Nutrition Officer

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Nutrition Officer

About
the Role

GOAL is
seeking to hire a passionate individual to work as a Nutrition Officer
in Agago District to support the implementation of our preventative and
treatment-oriented nutrition portfolio. They will participate in the implementation
of activities related to GOAL’s Nutrition Impact and Positive Practices
methodology (NIPP), our food and nutrition security integration project and our
improving maternal and newborn health project. The Nutrition Officers, together
with sub-country and district stakeholders and volunteers, will provide
technical support to the project beneficiaries to contribute to the reduction
of malnutrition and the realisation of positive nutrition outcomes for the
projects. The Nutrition Officers will be responsible for ensuring project
activities are achieved within agreed timeframes, budgets and according to
GOAL’s standards and donor regulations. They will manage project volunteers,
VHTs, health Assistants and contribute to robust process and impact monitoring
and support the adaptive management of complex project(s). The Nutrition
Officers will also support any humanitarian or emergency response activities
that may arise, including those related to supporting prevention and
preparedness efforts for COVID-19.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

 To be successful in this role, you will
need:

  • University degree in human nutrition,
    public health, Environmental Health, Social Sciences, or related
    discipline. Experience may substitute for qualifications, but not the
    other way around.
  • Minimum two years working experience of
    community nutrition with a strong focus on social behavior change-related
    activities.
  • Basic Knowledge of Acholi Dialect.
  • Possession of a riding permit (Class A)
    and ability to ride a motorcycle.
  • Excellent verbal and written English
    language skills
  • Strong computer literacy with a full
    knowledge of office applications.
  • Demonstrated monitoring and evaluation
    skills with experience conducting nutrition assessments.
  • Confident presentation and facilitation
    skills, proven record in provision of trainings.
  • Soft Skills in coordination and networking
    with stakeholders including district and local government, WASH sector
    actors, NGO partners and community leaders.
  • Experience in and ability to work in rural
    settings. 

Key Duties and
Responsibilities:  

Project Implementation

·       
Support
the identification and training of nutrition volunteers, VHTs, Health
Assistants, nutrition project participants or nutrition partners, sometimes
with the support and input of community leaders and local authorities.
Trainings might include home gardening, cooking demonstrations, tippy-tap and
latrine construction and use, fuel-efficient stoves, food processing,
preservation and storage techniques, and agricultural best-practice, based on
identified community needs, and COVID 19 related trainings.

·       
Manage
and oversee nutrition volunteers, VHTs, and Health Assistants where relevant,
ensuring quality and timely implementation project activities as per the
project activity plan.

·       
Participate
in project planning, including developing workplans, submitting funds requests,
procurement of project supplies and equipment and development of activity
budgets.

·       
Contribute
to the development of nutrition materials, including training curriculums and
materials and guidance notes.

·       
Refine
existing and/or develop as required, multisectoral IEC materials across health,
nutrition, livelihoods, sanitation, and hygiene sectors for use by nutrition
volunteers or nutrition partners.

·       
Create
linkages between health, nutrition, and livelihoods projects, working with and
contributing to projects and activities under the Livelihoods Portfolio

·       
Support
the implementation of emergency and humanitarian response activities as they
arise such as COVID-19.

Project monitoring and learning

  • Facilitate
    and conduct pre (admission/baseline) and post (graduation/endline) data
    collection as well as support longitudinal monitoring at 2, 6- and
    12-months post-graduation from project participants. This will involve
    taking accurate anthropometric measurements (weights, height, MUAC).
  • Ensure
    consistent and accurate records are taken and kept for all project
    participants, VHTs and Health Assistants in the project monitoring tools
    as required.
  • Participate
    in data analysis and/or entry using EPI INFO and SPSS.
  • Prepare
    weekly planning and updates to share with the Nutrition Programme Manager.
  • Conduct
    follow-up and spot check on on-going activities for quality control.
  • Prepare
    periodical reports: update indicators, achievements, activities and
    results according to the project log frame.
  • Provide
    inputs and support on the development of learning documents including
    learning reviews, success stories, story of change.

Networking, coordination and outreach

  • Meet with
    community leaders to explain project objectives and keep them appraised of
    project(s) activities being implemented in the target area.
  • Work
    closely with VHTs, agricultural extension workers and other relevant
    sub-county and district stakeholders into the implementation of nutrition
    portfolio projects.
  • Coordinate
    volunteers, VHT and Health Assistants review meetings.
  • Facilitate
    participant graduation ceremonies in collaboration with community leaders.
  • Participate
    in and attend local, parish, sub-county or district meetings and events as
    assigned.
  • Network and
    represent with other agencies and government on GOAL’s nutrition related
    activities as directed.

Code of
Conduct and Accountability within
GOAL

GOAL is an
equal opportunities employer and has values and behaviours framework which
defines our code of conduct. Any candidate offered a job with GOAL will be
expected to adhere to the following key areas of accountability:

  • Comply with GOAL’s policies and procedures
    with respect to safeguarding, Code of Conduct, health and safety, data
    protection and confidentiality, do no harm principles and unacceptable
    behaviour protocols.
  • Report any concerns about the welfare of a
    child or vulnerable adult or any wrongdoings within our programming area.
  • Report any concerns about inappropriate
    behaviour of a GOAL staff or partner.

Safeguarding

Children
and vulnerable adults a must be safeguarded to the maximum extent from
deliberate or inadvertent actions and failings that place them at risk of
abuse, sexual exploitation, injury and any other harm. One of the ways that
GOAL shows this on-going commitment to safeguarding is to include rigorous
background and reference checks in the selection process for all candidates.

GOAL

Established
in 1977, GOAL is an international humanitarian agency, with a global team of
2,400 personnel, dedicated to alleviating the needs of the most vulnerable
communities. Currently operating in 13 of the world’s most vulnerable
countries, GOAL delivers a wide range of humanitarian and development
programmes, ranging from humanitarian relief in disaster situations, to
focusing on nutrition, food security, and building greater resilience and
sustainable livelihoods.

General description of the country programme:

First
operational in Uganda in 1979, the current GOAL Uganda country programme
focuses on Health (including WASH, Health Accountability and Nutrition
programming); and a market based systems approach to improving agricultural
livelihoods and WASH. GOAL Uganda mainstreams gender, child protection, social
behaviour change and resilience strategies across all programming. GOAL works on
a district focused approach and uses a mixture of direct implementation and
partnerships with national and international civil society organizations, local
government, the private sector and communities to give effect to our mission.

GOAL Uganda
has a skilled team of approximately 100 personnel and manages an annual
operating budget of approximately €8.7 million (2018). GOAL is currently
operational in the North, South, East and West of Uganda with six established
offices in Kampala, Lira, Bugiri, Abim, Kaabong and Agago Districts. GOAL
Uganda country programme is funded by a number of donors who include
Mastercard, charity: water, Irish Aid and some small foundations.


Our package
includes a competitive salary, health insurance cover for up to 3 dependents,
comprehensive 24-hour personal accident cover, terminal benefits equivalent to
one month for each completed year of service and our working hours provide for
a half day on Fridays.  GOAL promotes a
learning and development environment with training & study opportunities
aligned to our staff development policy.

How to Apply:

All interested applicants who meet the requirements should submit their applications by email with at
least 3 reference contacts (current or former Line Manager) from the last three
employers   and daytime contact number
to; The Human Resource Manager, GOAL: recruitment@ug.goal.ie  indicating
the Position title in the subject line
. 
PLEASE DO NOT ATTACH
CERTIFICATES.

Deadline: 18th September 2020

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