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6 Apr 2019

Somali Regional Multisectoral Nutrition Coordinator

Job Description

Somali Regional Multisectoral Nutrition Coordinator
Category: Development and Project Management, Health Care, Social Sciences and Community

Location: Jigjiga, Somali

Career Level: Senior Level (5+ years experience)

Employment Type: Full time

Salary: Within the Band Salary Range (Band M)

Job Description

BACKGROUND

Good nutrition in the first 1000 days, from pregnancy to two years of age is the foundation for healthy and productive life.  Ethiopia has made nutrition through 1000 days among its nutrition flagship program where good progress is reported in reducing child malnutrition.  Example is the reduced child malnutrition reflected by decreased stunting rates from 58 per cent to 38 per cent over the past 15 years through a concerted multi-sectoral effort. To accelerate this promising progress, Ethiopia made an ambitious new declaration that envisions ending child undernutrition by 2030, named the ‘Seqota’ declaration. Recently the Food and Nutrition Policy was launched which will guide and facilitate collective action to improve nutrition service delivery by multisectoral approach. Alive & Thrive (A&T) will support the establishment of the regional Food and Nutrition Coordination Office in four regions (Afar, Somali, Oromia and SNNPR) for which these posts are advertised for.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Multisectoral Coordinator of the Regional Food and Nutrition Coordination office will be based within the Regional Health Bureau. His/her overarching responsibility is day-to-day management of the ‘regional food and nutrition technical committee/ secretariat in the region and ensure timely execution of the ‘Food and Nutrition policy, strategy and programs. The Multisectoral Coordinator will be responsible for fostering alignment and coordinated execution of all regional food and nutrition strategies and programs, delivering and reporting results required by the Government of Ethiopia and other key stakeholders, maintaining effective relationships with key stakeholders, and ensuring effective communication always with the regional food and nutrition president advisors and other NNP implementing bureaus.

The Multisectoral Nutrition Coordinator will be based in RHB and work under the guidance of the Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Core Process Owner/relevant respective structure based on the region context, and the Nutrition Officer with functional responsibility to the Senior Program Manager of the Alive and Thrive Ethiopia based in the RHB.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS/ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Summary of key functions: The Multisectoral Nutrition Coordinator is responsible for day-to-day management of the regional food and nutrition technical committee/ secretariat in the region and ensure timely execution of the Food and Nutrition policy, strategy and programs. Specifically, s/he will focus on achievement of the following key results:

1. Program scanning, planning and organizing:

Scanning: support the situational analysis, identify key bottlenecks and challenges; develop, maintain and apply a framework and decision tree for handling, tracking and prioritization of requests and interests in supporting the overall food and nutrition plans in the region
Planning: support the annual, biannually, Quarterly and monthly planning of the RNTC/secretariat clearly define activities, resources (time, money, equipment etc.), ensure budgets is allocated for each activity by of Food and Nutrition Policy/NNP implementing sector bureaus, required for effective implementation and achievement of the overall objectives;
Implementation: support the day-to-day coordination of the regional food and nutrition plan Implementation, including
a.       Communication – articulate the scope, goals and deliverables of the plan and ensure they are understood by all relevant Program staff and stakeholders, ensure effective ongoing communication always with the Regional health bureau heads and other staff members, regional Food and Nutrition president advisor and regional sector bureaus;

b.      Program coordination and steering – schedule and organize regular Regional Nutrition Technical Committee (RNTC)/Food and Nutrition technical committee meetings and coordination meetings with stakeholders, ensure regular communication with existing national nutrition structures, and steward donor and key partners interests;

c.       Identification and screening of requests and interests – ensure that the RNTC take action to screen, handle appropriately and response promptly in line with agreed regional plan

2.      Program Budget and Financial Management:

a.      Track implementation of all program activities within the budgets agreed for annual, biannual, quarterly and monthly plans.

b.      As needed, provide costed revisions to work plans for discussion with the chair of RNTC and RNCB through the president advisor for food and nutrition.

·        Program Monitoring, Data Management and Evaluation Support:

Ensure technical and financial reporting of the ‘regional food and nutrition Plan is clear and is communicated to all stakeholders.
Ensure development and execution of a routine multi-sector nutrition monitoring system, including process monitoring and annual outcome monitoring solutions for the Program.
Support the development of detailed Program monitoring in line with the ‘Food and Nutrition strategy and programs frame work with agreed schedule of deliverables in collaboration with relevant stakeholders and implementation in a timely manner.
Develop different forms and records to document Program activities and ensure that a system is set up and maintained to ensure all Program information is appropriately documented, secured and shared.
Support the collection, analysis and reporting of Program data to enable timely and effective decision-making and planning.
Ensure Program implementation and progress are regularly monitored and reviewed with stakeholders and corrective actions are undertaken in a timely manner.
Collate all relevant Program information and generate regular report as required.
Engage in program appraisal activities including documenting and sharing lessons.
EXPECTED DELIVERABLES

Conduct situational analysis, identify key bottlenecks and challenges and develop food and nutrition plans in the region.
Support the annual, biannually, Quarterly and monthly planning of the RNTC/secretariat clearly define activities, resources (time, money, equipment etc.)
Effective multisectoral nutrition coordination among regional FNP and NNP implementing sectors.
Schedule and organize regular Regional Nutrition Technical Committee (RNTC)/Food and Nutrition technical committee meetings and coordination meetings with stakeholders.
Tracking of implementation of all Program activities within the budgets agreed for annual, biannual, quarterly and monthly plans.
Timely communicated program implementation and financial utilization reporting
Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Plan for the Regional Food and Nutrition coordinating office.
Development and execution of a routine multi-sector nutrition monitoring system, including process monitoring and annual outcome monitoring solutions for the Program.
Capacity building for personnel responsible for MEL activities within the Regional Food and Nutrition Coordination Office.
Documentation of review of progress against work plans, progress reports.
Reports against regional Food and Nutrition targets, indicators, milestones and activities.
Prepare and share learnings from the Regional Food and Nutrition intervention on multi-sectoral MEL systems development in appropriate forum.
Review of progress through quarterly, biannual and annual review meetings and regular updates.
FUNCTIONAL COMPETENCIES

Technical Expertise:

Proven knowledge and experience in the areas of nutrition, public health and program management;
Diplomatic and conflict resolution skills;
Strong understanding of political dynamics in government, civil society and implementing partners in the region.
Knowledge Management and Learning:

Ability to share knowledge and experience;
Ability to provide top quality expertise on Monitoring and Evaluation;
In-depth practical knowledge of inter-disciplinary development issues.
Development and Operational Effectiveness:

Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting;
Ability to go beyond established procedures and models, propose new approaches of Project Management;
Ability to work with minimal supervision;
Negotiation skills: capacity to work with diverse partners working in nutrition including the regional government, regional food and nutrition technical working groups, development partners and civil society.
Program management and teamwork:

Work with teams effectively;
Works well with a diverse group of people;
Focuses on impact and results, and responds positively to critical feedback;
Encourages risk-taking in the pursuit of creativity and innovation;
Interact with teams effectively and shows conflict resolution skills.
Job Requirements

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS

Education:

Postgraduate level degree in Public Health, Food and Nutrition (any food and nutrition field) and/or discipline relevant to International Development work in social sectors with a preference for health-related discipline.
EXPERIENCE:

At least 10 years’ experience in the management of social sector with progressive managerial and coordination responsibilities at regional level.
Deep knowledge of the program management cycle, including program implementation and portfolio management will be an advantage.
Broad professional and personal network in the Ethiopian public and private sectors will be a distinct advantage.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a wide range of partners with varying interests and priorities in food and nutrition.
Good understanding of the Food and Nutrition Policy directions/National Nutrition Program and other nutrition sensitive strategies and programs, the Government of Ethiopia’s multisectoral response to child undernutrition.
Previous work experience with the government of Ethiopia will be a distinct advantage.
Ability to think critically and analytically to draw sound conclusions based on evidence and data.
Strong written and verbal communication skills (Somaligna & English languages) is required.
Strong inter-personal and relationship building skills.
Ability to work effectively and harmoniously with colleagues to achieve team goals.
Willingness to travel extensively to the field.
SKILLS:

Strong initiative and self-motivation required, with a commitment to teamwork and effectiveness within the RHB context;
Ability to work effectively in a team consisting of people with different technical backgrounds and with varying levels of technical training and expertise;
Ability to assess priorities, and manage variety of activities while communicating, connecting, and collaborating with the RHB and A&T staff, a broad coalition of government, NGO, and international partners;
Demonstrated supervisory and interpersonal skills, including the ability to facilitate relationships and partnerships, interact effectively with government and partner staff, and mentor junior technical staff;
Strong organizational skills;
Excellent written and spoken communication skills, including strong presentation skills to report results to regional stakeholders;
Additional Information:               Works in a typical government office setting; working conditions include extensive travel within the region to Zone and Woredas.

How to Apply

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume by  aliveandthrive.ethiopia@gmail.com

Deadline: Ten Working days from the date of posting (April 15, 2019)

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted

“Women Applicants are Highly Encouraged to Apply”


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