Nutrition Manager at International Rescue Committee (IRC)

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is a global humanitarian aid, relief and development nongovernmental organization. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers emergency aid and long-term assistance to refugees and those displaced by war, persecution or natural disaster. The IRC is currently working in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities where it resettles refugees and helps them become self-sufficient.

Composed of first responders, humanitarian relief workers, international development experts, health care providers, and educators, the IRC has assisted millions of people around the world since its founding in 1933.Sector: Health

Employment Category: Fixed Term

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Maiduguri, Nigeria

Job Overview/Summary:

The Nutrition Manager is the focal point for IRC's primary Nutrition care services in MMC and Jere –Borno state and will supervise Nutrition officers and senior nutrition officers in the other areas of intervention; s/he reports to the Nutrition Coordinator .The Nutrition Manager will directly supervise the implementation of HERON grant and ensure a quality Nutrition programming, in accordance with national and international standards. The Nutrition Manager will identify gaps in Nutrition services and take the necessary steps to address those gaps. S/he provides technical oversight/ assistance in planning, implementing and monitoring of high impact interventions and provides support in system strengthening and promotion of childhood nutrition, with special focus to the most vulnerable and unreached population groups. In addition, provide coordinated support and technical assistance to Health Department and management of on-going programs statewide and establishing nutrition surveillance systems. He/she will directly supervise all DFID (HERON) nutrition activities in the State region which will comprise of CMAM which include outreach activities, 24 hour stabilization center services and Robust Infant &Young child Feeding program and will directly supervise Nutrition staff working in Damaturu in Yobe and supervises other states via the respective nutrition managers. He/she will coordinate nutrition program activities and report to the Nutrition coordinator.

Key Roles and Responsibilities:

Program Management & Development

Participate in the development of nutrition sector budgets and following up on their effective implementation.
Develop nutrition sector work plans for all the IRC nutrition grants. Supervise and coordinate the implementation and monitoring of nutrition project activities in the Borno states in line with proposal targets and work plan timelines.
Conduct nutritional surveillance in the program sites, including host community and internally displaced persons (IDPs)based on agreed methodologies including surveys, process monitoring, SMART, LQAS, SQUEAC and other rapid methods.
Work with the field based nutrition staff and community health Volunteers to establish, implement and monitor community based management of acute malnutrition activities, coupled with patient follow up, referrals and education for their better management at community level.
Coordinate with other IRC departments and implementing partners to develop training curricula and implementation plans for community Health Volunteers (CHV’s).
Assist in response and management of any nutrition emergencies e.g. acute food shortages and participate in the development of disaster preparedness systems.
Promote mother infant and young child feeding best practices in various health facilities.
Oversee implementation and integration of comprehensive growth monitoring program/Mass MUAC screenings at community level and report accordingly.
Participate actively in execution of operational research and Documentation of Best Nutrition practices in various health facilities/Outreach sites if need be.
Participate actively in planned program Rapid Nutrition assessment, nutrition surveys and KAP Assessments.
Monitoring and supervising both IRC and MOH staff seconded to IRC to ensure work is performed efficiently.
Routinely monitor staff performance according to their job description and provide written feedback in a timely manner.
Oversee continuous training programs for the nutrition staff as well as organizing trainings with consultants as per the annual work-plan & budget.
Review personnel issues and concerns of nutrition staff and assist with determining and implementing solutions.
Participate in recruitment of nutrition staff as appropriate.
Participate in the development of proposals, budgets and concept notes in coordination with the Nutrition Coordinator, DDP, Grants team, and HQ Technical Unit
Monitor the purchase and use of materials, equipment and supplies
Monitor and evaluate appropriate implementation of  projects against program objectives and IRC’s Program Framework
Identify opportunities for program development

Staff Management

Recruit national staff in conjunction with the Human Resources Department
Maintain updated job descriptions, conduct interviews, orient new staff to the IRC and the Protection program
Supervise the nutrition staff directly, providing ongoing leadership to the project team and overseeing implementation and coordination of activity plans to ensure targets are met
Provide ongoing supervision, leadership, training and technical support and guidance to nutrition staff, and ensure all nutrition staff adhere to best-practice principles in all aspects of program implementation
Overall responsibility for Nutrition team’s timesheets, work plans, vacation schedules, and staff training/development activities
Ensure Performance Management System documentation for all staff is in place and followed up regularly
Build staff capacity in work plan development and reporting to ensure accurate monitoring and documentation of activities
Recommend and implement a capacity building/development plan for project staff based on documented capacity needs assessments exercise
Ensure nutrition staff understands and follows IRC and donor Policies and Procedures
Technical Monitoring and Program Quality
Provide technical supervision of, and technical support to IRC nutrition programming activities.
Provide capacity building to MOH staffs in health facilities and support reporting on CMAM online report and DHIS
Ensure that nutrition programs utilize standardized protocols, policies and guidelines, as prescribed by the Ministry of Health and WHO/UNICEF
Ensure that all nutrition activities are consistent with established best practices
Oversee the collection and timely reporting of data and statistics for all nutrition programs in line with IRC guidelines and according to internal and donor requirements
Ensure appropriate follow-up and decision-making on data relevant to IRC nutrition programs
Ensure good coordination with the health and Nutrition teams at field level
Monitor evolving needs of the target communities and adjust the programmatic priorities as necessary
Attend internal and external sector coordination meetings (IRC, WFP, UNICEF, LGA, STATE and federal sector meetings and update the Nutrition coordinators and Heron Team lead from time to time on key discussions.
Conduct nutritional surveillance in the program sites, including host community and internally displaced persons (IDPs)based on agreed methodologies including surveys, process monitoring, SMART, LQAS, SQUEAC and KAP.

 Working Relationships:

Position Reports to:  Nutrition Coordinator

Position directly supervises:  Nutrition Managers, Senior Nutrition officers, Nutrition M/E Officer

Indirect Reporting: SPC

 Other Internal and/or external contacts: describe the nature of departments or groups the position influences or requires support from to accomplish objectives.

Internal: All other IRC sectors offering integrated services at all intervention areas.

External:  SPHCDA, UNICEF, WHO, HMB, Federal Ministry of Health, other INGOs.


Bachelor degree in Food, Nutrition and Dietetics or Registered nurse or Medical doctor with strong Nutrition Background  from a recognized University.(Masters in Public Health (MPH)/Nutrition preferred)
A minimum of 7-10 years of professional experience in nutrition, public health, nutrition planning and management and/or in relevant areas of maternal, infant and child nutrition care at program management level is required.
Knowledge in computer statistical packages such as SMART and basic data analysis skills.
Experience in designing and implementing nutrition surveys and other methodologies.
MUST be registered by Nigeria Nutritionist and Dietitians Institute or other relevant Bodies;
Should be conversant with skills such as SQUEAC, SLEAC surveys techniques.
Experience in managing a nutrition program in emergencies or among refugee/ displaced populations is an added advantage
Excellent management skills
Ability to write clear and concise reports and proposals and to meet required reporting deadlines.
Able to work independently while being a strong team player.
Experience supervising health staff in a complex setting; ability to support and build staff capacity.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Ability to live and work under pressure in an unstable security environment.
Excellent computer skills: MS Word, Excel, Power-point, Epi-Info/SPSS, Outlook and the internet.
Fluency in English. Skill in local languages will be an added advantage.
Ready to Travel and work in within the state and frequent travel to northern Nigeria especially BAMA, MAFA, Konduga and other hard to reach areas as assigned by the management or delegated by the Nutrition coordinator.

Work Environment

The position will be based in Maiduguri –Borno State, Nigeria. The situation in northeast Nigeria continues to be volatile and the security phase is orange or red depending on location.
Package includes; this is a national position.
Competitive Monthly salary,
Health Insurance Coverage for Family,
Annual earned leave days,
Pension scheme,
Crèche Facilities available for Women with babies under 24 Months.

Education: Bachelor degree in Food, Nutrition and Dietetics or Registered nurse or Medical doctor with strong Nutrition Background  from a recognized University.(Masters in Public Health (MPH)/Nutrition preferred

Work Experience: 10 Years work experience

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:

Language Skills:  English, Hausa and fluency in local dialect will be added advantage.

Certificates or Licenses: valid professional practice license is mandatory.

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