Save the Children Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergency (IYCF-E) Officer NGO Job in Turkana, Kenya

Jul 28, 2017

Save the Children
 
Role Profile
 
Job Title: Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergency (IYCF-E) Officer
 
Team / Programme: Nutrition 

Location: Turkana
 
Grade:

Contract Length: Until 30 th June 2018
 
 
Child Safeguarding: Level 3 - the post holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently or intensively because they work country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing .
 
Role Purpose: The nutrition situation in Turkana County has deteriorated compared to the same period in 2015, from the recent nutrition survey (June 2016). 

The entire Turkana County has elevated GAM level (23.3%), with the most affected being Turkana South and East Sub counties as follows; Turkana south-30.3%, Turkana North-24.5%, Turkana central-23.4% and Turkana west-14.4%. 

Several factors have contributed to the situation, among them being the limited access to quality health and nutrition services. 

Save the Children is responding to mitigate the situation and to cushion the vulnerable population from further deterioration of their health and nutrition situation. 

The overall objective of this project is to increase access to life-saving nutrition interventions for pregnant women and children in Turkana North, Kibish and Turkana Central (Kerio) sub counties.
 
The IYCF-E Officer will ensure that all components of the IYCF-E program are functioning properly, including through managing a team of community health volunteers, ECD teachers, Mother-to-Mother support groups and ensuring the delivery of quality care to all the beneficiaries while respecting guidelines and principles of good practice e.g. the Operational Guidance on IYCF-E.
 
Scope of Role
 
Reports to: Emergency Nutrition Coordinator
 
Number of direct reports: None
 
Dimensions: 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 Feb 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, Turkana and Wajir and we work through partners in many other parts of the country. 

In 2016, Save the Children established a new project office in Madagascar whose operations are managed by the Kenya CO.
 
In total, we employ around 250 staff in both countries and had an operating annual budget in 2016 of approximately US$17.5million.
Key Areas of Accountability

Main Responsibilities
 
Programme Implementation:
  • Day-to-day management of the IYCF-E activities.
  • Ensure all staff, partners and volunteers understand and adhere to program guidelines, policies and protocols
  • Provide technical guidance on IYCF-E to promote consistent good practice
  • Facilitate the development of monthly work plans for the IYCF-E implementation
  • Support data collection systems, collage and analyse information for further dissemination and action
Training and Capacity Building:
  • Coordinate IYCF-E capacity building activities
  • Continuously engage staff to build their capacity on IYCF-E.
Advocacy, Communication and Coordination:
  • Engage in effective communication, networking and collaboration with MoH and other partners to ensure proper coordination of activities and agreed protocols
  • Ensure use of appropriate and consistent education messages in collaboration across all nutrition programmes.
Skills and Behaviours (our Values in Practice)
 
Accountability:
  • Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values.
Ambition:
  • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves (and their team), takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages others to do the same
  • Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • Future orientated, thinks strategically
Collaboration:
  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners and supporters
  • Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to
Creativity:
  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • Willing to take disciplined risks
Integrity:
  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency
Qualifications and Experience

Essential
  • Health / Public Health / Nutrition / BSc or equivalent;
  • Qualified nurse, midwife, nutritionist or public health specialist
  • Demonstrable commitment to promoting and supporting optimal breastfeeding and complementary feeding;
  • Demonstrable management experience, including budget holding responsibility;
  • Proven experience of project management, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation
  • Proven experience in conducting assessments and field work
  • Commitment to and experience of capacity building through supervision, training and coaching
  • Flexible and positive approach to working in a stressful and changing environment with limited resources,
  • Strong written communication skills including proven experience in report writing
  • Computer literate;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
Desirable
  • Emergency programming experience;
  • Qualification as a trainer of trainers in breastfeeding counselling;
  • Familiarity with the Operational Guidance on IYCF-E and SPHERE standards.
Equal Opportunities: The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.
 
Child Safeguarding: We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children any form of abuse.
 
Health and Safety: The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.
 
How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates are required to submit their CV and mandatory cover letter, certificates / testimonials as one document to turkana.jobapplications@savethechildren.org indicating the position on
the subject line by 8th August 2017
 
Hand delivery applications indicating the position can also be addressed to the HR Coordinator - Lodwar and dropped at the Save the Children offices.

Due to the urgency of the position, applications will be reviewed as and when they are received. 

Only applications containing all the aforementioned documents will be considered. 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.




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