6 Nutrition Officer Job Opportunities – Action Against Hunger-USA

Job Title: Nutrition Officer (6 Job Opportunities)  

Organisation: Action Against Hunger-USA

Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda

Report to: Program Manager

 

About US:

Action Against Hunger-USA is part of the Action Against Hunger International network, which provides humanitarian relief in over 40 countries worldwide in the sectors of nutrition, health, water/sanitation, and food security. Action Against Hunger-USA, an independent NGO, currently manages operations in 9 countries: Kenya, South Sudan, Nigeria, Pakistan, Cambodia, Tanzania, Uganda, Haiti and Somalia. Action Against Hunger-USA has over $92 million in programs, and approximately 2000 staff based in in the various country offices and the three Head Quarter Locations of New York City, Washington D.C, Nairobi. Additional growth is anticipated.

 

Job Summary:  Project of support:  German Federal Foreign office (GFFO) project: Multi sectoral humanitarian response to the deteriorating nutrition situation, focusing on severely affected crisis contexts in sub-Saharan Africa. The Nutrition officer will be responsible for supporting health and nutrition activities at the field level, which include Management of acute malnutrition, MIYCAN, Management of small and nutritionally at risk infants under six,(MAMi), Integrated Case Management of Childhood illnesses, and social behavior change and communication. Other key deliverables include supporting capacity-building of VHTS, care group volunteers , health workers and district engagement. He / she will work closely with the WASH and Food security officers to ensure integration of multi sector activities. He/she will Supervise Daily implémentation of activities and their contribution towards achieving desired project objectives and results. He/she is the direct interface between Action Against Hunger and communities. He/she is responsible for identification and verification of programme participants, programme monitoring, ensure effective programming, timely programme reporting, and the identification and initial trouble-shooting of field level implementation problems.

 

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

Technical Support

  • Ensure integration of malnutrition management within health service delivery (i.e. at health facilities and in outreaches) and ensuring monthly performance indicators are within acceptable sphere standards
  • Ensure the implementation of MAMi, BFHI,MIYCAN, ICCM, SBCC program at both health facility and community level, ensuring that the right beneficiaries are targeted in the programs
  • Ensure that the capacity of the district health systems to supervise, evaluate, monitor and provide curative approaches against disease and acute malnutrition is strengthened
  • Support the logistical operations for programs at health facilities of operation and in the communities alongside the Program Managers
  • Oversee that the linkages between community based health structures for early case identification, referral and management of acute malnutrition, at risk infants and common childhood illnesses are strengthened
  • Participate in development of relevant project IEC materials and also ensure that such materials are effectively disseminated to targeted beneficiaries
  • Ensure that project staffs collect quality data, utilize and also timely and accurately report the data

Capacity Building

  • In liaison with the PM, organise and supervise all project capacity development activities including refresher training for health workers and district on MIYCAN, MCHN, MAMi and IMAM. Information systems; on-job mentorship sessions for health workers and program staff on IYCF and IMAM; training VHTs, Care Groups and health workers on Care Group activities and regular on job mentorship and support
  • Ensure that health workers and VHTs have necessary capacity development tools and materials
  • Ensure that joint health worker and VHT meetings are conducted on a monthly basis and quarterly basis with the program priority areas addressed during the meeting including sharing achievements, challenges and solutions as well as capacity building for the participants on selected topics according to the capacity needs

Assessment and reporting

  • Together with the Nutrition Officers and Community Nutrition Officers, develop monthly and quarterly work plans and ensure that these are adhered to.
  • Participate in all project review assessments, surveys and studies including Monthly & Quarterly donor reports, Action Against Hunger internal reports (Project Activity Reports (APRs), activity reports (meetings, community dialogues and drama shows and any other activity)
  • Support the establishment of a database for community health workers (VHT, Lead mothers, lead fathers & other community structures) and regularly monitor and evaluate their activities
  • Ensure that stakeholders are sensitized on program accountability and have information on beneficiary feedback mechanism
  • Oversee reporting on project progress, success stories and lessons learned during project implementation
  • Ensure financial management through the timely preparation and submission of cash needs for the program activities and ensure timely payment to beneficiaries.

Staff Management & Supervision

  • Ensure that staff under your supervision are effectively engaged in their tasks and perform their duties according to Action Against Hunger expectations
  • Ensure that staff under your supervison develop quarterly activity workplans and adhere to them
  • Identify training needs of staff under your supervision and suggest an appropriate training plan

Coordination & Representation

  • Mobilize communities and community leaders to participate in Action Against Hunger project community activities and organize regular community meetings to address areas for program improvement
  • Participate in internal and external meetings according to the PM guidance
  • Actively participate in events organized in the refugee and host community settings
  • Attend interagency meetings and field visits as required by the PM
  • Other duties as assigned from time to time

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Directly supervises the work of Community Based Facilitators-.
  • Gender Equality Commitments
  • Foster an environment that supports values of women and men, and equal access to information.
  • Provide a work environment where women and men must be evaluated and promoted based on their skills and performance.
  • Respect beneficiaries’ women, men, children (boys and girls) regardless of gender, sex orientation, disability, religion. race, color, ancestry, national origin, age, or marital status.
  • Value and respect all cultures.

Fiscal Responsibility

  • Work closely with the program Manager in updating the project BFU in relation to the activity implementation plan on regular basis, ensuring that relevant documentation on nutrition and health is filed and archived.





Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal applicant must hold a Bachelor degree (honors) in Nutrition,, or any other relevant field. A diploma in Nutrition studies with at least 3 years’ practical experience in a successful Nutrition related project will be considers
  • At least three years of continuous experience implementing Nutrition and Health Agronomy related activities.
  • Previous work experience in implementing health and nutrition projects to prevent and manage under nutrition is highly desirable.
  • You work with a busy multi-sectoral setting/programming is an asset.
  • Strong communication skills (written and oral) English
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions independently
  • Extremely flexible with the ability to cope with stressful situations
  • Excellent reporting skills
  • Good knowledge of the local Area, refugee problematic, local context, including being able to speak Swahili and/or local languages used in Kiryandongo / Adjumani districts.

 

How to Apply:

All suitably qualified candidates who desire to work in one of the world’s prestigious French-founded Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Action Against Hunger (ACF), should click the web link below to visit recruitment website.

 

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