Nutrition and Healthy Lifestyle Specialist at Helen Keller International HKI
Helen Keller International
Lagos, Lagos, ng
23h ago
source : Ecadoo

Reports nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp Head Nutrition ProgramsOverview The job of the Nutrition and Healthy Lifestyles Specialist is to develop and integrate a multi pronged program of nutrition education garden based production of nutrient rich crops and active play into the school curricula teacher trainings PTA orientations and home activities of primary grade students 6 12 years of age in nine targeted primary schools in Ikeja Lagos State with the active involvement of volunteers from Mondelēz Essential FunctionsNutrition Healthy eating Oversee the design of a multi pronged nutrition education school gardening and physical education program appropriate for primary school children and that can be integrated into the existing curriculum nbsp This will involve in depth and or focus group discussions with local health workers teachers PTA members and others to explore a variety of key information areas including i relevant lifestyle attitudes and practice 2 ways to activate parental nbsp involvement iii ways to integrate healthy eating and food choices WASH nutrient rich food production and active play and physical education into existing school curricula including development of lesson plans learning aids visual reminders etc Work with the schools rsquo nutrition focal point teachers school administrators and PTA members as appropriate to develop learning modules toolkits lesson plans and a training plan on physical fitness school gardening WASH safe food and water storage and healthy eating Develop and implement an initial training and subsequent refresher training program on the use of lessons plans and learning modules for teachers and PTA members to use in and out of the classroom Train teachers from each participating school to build counseling and problem solving skills to enable the teachers and parents to identify specific actionable changes children and their families can make to improve nutrition food production and active play Support teachers on a regular basis and train newly recruited teachers thus creating a sustainable increase in nutrition knowledge and capacity within the school system Work with the PTA and school administrators and teachers to develop a strategy to promote handwashing at all critical moments and safe food and water storage that is supported by visual reminders to create the habit construction of simple handwashing station Tippy Taps near school latrines and cooking areas Work with Mondelēz volunteers and the nutrition focal points for each school to provide supportive supervision to observe and support teachers as they carry out their lesson plans Develop a training program on healthy eating and good hygiene and sanitation practices for private food vendors who provide mid day meals to students Promoting active play and healthy lifestyle Work with schools to identify opportunities for exercise ensuring a variety of activities that attract both boys and girls and addressing barriers to participation e g physical disabilities These may include before and after school activities such as sports teams led by community volunteers including volunteers nbsp from Mondelēz which the project can support Work with nutrition focal point MOH and PTA representatives to develop and integrate key messages related to physical activity and whole of community support for healthy lifestyles guided by World Health Organization rsquo s Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity documents into the training package for teachers and PTA representatives Develop a training strategy and work plan to conduct initial teacher training and subsequent refresher trainings in years 2 and 3 Teachers will receive an initial training and then refresher trainings in years two and three of the project Work with teacher to transform physical activity guidelines into lesson plans to encourage play and physical fitness not only at school but also at home Work with schools to increase inter house sports activities nbsp Engage Mondelēz staff to support these inter house events for example by providing additional coaching to students Help to organize football games for parents and teachers with Mondelēz volunteers reinforcing the importance of lifelong physical activity for adult health Growing fresh foods Identify inputs to be provided by HKI to promote school and home gardens nbsp Develop and oversee a training plan that covers soil preparation and planting techniques appropriate use of fertilizer with organic matter compost water harvesting techniques garden maintenance and processing and conservation of garden produce Given the peri urban context teach how to grow plants in small spaces using recycled containers nbsp Organize refresher trainings in years two and three of the project Creating awareness Develop a strategy to raise awareness of the importance of good food and nutrition as well as physical fitness nbsp This will include i organizing ground breaking ceremonies for the gardens ii coordinating and scheduling with Mondelez volunteers to support the ongoing gardening activities for example by spending one hour a week helping children plant weed and harvest iii promoting the formation of School Gardening and Health Clubs to help maintain gardens promote nutrition and fitness activities and ongoing student participation iv organizing nbsp annual Harvest Fests and fairs where children give tours of the garden to parents the crops are displayed cooking demonstrations are conducted and cook offs and nutrition quizzes are organized Promote and coordinate engagement of Mondelez volunteers Work and communicate closely with management and employees at the Mondelēz production site and head office in Lagos State to identify key individuals and activities where employees can volunteer their skills time and interest in the project nbsp Work with management to find incentives and or ways to recognize the contribution of volunteers to the project Skills Qualifications A Bachelor rsquo s degree in education public health or a related discipline with a focus on health nutrition and or physical education with a minimum of five years rsquo experience in the field of public health nutrition nutrition education or physical education A master rsquo s degree will be an added advantage Prior experience with curriculum design lesson plan development and training An understanding of and experience working with the Lagos primary school system State Universal Basic Education Board SUBEB and other relevant stakeholders An understanding of the Ikeja LGA and LCDA structure and experience working with relevant LGA level stakeholders Experience working with stakeholders from the Lagos state Ministries of Health Education and Agriculture and the Lagos state Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget Due to the degree of interaction with local communities around Ikeja proficiency in Yoruba language is highly desirable Excellent written and oral communication skills Excellent coordination organization and problem solving skills

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