Project Officer - Health and Nutrition

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Job Title: Project Officer- Health and Nutrition

Reports to: Manager, Health and Nutrition

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

Job Purpose:

The project Officer- Health and Nutrition will be responsible for implementing the High Impact Nutrition Interventions (HINI), Integrated Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (IMAM), Maternal Infant and Young Child Nutrition (MIYCN), Nutrition Sensitive Activities and Strategies based on the approved Concern Worldwide work plan. He/she will also assist the Sub county government(s) to implement the county nutrition action plan.

Main duties & Responsibilities:

  • Support the Sub county level in implementing the High Impact Nutrition Interventions (HINI) in the respective Sub County(s).
  • Support implementation of integrated / community management of acute malnutrition (IMAM/CMAM) at facility and community levels within respective Sub-County
  • Provide technical assistance to Sub County in the implementation of Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) and Baby Friendly Community Initiative(BFCI)
  • Support facilities and community units with technical assistance to implement a sustainable, Social and Behaviour Change (SBC) approach using BFCI model for advocacy.
  • Support the Sub- County, facility and Community Capacity building activities on Baby Friendly Community Initiatives.
  • Support the county to conduct monthly pipeline and order management for facilities and ensure that there are no stock outs of any nutrition commodities
  • Conducting joint facility supervision visits with county nutrition coordinator on inventory management and nutrition service data transcription and reporting practices
  • Assist community units conduct demonstrations on food preparation at household level, strategies on diet diversity; also conduct health talks to mother to mother support groups and caregivers of children on basic food safety and WASH
  • Implement and monitor progress of approved relevant nutrition sensitive activities contextualized to specific communities
  • Prepare progress reports for all activities based on indicators identified in the performance monitoring plan
  • Assist Sub County Coordination forum secretariat to organize, document and share key outcomes of these meetings
  • Provide technical assistance to Sub County on quantification of nutrition commodities to ensure planning and effective management of nutrition commodities
  • Work with Concern staff to provide input to work plans, budgets, and quarterly and annual reports
  • In consultation with Health and Nutrition Manager, act as a technical resource for county on issues relation to nutrition and respond to requests for technical information and assistance on nutrition
  • Represent Concern at key meetings at Sub County level, e.g., Sub County steering group, health stakeholders forum, any other forums on nutrition and health, as needed.
  • Support the manager in report writing
  • Provide technical support to the Sub County Health Management Teams on the implementation of the health and nutrition project.
  • Assist the Project Manager to provide technical support to the SCHMT and other stakeholders in the implementation of the project at all levels.
  • 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.

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 emergence

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 CodeofConduct & 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 Degree in Food Science and Nutrition, or other Health Sciences or related course.
  • At least three (3) years’ experience in implementing 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.
  • Computer literacy with good Excel, MS Word, Outlook, and Power Point skills.

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 ”**Project Officer - Health and Nutrition - Marsabit ”** on the reference line to nairobi.hr@concern.net on or before 18th June 2021. Only shortlisted qualified candidates will be notified.