Nutrition officer - bmz

Plan International

Job Summary

To provide technical support and overall coordination in area of designing, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of Nutrition project Dimensions of Role. The Nutrition officer will Lead the nutrition program planning and implementation of IYCF through Care group model, individual and mass education strategies and support the government health worker in management of SAM children.

  • Minimum Qualification: Degree
  • Experience Level: Mid level
  • Experience Length: 3 years

Job Description

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organization that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And its girls who are most affected. Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children. We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood.

Role Purpose

  • Ensure internal and external reporting and documentation requirements are on-time and accurate. 
  • Assess staff capacities and coordinate initial or ongoing trainings based on need and program goals, play a lead role in the orientation and training of new technical program staff, Models leadership to all staff and intentionally develops the leadership potential of the CG Promoters and Prepare a monthly report using the information provided by Care Group Promoters.

Key Roles/Responsibilities

  • Lead the day to day the implementation of Nutrition activities (Infant and Young Child Feeding and management of SAM) at LGA and community level
  • Ensure observance and respect the dignity of beneficiaries, care givers and members of the community at all times.
  • Coordinates with project partners, project staff, the SMoH, LGA PHCDA and other stakeholders regarding upcoming activities and needs at the community and State/LGA levels.
  • Responsible for the performance and professional development of the CG Promoters who report to him/her.
  • Review Flipchart Lesson Plans with CG Promoters every two weeks and assure they understand the information well and can teach back the information in a participatory manner.
  • Collect CG Promoter reports on a monthly basis, review the reports and assure the information presented is reasonable and complete.
  • Prepare a monthly report using the information provided by CG Promoters.
  • Maintain a filing system in the project office so copies of CG Promoter Reports are easily accessible.
  • Responsible to supervise each Care Group Promoter
  • Will ensure that the families of malnourished children receive appropriate counselling, education concerning the IYCF and caring practices through Care Group.
  • Responsible to liaison with the appropriate people in a timely and professional manner to ensure the financial, logistical and procurement issues required to implement project activities.
  • Monitor and provide support to community level activities such as Care group and Lead Mothers for the success of the intervention
  • With technical support from Nutrition Specialist conduct trainings to build the capacity of staff/volunteers, MoH staff and the community at large
  • Ensure appropriate and consistent education messaging to mothers and other carers at Child Friendly Spaces and in the community
  • Ensure project implementation to ensure timely delivery of project activities (for example, monitoring against log frames, individual performance management work plans).
  • With the Breastfeeding Counsellors and Child Protection staff, develop monthly work plans for the Child Friendly Spaces and mobile units
  • Facilitate cross sectoral programming, particularly to promote excellent communication and referral between IYCF CP and emergency relief programming
  • At field sites, liaise with other humanitarian actors, local authorities, ministries and the military as appropriate, to maximize collaboration and ensure proper coordination of activities.
  • With support from the Monitoring & Evaluation team support the M & E plan implementation within the Nutrition projects, ensuring this links to reporting requirements.
  • Work closely with partners and their staff to ensure project activities are implemented in time and within the stipulated quality.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Degree in Nutrition, Food Science, Public Health, Nursing and other related natural sciences and at least three (3) year working experience in IYCF especially in CG model programming.
  • At least 2 years’ direct experience providing services to children at risk and victims of abuse, exploitation and violence, providing gender-sensitive and child-friendly counselling services, and/or developing/implementing referral pathways for nutrition services
  • Previous experience supervising and managing a team in a cross-cultural setting
  • Demonstrated experience in capacity building and mentoring of staff
  • Previous experience in emergency preparedness and response
  • Excellent report-writing skills.
  • Knowledge of English and local language such as Hausa/ Kanuri is a MUST
  • Female candidates are highly preferred for this position.

Note

  • Plan International Nigeria is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender or disabilities.
  • Plan International Nigeria is fully committed to child protection to prevent children from all forms of abuse. Women are strongly encouraged to apply

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