USAID SPRING Project Jobs – Nutrition Specialist

Project Name: The
Strengthening Partnerships, Results and Innovations in Nutrition Globally
(SPRING) Project
Funding Source: U.S. Agency for
International Development (USAID)
Duty Station: Ntungamo, Uganda
About SPRING Project:
The Strengthening
Partnerships, Results and Innovations in Nutrition Globally (SPRING) Project,
is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the U.S. Agency for
International Development (USAID). SPRING’s overarching vision is to prevent
stunting and reduce anaemia, with particular emphasis on intervening during the
first 1000 days – from conception through a child’s second birthday. The SPRING
Project is managed by the JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (JSI),
with support from 4 key partner agencies Helen Keller International; the
International Food Policy Research Institute; Save the Children; and the Man
off Group.
Job Summary: The Nutrition
Specialist works under the supervision of the Nutrition Advisor and as a
liaison with the District and Sub County Technical Teams. The Specialist is
responsible for supporting community mobilization and social and behavior
change team in the integration of nutrition assessment, counseling and support
(NACS) components into key services at community levels.
Key Duties and
Responsibilities:
  • Assisting in the review of existing nutrition
    behavioral and capacity building materials for which interventions can be
    applied at community level;
  • Participate in the development, updating,
    pre-testing and finalization of nutrition social and behavioural change
    communication tools, guides and strategies;
  • Train, supervise and support district, sub
    county and community level service providers in the delivery of nutrition
    services
  • Developing standards of operations for
    implementation of nutrition services at community levels;
  • Providing technical assistance to SBC team
    members and community service providers for integration of nutrition
    services into ongoing developmental interventions at community level
    Liaising with district and facility teams to identify ways of improving
    community-facility linkages for health and nutrition services;
  • Supporting coordination mechanisms at district
    level for nutrition and HIV efforts by providing technical support to the
    district food and nutrition committees
  • Monitoring and reporting the progress in
    implementation of community based nutrition progress routinely;
  • Prepare a detailed annual, quarterly and
    monthly work plans to integrate both treatment and preventive services to
    reach pregnant and lactating women, children under the age of two years
    (the first 1,000 days) as well as people living with HIV at community
    level;
  • Support the dissemination and application of
    nutrition materials/tools to facilitate the standardization of nutrition
    services for integration into social, agricultural and other health
    services.
  • The Nutrition Specialist shall also contribute
    to orientation and technical assistance to nutnbon and other service
    providers on the use of materials/tools for integrating nutrition services
    into other services using the MACS framework;
  • Liaise with the Nutrition Coordination
    Committees at district and sub county levels to support coordination
    mechanisms for nutrition services
  • The Nutrition Specialist shall participate in
    and contribute to the strengthening of the coordination committees on
    nutrition.
  • He/she shall also coordinate with the District
    Health Teams, and in collaboration with the Strategic Information team, to
    incorporate appropriate nutrition indicators into the Sub County and
    District Development Plans and subsequently use data to program and
    contribute to district and Sub County decision-making;
  • Support and work closely with the community
    mobilization specialists, district-and sub county development officers,
    health inspectors/assistants in the implementation of nutrition support
    services at the community level;
  • Actively identify case studies; document and
    share lessons learnt in implementation of community based nutrition
    interventions for the prevention of stunting and anaemia.
Monitoring and Evaluation:
  • Ensure that weekly, monthly and quarterly
    community based nutrition work plans are developed and reviewed, and
    receive final internal approval in a timely manner,
  • Share the plans and progress reports with
    District and Sub County leadership, as appropriate:
  • Support in planning and organizing quarterly
    feedback /learning sessions/meetings at district and community levels
  • Work closely with SPRING/Uganda’s technical and
    Strategic Information teams to ensure program implementation is of the
    highest quality;
  • Participate in reviewing project progress and
    ‘written reports for the district;
  • Review progress reports for quality and
    accuracy, and submit to supervisor or his/her designee;
  • Represent SPRING/Uganda in district and Sub County
    technical and coordination meetings and activities. 
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience:
  • The prospective
    applicant should possess a Bachelors’ degree in Nutrition.
  • At least three
    years of proven experience in implementing community mobilization, health
    and community based nutrition interventions. 
  • Experience working in health
    and nutrition programs including NACS, IMAM and Infant and Young Child
    feeding counseling.
  • Proven track
    record that demonstrates leadership skills, project management, budget and
    resource management experience, and client relationship management
    capability
  • Demonstrated
    effective communication skills in working with district, government,
    implementing partners and USAID Mission.
  • Experience
    working across multiple sub agreements and partners; ability to work well
    with people at all levels.
  • Team player with
    ability to work with staff, partners and beneficiaries of different
    backgrounds.
  • Attention to
    detail and excellent written and oral communications and negotiating
    skills; proficiency in English and Runyankole is a must.
  • Familiarity of
    Ntungamo district and local government settings
  • Strong
    initiative and self-motivation required, with a commitment to teamwork and
    effectiveness within a dynamic multi-disciplinary project.
How to Apply:
All
suitably qualified candidates should send their applications should be
addressed and delivered to the addresses below:
The
Country Manager SPRING Uganda, JSI Research and Training Institute, Block 01
Plot 295, Kaciika, Kacence. Mbarara – Uganda Tel +256(486) 660012
OR On
2nd Floor, UHMG House, Plot 20 – 21127- 28, Martyrs Crescent, Ntinda. Kampala –
Uganda Or by e-mail to: jobs@spring-nutrition.org. Please include the job title
in the subject line.
           
NB: SPRING will
ONLY contact short-listed applicants. All those who do not hear from us two
weeks after the deadline should consider their applications as unsuccessful.
Ugandan nationals are strongly preferred
Deadline: Monday 18th
September 2013 by 5.00 PM
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