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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Nutrition Officer Job at International Rescue Committee (IRC) - Career Opportunity in Uganda

Vacancy title:
Nutrition Officer

Jobs at:
International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Deadline of this Job:
21st December 2017

Duty Station:
Kampala, Uganda

Reports to: Senior Nutrition Officer

The International Rescue Committee helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. It was created by Albert Einstein more than 80 years and has been working in Uganda since 1998. It has particularly working in the conflict zones where tens of thousands of people have been kills and over 1.6 million displaced. Following a peace agreement in 2006, Ugandans are returning home and looking to rebuild their lives. The IRC is there to protect women and children from violence and exploitation by fostering a safe environment and encouraging education, and is supporting farmers and small businesses, and helping communities promote peace and long-term development.
Job Summary: The Nutrition Officer will support the health and nutrition program staff, Village Health Teams and communities to ensure early identification, referral and management of acute malnutrition among refuges in Palabek settlement and surrounding host communities.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Support health workers at health facilities and established outreaches to manage acute malnutrition among children 5yrs and pregnant/ lactating mothers according to nutrition program guidelines.
  • Directly ensure integration of nutrition program within health service delivery (i.e. at health facility level and in outreaches) and management of SAM, MAM while maintaining independence of nutrition programming in terms of its implementation protocol and monthly performance indicators are within acceptable sphere standards.
  • Collect quality data, utilize and also timely and accurately report the data.
  • Oversee and advise on activities implemented by Village Health Team Members including mentoring and reporting follow-up.
  •  Identify nutrition related training needs for VHTs, clinical staff, lead mothers and hygiene club members on nutrition and health and organize the necessary trainings.
  •  Render support in the development and dissemination of relevant IEC materials on Management of Acute Malnutrition and Infant and Young Child Feeding Practices.
  • Provide Nutrition education to project staff and other support personnel.
  • Assist in regular on-job mentorship and support of Village Health Teams/ Hygiene Promoters and lead mothers in nutrition promotion at community level.
  • Directly organize for VHT meetings on a monthly basis and in addition to sharing achievements, challenges and solutions, Ensure VHTs are oriented on active case finding referral and follow-up of malnourished clients.
  • Participate in all project review assessments, surveys and studies and ensure these are conducted according to protocol.
  • Ensure regular collection of household nutrition data, compilation and reporting.
  • Ensure regular and timely monthly reporting among the VHTs on the project activities among VHTs in the catchment area
  •  Oversee reporting on project progress, success stories and lessons learned during project implementation.
  • Actively participate in monthly VHT meetings and provide regular feedback on the matters discussed.
  • Provide technical and managerial support to nutrition program staff under your supervision.
  • Confidentiality: Ensuring the non-disclosure of any information whatsoever relating to the practices and business of IRC acquired in the course of duty, to any other person or organization without authority, except in the normal execution of duty.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The applicant must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition.
  • Must be registered with Uganda Ministry of Health.
  • A minimum of two to three years of experience in implementing nutrition programs.
  •  Previous experience of working in partnership with community based health structures such as Village Health Teams.
  • Experience in staff training/capacity building of program staff.
  •  Proven M&E skills and the ability to write good program reports.
  • Ability to network and coordinate with other organizations implementing refugee response activities.
  •  Flexible, reliable, and with the ability to work in isolated and stressful environments under pressure.
Job application procedure
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send an updated CVs and cover letters clearly indicating the position applied for as the subject to:  (The Human Resource and Administration department, International Rescue Committee)