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Health and Nutrition Project Officer Position open at Self Help Africa

Health and Nutrition Project Officer Position open at Self Help Africa, January 20 2022


Deadline: 01.30.2022
Location: Oda Bultum woreda, Oromia


Job Description

Gorta was formed in 1965 by the Irish government in response to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation’s call for countries to support long term agricultural and economic development in the world’s poorest regions. Today the Gorta Group is a group of innovative organisations driving sustainable economic and social change across Africa.

Comprising Self Help Africa, Partner Africa and TruTrade, the Gorta Group combines expertise in market-based solutions to poverty and rural development; climate change mitigation and resilience; trade facilitation and farmer and worker rights; underpinned by an inclusive ethos that specifically targets women and youth.  In August 2021, United Purpose joined the Gorta Group, which operates as Self Help Africa (SHA), bringing together two organisations with proud histories of assisting those in greatest need. United Purpose, formerly Concern Universal, has worked for more than 40 years as a leader in community-led development and grassroots innovation. SHA now has over 700 staff worldwide as a result of the merger, and a global turnover of over €40m. We are currently implementing a portfolio of 80 projects in Bangladesh, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Uganda and Zambia funded by a variety of institutional and private donors including the European Union, Irish Aid and World Food Programme. In 2020, we supported close to eight million people in rural communities across sub-Saharan Africa and Bangladesh.

Project Overview

Self Help Africa, with funding from the Glimmer of Hope is currently implementing a five (5) year project aiming to improve the sustainable livelihoods and to increase the resilience of poor people in 13 kebeles of Oda Bultum district, Oromia, Ethiopia.

The project has been designed as part of A Glimmer of Hope’s Oda Bultum Integrated Community Development Program (Oda Bultum ICDP) and aims to alleviate deep rooted poverty through a holistic development approach (across multiple sectors) to address the specific development needs of rural communities in Oda Bultum.

The aim of the livelihood component of the ICDP program is to increase the food, nutrition and income security of 19,000 smallholder households (male and female headed) in Oda Bultum.

Job purpose

  • The Health and Nutrition Project Officer will work under the OB ICDP project being implemented in Oda Bultum Woreda to:
  • Support Nutrition and WASH project activity planning for implementation together with the project partners and project team in consultations with project manager and Nutrition and Gender advisor
  • Support implementation of Nutrition and Gender capacity building /TOT and cascade trainings in the project area in liaison with the Gender and Nutrition advisor and project manager
  • Day to day activities will include capacity building of health and agriculture extension workers and mother to mother support groups with nutrition /IYCF-NSA/   TOT trainings and maternal health/nutrition in particular
  • Cascade nutrition / IYCF-NSA/ trainings to lead farmers together with the health and agriculture extension workers
  • Partake in cooking demonstration sessions and other practical activities to embed nutrition and WASH within the community
  • Disseminate training materials on nutrition and gender to target groups
  • When required, support field assessments and research activities including data collection and compilation of case studies specific to nutrition, gender and WASH aspects for the project.
  • Establish and facilitate training to beneficiary at community, education and health facilities/ institutions.
  • Support and promote target selection and lead community dialogue sessions.
  • Roll out training on the Family Life Model and adopting a gender transformative approach with beneficiaries
  • Follow up on partners and trainers to ensure Nutrition and Gender training reports are submitted to SHA through the project Manager and Nutrition and Gender advisor.
  • Facilitate and assist the timely submission of regular reports (monthly, quarterly, semi-annual and annual) or special reports as deemed necessary.
  • Responsible for hygiene and sanitation promotion works in collaboration with the nutrition/gender training/capacity building
  • Collaborate with relevant Oda Bultum Woreda stakeholders as necessary including representing SHA in the WASH, Nutrition and Gender working groups and meetings.
  • Support other activities as requested.



  • Head of Program
  • Nutrition and Gender advisor
  • Project Manager
  • Agriculture Officer
  • M & E Officer

Company: Self Help Africa

Department: Programmes

Reports to: Programme Manager, OB ICDP project

Duration: 1 year with the possibility of extension based on job performance and fund availability

Job Requirements:

NOW Self-Help Africa (SHA) SHA is looking to hire Health and Nutrition Project Officer for OB ICDP project being implemented in Oda Bultum Woreda.
  • S/He supports Nutrition and WASH project activity planning for implementation together with the project partners and project team in consultations with project manager and Nutrition and Gender advisor.

Knowledge, experience, and skills

  • Degree in health science, community nutrition and dietetics, rural development and family science or related fields
  • At least 2 years’ experience in practice on Nutrition, gender mainstreaming and community WASH programming
  • Experience working collaboratively in a team structure in a multicultural environment is desirable.
  • Experience working in ASAL areas and resilience projects an added advantage.
  • Experience working with partners desired
  • He/ she should demonstrate motivated participation in the learning process.
  • Knowledge on community WASH programming is an added advantage.

Key competencies:

  • Ability to maintain high standards of personal integrity; establishing straightforward, productive relationships; treating all individuals with fairness and respect, demonstrating sensitivity for ethnic, cultural and gender differences.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, database, email and utilization of the internet.
  • Ability to initiate and manage change and to recognize and adjust to rapidly changing conditions / environments.
  • Communication skills – effective communication is key in this role.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written English
  • Very good level of spoken and written Oromifa is preferable


How To Apply:

Please upload a completed Application Form, CV and cover letter outlining your suitability for the role here following this link.

Please note incomplete applications will not be considered for shortlisting.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview.

Though SHA is an equal opportunity employer, we highly encourage women applicants.

Self Help Africa is committed to equal Job opportunities

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