Nutrition Manager Vacancy at the International Rescue Committee (IRC)
International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Abuya, Nigeria
2d ago
source : MyJobNigeria

INTRODUCTION : -

Nutrition Manager job opportunity is available at International Rescue Committee (IRC) for individuals who possess relevant qualifications.

Scope of Work

  • The Nutrition Manager is the focal point for IRC’s primary Nutrition care services in MMC / JERE LGA, Borno state; s / he reports to the Nutrition Coordinator and works closely and supervises other nutrition officers in the two LGAs in Borno states in the day to day administrative issues.
  • The Nutrition Manager ensures the implementation of a quality Nutrition program, in accordance with national and international standards.
  • The Nutrition Manager will identify gaps in Nutrition services and take the necessary steps to address those gaps.
  • S / he provides technical oversight / assistance in planning, implementing, and monitoring of high-impact interventions and provides support in system strengthening and promotion of childhood nutrition, with special focus to the most vulnerable and unreached population groups.
  • In addition, provide coordinated support and technical assistance to the Health Department and management of ongoing programs statewide and establishing nutrition surveillance systems.
  • He / She will directly supervise All nutrition activities in the two LGAs which will comprise CMAM which includes outreach activities, and the Robust Infant &Young Child Feeding program and will directly supervise Nutrition staff working in MMC / JERE.
  • He / she will coordinate nutrition program activities and report to the Nutrition Coordinator.
  • DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES : -

  • Program Management & Development
  • Participate in the development of nutrition sector budgets and following up on their effective implementation.
  • Develop nutrition sector work plans for all the IRC nutrition grants assigned to s / he by the nutrition coordinator. Supervise and coordinate the implementation and monitoring of nutrition project activities in the two LGAs in Borno states in line with proposal targets and work plan timelines.
  • Conduct nutritional surveillance in the program sites, including host community and internally displaced persons (IDPs)based on agreed methodologies including surveys, process monitoring, SMART, LQAS, SQUEAC, and other rapid methods.
  • Work with the field-based nutrition staff and community health Volunteers to establish, implement and monitor community-based management of acute malnutrition activities, coupled with patient follow-up, referrals, and education for their better management at the community level.
  • Coordinate with other IRC departments and implementing partners to develop training curricula and implementation plans for community Health Volunteers(CHV’s).
  • Assist in response and management of any nutrition emergencies e.g. acute food shortages and participate in the development of disaster preparedness systems.
  • Promote mother-infant and young child feeding best practices in various health facilities.
  • Oversee implementation and integration of comprehensive growth monitoring program / Mass MUAC screenings at the community level and report accordingly.
  • Participate actively in the execution of operational research and Documentation of Best Nutrition practices in various health facilities / Outreach sites if need be.
  • Participate actively in planned program Rapid Nutrition assessment, nutrition surveys, and KAP Assessments.
  • Monitoring and supervising both IRC and MOH staff seconded to IRC to ensure work is performed efficiently.
  • Routinely monitor staff performance according to their job description and provide written feedback in a timely manner.
  • Oversee continuous training programs for the nutrition staff as well as organizing training with consultants as per the annual work plan & budget.
  • Review personnel issues and concerns of nutrition staff and assist with determining and implementing solutions.
  • Participate in the recruitment of nutrition staff as appropriate.
  • Participate in the development of proposals, budgets, and concept notes in coordination with the Nutrition Coordinator, DDP, Grants team, and HQ Technical Unit
  • Monitor the purchase and use of materials, equipment, and supplies
  • Monitor and evaluate the appropriate implementation of projects against program objectives and IRC’s Program Framework
  • Identify opportunities for program development
  • Directly supervise other Nutrition officers,
  • Any Other Activity Assigned by the Coordinator.
  • Staff Management :

  • Recruit national staff in conjunction with the Human Resources Department
  • Maintain updated job descriptions, conduct interviews, orient new staff to the IRC and the Protection program
  • Supervise the nutrition staff directly, providing ongoing leadership to the project team and overseeing implementation and coordination of activity plans to ensure targets are met
  • Provide ongoing supervision, leadership, training, and technical support and guidance to nutrition staff, and ensure all nutrition staff adhere to best-practice principles in all aspects of program implementation
  • Overall responsibility for Nutrition team’s timesheets, work plans, vacation schedules, and staff training / development activities
  • Ensure Performance Management System documentation for all staff is in place and followed up regularly
  • Build staff capacity in work plan development and reporting to ensure accurate monitoring and documentation of activities
  • Recommend and implement a capacity building / development plan for project staff based on documented capacity needs assessments exercise
  • Ensure nutrition staff understands and follows IRC and donor Policies and Procedures
  • Technical Monitoring and Program Quality :

  • Provide technical supervision of, and technical support to IRC nutrition programming activities
  • Ensure that nutrition programs utilize standardized protocols, policies, and guidelines, as prescribed by the Ministry of Health and WHO / UNICEF
  • Ensure that all nutrition activities are consistent with established best practices
  • Oversee the collection and timely reporting of data and statistics for all nutrition programs in line with IRC guidelines and according to internal and donor requirements
  • Ensure appropriate follow-up and decision-making on data relevant to IRC nutrition programs
  • Ensure good coordination with the health teams and with the Nutrition, Health, and iCCM Coordinator
  • Monitor evolving needs of the target communities and adjust the programmatic priorities as necessary
  • Conduct nutritional surveillance in the program sites, including host community and internally displaced persons (IDPs)based on agreed methodologies including surveys, process monitoring, SMART, LQAS, SQUEAC, and other rapid methods
  • Grants Management and Reporting :

  • Manage and oversee all the nutrition grants; develop and maintain work, spending, and procurement plans for all projects
  • Participate in Grants Opening, Mid-Term and Closing meetings
  • Prepare internal and external reports within agreed deadlines using IRC and donor formats, as required
  • Assure appropriate and timely spending of grants to achieve program goals, grant reporting contributions, use and distribution of supplies and resources
  • Representation & Coordination :

  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with all stakeholders including the Ministry of Health, community leaders, NGOs, UN agencies, community-based organizations, and other IRC sectors to enhance cooperation and coordination
  • Ensure that information from coordination meetings is shared internally and with other sectors, as appropriate
  • Attend the nutrition coordination meetings or represent the IRC in other relevant forums
  • DESIRED EXPERIENCE & QUALIFICATION : -

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Food, Nutrition, and Dietetics or Registered nurse or Medical Doctor with strong Nutrition Background from a recognized University.
  • Masters in Public Health (MPH) / Nutrition preferred)

  • A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in nutrition, public health, nutrition planning, and management and / or in relevant areas of maternal, infant, and child nutrition care at the program management level is required.
  • Knowledge in computer statistical packages such as SMART and basic data analysis skills.
  • Experience in designing and implementing nutrition surveys and other methodologies.
  • Must be registered by Nigeria Nutritionist and Dietitians Institute or other relevant bodies, such as SQUEAC, SLEAC surveys techniques.
  • Experience in managing a nutrition program in emergencies or among refugee / displaced populations is an added advantage
  • Excellent management skills
  • Ability to write clear and concise reports and proposals and to meet required reporting deadlines.
  • Able to work independently while being a strong team player.
  • Experience supervising health staff in a complex setting; ability to support and build staff capacity.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to live and work under pressure in an unstable security environment.
  • Excellent computer skills : MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Epi-Info / SPSS, Outlook, and the internet.
  • Fluency in English. Skill in local languages is an advantage.
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