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  • Nutrition Officer at International Rescue Committee

  • Posted on: 4 October, 2019 Deadline: Not Specified
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  • The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and help people to survive, recover, and gain control of their future.

    Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees and displaced people forced to flee from war or disaster.

    At work today in over 40+ countries and in 29 U.S. cities, the IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure.

    Nutrition Officer


    Requisition ID: req6699

    Open to Expatriates: No

    Location: Kakuma, Kenya

    Job Description

    Working under the guidance and supervision of Nutrition Manager, the Nutrition Officer will be directly responsible for implementation of the Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition (IMAM) program, Blanket Supplementary Feeding Programme (BSFP), nutrition surveillance, nutrition education & counseling and promotion of maternal infant and young child nutrition in the camp.

    Key Responsibilities

    • Implement and supervise the inpatient and outpatient therapeutic feeding of severely malnourished under-fives while following the stipulated protocol.
    • Implement and supervise the supplementary feeding of the moderately malnourished under-fives, pregnant/lactating mothers, individuals with medical conditions.(HIV/AIDS & TB)
    • Implement comprehensive maternal and young child nutrition program (MIYCN) with strong Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) and Baby Friendly Community Imitative (BFCI) approaches.
    • Train and mentor the nutrition program staff and the integrated community health promoters through identification of capacity gaps and carrying out refresher training and on the job training.
    • Develop key messages in nutrition to the targeted beneficiaries, and ensure is delivered appropriately
    • Offer nutrition support through counseling to individuals with medical conditions including Comprehensive Care Clinic clients.
    • Participate in the annual health and nutrition surveys together with other stakeholders in the camp.
    • Plan and conduct Mass Muac screening of the under-fives on a quarterly basis in collaboration with the Community Health Promoters.
    • Work closely with the other nutrition related programs such as HIV/AIDS, Clinical Services and Community Health Programs in order to improve the nutrition situation.


    • Must be a holder of Bachelor of Science in Food Nutrition & Dietetics.
    • Must be registered with the (Kenya Nutritionist & Dieticians Institute) KNDI
    • Must been trained on IMAM and IYCF.
    • Must have Experience in implementation & management of acute malnutrition and other nutrition related programs.

    Required Experience & Competencies

    • Experience in working with IRC or any other humanitarian organization.
    • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
    • Experience working in hardship areas needed.
    • Ability to multitask and be flexible in the field.
    • Must be ready to work with people from different cultural backgrounds and refugees set up.
    • Please make sure to include copy of Certificate of Good Conduct in your application.

    Standards of Professional Conduct: The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way – Code of Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Harassment-Free Workplace, Fiscal Integrity, Anti-Retaliation, Combating Trafficking in Persons and several others.

    Gender Equality: IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowance.

    Kenyan nationals are encouraged to apply. International allowances are not available for this position. Salary and employee benefits are compliant to the Kenyan NGO Sector.

    IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.


    Please take note that International Rescue Committee (IRC) does not ask for any fees in connection with its recruitment processes.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to International Rescue Committee career website on rescue.csod.com to apply

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