Under the supervision of the Field Coordinator and technically Nutrition Coordinator, the Nutrition Manager shall be responsible for the overall designing and implementation of a nutrition program that encompasses running of selective feeding program, blanket supplementary feeding Programme, nutrition surveillance & assessments, hospital feeding, promotion of mother infant and young child nutrition (MIYCN), nutrition education & counseling, Implementation and providing oversight and technical guidance on ComPAS, Family MUAC, Expanded MUAC as IRC area of Focus in innovative approaches as well as addressing micronutrient deficiencies in the camp. He/she shall be expected to monitor and ensure improvement and maintenance of public health nutrition performance indicators as per SPHERE/UNHCR/WHO standards at the Camp.
- Develop an annual nutrition sector work plan in Daadab
- Supervise and coordinate the implementation and monitoring of nutrition project activities in line with proposal targets and work plan timelines
- Conduct nutritional surveillance in the camp based on agreed camp wide methodologies including surveys, Post Distribution Monitoring, SMART, LQAS, SQUEAC and other rapid methods.
- Coordinate with other IRC departments and implementing partners to develop training curricula and implementation plans.
- Assist in response and management of any nutrition emergencies e.g., acute food shortages in the camp and participate in the development of disaster preparedness systems.
- Promote mother infant and young child feeding best practices in the camp.
- Supervise and monitor the hospital patient’s diet including the special diets for chronic diseases.
- Oversee implementation and integration of comprehensive growth monitoring program
- Participate actively in execution of operational research in the camp i.e., ComPAS
- Participate actively in annual nutrition surveys in the camp
- Plan and actively involve the community in marking recognized nutrition calendar days
- Coordinate with UNHCR, WFP other implementing partners and health facilities to ensure maximum effectiveness of the nutrition project.
- Monitoring and supervising both national and refugee staff 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 trainings with TC/TA/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 recruitment of Nutrition staff as appropriate
- Recommend promotions, disciplinary action of nutrition staff to FC
- Foster integration of the nutrition program with other health sector programs within IRC Daadab.
- Directly supervise the nutrition team in the camp.
- Provide coaching and technical supervision to staff to develop ownership & full responsibility for nutrition activities.
- Assess the training needs of nutrition staff and ensure that appropriate training is conducted
- Facilitate regular meetings to assist information sharing between project staff, to ensure all staff members are aware of project objectives and current work plans and to provide the opportunity for feedback.
- Work with the supply chain team to develop accurate and timely weekly, monthly, quarterly nutrition program procurement plans.
- Work with the supply chain team to monitor on commitments to ensure accurate and timely spending and nutrition orders
- Monitor utilization of IRC issued nutrition supplies, monitor and track IRC nutrition sector assets
- Review of all nutrition program purchase requisitions and program transport request.
Monitoring and Reporting
- Closely monitor and make sure nutrition performance indicators are within the recommended sphere standards
- Attend quarterly data review meetings on nutrition program indicators.
- Keep the FC/ nutrition coordinator informed of all developments through regular reports
- Attend all health and nutrition coordination meetings and management meetings in the field.
- Compile weekly, monthly reports and donor reports on a timely manner.
Finance and Grant Management
- Prepare spending plans for the program based on the available budget
- Attend and participate in monthly budget review meetings, with records of updated expenditure records and spending plans
- Ensure adherence to the nutrition program budget by reviewing expenditure
- Provide recommendations and interventions to correct any identified deviations that impact on budget adherence.
- Participate in program Grants opening and ending meetings
- Work closely with the grants team to review and develop program proposals, Concept Notes
Perform any other duty as directed by the supervisor
Key Result Areas
- Successful implementation of annual nutrition sector work plan as per the proposal targets.
- Monitor and ensure improvement and maintenance of public health nutrition performance indicators as per SPHERE/UNHCR/WHO standards at the camp.
- Promotion of mother infant and young child feeding best practices in the camp.
- Implementation and providing oversight and technical guidance on CMAM, ComPAS, Family MUAC, Expanded MUAC as IRC area of Focus in innovative approaches
- Monitor all nutrition program expenditure against budgets and ensure an appropriate burn rate.
- Ensure steady supply of all the nutrition program supplies.
- Ensure nutrition surveillance and assessments are continuously conducted, Post Distribution Monitoring, SMART, LQAS, SQUEAC
- Timely submission of monthly and donor reports.
- Capacity building of nutrition staff.
- Maintain nutrition team as per the budget specifications.
- Represent IRC in nutrition meetings (NTWG, HNC).
- MUST have a bachelor’s degree in nutrition dietetics
- Master’s in public health nutrition preferred.
- MUST be a registered and certified by the KNDI
Required Experience & Competencies:
- A minimum of 3 years of professional experience in nutrition, public health, nutrition planning and management and/or in relevant areas of maternal, infant and child health/nutrition care at program management level is required
- Experience in designing and implementing nutrition surveys and other methodologies,
- Knowledge in computer statistical packages such as SMART and basic data analysis skills.
- Experience in managing a nutrition program in emergencies or among refugee/ displaced populations an advantage.
- Working in resource poor environment and complex emergencies
- Strong analytical skills, sound judgment and the capacity to think and plan strategically, including the ability to produce high quality programs through development implementation.
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Open to Expatriates: Yes
Across two refugee camps, Dadaab and Kakuma, and four counties (Garissa, Turkana, West Pokot and Nairobi), the IRC implements programs in the sectors of health, Nutrition, governance & rights, and women’s protection & empowerment, Economic Recovery and Development, as well as providing emergency response through a network of four field offices and a range of institutional and community-based partnerships.
Across the organization, the IRC Kenya has a diverse donor portfolio comprising of European, US donors and private foundations. The Deputy Director for Grants and Accountability is a central figure within the IRC program management and support infrastructure and a member of the country senior management team. Under the supervision of the Country Director (CD), the DDGA focuses on effective grants management and accountability, including oversight of monitoring and evaluation and supporting the inclusion of client voice in program design and review.
The DDGA will be responsible for significant elements of IRC SAP100 strategy implementation and management of key humanitarian donor relationships together with the CD.
1. Business development
- Work closely with the CD, Deputy Director for Programs (DDP), technical coordinators and field coordinators to develop business development plans to achieve the strategic aims laid out in the country Strategic Action Plan (SAP)
- Ensure proposal development systems are in place for management, programs, finance and operations departments to produce timely and quality submissions
- Work with the CD, Deputy Director for Programs (DDP), technical coordinators, and grants team to lead proposal development, writing, editing and coordinating and consolidating technical input
- Lead liaison with headquarters-based focal points during the proposal development phase
- With the mentorship of the Country Director, represent the IRC Kenya with humanitarian donors
2. Grants management
- Work with grants team, finance, supply chain and program colleagues to ensure uptake of and adherence to the IRC2020 Budget vs. Actuals initiative, improving the ability of management staff to track project implementation
- Provide training, technical mentorship and oversight for Grants Managers, technical coordinators and field coordinators to fulfill their responsibilities with regard to report and proposal review and submission, as well as donor compliance.
- Lead effective channels of internal and external communications relating to the effective management of grants
- Ensure communication with IRC Kenya and HQ colleagues is constructive, clear, and organized
- Support the grants team and field coordinators to ensure proper post-award management of grants based on both donor and IRC policies.
- Develop a deep understanding of donor policies, regulations and procedures and train other country team members in these areas
- Review grant agreements and contracts to identify compliance issues and contribute to the implementation of appropriate solutions as necessary
- Ensure an information management and filing system exists and is maintained by Grants Managers; this ensures all donor contractual documents, reports, key correspondence etc. are appropriately filed in up-to-date soft and hard libraries available as meaningful in IRC Kenya offices
- Ensure donor reporting requirements, financial & management tracking, and reporting tools exist and are updated regularly
- Development, review and submission of all donor reports by Grants Managers is monitored and supported to ensure high quality, accuracy and timeliness
3. Accountability, monitoring and evaluation
- Lead the M&E team and work with them to revise the way IRC Kenya measures quality programming and responds to stakeholders. This will be facilitated by ensuring:
- In coordination with the Measurement Action Coordinator, lead effective roll-out and implementation of the Measurement Initiative, a key element of the IRC2020 strategy.
- Close coordination with the DDP on the Client Responsiveness objective, ensuring feedback from clients is responded to with positive program change.
- Summarize outputs of our accountability, monitoring and evaluation work to ensure they are easy to communicate to all stakeholders including senior managers, clients, government and donors.
The two elements of this initiative are:
- Monitoring for Action (MfA), which ensures 9 key M&E standards are met throughout the planning, implementation and close-out parts of the program cycle
- COMET, a new data platform that tracks progress on all internal and external indicators
- Fluency in English in addition to superior writing/editing and budget skills
- Master’s degree or equivalent experience in international development or related subject
- At least 5 years of experience working in grants management and business development, ideally in a humanitarian and development context
- At least 3 years of experience leading M&E functions within a humanitarian organization
- Sound knowledge of donor regulations (in particular ECHO, US Government donor, UN agencies, FCDO)
- Good communicator with strong organizational, time management and analytical leadership skills
- Excellent inter-personal, cultural and diplomatic skills
- Working in a Non-governmental organization will be an added advantage.
The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way – Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Equality, Service, Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.