Senior Project Officer- Nutrition (Nigerian Nationals Only)

Catholic Relief Services

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Borno, Nigeria (On-site) Be the First to Apply

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About CRS

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRSâ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.

About CRS Nigeria

CRS has been supporting program activities in Nigeria for over 30 years and has long-standing relationships with Church and non-Church partners and communities throughout the country. The Nigeria country program has a diverse funding base with projects in health, nutrition, food security and agricultural livelihoods, microfinance (SILC), emergency response and peacebuilding. CRS/Nigeria currently has over 210 national and 8 international staff. With an FY22 annual budget of over USD $100 million, coupled with strong donor interest in supporting CRSâ work in the country, significant growth opportunities exist for the CP. The CP has been supporting emergency activities in the NE states since 2015 with offices in Damaturu, Maiduguri and Yola. 


CRS seeks to continue working in Gubio, Kaga and Magumeri, leveraging the experiences and gains of CRII in targeting vulnerable HH to address the multi-faceted and inter-sectoral drivers of food insecurity and poor nutrition through the integration of food security, WASH, and nutrition interventions. This program will provide timely support to vulnerable HHs affected by the ongoing conflict in NE Nigeria that will save lives and restore dignity.

Job Summary:  

The Senior Nutrition Project Officer is responsible for the overall management and technical direction of Improved alert nutrition program ( CMAM and MIYCN- E) activities , targeting vulnerable IDPs and host communities. Reporting to the Nutrition Program Manager with accountability to the CRS and partner's Nutrition Officers, and Nutrition Community Mobilizers, MiYCN counsellors. Improved Alert Program will bet implemented in Gubio, Kaga and Magumeri LGAs. The Nutrition SPO will undertake the following responsibilities related to project cycle management, technical direction, and program development:

Roles and Key Responsibilities:  

Technical/Administrative, Program Quality and Implementation

Ensure quality and timely field level implementation of the Nutrition program against set objectives, targets, and work plans Advise and assist CRS nutrition team in developing project speciï¬c strategies, tools, systems, and plans. Develop activity workplans for the Nutrition programme and ensure proposed activities are developed in coordination with other sectors-internally and externally with other implementing partners. Ensure that nutrition programs utilize international best practices, policies, and guidelines, in line with Ministry of Health and WHO/UNICEF Oversee the collection and timely reporting of data and statistics for all nutrition programs in line with CRS guidelines and according to donor requirements. Actively monitor programs/projects through field visits, surveys and/or exchange of information with partners to assess progress, identify bottlenecks and take timely decisions to resolve issues and/or refer to relevant officials for timely resolution. With support from the line supervisor, and MEAL department and nutrition team, lead the development of routine monitoring tools for tracking project progress, as well as necessary IEC materials to strengthen MIYCN-E and SBCC activities advocacies in the community.

Program Development and Strategic Planning

Contribute to and support in carrying out the situation analysis for the nutrition sector to ensure timely and current data on maternal and child nutrition are available for the designing, development, and management of nutrition projects. Identify opportunities for program and proposal development in line with the CRS's and donor guidelines. Work in coordination with Procurement and Admin units to track Nutrition programme procurements, delivery and distribution at the field level. Participate in proposal writing and budget development processes for nutrition program Lead technical assessments as a basis for nutrition program development when necessary to monitor evolving needs of the target communities and adjust the programmatic priorities as necessary.

Capacity Building and Supervision

Ensure the capacity building of CRS nutrition team and partner staff through on-the-job training, technical guidance and coaching sessions while ensuring staff performance evaluation plans are developed Ensure appropriate support to the nutrition team by regular field visits and provide targeted technical feedback  Develop capacity building plans and strategies and identify relevant training opportunities for CRS and partner staff to advance knowledge and skills in nutrition. Monitor staffing needs and assist the recruitment of local staff and support staff development through mentoring to enhance the capacity of project and partner staff Develop a process for ensuring quality and safety of nutrition related activities and products

Coordination and Representation

Represent CRS at nutrition sector working group meetings and coordination forums UN, international and national NGOs for nutrition coordination as needed at the LGA and state level Ensure good coordination with other CRS partners staff, nutrition field teams and provide frequent feedback and updates Develop new and manage existing relationships with key stakeholders and potential collaborators for nutrition programs. Good understanding of Nutrition sector reporting requirements, templates and timelines. Review and highlight opportunities for Protection, safeguarding and Gender mainstreaming in the proposed Nutrition activities; And follow up to ensure, nutrition team integrate the protection principles during activity design and implementation.


Support the development of field-based reports to CRS, Nutrition sector and/or external donors, as necessary. Develop reporting templates for supervisees to aid in tracking progress of programme activities and key indicators Conduct any other programming responsibility delegated by the superviso

Required Languages â English and Hausa required. Kanuri strongly preferred.

Travel  - Must be willing and able to travel up to 40 %. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Observation, active listening and analysis skills with ability to make sound judgment Good interpersonal skills and the ability to interact effectively with diverse groups Proactive, results-oriented and service-oriented Solid analytical, writing skills, and communication skills. Sound knowledge and skills in training and facilitation. Team spirit and excellent interpersonal relations  Good coordination, creative and innovative skills. Should be very adaptive and responsive, due to the fragile nature of Programme context. Great writing and review skills to develop and review high quality success stories.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience working with partners, participatory action planning and community engagement. Staff supervision experience a plus. Experience monitoring projects and collecting relevant data. Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).

Supervisory Responsibilities (if none, state none): CRS Nutrition officers

Key Working Relationships

Internal:  Head of Office, Emergency Coordinator, Nutrition Program Manager, Nutrition Project Officers, Accountability Officer, procurement, Fleet, Finance Officers, Enumerators, Protection Officer

External: Partner staff, Contractors, Volunteers, CNMs, lead mothers, Promoters, Care group Volunteers, and Vendors


Basic Qualifications

B.Sc. Nutrition / Public Health / BSc or equivalent required. Masters preferred. 5 to 8 years of work experience in community development, mobilization and management of CMAM and MIYCN-E project s in emergencies, preferably Northeast, Borno state. Experience in conducting nutrition assessments and an understanding of nutritional surveillance and information systems Excellent communication skills and a willingness to be respectful, kind, sensitive and empathize with all beneficiaries Willingness and capacity to be flexible and accommodating when faced with difficult and frustrating working conditions Demonstrable ability at report writing, budget review and concept note development. Experience in participatory action planning and community engagement. Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).

  Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)

Agency competencies clarify expected behaviors and attitudes for all staff. When demonstrated, they create an engaging workplace, help staff achieve their best, and help CRS achieve agency goals. These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

Personal Accountability â Consistently takes responsibility for oneâs own actions. Acts with Integrity - Consistently models values aligned with CRS Guiding Principles and mission. Is considered honest. Builds and Maintains Trust - Shows consistency between words and actions. Collaborates with Others â Works effectively in intercultural and diverse teams. Open to Learn â Seeks out experiences that may change perspective or provide an opportunity to learn new things.

 Agency Leadership Competencies:

Lead Change â Continually looks for ways to improve the agency through a culture of agility, openness, and innovation. Develops and Recognizes Others â Builds the capacity of staff to reach their full potential and enhance team and agency performance. Strategic Mindset â Understands role in translating, communicating, and implementing agency strategy and team priorities.

***Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.

Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

Note: All positions requiring residence or frequent travel outside their home country must undergo and clear a pre-employment medical examination.

CRS' talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to safeguarding the rights and dignity of all people - especially children and vulnerable adults - to live free from abuse and harm.

EOE/M/F/D/V - CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. (For all US and International positions)

About Us

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRSâ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.

Job Info

Job Identification3000913 Job CategoryProgram Management Posting Date09/07/2023, 06:30 AM Apply Before09/20/2023, 07:59 PM Job ShiftDay Locations House 7, No1 Dipcharima Road, Old GRA, Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria, Maiduguri, Borno, NG (On-site)

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