have the necessary knowledge, skills and resources to practice health promoting behaviours. For more information on how the Tech RRT can support SBC, click the SBC link below.

These activities are examples of what the Assessment Adviser often works on while deployed, but they are adapted to each countries needs:

  • Lead, plan and conduct nutritional assessments in close collaboration with other sectors and the nutrition partners.  Identification and design of assessment activities according to needs.  This may include but not be limited to:  initial planning, selection of tools and methods, sampling, writing guidelines and set up time frame, working days needed, budget and logistics planning and any special tools and equipment needed.
  • Collection of background and demographic information and contextual information relevant to the assessment/survey.
  • Manage all aspects of an assessment from planning, logistics, budgeting, team recruitment, training, coordination with partners.
  • Support data collection, data analysis and provide timely and quality reports.
  • Support the dissemination of reports to different audiences to leverage funding.
  • Identify learning needs and build the capacity of different stakeholders in conducting nutrition assessments and methodologies.
  • Planning and facilitating technical capacity building and training sessions for government ministries and partner NGOs/UN agencies staff/cluster members as and when required.
  • Determine the need for other assessments, brief donors and advocate for adequate resource allocation. Lead the development of proposals and budgets to seek adequate funding for assessments to be included in the emergency response.
  • Support and develop government capacity in assessments.

These activities are examples of what the IYCF-E Adviser often works on while deployed, but they are adapted to each countries needs:

  • Lead IYCF-E assessments and advocate for inclusion of IYCF-E in multi-sector rapid assessments.
  • Support country nutrition cluster/sector to develop an IYCF-E strategy and mapping as required (Breastmilk Substitute, partners).
  • Ensure adequate coordination for IYCF-E is in place through either establishing and leading or providing substantial support to the IYCF-E technical working group.
  • Design appropriate and evidence based IYCF-E response plans.
  • Facilitate and guide monitoring of the Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes (BMS), tracking and reporting BMS violations, advise on appropriate use or disposal of confiscated BMS, and advocacy for adherence to global standard for appropriate infant feeding in emergencies.
  • Advocate for prioritization of the most vulnerable: orphans or unaccompanied infants, the non-breastfed child, new-borns, infants affected by HIV and AIDS.
  • Assess capacity building needs across partners and develop a plan for meeting these; conduct Training of Trainers (TOTs) for Ministries, train field workers/first responders, hold orientations for stakeholders.
  • Provide logistical advice (supplies for Mother Baby Areas, BMS kits, Breast Feeding kits).
  • Integrate IYCF-E into current, new, or scaled up nutrition activities: CMAM, micronutrients; Advise on integration with other sectors (WASH, Food Security and Livelihoods, Child Protection, Health).
  • Work with the SBC Adviser to develop relevant IYCF-E messages and behaviours to focus on during the emergency response.
  • Monitor and evaluate IYCF-E activities, including supervison of the quality of Breastfeeding assessments, re-lactation, BMS programming, Behavior Change Communication such as one to one counselling.
  • Determine need for scale up, brief donors and advocate for adequate resource allocation. Lead the development of proposals and budgets to seek adequate funding for IYCF-E.
  • Support and develop government capacity in IYCF-E.
  • Download IYCF-E Terms of Reference (docx)

These activities are examples of what the CMAM Adviser often works on while deployed, but they are adapted to each countries needs:

  • Provide technical training, strategic advice, and operational support on CMAM implementation and roll out, or on a specific component of CMAM, such as inpatient care.
  • Work with the government and the nutrition cluster/sector to ensure that training and program start-up is standardized, coordinated among all partners and is implemented in a rapid manner.
  • Support the MoH and the cluster/sector in the development of CMAM guidelines as needed.
  • Ensure adequate coordination for CMAM is in place through either establishing and leading or providing substantial support to a CMAM technical working group.
  • Lead assessments for CMAM establishment or scaling up and advocate for inclusion of CMAM in multi-sector rapid assessments.
  • Support country nutrition clusters/sectors to develop a CMAM strategy and mapping as required.
  • Assess CMAM capacity building needs across partners; conduct Training of Trainers (TOTs) for Ministries, train field workers/first responders, hold orientations for stakeholders.
  • Work with the SBC and IYCF-E Advisers to develop relevant integrated messages and behaviors to focus on during the emergency response that can be integrated into CMAM programs.
  • Monitor and evaluate CMAM activities.
  • Determine the need for scale up, brief donors and advocate for adequate resource allocation. Lead the development of proposals and budgets to seek adequate funding for CMAM to be included in the emergency response.
  • Support and develop government capacity in CMAM.
  • Download CMAM Terms of Reference (docx)

These activities are examples of what the SBC  Adviser often works on while deployed, but they are adapted to each countries needs:

    1. Providing technical advice and operational support on Social and Behavior Change relating to Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF), health, hygiene and nutrition.
    2. Integrate behaviour centred approaches into CMAM and IYCF-E programming.
    3. Provide technical training, strategic advice, and operational support on SBC relating to IYCF-E, sanitation and hygiene and nutrition.
    4. Develop tools and job aids that foster organisational capacity in SBC in coherence with existing national protocols and guidelines.
    5. Support coordination for SBC through either establishing and leading or providing substantial support to in-country partners, Nutrition and WaSH clusters, or SBC technical working groups.
    6. Conduct formative research (often Barrier Analysis) and coach partners and key actors on the use of formative research finding.
    7. Designing appropriate and evidence-based SBC strategies and action plans.
    8. Assess capacity building needs across partners and develop a plan for meeting these; including conducting Training of Trainers (ToTs) for Ministries, train field workers/first responders or holding orientations for stakeholders.
    9. Work with partners to develop integrated SBC messages to respond to evidence-based barriers to practicing behaviours.
    10. Design M&E tools and indicators for SBC activities.
    11. Collaboratively and as needed, develop tools, curriculum and job aids that foster organisational capacity in SBC.

Download the Generic SBC Terms of Reference here

Where We Work

Ethiopia

Location: Addis Ababa
Deployment Dates: 6 weeks each (29 Dec 2015 – 6 Feb 2016)
Technical Specialty: IYCF-E & CMAM
Host Agency: UNICEF

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South Sudan

Location: Juba, South Sudan
Dates of Deployment: Multiple Deployments
Technical Specialty: Assessment and CMAM
Host Agency: Action Against Hunger

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Turkey/Syria

Location: Turkey for Northern Syria response
Technical specialty: IYCF-E
Deployment 1 
Dates of Deployment: 6 weeks, Feb/Mar 2016
Host Agency: Save the Children & PAC
Deployment 2
Dates of Deployment: 10 weeks, Jan-Mar 2017
Host Agency: Save the Children

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Yemen

Location: Yemen
Dates of Deployment: Multiple dates in 2017
Technical Specialty: IYCF/IYCF-E, CMAM
Host Agency: Save the Children/Nutrition Cluster

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Mozambique

Location:  Maputo, Mozambique
Dates of Deployment: 7.5 weeks (June 14-Aug 8, 2016)
Technical Specialty: CMAM, SBC, IYCF, Assessment
Host Agency: UNICEF-Mozambique

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Niger

Location: Diffa, Niger
Deployment Dates: 2.5 months (29 july-30 september 2016)
Technical Specialty: Assessment and IYCF-E
Host Agency: UNICEF and Save the Children

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Nigeria

Location: Nigeria (Borno State)
Dates of Deployment: Multiple Requests
Technical Specialty: IYCF-E and CMAM
Host Agency: Save the Children, Nutrition Cluster

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Haiti

Location: Les Cayes, Haiti
Deployment Dates: 4 weeks (7 october-4 november 2016)
Technical Specialty: IYCF-E
Host Agency: UNICEF and International Medical Corps

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Iraq

Location: Erbil, Iraq
Dates of Deployment: Multiple Requests
Technical Specialty: Assessment and Social and Behavior Change
Host Agency:

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East Africa

Location: East Africa (Kenya, Somaliland and South/Central Somalia, South Sudan)
Deployment Dates: 4 weeks (15 January-15 February 2017)
Technical Speciality: IYCF-E
Host Agency: UNICEF and Save the Children

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Somalia

Location: Puntland and South/Central Somalia
Duration: 5 weeks
Technical Specialty: IYCF-E
Host Agency: UNICEF /Nutrition Cluster

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DRC

Location: Kasai Region
Deployment Dates: 1) 6 weeks (13 Feb – 27 Mar 2018), 2) 6 weeks (16 April – 25 May 2018)
Technical Specialty: 1) CMAM, 2) IYCF-E
Host Agency: UNICEF

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Bangladesh

Location: Cox Bazar
Deployment Dates: 1) 11 weeks (21 Oct 2017 –  21 January 2018), 2) ongoing (8 April 2018 to date)
Technical Specialty: 1) IYCF-E, 2) CMAM
Support to: Nutrition Sector
Host Agency: 1) Save the Children, 2) CARE

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Serbia/Greece

Location: Serbia/Greece
Deployment Dates: 5 weeks (21 Jan – 26 Feb 2016)
Technical Specialty: SBC
Host Agency:

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Uganda

Location: Uganda Refugee Settlements and Sites
Deployment Dates: 3 weeks (26 April 2018 –  17 May 2018)
Technical Specialty: IYCF-E
Support to: WFP
Host Agency: WFP

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Afghanistan

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Central African Republic

This deployment is currently underway – please come back soon to see how it went.

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Jordan

Location: Azraq and Zaatari Camps
Deployment Dates: 31 August to 4 October 2019
Technical Specialty: IYCF-E
Support to: Nutrition and Reproductive Health Sector
Host Agency: International Medical Corps

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Mexico

Location: Mexico City
Deployment Dates: 23-27 September 2019
Technical Specialty: Nutrition in Emergencies
Support to: Mexico National Institute of Public Health
Host Agency: N/A

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Angola

Location: national
Deployment Dates: 27 October to 8 December 2019
Technical Specialty: CMAM
Support to: nutrition sector
Host Agency: UNICEF

Location: national
Deployment Dates: 24 November to 20 December 2019
Technical Specialty: Assessment
Support to: nutrition sector
Host Agency: UNICEF

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Zambia

Location: national
Deployment Dates: 11 November 2019 to 7 February 2020
Technical Specialty: Assessment
Support to: nutrition sector
Host Agency: UNICEF

Location: national
Deployment Dates: 11 November 2019 to 23 January 2020
Technical Specialty: CMAM
Support to: nutrition sector
Host Agency: UNICEF

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The Team

Martha Nakakande
CMAM/IYCF-E Advisor

Martha Nakakande is the CMAM/IYCF-E Advisor of the Nutrition Tech RRT project. She has a MSc in Public Health and BSc in Nutrition and dietetics. She has accumulated over 8 years experience in nutrition and health programs in East, Central and North Africa. The various nutrition positions held have entailed designing and implementing CMAM and … READ MORE

Brooke Bauer
IYCF-E Advisor

Brooke Bauer is the IYCF-E Advisor for Tech RRT. She has a Masters of Public Health from the Nuffield Center for International Health and Development at the University of Leeds, a BSc in Sociology with Geography, is a Remote Emergency Medical Technician, and a breastfeeding counselor. She is also an independent member of the ENN … READ MORE

Alexa Humphreys
Assessment Advisor

Alexandra (Alexa) Humphreys is the Assessment Advisor with the Tech RRT and formerly the Flying Nutrition Assessment and Evaluation Expert for Action Against Hunger. She has multi-regional survey experience, having led or supported assessments in Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Bangladesh, Madagascar, Afghanistan, and the Central African Republic. Her expertise includes nutrition assessment … READ MORE

Sona Sharma
SBC Advisor

Sona Sharma is the Tech RRT Social Behaviour Change (SBC) Advisor. She has over twenty-eight years of experience in strategic planning, technical support, research, capacity strengthening, proposal development and implementation of programmes, with a focus on communication and advocacy.  Her experience spans the areas of reproductive health, nutrition, newborn care, infant and young child feeding … READ MORE

Ben Allen
Deputy Program Director

Ben joined the Tech RRT as Deputy Program Director in July 2019. He works on all aspects of the Tech RRT including each deployment process, project monitoring and evaluation, knowledge and learning work flows, and communications. He comes with over 8 years experience in humanitarian and development contexts largely focussing on monitoring, evaluation, learning and … READ MORE

Andi Kendle
Program Director

Andi is the Program Director for the Tech RRT supporting the whole team as well as working through the request and deployment process with countries in need of technical support. She comes with more than 15 years of professional experience in humanitarian assistance and development contexts, with most of this time working in nutrition, but … READ MORE

FAQ's

Yes we have information currently available in Spanish and French, and soon Arabic. Accessible on our resources page here

 

The Nutrition Technical Rapid Response Team (Tech RRT) is a partnership between International Medical Corps, Save the Children and Action Against Hunger working in close collaboration with the Global Nutrition Cluster and UNICEF. 

The purpose of creating the Nutrition Tech RRT was to improve the quality of nutrition humanitarian response by deploying skilled advisors to fill technical gaps in countries facing a crisis and providing remote support and building the capacity of nutrition partners. This complements the Rapid Response Team Cluster Coordinators (NCC) and Information Management Officers (IMO) of the Global Nutrition Cluster.

The Nutrition Tech RRT consists of four experienced nutrition professionals with proven technical skills in emergencies as well as nutrition expertise: one is expert in Assessment, one in CMAM, one in Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies and one in Social Behavior Change in Emergencies.  Advisors can be deployed to work with the nutrition sector/cluster or to individual agencies.

The funding for the Nutrition Tech RRT members is currently provided by OFDA/USAID, Irish Aid and SIDA. All deployment costs are covered by the Tech RRT grant.

Emergency field deployments are normally up to 6 weeks in duration. In certain situations, extensions can be requested as an exception.

 

  1. L3/L2 crisis where cluster or sector coordination mechanisms are in place. 
  2. Humanitarian Crisis including rapid onset emergency such as natural disaster, civil unrest/war or slow onset emergency as defined by OCHA such as drought, political/economical crisis and global challenges (climate change, food prices, irregular migration).
  3. Countries with limited technical capacity in nutrition in emergencies.

Cost sharing and cost recovery options are available for countries or organizations wanting to host an advisor.  This model enables the Tech RRT to be more sustainable, reach more countries in need and have a greater degree of flexibility to respond in different contexts.

Countries/organizations will contribute to costs when they can but this will not be an impediment to support. Countries that cannot afford to contribute can continue to access support with the costs covered by the Tech RRT grant.

Cost sharing and cost recovery arrangements will be on a case-by-case basis for each deployment, with a cost estimate provided shortly after contacting the Tech RRT.

Depending on the resources that a country/organization has available, the below tiered system will guide cost sharing and cost recovery:

Tier Financial contribution of the country/organization(s)
Tier 0 No contribution
Tier 1a Only deployment costs, i.e. flights, per diem, accommodation, visa etc.
Tier 1b Only adviser salary/fees
Tier 2 Tier 1a plus 1b (i.e. deployment costs and adviser salary/fees)
Tier 3 Tier 2 plus program support costs

Considerations:

  • If the requesting organization/ country can contribute or cover the costs of a deployment, this will enable the Tech RRT to respond to more countries in need.
  • Under no circumstances will costs be covered twice (by more than one funding source).
  • At any point, if cost recovery or cost sharing with the Tech RRT isn’t the best option, the Tech RRT can support to identify other alternatives to meet the needs.

No contracts need to be issued. However, depending on the host agency, a letter of understanding may have to be signed and host agencies security protocols may need to be reviewed prior to deployment.

Also, if a cost sharing or cost recovery arrangement is agreed, the modality for this will be discussed and could entail developing an agreement.

Step 1-Complete the Request form here

Step 2-Complete the ToR (Generic TORs are available for adaptation to the country specific needs here: IYCF-E ToR, Assessment ToR, CMAM ToR, SBC ToR)

Step 3-Upload both completed forms or email to Andi Kendle TechRRT@internationalmedicalcorps.org

Review the deployment package here

To request an advisor click here

Anyone who needs nutrition technical support in responding to an acute or protracted emergency can request a Tech RRT Advisor. This includes: Local and International Non-Governmental Organizations, Health Ministries, Nutrition/Health Clusters/Sectors/Coordination platforms or any agency on the ground who identifies a need. Advisors can be deployed to work with the nutrition sector/cluster and benefit the entire response or to individual agencies to improve quality, scope and reach of their nutrition emergency response.