Nutrition Officer IMAM NGO Jobs – AVSI Foundation


Job Title:    Nutrition Officer IMAM

Organisation: AVSI

Duty Station:  Uganda


About US:

AVSI Foundation
(AVSI) is an international NGO with headquarters in Italy, which has been
active in Uganda since 1984. Its current activities are focused in the areas of
education, health, livelihoods, and protection, nutrition and refugee programs
in Uganda.


Job Summary:  The Nutrition Officer IMAM will provide both
strategic and technical direction to nutrition programming in the integrated
district health system. He/she will be responsible for the development and
implementation of IMAM Activities at Arua regional referral Hospital and
District Hospitals with OTC/ITC services, in close working collaboration with
the DHTs and the child survival development officers based at the districts.
The Officers will liaise with the districts, UNICEF, UNHCR, Health and
Nutrition Partners, District Nutrition Coordination Committees, District Health
Teams and health facility in-charges/ facility nutrition focal persons in the
supported districts to establish and/ or strengthen health facilities and
community capacity for management of Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) and
Severe Acute Malnutrition, as well as promotion of appropriate MIYCF and WASH
practices and behaviours.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

with the AVSI nutrition Specialist, regional referral nutritionist, regional
and district national mentors/coaches, district nutritionists, district
nutrition focal persons, CSDs, the DHMTs and health in-charges of the selected
facilities to strengthen nutrition implementation

regional referral/district ITC/OTC sites with IMAM case management,
documentation and reporting, mentorship of frontline health workers to ensure
community case detection and referral of malnourished children for timely

closely with implementing partners in refugee settlements/regional
nutritionists and district nutrition focal person and get weekly updates on
refugee emergency response.

in AVSI/UNICEF Activity periodic work planning, reporting and strategy
development based on evidence, as necessary and in relevant coordination

and build strong relationships with Regional referral/district local governments
and other implementing partners

regular contact with all partners including DHTs, health facility staffs and
stake holders on all matters pertaining to the program.

a program for community-based rehabilitation of malnourished children and
promotion of Essential Nutrition Actions (ENAs) targeting the first 1,000 days
of life. This involves initiating pilot sites, evaluating the results, and then
scaling up the program to other communities.

Act as a
link between the AVSI/UNICEF Activity, Regional referral and District to
represent the UNICEF/AVSI Activity in the nutrition Technical Working Group.

in Regional referral hospital/district and community level nutrition meetings
with other nutrition stakeholders as requested.

Regional referral hospital/districts in timely compilation of health facility
reports and timely submission with all the nutrition indicators reported in
HIMS 105 & HIMS 108.

and conduct periodic stakeholder meetings aimed at promoting Collaboration,
Learning and Adaptation among stakeholders in the region i.e. IMAM sharing
sessions, coordination meetings

collaboration with MoH/UNICEF oversee the improvement and scale-up of nutrition
services integration into all health services at health facility levels through
conducting health systems strengthening performance assessment, and rapid
assessment identifying gaps.

capacities of Regional Referral hospital/Health facilities and districts to
effectively use IMAM/ NACS tools through capacity building and supporting
district mentor’s/coaches mentorship to ensure quality improvement

towards AVSI monitoring, Evaluation Learning, Adapting and knowledge management
activities, specifically ensuring quality data capture into DHIS2.

a system for planning and management of nutrition supplies, equipment and tools
and ensure timely ordering and delivery including support to adherence to
guidelines and protocols for management various forms of malnutrition.

establishment and functionality of Nutrition Work Improvement Teams as well as
integration of nutrition in facility Quality Improvement approaches.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

applicant should hold a Bachelor’s degree in human nutrition and dietetics, Degree
in Nursing from a recognised University or its equivalent. TOT in revised IMAM
guide line 2020 is an added advantage.

At least
three years of demonstrated experience IMAM case management, implementing, and
monitoring successful National/Regional/district nutrition programs, managing
malnutrition among vulnerable groups especially refugee settings, and promoting
behavioural change for prevention of malnutrition.

with UNICEF funded nutrition initiatives and the positive deviance methodology
is an added advantage.

in technical and programming in IYCF, IMAM/CMAM approaches, with additional
expertise in community health and nutrition activities, including IMCI,

nutrition actions, nutrition assessments, monitoring and evaluation, and
behaviour change communication.

experience in Mentorship and coaching in ITC/OTC is desired

to understand Nutrition data elements in HIMS tools and link to HIMS 105 and
DHIS2 is necessary to improve nutrition indicators

with UNICEF-funded programs required



to write effectively for a range of audiences and purposes, including
policy-makers, program managers and service providers

to translate technical information into practical guidance and tools and
effectively communicate these using print, electronic, and presentation media

in English relevant computer software skills (including, at a minimum, the
standard applications in MS Office)

presentation, organizational, interpersonal skills, Initiative and ability to
work independently and as a team

to facilitate relationships and interact smoothly and effectively with
stakeholders and colleagues.

to solve problems creatively, multi-task and work as a member of a team.

organizational skills and attention to detail; ability to establish priorities,
meet deadlines.

ability to plan and coordinate with a variety of collaborators, including
DHMTs, national level managers, donors, NGOs and community-based organizations


How to Apply:

All candidates
should send their applications to: The AVSI Country Representative, AVSI
Foundation, P.O. Box 6785, Kampala, Uganda and sent to indicating
the e-mail subject as ‘Application for Nutrition Officer Health system
strengthening – ALIVE6’.

Only short listed
candidates will be contacted.


Deadline: 10th March 2021


AVSI Foundation is an equal opportunities employer and has a functional Child
Protection Policy by which all AVSI staff and Associates must abide.


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