Job Title: Officer Health and Nutrition
Reports to: Manager, Health and Nutrition – Turkana
Administratively: County Programmes Manager
Direct Reports: Intern Health and Nutrition
Job Location: Loima- Turkana (Candidates must be legally entitled to work in Kenya at the time of application – National Position)
Contract Details: Fixed Term , One(1) Year Contract, renewable subject to availability of funds.
Responsible for quality programme delivery at the Sub County level by providing technical leadership, guidance and support to the Sub County Health Management Team to strengthen their capacity and skills in the implementation of High Impact Nutrition interventions (HINI) through an integrated health systems strengthening approach; and to work with community groups building the community resilience and strengthening their knowledge and capacity on health and nutrition services and appropriate care taking.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
- Provide technical support to MoH on delivery of High Impact Nutrition intervention components at health facilities and when need be outreach sites;
- Work with partners to implement work plans as agreed;
- In partnership with the Sub-County Health Management Team(SCHMT) including the Sub County Medical Officer in charge of health (SCMOH), Sub County Public Health Nurse, Sub-County Nutrition Coordinator, Public Health Officers and the hospital nutritionist develop and implement monthly work plans for the Sub-county;
- Liaise with MoH at County and Sub-County level to promote ownership and integration of nutrition services into existing medical systems including the development of a concrete plan of action for the programme at the health facilities;
- Ensure programme quality control through implementation of monthly and quarterly M&E;
- Support the rural health facilities to establish referral systems and create referral links for access to in-patient and other services beneficial to the beneficiaries not provided by the rural health facilities;
- Support with operationalizing of community Units and community mobilization activities; plan trainings, routinely engage Community Health Volunteers and Community Health Assistants;
- Oversee and coordinate the implementation of MIYCN activities at the health facilities and at the community;
- Document the Programme implementation process to generate lesson learning as well as case studies;
- Participate in coordination of and data collection for, KPC, SMART and coverage surveys to assesses the nutrition situation of the target population;
- Preparing of monthly/quarterly reports and briefs;
- Attend and represent Concern in Sub-county meetings/fora e.g. Sub-county Steering Group(SCSG), Sub-county Nutrition Coordination meeting among others as may be required;
- Liaising with Logistics, IT, Transport, Finance and HR departments in Nairobi to provide logistical and administrative support to the program.
- Adhere to and promote the standards outlined in the Concern Code of Conduct and associated policies to their team, beneficiaries, and be committed to providing a safe working environment
- Participating and contributing towards Concern’s emergency response, as and when necessary
- Take all possible measures to meet Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS)
- Any other duties as assigned by the Line Manager
Minimum Education, Qualifications & Experience Required:
- A Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics with solid experience/background in Nutrition. Strong clinical competence and knowledge of maternal and child health will be added advantage.
- At least three (3) years’ experience in Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition programming in both a development and emergency context.
- An understanding of the context, prior experience working and/or living in Turkana County is highly desirable.
- Experience and knowledge of MoH systems, particularly at County level.
- Good understanding of cross cutting issues- gender, HIV and AIDS, DRR, etc. and how to integrate them into public health and nutrition programmes.
Preference will be given to candidates who possess the following:
- Good computing and report writing skills
- Able to work independently, as well as in a team
- Strong leadership and management skills
- High integrity and demonstrated ability to follow standards and policies
- Ability to work in a systematic and organized manner and to tight deadlines
- Fluent in both spoken and written English and Kiswahili. Fluency in local language/s skills is an added advantage.
- Takes responsibility for own actions and outputs to ensure quality outcomes
- Willing to challenge or question others constructively when appropriate
- Ready to accept changes as new situations arise
- Ensures decisions are based on accurate information and actively seeks out information as needed
Safeguarding at Concern: Code of Conduct and its Associated Policies
Concern has an organisational Code of Conduct (CCoC) with three Associated Policies; the Programme Participant Protection Policy (P4), the Child Safeguarding Policy and the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Policy. These have been developed to ensure the maximum protection of programme participants from exploitation, and to clarify the responsibilities of Concern staff, consultants, visitors to the programme and partner organisation, and the standards of behaviour expected of them. In this context, staff have a responsibility to the organisation to strive for, and maintain, the highest standards in the day-to-day conduct in their workplace in accordance with Concern’s core values and mission. Any candidate offered a consultancy opportunity with Concern Worldwide will be expected to sign the Concern Code of Conduct and Associated Policies as an appendix to their consultancy contract. By signing the Concern Code of Conduct, candidates acknowledge that they have understood the content of both the Concern Code of Conduct and the Associated Policies and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these policies. Additionally, Concern is committed to the safeguarding and protection of vulnerable adults and children in our work. We will do everything possible to ensure that only those who are suitable to do consultancy work or volunteer with vulnerable adults and children are recruited by us for such roles. Subsequently, being hired as a consultant with Concern is subject to a range of vetting checks, including criminal background checking.
Concern’ is the trading name of ‘Concern Worldwide’, a company limited by guarantee, registered number 39647; registered charity number CHY 5745, registered in Ireland, registered address is 52-55 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2, Ireland. Follow Concern online: www.concern.net
How to apply
Interested candidates, who meet the above requirements, should send a detailed CV with three referees and Cover Letter Only to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject of the email as “Officer Health and Nutrition – Loima’’ on or before Monday 3rd April 2023 “. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview.
Concern Worldwide is an equal opportunity employer and does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (for application, written test, interview, training, medical examination etc.) nor act through recruitment agents. This is applicable for all opportunities including staff and interns.