Nutrition Officer at Save The Children

Full Time7 months ago
Employment Information

The post holder will receive a context specific ToR for each deployment, which will draw upon the responsibilities outlined below.

Programme Support (typically will be at field level):
Working closely with the Nutrition Coordinator, the Nutrition Program Officer will do the following.

Support the Nutrition in ensuring quality screening of all children under five years (6-59 months) and referral systems are in place for all children in the target location and conduct follow-up visits on children referred.
Promote, protect and support optimal Maternal Infant and Young Child Nutrition MIYCN practices.
Support Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergency (IYCF-E), identification of lead mothers, training of health workers and community volunteers.
Daily supervision of support group meetings in communities.
Facilitate the formation of Mother to Mother and Father to father support groups meetings and conduct supportive supervision/spot checks during support group meetings.
Provide counseling to caregivers of children with Moderate Acute Malnutrition.
Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) services.
Collate and compile program monthly data reports.
Prepare transport requests for field trips to the program-implementing communities.
Participate in the training of lead mothers and support group members on Food Demonstration
Working closely with the Nutrition officer, ensure timely implementation of nutrition activities.
Provide capacity building and trainings to community nutrition mobilizers, health workers and Community Nutrition Mobilizers on IYCF-E and referral mechanism.
Ensure monthly and quarterly follow up with Community Mobilizers and community leaders through review/feedback meetings.
Working closely with the project Food security and livelihood (FSL) team to promote a more robust integration of FSL-Nutrition linkages in an attempt to solving the underlying causes of malnutrition.
Ensure that identified SAM and MAM cases are registered in the FSL e-voucher food distribution.
Work closely with the MEAL team to ensure that data are captured in a correct and accurate manner.
Assist the nutrition team in giving supportive supervision to community volunteers.
Compile and submit reports on weekly progress report.

Capacity Building:

Identify learning and training opportunities for partner staff and communicate this to the Nutrition Program Officer or Nutrition Coordinator.
Ensure all OTP/SFP team members are familiar with their posts.

Representation & Advocacy & Organizational Learning:

Coordinate Save the Children's work with other agencies and government and support interagency forums to advocate for children's needs. This may involve working groups in IDP camps, host communities, or project sites.
Contribute to communications and media work as required through correction of data and information and sharing with the project heads


Comply with Save the Children policies and practice with respect to child protection, code of conduct, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies and procedures.

Understanding humanitarian contexts and application of humanitarian principles:

Ensures that programme goals and activities uphold the principles of the key national and international humanitarian frameworks, codes and commitments.
Integrates beneficiary accountability principles into the approach.
Participates in disaster coordination mechanisms and interagency cooperation.
Operating safely and securely:
Identifies and communicates risk and threats and minimizes these for oneself and the agency.
Takes measures to do no harm and to minimize risks for partners and the communities.
Demonstrates an understanding of wider UN/NGO security coordination and how the organization can benefit from, and contribute to, those mechanisms.
Leadership: Action; Thinking; Self; Inspiring; Developing Others:
Builds own awareness of the bigger global picture by using a broad range of sources to gather data.
Demonstrates managerial courage by confronting difficult situations and seeking resolution and stating willingness to champion ideas.
Demonstrates self-development and management by taking responsibility for own development, and actively seeking out feedback to better understand their own strengths and weaknesses.


Health / Public Health / Nutrition / BSc or equivalent with minimum of 2years progressive experience post NYSC
Experience in Nutrition and community-based programming
Experience of emergency nutrition work (preferably CMAM) and implementation of feeding programs, including monitoring and evaluation
Proven capacity of management, leadership and teamwork
Excellent communication skills and a willingness to be respectful, kind, sensitive and empathize with all beneficiaries and their careers.
Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values and principles.
Fluency in written and spoken English and local languages.
Computer literate


Master trainer and good facilitator
Experience in conducting nutrition assessments and an understanding of nutritional surveillance and information systems.

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