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10 Mar 2019

Nutrition Project Officer

Job Description

Job description

Position:                    Nutrition Project Officer

Location:                    Mogadishu, Somalia with frequently travel to project locations

Reports to:                Health and Nutrition National Programme Manager

Background:             Relief International is a leading non-profit organization working in 16 countries to relieve poverty, ensure well-being and advance dignity. We specialize in fragile settings, responding to natural disasters, humanitarian crises and chronic poverty.

Relief International combines humanitarian and development approaches to provide immediate services while laying the groundwork for long-term impact. Our signature approach — which we call the RI Way—emphasizes local participation, an integration of services, strategic partnerships and a focus on civic skills. In this way, we empower communities to find, design and implement the solutions that work best for them.


Ri’s Health And Nutrition Program Background:

In order to respond to the growing humanitarian crisis and to address both the immediate and transitional health needs of the drought and conflict-affected population, Relief International (RI) implements several health and nutrition projects, including a multi-sectoral USAID/OFDA-funded program to provide humanitarian assistance that reduces morbidity and mortality and delivers immediate emergency relief to flood/cholera-affected communities in Hiraan and Gedo Regions, two UNICEF-funded health facilities with OTPs near Mogadishu as part of the Essential Package of Health Services (EPHS), and other emergency projects, such as acute watery diarrhea (AWD)/cholera response. RI will complement the health facility and OTP in Heliwa with targeted supplementary feeding programme (TSFP) service delivery at the two static facilities in Heliwa and one static facility in Dharkenley in addition to Mother and Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN) supplies to minimize child and maternal morbidity and mortality rates through partnership with World Food Programme (WFP). RI-Somalia’s health and nutrition program focuses primarily on addressing critical needs in maternal and child health, such as malnutrition, vaccination and safe motherhood. RI builds the capacity of the local health and nutrition work force as well as other local institutions and leaders (e.g. community health/nutrition promoters) to facilitate the continuation of long-term programming for the Somali people and avoid service interruptions during security hibernations. RI is looking to expand into other areas as needs and gaps come up and as donor funding becomes available.


Support to Project Implementation

  • Ensure smooth delivery of nutrition services in the supported health facilities/OTPs, TSFPs and MCHNs;
  • Ensure that treatment of malnutrition is in line with technical standards;
  • Work closely with nutrition field staff on delivering integrated community case management (iCCM) and follow-up of patients;
  • Support preparation of key IYCF and health messages in reference to the existing health and nutrition education materials;
  • Ensure that the Nutrition teams work smoothly with the health sections e.g. EPI and OPD under five;
  • Organize regular evaluation meetings of team members;
  • Ensure that nutrition supplies needed by programs under his/her supervision are properly managed while producing appropriate consumption plans;
  • Ensure the availability of nutrition supplies at all sites supporting with inventory, procurements and following up with donors or suppliers on order;
  • Ensure that stock levels are sufficient for the functioning of OTPs, TSFPs and MCHNs (weekly, monthly or quarterly);
  • Confirm that all the necessary supplies are listed in the register;
  • Supervise nutrition screenings (e.g. MUAC), admissions, follow-up sand referrals of children and adults suffering from malnutrition;
  • Develop defaulter tracing system;
  • While this position is focused on nutrition support to programs, health for RI is integrated with nutrition and the Nutrition Project Officer must keep up-to-date on both of these linked sectors at all times;
  • Develop productive working relationships with Government, Non-Governmental institutions and other project partners.

Project Management, Capacity Development and Expansion

  • Support Health and Nutrition Program Coordinator and Nutrition Project Manager and other Program Officers in monitoring project work plans ensuring that all activities are on track and being implemented with integrity;
  • Identify staff training needs in the program and advise essential structural adjustment needed for effective program delivery;
  • Organize staff training on appropriate nutrition topics and capacity development e.g. IMAM, CMAM, and IYCF. Conduct on-the-job training for staff in the nutrition outreach and static centers;
  • Work closely with field staff providing in-service trainings to increase staff efficiency and motivation;
  • Conduct frequent visits to nutrition field sites at RI’s health facilities to provide regular trainings, technical assistance and support on activity implementation and ensuring M&E is being implemented effectively by staff;
  • Attend technical trainings to gain new knowledge and bring these messages back to the field teams;
  • Develop and encourage new and innovative solutions; willing to take disciplined risks;
  • Future orientated and thinks strategically and on a global scale;
  • Support the team in expansion and start-up of new nutrition projects by gathering information from the field and liaising with other partners, Clusters, WHO, UNICEF and WFP, etc. on gaps RI can fill;
  • Provide technical information and support with drafting proposals and budgets for health and nutrition projects;
  • Conduct meetings with health and nutrition project staff to discover issues and provide feedback on the implementation of activities to ensure smooth operation of health facilities, OTPs, TSFP and MCHNs;
  • Work closely with all RI departments, including operations, logistics and finance, for well implemented programs and information sharing across teams;
  • Support the team with expansion of nutrition programming at new sites or with new activities to better serve our beneficiaries, including travel to new sites;
  • Provide support to health side in addition to nutrition, as is needed, due to the integrated nature of RI’s health and nutrition programmes within the same health facilities;
  • Be flexible and willing to step in and undertake other tasks not in the job description in order to ensure smooth program implementation.

Data, Reporting and Representation

  • Monitor OTP, TSFP, and MCHNs data on a regular basis working closely with field staff to ensure accuracy of data and scheduled reporting;
  • Troubleshoot any data quality issues by maintaining a close relationship with field staff and teaching and mentoring them on best practices;
  • Ensure adherence to and respect of all current Nutrition protocols;
  • Conduct a monthly analysis of all health and nutrition program data to show milestones met and to highlight areas requiring closer supervision by program staff;
  • Complete and submit required data reports requested by WHO, UNICEF, WFP, MoH, Health and Nutrition Clusters, donors and any other agencies per schedule;
  • Compile statistical data and draft appropriate reports on health and nutrition activities;
  • Keep up-to-date on all health and nutrition project activities in order to step in to support and to report back to supervisors;
  • Draft project reports for health and nutrition projects;
  • Participate in program-related health and nutrition surveys and assessments to improve or expand on current programming;
  • Document lessons learned and best practices at the project level for health and nutrition activities;
  • Participate in Health and Nutrition Cluster meetings, working groups with other agencies and donor meetings, representing RI and reporting on successes and gaps in life-saving services;
  • Participate in joint primary health care planning in collaboration with other NGOs and local health authorities;
  • Occasionally attend meetings in other sectors to fill gaps as is necessary;
  • Assist in organization of project workshop and seminars, including preparation of workshop reports and training materials;
  • Build relationships with field staff from other agencies ensuring smooth coordination of activities and preventing overlaps;
  • Regularly reporting back to supervisors on issues seen with project implementation, staffing or gaps that RI can fill;
  • Submit Weekly SCOPE registration updates, Bi-weekly screening reports, Weekly distribution reports to the supervisors;
  • Be flexible and willing to support the team with other data or program reporting as is needed.


  • Understand and adhere to Relief International established policies and procedures for administration, finance, procurement, data management and beneficiary data protection and, child protection, Code of Conduct (including Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and Harassment) and security management;
  • Be flexible and willing to support the team as is needed.

Qualifications & Requirements

  • A diploma or higher in health/nutrition or a related field;
  • Professional technical skills and knowledge in health and nutrition;
  • Minimum three years of past experience conducting similar work;
  • Excellent skills in speaking, writing, and understanding the English language;
  • High level of computer skills desirable (primarily in Microsoft Office Suite);
  • Experience in data management, quality assurance and data reporting;
  • Demonstrates well-developed interpersonal skills, excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, as well as negotiation skills;
  • Flexibility in taking on tasks not listed in this job description at certain times in order to maintain smooth operations and promote team work;
  • Ability to work independently, but at the same time be an excellent team player;
  • High level of organizational ability;
  • Ability and willingness to travel to field sites and to adhere to RI security standards at all times;
  • Be culturally sensitive and willing to work and live in a demanding and harsh environment at certain times;
  • Able to represent RI to government officials and other stake holders in a professional and self-assured manner;
  • Honest and encourages openness and transparency;
  • Commitment to Relief International’s values;
  • Be a Somali National.

RI Values

RI upholds the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and operational independence. We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities. RI values:

  • Inclusiveness
  • Transparency and Accountability
  • Agility and Innovation
  • Collaboration
  • Sustainability


Applicants should send their applications (CV and cover letter with 3 referees) to indicatethetitle as “Nutrition Project Officer, Mogadishu”in thesubjectline.

The closing date for applications is March 17, 2019. Only qualified and shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

RI is an equal opportunity employer. Female candidates are encouraged to apply.


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