Nutrition Project Assistant – 3 Positions (Aden & Lahj)
With support from the Health and Nutrition Coordinator and Officer, the Nutrition Project Assistant is responsible for implementation of the nutrition components of the integrated project at district level through managing and mobilizing large scale Community Volunteers. The Nutrition Project Assistants are soly responsible to build the technical capacity of Community Volunteers, supporting them in defining community volunteer’s day to day work planning, coaching and mentoring of community volunteers through hands on training/facilitation of group sessions/individual sessions on IYCF, health seeking and hygiene behaviours in targeted locations. Reviewing reports of community volunteers, compilation of reports and analysing progress for provision of feedback are major roles of Nutrition Project Assistants.
In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.
KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:
Project planning, implementation and Management
- Collaborate with DHOs in identification and training of Community Volunteers in the targeted locations under responsibilities.
- Guide and support Community Volunteers in identifying and registering children U5, PLWs in their respective catchment areas (record families with/without cash assistance).
- Support Community Volunteers in developing community sessions plans on IYCF, Hygiene and health seeking behaviors as well as individual monthly follow ups for Cash assited children U5, PLWs.
- Support and work with Community Volunteers, community leaders to identify and establish community kitchen in targeted locations.
- Support Community Volunteers and group members in organizing cooking demonstration sessions on a bi-weekly basis. Provide necessary supplies required to establish the kitchen and for cooking demonstration sessions.
- Support community volunteers in carrying out regular monthly MUAC screening, and refer acutely malnourished boys, girls and PLWs to nearest health facilities for treatment. Coordinate with health facilities for smooth referrals and admissions.
- Devleop referral tree with phone numbers and contact information and support Community Volunteers to ensure arrival and admissions of beneficiaries.
- Engage and participate with FSL team in selection of beneficiaries to ensure that nutrition sensitive criteria are followed and implemented.
- Provide day to day technical support, coaching to community volunteers on project specific work (Facilitation of IYCF group sessions, formation of community groups for cooking demonstration, assessing breastfeeding and complementary feeding issues and providing counselling, detection and referrals of acute malnutrition, people with sickness etc.)
- Manage community volunteer networks, their day to day work, attendance and payments of incentives and programmatic supply needs.
- Estimate programme supply needs and support Health and Nutrition Officer to raise PRs
- Support Health and Nutrition Officer in Coordination and organize training sessions with MoPHP or internal teams.
- Coordinate with other programs in targeted districts to ensure referrals of beneficiaries as required thorugh mapping out services available, and regular meetings with partners at district level.
Project Monitoring and Reporting
- Closely follow the project work plan, support community volunteers in defining monthly priorities and activities.
- Monitor quality of nutrition services provided by Community Volunteers using technical checklist and Quality Benchmark.
- Regularly check on data recording into the registers or attendance and provide support in correcting errors/mistakes.
- Collect monthly reports from Community Volunteers compile it for the district and provide summary analysis to Health and Nutrition Officer
- Closely work with project data entry teams for finalization of data entry in reportins systems (IMPACT).
- Actively participate in monthly project review meeting with Nutrition and FSL teams, provide inputs in identifying gaps and define priorities for projects.
- Raise technical issues and challenges to Health and Nutrition Programme coordinator and Manager for technical support and problem solving.
- Report any problems in a timely manner to the nutrition coordinator.
- Assist in any other tasks when required.
QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS
- Diploma, nutrition or equivalent; (nursing\ medical qualification desirable).
- At least 1 year of Experience of emergency nutrition work particulary in CMAM implementation.
- Good written and spoken English.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skill.
- Good computer skill including MS.
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