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  • The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, IRC offers life-saving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in more than 40 countries and in 22 U.S. cities, IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted by conflict or disaster. IRC leads the way from harm to home.

    Nutrition Nurse

     

    CONTEXTUAL BACKGROUND

    The IRC has been present in Nigeria since 2012 when the organization responded to flooding in Kogi state. In February 2014 the IRC moved into Adamawa State in NE Nigeria to provide humanitarian interventions through a multi-sectoral, integrated approach for conflict affected populations. IRC Nigeria now operates a country office in Abuja and field offices in Mubi and Yola of Adamawa State, Maiduguri and Monguno of Borno state and Damatru of Yobe State. Currently, IRC Nigeria implements programs primary health care, nutrition, environmental health, women’s protection and empowerment, protection, child protection, education, food security & livelihoods

    Job Overview/Summary

    The Nutrition Outreach Nurse shall support the Nutrition Officer in the  the implementation of daily nutrition activities and implementation of CMAM program in MMC and Jere LGAs in line with National Guidelines and improving maternal and child health and nutrition, promoting appropriate IYCN practices and hygiene and sanitation. The post holder will work in close collaboration with the government staff, the community and those of the local Partners in implementing the nutrition program.    .

    Major Responsibilities

    • Program Management, Technical Quality, and Strategy
    • The nutrition outreach Nurse will work together with the nutrition officer and other IRC sectors in implementing CMAM, outreach program and MIYCN activities in MMC and Jere .He/she will Work together with the health facility staff in developing the movement and work plans for the respective health facilities.
    • Work with MOH staff in conducting outreach especially in hard to reach areas where security situation permits
    • Formation, training and supervising the community Health Volunteers to carry out routine MUAC screening at community level and work closely with other outreach staff in screening of SAM children at the OTP sites and facilitate referral of sick children to the stabilization centre.
    • Identification and training of the community in active case finding, referral and defaulter tracing at community level.
    • To ensure that program are implemented in accordance with IRC policies and procedures.
    • Ensure all criteria are respected and understood by the teams, including admission, discharge and transfer to and from the OTP/Stabilization centre
    • Ensure comprehensive health checks and treatment according to the protocols
    • Review the forms completed by staff to ensure completion, accuracy and coherence
    • Ensure adequate availability of all medical and therapeutic  supplies and ensure stock is pre-positioned as planned by discussing with supply chain
    • Follow-up and provide feedback to the Nutrition manager on the amount and quality of the treatment supplies if it does not comply with specified quality standards.
    • Follow and respect the current protocols specially drug administration i.e. for de-worming, malaria, polio and measles , and micronutrient mineral/ Vitamin A supplements targeting children and PLW
    • Add the activities linked to health and nutrition education in the protocols
    • Follow the treatment of the beneficiaries during visits at home
    • Participate in the follow-up of orders and consumption
    • To carry-out any other duties and/or responsibilities assigned by the immediate supervisor.
    • To be flexible as required.
    • Program Development
    • Together with the nutrition manager support in the development of an effective outreach strategy that will enhance effective and comprehensive service provision.
    • Capacity building and training of the local government and partner staff in all aspects of nutrition programming.
    • Review the forms completed by staff to ensure completion, accuracy and coherence
    • Ensure adequate availability of all medical and therapeutic  supplies and ensure stock is pre-positioned as planned by discussing with supply chain
    • Follow-up and provide feedback to the Nutrition manager on the amount and quality of the treatment supplies if it does not comply with specified quality standards.
    • Report on progress and any problems in a timely manner
    • Ensure cases not meeting admission criteria return home as early as possible and understand why their child is not admitted
    • Through liaison with the community mobilizers and nutrition volunteers, provide effective follow up of all cases: particularly tracing of children who are absent from the programme, sick children, long stay children, children not gaining weight, and children with social problems etc.
    • Provide key health and education messages to beneficiaries based the protocol and guidelines
    • Respond to inquiries regarding the technical aspects of the program admission and discharge whenever necessary at the OTP sites.
    • Follow-up and ensure the field team interacts with the beneficiaries properly.
    • Research, Learning and Analysis
    • Analyze the nutritional situation
    • Compile the statistical data (admission, default, cured, absent, death) and draft a report on activities.
    • Coordination & Representation
    • Establish good relationship with the Buluma’s  and LGA  authorities and community leaders
    • Establish a network with the other actors in the working area (I/NGO)
    • Establish a good understanding of the program within the community
    • Establish link and meetings with the community leaders and different group existing in the working area.

    Key Working Relationships

    Position Reports to:  The Nutrition Officer

    Indirect/Technical Reporting:  Nutrition Manager

    Position directly Supervises: Community volunteers

    Key Internal Contacts:

    Country Program: Other IRC sectors

    Region/Global:
    Key External Contacts:

    Job Requirements
    Education:

    Diploma in Nursing and Must be registered with Nursing Board.

    Work Experience:

    • Experience in Conducting outreach and Mobile clinics
    • Previous experience in implementing a nutrition program.
    • Previous experience in nutrition surveys and added advantage

    Demonstrated Technical Skills:

    • Addition nutrition training in CMAM and IYCF is an added advantage
    • Demonstrated Managerial/Leadership Competencies:
    • Languages:  Hausa and knowledge of Kanuri is an added advantage.

    Computer/Other Tech Requirements:

    • Full professional competency in Microsoft Office Suite, especially Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint and CMAM report.
    • Standards of Professional Conduct The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way – Code of Conduct.  These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability.  In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Harassment-Free Workplace, Fiscal Integrity, Anti-Retaliation, Combating Trafficking in Persons and several others.
    • Gender Equality: IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances.

    Location  Magumeri  Application Link

    Location  Gwoza  Application Link

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    Nutrition Officer

     

    SCOPE OF WORK:

    The Nutrition Clinical  Officer- is responsible for overseeing  all Nutrition activities for IRC supported health facilities and catchment communities in Gwoza LGAs . Responsibilities will include day to day supports to Nutritional activities in the health facilities and their catchment communities, monitoring of activities,  report making, coordination with other sectors and government authorities as well as close collaboration with the Nutrition unit at the state MOH &  health facility staff and managers. The Nutrition Officer  will have no line management responsibilities and reports to the Nutrition Manager.  The position will be based in Gworza with regular trips to IRC’s health and Nutrition  programs in Borno state and other parts of Nigeria as needed.

    KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • In collaboration with the other Nutrition program staff in Nigeria, oversee the implementation of Nutrition projects implemented by IRC Nigeria (Gwoza).
    • In collaboration with the Nutrition manager and the Health & Nutrition Coordinator, ensure that Nutrition  programs utilize standardized protocols, policies and guidelines, as outlined by the Nigeria Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) and WHO. Ensure that all Nutrition activities are consistent with established best practices.
    • Promote the quality of the IRC’s health & Nutrition programs by following the measures put in place in collaboration with other staff and the IRC health unit.
    • Ensure sound data collection and information management systems are in place for ongoing monitoring of health & Nutrition programme activities
    • Participate in the design of robust M&E plans and design/adapt Nutrition  information systems including surveillance systems for the IRC health & nutrition programs in Nigeria
    • Contribute to the growth of the IRC nutrition  programme in Nigeria through quality implementation of project activities, adequate monitoring and timely reporting as needed,  working in conjunction with other colleagues in the IRC Nigeria program.
    • Conduct regular supportive supervision to all supported health facilities and catchment communities, provide mentoring and technical support  and appropriate feedback as needed.
    • Work with the nutrition manager and Health & Nutrition  Coordinator to ensure appropriate use of programme resources
    • Organise planned trainings for health & Nutrition staff and ensure that FMOH and WHO guidelines are used for all trainings which should be delivered in a quality manner.
    • Support the set up of use of FMOH clinical guidelines in all health facilities, providing mentoring as required to improve compliance.
    • Follow all IRC guidelines, programme and budget management tools
    • Ensure a good working relationship with all stakeholders involved in service provision to supported health facilities and catchment communities  in Gwoza LGA.
    • Ensure the consistent use of the IRC grant management guidelines during programme implementation.

    Qualifications

    • College Diploma in Nursing /midwifery/clinical medicine with emphasis in Nutrition
    • At least 2 Years work experience in  Nutrition  programs both at clinical and community based programs and other primary Health care components is preferable 
    • Thorough knowledge and understanding Nutrition  Policy of Nigeria
    • Previous experience working in Northern Nigeria, willingness to work in Northern Nigeria
    • Excellent interpersonal communication skills
    • Experience delivering  Nutrition and related trainings to health staff  using national or WHO guidelines
    • NGO work experience is an advantage
    • Should be able to use Microsoft Office especially MS-Word, Excel,Powerpoint
    • Able to communicate in English language (written and spoken ); Knowledge of local languages is a plus     
    • Additional qualities: ability to multitask, ability to handle pressure well, ability to improvise, be flexible , and adaptability to transitions.
    • Position is strictly GWOZA based and Non-relocatable position

    Standards of Professional Conduct The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way – Code of Conduct.  These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability.  In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Harassment-Free Workplace, Fiscal Integrity, Anti-Retaliation, Combating Trafficking in Persons and several others.

    Gender EqualityIRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances.

    Location  Gwoza Application Link

    Location  Magumeri  Application Link

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    Roving Nutrition Officer

     

    SCOPE OF WORK:

    The Nutrition Clinical  Officer- is responsible for overseeing  all Nutrition activities for IRC supported health facilities and catchment communities in Gwoza LGAs . Responsibilities will include day to day supports to Nutritional activities in the health facilities and their catchment communities, monitoring of activities,  report making, coordination with other sectors and government authorities as well as close collaboration with the Nutrition unit at the state MOH &  health facility staff and managers. The Nutrition Officer  will have no line management responsibilities and reports to the Nutrition Manager.  The position will be based in Gworza with regular trips to IRC’s health and Nutrition  programs in Borno state and other parts of Nigeria as needed.

    KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • In collaboration with the other Nutrition program staff in Nigeria, oversee the implementation of Nutrition projects implemented by IRC Nigeria (Gwoza).
    • In collaboration with the Nutrition manager and the Health & Nutrition Coordinator, ensure that Nutrition  programs utilize standardized protocols, policies and guidelines, as outlined by the Nigeria Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) and WHO. Ensure that all Nutrition activities are consistent with established best practices.
    • Promote the quality of the IRC’s health & Nutrition programs by following the measures put in place in collaboration with other staff and the IRC health unit.
    • Ensure sound data collection and information management systems are in place for ongoing monitoring of health & Nutrition programme activities
    • Participate in the design of robust M&E plans and design/adapt Nutrition  information systems including surveillance systems for the IRC health & nutrition programs in Nigeria
    • Contribute to the growth of the IRC nutrition  programme in Nigeria through quality implementation of project activities, adequate monitoring and timely reporting as needed,  working in conjunction with other colleagues in the IRC Nigeria program.
    • Conduct regular supportive supervision to all supported health facilities and catchment communities, provide mentoring and technical support  and appropriate feedback as needed.
    • Work with the nutrition manager and Health & Nutrition  Coordinator to ensure appropriate use of programme resources
    • Organise planned trainings for health & Nutrition staff and ensure that FMOH and WHO guidelines are used for all trainings which should be delivered in a quality manner.
    • Support the set up of use of FMOH clinical guidelines in all health facilities, providing mentoring as required to improve compliance.
    • Follow all IRC guidelines, programme and budget management tools
    • Ensure a good working relationship with all stakeholders involved in service provision to supported health facilities and catchment communities  in Gwoza LGA.
    • Ensure the consistent use of the IRC grant management guidelines during programme implementation.

    Qualifications

    • College Diploma in Nursing /midwifery/clinical medicine with emphasis in Nutrition
    • At least 2 Years work experience in  Nutrition  programs both at clinical and community based programs and other primary Health care components is preferable 
    • Thorough knowledge and understanding Nutrition  Policy of Nigeria
    • Previous experience working in Northern Nigeria, willingness to work in Northern Nigeria
    • Excellent interpersonal communication skills
    • Experience delivering  Nutrition and related trainings to health staff  using national or WHO guidelines
    • NGO work experience is an advantage
    • Should be able to use Microsoft Office especially MS-Word, Excel,Powerpoint
    • Able to communicate in English language (written and spoken ); Knowledge of local languages is a plus     
    • Additional qualities: ability to multitask, ability to handle pressure well, ability to improvise, be flexible , and adaptability to transitions.
    • Position is strictly GWOZA based and Non-relocatable position

    Standards of Professional Conduct The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way – Code of Conduct.  These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability.  In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Harassment-Free Workplace, Fiscal Integrity, Anti-Retaliation, Combating Trafficking in Persons and several others.

    Gender EqualityIRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances

     

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    Child Protection Assistant

     

    Scope of Work

    Adolescent girls and boys are gravely underserved in humanitarian emergencies, particularly during the acute phase of response. They are often inserted into programming designed for younger children or into adult programming, where their age-specific needs are not understood or met. The Adolescent Protection Assistants will act as focal points for adolescent girls within Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE and adolescent girls and boys within Child Protection programming in Borno State.

    SUMMARY STATEMENT OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

    The Adolescent Protection Assistant will work within Child Protection response team based in safe spaces providing case management and psychosocial support services. Under the supervision of experienced Child Protection Officers, the Adolescent Protection Assistants will deliver the IRC’s Supporting Adolescents and their Families in Emergencies (SAFE) resource pack content to adolescent boys and younger girls. The Assistants will also facilitate skills building sessions with female and male caregivers of adolescent girls and boys. The Assistants will be active participants in identifying, documenting and sharing learning from this approach which be systematically gathered to inform a global resource toolkit for SAFE.

    KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

    The Adolescent Protection Assistant will work within a Child Protection response team based in safe spaces providing case management and psychosocial support services. Within this broader response team the Adolescent Protection Assistant will be required to:

    • Work as part of a Child Protection or team in a safe space to provide support to younger adolescent girls or boys as part of broader response services
    • Participate in an initial SAFE approach training and engage in ongoing skills building using SAFE learning materials with supervisor
    • With support from supervisors, mentor and coach the community volunteer responsible for co-facilitating sessions with adolescent girls or boys
    • Lead community engagement activities to introduce SAFE activities to female and male community leaders and caregivers
    • Conduct initial assessments to identify the risks and needs of adolescent girls and boys
    • Work closely with other project staff to identify adolescent girls, adolescent boys, and female and male caregivers to participate in SAFE learning activities
    • Act as lead facilitator to deliver sessions twice a week for adolescent girls or boys together with a community volunteer facilitator
    • Facilitate sessions once a week for female or male caregivers
    • Provide psychological first aid and support to adolescent girls or boys who disclose experiences of violence and support referral to access either child protection or WPE response services
    • Facilitate feedback meetings with adolescent girls and boys, female and male community stakeholders and caregivers and share feedback with supervisor
    • Complete weekly reports on project activities, including documenting feedback from participants of SAFE sessions and proactively sharing back lessons learned whilst facilitating the curricula
    • Participate in debriefing sessions with supervisors and share reflections, lessons learned and recommendations to strengthen SAFE program approach

    Qualifications

    • A bachelor’s degree in social sciences, education, economic, another human development related field or equivalent of experience preferred
    • At least two years’ experience working to support children, adolescent girl and boys, women  or parents and caregivers
    • Experience with facilitation of group work with relevant populations
    • A high level of motivation to assist adolescent girls and boys affected by humanitarian crisis
    • A commitment to child protection and gender equality
    • A learning attitude and willingness to increase skills and knowledge in the protection of adolescent girls and boys
    • Experience as an active participate of social groups, with an understanding of group dynamics and processes.
    • Capacity building, facilitation or training experience
    • The ability to adapt and work under pressure and strong interpersonal skills.
    • Fluency in English and local languages.
    • Basic competency in computer skills. 

    WORK ENVIRONMENT:

    Security level is red. The situation in Gwoza is currently calm.

    Travel and other requirements: Frequent travel and relocation can be a requirement for this position.

    Method of Application

    Use the email(s) below to apply.

    Working Environment

    IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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