Health & Nutrition Coordinator

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KEY Roles and Responsibilities:

 Program Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the implementation of the health and nutrition activities of project and ensuring that the quality standards and state of quality are met.
  • Work with the team in the preparation and reviewing the DIP, POPs, budgets, and other required program documents for the health and nutrition project
  • Plan and organize Outpatient Therapeutic Program (OTP) / Stabilization Center (SC) at designated distribution sites in liaison with the Program Manager;

·       Conducting SAM/MAM management training for health workers.

  • Ensure adequate triage / that new arrivals are seen as a priority;
  • Ensure cases not meeting admission criteria return home as early as possible and ensure the parent/caregiver understands why their child is not admitted;
  • Ensure that appropriate referrals take place to and from the Ministry of Health (MoH) and the OTP/SC;
  • Work with the Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) officers and Counselor to ensure that CMAM beneficiaries are referred to IYCF services when required;
  • Liaise with the Community Outreach/Nutrition Workers to provide effective follow-up of all cases – and particularly ensure the prompt tracing of children who are absent from the program;
  • Request specific children to be followed up as required (newly enrolled children, sick children, long-stay children, children not gaining weight, children with social problems etc.);
  • Ensure routine and essential drug are available and properly distributed for the care centers.
  • Ensure all the recordings and reporting’s are handled as per the standard
  • Liaises to the government bodies to assure all the required commodities are in placed
  • Ensure proper community mobilization through the local government structures.
  • Represent SCI and attend regular emergency nutrition coordinating meetings and share updates.
  • Assist in any other tasks when required.

Reporting :

  • Compile weekly and monthly reports and intermittently review the documents to assure quality of data’s and information’s.
  • Report any progress and any problems in a timely manner.
  • Attend and actively participate in the local nutrition forums, meeting and share to supervisor timely.
  • Regularly contact partners and strengthen partnering for efficient utilization of resources and effectiveness of responses.


T eam Supervision, Management and Capacity Building:

  • Support in recruitment and orientation of project field staff as needed
  • Coordinate the activities of the OTP/SC-IYCF team at the distribution point;
  • Re-define team composition as necessary – either during distributions (to avoid bottle-necks) or after discussion during team meetings;
  • Ensure all criteria are respected and understood by the teams, including admission, discharge and transfer to and from the various components of the program;
  • Ensure regular team meeting and create learning medium to capacitate staffs, identify gaps and provide feedback.
  • Train IYCF-E, CMAM and TSFP nurses accordingly and mentor them to fill gaps.
  • Attend regular nutrition meetings.

Supplies and Logistics:

  • Complete and submit order forms to the logistics team for materials, medicine and food requirements for each site a week in advance;
  • Ensure adequate availability of all medical and food supplies for each distribution, offer input into the creation and maintenance of a monthly distribution plan, and ensure stock is pre-positioned as planned with the Nutrition Program Manager and logistics team.

Advocacy and Communication :

  • Work with MoH staff and officials to ensure all aspects of the program are understood and agreed by MoH;
  • Working with the Community Mobilizer, ensure the engagement of community leaders or their designates for the organization of the arrivals outside of the center;
  • Liaise with the Community Mobilizer to ensure comprehensive community outreach and mobilization, health education and treatment. Check that all messages to carers, community groups, leaders and authorities are consistent and fully understood.

Budget management

  • Serve as budget holder of the project grant and ensuring that budget is used as per the plan and support in periodic project budget revisions as required
  • Liaise with Field Office manager and provide feedback on project BVA (budget V actual)
  • Track thematic cost and provide feedback to project managers to avoid underspend and overspend Documents findings and recommendations of field visits for follow-up actions; shares as appropriate


Job Requirements


·       MPH/Bachelor of Science degree in public health officer, Human nutrition, Nursing and other related fields.

·       Minimum Two years working experience for MPH and four years’ experience for BSC holders out of which two year experience directly related to  Emergency health & nutrition programs

·       Experience of emergency nutrition work (preferably CMAM) and implementation of feeding programs, including monitoring and evaluation;

·       Knowledge, training and experience in management of SAM with and without medical complication

·       Knowledge of the national nutrition program and the latest health related technical guidelines and standards in emergency nutrition and health.

·       Proven capacity of management, leadership and teamwork;

·       Excellent communication skills and a willingness to be respectful, kind, sensitive and empathize with all beneficiaries and their careers;

·       Willingness and capacity to be flexible and accommodating when faced with difficult and frustrating working conditions;

·       Demonstrable ability at report writing skills;

·       Prepared to live and work in an uncertain security environment;

·       Ability and willingness to frequently travel and stay at the field;

·       Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values and principles;

·       Fluency in written and spoken English. Speaking local languages is a plus advantage.

Computer literacy

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