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Job Title: Nutrition Officer
Band / Level / Grade: 8 B
The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees required to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 US cities, the IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure.
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The IRC Yemen Country program has been established in 2012, and currently is implementing coordinated Health, Nutrition, Environmental Health (WASH), Economic Recovery and Development, Women Protection and Empowerment and Education programming in eight governorates. The IRC operates with its Country Office in Sana’a and its main Field Office in Aden. Other subfield offices include Abyan, Hodeida and Al Dhale, with the Al Dhale office covering Lahj, and the Abyan office covering activities in Shabwa.
This position is responsible for the day-to-day management and smooth running of the Coordinated Community-based Management of acute malnutrition programming in Lahj in line with the MoPHP national CMAM protocol, IRC protocols, and the project proposals.
The officer is responsible for Coordinate implementation of project activities in nutrition and community, as part of the wider coordinated approach which aims to lower under-5 mortality rates in the IRC program operation areas through community-based identification, treatment, and prevention of both Moderate and Severe Acute Malnutrition (MAM/SAM), and promotion of Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) Practices. She/he will be involved in training, supervising, and assisting field staff to ensure the best possible health care, community health, and nutrition services are delivered to children U5. She/he will work in constant collaboration with the IRC Nutrition Manager, IRC Health Program Manager, District and Governorate Ministry of health staff, the DHO and nutrition Coordinator, other local authorities, and community members to share nutrition issues to improve/promote the nutrition of the vulnerable groups from the targeted communities.
- Ensure that monthly reports are collected and compiled appropriately from all IRC supported sites.
- Compile statistical data and draft appropriate reports.
- Analyze nutrition situation and prevailing trends and provide constructive written feedback for nutrition field staff and community health volunteers (CHVs).
Technical Support & Management:
- Training of IRC staff and Community health workers (CHWs) on the implementation of treatment of Acute Malnutrition.
- Ensuring adherence to the current MAM/SAM protocols in the supported facilities
- Plan and coordinate community mobilization ,health and nutrition education activities
- Ensure quality supervision of diagnostic and treatment services and community-level implementation of the programs.
Direct technical supervision of supported MoPHP staff and IRC nutrition assistant.
- Ensuring technical management of CHWs in coordinate with the Community Health Teams
- Line management of Nutrition Assistant including evaluations and appraisals.
- Organize monthly meetings with the team and report the outcome to the head of the program.
- Ensure that an updated register of the staff (absences, leave.) is maintained.
Coordination & Representation:
- Coordinate and implement the nutrition activities and ensure that the program follows the MOH guidelines.
- In collaboration with the nutrition manager, ensure that the local authorities and particularly the DHO is involved in the planning, implementation, and monitoring of quality Nutrition program.
- Liaise with key partners including District Health Departments, local leaders, NGO partners, and other stakeholders (as necessary) to ensure good links between nutrition program and other sectors.
- Ensure integration of Nutrition PHC activities, particularly as regards Nutrition Education, EPI, and other Child health and nutrition services (supplementary food program and Therapeutic feeding center) (SFPs and TFCs).
- Ensure good integration between the nutrition, Health and EH program
- Hold regular planning and coordination meetings with all the nutrition field staff and CHWs.
Administrative and Other Duties:
- Provide monthly written reports on activities to the Program Manager.
- Follow-up of supplies consumption and orders
- Overall planning of stock levels, making sure that they are sufficient for the functioning of the health facilities (weekly, monthly, or quarterly)
- Make a monthly physical inventory of all nutrition supplies.
- Set performance objectives for Nutrition Assistants and IYCF Counselors.
- Orient new staff on program activity.
- Under the direction of the Nutrition Program Manager, take up responsibilities such as overall program management; work planning; attendance at Regional/Governorate level meetings and workshops.
Systems Compliance and Improvement:
- IRC-Yemen Country specific finance, logistics, IT, security, communications and human resource/administration policies and procedures.
- Any new procedures and guidelines designated by the Yemen mission.
- Ensuring the non-disclosure of any information whatsoever relating to the practices and business of IRC acquired in the course of duty, to any other person or organization without authority, except in the normal execution of duty.
Note: The role of Nutrition Officer cannot be limited to the specific duties and tasks detailed herein. The success of the IRC’s humanitarian mission is the highest priority and all issues which arise must be addressed accordingly. Therefore, the Nutrition Officer will be required to lead all unforeseen issues and circumstances and remain flexible to perform other duties, as and when required.
Requirements (Qualifications, Skills, and Abilities)
- Should be a qualified Clinical Officer, Medical Doctor or Nutritionist with a diploma in preventive and curative medicine or a Certificate of Public Health or Registered/ Certified Nurse.
- A Yemeni with qualifications from a recognized Health Training Institution.
- Working experience of at least two years in the CMAM program/Primary Health Care/ coordinated Community Case Management programs.
- Able to work with minimal supervision.
- Should be able to plan his/her work daily.
- Good to write a report in English.
- Should be computer literate (Microsoft word and excel).
- Ability to work in a remote area.
- Excellent teammate.
- Should have good interpersonal skills.
- It should be flexible.
Functional Skills and knowledge:
- Remains productivity when under pressure.
- Demonstrates a detailed and efficient approach to work.
- Works collaboratively with team members to achieve results.
- Relates and works well with people of different cultures, gender, and backgrounds.
- Computer knowledge is meaningful.
- Proficiency in Arabic.
- Working knowledge of English helpful.
The IRC and IRC workers must carry out the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. Following these values operates and carries out policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.
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