Stabilization Center Officer at Action Against Hunger | ACF-International

Action Against Hunger | ACF International, a global humanitarian organization committed to ending world hunger, works to save the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger.Location: Damaturu-Yobe / Maiduguri-Borno
Start date: Subject to Grant Funding Approval
Direct Line Manager: Sector Manager: Health and Nutrition

Objective 1

Proper functioning of the Therapeutic Feeding Center:

Tasks and Responsibilities:
In collaboration with the Stabilization Center Manager, the SC officer will ensure that the center is functioning properly, providing care of high quality including medical diagnosis and treatment of SAM children presenting with medical complications

Ensure that the referred SAM children from other health facilities or community health workers are re-diagnosed and documented appropriately.
Ensure that the admission criteria into a stabilization center according to the national CMAM Protocol and WHO guidelines are followed.
Support the stabilization center medical team on deciding properly about the malnutrition status of SAM children and referrals to other components of CMAM (SC/OTP/SFP) by ensuring strict compliance with the recommended discharge criteria.
Boldly indicate on the wall all the available OTP in the LGA for appropriate referral of SAM children to OTP nearest to their home.
Ensure that dispensing of sugar water and F75 upon admission is in place
Ensure appropriate diagnosis and monitoring of hypothermia, hypoglycemia, dehydration, severe anaemia, take timely action to prevent and treat those complications using the protocol strictly in collaboration with SC doctors.
Follow up on the anthropometric measurement of the children (weight, MUAC, checking bilateral edema and W/H percentage) to ensure consistent weight gain in collaboration with the team.
Closely follow up and monitor to ensure that all the necessary information on the registration book, treatment sheet, follow up card at admission and discharge are recorded for each beneficiary.
Provide adequate coaching and hands-on training to the SC nurses and nurse aides on the treatment and follow up protocols, procedures in the SC.
Provide technical coaching to the nurses and nurse aides on the calculation, preparation of therapeutic milk and distribution and monitoring of feeding according to the standard protocol for the SAM children.
Ensure that SC nurses and nurse aides are encouraging breastfeeding practices.
Train nurses and nurse aids on supplementary Suckling technique (SST) and ensure SST for mothers facing breastfeeding challenges.
Ensure that the systematic treatment and drugs are given correctly to all patient in collaboration with SC doctors.
Ensure caregivers are regularly given feedback on the status of their children.
Follow up on the hygiene and sanitation rules in the center and ensure PPE is always available and been used.
Identification of absence and defaulters from stabilization center and follow up at home through volunteer’s network and/or outreach staff in collaboration with SC manager.

Objective 2

Drugs, therapeutic feeding products, and equipment

Tasks and Responsibilities:

Ensure that adequate supplies are available in stabilization centers in collaboration with the SC manager
Ensure that daily record/tally on the utilization of each medicine and therapeutic feeding product used in SC are available.
Prepare weekly / monthly utilization, requisition and stock report for therapeutic feeding products, medicines and medical equipment with validation from the SC manager
Liaise with pharmacists for supplies with adequate anticipation.
Follow up the utilization and expiry information of all therapeutic feeding products and medicines on a regular basis and inform ACF's pharmacists for appropriate action required.
Prepare and ensure that the order forms are in conformity (including consumption coherence and SRO) and ensure anticipation to prevent stock out.
Provide technical support in milk preparation in accordance with protocol and hygiene rules.
Ensure the rational use of medicines and therapeutic foods at the center
Ensure that all medical devices and equipment are properly handled and functioning at all times.

Objective 3

Information management, reporting, and coordination:

Tasks and Responsibilities:

Ensure that all information from initial diagnosis and previous diagnosis/treatments (if referred from OTP) of SAM children coming to the center are captured in the CCP card and admission register.
Ensure that all data collection tools (i.e. screening registers, patient registers, patient CCP cards, patient feeding charts, patient’s diagnosis test reports, etc.) are regularly updated and always available at the center.
Ensure that all actions carried out on any SAM patient are recorded in the patient file no matter how minute.
Compile and analyze the data and determine the performance of the center, share the monthly Activity Progress Report with the SC manager in collaboration with the SC manager
Regularly report and coordinate with nutrition SC manager regarding challenges, issues faced at the center for timely and appropriate decision making.

Objective 4

Personnel management

Tasks and Responsibilities:

Respect the existing working rules and to be attentive to the working condition of the personnel.
Distribute and delegates the work within the personnel according to their knowledge
Organize and conduct weekly medical meetings with the team to discuss mortality review and a case study in collaboration with the SC manager.
Inform the line managers in case of difficulties and challenges faced
Ensure the optimal hygienic condition of the center through regular daily cleaning and monthly super cleaning of the whole center.

Internal & External Relationship
Internal:

Nutrition and Health Deputy Head of Department: technical support – exchange of information
PM:  Line manager.
Nutrition DPM: Referrals, follow-up, and exchange of information
Stabilization center nurse, Stabilization Doctor, nurse aids, lab technician, cleaners, watchmen: Line management

External:

Local representatives of international aid organizations: exchange of information
Collaborate with Hospital in-charge in regards to overall SC management, integrating the SC unit’s report into regular hospital reporting following SC manager’s approval.
HeRoN Consortium partners

Position Requirements
Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in medicine with SC experience, Nursing, RN Nurse with SC experience Public Health, Nutrition or related degree desired

Skills and Experience
Essential:

Minimum of one (2) years’ experience in the inpatient management of SAM cases with Medical Complications and CMAM programs implementation
Valid and current practising license.
Excellent report-writing skills are required
Fluent in written and spoken English, Hausa and/or Kanuri
Good Communication and Interpersonal skills
Team management experience with similar programs
Commitment to and understanding of ACTION AGAINST HUNGER’s aims, values, and principles.
Working knowledge of Word, Excel, PowerPoint is required

Minimum Basic Salary
N236,585 per month

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