Health and Nutrition Assistant

Posted on 21 Nov, 2021
Closing on 05 Dec, 2021

Job Description

JOB TITLE: Health and Nutrition Assistant
LOCATION: Lahj  governorates, Yemen (Almadharebah district )
REPORTING TO: Health & Nutrition Officer, Health & Nutrition Manager


The role as Health & Nutrition Assistant is facilitates and assists Medair in the implementation of essential health and nutrition assistance to vulnerable and conflict affected communities in Yemen.


To improve access to and quality of essential health and nutrition services to displaced population and acutely vulnerable communities in Yemen, with focus on Al Lahj  governorates.

INTERNAL: Health & Nutrition Project Manager (HNPM), Health & Nutrition Manager, Security Focal Point, Health & Nutrition Officer, , Reproductive Health Officer, Community Health Officer, Referral Assistant, other members of the health and nutrition team, and project support team, comprising finance, logistics and HR
EXTERNAL: MOPHP, MOPIC, key community leaders and authorities, communities and beneficiaries, Health facility staff, UN agencies, other humanitarian actors, Health and Nutrition Cluster



  • Uphold the humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and independence
  • Respect the Medair values at all times, both within and outside of working hours 
  • Know, understand, and comply with Medair internal policies and procedures
  • Follow the Medair Security Plan and other relates policies and SOPs
  • Adhere to Medair Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) handbook and regulations
  • Be prepared to work in Aden and other Governorates of Yemen



  • Assist the implementation of Yemen Minimum Service Package (MSP), management and supervision of Medair health and nutrition project in Lahj Governorates, in line with national guidelines and meeting Medair standards.
  • Support the Health and Nutrition Project Officer with the oversight of all referrals within targeted districts and from district level to Lahj City and other locations identified as point of referral within Lahj Governorate Plan and roll out community health worker activities in targeted villages at secondary and tertiary levels 
  • Ensure that selected mode of transportation is suitable fort the patients 
  • Adhere to and follow Medair referral guidelines closely 
  • Coordinate day to day runnings of the health facilities.
  • Oversee clinic data collection and input in line with requirements set by Media and/or external partners
  • Increase the capacity building of health care workers though facilitating trainings in addition to on-site training at health facilities.
  • Assist health and Nutrition Officer with coordinating closely with respective DHO and GHO departments as required.  
  • Support the Health and Nutrition Officer with any other program related duties  as requested and required 

Financial Management

  • With overall supervision from health and nutrition officer, ensure that any activities requiring the handling of Medair money are carried out in line with Medair procedures and all paperwork is completed accurately and in a timely manner.

Communication and Coordination

  • Represent Medair at relevant local level coordination meetings involving local authorities, communities, and other NGOs in the absence of health and nutrition officer/manager. 
  • In coordination with any relevant M&E staff, follow up referral concerns and issues raised through feedback or complaint mechanisms and conducting regular FGDs at community level.
  • Develop and maintain appropriate communication structures with the assigned health and nutrition team, HN Project Manager and HN Manager, HN Officer and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Report any security incidents or concerns to the Security Focal Point in Aden/ Lahj.

Quality management

  • Assist in implementation of relevant policies and standards relating to health service delivery and referrals including Sphere and CHS standards, Ministry of Public Health and Population and donor guidelines and other good practice.
  • Participate as requested in Medair internal workshops and distance learning sessions to keep up with changing trends, new guidelines and best practices.
  • Assist in carrying out data collection for monitoring and evaluation purposes when needed.


  • With overall support from health and nutrition officer, assist the correct and timely ordering of all necessary medicines, supplies and equipment for the assigned health facilities and activities, ensuring minimum stocks are maintained and items are stored and distributed correctly.


  • Any other reasonable duties related to the above areas

Role Qualifications:





Diploma in health related field

Degree in health related field


At least 1 year work experience in Health and Nutrition Program 

Experience in conducting training for health and nutrition personnel followed by supervision

Experience with an International NGO

Experience in CMAM program implementation



Fluent in Arabic (written and spoken), Basic English (written and spoken)

Good English (spoken and written)


Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, in particular Excel, Word and Outlook

Knowledge of ODK

Role Competencies:





Able to solve problems independently

Passionate about serving those in need impartially regardless of background

Self-motivated and enthusiastic

Desire to work for Medair in the long term



Team player with good interpersonal skills

Wanting to contribute to a positive team culture

Good at mediation of disagreements

Keen attitude for capacity building of staff

Experience of working in a diverse team with different cultures and backgrounds




Capacity and willingness to work under pressure and manage personal stress levels

Able to work effectively in a wide variety of situations

Creative, open-minded, flexible, self-learner

Able to adapt communication strategies for different situations

Past experience of filling in for other tasks outside of job description



Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.

Strong clinical background

Thorough knowledge of common acute and chronic disease processes, communicable diseases, and their diagnosis, management and treatment

Understanding of effective implementation of IMCI for children under 5

Past experience of working in health facilities in an NGO setting

Knowledge of humanitarian principles, Sphere and HAP Standards and other international humanitarian guidelines and protocols

Knowledge and experience in CMAM programming



Previous supervisory or management experience

Able to prioritise tasks

Able to enforce procedures within a team

Able to set clear objectives for staff and to delegate

Committed to consultative and servant minded leadership

Strategic mind-set

Past experience of capacity building and training exercises


Position will be based in the Almadhariba district and Aden MEDAIR office , with field trips to each HF with the MT staff . The candidate will need to be flexible on time depending on the project needs.
The candidate should be from Almadharibah district 
Regular working hours will be 08:00 to 16:30 with 30 minutes for lunch, but may require flexibility as the work dictates.


According to Medair standard salary scale


TYPE OF CONTRACT: Fixed Term Contract
PLANNED START DATE:  January  2022
TRAINING: As required
DURATION OF COMMITMENT:  3 Months with a possibility to extend

How to Apply

If you believe that you have the qualifications and skills, please send a one page cover letter and a CV in English as well as relevant diploma and other certificates by email to no later than 5th December 2021.

The subject of the email should be heading: Health and Nutrition Assistant and your full name 

Only applications respecting these criteria will be considered. Do not apply unless you meet minimum application requirements or you will not be considered.

This position is open for men and women, including persons living with disabilities!

We reserve the right to close the recruitment before the date indicated.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted

Important Notes / مقترحات هامة

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