Nutrition Manager

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 9 December 2019

Job Description

PROGRAM BACKGROUND

International Medical Corps works primarily in the insecure northern and eastern provinces of Central African Republic (CAR), namely Haute-Kotto, Vakaga, and Ouaka. Since 2007, IMC has been providing assistance to IDPs and host communities, with services including maternal and child health care, primary health care, secondary health care, nutrition, protection and mental health, activities. These services are provided to both at IDPs, and host communities.

International Medical Corps also supports government health facilities with medicines, supplies, health and nutrition care services, and the rehabilitation of health posts. To help those most in need, International Medical Corps operate mobile medical units throughout its area of operation in the country to offer vital health and nutrition care services to the country’s most isolated villages.

Increasing numbers of people are affected by intense conflict in several regions of the country, and many people are experiencing growing difficulties accessing assistance alongside the continued absence of essential services. Additionally, an increasing number of security incidents have affected the ability of humanitarian organizations to reach people in need.

JOB PURPOSE

The Nutrition Manager is primarily responsible for the design, implementation and management of the emergency nutrition interventions / programs. He/she will work in collaboration with the senior management team and health and nutrition teams in the field. The Nutrition manager will be based in Birao, Vakaga district and will travel to different IMC districts will be responsible for the technical management of International Medical Corps’ nutrition program to ensure the highest standards of service delivery and to ensure programs are in line with internationally accepted standards, relevant CAR Ministry of Health standards and IMC’s minimum standards.

He/she will supervise the implementation of International Medical Corps nutrition program in the field. Guided by the Nutrition Coordinator, the Nutrition Manager will ensure timely execution of nutrition program activities based on assessed and verified needs. He/she will also supervise the nutrition team of national staff and community volunteers and provide support in their capacity needs assessment and strengthening. He/she will work closely with the district nutrition focal person and directors and health staff team for the quality of nutrition services per health facilities. He/she will contribute in developing and implementing health management information system (HMIS) to monitor the progress and incorporate lessons within the nutrition program. He/she will help organize regular review meetings to assess progress, issues and undertake steps for further improvement at field level. He/She will provide program updates, reports and lesson learns at regular basis.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

Perform other duties as assigned. The duties and responsibilities listed in this document are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and not necessarily all inclusive.

Project Management

  • Overall responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of health facility and community-based IYCF and CMAM activities in the health facilities and MMU sites in coordination with nutrition coordinator, medical director and program coordinator and field managers.
  • Support the government health system implementation of CMAM and IYCF activities in the program area to respect the quality and implementation according to international and national best practice guidelines
  • Provide ongoing technical support to nutrition staff to implement high-quality services, through regular contact with individual staff, provision of training, job aids and guidelines in line with national and international guidelines.
  • Initiate and/ or strengthen the nutrition meetings at district level
  • Establish relationship of respect and trust with nutrition centers and communities and local authorities
  • In association with medical director, program coordinator, and medical staff in the field, provide technical guidance on IYCF and CMAM to support staff (IYCF, CMAM, health, and others as necessary) and MoH and other humanitarian actors as necessary to promote consistent good practice.
  • In collaboration with logistics and procurement teams, follows on nutrition supplies stocks level and facilitate its acquisition.
  • Ensure all staff understand and implement nutrition program guidelines on optimal IYCF practices and CMAM (SC, OTP, and TSFP).
  • Ensure that all staff understand protection risks associated with implementation of nutrition programs and put in place mitigating measures to reduce these risks and their consequences on nutrition clients, their caregivers, and other community members.
  • Ensure appropriate and consistent messaging to mothers, other caregivers and the community at all programming contact points (e.g. models mothers’ groups’ session, clinics, community health workers meetings).
  • Ensure that all WASH aspects linked to nutrition programming at health facilities levels as well as at community level are implemented. Additionally, ensure that balance’s gender is taken into account in the course of nutrition program implementation.
  • Facilitate the development and scheduling of outreach activities.
  • Develop monthly work plans and supervision schedules.
  • Compile monthly and ad hock activity reports and donor reports as required.

Training and Capacity Building

  • In collaboration with Nutrition coordinator, conduct orientations and trainings to build the capacity of MOH IMC staff and the community at large.
  • In collaboration with Nutrition coordinator, mentor senior national staff in all aspects of nutrition program management.

Assessment

  • Conduct nutrition assessments and surveys and rapid assessment planning, implementation, analysis, interpretation and reporting, as required, in collaboration with Monitoring and Evaluation Department

Advocacy and Communication

  • Facilitate cross-sectorial programming, particularly to promote excellent communication and referral between IYCF, CMAM, and other sectorial programming;
  • Participate actively in relevant internal and external sectorial coordination meetings (e.g Nutrition cluster meetings)
  • Liaise with other humanitarian actors, country authorities to maximize collaboration and ensure proper coordination of activities and agreed protocols;

Program development

  • Work closely with the nutrition coordinator, Country Director and technical staff to provide input into program development and country level strategies as required.
  • Additionally, the nutrition manager will be responsible for supporting new initiatives (e.g. Blanket Supplementary Feeding, Micronutrient Supplementation….)

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.

Qualification

  • Master’s or Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and or health and 3+ years relevant work experience (minimum 2 years in emergency response setting.

EXPERIENCE

  • Proven experience managing emergency nutrition programs including CMAM, IYCF, SBC and different nutrition surveys
  • Experience in facilitation of trainings and workshops
  • Good knowledge on budgets, logistics and Human Resources management
  • Experience in writing project reports; knowledge on developing project proposals

COMPETENCY

  • Promotes and encourages a culture of compliance and ethics throughout International Medical Corps.
  • Conducts work with the highest level of integrity

LANGUAGES

Fluency in French and English is essential. Local language would be an asset.

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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