Health and Nutrition Program Manager

Kabala, Sierra Leone
Apply by 5 August 2018
Mid-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 6 June 2018

Job Description

Job Title: Health and Nutrition Program Manager (PM II)

Location: Kabala

Department: Education

Reports to: Chief of Party

Start Date: 1st October 2018

*The position is contingent on donor funding.

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is seeking an Health and Nutrition Program Manager for an anticipated 4-year McGovern Dole Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program in Sierra Leone which aims to reduce hunger and improve literacy and nutrition among school-age students, especially girls. The Health and Nutrition Program Manager’s role will be to lead complementary activities at school and community levels, including teacher training, Cooks and school comittees training on improving nutrition and hygiene skills and practices, and existing education activities in the Koinadugu District. Through the delivery of school meals, literacy/education and nutrition activities, McGovern-Dole Food for Education promotes primary school enrollment, attendance, and literacy results.


Since 2015, CRS Sierra Leone in line with the Government of Sierra Leone’s commitment to support basic education for all, has been implementing the third phase of the McGovern Dole Food for Education (FFE) program - “All Pikin for Learn”. Funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA); “All Pikin for Learn” is an integrated education program - with school feeding as a major component- designed to improve the quality and relevance of education, encourage complete cycle of primary education for vulnerable and marginalized children, especially girls; improve nutrition and increase community involvement and government investment in education for long term sustainability. CRS is supporting the national government roll out a national school feeding program with emphasis on local production, local procurement and nutrition. This home-grown school feeding approach and CRS support is aimed at transitioning the school feeding in Sierra Leone from external funding to national ownership and sustainability.

The anticipated 4-year program is to be implemented in seven most vulnerable chiefdoms of Koinadugu and Falaba Districts. The program is implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, collaborating ministries (Health, and Agriculture) together with local and international partners.


CRS is seeking a Nutrition and Health Program Manager to be based in the Koinadugu District headquarter town of Kabala in the north of Sierra Leone. The Health and Nutrition Manager is a key position on the anticipated program with the responsibility to promote school health and nutrition, including dietary practices both at school and community level. The program manager will lead efforts to promote meal diversity, school health and nutrition education, school health clubs, social behavior change messages both at school and community level, deworming, WASH in schools and supporting the national government develop school health nutrition policies. S/he will further support coordination efforts between relevant ministries and departments as well as support assessments to identify health and nutrition needs of vulnerable groups.

The Health and Nutrition Program Manager is field based and will support the Chief of Party (COP) in the overall management of the “All Pikin for Learn” program and take on all health and nutrition related activities, including the management of nutrition field agents in the field.

S/he will provide oversight to health and nutrition initiatives of the program and will take the lead in the design, implementation, monitoring and reporting of all training related activities of the MGD project either implemented directly by CRS or in collaboration with government and partners.

The Health and Nutrition Program Manager is expected to spend up to 30% of his or her time in the project schools working with Nutrition Coaches Supervisors, Nutrition Coaches, Teachers, SMC members and School Supervisors of the Ministries of Education Science and Technology (MEST) and Health in Koinadugu and Falaba office.


  • Lead the promotion of and provide technical oversight and direction for health and nutrition as an integral part of the MGD project.
  • In collaboration with the GoSL Nutrition Team, assess nutrition gaps and develop nutrition-sensitive interventions to enhance the health and nutrition of project beneficiaries.
  • Lead the development of materials, key messages and trainings in schools and communities to promote health and nutrition.
  • Enhance meal planning, dietary diversity and nutrition and health practices amongst pupils in project schools.
  • Ensure effective partnerships, coordination and collaboration between key project stakeholders, including Ministry of Health, collaborating ministries and relevant departments and agencies.
  • Manage the relationship with relevant government ministries, departments and agencies, other decentralized departments, as well as nutrition and health partners.
  • Develop and maintain effective and mutually beneficial relationships with other key health and nutrition stakeholders.
  • Together with the MEAL Manager, organize learning to action sessions on a quarterly basis.
  • Document, report and share lessons learned from program implementation.
  • Play an integral role in preparing reports of all training activities.
  • Contribute to the preparation of bi-annual reports to be submitted to the USDA via the office of the Chief of Party.


These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

  • Set clear goals and manages toward them
  • Collaborate effectively with staff and stakeholders
  • Manage financial resources with integrity
  • Applies program quality standards to project design and organizational learning

Agency-Wide Competencies (For All CRS Staff)

These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

  • Serves with Integrity
  • Models Stewardship
  • Cultivates Constructive Relationships
  • Promotes Learning

Experience of working in the field of nutrition and public health

  • Experience in the formulation, planning, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of nutrition related.
  • Working knowledge of national policy for food security and health nutrition;
  • Experience of working with the structures of the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Local Governance and Rural Development or other departments, or the United Nations system;
  • Experience in project management
  • Experience of report writing; both for technical use and for sharing of best practices.


  • Experience in micro-nutrient powder supplementation
  • Experience with Social Behavior Change Communication
  • Budget management experience
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Research skills



  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Ability to communicate with a variety of stakeholders;
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Experience of team working
  • Ability to work on own initiative under pressure and tight deadlines in a busy environment and competing demands
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook) and the Internet
  • Good presentation skills
  • Excellent numeracy skills


  • Maintain effective working relationships with NGOs, WFP, local authorities, implementing partners and other civil society players

Key Working Relationships

Internal: Work with Chief of Party, Program Managers, Program Officers, Area Manager and other CRS staff

External: Partner NGOs, Teachers, Pupils, SMCs, Ministry of Health and its departments. and other school stakeholders.

Supervisory Responsibility

  • WASH Program Manager Nutrition Field Agents

Qualifications & Experience

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in Nutrition
  • Minimum of 5 years field work with an INGO
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Computer literate in word and excel
  • Ability and willingness live in and travel to remote areas
  • Ability to work under pressure, handles multiple tasks, and meets deadlines
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team

Disclaimer Clause: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties and responsibilities associated with the position. The position is contingent on donor funding.

NOTE: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

About the Organization

Catholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States. Our mission is to assist the poor and disadvantaged, leveraging the teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to alleviate human suffering, promote development of all people, and to foster charity and justice throughout the world. Working through local offices and an extensive network of partners, CRS operates on five continents and in 98 countries. We aid the poor by first providing direct assistance where needed, then encouraging people to help with their own development. Together, these approaches foster secure, productive, just communities that enable people to realize their potential. As the official international relief and development agency of the U.S. Catholic community, CRS is also committed to educating the people of the United States to fulfill their moral responsibilities toward our global brothers and sisters by helping the poor, working to remove the causes of poverty, and promoting social justice.