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  • Posted: May 4, 2021
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  • The Save the Children Fund, commonly known as Save the Children, is an international non-governmental organization that promotes children's rights, provides relief and helps support children in developing countries
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    Health and Nutrition Officer

    ROLE PURPOSE

    Under the general guidance and direction of the Field Health and Nutrition Advisor, the health and nutrition officer will support implementation of all health and nutrition activities in the field. Implement and monitor health and nutrition activities of the NAWIRI project. Coordinate and work closely with County departments responsible for both health/nutrition specific and sensitive interventions, local partners, and communities. Lead implementation of all health and nutrition activities of the project, prepare reports and build capacity of the County staff and respective local communities. Promote best practices in health and nutrition programmes and contribute to the overall success of the NAWIRI project. Oversee implementation of health and nutrition activities at Sub – County level.

    KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY

    Strategic Planning and Programme Development

    • Familiarise with NAWIRI’s implementation strategy as informed by phase 1(Learning and research phase). Specifically, support implementation of the Health and Nutrition component of the NAWIRI strategy and ensure that nutrition-sensitive strategies and approaches are integrated into other thematic strategies.
    • Build on technical knowledge and understanding of the operations related to nutrition policy and services in Kenya, and how these policies can best work for the needs and peculiarities of Turkana County.
    • Ensure that programme activities support and demonstrate good practice in Child Safeguarding
    • Using a Child Rights Programming lens, ensure that NAWIRI health and nutrition programme is built around the Theory of Change and is regularly monitored.

    Advocacy and Policy Development

    • Actively participate in the development, review, dissemination and operationalisation of County level policies, legislation, strategies and other initiatives and developments by government and other stakeholders relating to nutrition, health, WASH and/or food security issues. 
    • Regularly assess and update management about any changes in the operating environment relevant to NAWIRI project and Save the Children’s priorities.
    • Support development of the County health and nutrition strategy and implementation plan including dissemination of nutrition advocacy messages for the NAWIRI project.
    • Monitor implementation of nutrition – related components of the advocacy strategy in the County.
    • Ensure visibility of the project in the field through participation and sharing of evidence, learning and recommendations from NAWIRI work in technical forums and meetings held at Sub – County level.
    • H/She will also pro- actively engage with other implementing partners during coordination meetings.

    Programme Quality

    • Monitor and provide timely, relevant, accurate input on overall technical aspects of NAWIRI Health and nutrition programme work in Turkana.
    • Work closely with other programme staff and consortium partners to ensure effective sequencing, layering and integration.
    • Provide relevant technical training and support to the County staff on IMAM, MIYCN, C4D,KAP, nutrition surveys and monitoring and evaluation, as required.
    • Prepare quality activity report to the Field Health and Nutrition Advisor to facilitate timely submission of technical progress performance reports that are of acceptable quality to the Health and Nutrition Lead.
    • Provide input during selection of partners and training of partners on health and nutrition.

    Monitoring and Evaluation

    • In collaboration with field – based M&E staff, ensure there is adherence to the project M&E framework.
    • Participate in collaborate, learn, and adapt (CLA) activities of the programme to ensure all NAWIRI interventions are working towards addressing persistent acute malnutrition.
    • Routinely monitor child safeguarding issues in the programme and take corrective actions such as modifying programme activities and/or report incidents, when required
    • Support timely dissemination of programme findings and lessons learned to key stakeholders at Sub – County level
    • Collect complaints and feedback during field activities and ensure that these are shared with MEAL officers for updating of the CFRM database.

    Other

    • Participate actively in PDQ programme meetings, planning and review activities, providing enhanced insight into nutrition programming.
    • Actively participate in key relevant internal meetings such as Programme Review Meetings or Area-based meetings as required.  Participate in any donor visit to project(s) within the country office portfolio, as required.  

    Contract Duration: 12 Months (with possibility of extension)

    Number of Vacancies: 1

    Work Location: Lodwar

    QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

    • Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Nursing (preferred), or other related health sciences.
    • At least 5 years demonstrated experience in implementation of health and nutrition programmes with preference given to nutrition programming in arid and semi-arid land (ASAL) settings.
    • Excellent understanding of the nutrition sector within the Kenyan context, particularly maternal, newborn and child nutrition issues including system approach to ending persistent acute malnutrition.
    • Clear understanding of nutrition resilience, hunger and food security issues in Kenya, particularly in the context of Turkana county.
    • Strong commitment to capacity building of county staff and partners with willingness to adopt a participatory and consultative approaches.
    • Good interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate and negotiate clearly and effectively at all levels with County government, local partners and community members while taking into consideration cultural and language difficulties.
    • Strong results orientation, with the ability to take initiative and challenge existing mindsets.
    • Excellent written and verbal skills in English, with ability to draft quality reports. Excellent verbal skills in Swahili; Knowledge of the local language and context will be a distinct advantage
    • Attention to detail, accuracy and timeliness in execution of assigned responsibilities
    • Ability to work in challenging and changing environment, and to see through challenges to find solutions.
    • Ability and willingness to dramatically change work practices and hours, and work with incoming surge teams, in the event of emergencies.
    • Qualified candidates from Turkana county are encouraged to apply.
    • Commitment to Save the Children values, including willingness to abide by and enforce the Child Safeguarding policy.

    THE ORGANIZATION

    We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard. 

     We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

    • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
    • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
    • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

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    Regional Security Coordinator (RSC)

    Under the supervision of the Regional Security Director, the Regional Security Coordinator (RSC) will provide support to ESARO Country Offices (12) through technical and operational assistance, monitoring the compliance to Save the Children Security Risk Management Plans of all Country Offices in the region; and on all aspects of staff safety and security and by ensuring appropriate systems are in place at country level; and in reviewing and analysing incident reports and security updates.  In addition, the Regional Security Coordinator (RSC) will be available to deploy, sometimes at very short notice, to SCI declared emergencies to ensure safety and security management is part of the emergency response. The Regional Security Coordinator (RSC) will be expected to be able to Train (Trainer), with past experience and ability to facilitate both Face to Face Training and also Virtual Training for Regional Office and Country Office staff throughout East and Southern Africa Region.

    Essential

    • Bachelor’s degree or Diploma from a recognized university/institution.
    • Not less than four (4) years’ experience working for INGO or UN in relevant fields.
    • Effective technical/instructional writing skills.
    • Fluency in English: understanding, spoken & written.
    • Good analytical and organizational skills with the ability to manage tasks independently.
    • Good leadership and communication (interpersonal, verbal and written) skills.
    • Commitment to the aims and principles of Save the Children.  In particular, a good understanding of the Save the Children mandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin all aspects of the job.
    • Excellent computer skills with solid knowledge of Microsoft software.
    • Experience in facilitating training using modern methods-including Virtual Training.
    • Experience and willingness to travelling to foreign countries preferred.
    • Experience in a multi-cultural environment necessary.
    • Experience in conducting Security Assessments is essential.
    • Experience of having worked in High Risk Country/Countries is an added advantage (eg South Sudan, Somalia, Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria etc)

    Contract duration: 2 years

    Location: Save the Children operates in 12 countries within the East and Southern Africa Region i.e. South Sudan, Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

    This role will be based in any Country Office with SCI Presence under National Contract terms.

    The Organisation

    We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection.  We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard. 

     We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

    • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
    • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
    • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

    We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children.  We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

    Application Information:

    Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations. 

    Method of Application

    Use the link(s) below to apply on company website.

     

    Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.

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