Founded in 2007, ABH Services PLC (also called ABH Partners by trade name) is a leading consultancy and human resources sourcing management firm in Ethiopia with over eleven years of experience in supporting the implementation of development programs and projects. ABH exists to fuel synergistic societal growth by harnessing local knowledge and international standard. Dedicated to the betterment of societal development, technical assistance and knowledge management, ABH has gained credibility and industry experience in the development sector in general and the public health sphere of Ethiopia in particular. ABH focuses on knowledge management as the enabler and cross-cutting theme across its four major service lines or core competencies: Consultancy, Survey Management, Training and Implementation of projects and programs.
Based on a request from a prominent Client, ABH would like to recruit a competent individual for the following position.
Position –Emergency Nutrition Officer
Support capacity development, monitoring CMAM and IYCF-E program (SC, OTP, TSFP and IYCF-E), zonal and woreda coordination related to nutrition emergency response in the assigned Region (Oromia, Somali, SNNP, Afar, Amhara, Gambella, Benishangul Gumuz and Tigrai).
The Emergency Nutrition Officer is expected to perform the following tasks:
- Coordination: Participate in cluster-level nutrition as well as inter-cluster coordination meetings and response that is cross-sectoral to meet the needs of the communities affected. Also, focal points will represent Client nutrition; report to the Client Nutrition Specialist on the outcome and follow-ups of the meeting and coordinated responses. Capacity building at Zonal Health Departments (ZHD) and Zonal DPP in emergency nutrition response, information management and analysis and decision making (IMAM admission trends, performance and prioritization, call for ad hoc surveys and assessments as needed, contextual data triangulation across health and WASH and field mission updates) is one of the main result areas. Based on the information provided, the analysis and action should be able to trigger immediate alert and response to the nutrition needs through a multi-sectoral approach that addresses multi-faceted needs.
- On the Job Mentorship/ Training and Capacity Building: Undertake and facilitate on the job training and mentorship using the standardised scorecard/monitoring tool, profile and identify capacity gaps among health staff and health extension workers and capacity building and tailor-make mentorship support to meet the training needs. Training needs to be met includes, supplies management (requests/ pre-positioning/ re-positioning, ordering as required documentation), optimal quality care provision for SAM (screening, management, referral, linkages to livelihoods programs and health and nutrition education/ IYCF messaging)
- IMAM mapping: Closely monitor and regularly map out the functionality of the health facilities and of SAM treatment programme in the respective cluster. Regularly update training database, IMAM capacity mapping database, and produce intervention scales and gaps in the respective cluster.
- CINuS Implementation Support (where applicable). Support implementation of a comprehensive integrated nutrition service (CINuS) through: providing on-the-job mentoring to health workers and HEWs on provision of quality preventive nutrition services such as; growth monitoring and promotion, Iron folic acid supplementation and nutrition counseling to pregnant women. Provide technical support and monitor deworming and vitamin A supplementation programmes and report on the challenges and progress in quality and coverage for these services. Support and monitor proper utilization of CINuS registers and use of DHIS2 to improve reporting of nutrition indicators at all levels in 100 CINuS woredas. Conduct end user monitoring for preventive nutrition supplies along with RUTF and other treatment supplies.
- Facility expansion: Through collaboration with the NGO partners, support the Woreda Health Offices (WoHo) and Primary Health Care Units (PHCUs) expand Acute Malnutrition (SAM & MAM) treatment programme by establishing/rehabilitating facilities with OTP, TSFP and SC sites. Expansion to new sites should be delicately balanced with the need to provide sustainable quality service and the capacity available.
- Nutrition supplies: Identify the nutrition supply needs (particularly RUTF, therapeutic milks, routine medicine for SAM treatment, recording and reporting materials, and equipment for OTPs and SCs), shortages and gap and immediately alert Client for remedial action; Strengthen the capacity of the WoHo and Zonal Health Departments (ZHD) for supply planning, prepositioning, dispatch, warehousing, and inventory management at facility level. Train the health personnel on supply stock management and prepositioning at zonal, woreda and facility levels. Ensure bin cards are kept for nutrition supplies, in particular RUTF and therapeutic milks and support the health facilities to provide monthly supply consumption report. In addition, conduct end user monitoring to assess nutrition supplies are properly utilized.
- IMAM/IYCF Monitoring: Conduct regular monitoring visits and assess quality of nutrition services in HPs and HCs (SAM treatment outcomes, Nutrition Screening, IYCF-E counselling). Provide mentoring and on-the-job training to HEWs on Nutritional Screening, IYCF counseling and adherence to SAM treatment protocols. Much more emphasis will be placed on supporting regular nutrition screening of IDP children and women for early detection of SAM as well as MAM. Visit Health facilities sites, preferably with the woreda and kebele officials and health personnel as well as NGO counterparts, to assess the needs and identify the best way to reach out to them for provision of nutrition and health services. Support the government health personnel in mainstreaming of the Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies (IYCF-E) messages during nutrition screenings, SAM treatment, and other campaigns.
- Joint Support and Supervision and Routine Monitoring: Participate on joint supportive supervision with Nutrition focal persons and partners; build the capacity of the WoHos and PHCUs on providing technical oversight of IMAM programme in their respective catchment areas. As well, participate on nutrition review meetings and give effective contributions and share reports of the SS & RM
- Assess the Health and WASH situation, impacting the nutritional situation, provide technical support and provide feedback.
- Data Management: Support collection, analysis and dissemination of nutrition programme data, including screening for acute malnutrition and referral to IMAM programme, admissions and performance for SAM treatment, vitamin A supplementation and deworming; and Growth Monitoring and Promotion (GMP); Ensure nutrition interventions, in particular the IMAM programme, are aligned to the national and international standards; Build the capacity of the WoHos and PHCUs in data recording, reporting, triangulation, and evidence-based decision making. Also, support the WoHos to ensure monthly TFP data are captured into the DHIS and local level analysis and triangulation for action on the CMAM data.
- Timely Reporting: Provide weekly/bi-weekly situation update and monthly progress reports to Client (FO Nutrition Specialist/Officer) and ABH (coordinator at ABH)
- Immunization Monitoring: Ensure children under CMAM program receive immunization services in line with the national guideline. Work with the WoHos/immunization focal persons to ensure timely and regular availability of vaccines and cold chain supplies for immunization activities in all OTP and SC sites. Provide bi-weekly immunization update from the CMAM sites using the immunization guide. Note: this extra responsibility shall only be applicable to specific regions where such support is required.
- Execute other tasks as relevant, based on the evolving emergency situation.
- Weekly/ Bi-weekly/monthly situation updates and more frequent updates as may be required
- Monthly Travel/ Activity Plans (last week of each month for the next month)
- Monthly activity and Progress Report (based on score card)
- Updated IMAM mapping and training data base of detailed identify of staff supported, capacity gaps identification and resolution at local level
- Facilities visited, support provided, gaps identified, recommendations/ or other support required
- Monthly supplies status for visited health facilities/ actions taken to address gaps (anticipated shortages, documentation gaps if any (focusing on soon to expire supplies, re-positioning done to avoid expiry, pre-positioning should it rain, or flooding be anticipated in the near future, timely requests done to avoid stock-outs)
- Complete and timely TFP data submission monthly basis.
Expected Background, Qualification and Competencies
- University Degree in either Medicine, clinical or public Nursing, public health or nutrition
- Proven track record of at least 3 years’ experience in emergency nutrition programing (CMAM)
- Experience in providing capacity building (training, mentoring, supervising)
- Experience in IYCF, Adolescent and Maternal Nutrition, CHD, GMP
- Fluency in English (verbal and written).
- Good knowledge of the local language is required.
- NGO experience is an asset.
How to Apply
- Qualified and interested applicants who fulfill the above requirements can submit their CV along with application letter through firstname.lastname@example.org by stating the position you are applying on the subject email or submit in person to our head office located on Bole road, Behind DH Geda Tower
- For more information, please call at +251 11618 65 20
- Deadline for submission of application- October 5, 2019