USAID Project Vacancies – Micronutrient Powder (MNP) Program Officer at Strengthening Partnerships, Results and Innovations in Nutrition Globally (SPRING) Project

Organization: Strengthening
Partnerships, Results and Innovations in Nutrition Globally (SPRING) Project
Funding Source: United States
Agency for International Development (USAID)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: MNP Program
Team Lead – Namutumba
About US:
Strengthening Partnerships, Results and Innovations in Nutrition Globally
(SPRING) Project is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the United
States Agency for International Development (USAID) and managed by JSI Research
& Training Institute Inc. with partners, Helen Keller International, the
Manoff Group, Save the Children, and the International Food Policy Research
Institute (IFPRI).  SPRING’s overarching
vision is to reduce under-nutrition, prevent stunting, and work with women of
reproductive age and children aged 6-23 months on reducing anemia. SPRING aims
to strengthen country efforts to scale up high-impact nutrition practices and
policies to improve maternal and child nutrition outcomes.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Offer technical and logistical support in the
development of a training packages for various levels of training on MNP usage,
distribution and storage.
The incumbent will support efforts in maintaining a
strong working relationship with Ministry of Health and other members of the
Uganda MNP Technical Working Group (TWG) participating in this pilot.
Support and participate in field operations,
ensuring the team work in all locations.
The job holder will maintain the integrity of the
MNP intervention, ensuring close adherence to the implementation protocol,
including all plans for distribution and monitoring of the MNP.
The Program Officer will also visit implementation
sites regularly during distribution of MNPs to document and monitor the MNP
dissemination in Namutumba, provide support to local SPRING/Uganda and District
staff as needed, and verify proper documentation and record-keeping.
Manage the logistics of MNP transport to
distribution sites to ensure adequate supply of MNPs to all sites throughout
the implementation.
Support SPRING/Uganda staff and TWG members in
development of survey tools for use in Namutumba midline and endline data
collection activities.
The job holder will manage the collection of survey
data at two time periods during the study, including finalizing the survey tools
(in collaboration with SPRING staff and TWG members), hiring and training data
collectors, organizing data collection and entry, and managing data analysis.
Oversee rigorous qualitative documentation of
experiences related to the MNP pilot in Namutumba district. Data will be
collected regularly in the field by SPRING/Uganda interns, but the Program
Officer for MNPs is responsible for developing and maintaining the data
collection process, as well as supervising the process and ensuring overall
data quality.
Circulate key project information and/or materials
to the rest of the SPRING team on a routine basis.
Technically support and ensure proper documentation
and reports are developed, reviewed and submitted in a timely manner.
Actively participate in the dissemination of project
related work to different audiences and forums.
Monitor and ensure MNP consumption adheres to the
set standards and address any challenges and or effects of MNP consumption on
physical health.
Develop standard operating procedures for the
implementation of various components of the MNP project.
Qualifications, Skills and
The ideal candidate should preferably hold a Master’s
degree in nutrition, public health, statistics, marketing, economics or a
related field (preferred).
Previous experience working in the areas of nutrition
and maternal & child health is desired
Strong initiative and self-motivation required, with
a commitment to teamwork and effectiveness within a nonhierarchical,
participatory management environment.
Computer literacy skills with familiarity with basic
word processing and spreadsheet software.
Broad knowledge and understanding of monitoring and
evaluation systems, operations and/or formative research design, and in the
design, implementation, and analysis of quantitative and qualitative research
studies (preferred).
Proven ability to train staff in data reporting
procedures (preferred).
How to Apply: 
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates should send their applications and updated
CVs to:
The subject Line of the application E-mail should be “MNP PO”
Deadline: 7th December, 2015

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