Technical Officer Nutrition Job At FHI360
FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in health, education, nutrition, environment, economic development, civil society, gender, youth, research and technology — creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today’s interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 70 countries and all U.S. states and territories. We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of: Technical Officer, Nutrition
Technical Officer Job Purpose
- The Technical Officer, Nutrition will work closely with the Nutrition Specialist, the agricultural specialist, M&E Specialist, County Nutrition officer, APHIA plus Technical Nutrition Officers and other NHPplus staff to provide programmatic and technical support for NHPplus supported activities at county level.
- He /She will be responsible for implementing the three component service model for NHPplus within respective county government(s) which includes Nutrition Assessment counselling and Support (NACS), High Impact Nutrition Interventions (HINI), Integrated Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM), Maternal Infant and Young Child Nutrition (MIYCN) activities and strategies based on the approved NHPplus work plan. The Technical Officer, will also assist the county government(s) to develop and implementation of the county advocacy plan. This position shall report to the Deputy Chief of Party.
Technical Officer Job Responsibilities
- Support the facilities at county level in the integration of Nutrition Assessment counselling and Support (NACS) activities, including comprehensive scale up High Impact Nutrition Interventions (HINI) in the respective county(s).
- Support implementation of integrated / community management of acute malnutrition (IMAM/CMAM) at facility and community levels within respective county.
- Provide technical assistance to county in the implementation of Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) and Baby Friendly Community Initiative(BFCI).
- Support facilities and community units with technical assistance to implement a sustainable, Social and Behaviour Change (SBC) approach using BFCI model for advocacy to key decision makers, interpersonal communication for health care workers, community health volunteers and mass mobilization.
- Support the facility Capacity building activities on the use of electronic reporting platforms for nutrition commodities and nutrition service data reporting.
- Support the county to conduct monthly pipeline and order management for facilities and ensure that there are no stock outs of any nutrition commodities.
- Conducting joint facility supervision visits with county nutrition coordinator on inventory management and nutrition service data transcription and reporting practices.
- Assist community units conduct demonstrations on food preparation at household level, strategies on diet diversity; also conduct health talks to mother to mother support groups and caregivers of children on basic food safety and WASH.
- Provide assistance in dissemination of job aids on NACS, BFCI, Clinical guidelines at facility and community levels.
- Provide technical support to Feed the Future (FtF) partners to integrate nutrition sensitive approaches for improving food utilization and dietary diversity.
- Prepare progress reports for all activities based on indicators identified in the performance monitoring plan.
- Assist county nutrition technical forum secretariat to organize, document and share key outcomes of these meetings.
- Provide technical assistance to county on quantification of nutrition commodities to ensure planning and effective management of nutrition commodities.
- Work with NHPplus staff to provide input to work plans, budgets, and quarterly and annual reports.
- In consultation with Nutrition Specialist, act as a technical resource for county on issues relation to nutrition and respond to requests for technical information and assistance on nutrition.
- Represent NHPplus at key meetings at county level, e.g., county steering group, county health stakeholders forum, county nutrition technical forum and any other forums on nutrition and health, as needed.
- Coordinate with other implementing and service delivery partners (e.g., APHIA plus, UNICEF, institutions of higher learning, and regional organizations) to track progress, review results, and address challenges for joint activities related to nutrition and health.
Qualifications For Technical Officer Job
- Strong analytical skills and ability to organize diverse information in a systematic way are essential.
- Excellent interpersonal, oral/written communication, and organizational skills.
- Ability to work with others to translate technical materials into practical tools and approaches and to communicate these options using print, electronic, and presentation services.
- Ability to write concisely and clearly in English and good presentation skills, both written and oral.
- Ability to work in a team consisting of people with different technical backgrounds and with people with varying levels of technical training.
- Ability to facilitate relationships and interact smoothly and effectively with clients and colleagues.
- Ability to travel up to 40% of the time.
- Computer literacy with good Excel, MS Word, Outlook, and Power Point skills.
- University degree in Nutrition, Food science, Dietetics or other relevant Nutrition disciplines with 5-7 years’ experience or Master’s degree in above mentioned disciplines would be an added advantage with 3-5 years’ experience in nutrition.
- Experience with USAID-funded activities, especially with PEPFAR activities, is essential. This can include experience in:
- Maternal infant and young child nutrition,
- Baby Friendly Hospital initiative
- Integrated / Community management of acute malnutrition (IMAM/CMAM),
- High impact nutrition interventions for child survival and development,
- Nutrition Assessment Counselling and Support,
- HIV prevention or care and support,
- Food security programming, or
- Monitoring and evaluation in Nutrition projects
- Field experience in the ASAL counties is essential as this position will be based in the county(s).
- Knowledge of the Scaling up Nutrition movement and Kenya Nutrition Action Plan is essential.
- Ability to speak local language is preferred.
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