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Nutrition Advisor

IntraHealth International

Mbale, Uganda

Job Summary

The Nutrition Advisor will provide both strategic and technical direction to nutrition programming in the region with the exception of the two Karamoja districts of Moroto and Kotido; and will be responsible for the development and implementation of the USAID RHITES-E Activity's facility and community based nutrition activities. The Advisor will liaise with the nutrition division of the Ministry of Health, District Nutrition Coordination Committees, District Health Teams and health facility in-charges/facility nutrition focal persons in the supported districts to establish and/or strengthen health facilities and community capacity for management of Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) and Severe Acute Malnutrition, as well as promotion of appropriate nutrition and WASH practices and behaviors.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Participate in USAID RHITES-E Activity periodic work planning, reporting and strategy development based on evidence, as necessary;
    • Participate in development of training packages at national and sub-regional level, and training of various services providers at community and facility levels using various training approaches;
    • Lead the planning and preparation of packages (protocols, guidelines, equipment and related materials) for nutrition capacity building;
  • Provide technical support to multi-sectoral nutrition programming through establishing and/or strengthening capacity of District Nutrition Coordination Committees;
    • Establish a program for community-based rehabilitation of malnourished children and promotion of Essential Nutrition Actions (ENAs) targeting the first 1,000 days of life. This involves initiating pilot sites, evaluating the results, and then scaling up the program to other communities;
    • Work with the regional referral nutritionist, district nutritionists, district nutrition focal persons, the DHMTs and health in-charges of the selected facilities to:
      • Develop a system for planning and management of nutrition supplies, equipment and tools and ensure timely ordering and delivery;
      • Ensure adherence to guidelines and protocols for management various forms of malnutrition;
      • Ensure establishment and functionality of Nutrition Work Improvement Teams as well as integration of nutrition in facility Quality Improvement approaches;
    • Act as a link between the USAID RHITES-E Activity and National Nutrition Division of the MoH and represent the USAID RHITES-E Activity in the nutrition Technical Working Group;
    • Participate in national, district and community level nutrition meetings with other nutrition stakeholders as requested;
    • Coordinate and conduct periodic stakeholder meetings aimed at promoting Collaboration, Learning and Adaptation among stakeholders in East Central region;
    • Provide technical support to other USAID RHITES-E technical personnel, including reviewing documents and presentations, developing strategies, approaches as requested;
    • Perform other job-related activities as assigned by the supervisor(s);
    • Work with the Ministry of Health, Implementing partners, nutrition committees, working groups to establish priorities, work plans and provide technical assistance to implement nutrition activities/tasks in Eastern Uganda;
    • In collaboration with MoH oversee the improvement and scale-up of nutrition services integration into all health services at health facility levels through conducting health systems strengthening performance assessment, and rapid assessment;
    • Strengthen capacities of Health facilities and districts to effectively use IMAM/NACS tools through capacity building and mentorship to ensure quality improvement;
    • Participate USAID RHITES-E work planning and strategy development, reporting, quarterly and annual reporting to USAID/Uganda;
    • Facilitate and participate in operational research related to Nutrition and share results for program and policy planning and decision making;
    • Contribute towards USAID RHITES-E Collaborating, Learning and Adapting and knowledge management activities, specifically in IMAM/NACS;
    • Perform other job-related activities as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Postgraduate degree nutrition, public health or related field;
  • At least 7 years of demonstrated experience in developing, implementing, and monitoring successful nutrition programs, managing malnutrition among vulnerable groups, and promoting behavioral change for prevention of malnutrition;
  • Familiarity with USAID funded nutrition initiatives and the positive deviance methodology is an added advantage;
  • Experience in technical and programming in IMAM/CMAM approaches, with additional expertise in community health and nutrition activities, including IMCI, essential nutrition actions, nutrition assessments, monitoring and evaluation, and behavior change communication;
  • Experience with USAID-funded programs required.

Skills

  • Ability to write effectively for a range of audiences and purposes, including policy-makers, program managers and service providers;
  • Ability to translate technical information into practical guidance and tools and effectively communicate these using print, electronic, and presentation media;
  • Fluency in English relevant computer software skills (including, at a minimum, the standard applications in MS Office);
  • Excellent presentation, organizational, interpersonal skills, Initiative and ability to work independently and as a team;
  • Ability to facilitate relationships and interact smoothly and effectively with stakeholders and colleagues;
  • Ability to solve problems creatively, multi-task and work as a member of a team;
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail; ability to establish priorities, meet deadlines;
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and coordinate with a variety of collaborators, including DHMTs, national level managers, donors, technical assistance organizations, NGOs and community-based organizations;
  • Strong and demonstrated supervisory skills;
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Strong report writing skills and computer skills.

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