Position Title: Nutrition Officer
Duty Station: Gombe
Position Category: Full-time Part-time AND Regular Temporary
Salary Level: 3
Current Employee: New Position
Within its humanitarian response portfolio, Mercy Corps is starting food security intervention in Gombe state. This one-year program will incorporate relief assistance supporting displaced people and host communities within Gombe To support community outreach with best nutrition practices, Mercy Corps is looking for dedicated Nutrition Officer
GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY:
Under supervision of Program Coordinator, the Nutrition Officer provides technical oversight of all aspects of community sensitization around good nutrition, hygiene and health practices. Nutrition Officer will advice on nutritional messaging strategy to ensure the messages developed address the current knowledge and practices gaps, messages channels are in line with those most commonly used by the communities; s/he will deliver trainings to Mercy Corps program staff as well as community-based volunteers on community sensitization and messages delivery. Successful candidate will assist Program Coordinator in establishing linkages with existing CMAM centers, as well as other actors intervening in food security and nutrition area. S/he is an effective communicator, dedicated to the community work, willing to travel to the field and is able to work with a diverse team to achieve common objectives.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
ACCOUNTABILITY TO BENEFICIARIES: Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts towards accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY: None
REPORTS DIRECTLY TO: Program Coordinator
WORKS DIRECTLY WITH: field-based program, M&E and logistics and finance teams
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
This position requires a minimum a Bachelor’s Degree in nutrition or other related field and min 2 years of experience focused on nutrition/food security, including community mobilization, participatory planning and rural/community development; previous similar experience with International NGO will be an asset. Training experience of impoverished rural areas desirable. Capacity to undertake hazardous travel to rural areas is needed.
Successful candidate will demonstrate excellent communication and facilitation skills, both verbally and in written, will posses effective coordination skills. This position requires fluency in English and Hausa. This post requires a high computer literacy with a full knowledge of Office applications. Previous working knowledge in the North-East, particularly Gombe - will be an asset.
The ability to interact effectively with community members, international and national personnel. S/he must demonstrate the ability to multi-task, meet deadlines and process information in support of changing program activities. S/he must be an excellent organizer and planner, must be able to work independently as well as part of the team. S/he will present high professional standard of work ethics as well as the willingness and ability to enforce compliance with Mercy Corps and donor policies. The Nutrition Officer must be willing to travel to Mercy Corps project sites in rural Gombe on a regular basis.
Interested candidates are encouraged to submit CV and Cover Letter, addressing the position requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications submission deadline: 14th of November 2014. Application must include Nutrition Officer FFP the subject line. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. We are an equal opportunity organization and we encourage women to apply to these positions.