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Senior Health and Nutrition Officer

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Job Description

Vacancy Announcement


Concern Worldwide is an international non-governmental humanitarian organization dedicated to the reduction of suffering and working towards the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest countries.

Job Title: Senior Health and Nutrition Officer
Reports to: Health and Nutrition Programme Manager
Direct reports: TBD
Job Location: Mogadishu
Job Grade Grade 6
Contract Details: Two (2) years
Job Purpose: The Senior Health and Nutrition Officer is responsible for overseeing quality
implementation of activities at the stabilization centre of Banadir Referral
Hospital in Mogadishu.  This includes the day-to-day support, mentorship and
clinical leadership of MoH staff. The post holder will also, under the leadership of
the Programme Manager, support in providing technical guidance and support
across all Concern’s health and nutrition interventions within Somalia. This
position is based in Mogadishu with occasional travel to Concern’s other
operational areas within Somalia if required.
Main Duties & Main Duties & Responsibilities:
Responsibilities: Responsible, with H&N PM’s support & supervision, for the day-to-day
implementation and management of UNICEF and DFID SHINE Supply supported
projects at the Stabilization Centre of Banadir Hospital.

Capacity building of staff at Banadir Stabilisation Centre

Through day-to-day oversight, support the Health and Nutrition Programme Manager to ensure delivery of a quality service by MoH staff in the Stabilization Centre at Banadir Referral Hospital.

Support identification of capacity building needs and lead roll out of capacity building activities (training/mentoring/coaching/peer-to-peer learning, etc.) of health workers at the stabilisation centre at Banadir Hospital, developing it into a training hub for health staff from stabilisation centres across Somalia

Provide regular and routine on-the-job mentorship to health workers staff at the stabilization centre and other wards in Banadir Hospital

Develop and implement a clinical competency assessment tool for clinical placements of staff at the stabilisation centre in Banadir Hospital

Support and supervise the public nutritionist in improving the referral from outpatient therapeutic sites of children suffering from medical complications of severe acute malnutrition.

Contribute to strengthening technical capacity of Concern’s health and nutrition team within own area of expertise, through direct training, mentoring and supportive supervision.

Programme Implementation and Development

Ensure timely and accurate payment of monthly incentives to MoH staff at stabilisation centre, maintaining records in compliance with Concern and donor requirements.

Lead on the management of nutritional and other supplies for the stabilisation centre, developing the capacity of MoH staff at Banadir hospital in stock forecasting and management.

Liaise closely with the Management at Banadir Hospital in identifying and implementing quality improvements in service development at the stabilisation centre, Banadir Hospital.

Support downward accountability in the health and nutrition programme; promote feedback including the Complaints & Response Mechanism

Contribute to the development of Health and Nutrition related Concept Notes, proposals and budgets as needed, ensuring lessons learned from previous experiences are factored in.

Contribute to development of detailed procurement plans and liaise with logistics, finance and other departments as required to support timely and efficient meeting of needs.

Under Programme Manager’s guidance, monitor project expenditures on a monthly basis and flag up areas requiring action.

Implement mortality audits for the stabilization centre, ensuring the provision of an evidence trail for follow up on all remedial actions identified through audit.

Oversee the “daily ward rounds” within the stabilization centre ensuring appropriate documentation of all clinical decisions for children treated there

Support the Programme Manager to develop clear monitoring plans; ensure that all agreed programme indicators are monitored and quality data collected on a regular basis.

Provide technical support and advice to MoH staff in HMIS/ONA/Nutrition cluster monthly reporting; review and interrogate monthly-submitted data.

Collect (and/or support others to collect) and compile all required monitoring data in a timely manner

Facilitate joint quarterly supportive supervision between Concern, Hospital management and the Regional Health Management Team.

Work with Concern’s MEAL team to devise and participate in Health and Nutrition surveys, periodic assessments, beneficiary interviews etc. as required during programme implementation

Compile and submit weekly and monthly reports to the H&N PM, in the required formats and in a timely manner.



Work closely with management and MoH staff at Banadir Hospital

At request of H&N PM or Coordinator, represent Concern at Health and Nutrition Cluster and other relevant coordination meetings in Mogadishu.

Ensure close communication and collaboration with institutions and organisations who refer children for in-patient treatment at the stabilisation centre in Banadir Hospital.

Responding to Emergencies:

Participate and contribute as necessary towards Concern’s Emergency response as and when necessary

Comply with Concern’s health, safety and security guidelines during emergencies

Concern Code of Conduct & Associated Policies

To adhere to the standards of conduct outlined in the Concern Code of Conduct & Associated Policies

To support and promote the standards outlined in the Concern Code of Conduct & Associated Policies to their team, collaborate organizations and beneficiaries and be committed to providing a safe working environment.

To contribute to the establishment of preventive measures to reduce

the potential for abuse and exploitation in Concern’s programme

Person specification:                      QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIENCE:

A degree level in Medicine, or other related field. A post graduate qualification in nutrition/public health will be an added advantage

Recognized training/qualifications in nutrition studies


Experience and Skills


At least 3 to 5 years’ clinical experience within humanitarian/hospital setting, including two years specific to nutrition within Somalia

Strong team and personnel management skills.

In-depth knowledge and significant experience implementing nutrition programs including management of Stabilization Centers and approaches including IMAM and IYCF and implementing behavior changes

Experience in teaching/coaching mentoring staff within the clinical/ health facility setting

Proven interest in learning and capacity development, of self and others. Good writing and presentation skills, including experience of proposal

writing, narrative reporting and financial/ budget management. Fluent spoken and written English and Somali

Computer skills including MS Word, Excel, e-mail, internet.


Experience working with health systems at different levels.

Familiarity with quantitative and qualitative monitoring and evaluation tools and approaches, including SMART surveys, focus group discussion, etc., and ability to conduct data analysis.

Required Competencies

Strong inter-personal skills and demonstrated capacity to relate well to actors at community and senior levels and from all backgrounds. Experience of working in complex, insecure environments (at least 2 years). Strong leadership competencies; proven management and team building stren Ability to work under pressure, meet deadlines and take initiative.

Flexibility, including willingness on occasioncarry out additional duties and tasks as required, to adapt to a changing operational environment. Innovative and pro-active with a positive attitude

Familiarity with and commitment to demonstrating Accountability at all levels

Disclaimer This job description is not exhaustive and may be revised by the line manager
from time to time
How to Apply Interested candidates, who meet the above requirements, should submit their
applications (cover   letter   and   updated   CVs)   by   email   to
som.vacancies@concern.net with the subject line “Application for Senior Health
and Nutrition Officer ” by Wednesday 21st  August 2019
Job applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the position may be filled
before the application deadline.
Concern has an organisational Code of Conduct (CCoC) with three Associated
Concern Code of Conduct and Policies; the Programme Participant Protection Policy (P4), the Child Safeguarding
its Associated Policies Policy and the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Policy. These have been developed to
ensure the maximum protection of programme participants from exploitation,

and to clarify the responsibilities of Concern staff, consultants, visitors to the programme and partner organisation, and the standards of behaviour expected of them. In this context, staff have a responsibility to the organisation to strive for, and maintain, the highest standards in the day-to-day conduct in their workplace in accordance with Concern’s core values and mission. Any candidate offered a job with Concern Worldwide will be expected to sign the Concern Staff Code of Conduct and Associated Policies as an appendix to their contract of employment. By signing the Concern Code of Conduct, candidates acknowledge that they have understood the content of both the Concern Code of Conduct and the Associated Policies and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these policies.

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