Project Officer (Nutrition)
ROLE PURPOSE: The major aim is to provide support and manage the antenatal care programs – by ensuring the care is provided to improve the health of the women during the pregnancy period by monitoring the progress of the pregnancy and detecting and managing problems arising in emergencies set up.
Provide care to the mother and baby following birth that includes opportunity to assess the supplementation, nutrition, hygiene and IYCF services as well as maternal education, mental, emotional, social issues and early assessment of risk factors of the new-born baby.
On a day-to-day basis, to assist the Nutrition Program Coordinator and Nutrition Program Manager in ensuring that all components of the program are functioning properly, providing care of quality to all the beneficiaries through respecting guidelines and principles of good practice (Operational Guidance on antenatal care in Emergencies.
SCOPE OF ROLE:
Reports to: Programme Coordinator
Staff reporting to this post: Project Assistant, Community Development Facilitator (CDF) and Community Health Worker (CHW)
Budget Responsibilities: small budget responsibilities
Role Dimensions: No regular contact
KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:
- Provide technical support on issue related to maternal and child care and nutrition, liaise with the Township Health Department and other stakes holders (Humanitarian actors) as necessary to promote and provide consistent good practices
- Conduct training to SCI staff, CDFs and CHWs to promote adequate access to maternal healthcare, develop capacities for nurturing safe new-born care and to enable basic psychosocial support to mothers
- Take a lead in ensuring promotion activities and awareness is in place to boost earlier attendance in antenatal care services
- Ensure all staff understand and implement programme guidelines used for assessing the pregnancy from the first trimester and following up as appropriate
- Ensure appropriate and consistent education messaging to the mothers and the women who are in adolescence stage in the community about gender equality, reproductive health (maternal and neonatal health / menstrual hygiene management)
- Responsibility for the day-to-day management of project site activities and staff that is not limited to maternal and childcare services i.e. Program Assistants, CDFs and CHWs.
- Conduct evaluation and develop to perform review of staff as required
- Liaise with other sectors such as child protection, wash, local leadership, women support groups and other stakeholders in the community to ensure appropriate provision of antenatal and postnatal care and to maximize collaboration and ensure proper coordination of activities
- Facilitate referral pathways to achieve functionally of referral pathways for pregnant, lactating women, girls and new-borns with complications to access health care services
- Prepare and submit project progress reports including weekly, monthly and quarterly reports using the recommended data collection and reporting tools
- Under the guidance of the Nutrition Advisor and/or Nutrition programme Manager, undertake local level advocacy targeting other INGO’s, humanitarian actors, local authorities and SHD as appropriate, on assessment and appropriate response to support maternal and child health care
Child Safeguarding Responsibility:
- Ensure that all beneficiaries of your program are receiving ongoing, age-appropriate verbal or written information in relevant languages about Save the Children’s Child Safeguarding Policy and Code of Conduct.
QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS
- Health / Public Health / Nutrition / BSc, any graduate or equivalent
Skills and Experience:
- Preferable 3 years’ experience in Humanitarian and development area regarding to Nutrition knowledge
- Experience of implementation maternal and child care programmes
- Proven capacity to supervise, train and coach staff and working with community members
- Willingness and capacity to be flexible and accommodating when faced with difficult and frustrating working conditions
- Experience and ability to represent Save the Children's nutrition work in external meetings
- Demonstrable ability at report writing and management
Communication and Technical Skills:
- Essential reading, writing, understanding and speaking English
- Excellent personal organisational skills, including time management, and ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure
- Professional working experience with international organizations preferable
- Proven team working ability
- Good communication skills
- Able to work in an uncertain security environment according to time restriction
- Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues across the organisation developing effective working relationships to deliver outstanding results for children
- Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values and principles.
- Willingness and capability to comply with all relevant Save the Children policies and procedures with respect to health and safety, security, equal opportunities and other relevant policies, including the Child Safeguarding Policy