IRC – Nutritionist (Hagadera)

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Working under the mentorship and supervision of the Senior Nutrition Officer, The Nutritionist will lead the implementation of all nutrition related activities at the IRC run health facilities and communities in the refugee settlement and the surrounding host communities in Dadaab Refugee Camp.

The Nutritionist will be responsible for providing training (nutrition), coaching, mentorship and technical support, including M&E for the nutrition program. Key areas will include detection and treatment of acute cases of malnutrition; implementation of the prevention package of COMPASS, IMAM, IYCF, Maternal Child Health and Nutrition; supporting outreach activities that include surveillance and patient follow up; and preparing and submission of weekly and monthly reports as the need arises.

Key Responsibilities


  • Ensure quality and timely identification and treatment of medical complications associated with malnutrition in SC/OTP/SFP.
  • Give and advise on the drug regimen for children in the SC, OTP and SFP programs.
  • Participate in daily ward rounds in the SC ward with the medical team.
  • Mentor the Nutrition Assistant staff and Auxiliary Nurses to handle patients with acute malnutrition as per protocol.
  • Train and mentor IRC nutrition staff and other key partners in GMP, IYCF and IMAM; especially the OTP and SC staff.
  • Ensure the establishment of nutrition monitoring activities and train health staff in case detection and referral system.
  • Ensure timely reporting and meet set deadlines.
  • Monthly submission of CMAM, COMPASS report to the Senior Nutrition Officer for reviews.
  • Improve the provision of quality nutrition counseling in the hospital SC and Comprehensive care Clinic (CCC) and other entry points in the health programme in liaison with relevant IRC sectors.
  • Plan and Conduct continuous monitoring of the OTP, SFP and SC patient.
  • Participate in planning and roll-out of new program areas in liaison with key partners.
  • Uphold IRC code of conduct at respective work area.
  • Directly supervise Nutrition Assistants in OTP/SFP sites.
  • Supervise and work in strict collaboration with the nutrition team in the screening activities of severely malnourished children.
  • Identify training gaps for the incentive staff and beneficiaries within nutrition program and communicate the same to the program manager.
  • Monitor and supervise accurate usage of essential nutrition therapeutic feeds such as F100, F75, RUTF.RUSF, CSB++and Resomal to avoid stock outs.
  • Build appropriate linkages and referral for nutrition activities.
  • Work closely with other health programs in spirit of integration for maximum output.
  • Attend all program implementation meetings.

Note: – The role of the Nutritionist cannot be limited to the specific duties and tasks detailed herein. The success of the IRC’s humanitarian mission is the highest priority and all issues which arise must be addressed accordingly. Therefore, S/he will be required to handle all unforeseen issues and circumstances and remain flexible to perform any other duties, as and when required.Profil

  • Hold a Diploma in Food, Nutrition and Dietetics from a recognized College/University.
  • Registration and Up to date License with KNDI is a requirement.
  • Have at least three (2) years’ experience in implementing nutrition related activities in a busy hospital and community set up.
  • S/He must possess ability to analyze and interpret both quantitative and qualitative programmed data.
  • Possess excellent planning and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Possess a high level of integrity and with good interpersonal skills
  • Ready to work in difficult environmental conditions.

Required Experience

  • Addition nutrition training in CMAM/IMAM/COMPASS and MIYCN is an added advantage.
  • Strong communication skills, oral, written and presentation.
  • Previous experience in Arid and Semi Arid Lands of Kenya
  • Previous experience working in insecure contexts
  • Very flexible, and have the ability to cope with stressful situations.
  • Strong background in humanitarian projects.
  • Show strength in computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheet, E- mail, out look
  • Should be a standout colleague and culturally sensitive.
  • Please make sure to include copy of Certificate of Good Conduct in your application.

Standards of Professional Conduct: The IRC and IRC workers must implement the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way – Code of Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and makes sure policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Harassment-Free Workplace, Fiscal Integrity, Anti-Retaliation, Combating Trafficking in Persons and several others.Gender Equality: IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other encouraging benefits and allowance.Kenyan nationals are encouraged to apply. International allowances are not available for this position. Salary and employee benefits are compliant to the Kenyan NGO Sector.IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.


Please take note that International Rescue Committee (IRC) does not ask for any fees in connection with its recruitment processes.

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