Nutrition Specialist (Health System Strengthening) Italian NGO Jobs – AVSI Foundation

Organization: AVSI
Duty Station: 
About US:
AVSI Foundation is
an international not-for-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO) founded in
Italy in 1972. Its mission is to promote the dignity of the person through
development cooperation activities, with special attention to education,
according to the social teaching of the Catholic Church. AVSI has been present
in Uganda since 1984, first supporting hospitals and agriculture projects in
Gulu and Kitgum districts, and later expanding around 1990 to establish the
present-day headquarters in Kampala, offices in Pader, Gulu and Kitgum, and
project activities in 12 other districts.
About Project:
entered into a partnership under the project entitled District Health System
Strengthening on RMNCAH, HIV, and Nutrition in the districts of Arua, Adjumani,
Koboko, Maracha, Moyo, Nebbi, Pakwach, Yumbe, Zombo, Lamwo and Kiryandongo –
The projects aim to
“Support and keep children and mothers ALIVE through the provision of a
comprehensive Health, Nutrition, and HIV/AIDS Package” under which AVSI
contributes to efforts to reduce maternal and child mortality and improve the
quality of life of children and women in Northern Uganda, Acholi and West Nile
The project also
will support and build synergies with other implementing partners and AVSI
existing projects; ‘Maximizing impact against HIV, TB, and Malaria in Acholi
Sub-Region’ funded by Italian Cooperation, Resilient Learners, Teachers and
Education Systems in South Sudan and Uganda (RICE) in Lamwo and Arua districts,
funded by EU.
Job Summary:   The Nutrition Specialist (Health System
Strengthening) will provide both strategic and technical direction to nutrition
programming in the integrated district health system. The successful candidate
will be responsible for the development and implementation of nutrition
Activities at the district, in close working collaboration with the DHTs and
the child survival development officers based at the districts. The Specialist
will liaise with the nutrition division of the Ministry of Health, UNICEF,
District nutrition lead, UNHCR nutritionist District Nutrition Coordination
Committees, District Health Teams and health facility in-charges/ facility
nutrition focal persons in the supported districts to establish and/ or
strengthen health facilities and community capacity for management of Moderate
Acute Malnutrition (MAM) and Severe Acute Malnutrition, as well as promotion of
appropriate MIYCF and WASH practices and behaviours. .
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Participate in AVSI/UNICEF Activity periodic work planning,
    reporting and strategy development based on evidence, as necessary.
  • Participate in development of training packages at national and
    sub-regional level, and training of various services providers at
    community and facility levels using various training approaches i.e.
    MIYCF, IMAM and NACs.
  • Lead the planning and preparation of nutrition packages (protocols,
    guidelines, equipment and related materials) for nutrition capacity
    building at the districts of operations.
  • Provide technical support to multi-sectorial nutrition programming
    through establishing and/or strengthening capacity of District Nutrition
    Coordination Committees.
  • Establish a program for community-based rehabilitation of malnourished
    children and promotion of Essential Nutrition Actions (ENAs) targeting the
    first 1,000 days of life. This involves initiating pilot sites, evaluating
    the results, and then scaling up the program to other communities.
  • Act as a link between the AVSI/UNICEF Activity and National
    Nutrition Division of the MoH and represent the UNICEF/AVSI Activity in
    the nutrition Technical Working Group.
  • Participate in national, district and community level nutrition
    meetings with other nutrition stakeholders as requested
  • Coordinate and conduct periodic stakeholder meetings aimed at
    promoting Collaboration, Learning and Adaptation among stakeholders in the
    region i.e. IMAM sharing sessions, coordination meetings
  • Provide technical support to other technical personnel, including
    reviewing documents and presentations, developing strategies, approaches
    as requested.
  • Work with the Ministry of Health, implementing partners, nutrition
    committees, working groups to establish priorities, work plans and provide
    technical assistance to implement nutrition activities/tasks in west Nile
  • In collaboration with MoH/UNICEF oversee the improvement and
    scale-up of nutrition services integration into all health services at
    health facility levels through conducting health systems strengthening
    performance assessment, and rapid assessment identifying gaps.
  • Strengthen capacities of Health facilities and districts to
    effectively use IMAM/ NACS tools through capacity building and supporting
    district mentor’s/coaches mentorship to ensure quality improvement
  • Facilitate and participate in operational research related to
    Nutrition and share results for program and policy planning and decision
  • Contribute towards AVSI monitoring, Evaluation Learning, Adapting
    and knowledge management activities, specifically ensuring quality data
    capture into DHIS2.
  • Perform other job-related activities as assigned by the
  • Work with the regional referral nutritionist, regional and district
    national mentors/coaches, district nutritionists, district nutrition focal
    persons, CSDs, the DHMTs and health in-charges of the selected facilities
  • Develop a system for planning and management of nutrition supplies,
    equipment and tools and ensure timely ordering and delivery;
  • Ensure adherence to guidelines and protocols for management various
    forms of malnutrition.
  • Ensure establishment and functionality of Nutrition Work Improvement
    Teams as well as integration of nutrition in facility Quality Improvement

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant must hold a Basic Degree in Nutrition with
    Postgraduate Training or Master in related health and social sciences;
    nutrition, public health or related field.
  • Seven years of demonstrated experience in developing, implementing,
    and monitoring successful district nutrition programs, managing
    malnutrition among vulnerable groups especially refuges settings, and
    promoting behavioural change for prevention of malnutrition.
  • Familiarity with UNICEF funded nutrition initiatives and the
    positive deviance methodology is an added advantage.
  • Experience in technical and programming in IYCF, IMAM/CMAM
    approaches, with additional expertise in community health and nutrition
    activities, including IMCI, essential nutrition actions, nutrition
    assessments, monitoring and evaluation, and behaviour change
  • Experience with UNICEF-funded programs required
  • Ability to write effectively for a range of audiences and purposes,
    including policy-makers, program managers and service providers
  • Ability to translate technical information into practical guidance
    and tools and effectively communicate these using print, electronic, and
    presentation media
  • Fluency in English relevant computer software skills (including, at
    a minimum, the standard applications in MS Office)
  • Excellent presentation, organizational, interpersonal skills,
    Initiative and ability to work independently and as a team
  • Ability to facilitate relationships and interact smoothly and
    effectively with stakeholders and colleagues.
  • Ability to solve problems creatively, multi-task and work as a
    member of a team.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail; ability to
    establish priorities, meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and coordinate with a variety of
    collaborators, including DHMTs, national level managers, donors, NGOs and
    community-based organizations.
  • Strong and demonstrated supervisory skills.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Strong report writing skills and computer skills.
  • Fluent English is required with excellent speaking and writing skills.
How to Apply:
All candidates
should send their application letters, accompanied with updated Curriculum
Vitae indicating 3 work-related referees, plus copies of relevant certificates,
should be addressed to:
The AVSI Country
AVSI Foundation,
P. O. Box 6785,
Kampala, Uganda
Email to: (Please indicate
the e-mail subject as ‘Application for Nutrition Specialist.’)
Deadline: 18th July 2019 (5.00 pm)
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