Location(s): • Lagos
Specialization: • Medical/ Health
Industry: • NGO / International Agencies
Application Deadline: 11 July, 2016
Job Type: Fulltime
Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in over 120 countries, including the United States. We aim to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives by improving their health, education and economic opportunities. In times of acute crisis, we mobilize rapid assistance to help children recover from the effects of war, conflict and natural disasters. Each year, we and our partners reach millions of children in communities around the world. Join our dedicated and diverse staff in their work to improve the well-being of children everywhere.
Job Title: Nutrition Officer, Lagos State
The Nutrition Officer will generally support technical programme management, information gathering, results communication and documentation. He/She will be expected to support project level assessment, project planning and coordination. The Nutrition Officer under the SDI project will support the implementation of activities related to Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) interventions within the context of the 7 point plan in Shomolu LGA. Under the guidance of SDI Child Health Adviser and the Senior Nutrition Adviser, He/She will support all efforts under the SDI programme to substantially improve the uptake of immunization and nutrition services, improve IYCF practices and other related interventions that will contribute to the prevention diarrhoea among under 5 children. The preferred candidate will support effort at strengthening the capacity of service providers in public/private facilities and Government stakeholders; including community actors on IYCF programming in collaboration with other peer organizations to ensure the sustenance of the SDI intervention.
SCOPE OF ROLE:
Reports to: Child Health Adviser;
Staff directly reporting to this post: None
Budget responsibility: No
KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:
Under the direct supervision of the Child Health Adviser, the Nutrition Officer will perform;
Institutional capacity building
Planning, Documentation and Budgeting
Other – Other ad hoc tasks as requested by Line Manager.
SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (Our Values in Practice)
MIN REQUIRED EXPERIENCE:
SKILLS, EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION
Health background (Doctor, Nurse, Midwife with at least 3 years’ experience on IYCF programming with adequate skills on IYCF counselling.
Previous experience with local and international NGOs.
Experience in Nutrition and in community based programmes.
Essential: basic training in IYCF programming
Essential: at least 3 years programming experience with I/NGO in Nigeria
Essential: very good understanding of national IYCF policies and strategies, programmes and stakeholders in Nigeria
Essential: Demonstrable management experience and very good understanding of child survival issues, school health and common childhood illnesses in Nigeria
Essential: very good understanding of safe water and hygiene practice in Nigeria will be added advantage.
Desirable: Experience in community based interventions in Nigeria
Desirable: Master trainer and good facilitator.
Desirable: analytical & research skills, experience in conducting health systems research, ability to analyse data using SPSS/ EPInfo/ STATA etc
Ability to work effectively both independently (with minimal supervision) and as a member of a team
Commitment to gender equity, child rights, community empowerment, and grassroots development approaches
Effective planning and organising skills
Effective interpersonal skills – oral and written communication skills