Field Assistant

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Job Title: Field Assistant (6 positions)

Reports to: Project Officer Health and Nutrition

Location: Marsabit County (*Candidates must be legally entitled to work in Kenya at the time of application)

Job Purpose:

The Field Assistant will work under the general supervision of Project Officer Health and Nutrition. They will work closely with the Sub County Ministry Of Health, Ministry of Agriculture Livestock’s and Fisheries , and Ministry of Gender and Social Protection and other Concern Worldwide staffs to provide technical support for community nutrition specific and nutrition sensitive activities designed to contribute towards reduction in stunting. These activities aim in increasing consumption of diverse and quality foods while embracing improved maternal, infant and young child diets through the Baby Friendly Community Initiative Approach, as well as increasing resilience of vulnerable households and communities.

Main duties & Responsibilities:

  • Provide technical support to the Sub County Health Management Teams on the implementation of the health and nutrition project.
  • Assist the Project officer to provide technical support to the SCHMT and other stakeholders in the implementation of the project at the community level.
  • Work with the Sub County Teams to implement the joint work plans as agreed.
  • Provide periodic reports on the health and nutrition project activities at the community level.
  • Ensure programme quality control through implementation of monthly and quarterly M&E.
  • Work closely with the Project officer in monitoring the health and nutrition situation in target sub counties.
  • Work closely with MOH staffs/Partners to ensure all health facilities have adequate supplies of commodities at all times.
  • Support with operationalizing of community Units and community mobilization activities; plan trainings , routinely engage Community Health Volunteers and Community Health Assistants;
  • Support with documentation of the programme implementation process to generate lesson learning as well as case studies.
  • Promote awareness and consumption of diversified, nutrient dense, fortified and nutritionally adequate foods; during the 1000 days window of opportunity and among women and youth; Agri-food and nutrition sensitive technologies; best practices for food preparation, and utilization.
  • Supporting BFCI community activities, support supervision and reporting.
  • Promote and support cooking demonstrations.
  • Supporting implementation of community approach for Integrated Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) and Maternal Infant and Young Child Nutrition (MIYCN).
  • Participating in household monitoring on nutrition indicators
  • Participating in quarterly data review meeting on nutrition indicators
  • Linking the community to health facilities through creation of awareness of nutrition and health services available at the health facilities

Responding to Emergencies:

  • Participate and contribute as necessary towards Concern’s Emergency response as and when necessary
  • Comply with Concern’s health, safety and security guidelines during emergencies

Concern Code of Conduct & Associated Policies:

  • To adhere to the standards of conduct outlined in the Concern Code of Conduct & Associated Policies
  • To support and promote the standards outlined in the Concern Code of Conduct & Associated Policies to their team, partner organisations and beneficiaries, and be committed to providing a safe working environment.
  • To contribute to the establishment of preventive measures to reduce the potential for abuse in Concern programme

Accountability:

  • Promote and ensure compliance with the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) commitments and quality criteria
  • Ensure that all staff are familiar with the principles underpinning accountability, safeguarding and Concern's Complaints and Response Mechanism (CRM) and ensure that information about Concern's commitments on accountability and safeguarding are disseminated among programme participants and communities
  • Ensure that the CRM is functional, effectively implemented and accessible in all programmes' locations, enabling safe reporting of both programmatic and sensitive complaints, including safeguarding concerns ensure that complaints are welcomed, managed and responded to in a timely, fair and appropriate manner; ensure that sensitive complaints, including safeguarding concerns, are handled with utmost confidentiality and that the safety of the complainants and those affected is prioritized at all stages.

Education, Qualifications & Experience Required:

  • A Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition, Community development or other Health Sciences or related course.
  • At least one (1) years’ experience in implementing community projects in a similar role.
  • Experience working in implementing Baby friendly Community Initiative (BFCI).
  • Strong written and oral communication, good computing and report writing skills.
  • Be able to work independently, as well as in a team.
  • Fluency in both spoken and written language in English and Kiswahili

Concern has an organisational Code of Conduct (CCoC) with three Associated Policies; the Programme Participant Protection Policy (P4), the Child Safeguarding Policy and the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Policy. These have been developed to ensure the maximum protection of programme participants from exploitation, and to clarify the responsibilities of Concern staff, consultants, visitors to the programme and partner organisation, and the standards of behaviour expected of them. In this context, staff have a responsibility to the organisation to strive for, and maintain, the highest standards in the day-to-day conduct in their workplace in accordance with Concern’s core values and mission. Any candidate offered a job with Concern Worldwide will be expected to sign the Concern Staff Code of Conduct and Associated Policies as an appendix to their contract of employment. By signing the Concern Code of Conduct, candidates acknowledge that they have understood the content of both the Concern Code of Conduct and the Associated Policies and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these policies. Additionally, Concern is committed to the safeguarding and protection of vulnerable adults and children in our work. We will do everything possible to ensure that only those who are suitable to work or volunteer with vulnerable adults and children are recruited by us for such roles. Subsequently, working or volunteering with Concern is subject to a range of vetting checks, including criminal background checking.

Concern’ is the trading name of ‘Concern Worldwide’, a company limited by guarantee, registered number 39647; registered charity number CHY 5745, registered in Ireland, registered address is 52-55 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2, Ireland. Follow Concern online: www.concern.net

How to apply

Please send a cover letter, a detailed cv with three referees with ”**Field Assistant - Marsabit ”** on the reference line to nairobi.hr@concern.net on or before 18th June 2021.Only shortlisted qualified candidates will be notified.