Position: Nutrition & Healthcare Specialist
Background: Our Client is an International Non-Governmental Organization with affiliates in the US, Kenya and Ethiopia; and is beginning operations in Nigeria with the mission to end extreme poverty in remote rural communities. Our Client anticipates working across a spectrum of intervention areas including agriculture, rural livelihoods, small animal husbandry, farmer organization development, nutrition and healthcare. All programming will work through a locally established farmer organization through a training philosophy that focuses on participatory and learner-focused activities to build the skills and knowledge of Clients’ participants.
Overall Responsibility: The Nutrition and Healthcare Specialist will report to the Impact Manager and give key input to the design, creation and implementation of Client’s programing. One of the key tasks of the Nutrition and Healthcare Specialist will be joining with other staff to conduct the planning process that will to design the program interventions. S/he will work with the team to design, prepare and implement the new intervention. The Nutrition and Healthcare Specialist will work toward his/her strategic goals and milestones, and advise the Impact Manger in making impactful organizational decisions.
Furthermore, Nutrition and Health Specialist will foster organizational development, promote Client’s values and servant leadership culture, promote accountability and high performance, and encourage team creativity and innovation. S/he will ensure all intervention areas are helping the rural community realize meaningful choices in order to lift themselves out of extreme poverty in a sustainable way.
Duties and Responsibilities: The Nutrition and Health Specialist will work under the supervision of Impact manager to perform the following duties and responsibilities:
Contribute strongly to the technical design of intervention programming and ensure activities are effectively and efficiently focused on Client’s vision and strategic objectives.
Provide technical leadership and support as needed, and evaluate new opportunities for nutrition and maternal and child health in the Client operating area.
Assist the Impact Manager in ensuring that programs are designed, planned and implemented in a sustainable, accountable and transparent way.
Establish and maintain successful relationships with Government Offices, community leaders, and other key stakeholders.
Prepare high quality progress reports and ensure they are submitted on time.
Ensure health interventions are effectively integrated with other impact program focus areas and collaborate with the rest of the Client’s team and specialists.
Work with the Client Monitoring & Evaluation team to ensure that interventions are effectively monitored and evaluated in order to assess progress, increase impact, and guide scaling decisions.
Apply analytical and critical-thinking skills to a wide range of development issues in order to design holistic, integrated, and impactful activities for the target community.
Exemplify the servant leadership philosophy of Client and work with other team members to build company culture around a service and farmer-first mentality.
Integrate activities into the local environment including awareness of political, religious and economic aspects.
Perform any other duties as required by and instructed by the Impact Manager.
Minimum of Master’s degree in Development studies, Public Health, Nutrition, Social or behavioral sciences, Dietetics, Community Nursing or any other related field from a recognized institution. (Bachelor degrees will be considered with significant field and practical experience (6 -10 years)).
Minimum of 4-6 years practical professional experience in the health and nutrition development sector, in addition to Master’s Degree.
Extensive experience developing health projects and activities and/or managing health and nutrition programs (reference checks required).
Knowledge of creating and updating training curriculum with proven experience planning and conducting formal training sessions on health and nutrition.
Good understanding of community development, poverty cycle, rural livelihoods and NGO program cycle management
Demonstrated passion or interest for development work, focused on building community leaders and creating grassroots impact in rural areas.
Excellent interpersonal communication, negotiation and problem-solving skills.
Able to demonstrate servant leadership, a passion for improving the lives of others, and the ability to inspire team members to achieve organizational goals.
Ability to use systems and organizational tools, while multitasking and supporting other team members under stressful conditions.
Attention to detail, deadlines, and ability to follow procedures, and work productively both independently and collaboratively with team members.
Ability and willingness to stay and work at the Local Government Area (LGA) in rural areas.
Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).
High level of integrity and honesty.
Fluency in English and Hausa is required.
Understanding of nutrition and health strategic communication planning for behavior development, social mobilization, participatory communication and research.
Experience with gender mainstreaming in programming, commitment to being gender sensitive in approaches and programming; ability to promote inclusiveness and respect diverse perspectives.
Experience and knowledge with project-level Monitoring and Evaluation. Strong skills in monitoring, evaluation, research and conducting participatory, community-led assessments.
Experience with trauma-sensitive training or programming.
Experience with behavior change methods and measurement.
Experience working with farmer organizations or associations (farmer-owned business).
Agricultural or livestock experience (practical).
Additional experience with Food Security and Agriculture programming.
Fluency in local dialects of Kamwe and/or Margi is desired.
Salary, benefits and conditions:
Salary is competitive depending on qualifications and experience.
Positive atmosphere of dynamism and motivated team setting.
Atmosphere of a forefront professional and flexible NGO with a unique new development approach.
Annual, Maternity and Paternity leave benefits.
Transport costs and communication allowance.
Training and capacity building program and intensive mentorship by expat team.
Life Insurance covering accident, disability and related benefits.
Health Insurance covering employee and family.
Atmosphere of diversity committed to providing equal employment opportunity, forbidding discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, national or ethnic origin, age and disability, with respect to policies and visions.
Other Labour best practices apply.
Job Location: Michika, Adamawa State, Nigeria
Method of Application:
Interested candidates who meet the above criteria are invited to apply online by clicking the link below and following the instructions.
Based on Client’s equal opportunity policy, female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.