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Nutrition Officer At Action Against Hunger

Date Posted: 14/May/2019
Deadline: 20/May/2019

Action Against Hunger works to save lives by combating hunger and diseases that threaten the lives of vulnerable communities, through nutrition, food security, water and sanitation, health and advocacy.

Nutrition Officer

Location: Damaturu, Yobe
Job Type: Full Time 
Starting date: As Soon As Possible
Direct Line Manager: Nutrition Sector Manager

Objective 1

  • Represent Action Against Hunger and the program within the community

Tasks & Responsibilities:

  • Know and understand Action Against Hunger mandate, Humanitarian principals and the current program
  • With the program manager, develop coherent messages and pass them to the community about Action Against Hunger mandate, program objectives and approach.
  • Build trust between Action Against Hunger and the community.

Objective 2

  • Health facility capacity assessments and profiling

Tasks & Responsibilities:

  • Conduct capacity assessment of health facilities: baseline, progress and end line and to come up with reports of the same.
  • Identify issues/problems and solutions as a result of the capacity assessment and progress assessment and in collaboration with the PM adequately implement solutions in order to resolve problems.

Objective 3

  • Ensure community nutritional screening is functional and linking to health facilities

Tasks & Responsibilities:

  • Ensure the supervision and monitoring of the implementation of active screening activities
  • Assist in the supervision and monitoring of the implementation of home visits of beneficiaries by community actors for follow-up of non-respondents, defaulters and potential defaulters
  • In collaboration with the community volunteers and as needed the health facility staffs, mobilize the community for nutrition activities (detection of case, referral, follow-up
  • Support the community volunteers in the building up of the community mobilization network system in communities and follow-up implementation of  activities
  • Under the responsibility of the Deputy nutrition program manager identify key areas of training for the community actors
  • Inform the Program Manager of training needs

Objective 4

  • Implement community health groups (CHGs) within the catchment population for each health facility targeted by the CMAM component

Tasks & Responsibilities:

  • Implement community health groups (according to methodology)
  • Ensure outlined participation in the CHGs by all registered participants.
  • Draw an action plan after every CHG session, and follow up this action plan at the beginning of the next session.
  • Involve community volunteers in the CHGs.
  • Follow up the community volunteers to make sure that they follow up the communities to achieve the set action plans after the public health sessions.
  • Listen to the community volunteers and give them any necessary support in the field and report this to the office.
  • Follow up the community volunteers and be sure that they are conducting CMAM activities

Objective 5

  • Assist the PM work with the logistics and admin departments to plan, procure appropriate supplies and follow up community based activities

Tasks & Responsibilities:

  • Follow logistical purchasing procedures.
  • Ensuring correct budget lines are utilized as expected.
  • Ensure that the proper project codes are utilized
  • Ensure proper records are kept of all expenditure and usage of materials

Objective 6

  • Identify training needs of Health workers and Community Volunteers attached to facilities as well as conducting theoretical trainings if necessary followed by On Job Training (OJT)

Tasks & Responsibilities:

  • Contact the key nutrition stakeholders and identify training needs in each facility/mobile clinic
  • Under the responsibility of the nutrition program manager identifies key areas of training for the health and nutrition actors
  • Conduct training to facilities on IMAM, IYCF, micronutrient supplementation as per the needs identified through capacity assessment.
  • Facilitate on the job training on all aspects of activities as per the proposal and to ensure that the health facility is able to move to the next phases of the project timeline.
  • Work with the health facility in charges, health staffs and CVs attached to the health facility to identify properly and on time when the beneficiaries who must be transferred from the OTP to the stabilization centre or any major medical site for treatment and different branches of the programme. Ensure that the transfers are actually well done
  • Build the capacity of the health staffs and CVs attached to the health facility to perform the appetite test for each potential OTP beneficiary and be sure that after the admission and consecutive visits.

Objective 7

  • Participate in regular internal and external coordination for the program at LGA level and at state level when required.

Tasks & Responsibilities:

  • Establish good Relationship with Community leaders
  • Establish a network with the other actors in the working area (I/NGOs)
  • Establish a good understanding of the program within the Community
  • Establish linked and meetings with the Community leaders and different group existing in the working area.

Internal & External Relationships
Internal:

  • Deputy Nut & Health Program Manager: hierarchical relationship – technical support – exchange of information
  • Nutrition & Health  Program Manager: technical support
  • Nutrition Assistant: Supervisor

External:

  • State Primary Health Care Agency (SPHCDA), State Nutrition Officer, SMOH: exchange of information, coordination, training, supervision, influence on choice of technical options.
  • LGA Team/HF team/CV: Training, supportive supervision, influence of choice on technical options

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Health, Nutrition, Nursing or related field. Higher level Degree preferred
  • Minimum 2 years work experience in humanitarian contexts, with at least 1 year in conflict/insecure contexts.
  • He/she must have experience in CMAM, IYCF and community mobilization.

Skills & Experience
Essential:

  • Ability and willingness to frequently travel to villages and stay at the field
  • Willingness and capacity to be flexible and accommodating when faced with difficult and frustrating working conditions like long distance walking to screening sites
  • Capacity to supervise and coach health workers
  • Ability to work in an environment where there are physical discomforts associated with change in weather or discomforts associated with noise, dust or dirt
  • Professional, motivated, open, creative, mature, responsible, flexible and, culturally sensitive.
  • Excellent team, budget and project management and representation competencies.

Preferred:

  • Proficient in statistical and other softwares (Microsoft Office package, SPSS, SPHINX, STATA, EPI Info, ENA for SMART, GIS, etc.)
  • Willing and able to be based and travel regularly within remote areas, where services are limited.
  • Fluency in English.
  • Commitment to Action Against Hunger mission, values and policy.
  • Proficiency with local languages (Kanuri, Fulani, Hausa)
  • Previous NGO experience managing mobilization in different interventions (i.e. cash transfers, wash, Nutrition).
  • Previous experience with Action Against Hunger.

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