PROJECT OFFICER FOR LINKING INTERGRATED COMMUNITY CASE MANANGEMENT(ICCM) AND NUTRITION RESEARCH

Job
from Action Against Hunger USA
Closing date: 24 Jan 2017

Founded in 1979, Action Against Hunger (AAH) is an international humanitarian organization that delivers programs in over 44 countries. Recognized worldwide as a leader in the fight against hunger, our mission is to save lives through the prevention, detection, and treatment of malnutrition, especially during and after emergency situations and conflicts. From crisis to sustainability, Action Against Hunger tackles the underlying causes of malnutrition and its effects. By integrating our programs with local and national systems, we further ensure that short-term interventions become long-term solutions. With head offices in France, the United Kingdom, Spain, the United States and Canada, our international network shares its combined resources, breadth of experience and technical expertise in pursuit of a world without hunger. AAH has been present in Kenya since 2001 and is currently implementing activities in West Pokot, Mandera, Samburu, Isiolo, Trans Nzoia, Kakamega, Bungoma and Busia counties.

Linking ICCM and Nutrition

Recent programmatic experience suggests that the ICCM strategy can be effective in achieving high treatment coverage and delivering high-quality care for sick children in the community. Recent exploration of the linkages between iCCM and nutrition suggested that iCCM of childhood illnesses may be a logical platform, perhaps currently a missed opportunity, for increasing the reach and coverage of treating malnourished children. Although operational linkages between iCCM and community based nutrition interventions are feasible, necessary, and are likely to provide benefits to both domains, there lacks evidence in Kenya on how it would be when both are implemented in an integrated manner. In furtherance of these promising potentials of integrating treatment of Acute malnutrition in iCCM, Ministry of Health, Action Against Hunger, Save the Children, UNICEF and WFP wish to work together to generate local evidence on the effectiveness of integrating nutrition treatment of acute malnutrition into iCCM.

Action Against Hunger is planning to implement Integrated Community Case Management (iCCM) Project in Isiolo County in collaboration with National and County Ministry of Health, Unicef, WFP and Save the children. This is a research study whose aim is to: to generate evidence that would inform and guide policy and practice in regards to integrating management of acute malnutrition with iCCM.

The objectives of the study are:

  1. To examine the feasibility and effectiveness of integrating management of acute malnutrition as part of the iCCM package,

  2. To determine the enabling factors and bottlenecks for effective integration of management of acute malnutrition and iCCM

  3. To identify the challenges, constraints and potential risks in the integration

  4. To document lessons and promising practices in integrating management of acute malnutrition into iCCM

  5. To provide policy and programmatic recommendations for management of acute malnutrition at community level.

AAH is looking for a Project Officer for the study to be responsible for ICCM project Implementation in the County and will be answerable to the Project Manager. This will include assisting project manager with ICCM implementation at the county and linkages with Ministry of Health and other AAH project teams.

He/She will support the Project Manager in recruiting and training the local data collection team, ensuring high quality data collection and data entry, provide on-going technical supervision and support, budget monitoring for field-based data collection activities, supporting data analysis and report writing. The position will report to AAH-Kenya Isiolo Head of Region and will be technically supervised by the ICCM project Manager. The Project Manager will be a key project team and will play an important role in the interpretation and the presentation of the results of the study.

The position will be based in Isiolo county

Start date: February 2017.

Duty station: Isiolo County. AAH will provide transport and accommodation plus meals when travelling to the other bases and/or capital office.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF PROJECT OFFICER :

The Project Officer will work closely with the AAH project Manager ICCM to achieve the following objectives:

Objective 1: Research protocol and project development

  • Support field-level pre-testing in Isiolo and refining the tools.
  • Develop project work plan in liaison with with Project Manager and AAH field team in Isiolo

Objective 2: Staff recruitment and training

  • Support the project manager to, recruit, train and supervise local research team members (data collectors and data manager) during field pre-testing of tools, data collection and data management.
  • Support the project manager to orient the AAH nutrition and operations teams (Nut PROJECT MANAGER, Head of Region, Log Admin/Finance) on the research activities including study protocol, project implementation and data collection to ensure close monitoring of activities, collaboration with field team and harmonization with existing nutrition activities.

Objective 3: Coordination and management

  • In liaison with project manager , coordinate launch of data collection activities, ensuring strict adherence to study protocol in selected health facilities;
  • Support on-site management and oversight of data collection activities at the health facilities where the study will be conducted; supervise research team members to enrol, take measurements and administer questionnaires.
  • With support from the project Manager, develop maintain and implement field monitoring and data management systems to ensure data quality and coherence.
  • Maintain ongoing dialogue with ICCM research team members to assess project progress; support timely and quality implementation and alert research coordinator in case attention is needed
  • Build and maintain good relationships with MoH at national and county level and act as ICCM contact at county level.
  • Prepare ICCM Project Updates for MoH and partners at county/sub-county coordination fora (county nutrition technical forum and CSG).
  • Inform/update project Manager on activities on a regular basis and liaise with field Nutrition program manager and head of region for smooth implementation of the project.

Objective 4: Finance, budget and grant monitoring

  • Prepare cash forecast based on the work plan of the project
  • Ensure the expenditure is as stipulated in the budget lines and strict adherence to the budget limits
  • Propose anticipated budget realignment in line with field realities
  • In liaison with HOR and Project Manager, perform and monitor budget spending in line with spending plan; ensure diligence in grants utilization including timely spending and value for money.
  • Support the project manager to prepare a monthly report of estimated expenditure (including actual and commitments) based with narrative summaries.
  • Review budget expenditure in consultation with the project manager, HoR and Finance Coordinator and address any concerns, updates or changes.

Objective 5: Reporting and administrative tasks

  • Support the PROJECT MANAGER to Prepare and share work plans for approval and integration.
  • Prepare monthly technical reports on the status of the research activities and progress based on the research implementation work plan.
  • Provide logistical support for meetings, workshops and trainings as well as travel arrangements and schedules for visiting technical teams, experts, project partners, etc.

Internal & External relationships

Internal

· AAH Kenya Research Coordinator: technical supervisor

· AAH Kenya Isiolo Head of Region: hierarchical relationship, administrative and collaboration on recruitment and field research team management.

· AAH Kenya Head of Nutrition and Health Department : collaboration and coordination – technical support – exchange of information

· AAH Kenya Nutrition PROJECT MANAGER: collaboration and coordination on existing nutrition activities and harmonisation with research implementation

External

· Local governmental and non-governmental partners at county level : exchange of information and coordination regarding the research project

· County HMT, health facility in-charges, health facility committees and community health committees: exchange of information and coordination regarding the research project

· Representatives of international aid organisations at county level : information-sharing regarding the research project

REPORTING RESPONSIBILITIES

· Monthly field activity report

· Contribution to mission SitRep

QUALIFICATION

BSc in Nursing, Clinical medicine, Public Health with bias to Nutrition, or related field.

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

§ More than 1 year experience in a similar position.

§ Exposure to clinical Nutrition and Research experience

§ Excellent organization, coordination, report writing and team management skills

§ Strong oral/written English skills

§ Strong and effective communication and presentation skills

§ Team player and Keen to details

What AAH will offer:

ü Competitive salary(monthly package of between Kes109,130 and Kes169,296)

ü Career development on Project Management opportunities with AAH

ü Comprehensive medical cover for self and dependents

ü Contract duration: One year initial based on funding availability and performance.

How to apply:

Closing Date: 24th January 2017 by Close of Business. Applications sent after the closing date and time will not be considered.

Interested candidates should submit their applications through www.myjobsinkenya.com/action

Position opened to Kenyan Nationals only.