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Islamic Relief is looking for Senior Nutrition Officer

Islamic Relief is looking for Senior Nutrition Officer, April 5 2022
Organization: Islamic Relief
Deadline: 04.12.2022
Employment: Full time
Location: Dekasuftu, Somali

Job Description:


Vacancy Advertisement 

April 5, 2022

Post Title:                 Senior Nutrition OfficeDuty Station:           Somali Regional State, Dekasuftu

Reports to:               Health & Nutrition Program Coordinator

Salary:                       As per the organization scale

Duration:                  Six months


Islamic Relief is an international relief and development charity founded in 1984 with its headquarters in Birmingham, UK. As well as responding to disasters and emergencies, Islamic Relief promotes sustainable economic and social development by working with local communities – regardless of race, religion or gender. The office officially started operation in Ethiopia in 2004. Islamic Relief Ethiopia (IRE) is operational in the Somali Regional State with a base office in Jigjiga, Hargelle, Elkere, Bare, GG and Dekasuftu, Afar Regional State; Ewa, Awra and Gulina; Oromia regional State, West Harergeye, Chiro and Meayso Woredas and an additional operational office in Addis Ababa. For more information please visit our website:

Job Purpose

The main purpose of the job is to oversee the proper coordination of Emergency Nutrition and WASH Response.  S/he is responsible to discharge technical services relating to overall project Planning, implementation and coordination. Support Woreda level government health staff and IRE nutrition and WASH team for the smooth and accurate running of the CMAM program and WASH through planning, capacity building and supervision following the national protocol. To provide operational guidance to project staff member, and to strengthen IR Ethiopia (IRE) Emergency Nutrition and WASH project and administrative systems in compliance with IR policy and procedures.

Task & ResponsibilitiesObjective 1: Team management


·         Draw up a planning, implementation and coordinator  of the work involved for each post;

·         Organize regularly evaluation meetings of team members;

·         Organize training courses;

·         Organize monthly meetings with the team and report the outcome to Area Operation Manager

·         Keep an updated register of the staff (absences, overtime);

·         Supervise the daily, weekly and monthly reports of the team;

·         If there is a problem, find out what is wrong and find a solution or else contact   Area Operation manager for managerial issues

·         In case of a conflict between team members try to mediate and refer to  Areal Operation Manager in need;

·         Check the way in which the team interacts with the beneficiaries and those accompanying them.

·         Ensure good coordination and collaboration with other nutrition and WASH team members and support departments.

·         Evaluate and update project needs (HR, financing, logistics)


Objective 2: Support government health staff to manage and supervise the nutrition centres (OTP, SC and TSFP) including Family MUAC 


·         Makes sure that CMAM program is implemented according to the new  National protocol

·         Follow-up of distribution, management and consumption of systematic treatment, therapeutic food and NFI

·         Makes sure that the HEWs, IRE nutrition team have adequate training on the management of acute malnutrition per National manual including Family MUAC

·         Plan and implement Family MUAC in the intervention woreda

·         Identify training gaps in the woreda

·         Plan on-the-job and refresher trainings according to the weaknesses identified

·         Adapt training material according to the identified needs

·         Provides technical support and training where required to all team members including HEWs in collaboration with woreda health office,

·         Analyze the nutritional and WASH situation;

·         Compile the statistical data and draft a report on activities.

·         Ensures the availability of job aids, reporting formats, therapeutic products and drugs for program implementation


Objective 3: Nutrition and WASH supplies and stock management


·         Checking  that all the supplies are listed in the register

·         Participate in the follow-up of supplies consumption and orders

·         Ensuring that stock levels are sufficient for the functioning of SFP and OTP/SC (weekly, monthly or quarterly)

·         Make monthly physical inventory of all nutrition and WASH supplies

Objective 4: Data management, reporting and program


·         Ensure proper recording of the information related to the   implementation of the CMAM + IYCF program in the nutrition centers including care practices, appetite test, health and nutrition education and home-visiting

·         Report on activities on a regular basis through organization’s  format and

·         Updating the Area Operation Manager on the status of the program and performance of the staff

Objective 5: Represent the organization in relation with the

Project to the local authorities and other partners:


·         IRE representation for Nutrition and WASH activities in related forums and meetings

·         Present the project to the various local partners ;

·         Liaise with the authorities, committees and other beneficiaries

·         Upholds the image and values of IRE at all times,

Additional responsibilities

  • This job description is not intended to be all inclusive and the employee will also perform other related tasks as required and responsible for reporting and communication of progress and achievement of the specific assigned task
  • Inform the Health and Nutrition Coordinator and WASH program Coordinator of any professional problems encountered
  • Conduct all duties in a professional manner following Islamic Relief staff regulations and charter
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks on an on-going basis, and adapt to a shift or change in priorities, including the ability to work a flexible work schedule as needed to meet deliverable deadlines
  • Organize training courses
  • Draft agendas and record minutes of meetings and answer office correspondence

Job Requirements:

Qualification and Skills Required


  • Excellent writing skills with the ability to produce project reports
  • Ability to plan and organize work independently with appropriate follow through while paying close attention to detail and show initiative in completing tasks and projects in a timely manner
  • Ability to read and abstract information from a variety of formats
  • Supervisory and managerial skills with proven ability to manage a demanding workload
  • Training provision and teamwork abilities
  • Programme experience in the field of nutrition/health is advantageous
  • Previous experience working for NGOs an asset


  • A minimum of Bachelor Degree in Nutrition, Public Health or relevant field with at least 3 years of practical work experience in humanitarian operation and preferably Master’s Degree with 1 year experience
  • Computer literate, especially MS Word and Excel
  • Good knowledge of written and spoken English languages; and local languages (Somali) is compulsory
  • Familiarity with program area is highly desired

Safeguarding and Equal Opportunity

Islamic Relief and Islamic Relief staff considers the welfare and protection of children, young people and people at risk to be paramount to the organization. And must adhere the principle of ‘do no harm and leave no one behind.’ It is critical we do not expose communities or staff we work with to the risk of harm through our interventions.  With a zero-tolerance approach Islamic Relief have a number of related policies which also describe standards in behaviour expected from the organization, its staff and representatives towards each other and those we serve. Islamic Relief is committed to responding swiftly, appropriately and constructively to any and all information children, young people and people at risk have disclosed.

All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks. We participate in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme and will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and child abuse during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment before signing the contract agreement.

Islamic Relief believes everyone has the right to be safe, respected and valued regardless of who they are or their circumstances, and an equal employment opportunity to all candidates and qualified applicants, we do not discriminate on the base of age, sex, race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability status and diversity.


How To Apply:


Application Procedures

·         Interested candidates are required to submit a complete Job application form with all required supporting documents (copy of credentials and testimonials) through

·         You can access the Job Application Form with this link: to follow the instructions will invalidate your application.

·         Closing date for the application is April 12, 2022.

·         Due to the high volume of application, we regret that we will be able to contact only the shortlisted candidates.

·         Female candidates are highly encouraged.



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