Nutrition Officer (Kakuma)

Requisition ID: req25162

Job Description

Provide technical support in the 5 key functional areas for the nutrition program including monitoring and evaluation and referrals
With the support of nutrition team, ensure the smooth implementation of a home-based Therapeutic Feeding Program (CMAM)
Supervise and work in strict collaboration with the nutrition team in the screening activities of severely malnourished children.
Develop and coordinate the adherence and reporting of nutrition education sessions as per developed annual plan.
Train the nutrition team in case detection and home-based care.
In collaboration with the Nutrition Manager and the logistics officer follow-up on food requests and timely release to outreach sites.
Assist the nursing staff in the implementation of TF activities within the pediatric ward, (SC) ward and ensure the management of the commodities (food, drugs and equipment) is done professionally.
Train and support the pediatrics (SC) staff in severe malnutrition case management according to international guidelines.
Ensure proper communication, coordination and harmonization of tools with the different stakeholders involved in food/nutrition activities.
Ensure the establishment of nutrition monitoring activities and train health staff in case detection and referral system.
Plan and Participate in the conduction of nutrition research studies, best practice documentation, publication and surveys.
Train and mentor IRC staff and other key stakeholders in GMP, MIYCN, MNDC, IMAM and Dietetics.
Participate in program strategic planning and roll-out of new program areas in liaison with key stakeholders and cooperating partners.
Implement comprehensive MIYCN program with strong BCC and BFHI/BFCI approaches.
Ensure dietetic management of patients with nutrition related medical conditions.
Modify recipes in the hospital kitchen to suit budgetary capacity and patients’ needs.
Facilitating the requisition and stock management of supplementary and therapeutic supplies to nutrition sites.
Improve the provision of quality nutrition counseling and education in the hospital and other key contact points in the health programme.
Enhance integration of Nutrition activities with other key health programs.
Develop and use developed activity work plans based on the program annual work plan.

Capacity Building & Human Resource Management:

Assist the Nutrition Manager in carrying out capacity assessment and gap analysis and come up with a capacity building plan that include; OJT and training of staff in all clinical aspects of nutrition especially in CMAM and MIYCN.
Provide technical support to the health facilities staffs, assist in assessing of beneficiaries and carry out referrals to the SC if any need arises or for further medical care.
Assist the Nutrition Manager in strengthening the capacity of staff and community representatives in programmatic and technical nutrition related aspects, through identification, capacity assessments, trainings and continuous engagements.


Ensure timely reporting weekly and monthly, quarterly and annual program reports and ensuring timelines are adhered to.


Ensure proper communication, coordination and harmonization of tools with the different stakeholders involved in nutrition activities.
Carry out weekly field visits to ensuring program quality control and implementation in all aspects
Participate in health and nutrition key calendar events and campaigns that contribute to the maternal and child health wellness
Represent IRC in interagency food and nutrition coordination meetings.

Logistics and Finance:

Work together with the Nutrition Manager in preparation of the monthly cash forecasts based on planned activities in a timely manner
Support the nutrition supervisor-store in commodity request, management of stock and accountability of the stocks.
Support the Nutrition Manager in budget preparation, planning, allocation, management, review tracking and analysis to ensure proper allocation of resources, accountability and unified spending
Support nutrition supervisor-store and facilitate the movement of food to and from field.
Communication and Reporting
Maintain excellent relationships internally within IRC and with all IRC’s partners, the MOH, other stakeholders and local authorities.
Carry out any other tasks as requested by supervisor, such as trainings, program representation, resource mobilization, advocacy, strengthening of partnerships, and program-related administrative duties.


To be flexible as required.

Key Result Areas:

Adhered use of IMAM protocol in OTP/SFP/SC
Improved GAM, SAM and MNDC to sphere standards.
Improved IYCF key practices and health and nutrition seeking behavior.
Improved GMP program
Improved community ownership of best Nutrition Practices.
Improve link between Nutrition and other key health programs.


Qualified graduate Nutritionist
Previous field coordination and management experience in a related field
Proven problem solving and organizational skills
Diplomatic and an effective communicator at all levels
Supportive personnel management style and ability to manage teams
Strong leadership skills
Strong community Nutrition experience.
Fluent written and spoken English.
Computer skills
Previous experience in Arid and Semi-Arid Lands of Kenya
Previous experience working in insecure contexts
Strong background in humanitarian projects


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