Reporting to: Care Group Supervisor and Area Program Coordinator (Nairobi)
Duty Station: Based in Nairobi – Viwandani ward, Makadara Sub-County
About the Job:
Feed the Children in conjunction with the County Department of Health Services, is implementing a Care Group project in Viwandani ward, Makadara Sub County, Nairobi County, aimed at improving the knowledge, attitudes and care practices of caregivers around Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition (MIYCN), Hygiene and Sanitation. This is achieved through dissemination of health and nutrition education messages to Care Group Volunteers (CGVs) in the Care Groups for onward communication to beneficiary caregivers in the community.
The model represents an effective behavior change communication strategy for promoting equitable beneficiary contact capable of producing measurable changes in health and nutrition indicators.
The Care Group Promoters role is to train and supervise the CGVs in their community on behavior change by providing Health and Nutrition information in the community and facilitate and organize participatory learning sessions to Care Group Volunteers under directions of the care group supervisor.
- Coordinate Food & Nutrition and WASH local-level activities and maintain cooperation with other community-level institutions and health facilities.
- Facilitate participatory learning sessions (CG meetings) with each of his/her 10-12 Care Group Volunteers (CGVs) every 2 weeks, following the lessons plan in the educational material provided.
- Hold bi-weekly meetings with the local leadership committee in the community to coordinate, monitor and evaluate.
- Attend bi-weekly training and reporting meetings provided by the supervisor and the module training sessions to accurately replicate trainings given to the CGVs, sharing correct information, and demonstrating skills learned.
- Model the Health, Nutrition and Sanitation behaviors he/she teaches CGVs in their own homes.
- Visit, monitor and evaluate each CGV at least quarterly.
- Supervise CGVs work by accompanying them on home visits and observe them leading group meetings using the quality verification checklist.
- Support other program activities, such as National Nutrition days, distribution of vitamins (A) deworming medicine and weighing children under 5 years.
- Support follow up of the implementation of WASH activities in the assigned Community Health Units.
- Attend training and coordination meetings at the sub-county level, providing verbal feedback and written reports of activities completed.
- Prepare monthly progress reports based on the CGV and Neighbor Women’s (NW) registers.
- Support Community Health Unit activities in the assigned area
- Carry out monthly supportive supervision of CHVs activities and conduct joint monthly data review of indicators with CHVs and CHAs.
- Support and participate in periodic community engagements held with other FEED teams to enhance Child wellbeing and integrate sponsorship in other programming activities.
- Support child sponsorship activities during enrolment and updates in Viwandani.**
- Assist with necessary preparations during community mobilization and sensitization on Child protection activities.
- Perform any other duty assigned.
Minimum Qualifications and Requirements:
- Diploma in Nutrition, Public Health/Environmental Health or Community Health
- Must be Registered with relevant certifying bodies e.g. KNDI, PHOTC etc.
- Experience in implementation of health and nutrition programs in urban’s informal settlements.
- Good computer skills, including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
- Conversant with the national guidelines on IMAM, IYCF and high impact nutrition interventions.
- Knowledge of community-based approaches to improving nutrition and food security.
- Excellent interpersonal relationship.
- Excellent communications skills – both oral and written.
- Highly motivated, self-starter able to work on own initiative in difficult conditions.
- Good team player, flexible.
- Excellent in English, Swahili languages. **
- Conversant with child protection rights and related policies.**
- Accurate data entry skills.
- Proven ability to work with strict confidentiality on children matters
- Field Based staff in Viwandani ward with 20% travelling to the Nairobi Gigiri Office.
Level of Contact with Children:
- High contact- the job responsibilities of this position require the post holder to have frequent contact with children. It is expected that children shall always be protected.
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Reporting to: Nairobi Area program coordinator/ Food & Nutrition Pillar Manager
Line Managing: Care group Promoters
Feed the Children in conjunction with County Department of Health Services seeks to implement a project in Nairobi-Viwandani ward- aimed at improving food and nutrition security of pregnant & lactating women as well as women with children less than 5 years.
This will be achieved through promotion of health and nutrition education messages using the Care Group model.
The model represents an effective Behavior Change Communication strategy for promoting equitable beneficiary contact capable of producing measurable changes in health and nutrition indicators.
The Care Group Supervisor will be responsible for training and supervising the Promoter(s) on behavior change by providing Health & Nutrition information & technical support, facilitate and organize participatory learning sessions for Promoters under directions of the Area program coordinator with technical support from Manager in the Food and Nutrition Pillar.
- · Coordinates with project partners, project staff, and County Department of Health Services and other stakeholders on upcoming community and regional-level activities and needs.
- · Responsible for the performance and professional development of promoters who report to him/her.
- · Ensure quality facilitation and delivery of Essential Hygiene Actions/ Essential Nutrition Actions modules through care groups model.
- · Reviews flip charts lesson plans with promoters once per month and ensures they understand the information well and can teach the information in a participatory manner.
- · Collects promoter monthly reports, reviews the reports and ensures the information presented is reasonable and complete.
- · Prepares a monthly report using the information provided by promoters.
- · Maintains a filling system in the project office to ensure copies of the promoters’ reports, supervisor’s reports and quality improvement and verification checklist (QIVCs) are easily accessible.
- · Supervises each of the promoters reporting to him/her in the field, at least twice per month, and conducts QIVCs and completes all sections of the promoter supervision check list every quarter.
- · Liaises with the appropriate people in a timely and professional manner to ensure that financial, logistic and procurement issues required to implement project activities are dealt with and the promoters and CGVs have supplies necessary to do their jobs. (Flip charts, registers).
- · Cultivate and maintain good working relations with local communities and government representatives.
- · Assist in project review and documentation of lessons learnt for wider dissemination.
- · Prepare a monthly work plan and shares with the coordinator.
- · Attend Nutrition forums at the county and sub county levels.
- · Coordinate and Participate in project assessments and evaluations carried out in the program area as directed by the immediate supervisor.
- · In liaison with the sub-county department of health services, participate and support community health strategy activities and ensure adequate reporting and linkages with the link health facilities.
- · Ensure timely preparation of regular monitoring reports on on-going activities and timely submission and verification of reports.
- · Participate in national nutrition campaigns such as Malezi Bora campaigns and thematic days celebrations in the program area.
Qualifications: Education/Knowledge/Technical Skills and Experience
- Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics or related discipline.
- Broad understanding of food security issues in both rural areas and urban informal settlements.
- Good knowledge of conceptual framework of malnutrition.
- Experience in nutrition surveys and assessments.
- Competence in analytical computer software data analysis, writing and communication skills.
- Must have excellent documentation, communication, and analytical skills.
- An understanding of behavior change communication models/ approaches is an added advantage.
- Must be registered with the Kenya Nutrition and Dietetics Institute (KNDI).
If you meet the requirements of the above position, please send your application letter, detailed CV, phone and email contacts of three (3) references through email to : [email protected] by 5th May 2021.
We regret that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
Feed the Children is an Equal Opportunity Employer