Welthungerhilfe Nutrition Coordinator Jobs in Kenya

Welthungerhilfe Nutrition Coordinator Jobs in Kenya

Welthungerhilfe is a Non-Governmental organization registered in Kenya under the name German Agro Action.

In Kenya, Welthungerhilfe has been implementing projects in different parts of the country (mainly ASAL areas) in the sectors of WASH, Food security, Natural resource management and DRR, with cross cutting themes such as gender and HIV/AIDS.

Welthungerhilfe Kenya Program recently revised its country strategy and is shifting from a focus solely on food security towards ensuring a higher degree of nutrition security.

Food security and the fight against hunger form the core subject of Welthungerhilfe’s work and constitute its key competence.

This strategic project has the highest priority and forms the centre of the new strategy.

In order to prevent malnutrition and in line with Kenya’s National Food and Nutrition Security Policy, Welthungerhilfe wants to focus on addressing the knowledge gap and promoting improved practices and behaviours in terms of nutrition and ensure in particular that all household decision makers understand both the importance but also the high potential of adequate nutrition for a child’s development and are empowered to put this understanding into practice.

It is Welthungerhilfe’s goal that the country program integrates SFNS by covering systematically all 4 dimensions (availability, access, use and utilisation, with an emphasis on nutrition and stability) in its situation analysis and programme planning.

Furthermore, key staff in both the Country Office and field offices and key partners have built up expertise and a common understanding with regard to SFNS and Right to Food.

Role:

  • The Nutrition Coordinator will be based in Nairobi.
  • Under the general direction and guidance of Head of Programs, the Nutrition Coordinator will ensure that all food and nutrition security programming is of excellent technical quality, attracts donor funding and contributes significantly to national learning, advocacy and programme development.
  • In addition to advising on the nutritional component of Welthungerhilfe’s projects, the Nutrition Coordinator will be expected to lead on sectoral assessment, including a contextual analysis of nutrition, project design and master budgeting, and coordination.
  • The post holder is expected to provide technical advice and support to project staff to ensure programming objectives with regards to nutrition are successfully achieved.
  • The post-holder shall also contribute to the implementation of the country strategy and actively lead in the development of nutrition security programming.
  • In most circumstances, the post holder will be expected to mentor and/or provide capacity building for existing programme and project staff.

    Key Areas of Accountability
  • Build up a nutrition security programme and ensure that nutrition security is integrated into Welthungerhilfe’s programme
  • As part of the programme department, ensure all programme and project staff receive the necessary and appropriate technical support.
  • In consultation with staff and project managers agree on the range of advice, support, training and/or other assistance required to facilitate high quality programming.
  • This will involve regular visits to Welthungerhilfe’s operational areas.
  • To lead in the preparation of situational/ context analyses, background information, policy formulations, establishing indicators, formative research, etc., in the area of Nutrition Security.
  • Build on technical knowledge, latest research in the sector and current/previous programming to develop proposals for new programming in close coordination with the programme staff.
  • Actively participate in key relevant internal meetings such as Senior Management Team or Area-based meetings as required.
  • Participate in any Donor visit to project(s) within your portfolio as required.
  • Lead on multi-sectoral / nutrition technical assessments in coordination with other WHH thematic areas and/or other external sector agencies, ensuring assessment findings are documented and that all assessments include a specific analysis of the needs of children and women of reproductive age (1,000 days).
  • Working with the Head of Projects and the Programme department, develop Nutrition security integration plans and master budgets and contribute to
    Welthungerhilfe’s overall Food and Nutrition Security strategy.
  • Provide technical checking of Nutrition strategies, assessments and projects as necessary, and proactively promote high quality Nutrition technical approaches within country programmes.
  • Working closely with relevant staff, initiate fundraising for the Nutrition sector, including development of high-quality concept notes and proposals, and engagement with donors’ technical Advisers and the internal regional nutrition advisor.
  • Prepare and oversee Nutrition programme implementation to ensure timely delivery of programme activities (for example, monitoring against log frames, individual performance management work plans).
  • Review relevant monitoring reports to ensure that nutritional technical aspects are well articulated and captured.
  • Identify learning and training opportunities for Welthungerhilfe staff and partners and work as a mentor and role model for staff less experienced in nutrition programming.
  • Oversee development and deliver technical training material that will improve aspects of Nutrition work within Welthungerhilfe, at country level.
  • Assist in the development of tools for project staff and partners to improve the quality of food and nutrition security work.
  • Where necessary provide technical training for project staff and partners as required.
  • Ensure that Welthungerhilfe’s work is coordinated with efforts of other agencies and Government, and participate in the Nutrition technical forum.
  • Take steps to document lessons learned, from Nutrition programmes, for wider dissemination.
  • In collaboration with senior programme staff, assist in advocacy activities that target decision-makers at all levels.
  • To identify opportunities and material to contribute to Nutrition communications and media work, acting as a spokesperson when required.
  • Facilitate sharing of experiences across the different Welthungerhilfe projects and contribute to sharing experience of the Kenya programme with other Welthungerhilfe country teams.

    Qualifications and Experience:
  • At least 3 years of management experience in Nutrition programmes in Kenya.
  • Master’s Degree level of education in Nutrition, Public Health Nutrition, or a related subject, or equivalent field experience
  • Previous experience of Nutrition project management and programme coordination, implementing Nutrition programmes within donor constraints, on time and within budgets
  • Experience in MIYCN, community nutrition, social and behaviour change programming, nutrition survey methods (e.g., SMART survey methodology), an understanding of effective programming options for nutrition-sensitive programming.
  • Experience of and commitment to working through systems of community participation and accountability
  • Demonstrated monitoring and evaluation skills, including nutrition and especially IYCF indicators
  • Proven capacity to supervise, train and coach staff in Nutrition technical skills
  • Experience in food security and/or agricultural projects and an understanding of the nutrition landscape in Kenya
  • Experience of representation and ability to represent Welthungerhilfe effectively in external forums.
  • Experience of preparing successful funding proposals for donors
  • Ability to write clear and well-argued assessment and project reports
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong influencing skills and experience in advocacy
  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
  • A high level of written and spoken English
    Excellent MS Office skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and good understanding of electronic data collection

    Desirable:
  • Specific experience of designing and managing UNICEF, EU, OFDA, BMZ, AA, DFID and other major donor projects
  • Master level trainer for MIYCF
  • Local language skills relevant to Welthungerhilfe’s areas of operation

    How to Apply
  • Please note that the closing date for applications is 4th October 2019
  • Availability should be immediate.
  • Please email your resume and motivation letter to: co.ken.recruitment@welthungerhilfe.de cc kelvin.shingles@welthungerhilfe.de addressed to:
  • The HR Manager,
  • Deutsche Welthungerhilfe e.V.,
  • P.O. Box 38829-00623
  • Nairobi.

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