Officer, Health and Nutrition-Kenya

Job Title: Officer, Health and Nutrition

Reports to: Manager, Health and Nutrition – Marsabit

Direct reports: Ward Development Assistant

Closely working with: Other concern program team and relevant county departments

job location: Marsabit – Saku (Candidates must be legally entitled to work in Kenya at the time of application – National Position)

Contract details: Fixed Term, Six (6) Months Contract, renewable subject to availability of funds.

Job Summary:

The Officer Health and Nutrition will be responsible for implementing emergency nutrition and WASH response. Specifically, the response will include: Management of Acute Malnutrition and Maternal Infant Young Child Feeding in Emergencies (MIYCN-E); and WASH – Hygiene Promotion, Water Supply and WASH NFIs based on the approved work plan. He/she will also coordinate with the relevant Sub county government(s) teams to implement the emergency response.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide technical support to MoH on delivery of High Impact Nutrition intervention components at health facilities and when need be outreach sites during the emergency nutrition response;
  • Assist the Project Manager to provide technical support to partners in the implementation of the project.
  • Work with partners to implement work plans as agreed;
  • In partnership with the Sub-County Health Management Team (SCHMT) including the Sub County Medical Officer in charge of health (SCMOH), Sub County Public Health Nurse, Sub-County Nutrition Coordinator, Public Health Officers and the hospital nutritionist develop and implement monthly work plans for the sub-county;
  • Liaise closely with MoH at County and Sub-County level to promote ownership and integration of nutrition services into existing medical systems including the development of a concrete plan of action for the program at the health facilities during the emergency nutrition response;
  • Ensure program quality control through implementation of monthly and quarterly M&E during the emergency nutrition response;
  • Work closely with the Project Manager in monitoring the nutrition situation in Concern areas of work during the emergency nutrition response;
  • While working with the hospital nutritionist and the SCNO, support the rural health facilities to establish referral systems and create referral links for access to in-patient and other services beneficial to the beneficiaries not provided by the rural health facilities during the emergency nutrition response;
  • Support with operationalizing of community units and community mobilization activities; plan training, routinely engage Community Health Volunteers and Community Health Assistants during the emergency nutrition response;
  • Support with documentation of the program implementation process to generate lesson learning as well as case studies;
  • Participate in coordination of and data collection for, KPC, SMART and coverage surveys to assess the nutritional situation of the target population;
  • Writing of monthly reports and briefs as well as quarterly reports;
  • Contribute significantly to the development of regular donor reports;
  • Attend and adequately represent Concern in Sub-county meetings/fora eg Sub-county Steering Group(SCSG), Sub-county Nutrition Coordination meeting among others as may be required;
  • Together with MOH and other partners involved in delivery of nutrition services in the Sub-County, conduct joint support supervision visits during the emergency nutrition response;
  • Oversee and coordinate the implementation of MIYCN activities at the health facilities and at the community;
  • Work closely with the MOH, UNICEF and WFP contact staff to ensure that all health facilities have adequate supplies of therapeutic commodities at all time during the emergency nutrition response;
  • Liaising with Logistics, IT, Transport, Finance and HR departments in Nairobi to provide logistical and administrative support to the program.
  • Participate and contribute as necessary towards Concern’s emergency response as and when necessary and comply with Concern’s health, safety and security guidelines during emergencies.

Others

  • Adhere to and promote the standards outlined in the Concern Code of Conduct and associated policies to their team, beneficiaries, and be committed to providing a safe working environment
  • Participating and contributing towards Concern’s emergency response, as and when necessary
  • Take all possible measures to meet Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS)
  • Any other duties as assigned by the Line Manager

Person Specification

Minimum Education, Qualifications & Experience Required:

  • A degree in Nutrition and Dietetics or in Nursing with solid experience/background in Nutrition. Strong clinical competence and knowledge of maternal and child health will be an added advantage.
  • At least three (3) years’ experience in Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition programming in both a development and emergency context.
  • An understanding of the context, prior experience working and/or living in Tana River is highly desirable
  • Experience working with and through local partners in ASAL contexts
  • Experience and knowledge of MOH systems, particularly at County level.
  • Good understanding of cross cutting issues- gender, HIV and AIDS, DRR, etc. and how to integrate them into public health and nutrition programmes.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and report writing skills and demonstrated ability to work effectively in teams.
  • Proficient in computer applications and report writing skills
  • Fluent in both spoken and written English and Kiswahili. Fluency in local language/s skills is an added advantage.

Preference will be given to candidates who have:

  • Strong leadership and management skills
  • Willingness to accept responsibility and to show good judgment, initiative, and resourcefulness
  • High integrity and demonstrated ability to follow standards and policies
  • Ability to work in a systematic and organized manner and to tight deadlines
  • Positive attitude and willingness to learn

Competencies required:

  • Trustworthy, honest and reliable
  • Willing to challenge or question others constructively when appropriate
  • Ready to accept changes as new situations arise

Safeguarding at Concern: Code of Conduct and its Associated Policies

Concern has an organizational Code of Conduct (CCoC) with three Associated Policies; the Program 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 program participants from exploitation, and to clarify the responsibilities of concern staff, consultants, visitors to the program and partner organization, and the standards of behavior expected of them. In this context, staff have a responsibility to the organization 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 consultancy opportunity with Concern Worldwide will be expected to sign the Concern Code of Conduct and Associated Policies as an appendix to their consultancy contract. 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 do consultancy work or volunteer with vulnerable adults and children are recruited by us for such roles. Also, being hired as a consultant 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

Interested candidates who meet the above requirements should send a detailed CV with three referees other Cover letter Only to [email protected] with the subject of the email as “Officer Health and Nutrition” on or before Friday, 11th November 2022 “. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview.

Concern Worldwide is an equal opportunity employer and does not charge a fee at any stage of recruitment process (for application, written test, interview, training, medical examination etc.) nor act through recruitment agents. This is applicable for all opportunities including staff and interns.

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