Nutrition Program Officer at International Medical Corps
International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and Nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Nutrition Program Officer
Location: Damboa, Borno
Position: Nigerian nationals only
- The primary functions of the Nutrition officer is to provide leadership and overall day to day management of all Nutrition Food Security programming at duty designation and state, participate in defining intervention priorities, develop necessary contacts and relationships with government, non-government, donors and UN agencies at the field level
- Contribute to the development of strategies and manage existing programs and resources, and provide day to day supervision, management and coaching to a wide team of Nutrition Food Security in the operation areas.
- Ensure that International Medical Corps program is delivering the highest level of quality of nutrition services in line with national and international guideline.
- Effective implementation of IMC’s Emergency Nutrition Projects within the frame work of pertinent national policy, strategy and guidelines.
- Ensure observance, respect the dignity of beneficiaries and members of the community at all times
- Participate in any nutrition sector-specific assessments and make technical recommendations for appropriate activities, both for initial disaster response phase and for longer-term disaster risk reduction and transition phase.
- Determine the cause of malnutrition in the emergency response and formulate appropriate responses that will address the cause.
- Assess the immediate lifesaving nutrition interventions needed (such as CMAM) in addition to the prevention activities (ENA, IFE, BSFP and TSFP) that need to be implemented at the same time.
- Provide direct hands-on technical support to Nutrition Program Assistants and IMC partners to effectively and innovatively manage emergency nutrition projects with focus on key technical areas.
- Ensure that emergency nutrition and related projects are technically sound, environmentally friendly, socially and cultural acceptable.
- Actively represent International Medical Corps in nutrition sector discussions and activities, serve as an International Medical Corps nutrition sector resource person, and display technical and organizational leadership in sectorial activity commensurate with the role as a primary resource person for International Medical Corps in your working areas.
- Manage International Medical Corps’ nutrition response and recovery activities across a wide range of actors within International Medical Corps, donors, host governments, UN and NGO partners to ensure consistency of programming.
- Actively participate in surveys done at the Community level (KAP, SMART, Causal Analysis, Barriers, Coverage, JANFSA, ENNA).
- Ensure development of core skills and competencies in Nutrition and Food Security among IMC staff in the project offices.
- Provide technical support and training where required to all team members and partners.
- Build the capacity of Technical, Community Health Volunteers (CHVs), Community Nutrition Mobilizers (CNMs) and committees to deliver quality service and undertake participatory monitoring of the implementation of the project works and record lessons learned and reports.
- Prepare weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual reports to donors, line departments and sectors.
- Strengthen partnerships, institutional linkages and working relationships.
- Strong negotiation skill with the partners, host community and government officials.
- Actively participate and represent IMC in State and LGA nutrition CMAM Cluster meetings.
- Assist in development of, or provide technical review for, emergency response proposals to be submitted by International Medical Corps to ensure that proposed activities and programs align with best practice in the nutrition sector. As appropriate, suggest new developments in the nutrition sector to International Medical Corps programming.
- Be fully aware of national policies, strategies and other initiatives and developments by government and other stakeholders in the area of nutrition. Regularly assess the implications for IMC’s program and priorities of any changes in the operating environment in this sector and report on these to the Program Manager and Nutrition Coordinator as required.
- Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications and Experience
- Master's Degree in Public Health, Nursing, Nutrition or equivalent
- Minimum of 3 years’ experience in nutrition work and implementation of nutrition/ food security intervention programs, including community mobilization, monitoring and evaluation aspects.
- Significant experience on community management of acute malnutrition and Infant feeding in Emergency in host communities/ IDP camp setting.
- Ability to integrate into the local environment including awareness of political, religious and economic aspects of the community.
- Excellent inter and intra personal skills to ensure consistent positive relations with key stakeholders.
- Strong report writing and computer skills.
- Fluent in written and spoken English and Hausa.
- Commitment to and understanding of IMC’s aims, values and principles.
- Understanding of nutritional surveillance and information systems.
- Proven ability and experience in planning and conducting formal training session on nutrition including CMAM and IYCF.
- Proven capacity to supervise, train and coach local staff and community workers.
- Excellent communication skills and a willingness to be respectful, kind, sensitive and empathize with children and their care givers.
- Willingness and capacity to be flexible and accommodating when faced with difficult and frustrating working conditions.
- Ability to deal with relations with local authorities as a Nutrition representative of IMC in the working areas.
- Strong communication skills: oral, written and presentation skills.
- Should be a team player and culturally sensitive.
- Strong leadership, team building, conflict resolution and ability to deliver IMC’s strategic objectives.
- Extremely flexible, and have the ability to cope with stressful situations.
- Demonstrated proficiency in computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, email and utilization of the internet
Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse:
- Actively promote PSEA (Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse) standards within International Medical Corps and amongst beneficiaries served by International Medical Corps.
Compliance & Ethics:
- Promotes and encourages a culture of compliance and ethics throughout International Medical Corps. As applicable to the position, maintains a clear understanding of International Medical Corps’ and donor compliance and ethics standards and adheres to those standards. Conducts work with the highest level of integrity.
- International Medical Corps is proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran.
- Due to the urgent need of the positionapplications received will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
- International Medical Corps never asks job applicants for a fee, payment, or other monetary transaction. If you are asked for money in connection with thisrecruitment, please report to International Medical Corps at the reporting email address provided at the end of this document. International Medical Corps’ Reporting email address: www.InternationalMedicalCorps.ethicspoint.com. Please do not submit your CV or application to the reporting email address, it will not be considered for review.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their Applications to "the Human Resource Coordinator, International Medical Corps" via: [email protected] using the Job Title as the subject of the mail.
Note: Only Shortlisted candidates will be contacted
Application Deadline 20th March, 2022.