Health and Nutrition Coordinator

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 12 June 2020

Job Description

Country: Mali Department: International Programs

Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:

International Medical Corps is a global humanitarian nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.

Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in areas worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at high risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.

Background

International Medical Corps is responding to the crisis in Northern Mali since 2013.While the security situation remains volatile in the whole country, International Medical Corps is supporting the Malian government in improving and strengthening the health systems through capacity building, infrastructure and workforce development, and technical assistance. Since 2015, International Medical Corps is seeking to transition from emergency to sustainable longer term development programming in Mali.

Gender-based violence rates in Mali significantly increased during the recent conflict in the north. The harm caused by sexual violence goes beyond those directly affected, causing painful social disruptions within families and communities. Besides promoting clinical and psychosocial care in a confidential, competent and compassionate manner, we focus on building community resilience and providing support to survivors through 15 health facilities in Gourma-Rharous and Timbuktu districts and two mobile clinics in Taoudeni district.

Since 2018, International Medical Corps has extended its interventions in Segou region by integrating reproductive health, nutrition and protection/GBV services.

Job Purpose

The primary function of the Health and Nutrition Coordinator includes supporting the Timbuktu Field Coordinator in the implementation of Health, Nutrition and WASH in facilities activities, reporting and reinforcing the technical capacity of the Ministry of Health staff through day-to-day supervision, mentoring and coaching as well as training. The Health and Nutrition Coordinator is expected to contribute in building sustainable interventions in promoting integration of nutrition services into the health services package and responsible for maintaining regular contact with all partners.

This position reports to the Field Coordinator, maintains an open line of communication with the Finance & Administration Director especially for budgetary matters, with the Programs Coordinator for programmatic aspects and with the Medical Director for technical public health aspects. The Field Coordinator is the line manager of all field-based sector leads.

Main Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation. The tasks listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all-inclusive

General International Medical Corps code of conduct and ethics

  • Actively promote PSEA (Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse) standards within International Medical Corps and amongst beneficiaries served by International Medical Corps.
  • Ensure application and compliance of security protocols and policies ; serve as security focal point in the field sites

Program Finance, Logistics and Administration

  • Prepare detailed work plan and budget plan for health and nutrition activities and ensure implementation of planned activities according to the work plan adhering to the budget according to IMC standards and oversee program spending per budgets and pipelines

    Support and motivate program/logistics/ administrative/finance staff in their work, by ensuring appropriate training, coaching and supervision by technical leads

  • Lead on staff recruitment and conduct performance monitoring in collaboration with HR, ensure that standards and protocols are adhered to
  • Coordinate very closely with logistics in order to ensure that there is no break in nutrition program supplies.
  • Organize and follow-up on all other procurement needed for the project

Capacity Building and Coordination

  • Assess the training needs of health and nutrition staff; develop a training program to meet these needs; conduct health and nutrition training for relevant project staff and MOH counterparts, focusing on all aspects of community-based management of acute malnutrition (CMAM), IYCF and health (such as EPI, SRH, IMCI)
  • Represent International Medical Corps in Health and Nutrition coordination meetings at regional and district levels with the government bodies, international agencies, other NGOs and donors
  • Create and maintain smooth relations and open collaboration with Government and local stakeholders and serve as the health and nutrition resource person

Program Implementation and Development

  • Responsible for ensuring the achievement the overall grant timeline and completion date
  • Provides direction and monitor staff in their implementation of the work plan and quality of technical activities
  • Closely monitor the implementation of the IMC’s health programs against agreed work plans, performance targets, and budgets to ensure that programming is on track and of high quality.
  • Assist in business development by providing technical input for proposals.
  • Support the collection and timely reporting of data and statistics for health programs in line with IMC guidelines and according to internal and donor requirements.
  • Identify potential nutrition /nutrition-related and health projects for development and lead on the concept note or proposal development while liaising with interested partners and stakeholders
  • Plan and conduct nutritional and health assessments and surveys following the national approved survey protocol and feed assessments results into proposals.
  • Ensure strong linkage of health and nutrition components with other components of the project such, GBV, WASH and disaster prevention and preparedness
  • Ensure proper functioning of reporting systems for regular assessment, monitoring and evaluation of the program against its objectives and expected results and conduct critical monitoring of all aspects of Health, CMAM and IYCF programs, and identify areas of concern. Submit workable solutions for identified challenges
  • Follow up of project implementation to review progress towards objectives through organizing regular review meetings, update and experience sharing meeting among staffs.
  • Oversee IMC’s staff across the field sites and provide technical support and direct supervision of field site support staff and collaboration with district medical team on proper implementation of the service.

Implementation of the Feedback and Complaint Mechanism

  • Ensure all IMC staff are trained on the IMC Accountability Code;
  • Ensure all staff implements the accountability code through the information of beneficiaries, communicates to all beneficiaries on the activities of IMC, the mode and conditions of acquisition by the beneficiaries, posting in the zones of total free of charge the posters on local languages,
  • Inform beneficiaries about their right and the existence of the circuit to formulate complaints in case of non-satisfaction so that corrective measures are applied;
  • Assist staff in charge of satisfaction questionnaire administration to perform their work independently without interference;
  • Collaborate with M & E Officer, accountability Focal Point on the field about vulgarizing accountability framework for providing all necessary information to enable the proper implementation of the complaints management mechanism and its functioning;
  • Work with M&E officer to ensure that feedback from communities is part of the M&E exercises, and features in M&E and program reports;

Representation

  • Represent IMC to donor bodies, the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, UN agencies, other NGOs and local authorities
  • Work closely with the Local Government Units and ensure a smooth communication about our interventions
  • Contribute to the creation of a positive image and overall credibility of the organization, notably through the application of the organizations Code of Conduct, ethics, values and stand-point with regard to internal and external actors.

Reporting

  • Develop, implement and evaluate quality assurance measures and ensure appropriate follow up.
  • Prepare and provide regular monthly progress reports in coordination with the M&E Officer
  • Lead the production of reports and ensure the timeliness and accuracy of information provided, as well as ensuring confidentiality of sensitive information.

Security and safety

  • Consistently and proactively monitor/assess the safety and security of field teams, promptly reporting concerns or incidents to IMC management and liaising with other external parties as required to maintain/enhance the security environment.

Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

  • Actively promote PSEA (Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse) standards within International Medical Corps and amongst beneficiaries served by International Medical Corps.


Code of Conduct

It is our shared responsibility and obligation to prevent matters involving Sexual Exploitation & Abuse, Trafficking in Persons, Child Safeguarding and any suggested violation to our Code of Conduct, which may involve Conflicts of Interest, Fraud, Corruption or Harassment. If you see, hear or are made aware of any suggested activities then you have an obligation to report.

Qualifications:

  • Medical doctor with Master’s degree or Bachelor degree in Nutrition
  • Trained on CMAM, IYCF, and PHC including Clinical Management of Rape (CMR)

Experience

  • At least 5 years of experience in Health and Nutrition in harsh environments and complex security contexts
  • Proven experience in emergency nutrition settings, BCC, PHC, SHC and others like CMAM, IYCF, major epidemic diseases surveillance and epidemic/outbreak investigation and response
  • Experience in budget and administration logistics and Human Resources management
  • Experience of facilitation of training review meetings and workshops
  • Experience on writing / developing project proposals including implementation reports
  • Experience reading, analysing and interpreting data and familiarity with nutrition surveys (Coverage, standard and KAP surveys)
  • Knowledge of Mali especially Northern Mali, or the Sahel area
  • Advanced proficiency in the use of MS Office, and other computer applications


Languages

  • Fluency in both French and English is essential
  • Speaking Bambara or Songhai language is preferred


Competencies

  • Ability to read, write, analyse and interpret, technical and non-technical information
  • Ability to cope with stress and hardship;
  • Patience, flexibility and willingness to work additional hours in order to meet tight deadlines
  • Ability to work effectively with government, community leaders, international/national organizations, donors, partners and other International Medical Corps relationships.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond appropriately to questions from senior managers in the field and HQ, counterparts, senior government and rebel leaders and other related regional key stakeholders.


Equal Opportunities

International Medical Corps is proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran.

About the Organization

International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.

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