Save the Children NGO Nutrition Project Jobs in Mandera and Wajir

Save the Children NGO Nutrition Project Jobs in Mandera and Wajir

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 February 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, Nairobi, Turkana and Wajir. We work through partners in many other parts of the country. We have a staff complement of around 250 staff and an operating annual budget of approximately US$16 million in 2018.

Role Purpose:

  • Under the general direction and guidance of the project manager, and the Country Nutrition Technical Specialist, and as a key member of the Programme Development and Quality (PDQ) team, the Nutrition Project Specialist will ensure that all nutrition programming at county is of excellent technical quality and contributes significantly to Save the Children's Country Strategic Plan (CSP), strategic objectives, national and global priorities. The post holder will play a supportive role in the technical design of nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive projects and interventions, with relevant project specialists/managers to ensure the projects contribute to the achievement of the thematic programme plan.
  • S/He will ensure that the nutrition programme is strongly linked with nutrition sensitive programmes, within Save the Children and externally, contributing to nutrition resilience of communities in Mandera/Wajir.
  • S/he will provide technical input into the design, preparation, implementation; monitoring and evaluation of the nutrition project and work closely with the Monitoring Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) team to ensure that project learning is documented and lessons shared internally and externally. S/He will work in close collaboration with the County and sub county Health Management Teams (CHMTs/SCHMTs) to provide direct technical assistance and support in their day to day activities.
  • In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.

    Contract Duration:

  • 1 year


  • Mandera & Wajir

    Experience and Skills

  • Nutrition professional with
    a Bachelors Degree in nutrition (Master's Degree preferred)
  • At least 5 years of experience implementing nutrition programmes with at least two years, of working at a managerial level in nutrition for international NGOs
  • Demonstrated experience in implementing nutrition programmes in both development and emergency contexts. Experience in working in the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs) in Kenya preferred.
  • Excellent understanding of the nutrition sector within the Kenyan context, particularly maternal, newborn and child nutrition issues.
  • Demonstrates an understanding and experience working in the devolved health systems with proven representation and advocacy and influencing skills in the context of devolution
  • Clear understanding of and proactive approach to nutrition resilience, hunger and food security issues in Kenya, particularly in the context of Northern Kenyan.
  • Experience writing donor funding proposals
    Strong writing skills, including experience in writing proposals, and quality programme reports
  • Good interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate and negotiate clearly and effectively at all levels, taking into account cultural and language difficulties.
  • Experience solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy-in.
  • Ability to present complex and technical information in a succinct and compelling manner.
  • Ability and willingness to dramatically change work practices and hours, and work with incoming surge teams, and partners in the event of emergencies.
  • Commitment to Save the Children values, including willingness to abide by and enforce the Child Safeguarding policy.

    How to apply

  • Please apply in English saving your CV and covering letter as a single document, including your salary expectations for this role.By 3rd October, 2018
  • We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse. Employment is subject to our Child protection standards including background checks and adherence to our Child Safeguarding Policy.
  • Save the Children is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best qualified talent.

  • For more information and job application details, see; Save the Children NGO Nutrition Project Jobs in Mandera and Wajir

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