With a mission to restore health and healing to those most in need, IMA World Health is a non-profit, faith-based organization that offers extensive expertise in health systems strengthening as well as neglected tropical diseases, malaria, HIV, non-communicable diseases, and sexual and gender based violence programs in some of the most challenging and post-conflict settings throughout Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean.
IMA world Health in partnership with Nutrition in Tanzania (PANITA) and Development Media International (DMI) will be implementing a five year program (from 2015 to 2019/2020) for Addressing Stunting in Tanzania Early (ASTUTE), to improve early childhood development and reduce the prevalence of stunting (low height for age) among Tanzanian children under 5 years old with focus on the first 1000 days of life from conception.
The anticipated DFID-funded project in Tanzania will be implemented in 5 regions of Kagera, Mwanza, Shinyanga, Geita and Kigoma in collaboration with Local Government Authorities and other multi sectoral stakeholders to support the National nutrition Strategy and will look, specifically to 1) support interventions to build knowledge, change attitudes, strengthen practice and expand services 2) retrain health facility and community level resource persons to ensure community engagement 3) deliver overall nutrition components and build the capacity of DNuOs and District trainers 4) build capacity for planning, programming, budgeting and financial management to sustainably address stunting.
We are seeking a Nutrition Officer will be based in one of the 4 regions of Geita, Shinyanga, Kagera and Kigoma. The candidate is a recognized expert in the nutrition profession and will lead the efforts of addressing stunting in Tanzania early (ASTUTE) in the region focusing on improving the multi-sectoral response to nutrition at regional, district and community levels; enhancing capacity to support optimal nutrition-relevant care practices and increasing knowledge of community and household's decision makers, mothers and care givers of children aged less than 2 years.
The Nutrition Officer will report to the Nutrition Advisor and will work closely with the project BCC Officers and Government's regional and district Nutrition Officers and collaborate with multi-sectoral stakeholders through the regions and districts multi-sectoral nutrition steering committees and other forums.
In collaboration with the BCC Officers, advocate for the ASTUTE nutrition strategy to policy makers at regional and district levels and seek for their support.
Organize the launch of ASTUTE at regional & district levels.
In collaboration with BCC staff, facilitate the DNuOs to convene the districts multi-sectoral nutrition committee meetings to develop plans, budgets, clarify roles and targets and advocate for district financing.
Conduct joint review of TFNC's training modules for regional and DNuOs to identify training gaps.
In collaboration with nutrition experts build the capacity of DNuOs and district trainers and supervise them to conduct further trainings to CSOs, Health service providers, community leaders and CHWs
Participate in conducting supportive supervision, monitoring and evaluation of project activities to ensure quality at all implementation levels.
Participate in operational research and BCC activities.
Collaborate with Mwanzo Bora, UNICEF, WASH projects and other relevant DFID projects operating in the area.
Prepare regular implementation reports and submit them timely to Nutrition Advisor.
Prepare quarterly and annual reports and share with districts multisectoral nutrition committee
Organize meetings to discuss project activities, identifying challenges and successes and provide solutions to implementation challenges when needed.
Attend key nutrition related meetings in the regions and districts.
Provide feedback on ASTUTE activities to regional and district authorities on regular basis.
Prepare weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual reports for Nutrition Advisor.
Perform any other activities as requested by Nutrition Advisor.
Specific Skills Required
Nutrition, public health and basic BCC skills
Counselling mothers and care givers on IYCF, WASH and dietary diversification
Advocacy and training skills
Must be a team player
Must be a creative and innovative thinker
Must possess research, training and documentation skills
Analytical and M&E skills
The candidate must have a bachelor's degree in nutrition, Food Science and Technology or other relevant disciplines with more than three years of experience in implementing nutrition mainly on infant and young child feeding (IYCF)
A master's degree in nutrition, public health, food science will be added advantages