International Rescue Committee – Nutrition Officer.

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Requisition ID: req17261

Job Title: Nutrition Officer

Sector: Health

Employment Category: Fixed Term

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Kenya


Job Description

The IRC lead a multi-agency program of operational research to develop a simplified combined protocol for the treatment of severe and moderate acute malnutrition (Combined Protocol for Acute Malnutrition Study- ComPAS). The ‘Combined Protocol’ was tested in a rigorous RCT in two countries: South Sudan and Kenya. The IRC is recruiting a Nutrition Officer to be part of the Team to advance this protocol through and operational Pilot in West Pokot County. He/she will be part of the team implementing the COMPAS, pilot implementation.

Working under the mentorship and supervision of the Nutrition Manager, the Nutrition Officer will be directly responsible for the day-to-day oversight MOH liaison and implementation of the ComPAS IMAM & MIYCN protocols in the program which includes.

  • Coordination, implementation and working together with the Nutrition Manager to ensure that the program is running efficiently.
  • Working together with the Supply Chain Department, plan and procure family nutrition program supplies including RUTF, MUAC tapes
  • Together with the county and sub – county MOH, plan and conduct training health staff and on COMPASS, MIYCN and Family MUAC.
  • In coordination with county teams Coordinate the day-to-day implementation of MIYCN, family MUAC screening at household levels through community health workers and radio program.
  • In collaboration with ministry of health, plan for trainings for M2MSGs on optimal MIYCN practices during COVID- 19 Pandemic.
  • Participate in coordination meetings at County and sub-county level with the MOH and Partners including NIWG, CNTF and any other.
  • Support development of County work plans with the S/CHMTs and schedule joint supervisions to improve quality programming.
  • Prepare cash forecast in liaison with the other program staff in line with the work plans.
  • Ensure the expenditure is as stipulated in the budget lines and strict adherence to the budget limits.
  • Supervise budget spending to align with spending plan; ensure diligence in grants utilization including timely spending and value for money.
  • Implement comprehensive maternal infant and young child nutrition program (MIYCN) Baby Friendly Community initiative (BFCI) approaches.
  • Compile and submit donor and IRC Nutrition Program weekly, biweekly, and monthly reports of all the activities implemented,
  • Lease with Supply Chain Department in logistical Program Supplies procurement and Monitoring Supply control.
  • Attend & represent the Nutrition program in MOH meetings, CNTFs, Surveys and DQAs
  • Any other duties as assigned by the supervisor.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Food, Nutrition and Dietetics from a recognized University.
  • Be a registered nutrition or dietitian KNDI.

Required Experience & Proficiencies

  • Minimum 3 years’ work experience in emergency community nutrition and implementation.
  • Experience in MIYCN with strong BFHI & BFCI approaches.
  • Experience in nutrition survey and assessments
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong report writing and team working skills.
  • Knowledge in computer packages and basic analysis skills.
  • Ability to work in hardship areas (previous experience in a camp setting will be an added advantage)
  • Flexible and positive personality.
  • Strong planning and implementation capacity
  • Confident and capable negotiator, communicator and networker


Standards of Professional Conduct: The IRC and IRC workers are required to conform to 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 implements 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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