Ended ​​​​​​​IYCF Officer

The Job

IYCF officer - Hajjah

Position Objectives:

Save the Children International (SCI) Yemen Country Programme has an annual budget of around USD 70 million and growing, working mainly on the humanitarian response to the ongoing conflict and its impact including more recently on the cholera outbreak. The SCI Yemen has over 700 staff and 1500 volunteers and works in nine governorates in the north and south of the country through seven field offices and two sub-offices in addition to the main office in Sana’a
The IYCF officer has responsibility for the management of the IYCF activities with the health and Nutrition project activities including Under overall guidance and supervision of health and nutrition coordinator and in close coordination with health and nutrition coordinator, IYCF officer will support the daily operational management of all component of primary health care activities in the assigned region, and provide the technical support for health team, ensure timely flow of information to and from filed, This position is also responsible to monitor and evaluate health services delivery according to national protocol.


Key areas of accountability:

  • To supervise the Infant and Young Child Feeding components of the nutrition program.
  • To ensure that the program is functioning properly, providing care of quality to all the beneficiaries through respecting guidelines and principles of good practice (Operational Guidance on Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies, and Guiding Principles for Feeding infant and young children in Emergencies).
  • Overall responsibility for the day to day supervision of project activities and staff.
  • Establish mother to mother breast feeding support groups
  • Provide technical guidance to support Save the Children staff (CMAM, and others as necessary) to promote consistent good practice.
  • Training of community volunteers on key IYCF messages initiation of breast feeding, exclusive breast feeding, introduction of complementary feeding and hygiene and sanitation practices.
  • Ensure all staff understand and implement programme guidelines used for assessing the mother-child pair, advising the best feeding option and following up as appropriate.
  • Ensure appropriate and consistent education messaging to mothers and other carers at OTP/TSFP and in the community.
  • Develop monthly work plans.
  • Prepare field visit plans and supervision checklist in advance of trips.
  • Compile weekly & monthly health and nutrition activity reports and submit reports on time.
  • Conduct trainings to build the capacity of staff/volunteers and the community at large.
  • Attend relevant sectoral coordination meetings.
  • Liaise with other humanitarian actors to maximize collaboration and ensure proper coordination of activities.
  • Undertake local and national level advocacy targeting other humanitarian actors, as appropriate, on assessment and appropriate response to support infant and young child feeding
  • Under the direct guidance of health and nutrition coordinator ensure the effective management and development of the Emergency health and Nutrition programmes assessment, monitoring, review and evaluation of the situation and programme and within the framework of the overall SC emergency response.
  • Led on the day to day implementation and supervision  of Health and Nutrition programs at Hajjah Sub field office.
  • Prepare, manage and regularly update the project activities work plan, procurement plan, recruitment plan, and MEAL plan.
  • Ensure proper communication, coordination and harmonization of tools with the different stakeholders involved in health /nutrition activities. Ensure minimum standards are maintained in accordinace with humanitarian relief and MOH guidelines. (MISP, MSP, SPHERE ..etc)
  • Attend weekly meeting with Health and Nutrition project staff & CHVs, Officer to monitor progress in implementation, exchange information,discuss challenges and plan forward.
  • Ensure that appropriate staffing levels are in place and provide regular support, supervision and implementation of other staff management processes including staff performance management.
  • Work to enhance integration of multi-sectoral activities with other sectors such as WASH to increase impact.
  • Coordinate with logistics, administration, and finance units to procure all equipment, supplies and materials required to implement the project activities, ensuring cost efficiency and accountability in compliance with SCI and donor regulations and procedures.
  • Ensure WFP standarads are applieid and followed and reports have accurate data and are delivered on timely basis.
  • Ensure effective and efficient use of all SCI resources in order to keep costs low and ensure safety in the workplace.
  • Provide support and work closely with MEAL team in carrying out assessments and evaluations.
  • Comply with SCI policies and practices with respect to child protection, code of conduct, child safeguarding, health and safety, equal opportunity and other relevant policies and procedures.
  • Perform any other tasks as required by line manager or technical manager.

BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice)


  • holds self accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
  • holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.


  • sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same
  • widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.


  • builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters
  • values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
  • approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.


  • develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • willing to take disciplined risks.


  • honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity


  • Bachelor in Medicine or Public Health and Nutrition/ public health professional with at last 3 years experience in Related field


  • At least 3 years experience in implementing emergency health and nutrition programs.
  • Fluent in writing and speaking English.
  • Proven ability to manage a programme including management of human and material resources.
  • Experience staff training and capacity building of national structures.
  • Understanding rights based approaches and participatory concepts and practical experience in similar context. 
  • Ability to communicate and maintain tactful relations with relevant local authorities in political and militarily sensitive environments.
  • Good interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate and negotiate clearly and effectively at all levels, taking into account cultural and language difficulties. Tact and diplomacy are essential.
  • Strong commitment to capacity building of national staff and partners with willingness to adopt a participatory and consultative management approach.
  • Flexible, adaptable, able to improvise and work in stressful, volatile environment 
How to Apply

If you are interested, please send your applications to Hajja.jobs@savethechildren.org

Please note

  • Kindly to Mention the Position and Duty Station on your Subject
  • Deadline for receiving the applications is 20-Aug-2019

Any application without this email subject may be omitted or not reviewed.

This position is open to Yemeni nationals only

We are looking for both men and women from Yemen with enthusiasm and commitment to improve the protection and promotion of the rights of all children in Yemen

All applicants will be subject to Save the Children’s Child safe guardian Policy and Reference Checking Process.

  • Employer: Save The Children
  • Category: Health Care
  • Location: Hajjah
  • Posted on: 6 August 2019
  • Deadline: 20 August 2019