Emergency Nutrition Officer
Save the Children has been operational in Kenya since the 1950s, providing support to children through developmental and humanitarian relief programmes delivered both directly and through local partners. Current programming focuses on child protection, child rights governance, education, health, HIV/AIDS, livelihoods, nutrition and WASH. In 2012, as part of a global reorganization process, Save the Children combined the programmes of SC UK, SC Canada and SC Finland to create a single operation in Kenya. In Feb 2014, we completed a second transition, which saw us join forces with the British INGO, Merlin, and merge their health and nutrition programmes with our own. Save the Children now has an operational presence in Bungoma, Dadaab Refugee Camp, Garissa, Mandera, Turkana and Wajir and we work through partners in many other parts of the country
The Emergency Nutrition Officer will be responsible for day-to-day implementation of the humanitarian nutrition and interventions in the emergency programme. He/She will play a critical role in the scale up of IMAM services as well promotion of optimum maternal,infant and young child practices at community level.The position holder will work closely with the sub county health department and the local partner to strengthen health system support for improved quality of care
SCOPE OF ROLE:
Reports to: Emergency Response Coordinator
Staff reporting to this post: None
Location – Mandera
Contract Duration- 8 months
KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:
- Organize trainings for Ministry of Health staff and community health volunteers on nutrition system strengthening including Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition, IMAM Surge, and baby friendly community initiative
- Promote infant and young child feeding practices through community campaigns and other channels.
- Ensure availability and distribution of IEC materials, nutrition protocols and supplies, reporting tools etc. at health facility and Community Level.
- Develop and implement Health System Strengthening training needs, assist in defining training needs, develop strategies to achieve targets and coordinate training activities.
- Coordinate and maintain strong partnerships with other actors in health and nutrition at sub-county and community levels.
- In consultation with subcounty nutrition focal point organize mobile integrated mobile clinics.
- Promote integration of nutrition in FSL ;Cash transfer for vulnerable house hold
Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability & Learning (MEAL)
- Work with the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) team and other project staff in monitoring and evaluation of project activities including preparation of monitoring reports, documents and lessons learned.
- Share case studies, human-interest stories, documentaries and other related materials with MEAL Unit
- Carry out regular field monitoring visits and attend facility review meetings to provide support.
- Participate in milestone meetings for monitoring of the progress of the programme such as mid-term reviews, strategy meetings, previews and reviews and annual reviews.
- Collect complaints and feedback during field activities and ensure that these are shared with MEAL officers for updating of the CFRM database.
- Ensure exchange and sharing of experience, lessons learnt, best practices and new methods to county officials, programme staff, other SCI partners as well as within the organization in collaboration with the health and nutrition teams.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
- Degree in Nutrition or Diploma in Nutrition with vast experience
- Qualified nutritionist registered with KNDI
- Minimum 3 years of relevant professional work experience in Nutrition Programming.
- Good understanding of the MOH and county health departments, particularly integration of donor funded programmes into county plans.
- Effective working relationships with stakeholders from government agencies, international organisations, donors, academics and opinion-leaders.
- Experience in training and capacity building.
- Strong leadership and interpersonal skills. Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with a wide array of organizations
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Good knowledge of the nutrition and health field.
- Good presentation and persuasion skills.
- Commitment to SCI Values
- Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values and principles including rights-based approaches
BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice)
- Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values.
- Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.
- Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same.
- Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others.
- Future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.
- Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters.
- Values diversity sees it as a source of competitive strength.
- Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.
- Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions.
- Willing to take disciplined risks.
- Honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity.
We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.
We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:
- No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
- All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
- Violence against children is no longer tolerated
Save the Children is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best-qualified talent.
Female Candidates are encouraged to apply.
Save the Children International does not charge any kind of fee at whichever stage of the recruitment process, nor request for medical examination or records and does not act through recruitment agents whatsoever.
Application closes on 22 November 2022.