Plan International Health and Nutrition Officer Jobs in Ethiopia

Plan International Health and Nutrition Officer Jobs in Ethiopia


  • Plan International is an independent child rights and humanitarian organisation committed to children living a life free of poverty, violence and injustice.

  • We actively unite children, communities and other people who share our mission to make positive lasting changes in children’s and young people’s lives.

  • We support children to gain the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to claim their rights to a fulfilling life, today and in the future. We place a specific focus on girls and women, who are most often left behind.

    Dimensions of the Role

  • The health and Nutrition Officer will serve as the key technical officer for reproductive maternal and child health and nutrition activities, with responsibility for the quality implementation, monitoring and supervision of the community based, reproductive maternal child health and nutrition component of the project.

  • The health and nutrition officer will support on planning on project activities in close collaborating with the project team.

  • In addition the health and Nutrition officer will work closely with the district expert teams in Itang special district and Gambella town.

  • The position holder will report to the He or she will directly report to the health and nutrition coordinator based in Gambella with a dot line or matrix relationship to Program Area Manager based in Gambella and WASH Specialist at country office, and technical communication to Health and nutrition Specialist at the country office.

    The post holder will have overall responsibility for

  • Provide technical support to district and health center health staff for the planning and implementation of Nutrition Sensitive Food Cooking Demonstration (NSFCD) and food preparation & hygiene practices at community and health facility level to the target villages (health post)

  • Work in collaboration with community members, local health staff such as community health workers and women development army (WDA) to implement regular growth monitoring and growth promotion activities

  • Support and promote targeted number of Pregnant Women’s Forums and community dialogue sessions.

  • Identify additional technical support needs and request technical specialist support as required

  • Ensure that RMNCH and nutrition activities are delivered to a high standard and adhere to national and regional policies and guidelines

  • rovide coaching to community health workers (CHW), women development army (WDA) staff and project partners in reproductive maternal and child health and nutrition intervention

  • Provide any requested technical support, assistance and follow up to the program area Health and Nutrition initiatives in tandem with other field based staffs and program managers to ensure the quality of program delivery in an efficient way and manner which will collectively address the real needs of Children, Adolescents and Women in need.

  • Prepare quarterly project and program updates and reports (both financial and narrative reports) in consultation with the health and nutrition coordinator and project concerned bodies to be incorporated into the general project as well as country Program quarterly reports


    Project design, implementation and reporting

  • Provide technical input into the design of the monitoring and evaluation framework and tools

  • Provide support and assistant to health staff, women development army (WDAs) and community health workers to monitor and supervise project activities

  • Compile, analyse, share and store project data

  • Organize regular reflection meetings for health staff, WDAs, community health workers and community stakeholders to share information, community generated data and plan follow up action

  • Write regular project activity reports as required by the project coordinator

  • Update on project activities at project meetings and monthly technical working team meetings

  • Document lessons learnt and develop case studies to share with stakeholders including donor

  • Assist in documenting and disseminating project achievements through district and town base meetings, document success stories and presenting findings at district, town meeting

  • Ensure the mainstreaming of child protection (CP), Gender and disability Inclusion and DRR in his/her program area as well as specific project initiatives.

    Policy Engagement and Networking

  • Serve as a principal representative to regional
    health and nutrition thematic task force, networks and clusters to promote effective program implementation, integration, to create collaborative and positive partnerships and alliances and to influence policy that maximizes the impact of the country program.

  • Establish links and good relationships with relevant government authorities, NGOs, academic and research institutions and the media, in the area of health and nutrition to draw information and knowledge for project/program efficiency and effectiveness.

  • Makes follow up and proper documentation of regional government policies, strategies and plans with respect to Health (RMNCH) and Nutrition programmes.

  • Collaborate with NGOs, communities, local and regional partners to mobilize resources for better program investment.

    Partnership Development and Strengthening

  • Periodically collect project related and relevant information about other organizations working within the region to gain institutional knowledge of the environment.

  • In support of the Program implementation Manager, manage the partnership in a holistic and reciprocal manner.

  • Make it a business to know about other organization in the region.

    Relationship Management / Communications

  • Assist and support communication department in developing communication materials through adopting and contextualizing it and disseminate to identified target audiences, organizations, media, etc., support the department in translating materials into local languages as necessary.

  • Collaborate and participate in effective knowledge and information management systems where the necessary Country Program Information is well documented and shared internally and externally as necessary.

  • Promote a collaborative, team environment amongst project/program team.

  • Inform line manager and donor of any issues or proposed resource changes (financial or human) that may require technical assistance or donor approval in a timely fashion.

  • Oversee outreach activities at program areas to support and raise awareness about the purpose of the project and any related opportunities.

  • Participate actively in staff appraisal processes and overall performance evaluation and management systems to ensure progressive capacity building support is received and provided regularly to achieve desired results.

    Educational Qualification and Experience

  • At least a Bachelor’s degree in Health Officer, Clinical nursing, Public Health and/or Nutrition or related field of study with minimum of four (4) years of work experience of which at least two years’ experience with NGOs in Health (RMNCH) and Nutrition sectors.

  • Demonstrated experience in the management of Health and Nutrition projects.

  • A creditable experience in an integrated ASRH and MNCH project implementation.

  • A commitment to, and understanding of, participatory approaches to development.

  • Previous experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team and the ability to lead, motivate and develop others.

  • Previous community mobilization experience

  • Demonstrated knowledge of Ethiopia Health Systems and experience working with government health partners at provincial and district level

  • Strong writing and organizational skills for writing case studies, documenting lessons learnt and reporting on project results


  • Technical knowledge on reproductive, Maternal child health/ and or nutrition interventions

  • Extensive knowledge on updated ASRH, RMNCH and Nutrition national strategies and implementation guidelines.

  • In-depth knowledge of project cycle management and child centred community development programming.

  • Knowledge of development issues, trends, challenges and opportunities and implications to community development.

  • Knowledge of effective participatory Monitoring, Evaluation and Research systems and processes.

  • Experience in implementation of integrated WASH, Health and Nutrition projects.


    Skills Specific to the Post

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to build relationships with colleagues.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including presentation.

  • Strong negotiation, influencing and problem solving skills.

  • Numeracy and the ability to interpret financial data, in order to understand budgetary processes including planning, monitoring and reporting.

  • Ability to analyze information and evaluate options including planning skills.

  • Proficient in computer skills and use of relevant software and other applications.

  • Ability to interpret financial data, in order to provide management support to budgetary processes including planning, monitoring and reporting.

  • Resilience, adaptability and flexibility: ability to operate effectively under a stressful and working environment, often under tight timelines and high donor expectation

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Plan International Health and Nutrition Officer Jobs in Ethiopia

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