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Nutritionist, Tahoua, Niger, with Concern Worldwide

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Gudrun Stallkamp

Regional Nutrition Advisor/ East & Southern Africa

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27 May 2015, 03:38

Reference: DK/NR/NUT Country: Niger Job Title: Nutritionist Contract Grade: B Contract Length: 12 months Date Needed By: ASAP New Post or Replacement: Replacement Accompanied / Unaccompanied: Unaccompanied Exact Job Location: Based in Tahoua Reports To: Health Advisor Liaises With: • Health and Nutrition coordinator, for technical and programmatic aspects related to nutrition, and Nutrition Programme Manager to increase technical competence on nutrition approaches and standards • Health advisor for national representation and technical aspects on cross-cutting issues and the integration of health and nutrition activities • All Program Managers for programme integration • Other members of Senior Management Team when needed • MOH, government officials, other NGO and partner staff Job Purpose: Working as member of a large, innovative multi-sectorial programme, the Nutritionist will: • Serve as the technical reference person supporting the mission to better apply nutrition standards and best practices at field level (including support to operations research and M&E processes) • Provide sound nutrition guidance in support of strategy development within integrated multi-sectorial programming • Contribute to efforts to enact measurable change at the household, community, health centre and health district level and contribute at the national level to the promotion of Concern best practices and approaches to address under nutrition The normal duties and responsibilities attached to the role are as follows: Main duties & Responsibilities: Technical support ? Work with the Health and Nutrition Coordinator and Nutrition Program manager to ensure effective programme implementation in accordance with international/national protocols and best practice for Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) and wider nutrition interventions and ensure monitoring of all nutrition activities (field visits, regular programme monitoring, mid-term and final evaluations, etc.) ? In coordination with the Health and Nutrition Coordinator, support capacity development of actors at the community, health centre, and district health team level to technically improve implementation of services and programs to prevent and treat malnutrition ? Provide technical support and supervision to Primary Health Care and Nutrition Advisors (health service coaches and mentors) CMAM supervisors, field agents and volunteers during monitoring visits to program sites and initial and refresher training for the improvement of community mobilisation and screening activities, and the quality of care for SC, OTP and SFP beneficiaries. ? Provide technical support and supervision during weekly and monthly Nutrition Programme meetings. ? Train and mentor Concern and MoH staff in nutrition, CMAM, including community mobilisation, nutrition surveys and other technical subjects, as required ? Contribute to the development of programme strategies, proposals and concept notes to donors in collaboration with the Health Advisor and Assistant Country Director-Programmes (ACDP). ? Support and orient consultants undertaking technical support for studies, surveys and evaluations. Monitoring and evaluation ? Advise and provide technical support to M & E team and Health/Nutrition staff for an efficient monitoring and evaluation system to ensure programme quality and effective integration ofCMAM, including analysis of epidemiological data to inform programme adjustment and strategic orientation ? Review the quality of monthly nutrition data for the production of regular donor reports (Sitrep, Monthly Nutrition Situation Report on SC, OTP and SFP admissions, analysis of health centre performance vs SPHERE standards, screening results, Concern quarterly CMAM report, UNICEF CMAM report, WFP summary Food Distribution, nutrition and screening report). ? Ensure programme quality adheres to Concern and other internationally accepted standards such as SPHERE and HAP. Surveys ? In conjunction with the Health advisor, ACDP, Health and Nut program coordinator and Nutrition team, support the team in preparing for and conducting Standard Monitoring & Assessment of Relief & Transitions (SMART), nutrition program coverage and other surveys, including analysis and report writing. ? Integrate information and results from above surveys into programme planning. Reporting ? Guide the Nutrition program manager and team to monitor and document the performance of the nutrition activities through quality monthly, quarterly , mid-term and final reports ? Ensure that lessons learned are captured and properly documented and archived by carrying out regular nutrition component reviews. ? Ensure high quality and timely reports developed for donors. ? Ensure all programme staff/partners are fully oriented in Concern’s Programme Participant Protection Policy, Sphere and HAP principles. Representation/Coordination ? Work closely with the key regional, departmental and district government departments particularly the hospital, health district and nutrition focal points to ensure the respect of the minimum standards of quality, integration and expansion of the treatment of acute malnutrition. ? Liaise with regional intervening partners (MSF-E, World Vision, MDM, ACH etc) and build strong relationships with the regional technical line departments, regional WFP, UNICEF and OCHA reps. ? Ensure that field level issues, concerns, and resultats are communicated to the Health Advisor and ACDP on a timely basis for sharing and informing discussions during representation at Nutrition Technical Group , Health, Food Security and other national level meetings Safety and Security ? Respect the Niger Standard Operating Procedures and ensure the safety and security of staff working under her/his supervision in line with the Security Management plan (SMP) and Safety First guidelines. Confidentiality ? Ensure the non-disclosure of any information whatsoever acquired in the course of duty, relating to the practices and business of Concern Worldwide, to any other person or Organization without authority, except in normal execution of the above duties ? Ensure strict guardianship and security of financial data and documents at all times, including secure storage, accurate & complete filing and limiting access to the finance office to authorised personnel only ? Ensure strict adherence to Concern Niger Financial Procedures and Fraud Policy and remaining within the boundaries of these policies at all times PERSON SPECIFICATION Essential ? Degree in Nutrition, preferably Postgraduate qualification (MPH, MSc) in Nutrition. ? At least three years’ experience in the design and management of nutrition programmes in developing countries; one or more years’ experience in Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) desirable ? Experience in monitoring and evaluation of health and nutrition programmes, including programme data management/analysis ? Experience working with MOH ? Experience in nutrition surveys, including data analysis and use of EPI-Info and SPSS software ? Strong staff management and staff development experience: ability to manage local staff in a mature and impartial manner ? Computer skills including database management, Microsoft Word and Excel Special Skills, Aptitude or Personality Requirements: Essential ? Fluent in spoken French ? Excellent English communication skills (verbal and written) ? Able to work in insecure environments and live in confined areas ? Respectful of securities rules ? Dynamic and willing to take initiative to complete assigned tasks and deal with difficulties encountered in daily work ? Strong leadership skills and ability to manage change effectively ? Excellent communication and presentation skills ? Ability to delegate, manage time and prioritize tasks while coping with a broad range of programmatic and technical demands ? Strong Analytical and problem solving abilities. ? Empathy with Concern’s Vision, Mission, Goals and Objectives Desirable: ? Familiarity with Concern ? Experience working in Africa and in the Sahel in particular All applications should be submitted through our website at by closing date. CV’s should be no more than 4 pages in length. All candidates who are short-listed for a first round interview will be notified via email after the application deadline OR Due to the urgency of this position, applications will be short listed on a regular basis and we may offer posts before the closing date. Concern Worldwide is an Irish-based non-governmental, international, humanitarian organisation dedicated to the reduction of suffering and working towards the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest countries. Concern has a Staff Code of Conduct and a Programme Participant Protection Policy which 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 organization, and the standards of behaviour expected of them. In this context staff have a responsibility to the organization 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 Programme Participant Protection Policy and the Concern Staff Code of Conduct as an appendix to their contract of employment. By signing the Programme Participant Protection Policy and the Concern Staff Code of Conduct candidates acknowledge that they have understood the contents of both the Concern Staff Code of Conduct and the Programme Participant Protection Policy and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these two documents. Concern receives a substantial amount of funding from external donors each year. Increasingly donors are introducing requirements whereby future funding is conditional on Concern ensuring that the names of any new employee or volunteer do not appear on terrorism lists generated by the European Union (List of person, groups and entities to which Regulation (EC No. 2580/2001 applies), the US Government (Office of Foreign Assets Control list of specially designated Nationals and Blocked Persons) and the United Nations (Consolidated List). Any offer of employment (either paid or voluntary) with Concern Worldwide will not be made pending a clearance check being conducted on the applicant. For additional information please consult our web site or contact the Human Resource Division in our Head Office. Concern Worldwide is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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