Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in over 120 countries. We save children’s lives. We fight for their rights. We help them fulfil their potential. Save the Children is working in Nigeria because one in five children in Nigeria dies before their fifth birthday. About 40% of children miss out on school and have to work to survive while nearly 2 million children have lost one or both parents to an AIDS-related disease.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Health and Nutrition Officer
Ref No: 220008UL
Team / Programme: Programme Operations
Employee Status: Fixed Term
Post Type: National
Reports to: Programme Manager
- Level 3 - The responsibilities of this post may require the post holder to have regular contact with children and young people. In the overseas context all posts are considered to be level 3.
- As part of these responsibilities the post holder will support the establishment of child safeguarding systems, promote a culture of keeping children safe, and ensure that potential harm to children (by our own staff and/or as a result of how we do our work) is identified and addressed on an ongoing basis.
- The post holder should report and respond to interventions as determined by position related responsibilities identified in the Child Safeguarding Policy.
- Under the general guidance and direction of the HoHN/Health TA, the health and nutrition officer will support implementation, monitoring and evaluation of all health and nutrition activities under Integrated Health and Nutrition (IHN) project in the state.
- Coordinate all health/nutrition interventions with government stakeholders and community structures.
- Lead implementation of all health and nutrition activities of the project, prepare reports and build capacity of the health workers and respective LGA focal persons.
- Promote best practices in health and nutrition programs and contribute to the overall success of IHN project.
Key Areas of Accountability
- Support health facility assessment, preparation and planning for implementation, working in partnership with State and LGA health authorities.
- Facilitate the implementation of the health and nutrition interventions for the programme, ensuring technical resources required have been factored into work-plans and budgets.
- Contribute to developing/modifying programme design in health and nutrition based on experience and lessons from implementation, also in consultation with the programme team and HoHN/Health TA
- Ensure programme approaches and implementation are sensitive to cultural and gender dynamics.
- Provide technical assistance to State and LGA teams on health and nutrition, with a particular focus on development of effective methodologies to improve health and nutrition knowledge, attitudes and practices.
- Conduct follow up monitoring of health and nutrition-related activities and document findings to feed into improved programming
- Support strengthening of information flow between State, LGA and Health Facilities.
- Ensure budget utilization for H&N interventions in line with the financial forecast and within timelines
- Ensure compliance to logistics and finance during the planning of workshops, training, and/or meeting that requires financial advances and/or logistical procurement, etc.
- Ensure the Health and Nutrition activity targets are met monthly in selected locations.
- Monitor the project activities and output targets.
- Build relationships with INGOs and local NGOs for synergies in nutrition and health service delivery to avoid duplication of efforts in the targeted LGAs.
- Share health and nutrition gaps with key leaders, SMOH/SPHCDA, community groups, and community members during ongoing meetings in community, LGA and state levels.
- Ensure case-finding and referral mechanisms are functional in HF and communities.
- Ensure community health and nutrition screening is functional and linked to the health facilities.
- Ensure all training are conducted in compliance with national guidelines
- Lead the organization of health and nutrition trainings in project locations following training plan
- Follow up on all trainings to ensure utilization of knowledge
- Conduct mentoring visits to health facilities
Documentation and Reporting:
- Ensure that all training and meeting records are dully in place for all activities (attendance sheet, on-job coaching sessions, workshop/meeting reports)
- Ensure timely collection, compilation and analysis of quality data as well as production of quantitative and qualitative reports regarding nutrition activities in the Programme.
- Provide technical review of programme reports in line with the M&E framework.
- Ensure regular communication and sharing of lesson learned and challenges with the management and partners to inform implementation
- Work closely with the MEAL team to ensure that data are captured in a correct and accurate manner.
- Share success stories on system strengthening and any other Nutrition and health interventions in the LGAs.
- Participate in the relevant coordination/Technical working group/task force meetings and other related forums within the target locations
Representation & Advocacy & Organisational Learning:
- Represent SCI in relevant State level forums for nutrition in coordination with other SCI programmes.
- 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.
Qualifications & Experience
- Bachelor's Degree in Medicine / Public Health / Nursing or equivalent with minimum of 4 years progressive relevant experience post NYSC
- NYSC or exemption certificate.
- Experience in Health and Nutrition program implementation especially in humanitarian setting.
- Experience with Save the Children or International Non-Governmental Organizations.
- Understanding of national guidelines on CMAM, IYCF and IMCI
- Experience working in humanitarian settings.
- 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.
- Experience in community-based interventions in Northern Nigeria
- Demonstrable ability at report writing.
- Fluency in written and spoken English and local languages (Hausa)
- Working knowledge of MS office.
- Prepared to live and work in an uncertain security environment.
- Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values and principles.
- Skills and Behaviours (Our Values in Practice)
- Accuracy and timeliness in all areas of responsibility
- High level of accuracy in work, and ability to analyse complex sets of relationships and situations
- Holds self and others accountable
- Creating best-in-class EA function
- Future-orientated, thinks pro-actively
- Working effectively with stakeholders to achieve common goals
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners
- Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to
- Designing more effective admin and value for money systems
- Willing to take disciplined risks.
Honest, encourages openness and transparency, demonstrates highest levels of integrity.
Application Closing Date
21st December, 2022.
Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should: