Fresher Community Nutrition Officer NGO International NGO Jobs - Action Against Hunger (ACF)

Organisation: Action Against Hunger (ACF)
Duty Station: Uganda

About US:
Action Against Hunger (ACF) is an International Humanitarian NGO which has been in existence 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 of Northern Uganda.

Job Summary: The Community Nutrition Officer will be responsible for supporting all community activities at the field level which include nutrition screening; referral and follow up by VHTs; Vitamin and Mineral Powders (VMPs) activities through Village Health Teams (VHTs) and Health Assistants to ensure beneficiary identification, community mobilization and sensitization. Other key deliverables include supporting capacity building activities for VHTs; organizing district and community sensitization meetings on VMPs with proper distribution; beneficiary follow up and proper utilization of the VMPs at household level among South Sudanese refugees with children 24-59 months.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:   
Technical Support:
  • Strengthen the linkages between community based health structures for early case identification, referral and management of acute malnutrition and common childhood illnesses
  • Work closely with the Health Assistants to ensure that VHTs are selected in all project locations following the recommended MOH guidelines.
Capacity Building:
  • Organize VHT refresher trainings on health/nutrition /VMPs
  • Organize a refresher training for VHTs on nutrition and health
  • Organize district and settlement stakeholder sensitization meetings on VMPs
  • Train and support mentorships for VHTs on VMPs
Assessment and Reporting:
  • Participate in the end line survey to evaluate VMP adherence, acceptability, coverage and beneficiary experience
  • Ensure regular collection of household nutrition data, compilation and reporting.
Staff Management & Supervision:
  • Organize and facilitate regular meetings with VHTs, assess their performance and provide regular feedback on the matters discussed
  • Identify and propose training needs of VHTs in accordance to the program requirements
  • Carry out on-the-job mentorship and supervision for the VHTs
  • Ensure that staffs under your supervision are effectively engaged in their tasks
Coordination & Representation:
  • Mobilize communities and community leaders to participate in Action Against Hunger project community activities and organize regular community meetings to address areas for program improvement
  • Participate in internal and external meetings according to the Supervisor’s guidance
  • Work closely with the district VHT coordinator to ensure active engagement of VHTs in the catchment area.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the Action Against Hunger (ACF) Community Nutrition Officer job opportunity should hold a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition or related field with experience in implementing a project on Micro Nutrient Powder supplementation.
  • At least two years’ experience in community nutrition programs preferably in a refugee setting
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in implementation of VMPs, Community Nutrition and health programs
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral) in English
  • Knowledge of word processor, spreadsheet and software use like ENA, SPSS plus other programs advantageous
  • Excellent facilitation skills
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions independently
  • Extremely flexible with the ability to cope with stressful situations
  • Excellent reporting skills with good oral and written communication skills
  • Knowledge of the local language is an added advantage
  • Highly diplomatic and culturally sensitive
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Fluency in the local language is a must
  • Possession of a valid riding permit

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their applications which should include ONLY 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. Please send your email application to: mentioning “Community Nutrition Officer –Adjumani” in the subject line.

Deadline: 21st July 2017

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