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1. Save the Children Emergency Nutrition Officer Job in Wajir, Kenya

Team / Programme:
Programme Operations

Location: Wajir

Grade: 4

Post Type: National

Child Safeguarding: Level 3 – the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people

Role Purpose: S/He will be responsible for supporting the enhanced implementation of nutrition interventions among communities through nutrition education, surveillance and strengthening capacity of MoH in the management of acute malnutrition.

Scope of Role:

Reports to:
Emergency coordination and information response Coordinator

Dimensions: Save the Children has been operational in Kenya since the 1950s, providing support to children through developmental and humanitarian relief programmes delivered both directly and through local partners.

Current programming focuses on child protection, child rights governance, education, health, HIV/AIDS, livelihoods, nutrition and WASH.

In 2012, as part of a global reorganization process, Save the Children combined the programmes of SC UK, SC Canada and SC Finland to create a single operation in Kenya.

In Feb 2014, we completed a second transition, which saw us join forces with the British INGO, Merlin, and merge their health and nutrition programmes with our own.

Save the Children now has an operational presence in Bungoma, Dadaab Refugee Camp, Garissa, Mandera, Turkana and Wajir and we work through partners in many other parts of the country.

We employ nearly 300 staff and will have an operating annual budget in 2016 of approximately US$20 million.

Staff directly reporting to this post: None

Key Areas of Accountability:

1. Nutrition Education and Trainings

Undertakes the following activities in consultation and/or with support from the Nutrition Coordinator

  • Participate in the development of training curriculum and tools and facilitate/co-facilitate nutrition education trainings
  • Supports technical, logistical and any other training needs in the various divisions.
  • Liaise with the County Health Department and other partners in ensuring that nutrition education are comprehensively done following set guidelines
  • Identify needs for and participate in refresher training sessions with CHWs and health workers
  • Identify a and collaborate with a number of community leaders who will work closely with the program at the village level
  • With support from the Nutrition Team, evaluate the outcomes of trainings conducted and continuous on-job trainings.

    2. Project Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL)

  • Write reports to document the process of implementation, lessons learnt and good practice and ensure information is widely disseminated
  • With support from Nutrition Coordinator and team leader, participate in the design and execution of rapid nutrition surveys and assessments according to national guidelines
  • Prepare weekly updates, monthly activity reports as well as contribute to the development of quarterly project donor reports.
  • Actively participate at Community Feedback and Learning events

    3. Support Supervision

  • In consultation with the team leader and nutrition coordinator , develop a comprehensive plan for supervision and implementation of all the field nutrition activities
  • At program level, supervise the quality of surveillance, support to MoH and nutrition education promotion.
  • Mentor nutrition/health workers to ensure effective support and supervision to community health workers in their areas of coverage according to set norms and standards
  • Ensure regular meetings with the nutrition and community health workers

    4. Development of nutrition education training and counselling materials

  • Train field nutrition workers on the use of the job aids
  • Oversee and guide staff in providing on-site cooking demonstrations and workshops

    5. Implement Community Mobilization Activities

  • Carry out community based nutritional promotional activities targeting community groups. Activities to include are: School nutrition clubs, community outreaches, and facility based nutrition education focusing on IYCF, growth monitoring and maternal nutrition, and dissemination of IEC materials.
  • Ensure on-going community-based nutritional screening, data analysis and reporting
  • Liaise and establish strong links with existing community structures including women groups, community health committees, youth groups and religious leaders.
  • Support and participate in health education sessions both at the health facility and community level.

    6. Implement the development and maintenance of a nutrition referral system

  • In support and consultation and support from the Nutrition Coordinator, work with Nutrition workers to develop and maintain a referral system at community level in which community health workers refer malnourished children and mothers needing special attention to the health facilities.


    1. Leading

  • Delivering Results: Takes personal responsibility and holds others to account to deliver our ambitious goals for children, continually improving own performance or that of the team/organisation.
  • Developing Self and Others: Invests time and energy to actively develop self and others to help realise their full potential, and to build the organisation’s capability for the future.
  • Leading and Inspiring Others: Demonstrates leadership in all our work, role models our values and articulates a compelling vision to inspire others to achieve goals for our children.

    2. Thinking

  • Problem Solving and Decision Making: Takes effective, considered and timely decisions by gathering and evaluating relevant information from within or outside the organisation and making appropriate judgements.
  • Applying Technical Expertise: Applies the required technical and professional expertise to the highest standards, promotes and shares best practices within and outside the organisation.
  • Innovating and Adapting: Develops and implements innovative solutions to adapt and succeed in an ever – changing, uncertain work and global environment.

    3. Engaging

  • Working Effectively with others: Works collaboratively to achieve shared goals and thrives on diversity of people and perspectives. Knows when to lead and when to follow and how to ensure effective cross- boundary working.
  • Communicating with Impact: Communicates clearly and confidently with others to engage and Influence, Promotes dialogue and ensures timely and appropriate messages, building confidence and trust with others.
  • Networking: Builds and uses sustainable relationships and networks to support the work of Save the Children.

    Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree/Diploma in Public Health, Food & Nutrition or equivalent
  • At least two years' work experience in community nutrition work and implementation evaluation of nutrition education programmes, including monitoring
  • Understanding of community management of acute malnutrition
  • Experience of and commitment to utilizing participatory approaches.
  • Experience in assessments and formative research; and understanding of nutritional surveillance and information systems.
  • Proven capacity to supervise, train and coach local staff and community members / CORPs.
  • Excellent communication skills and a willingness to be respectful, kind, sensitive and empathise with children and their careers
  • Fluent in written and spoken English, Kiswahili and other languages
  • Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children's aims, values and principles.

  • Qualified nutritionist with nutrition education/IYCF experience

    How to Apply

    Applications should be sent to before 27th March 2017 at 4pm.

    Applicants are advised to clearly state the position they are applying for in the subject of their email.

    Preference will be given to qualified female applicants. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as the need to fill the position is urgent.

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