IYCF-E Officer:- urgently needed


The IYCF officer has the responsibility to ensure high quality IYCF activities, closely coordinated an integrated with CMAM program run by SCI in the same Woredas. The IYCF Officer ensures activities fit within the framework of the National Nutrition Program and ensures good relations with local stakeholders and partner in the operational area.

KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:

  • The incumbent will be expected to ensure that all caretakers of the beneficiaries at the distribution sites OTP and TSFP have get the IYCF counselling by the health extension workers of each program.
  • Accomplish project site activities and supporting of community-based groups – HDAs, mother support groups, local committees, etc.
  •  Participate in providing IYCF technical support to Woredas, SCI and partners CMAM and IYCF staff.
  •  Ensure that all staff understand and implement the IYCF program guidelines.
  • Ensure appropriate and consistent education messaging to mothers (at PHC, Hospitals, HCs and community levels).
  • Advise the best feeding options/ practices and follow ups as appropriate.
  • Participate in the development of mother support groups and mother-baby areas.
  • Participate in developing regular work plans for the HWS, HEWs, CMAM officer, HDAs, mother support etc.
  •  Spot and address appropriately the violations of the code of marketing of breast-milk substitutes and violations of the MOH guidelines.
  • The position holder will be expected ensures the availability of teaching aid and IEC materials for program implementation.
  •  Act as an effective member in promoting, supporting and protecting IYCF practices (give IYCF awareness sessions and IYCF individual counselling sessions as necessary).
  • Give support to CMAM team members as necessary.
  • Ensure that IYCF tools are properly utilized and documented; prepare IYCF reports regularly and submit to project coordinators.
  •  Link between CMAM team and IYCF team (such as promoting excellent communication and referral between IYCF counsellor, IYCF educator and CMAM).
  • Assist in the development and review of educational material (IEC /BCC).
  • Prepare training materials and conduct IYCF trainings when necessary.
  • With support from M & E officer, Make sure all IYCF records are regularly filled and submitted (awareness sessions, database of counselled cases, etc.)
  • Liaise with ZHO, WHO,  and Health facilities and ensure the quality of  IYCF/Nutrition  capacity building activities are technically sound, aligned with proposed  implementation plan and adhere  to standard guidelines;
  •  Provide mothers with practical advice on correct attachment and positioning when   breastfeeding, timely introduction of complementary foods and respond to any concerns or local taboos associated with IYCF.
  •  Upholds the image and values of SC at all times.
  • Assure the availability of IYCF training and counselling materials prior to any training.
  • Support community assessments related to CMAM & IYCF and strengthen capacity of various health, agriculture, and other sectors’ front line workers to improve the quality of nutrition intervention.
  •  Along with other SCI & partner staffs, conduct regular follow up site visits to provide support quality implementation, and document field all through submission of complete, accurate and timely feedback reports.
  • Ensure IYCF indicator well captured and adhere to the national protocol guideline by CMAM team.
  • Make sure that Mothers are counselled with the resource available at HH and proper understand.
  •  Make sure that Mother who need special counselling are identified, linked and followed well for behaviour change.
  • Support the mothers suffering from insufficient milk production with advice on re-lactation.
  •   Perform other extra duties as required

Job Requirements

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Nurse or midwife with at least 6 years’ experience for Diploma and 4 years BSc degree
  • Knowledge of best infant and young child feeding practices in Emergency Context and a willingness to learn
  • Capacity to keep accurate records of activities and report in a timely manner
  • Willingness to live and work in difficult situations
  • Understanding Afar  culture and norms

Very good in written and Spoken English and local language is mandatory

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