Rural Agency for Community Development and Assistance Nutrition Officer Jobs in Kenya

Rural Agency for Community Development and Assistance Nutrition Officer Jobs in Kenya


Job Description

  • The incumbent, as part of the USAID OFDA programme implementation team, will provide technical guidance as well as hands on support to Mandera North, Banissa and Mandera East County Health Management Team to strengthen their capacity and skills in the implementation of High Impact Nutrition interventions (HINI) through the integrated health systems strengthening approach and work with community groups to build their resilience and strengthen their knowledge and capacity in health and nutrition services and appropriate care taking.

    Responsibilities

  • Provide technical support to MoH on delivery of High Impact Nutrition intervention components at health facilities and when need be outreach sites;

  • Work with Mandera Ministry of Health(MMoH ) and other actors to implement work plans as agreed;

  • Liaising closely with the sub-county health management teams (SCHMT) and Hospital Management Teams (HMT) to develop joint work plans and ensure MoH ownership and integration of the programme into the existing health systems;

  • In partnership with the Sub-County Health Management Team (SCHMT) including the Sub County Medical Officer in charge of health (SCMOH), Sub County Public Health Nurse, Sub-County Nutrition Coordinator, Public Health Officers and the hospital nutritionist develop and implement monthly work plans for the target Sub-counties;

  • Ensure programme quality control through implementation of monthly and quarterly M&E;

  • Closely monitor the nutrition situation in the programme area;

  • While working with the health facility nutritionist and the SCNO, support th
    routinely engage Community Health Volunteers and Community Health Assistants;

  • Support with documentation of the programme implementation process to generate lesson learning as well as case studies;

  • Participate in coordination of and data collection for SMART and coverage surveys to assesses the nutrition situation of the target population;

  • Writing of monthly reports and briefs as well as quarterly reports;

  • Contribute significantly to the development of regular donor reports;

  • Together with MOH and other actors involved in delivery of nutrition services in the Sub-County, conduct technical quality monitoring visits including joint support supervision visits;

  • Oversee and coordinate the implementation of MIYCN activities at the health facilities and at the community;

  • Attend and adequately represent RACIDA in Sub-county meetings/fora as may be required as well as in layering with other actors handling USAID OFDA
    programs;

  • Participate and contribute as necessary towards RACIDA’s emergency response as and when necessary;

  • Work closely with the MOH and other partners to ensure that all health facilities have adequate drug supplies in the MNCH and Nutrition service areas;
    e rural health facilities to establish referral systems and create referral links for access to in-patient and other services beneficial to the beneficiaries not provided by the rural health facilities;

  • Support with operationalizing of community Units and community mobilization activities; plan trainings,

    Qualifications

  • A degree in Nutrition and Dietetics or in Nursing with solid experience/background in Nutrition. Strong clinical competence and knowledge of maternal and child health. (Masters in Public health or related field is an added advantage)

  • At least five (5) years’ experience in Maternal and Child Health, WASH or community development programming with experience in health system strengthening in both a development and emergency

  • An understanding of the context, prior experience working and/or living in any of the target counties is highly desirable

  • Experience working with and through local partners in ASAL contexts

  • Experience and knowledge of MOH systems, particularly at County

  • Good understanding of cross cutting issues- gender, DRR, etc. and how to integrate them into public health and nutrition

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and report writing skills and demonstrated ability to work effectively in

  • Proficient in Computer applications

  • Fluent in both spoken and written English and Kiswahili. Fluency in local language/s skills is an added advantage**

    How to Apply

  • Interested candidates, who meet the above requirements, should send a CV and Cover Letter only to

  • jobs@racida.org with the subject of the email as ‘Nutrition Officer Kenya‘. Each application must include at least three referees who can validate technical expertise. Telephone contacts must be submitted with the application.

  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview.


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