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Jul 28, 2017

Save the Children Emergency Nutrition Officers NGO Jobs in Turkana, Kenya

Save the Children
Role Profile
Job Title: Emergency Nutrition Officer
Team / Programme: Health and Nutrition 

Location: Turkana

3 Positions

Contract Length: Until 30th 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
Role Purpose: Save the Children has been implementing nutrition programmes in Wajir, Mandera and Turkana Counties for more than 10 years, with a progressive focus on health system strengthening approaches, particularly since the devolved government system was put in place.

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, through Child Emergency Fund (CEF) intends to mount an immediate response 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 and Kibish sub counties.
The Emergency Nutrition Officer will be part of the emergency nutrition response team and will play a critical role in scaling up lifesaving nutrition interventions for children and pregnant women in the targeted sub-counties under the Emergency Response Programme.
Scope of Role
Reports to: Emergency Nutrition Coordinator
Staff directly reporting to this post: 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 staff engaging directly with this post: Senior Nutrition Coordinator, Nutrition Systems Strengthening Officer, Nutrition C4D Officer, Health & Nutrition Advocacy & Policy Coordinator, MEAL Coordinator.

Key Areas of Accountability

Programme Implementation
  • Assist the Emergency Nutrition Coordinator to coordinate with key nutrition and health partners working in the County and support Sub-county health authorities in the implementation of emergency nutrition response.
  • Plan for and support community mass screening and referral services for management of children and women with malnutrition
  • Hold sensitization meetings with the County Health Management Teams(CHMT) 2 Sub County Health Management Team( SCHMT) and health workers in health facilities
  • Facilitate the Department of Health (DOH) to provide refresher training on malnutrition for Community Health Volunteers in community units (CU).
  • Support CHVs to conduct screening and referral for pregnant women and children with malnutrition and to carry out follow up and tracing.
  • Support sensitisation and on the job mentoring of Community Health Extension Workers (CHEWs) / health facility in-charges to enable them supervise the Community Health Volunteers (CHVs).
  • Support bi-weekly integrated health and nutrition outreaches in the response areas in Turkana County.
  • Support the DOH to Carry out Social Behaviour Change Communication on maternal, infant and young child nutrition.
  • Support and facilitate monthly dialogue days to hold discussions using the recent SMART survey results and develop solutions. In addition support community meetings in community health units specifically targeting the men.
  • Support the County HMT to Roll out IMAM Surge scalability model in the targeted health facilities.
  • Perform all other related duties as assigned by the line manager.
Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability & Learning (MEAL)
  • Work with the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) team and other nutrition and health staff for monitoring and evaluation of project activities especially those related to nutrition emergency response work within the project, including preparation of monitoring reports, documents and lessons learned.
  • Compilation and submission of activity, monthly, quarterly and donor reports.
  • Carry out regular health facility monitoring visits and facilitate and attend facility review meetings to provide support.
  • Participate in milestone meetings for monitoring of the progress of the programme such as monthly program reviews
  • Ensure exchange and sharing of experience, lessons learnt, best practices and new methods to county officials, programme staff, other Save the Children partners as well as within the organization in collaboration with the health and nutrition teams.
  • Provide regular/weekly situation reports (Sitreps) to line manager and other existing emergency coordination forums as required.
Skills and Behaviours (our Values in Practice)
  • Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • Willing to take disciplined risks
  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency
Qualifications and Experience

  • University degree in Foods, Nutrition and Dietetics from a recognised institution
  • Minimum 3 years of relevant professional work experience in nutrition programming especially nutrition emergency response.
  • Intense understanding of the MOH and county health departments, particularly integration of donor funded programmes into county plans.
  • Effective working relationships with stakeholders from government agencies, international organisations, donors, academics and opinion-leaders.
  • Experience in training and capacity building.
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with a wide array of organizations
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Good knowledge of the nutrition and health field.
  • Good presentation and persuasion skills.
  • Experience of policy research, having written and published policy reports and briefings and evaluating evidence of their impact.
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 [email protected] 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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