Friday, 22 January 2010

Nutrition Project Officer Vacancy Announcement: Concern Worldwide

Concern Worldwide is a non-governmental, international, humanitarian organization dedicated to the reduction of suffering and working towards the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest countries.

Applications are invited from suitably qualified and experienced Kenyan nationals for the following position:

Position: Nutrition Project Officer

Location: Nairobi, with frequent travel to the project areas

Reporting To: Nutrition Programme Manager, Nairobi

Job Summary: To provide hands-on support to the MoH (Ministry of Health) staff and other partners/community groups to enhance their capacity and knowledge in the management of acute malnutrition and preventive nutrition services.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

• Assisting the Programme Manager to provide technical support to MoH and local partners in the implementation of minimum nutrition package services: In patient and outpatient therapeutic treatment of acute malnutrition, supplementary feeding, infant feeding, community mobilisation and other preventive services.
• Supporting partners to strengthen planning, M&E and logistics systems with regard to nutrition activities.
• Supporting partners to establish referral systems and create referral links for access to other services beneficial to the beneficiaries but not provided in the Concern nutrition programme
• Supporting MoH and other partners to establish and operate community mobilization activities
• Assisting the Programme Manager in monitoring the nutrition situation in Concern’s areas of work, including participating in nutrition assessments and surveillance as required.
• Assisting the Programme Manager in developing training materials.
• Conducting training for nutrition partners and other community groups
• Feeding into the development of the nutrition programme by actively participating in strategy sessions and providing feedback to the process.
• Assisting the Programme Manager to in writing of project reports and other project documents
• Liaising with coordinating bodies and partners in Nairobi as required – MoH and other government authorities, NGO’s, UNICEF, WHO
• Performing any other responsibilities deemed appropriate by the Programme Manager

Essential Experience and Skills:

• A nursing degree or a nutrition degree with strong clinical background
Essential Experience and Skills
• Three years clinical experience
• At least one year experience working in nutrition interventions, preferably CTC
• Experience/knowledge of MoH systems, particularly at the provincial and district level
• Knowledge/experience of the challenges of working with and through local partners.
• Familiarity with/experience in the public health approach
• Computer and report writing skills
• Fluent in English

Special skills

• Commitment to working with a value-based organisation
• Local language skills
• Good interpersonal and communication skills
• Ability to work under pressure
• Flexible
• Innovative
Interested candidates, who meet the above requirements, should apply by sending a CV and a covering letter to:

The Human Resource Manager,
Concern Worldwide,

at the following email address: @

The closing date for application is 5th February 2010.

Each application should include three referees, at least two of which can validate field and technical expertise.

Telephone contacts must be submitted with the application.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview

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