Ethiopian Somali Development Association MIYCN Officers Jobs in Ethiopia

Ethiopian Somali Development Association MIYCN Officers Jobs in Ethiopia

Organizational Background

The Ethiopia Somali Development Association (ESDA) was established in April 2012 by the Somali communities in the region as non-governmental, no-profit making association registered under the Ethiopian civil society charity organization number 3122 with a view to mitigating the humanitarian and development problems of the region by mobilizing local and external resources.

ESDA support the development endeavours of the people of Somali region in the areas of Health, Basic education, food security and livelihood, protection, Water, hygiene and sanitation, livestock health, peace building, income generating activities for women and youth, and other related development activities through mobilizing resources from volunteer members, Diaspora communities and institutional donors.

After four consecutive failed rainy seasons over the past two years, communities in parts of southern Ethiopia including the Somali region, have been severely affected by a prolonged drought.

This resulted in significant economic losses, mainly due to the effect on agricultural productivity. In the Somali region, the population is highly dependent on natural-resource based livelihoods and is very vulnerable to drought.

The Ethiopia Somali Development Association (ESDA) will implement a project titled "Digital Voucher for Nutrient-Dense Foods for Stunting and Waste Prevention" in Mula, Erer, Harshin, Degahbur, Gode, and Kebridehar woredas funded by the World Food Program (WFP). The project focuses on households with pregnant and lactating women and/or children under 2 years of age (6 to 23 months).

The project beneficiaries will receive a voucher that can be used to purchase fruits, vegetables and certain animal source foods (such as eggs and milk). To ensure that the markets can respond to the increased demand, the FFV project will actively engage with fresh food traders in the intervention areas.

The FFV project will include a large behavioral component where beneficiaries will be given information about the importance of a diverse diet, along with other social behavior change communication (SBCC) initiatives such as practical demonstrations on the proper usage of nutritious foods. Overall, the project has two objectives.

First, it aims to improve dietary diversity among children between 6 and 23 months of age and among pregnant and lactating women (PLW).

Role Purpose:

The MIYCN Officer is responsible to provide technical and coordination support for the activity planning, implementation, monitoring, and timely implementation of Nutrition and MIYCN activities, particularly the SBCC (Social, behavioural change, and communication activities) in the target kebeles/health facilities and community.

Key Areas of Accountability:

  • Develop MIYCN work plan and effectively follow up on implementation of the activities, collect and analyse data, provide feedback to the MIYCN promoters and mother support groups at the community level.

  • Lead woreda-level SBCC activities focusing on Maternal Nutrition, Delivery Practices, Improved Infant and Young Child Feeding, and Capacity building (training for HEWs, and health workers) on MIYCN and also the MIYCN/Nutrition counselling at health facilities

  • In collaboration with the Community Nutrition Volunteers (CNVs), will lead the SBCC activities focusing on Maternal Nutrition, Delivery Practices, and Improved Infant and Young Child Feeding at the community level such as Nutrition Counselling, Mass Nutrition Education, Cooking Demonstrated, food conversation) Activities.

  • Ensure appropriate and consistent education messaging to
    mothers/caregivers (at health facilities and community, on exclusive breastfeeding, complementary feeding, maternal nutrition and best hygiene practises, that with time they will be able to adopt.

  • Support in establishment of baby friendly space areas at the nutrition sites and as well at community level, support mothers/caregivers in creating a conducive environment for children to play and making of local playing toys and materials that are acceptable and do not cause any harm to the children.

  • Support and supervise mother support group’s sessions on a bi-weekly basis, working closely with MIYCN promoters.

  • Ensure that effective sessions are held, members able to participate Support health workers and nutrition staff in order to conduct individual and group counselling on matters related to MIYCN, through training them and providing on job training.

  • Link CMAM nutrition staff and MIYCN team (such as promoting excellent communication and referral between , MIYCN counsellors and CMAM)

  • Working closely with Reproductive health staff in ensuring that mothers and pregnant women get information and support regarding MIYCN at the facility level.

  • Support and participate in cooking demonstration with the mothers/caregivers during nutrition treatment days at the nutrition sites and as well during mother’s supports groups’ sessions at community level.

  • Liaise with the Food Security Partners in the sites for implementation of Kitchen Gardening at nutrition sites and in the community.

  • Prepare training materials and conduct MIYCN trainings for midwives, CMAM team, Community Health Promoters, Mother support groups etc.

  • Responsible in collecting, analysis and reporting all MIYCN related data/report on a weekly, monthly and quarterly basis..

  • Work closely with nutrition manager, logistic team, health and other department to make MIYCN activities and work plan achievable.

  • Actively promote PSEA (Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse) standards within ESDA and amongst beneficiaries served by ESDA

  • Undertake any relevant duties assigned by supervisor.

    Duty station Mula, Erer, Harshin, Degahbur, Gode and Kebridehar

    Job Requirements

    Qualifications and Experience

  • Degree in Public Health, Nursing or Midwife

  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in Nutrition

  • Knowledge on MIYCN/ Nutrition and Counselling skills

  • Excellent analytical, organizational, and coordination skills.

  • Proven reporting and writing skills.

  • Experience in team management including capacity building and supervision

  • Fluency in English with good verbal and written communication skills.

  • Ability to communicate and negotiate effectively. Communication skills ( written, oral and cross cultural, with communities)

  • Fluent in English, Local language to the location you are applying for will be an added advantage

    How to Apply

    ESDA Jig-Jiga Main Office is located near Ayar Dega Health center or UNHCR Jig-Jiga Field Office. Only Qualified local residents are invited to submit their updated CV and cover letter stating the location of the position to with the subject line “MIYCN Officer”

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