Jobs in Uganda at Concern Worldwide – Senior Nutritionist MYAP

Reference: ES/SN/UG Country: Uganda
Contract Grade: B Contract Length: 2 years
Date Needed By: September 2012
New Post or Replacement: New Accompanied / Unaccompanied: Unaccompanied Exact
Job Location: Nakapiripirit District, Karamoja region, Uganda.
This is not finalized as in initial months the position may be based from Moroto, also in Karamoja. This is dependent on the strategy for programme roll-out and will be finalized in July/August.
Reports To: Health & Nutrition Director MYAP Responsible For: S/he will have 3 direct reports including one Nutrition Counterpart, a junior Nutritionist and a Behavior Change Specialist. (National Positions)
Liaises With: Support Nutritionist (Kampala), Concern Technical staff (USA and Dublin), Karamoja region Nutrition Stakeholders at government, UN and NGO level
Job Purpose: The Senior Nutritionist is responsible for technical oversight of all nutrition components of RWANU, implemented by Concern. RWANU takes a preventive approach to reducing malnutrition, focusing on the first 1,000 days of life. The health and nutrition component of the program will provide basic health care for women and children; social and behavior change (SBC) activities for key health, nutrition, and hygiene behaviors, as well as blanket preventative food rations for pregnant and lactating women and children 6-23 months of age. The Senior Nutritionist manages and builds the capacity of the local nutrition team and designs and supports the implementation technical inputs.
Main Duties & Responsibilities:
·         Line management and mentoring of Nutrition Counterpart, junior nutritionist and SBC specialist
·         Responsibility for the delivery of Nutrition related project components in line with RWANU technical narrative and quarterly and annual work plans & targets
·         Supervising technical components of the project including all nutrition related training, food basket monitoring process, community level nutrition training and surveillance and technical support to Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition (IMAM) services. This will include mentoring and training of project staff (8 Health Educators and approximately 26 Health Promoters) and health facility staff.
·         Liaise with local government, District Health Teams and nutrition stakeholders for the smooth implementation of nutrition related project components.
·         Keeping the team and project partners up to date with new innovations in the delivery of nutrition programmes, negotiating with stakeholders’ adjustments to programme plans or new interventions as necessary.
·         Managing, supervising, providing ongoing technical support and leadership to nutrition staff located across the Karamoja region
·         Leads on the operational research, in conjunction with the Health and Nutrition Director, including developing ToRs, supervising the consultants and ensuring the report findings are disseminated and adopted in the programme.
·         Manage the compilation of nutritional or other related data, analyze and lead on all nutrition related reporting.
·         Represent Concern at Nutrition related meetings/events in Karamoja region.
·         Deputize for Health and Nutrition Director- MYAP in their absence from project area.
·         Ensure gender and HIV and AIDS are mainstreamed into all project activities
·         As required attends partner and other stakeholders meetings and undertakes joint project supervision with relevant stakeholders
Person Specification
·         Masters’ degree in Nutrition
·         Medical/ Nursing/ Health Education background
Experience Required:
·         Five years’ experience in nutrition field with minimum 2 years working on applied nutrition issues including household-level consumption, nutrition related behavior change & care group models.
·         Two years’ experience in programme/team management
·         Understanding of the first 1000 days approach for the prevention of malnutrition.  
·         Experience in clinical supportive supervision for CMAM/IMAM
·         Experience in managing and building capacity of diverse teams
·         Experience in negotiating project technical inputs with a variety of government and non-government stakeholders
·         Experience in managing projects in challenging environments
·         Familiarity with working on nutrition in development & Emergency related contexts.
Prior Experience with USAID projects, procedures, and prior experience with USAID Title II projects is highly preferred.
Special Skills, Aptitude or Personality Requirements:
Essential characters:
·         Leadership and people management skills
·         Analytical thinking
·         Ability to work and live in difficult environments
·         Curious and seeking to understand various perspectives (beneficiary, community, local government, staff)
·         Cultural awareness and flexibility
·         Ability to manage oneself, a large team and deliver results
·         Proactive and problem solver
Essential Skills
·         Technical skills nutrition programming in a development context
·         Good participatory planning skills
·         Excellent Relationship building and communication skills
·         Ability to analyze data writes project reports to a high standard
·         Any Other Special Requirements (e.g. international driving license, specific computer skills etc.) Proficiency in MS Office, MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint Presentation, Outlook express and internet) and Nutrition data analysis packages.
Concern Worldwide is an Irish-based non-governmental, international, humanitarian organization dedicated to the reduction of suffering and working towards the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest countries. Concern has a Staff Code of Conduct and a Programme Participant Protection Policy which have been developed to ensure the maximum protection of programme participants from exploitation and to clarify the responsibilities of Concern staff, consultants, visitors to the programme and partner organization, and the standards of behavior expected of them. In this context staff have a responsibility to the organization to strive for, and maintain, the highest standards in the day-to-day conduct in their workplace in accordance with Concern’s core values and mission. Any candidate offered a job with Concern Worldwide will be expected to sign the Programme Participant Protection Policy and the Concern Staff Code of Conduct as an appendix to their contract of employment. By signing the Programme Participant Protection Policy and the Concern Staff Code of Conduct candidates acknowledge that they have understood the contents of both the Concern Staff Code of Conduct and the Programme Participant Protection Policy and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these two documents. Concern receives a substantial amount of funding from external donors each year. Increasingly donors are introducing requirements whereby future funding is conditional on Concern ensuring that the names of any new employee or volunteer do not appear on terrorism lists generated by the European Union (List of person, groups and entities to which Regulation (EC No. 2580/2001 applies), the US Government (Office of Foreign Assets Control list of specially designated Nationals and Blocked Persons) and the United Nations (Consolidated List). Any offer of employment (either paid or voluntary) with Concern Worldwide will not be made pending a clearance check being conducted on the applicant. For additional information please consult our web site or contact the Human Resource Division in our Head Office. Concern Worldwide is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.
How to Apply
All applications should be submitted through our website at  by closing date…. CV’s should be no more than 4 pages in length. All candidates who are short-listed for a first round interview will be notified via email after the application deadline OR Due to the urgency of this position, applications will be short listed on a regular basis and we may offer posts before the closing date.

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