Nutrition Officer

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    2 weeks ago
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The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.

The International Rescue Committee has been working in Somalia since 2006, providing essential services to conflict and disaster affected communities. The IRC has been operational in Central Somalia (Mudug, Galgadud and Bay regions) and Mogadishu implementing interventions in the areas of livelihood, WASH, Governance and peacebuilding, GBV, Nutrition, education and health reaching out to more than 200,000 conflict and drought affected people.

Summary of Responsibilities:

The Nutrition officer will be working under the direct supervision of the Senior health and nutrition officer and will be responsible providing quality of health care services to patients as per WHO/IRC protocols and international benchmarks.

Major duties and responsibilities:

  • Ensure that Nutrition activities in the Mudug region and its mobile clinics are implemented and running smoothly, including active case finding, screening, and treatment and referral of malnourished children.
  • In collaboration with senior health and nutrition officer/manger develop monthly, quarterly, and annual plan of action for all nutrition activities both at the fixed and outreach teams.
  • Participate in the implementation of the nutrition surveillance activities – surveys and other nutrition passements.
  • Work with the team to prepare and collect case studies/success stories for demonstrating impact, including lessons learned and best practices.
  • Lead nutrition activities at the mobile clinic and Supervise patients’ health education sessions conducted by the CHWs in the Health Center and mobile outreach sites.
  • Represent IRC in Coordination and collaboration meetings including Cluster and Ad-hoc Meetings.
  • Ensure OTP/TSF protocols and guidelines are strictly adhered in treating malnourished cases.
  • With the support of CHWs organize case finding to identify malnourished children at both facility and community level
  • Provide training and health education and information and materials on prevention and treatment of malnutrition, BF and hygiene and sanitation to the caretakers
  • Assist/Support health facility staff in compilation of monthly data reports and preparation of monthly health and nutrition supplies inventories and requests.
  • Support the acute malnutrition management activities including training and supportive supervisory activities to ensure the Outpatient Therapeutic Care Programme (OTP) and Supplementary Feeding Programme (SFP) are operational and offering an integrated package of nutrition services.
  • Provide regular and consistent technical assistance during implementation health workers and CHWs at health facilities and outreaches and coordinate nutrition activities in the field.
  • Provide regular feedback on nutrition activities of the program.
  • Assist in preparation of donor reports.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of program work plan.
  • Any other duty assigned by the immediate supervisor.

Supplies management

  • In collaboration with the Health/Nutrition Project manager/Officers:
  • Ensure adequate supply of essential drugs, diagnostics and other consumables to the supported health facilities.
  • Provide periodic inventories as well as assess the needs and report timely.
  • Support in management of facility store (sand ensure identification of gaps in health and nutrition sectors and provide regular on job training.

Human Resource

  • Directly supervise the nutrition staff working in the mobile clinics.
  • Direct monitoring and supervision the nutrition work activities of the OTP /TSFP measurer and registrar to ensure that work is done properly and efficiently.

Monitoring, management and capacity building.

  • Provide regular supervision and technical support to health facility staff including participation in monitoring and impact analysis of the project.
  • Supervise the efficient implementation of all feeding program; supplementary and therapeutic feeding programme interventions
  • Monitor and review nutrition supplies and equipment’s’ movements such as deliveries, storage, transport and utilization at the site level.
  • Monitor the situation and provide feedback to the senior nutrition officer.
  • Ensure all OTP/TSFP team members are familiar with their posts.
  • Work closely with the teams to ensure all children are measured correctly.
  • Ensure all criteria are respected and understood by the teams including admission, discharge, and transfer to and from the various components of the program.
  • Monitor and verify the sources of the nutrition data from the facilities/mobile outreaches ensuring the monthly and weekly data are reviewed before they are submitted.

Qualifications, Experience and Attributes

  • University degree in nutrition, public health, or related technical field.
  • At least Three years of similar experience in Nutrition and public health fields.
  • Knowledge of the local working language of the duty station is required. Fluency in English required both oral and written
  • Good knowledge of computer management and applications.
  • Knowledge on SMART, SQUEAC and other nutrition surveillance methods will be an added advantage.
  • Proven analytical, communication/ negotiation skills and ability to think strategically.

How to apply

You can apply through the following link:

Professional Standards: IRC staff must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way – Global Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, Accountability and Equality. In accordance with these values, IRC operates and carries out policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti-Workplace Harassment, Respect at Work Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.

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 supportive benefits and allowances.

Diversity and Inclusion: at IRC, we are passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity. Organizations that are diverse in age, gender identity, race, physical or mental ability, nationality, and perspective are validated to be better organizations. More importantly, creating a safe workspace environment where everyone, from any background, can do their best is the right thing to do. So, bring your whole self to work.

Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

IRC is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, respectful, and safe work environment where all persons are treated fairly, with dignity and respect. In keeping with our core values of Integrity, Service, Accountability and Equality, IRC strives to maintain a work environment built on mutual respect in which all individuals treat each other professionally, and free of bias, prejudice, and harassment. IRC expressly prohibits and will not tolerate discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or bullying of IRC Persons in any work setting. All IRC staff, wherever they are located, are accountable for creating an environment free of discrimination, harassment, bullying, and retaliation.

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