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  • Posted: Jun 14, 2019
    Deadline: Jun 19, 2019
  • Action Against Hunger | ACF International, a global humanitarian organization committed to ending world hunger, works to save the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger.
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    Nutrition Officer

    Location: Monguno, Borno
    Job type: Full Time
    Starting Date: As Soon As Possible
    Direct Line Manager: Nutrition and Health Sector Manager

    Tasks & Responsibilities
    Objective 1 - Nutrition and Health situation monitoring and mapping of nutrition and health sector activities:

    Diagnosis and Mapping:

    • Update and maintain 5W/4W mapping (Health, and Nutrition sector) tool on a regular basis for the operational LGA; and share with Nutrition and Health Sector Manager.
    • Update tracking tool to monitor programme screening based data on acute malnutrition; collect health facility based disease surveillance reports and update morbidity reporting tool for assigned health facilities/LGAs.
    • Conduct periodic Mass MUAC screening in operational areas in collaboration with Community Mobilization teams and care group promoters, volunteers; support Deputy Nutrition and Health manager in drafting report.
    • Participate in conducting SMART/Rapid SMART surveys with technical support from Deputy HN Manager/Sector Manager.
    • Participate with M&E team in supervision of data collection for Nutrition KAP surveys; Baseline and End line Surveys
    • Liaise with Community Mobilization Officers/Assistants and HSS officers for accessing community care group database; health facility database on a regular basis and updating overall health facility based activities.
    • Conduct periodic capacity assessment of health workers on CMAM services delivery, IMCI service delivery, Reproductive health service delivery, vaccination etc. and review the training needs and/or coaching needs. 

    Objective 2 - Regular monitoring and supervision of Community based nutrition and health service delivery to ensure that services are provided with recommended national technical standards:

    • Develop monthly monitoring and supervision plan for the LGA and share with Deputy Nutrition and Health Manager.
    • Ensure that Assistant Nutrition and Health Officers are using standard Monitoring checklist during visit to health facilities.
    • Ensure that specific monitoring finding is reported to Deputy Nut & Health Manager with potential solutions
    • Ensure that Assistant Nutrition and Health officers are using specific checklist and template for on-job coaching sessions and/or supportive supervision visit
    • During supervision visit, identify gaps of in supply sides and report to Deputy Nut & health manager
    • Work with health workers and Assistant NH Officers to establish crowd control mechanisms in the health facilities/centres
    • Provide guidance and support to health workers for putting in place facility based screening, detection of acutely malnourished children
    • Closely monitor and provide guidance to project officers for ensuring appropriate measurement techniques, medical diagnosis for defining their health status
    • Monitor if mothers/caretakers are given adequate information regarding their health status/child health status and follow up visits
    • Closely monitor if health workers are following the appropriate protocol for antenatal care, delivery service and postnatal care
    • Closely monitor that appropriate treatment protocol is respected in the health facility for management of childhood illnesses
    • Ensure provision of adequate information to the mother and caretakers on the prescribed doses and administering drugs at home
    • Closely monitor if appropriate protocol for micronutrient supplementation, identification of medical complications for pregnant mothers are maintained
    • Ensure that referral of complicated pregnancies are made to the nearest higher centre
    • Monitor for appropriate documentation – IMCI treatment registers, individual child growth monitoring cards, ANC/PNC cards and delivery registers
    • Observe if children with SAM with complication are referred to stabilization centres
    • Ensure that all children are properly examined and treated according to national protocols and standards
    • Ensure that appropriate referral of patients is maintained within the CMAM and health components (OTP, SFP, SC, IMCI, ANC/PNC)
    • Identify gaps for WASH in health facilities and inform deputy Nutrition and Health Manager on a regular basis
    • Liaise with Community Mobilization officers to ensure improved coordination and collaboration between teams in the ground for appropriate detection and referral of sick children; follow ups required through care groups.

    Objective 3 - Management Functions:
    Potential management functions (not limited to this list only) are:

    • Develop LGA work plan with specific roles and responsibilities between Nut & Health Officers and Assistant Nut & Health Officers
    • Identify financial requirements, logistic needs, HR support in reference to work plan and inform Deputy Nut & Health manager to prepare budget forecast.
    • Review financial, logistical and HR needs on a monthly & quarterly basis and share with deputy nutrition and health manager.
    • Ensure that all health facilities/sites have adequate supplies to delivery uninterrupted health care services through identifying needs, informing line manager on regular basis.
    • Support Deputy Nut & Health Manager; Nut & Health Sector Manager in organizing LGA based coordination meeting;
    • Prepare individual monthly action plan in reference to work plan and share with Deputy Nut & health Manager
    • Participate in regular monthly planning meeting with nutrition and health teams led by Nutrition and Health PM
    • Maintain individual monitoring & supervision plan as well as for the supervisee
    • Regularly follow up with the teams on the progress of activity, challenges and guide on necessary actions
    • Facilitate Quarterly review meetings/workshops with respective government health managers at State/LGA level
    • Share training plans with identified needs to Deputy Nut & Health Manager well in advance to facilitate support from HR/Admin/Logistics.
    • Track Supervisee’s  daily attendance and validate monthly attendance for supervisee and submit it on a timely basis to HR
    • Communicate with HR for necessary staff meeting, performance review, appraisals, leaves of supervisee
    • Liaise with HR to provide orientation on AAH charter/core values/Child safeguarding policy/staff code of conduct etc.
    • Draft supply request and share with Deputy Nut & Health Manager on a monthly basis
    • Ensure rational use of all medical equipment and stationaries in health facilities
    • Maintain appropriate delivery note/In kind donation report in close collaboration with Logistic teams.

    Objective 4 - Systematic capacity building of SMOH staff on health service delivery (IMCI, Ante Natal & Post Natal Care, Delivery  services) including CMAM and SC management:

    • Support Deputy Nutrition and Health Manager in facilitating and organizing technical trainings for health workers.
    • Organize training for Government nurses/midwives on integrated management of childhood illnesses and ANC/PNC and delivery service provision in close collaboration with PM/MPM
    • Support nutrition and health assistants on developing customized need specific guidance notes on IMCI, ANC/PNC, delivery service for on job coaching on different modules based on national protocol
    • Conduct and Support Assistant Nutrition and Health officers to conduct technical on-job coaching of health workers during supportive supervision in health facilities.
    • Ensure use of predefined quality assessment checklist, on-job coaching guidance as well as support Assistant N/H Officers in using these tools.
    • Conduct and Support Assistant Nutrition and Health officers to conduct technical on-job coaching of health workers during supportive supervision in health facilities.
    • Provide technical training and regular guidance to health workers on appropriate stock management and reporting (LMIS)
    • Provide technical training and regular guidance to health workers on disease surveillance reporting, DHIS2 reporting.

    Objective 5 - Information management, Reporting and coordination:

    • Maintain and update database for health workers, community health workers/volunteers, trainings and share with line manager.
    • Prepare consolidated tracking tool for supportive supervision visits/on-job coaching sessions and share with line manager.
    • Update LGA work plans, individual work plans and share with line manager
    • Use appropriate attendance sheet on-job coaching sessions, workshops/meetings and trainings and share a copy with line manager
    • Use specific supervision checklist during supervision visits and archive filled supervision checklists with summary report – every month.
    • Fill the Nutrition and Health Evolution reports every month for the LGA and share it with line manager for consolidation
    • Support government health workers in preparing the integrated diseases surveillance report, monthly facility based DHIS2 report including CMAM.
    • Provide summary analysis from the LGA report including:
      • Significant contextual changes that have impact on nutrition & Health operations
      • Bullet points on progress of training, on-job coaching and supportive supervision
      • Key analysis of treatment performances of CMAM
      • Feedback on quality of service provision through monitoring visits (checklist to be used)
      • Key challenges and proposed solutions
      • Collect consumption reports from health facilities, compile for LGA and share with line manager with needs for upcoming month.
      • Regularly report and coordinate with line mangers regarding challenges, issues faced in the field for timely and appropriate decision making.
    • Coordination:
      • Coordinate and collaborate with health State/LGA health offices, health workers for smooth implementation of the project activities and quality of service provision
      • Organize monthly coordination meeting with health managers and workers
      • Closely coordinate with WASH team to ensure appropriate WASH facilities in the targeted CMAM sites
      • Participate in LGA based monthly coordination meetings and support LGA teams on structuring LGA coordination mechanisms with health workers and partners
      • Participate in meetings with other ACF sector or staffs to discuss and document lessons learned
      • Assist in organization of project workshop, trainings and seminars, including preparation of short reports.

    Objective 6 - Performance Management:

    • Communicate Action Against Hunger performance standards and expectations to team members which includes ; 10 minutes monthly conversation, 3 months/end of probation performance appraisal and annual/ end of contract appraisal.
    • Establish performance objectives, provide feedback, identify strengths and areas for professional improvement.
    • Contribute to the professional development and improvement of team members by providing support.

    Internal & External Relationship

    • Nutrition and Health Sector Manager: Line Manager
    • Sector Manager - Nutrition and Health: Exchange of Information
    • Multi sectorial Program Manager: Exchange of information
    • Field Coordinator/HoD/DHoD – Exchange of Information
    • Other Sectoral field teams: close collaboration on planning and implementation; Exchange of information
    • Nutrition and Health Assistant: Direct Line Management
    • Support team: exchange of information, collaboration, coordination


    • LGA, SMOH and SPHCDA : exchange of information, coordination, training, supervision, influence on choice of technical options
    • Health facility workers: Technical Supervision, capacity building and exchange for choosing appropriate technical options.
    • Local representatives of international aid organisations : exchange of information


    • Bachelor's degree in Medicine, Nursing, Midwifery, Public Health or Nutrition
    • Minimum 2 years work experience in humanitarian contexts.
    • He/she must have experience in CMAM, IYCF and community mobilization.

    Skills & Experience:

    • Minimum of one (1) year experience in primary health care program
    • 1 year experience in CMAM program implementation
    • Excellent report-writing skills is required
    • Fluent in written and spoken English and Hausa
    • Good Communication and Interpersonal skills
    • Team management experience with similar programs
    • Ability to observe and to provide feedback on the activities
    • Ability to manage staff  according to local culture and organization policies
    • Willingness and capacity to be flexible and accommodating when faced with difficult and frustrating working conditions
    • Prepared to live and work in an uncertain security environment
    • Commitment to and understanding of AAH’s aims, values and principles.


    • Ability to use fluently MS Word, Excel and Power
    • Ability to work as part of a team
    • Analytical and problem solving skills
    • Ability to work under pressure to strict deadlines
    • Ability to assess problems and recommend solutions

    Method of Application

    Note: Qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.

    Interested and qualified? Go to Action Against Hunger | ACF-International on to apply
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