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Nov 9, 2017

World Vision Nairobi Program Officer (Nutrition)

World Vision Kenya is a leading Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. 

Our programmes are spread across in most parts of Kenya. We are seeking highly competent and outstanding individuals to fill the following positions based in various locations pending funding of a UNICEF Funded Nutrition Program.

Program Officer - Nutrition
Reference: 8738-15N17090

Job Summary: To provide Programmatic and Technical support to field staffs implement Maternal Child Nutrition Program (MCNP) in Tana River, Samburu and Baringo toward the attainment of child-well being outcomes and donor requirements.

To effectively communicate World Vision’s Christian ethos and demonstrate a quality of spiritual life that serves as an example to others.

Major Responsibilities:

Programmatic and technical support for MCNP (50%)
  • Provide strategic and technical support to implementation of MCNP with minimal support to sponsorship health projects
  • In liaison with field staff and MCNP consortium partners, ensure timely development and implementation of work plans and budgets for nutrition/health grants
  • Ensure all MCNP interventions are implemented within schedule , plans and budgets
  • Ensure timely implementation and expenditure level reviews to track and manage work plans and budgets
  • Provide minimal programmatic support to WVK regional offices offices based on their need
  • Support nutrition interventions during emergencies.
  • Oversee integration of MCNP into existing health projects for increased impact
  • Maintain relationship with UNICEF
  • In liaison with procurement and finance ensure timely procurement of program items
Quality assurance for programmatic Designs, Assessments, Monitoring and Evaluation processes (25%)
  • Ensure project work plans, progress reports are shared with donor as per approved agreement
  • Provide technical support during nutrition Surveys/evaluations, baselines and assessment to ensure quality check with methodology, tools and the entire process.
  • Ensure Nutrition project designs and/ or re- designs are done in accordance with donor guidelines, standards, WV standards and nutrition programming strategies and GoK guidelines while corresponding to community needs and contexts.
  • Ensure timely and quality development and review of project reports in line with UNICEF policies and reporting guidelines
  • Provide technical support to ensure that findings from project assessments and evaluations inform the subsequent programme designs
  • Ensure project documentation, reflection and learning to ensure achievement of project objectives and shared with donor, MoH and other stakeholders.
  • Ensure ongoing monitoring of Nutrition and health projects using the set standards and tool
Capacity building of staff (10%)
  • In collaboration with National Nutrition Specialist and other teams carry out capacity assessment gaps and plan capacity building for project staff on areas of need guidelines in WVK operational areas
  • Monitor nutrition capacity building initiatives conducted by field and MOH to ensure they meet standards
  • Ensure documentation and project learning are disseminated to relevant stakeholders
  • Support induction of new project officers in collaboration with MCNP project managers in the field
  • Support Health and nutrition team in analyzing and interpreting nutrition data for programmatic use.
Engagement, Networking and fundraising (10%)
  • Support fundraising initiatives in collaboration with Grants Acquisition Management and Communication
  • Ensure WVK visibility and participation in the government of UNICEF funded grants in Kenya and other relevant networks at the County and National levels.
  • Maintain coordination with relevant stakeholders who are crucial in the implementation of the project
Other duties 5%

Corresponding Responsibilities:
  • Ensure implementation of MNCH and nutrition projects related interventions are in accordance with established WVK norms and policies
  • Ensures consortium members (Nutrition Initiative, Harvest Plus, Kenya Agricultural Research organization and Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Health are well coordinated and project implementation is on track
  • Represent WVK in the government of UNICEF funded grants in Kenya and other relevant networks at the County and National levels.
  • Maintain close collaboration with UNICEF and MOH at national level
  • Provide strategic and technical support to implementation of MCNP with minimal support to sponsorship health projects
  • Ensure MCNP monitoring and evaluation database in filled on monthly basis
  • Represent WVK in the relevant nutrition networks at the County and National levels.
  • Spearhead strategic collaborations with relevant partners to support the project
  • Ensure project learning are documented and disseminated to relevant stakeholders
  • Ensure timely procurement of program items
Other Competencies / Attributes:
  • Must be a committed Christian who is able to stand above denominational and cultural diversity challenges;
  • Must be able to provide spiritual leadership within but not limited to chapel and daily devotions;
  • Must have outstanding oral and written communications and relationship skills and;
  • Ability to take initiative, a team leader able to work with minimum supervision
  • Must be willing to perform other duties as required.
Qualifications: Education / Knowledge / Technical Skills and Experience
  • Bachelors degree in Nutrition, food security or related field with extensive programming experience in Nutrition specific programs.
  • Should be registered with the Kenya Nutritionists and Dieticians Institute.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience with a thorough understanding of all areas of project management cycles in a complex environment, 3 years should have been at a project/grant managerial level.
  • Demonstrate experience in bio-fortification and production of nutrient dense foods
  • Demonstrate track record of working with and managing multiple partners and advocacy contribution
  • Experience in conducting surveys using Lot Quality Assurance Survey (LQAS), ODK and ENA-SMART methodologies is an added advantage.
  • Demonstrated understanding and experience of working with Ministries of Health, Ministry of Agriculture and other structures at county and national levels and networking with other partners
  • Good communication and writing skills
  • A team player, capable of building capacity of staff and partners
How to Apply

CLICK HERE to submit your online application including a detailed CV, current and expected salary, with names of three referees. 

Application deadline is November 14, 2017 at midnight. 

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

World Vision Kenya neither uses employment agencies nor does it charge money for recruitment, interviews, or medical checks.

World Vision is a child focused organization and upholds the rights and wellbeing of children. 

Our recruitment and selection procedures include screening and background checking for child abuse related offenses. 

World Vision is an equal opportunity employer.

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