Project Manager, Nutrition

COOPI Cooperazione Internazionale

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COOPI - Cooperazione Internazionale, is a humanitarian, non-confessional and independent organization founded in 1965 in Milan, Italy. For more than 50 years we have been dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty and to supporting populations affected by wars, socio-economic crises or natural disasters in their path to recovery and sustainable development, by making use of the professionalism of local and international operators, and through our partnerships with public and private bodies and civil society organizations.

The scope of the Vacancy

  • The Project Manager is responsible for the overall activities’ planning, execution and reporting of UNICEF funded Nutrition projects. He/she is directly assigned to, and responsible of the supervision of all logistics, HR, financial and overall functioning aspects for his projects.

Main Duties/Responsibilities

Management of the Nutrition Program:

  • The Nutrition Project Manager is responsible for overall management and supervision of nutrition project activities; follow up and ongoing analysis of the context.
  • Definition and monitoring of COOPI Nutrition project, in compliance with COOPI nutrition security policy and standard operating procedures
  • Ensure the integration of nutrition components in the food security, WASH and protection programmes
  • Provision of continuous guidance and technical support to the programmes
  • Identify and troubleshoot challenges to remove any obstacle that might arise during project implementation.
  • Design and ensure the use of monitoring tools. Ensure that the M&E systems are effective, of high quality, and provide regular impact and process data and that the baseline and evaluation assessments are conducted
  • In collaboration with the Program Coordinator and head of base, prepares all the formal communication and contract modification requests (ex. budget modification) of the project;
  • Manages the goods purchased for the project; for all goods purchased by the project, support updates of the inventory and guarantee the respect of the policies and guidelines, in cooperation with the Logistics Office;
  • In collaboration with the Program Coordinator and in synergy with the specific reporting lines of the projects, promotes and manages relations with the local government institutions, NGOs, and other local partners available in the area; including WHO and other UN agencies;
  • Ensure compliance of programs in terms of achieving objectives in current grants.

Team Management:

  • Management of nutrition program staff and elaboration their Job description.;
  • Ensure that staff have clearly defined objectives and understand their responsibilities.
  • Conduct evaluation and appraisal of staff
  • Provision of technical and organizational support and trainings to the nutrition project staff
  • Ensure all staff understand and implement programme guidelines  and protocols


  • Compilation, analysis and feedback on monthly reports for the nutrition programmes and assist with stock consumption/ distribution plans as required
  • Ongoing communication with food security programme teams and nutrition focal point at HQ level.
  • Donor reporting.
  • Representation of Internal/ External Communication:
  • Coordination with other technical departments at coordination level (Food Security, Protection, WASH and Livelihood, Logistics, MOH and Administration).
  • Provide technical guidance to support COOPI to promote consistent good practices
  • Represent COOPI at national and state level in nutrition technical and sector working groups meetings.
  • Participate in the external coordination with nutrition partners and governmental bodies and provide technical support and guidance in the nutrition sub-committee and cluster, where relevant.



  • Degree in Public Health, Nutrition, Social Sciences or Qualified doctor,  nutritionist, nurse with relevant experience
  • Demonstrable management experience, including budget holding responsibility
  • Minimum of 3  years of previous experience working with NGOs specifically on CMAM and infant and young child feeding programmes in complex situations;
  • Experience in conducting nutrition assessments (SMART, KAP surveys) and understanding of nutritional data and information systems
  • Proven capacity to supervise, train, motivate and coach staff
  • Willingness and capacity to be flexible and accommodating when faced with difficult and frustrating working conditions
  • Prepared to work in an uncertain security environment
  • Ability and willingness to frequently travel and stay in the field
  • Commitment to and understanding of COOP mission, values and principles
  • Experience and ability to represent COOPI nutrition work in external meetings
  • Demonstrable ability at report writing and excellent communication skills
  • Computer literacy in Microsoft Office software including Word and Excel as well as email/internet
  • Fluency in written and spoken English


  • Prior experience working for humanitarian agencies and prior work experience in Nigeria or Africa
  • Knowledge of the operational area
  • Management and leadership skills.

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COOPI Cooperazione Internazionale

Job Level

Manager (Staff Supervisor/Head of Department)




NGO/Community Services & Dev

Job Type


Minimum Qualification


Preferred Years of Experience

3 - 5 years