ACF Maternal Infant and Young Child Nutrition Officer Job in West Pokot, Kenya

Maternal Infant and Young Child Nutrition Officer-West Pokot         
        
Country: Kenya    
Base:  West Pokot

Direct line manager: Nutrition Program Manager

Line management of: Starting date: As soon as possible      

Founded in 1979, ACF International (Action Against Hunger) is an international humanitarian organization that delivers programs in over 40 countries. 
Recognized worldwide as a leader in the fight against hunger, our mission is to save lives through the prevention, detection, and treatment of malnutrition, especially during and after emergency situations and conflicts. 
From crisis to sustainability, ACF tackles the underlying causes of malnutrition and its effects. By integrating our programs with local and national systems, we further ensure that short-term interventions become long-term solutions. 
With Head Offices in France, the United Kingdom, Spain, the United States and Canada, our international network shares its combined resources, breadth of experience and technical expertise in pursuit of a world without hunger.

ACF is present in Kenya since 2001. Currently the mission is implementing program activities in West Pokot, Isiolo, Tana River, Garissa and Dadaab refugee camps.

Summary

Reporting to the Nutrition Program Manager, the MIYCN Program Officer will be part of the team implementing the scale up of Maternal Infant and Young Child Nutrition (MIYCN) interventions in West Pokot County.
  • He/She will represent ACF and the program within the community;
  • oversee the promotion and protection of breastfeeding and optimum complementary feeding; provide capacity building to facility staff, community health volunteers and other members of ACF nutrition team through class room trainings, on the job trainings, mentorship and sensitization;
  • assist the nutrition programme manager in planning community and facility based nutrition interventions supporting improved care and access to optimal nutrition for the first 1000 days;
  •  provide support for the sensitization of the health facility staff and the community on the  CODE of marketing breast milk and complementary foods;
  • facilitate information exchange and cooperation with all ACF interventions and external stakeholders;
  • assist in monitoring and evaluating MIYCN interventions through KAP surveys and other related assessments;
  • act as focal point in collecting data and developing success stories,
  • case studies and lessons learnt;
  • assist the MIYCN manager in planning for communication for behaviour change in MIYCN; assist the program manager to work with the logistics and admin departments to plan, procure appropriate supplies and follow up community based activities;
  • provide regular progress and update reports according to the request of Nutrition Program Manager and as per the ACF nutrition department guidelines.
Qualifications and Skills required
  • Degree in nutrition or public health/3 year Diploma in nutrition, public or community health or related health field
  • Previous experience in MICYN programming will be an added advantage
  • At least 1 year experience in a nutrition program/project with an MIYCN component is a MUST
  • Previous experience with an international relief humanitarian agency and a demonstrated humanitarian motivation
  • Computer skills with excellence in Microsoft Access, Excel and Word
  • Proven ability to work in a team and proven skills in capacity building and community development (including community participation)
  • Good communication skills, particularly with children and mothers and general community members
  • Must be a leader who is organized, motivated, autonomous and able to take initiatives, and courteous and must have the ability to interact with a wide variety of people and communities.
  • Good level of spoken and written English and Kiswahili.  Understanding of local language will be an added advantage.
  • Ability to work within deadlines, follow security rules and be flexible
What ACF will offer:
  • Start date: As soon as possible
  • Duty station: West Pokot
  • Remuneration package: Very Competitive salary package with additional benefits to include:
  • Career development opportunities with ACF
  • Training opportunities
  • Comprehensive medical cover for self and dependants
  • Opportunity to work in a good and friendly environment with a dynamic and motivated team
Closing Date:  30th June 2013 by Close of Business 5pm. Applications sent after the closing date and time will not be considered.

Interested candidates should forward their applications including a cover letter, curriculum vitae and telephone contacts and email addresses of 3 referees preferably former/current supervisors (certificates will be required later on in the recruitment process) to:
Email: recruit.ke@acf-international.org  indicate the position on the subject line of the email.