Save The Children IYCF Officer Jobs in Ethiopia

Save The Children IYCF Officer Jobs in Ethiopia

Job Id: 203147

Category: Health Care
Location: Wonago and Gedeb
Employment Type: Full time
Salary: As per the scale of the organization

Job Description


Save the Children is an exciting and dynamic organization that follows a holistic approach to achieve more for children and use its resources in an efficient and sustainable way.

In every programming we aim to achieve results at scale, build partnership to influence others and increase our impact; look for innovate solutions to the problems children faces, campaign for better practice and ensure that Children’s voices are heard.

Job Title

IYCF Officer



Place of Work

Wonago and Gedeb


Humanitarian Program-Gedeo IDP response

Monthly Salary in ETB

As per the scale of the organization

No. of Positions


Length of Contract

One Year

Role Purpose:

Job Summary:

IYCF officer based at each intervention woreda (Hammer, Dassenech, Nyangatom, Konso and Ale) will be responsible for the management of implementation of IYCF activities under emergency nutrition and health responses at woreda, health facilities and at large in communities’ level.

The IYCF officer is expected to improve quality in delivery of IYCF services in integration with CMAM programs and other health care services through conducting frequent supportive supervision and monitoring/coaching health professionals, ensuring availability of job aids and basic materials and supplies at health facility level and, timely requesting of supplies required supplies.

S/he will provide emergency nutrition and health related technical support at woreda and community level to build local capacity.

Also, s/he will be responsible for reporting of any public health emergencies and other humanitarian situation/risks which may endanger communities’ wellbeing, beside participating in surveillance, response to outbreaks and other public health concerns whenever happened.

Job Specific Roles and Responsibilities

  • The incumbent will be expected to ensure that all caretakers of the beneficiaries at the distribution sites OTP and TSFP have get the IYCF counselling by the health extension workers of each program.

  • Accomplish project site activities and supporting of community-based groups – HDAs, mother to mother support groups within existing HDA structure, local committees, etc

  • Participate in providing IYCF technical support to Woredas, SCI and partners CMAM and IYCF staff

  • Ensure that all staff understand and implement the IYCF program guidelines

  • Ensure appropriate and consistent education messaging to mothers (at PHC, Hospitals, HCs and community levels)

  • Advise the best feeding options/ practices and follow ups as appropriate

  • Participate in the development of mother support groups and mother-baby areas.

  • Participate in developing regular work plans for the HWS, HEWs, CMAM officer, HDAs, mother to mother support groups etc.

  • Spot and address appropriately the violations of the code of marketing of breast-milk substitutes and violations of the MOH guidelines

  • The position holder will be expected ensures the availability of teaching aid and IEC materials for program implementation

  • Act as an effective member in promoting, supporting and protecting IYCF practices (give IYCF awareness sessions and IYCF individual counselling sessions as necessary).

  • Give support to CMAM team members as necessary especially on community mobilization activities

  • Ensure that IYCF tools are properly utilized and documented; prepare IYCF reports regularly and submit to CMAM coordinators

  • Link between CMAM team and IYCF team (such as promoting excellent communication and referral between IYCF counsellor, IYCF educator and CMAM)

  • Assist in the development and review of educational material (IEC /BCC)

  • Prepare training materials and conduct IYCF trainings when necessary

  • With support from M & E officer, make sure all IYCF records are regularly filled and submitted (awareness sessions, database of counselled cases, etc.),

  • Liaise with ZHB, WrHO, and Health facilities and ensure the quality of IYCF/Nutrition capacity building activities are technically sound, aligned with proposed implementation plan and adhere to standard guidelines,

  • Provide mothers with practical advice on correct attachment and positioning when breastfeeding, timely introduction of complementary foods and respond to any concerns or local taboos associated with IYCF,

  • Assure the availability of IYCF training and counselling materials prior to any

  • Support community assessments related to CMAM & IYCF and strengthen capacity of various health, agriculture, and other sectors’ front-line workers to improve the quality of nutrition intervention

  • Along with other SCI & partner staffs, conduct regular follow up site visits to provide support quality implementation, and document field all through submission of complete, accurate and timely feedback reports;

  • Ensure IYCF indicator well captured and adhere to the national protocol guideline by CMAM team.

  • Make sure that Mothers are counselled with the resource available at HH and proper understand

  • Make sure that Mother who need special counselling are identified, linked and followed well for behaviour change

  • Support the mothers suffering from insufficient milk production with advice on re-lactation

  • Ensures the availability of job aids, reporting formats, therapeutic products and drugs for program implementation at health facility level.

  • Facilitates trainings, workshops, review meetings, community forums under the project,

  • Conduct regular checklist based supportive supervision on targeted health facilities,

  • Facilitate joint monitoring visits /joint supportive supervisions/ in integration with Woreda health office and zonal health department.

  • Generates’ and share supervision reports and feedbacks for project coordinator, zonal/woreda health office and health facilities.

  • Follow and ensures, action taken by all responsible parties on gaps identified during supervision,

  • Supports and liaise with the woreda health office staffs and provide on the job training/coaching and capacity building where required,

  • Working with the CMAM Officer, to ensure CMAM beneficiaries are referred to IYCF services when required.

  • Coordinates the link of acute malnutrition cases with EOS/CBN/CHD/TSFP/PSNP and facilitates regular registration of Non-EOS beneficiaries and submits on monthly bases,

  • Supports community mobilization activities (case finding, referral linkage, defaulter tracing, conducting home to home visits and provides health and nutrition educations),

  • Reports any problems in a timely manner to the project coordinator,

  • Upholds the image and values of SC at all times,

  • Performs other related tasks as required,

    Job Requirements


  • BSC or Diploma in Nursing, Nutrition or Public Health (Senior Clinical/Public Nurse or above).


  • Minimum of three years working experience for BSc and five years’ experience for Diploma holders related to CMAM and IYCF implementations.

    Skills/Ability required:

  • Knowledge, training and experience in IYCF, CMAM and community mobilization/BCC

  • Demonstrated skills in program planning, implementation and monitoring.

  • Demonstrated skills in peer group training, Training of Trainers and development of training materials.

  • Proficiency in spoken and written English and Local language

  • Strong computer (Microsoft skills), all and interpersonal skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team environment

  • Willingness to work under pressure and extra hours.

    How to Apply

    Interested applicants who met the Minimum requirements should send the following through before or on April 05, 2019.

    a. A CV (not more than 3 pages)

    b. A cover letter (not more than one page)

    c. A one-page table summarizing your educational background, work experience, technical skills and competencies to facilitate the screening process. Refer the vacancy announcement while doing this.

    Please Do not submit copies of transcripts, academic degrees or recommendation letters with the application. You should provide them upon request otherwise your application will be rejected.

    Please Make Sure You State the Code of the Vacancy on the Subject of Your Email ensuring that the job title is clearly stated in the cover letter. All applications should be received within 10 working days of this advertisement.

    We need to keep children safe and as such, our selection process reflects our commitment to ensuring that only those who are suitable to work with children are considered for these posts.

    All successful applicants will, therefore, be required to complete a Police Check and must sign onto our Child Safeguarding Policy and Code of Conduct.

    In the selection of its staff, Save the Children is committed to gender balance and diversity without distinction as to race, sex or religion, and without discrimination of persons with disabilities.

    Note: All travel costs should be covered by the applicants, if invited for written exam or interview.

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