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Nutrition Officer (2 Positions)-Mogadishu

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Nutrition Officer (2)-Mogadishu- Somali Nationals Only

Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children’s lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential.

We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

We have over two million supporters worldwide and raised 1.9 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before, through programmes in health, nutrition, education, protection and child rights, also in times of humanitarian crises.

Following a major transition, our international programmes are now delivered through a merged operation with 15,000 staff, managed through seven regional hubs and reporting to a relatively small, central office. We’re changing to become more efficient, more aligned, a better partner, a stronger advocate, a magnet for world-class people and relevant for the 21st century.

ROLE PURPOSE:

To ensure that the OTP is functioning properly, providing care of quality to all the beneficiaries, respecting protocols and principles of good practice.

SCOPE OF ROLE:

Reports to: [ Deputy Nutrition Program Manager]

Country Dimensions:Save the Children has been working in Somalia for more than 60 years. The Country Office has over 500 staff across 14 field offices (Boroma, Burao and Hargeisa in Somaliland; Bosasso, Garowe, Galkayo and Gardo in Puntland; Beletweyne, Adaado, Abudwak, Baidoa, Kismayo, Dhobley and Mogadishu in Central South Somalia). Our Country Office coordination and administration base is in Nairobi, Kenya. In 2017, as a result of significant scale up for the countrywide drought response, our annual spend FY2017 was US$117 million and we reached more than 2 million people through our humanitarian and longer term development work in Health, Nutrition, Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH), Education, Food Security and Livelihoods (FSL), Child Protection and Child Rights Governance. The Country Office manages 61 active awards totalling US$165 million from a range of governmental/institutional donors, including DFID, ECHO, EU, FFP, OFDA, and DANIDA being some of our largest.

Staff directly reporting to this post:  OTP/TSFP Nurses, Mobilizers and Data Clerk

Job Title: Nutrition Program Officer
TEAM/PROGRAMME: Nutrition Program, Southern States LOCATION:  [Mogadishu SS)
SCI GRADE:  4 POST TYPE: National
Child Safeguarding:

Level 3:  the role holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work in country programs; or are visiting country programs; ore because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.

ROLE PURPOSE: To ensure that the OTP is functioning properly, providing care of quality to all the beneficiaries, respecting protocols and principles of good practice.
SCOPE OF ROLE:

Reports to: [ Deputy Nutrition Program Manager]

Country Dimensions:  Save the Children has been working in Somalia for more than 60 years. The Country Office has over 500 staff across 14 field offices (Boroma, Burao and Hargeisa in Somaliland; Bosasso, Garowe, Galkayo and Gardo in Puntland; Beletweyne, Adaado, Abudwak, Baidoa, Kismayo, Dhobley and Mogadishu in Central South Somalia). Our Country Office coordination and administration base is in Nairobi, Kenya. In 2017, as a result of significant scale up for the countrywide drought response, our annual spend FY2017 was US$117 million and we reached more than 2 million people through our humanitarian and longer term development work in Health, Nutrition, Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH), Education, Food Security and Livelihoods (FSL), Child Protection and Child Rights Governance. The Country Office manages 61 active awards totalling US$165 million from a range of governmental/institutional donors, including DFID, ECHO, EU, FFP, OFDA, and DANIDA being some of our largest.

Staff directly reporting to this post:  OTP/TSFP Nurses, Mobilizers and Data Clerk

KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:

Activities

•       Daily morning and Plan to all OTP, TSFP, and MCHN activities at designated distribution sites in liaison with Deputy Project Manager

•       Complete order forms for the logistics team of material, medicine and food requirements for each site for the week in advance

•       Work with Health staff and officials to ensure all aspects of the programme are understood and appropriate referrals take place to and from appropriate referral hospital and OTP site.

•       Working with the Assistant Community Mobilisers, ensure engagement of community leaders / them designates for the organisation of the arrivals outside of the centre

•       Ensure adequate triage / that new arrivals are seen as a priority

•       Ensure cases not meeting admission criteria return home as early as possible and understand why their child is not admitted

•       Supervise the activities of the OTP team at the distribution point

•       Ensure all OTP team members are familiar with their posts

•       Assist the IYCF officer and counsellors in implanting IYCF activities at the OTP sites.

•       Re-define team composition as necessary – either during distributions (to avoid bottle-necks) or after discussion during team meetings

•       Work closely with the teams to ensure all children are measured correctly

•       Ensure all criteria are respected and understood by the teams, including admission, discharge and transfer to and from the various components of the programme

•       Ensure comprehensive health checks and treatment according to the agreed protocols

•       Review the forms completed by staff to ensure completion, accuracy and coherence

•       Undertake individual evaluations with the team

•       Ensure that daily Quality Bench marks is recorder

•       Ensure to close collaboration with MEAL team

·       Ensure adequate availability of all medical and food supplies for each distribution, input in to creation and maintenance of a monthly distribution plan and ensure stock is pre-positioned as planned with Deputy Project Manager and logistics team

·         Submit a daily tally of the OTP statistics

·         Submit a weekly report of the tally of statistics for each site (one form per site per week)

·         Submit a weekly plump nut consumption report

·         Report any progress and any problems in a timely manner

·         Through liaison with the community outreach/nutrition assistant workers, provide effective follow up of all cases – particularly:

·         Ensure the prompt tracing of children who are absent from the programme

·         Request specific children to be followed up as required (newly enrolled children, sick children,

long stay children / children not gaining weight, children with social problems etc.).

·       Liaise with the Community Assistant Mobilisers to ensure comprehensive community outreach and mobilisation, health education and treatment. Check that all messages to carers, community groups, leaders and authorities are consistent and fully understood.

·         Attend regular meetings as required

·         Respect the dignity of the beneficiaries, carers and members of the community

·         To undertake and organise the administration of the team including office, warehousing,

staff work plans, staff leave and financial requirements

·         Cover nurse duties during periods of leave or sickness

·         Assist in any other tasks when required

SAVE THE CHILDREN COMPETENCY FRAMEWORK

DELIVERING RESULTS(SKILLED)

•       Delivers timely and appropriate results using available resources

•       Takes responsibility for their work and its impact on others

•       Plans, prioritises and performs tasks well without needing direct supervision

•       Understands the link between their work and the organization’s objectives

DEVELOPING SELF AND OTHERS(SKILLED)

•       Shows awareness of their strength and limitation and actively takes responsibility for their development

•       Seeks out feedback to understand their area for improvement

•       Actively shares knowledge and experience with others

PROBLEM SOLVING AND DECISION MAKING(SKILLED)

•       Gathers the right information and uses critical thinking to make effective and timely decisions

•       Stays with a problem or challenge until a solution is reached or no longer reasonably attainable

•       Knows when to involve others in a decision

•       Demonstrates awareness of the wider external influences that impact on decision making

WORKING EFFECTIVELY WITH OTHERS(SKILLED)

•       Actively listens to new and different perspectives and experiences of those they work with

•       Proactively supports team members and trusts their capabilities

•       Demonstrates understanding of their skills and how they complement those of others within diverse teams and groups

•       Clarifies their role and responsibilities within the team to maximize impact

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

Person specification

Essential

·         Qualified nurse with primary health care / community health care experience

  • Diploma in Public Health, Food & Nutrition, Nursing or equivalent
  • experience in emergency nutrition work and implementation of feeding programmes, including monitoring and evaluation
  • Experience of and commitment to utilizing participatory approaches.
  • Experience in nutrition assessments and understanding of nutritional surveillance and information systems.
  • Proven capacity to supervise, train and coach local staff and community workers.

·         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

·         Ability and willingness to frequently travel and stay in the field

  • Strong report writing and computer skills
  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • Previous experience of working with humanitarian agencies

·         Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values and principles.

Desirable

·         Health / Public Health / Nutrition / Agriculture BSc or equivalent

CHILD SAFEGUARING POLICY:

Any employee, consultant, contractor or the supplier undertaking an activity on behalf of SCI must sign the Child Safeguarding – Declaration of Acceptance Form] and comply with the SCI’s Child Safeguarding Policy which is a statement of SCI’s commitment to preventing abuse and protecting children with whom it comes into contact.

This extends not only to children with whom SCI and its partners work directly, but also includes children whom staff are responsible for.  SCI believes that the situation of children must be improved through the promotion of their rights supported and demonstrated by all members of staff. Save the Children International’s Code of Conduct sets out the standards which all staff members must adhere to.

The closing date is on: 22nd  January ,2020.

https://stcuk.taleo.net/careersection/jobdetail.ftl?job=20000091&lang=en

Date of issue:   2020          Author : (Nutrition programme  Manager)

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

Person specification

Essential

  • Qualified nurse with primary health care / community health care experience
  • Diploma in Public Health, Food & Nutrition, Nursing or equivalent
  • experience in emergency nutrition work and implementation of feeding programmes, including monitoring and evaluation
  • Experience of and commitment to utilizing participatory approaches.
  • Experience in nutrition assessments and understanding of nutritional surveillance and information systems.
  • Proven capacity to supervise, train and coach local staff and community workers.
  • 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
  • Ability and willingness to frequently travel and stay in the field
  • Strong report writing and computer skills
  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • Previous experience of working with humanitarian agencies
  • Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values and principles.

Desirable

Health / Public Health / Nutrition / Agriculture BSc or equivalent

Please apply in English saving your CV and covering letter as a single document. To see a full a job description, please visit our website at www.savethechildren.net/jobs

https://stcuk.taleo.net/careersection/jobdetail.ftl?job=20000091&lang=en

Application will be closed on 22nd January 2020.

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse. Employment is subject to our Child protection standards including background checks and adherence to our Child Safeguarding Policy

Save the Children is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best qualified talent.

Disclaimer:

Save the Children International does not charge any kind of fee at whichever stage of the recruitment process and does not act through recruitment agents

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