Nutrition Coordinators - 2 positions
Health Works is a global aid agency with roots in The Netherlands that has been working on restoring and strengthening health care systems in areas disrupted by war or disaster for the last 25 years. We build healthy communities with people at the bottom end of globalization. Our mission is to implement welfare and health initiatives that lead to improved health, wellbeing and social inclusion. With a health care research background, Health Works found that improving health in extremely fragile situations requires a social component in the public health approach. We developed a procedure to identify local stakeholders or agencies and existing resources in fragile populations, and to engage the whole community in a process of identifying local problems and needs. These ‘local change agents’ start a community dynamic that reunites people, strengthens social bonds and restores healing relationships. Our program in South Sudan dates from 1996.
Purpose of the position
Overall the Health Pooled Nutrition Coordinator will manage the implementation of nutrition project activities in health facilities and community outreach points through, and in close collaboration with the MOH at state level, facility health committees, Home Health Promoters and Community Nutrition Volunteers. S/He will supervise and guide nutrition programming and ensure full operations, while facilitating good practice and ensuring compliance with MOH guidelines and the project priorities.
Place in the organisation (reporting lines)
The Nutrition Coordinators will be based in either Raja for Lol State or in Wau for Wau State, with frequent travel to other project locations in the County Health Departments (CHDs), the community and health facilities. S/he will be line managed by the Health Pooled Fund Project Manager. The position will directly supervise Nutrition staff on Health Works contract, and support CHDs to supervise their nutrition staff.
Key accountabilities and responsibilities
- Provide ongoing and consistent technical leadership, and assistance to the nutrition staff at CHDs, facilities and during outreaches through monthly targeted on-job trainings, mentorship and supervision and with an aim of capacity building.
- Ensure regular supply of food supplements and nutrition products, medicine, appropriate storage, inventory management, stock control and efficient distribution to the beneficiaries.
- Ensure targeted beneficiaries receive their treatment rations and their outcomes are monitored to measure the impact of the programme in accordance with the SPHERE standards.
- Enter data into the Nutrition Information system (NIS) and submit to the nutrition cluster every month.
- Contribute in the development of training curriculum, tools and facilitate or co-facilitate nutrition related trainings for Health Workers e.g. IMAM, IYCF and other HINI components.
- Contribute to IEC material supply, and guide, support delivery of nutrition education messages to the target beneficiaries and the entire community.
- Submit monthly reports to the Project Manager for continuous assessment of the effectiveness and the impact of the programme.
- Co-ordinate and monitor the nutrition interventions at facility level in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health staff and other partners in the project area.
- Provide logistical and administrative support to the CHDs, health facilities and the health committees in the organization of community outreach activities.
- Ensure and coach, and supervise facility health workers to integrate nutrition within other health services.
- Take lead in any nutrition assessments or evaluations conduct, with support from other project staff.
- Collate accurate information and provide substantial input for internal and donor reports, and contribute to other external reports, highlighting the achievements of the project and best practices.
- Liaise with partner organizations to harmonize project activities with other nutrition related activities, avoiding the duplication of effort and ensuring that activities are technically sound.
- Represent Health Works and actively participate during health and nutrition meetings, and other fora
- Carry out other nutrition program responsibilities as requested by the Project Manager
Requirements for the position
- Bachelor degree in Nutrition, Public Health or a related field. Master’s degree in relevant field preferred
- 5 years of experience managing community-based nutrition projects in low resource contexts in sub-Saharan Africa, preferably with an international NGO or relevant government departments.
- Demonstrated ability and affinity to work with the MOH, local health staff, and other local authorities to plan, coordinate, implement and monitor improvements in delivery of nutrition services
- Advanced training skills with proven knowledge of adult education and community mobilisation
- Strong communication skills with excellent written and spoken English
- Excellent organisational and leadership skills
- Advanced computer skills, with analytical skills and basic knowledge of epidemiologic database programs
- Knowledge of spoken Arabic and local languages is an added advantage
- Ability to work in remote field conditions.
- Experience working in South Sudan or other post-conflict or fragile contexts
- Good team-player, able to listen and motivate;
- Able to work in a culturally diverse environment;
- Takes initiative to establish a network or partnership where one does not exist.
- Able to work with minimum supervision and be pro-active;
- Able to work under stress, occasional flexibility in terms of working off hours;
- Understands other’s underlying needs, concerns and motivations and communicates effectively in sensitive situations.
- Gives regular, timely and appropriate feedback, acknowledges good performance and deals with issues concerning poor performance.
Additional job specific information
This is a full-time position, based on a 40-hour work week, in principle from Mondays to Fridays. This is a nondependent position.
How to Apply
Qualified applicants are requested to send their applications (cover letter, detailed CV in English, contact details of 3 referees and relevant academic documents) to: firstname.lastname@example.org, and a cc to email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org by latest January 14, 2018.
Qualified South Sudanese nationals are encouraged to apply. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.