20 February 2017

Nutrition Coordinator NGO Careers - Action Against Hunger (ACF)

Job Title:           Nutrition Coordinator
Organization: Action Against Hunger (ACF)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

About US:
Action Against Hunger (ACF) is an International Humanitarian NGO. For over thirty years, ACF  has been implementing Food Security and Livelihoods, Nutrition, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene programs in the Lango, Acholi, West Nile and Karamoja regions in Uganda.

Job Summary: The Nutrition Coordinator will develop, implement strategies and coordinate activities of Action Against Hunger in the fields of Nutrition and Health within the mission.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
Develop National nutrition programming & coordinate its effective implementation within the mission:
  • Carry out the assessment and analysis of prevailing context of nutrition in the country.
  • Initiate studies based on the analysis of data provided by other partners (NGOs, UN agencies, government departments among others to develop Nutrition related programme interventions.
  • Drawing up new proposals for intervention in medical and nutritional programme areas for submission to funding agaencies.
  • Work as a key liaison with finance and logistics departments to establish budgets for new programmes in nutrition and health.
  • Develop and monitor budgets allocated to the field of nutrition and health ensuring proper use of funds is adhered to.
  • Identifying challenges and proposing research projects and innovative approaches to deal with issues of malnutrition.
  • Build a database of good practice , experience and assessments in the frame work of Action Against Hunger's organisational development strategy and ensuring that recommendations arising from assessments are implemented.
  • Engage with coordinators in other technical areas to develop an integrated multi-sectorial approach to programme development.
Monitor & coordinate all programmes in the field related to Nutrition & Health:
  • Carry out nutrition rapid assessments or nutrition surveys.
  • Control, validate and monitor the resources used by the programmes in order to draft request and undertake quality control.
  • Monitoring programme quality by using APR indicators qualitative and quantitative reports submitted by nutrition and health programmes Managers.
  • Prepare and submit monthly report summarising mission activities in nutrition and health (APR).
  • Promote and provide relevant integrated approach in the programmes to ensure a sound understanding of the causes of mal-nutrition in an areas(e.g. study of market prices) in liaison with food security.
  • Produce a synthesis of all data collected by Nutrition and Health Programme Managers and inform Management and relevant HQ personnel of the key indicators having a bearing on the programmes.
  • Produce activity reports for different funding bodies on medical and nutritional aspects of the programmes.
  • Monitor programme budgets ensuring under or over spent and purpose corrective action ensuring proper use of funds.
Supervise and support Nutrition & medical teams in the field:
  • Organise and lead meetings with staff teams in the field.
  • Provide technical inputs during performance review and objective setting for Nutrition programme Managers and other Nutrition and Medical staff in the field.
  • Provide technical support to the field teams in the area of nutrition.
  • Provide guidance and support to field staff and coordination teams on routine matters related to Nutrition.
  • Develop and identify training needs and key areas of capacity building of the team members.
  • Serve as liaison with the Human Resources Department to deal with any problems within the team.
Develop & launch programes in collaboration with Government & local agencies.
  • Negotiate with local partners on work organisation protocols , action plans, training at all levels.
  • Negotiate agreements on protocols with the programme partners.
  • Update the agreement protocols to secure the efficient functioning of the programme (eg structural change in the partner agency, re-definition of roles) as may be required.
  • Coordinate implementation of programmes with representatives of national and local government agencies ensuring that interest of Action Against Hunger is well catered.
  • Link up with partners and take part in meetings with other agencies (WFP ,UNICEF, other NGOs etc)with a view to defining partnership agreements.
  • Analyse training needs and organise trainings for the teams of programme partners.
  • Set common strategies and action plans with Action Against Hunger and its partners concerning specific projects objectives.
  • Collaborate with partners by providing useful information through regular meetings.
  • Build a long term strategy for the programme with a view to enabling the partner to achieve autonomy with particular attention to cost recovery aspects where necessary.
  • Influence the definition of national protocols through negotiation with representatives of partners structures (notably the Ministry of Health)with a view to disseminating ACF's Techical standards for dealing with malnutrition.
  • Define a country-specific strategy for technical advocacy in link with country Director and HQ.
Represent Action Against Hunger  & its positioning in the field of Nutrition & Health matters.
  • Build and maintain relations with current & potential donors(visit projects, presentations of Action Against Hunger & its work, requests for funding).
  • Represent ACF in the meetings with the health authorities and other agencies and participate in national networks on nutrition.
  • Promoting the philosophy and protocols of Action Against Hunger to local partners (NGO MoH, among others)
  • Representing the areas of health and nutrition in the national coordination of ACF
  • Produce technical , strategic and activity reports in the field of health and nutrition ( for partners)
  • Produce and /or publish information  both internally and externally , concerning technical progress in the fields of health and nutrition in the country of intervention.
  • Elaborate communication tools for disseminating information on Action Against Hunger and the nutrition and health dimensions of its programmes.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The applicant for the Action Against Hunger ACF Nutrition Coordinator job opportunity should preferably hold a Master's degree in Human Nutrition, Public Health, Medical sciences or Social sciences from a recognised University.
  • At least five years’ experience of nutrition programs at National coordination level & experience with capacity building of health systems in developing contexts.
  • Demonstrated ability to translate analysis & evaluation into operational planning strategy.
  • Prior experience with INGOs in recovery & complex emergencies.
  • Previous experience with partnerships & alliances will be an asset.
  • Good experience with nutrition and coverage surveys, and rapid nutrition assessments.
  • Practical knowledge and experience of project cycle management.
  • The ideal candidate should be disciplined and able to work and arrive at decisions autonomously and with minimal guidance.
  • Advanced knowledge of donors guidelines and procedures (ECHO, UNICEF, OCHA, CIDA, EU, DFID,USAID is desirable.)
  • Good team management and representation competencies.
  • Working knowledge of budget management.
  • Previous exposure and experience in assessment , monitoring or evaluation projects.
  • Familiarity with Action Against Hunger core values and acceptance of Action Against Hunger principles.
  • Excellent facilitation skills.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgement & make decisions independently.
  • Extremely flexible with the ability to cope with stressful situations.
  • Excelent reporting skills with good oral & written communication skills.
  • Diplomatic and culturally sensitive.
  • Fluency with written and spoken English.

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to send their applications including a cover letter, CV (not more than 4 pages) with at least three referees and a daytime telephone contract. For email applications please note that attached documents should not be larger than 2MBs. All documents should be zipped in one folder. Any email larger than 2MBS will not be considered. Address your email application to: recruitment.ug@acf-international.org mentioning “Nutrition Coordinator Kampala” in the subject line.

Deadline: 22nd February 2017

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