Nutrition Project Coordinator

Save The Children International - Nigeria

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Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in over 120 countries, including the United States. We aim to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives by improving their health, education and economic opportunities. In times of acute crisis, we mobilize rapid assistance to help children recover from the effects of war, conflict and natural disasters. Each year, we and our partners reach millions of children in communities around the world. Join our dedicated and diverse staff in their work to improve the well-being of children everywhere.


Scope of Role

  • The Nutrition Coordinator will be responsible for overall implementation and oversight of FFP nutrition activities, and will oversee a Nutrition Officer, who support the day-to-day running of project activities along with SCI partners. 
  • The Nutrition Coordinator will also ensure that complementary nutrition activities are fully integrated into food assistance programming and ensure coordination with the food security staff and Engage in capacity building activities including training and knowledge transfer to team members, provide training to the nutrition team in IYCF-E, Screening for malnutrition, and other related nutrition focused activities;
  • This position will be based at Maiduguri with travel to field sites as necessary; and reports to filed manager
  • Accountability
  • This post focuses on FFP emergency/humanitarian programming, but will be expected to contribute to SCI’s dual mandate and support as needed in FFP and other award.



Key Areas of Accountabilities

  • Program Management:
  • Oversees the implementation of FFP nutrition specific activities and ensuring that the quality standards and state of the art are met;
  • Ensures effective start up, management, implementation, monitoring, reporting and evaluation of integrated Nutrition to food security  projects;
  • Provide support and guidance to the project team and implementing partners; assess training needs, plan & provides training/guidance for staff in setting up new nutrition services;
  • Facilitate trainings for nutrition professionals;
  • Participating in and/or leading health, nutrition, and/or multi-sectoral assessments as required;
  • Manages all Save the Children resources (equipment, supplies, HR) committed to FFP nutrition program activities;
  • Conducts regular field visits to provide supportive supervision to the projects;
  • Leads the development of work plans, POPs, budgets, and other required program documents for nutrition section;
  • Conducts regular field visits and review meetings with government officials to monitor the implementation of FFP-nutrition programs;
  • In collaboration with Field Manager, ensure timely preparation and implementation of phase-out strategy
  • Representation and communication:
  • Represents FFP nutrition and participate in internal coordination and share up-to-date information to Humanitarian nutrition advisor.
  • Documents findings and recommendations of field visits for follow-up actions; shares as appropriate.
  • Oversees and leads the development and submission of program reports, ensuring completeness, accuracy and timeliness.
  • Documents lessons learned in specific technical areas.
  • Policy Analysis, Policy Engagement and Advocacy for Policy Change:
  • Contribute to nutrition learning and research that supports the sector advocacy objectives and lead the implementation research necessary for evidence-based advocacy.
  • Represent the organization at all relevant technical external task forces, working groups, seminars or other meetings as approved by the sector head and use these meetings to negotiate strategic, project and advocacy positions.
  • Advise the Head of Nutrition and Humanitarian nutrition advisor on the technical and policy content of advocacy plans and support their implementation.
  • Develop good relations with other NGOs, development and UN agencies working in the sector and where possible forge alliances to influence key actors around advocacy objectives.
  • Be fully aware of national policies, strategies and other initiatives and developments by government and other stakeholders in the sector of thematic area covered.
  • Ensure that the voices of children guide advocacy and policy change objectives and related activities.
  • Compile, analyze and interpret nutrition response data and provide regular updates to government and NGO coordination bodies as requested, and use the information to justify decisions on further resource allocation.
  • Participate in identifying, coordinating, and implementing operational research studies to pilot and scale-up effective direct interventions in coordination with the PDQ Health and Nutrition team and MEAL team.
  • Programme Quality and Effectiveness:
  • Ensure that project officers are meeting both internal and donor technical standards and requirements. This includes oversight of implementation quality, reviewing, editing and signing-off donor reports to ensure they are of an acceptable technical and presentational quality.
  • Participate in field-based project monitoring and review meetings.
  • Liaise with Programme Operations staff to identify technical support needs of projects and staff, and jointly agree on specific and time bound support needs of projects and staff in relevant technical areas.
  • Provide technical training to ensure that the project staff have the necessary skills to technically implement the project.
  • Assist project staff in the use of nutrition and cross-cutting tools and guidelines to ensure the quality of work. These include, among others, child participation, child right programming and mainstreaming of gender, diversity and HIV/AIDS.
  • Prepare annual work plans, in consultation with deputy manager.
  • Undertake regular field visits to project sites to ensure technical quality and timeliness of ongoing work.
  • Qualification and Experience
  • M.Sc Degree or First Degree in Public Health, Nursing, Nutrition or related Health fields with a minimum of 5years works experience in the nutrition the area of emergency nutrition in NGO environment.
  • Strong analysis and writing skills
  • Certificate in monitoring and evaluation, nutrition in humanitarian context, CMAM, IYCF, or any other related topics.
  • Experience in working with government counterparts and other partners at various levels -
  • Excellent understanding of the relevant thematic sector in Nigeria at both field and policy levels; including the national nutrition program and well as CMAM programming
  • Proven experience in emergency nutrition projects
  • Familiarity with nutrition donors, partners, and NGO groups
  • Practical understanding of the challenges and opportunities in realising children’s rights in Nigeria, in relation to thematic area
  • Understanding of advocacy and representation within the nutrition sector



  • Demonstrable experience in M&E
  • Good presentation and facilitation skills
  • Proven conceptual skills and an ability to think and plan strategically
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills and an ability to train and mentor staff
  • Proven ability to manage a complex and demanding workload
  • Excellent spoken and written English and local language (North east of Nigeria)
  • Good computer skills (particularly Excel, Word and databases)
  • Desirable:
  • Experience in nutrition project data management and IYCF programing
  • Having an operational experience will be a plus advantage.

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Save The Children International - Nigeria

Job Level

Experienced (Non-Manager)




Project / Programme Management and NGO/Community Services & Dev

Job Type


Minimum Qualification


Preferred Years of Experience

1 - 3 years