Nutrition Program Assistant Vacancy


Nutrition Program Assistant Vacancy

Company Overview
Save the Children International is a ‘dual mandate’ organisation and as such equal priority will be given to both humanitarian and development work. This is the only way we will be able to ensure that some of the fundamental rights that we believe children have, such as survival, safety and constant access to protection and education can be guaranteed. As part of a commitment to work with children through humanitarian interventions Save the Children will support programmes in both sudden onset and chronic emergency situations.

Position Summary

Job Title: Nutrition Program Assistant
Location: Borno State, Nigeria
Job Type: Full-time
Job Category: NGO
Programme Support

Working closely with the Nutrition Coordinator and the Nutrition Project Officer, the Assistant will do the following;
Support community volunteers to screening of all children under five years (6-59 months) and referral systems are in place for all children in the target location and conduct follow-up visits on children referred.

Promote, protect and support optimal Infant and Young Child Feeding practices.
Support Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergency (IYCF-E) training of health workers and community volunteers.
Daily supervision of support group meetings in communities.
Work closely with staff at the Health facility and OTP sites to ensure that all children referred with malnutrition are treated accordingly.
Provide counseling to caregivers of children with Moderate Acute Malnutrition.

Support in the referral of malnourished cases from support groups to health facilities offering Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) services.
Collate and compile program monthly data reports.
Prepare transport requests for field trips to the program implementing communities.
Participate in the training of lead mothers and support group members on Food Demonstration
Working closely with the Nutrition officer, ensure timely implementation of nutrition activities.
Provide capacity building and trainings to community nutrition mobilizers, health workers and Community Nutrition Mobilizers on IYCF-E and referral mechanism.
Facilitate the formation of Mother to Mother and Father to father support groups meetings and conduct supportive supervision/spot checks during support group meetings
Ensure monthly and quarterly follow up with Community Mobilizers and community leaders through review/feedback meetings.
Working closely with the project Food security and livelihood (FSL) team to promote a more robust integration of FSL-Nutrition linkages in an attempt to solving the underlying causes of malnutrition.
Work closely with the MEAL team to ensure that data are captured in a correct and accurate manner
Assist the nutrition team in giving supportive supervision to community volunteers.
Compile and submit reports on weekly progress report
Capacity Building:

Identify learning and training opportunities for partner staff and communicate this to the Nutrition Program Officer or Nutrition Coordinator.
Ensure all OTP/SFP team members are familiar with their posts.
Representation & Advocacy & Organisational Learning:

Ensure that Save the Children’s work is coordinated with efforts of other agencies and Government, and support Interagency Coordination forums, advocating for the specific needs of children. This may involve supporting coordination working groups within the IDP camps and host communities or target project sites.
Contribute to communications and media work as required through correction of data and information and sharing with the project heads
Comply with Save the Children policies and practice with respect to child protection, code of conduct, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies and procedures


Health / Public Health / Nutrition / BSc or equivalent
Completed NYSC
Proven capacity of management, leadership and teamwork
Excellent communication skills and a willingness to be respectful, kind, sensitive and empathise with all beneficiaries and their carers
Willingness and capacity to be flexible and accommodating when faced with difficult and frustrating working conditions
Demonstrable ability at report writing
Prepared to live and work in an uncertain security environment
Ability and willingness to frequently travel and stay at the field
Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values and principles
Fluency in written and spoken English and local languages
Computer literacy

Experience of emergency nutrition work (preferably CMAM) and implementation of feeding programs, including monitoring and evaluation
Experience in conducting nutrition assessments and an understanding of nutritional surveillance and information systems
Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidates should visit the link below to apply:

All applications should be completed on or before the 20th of July, 2017.
Only shortlisted candidate will be contacted for interview.
Due to the urgency of this position, applications will be assessed as received

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