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Health and Nutrition Program Manager – Action Against Hunger

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Health and Nutrition Program Manager – Action Against Hunger, August 28 2022
Organization: Action Against Hunger
Position: Health and Nutrition Program Manager
Deadline: 09.04.2022
Employment: Full time
Location: Gambela

 Job Description:

Health and Nutrition Program Manager

Country Office:Ethiopia

Work Base:  Gambella-Pinyudo II

Availability: As Soon As Possible

Salary Scale:EMS09



                                 Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply for this position.

About Action Against Hunger

Action Against Hunger-USA is a global humanitarian organization that takes decisive action against the causes and effects of hunger. We save the lives of malnourished children and we enable entire communities to be free from hunger. With more than 8,000 staff in over 50 countries, our programs reached 17 million people in 2019.

About the Country Program in Ethiopia

Action Against Hunger has been operational in Ethiopia since 1984 responding to both chronic and acute needs through a multi-sectoral strategy where nutrition, Food Security and Livelihoods, WASH, and Mental Health and Psychosocial Support activities are integrated to have a meaningful impact on people’s resilience.

Action Against Hunger currently operates in 5 different regions (Oromia, Somali, Amhara, Benishangul Gumuz, and Gambella) with a portfolio of 20m USD/year of emergency, resilience

building, research, and innovation programs. We have a country team of around 600 staff in 17 regional and satellite offices. Our main donors in Ethiopia in 2020/2021 are BHA, ECHO, Europaid, UNHCR, UNICEF, GFFO, BPRM, SIDA, EHF, WFP, CIAA, and others.


Summary of position

The Nutrition and Health Program Manager for the Pinyudo-II refugee camp in the Gambella region is responsible for the overall management of Nutrition and Health projects in the respective refugee camp as well as for Gog woreda in the host community under the direct supervision of the Field Coordinator. S/he is responsible for providing collective and close budget oversight of projects, ensuring strict compliance to organizational policies, procedures, set standards, protocols, and guidelines. The Nutrition and Health Program Manager will make sure that CMAM, IYCF, GMP, BSFP, IMNCI, RMNCH, and other innovative activities such as Family MUAC and MAMI approaches have been delivered to all beneficiaries in line with standard guidelines, principles, SPHERE standards, and IYCF-E multi-sectoral framework for action in the refugee setting. S/he is expected to lead and participate in the designing of project proposals at the base level in close collaboration with other departments and concerned bodies. S/he is also expected to capacitate, encourage, supervise and guide the nutrition and health team in the respective refugee camp to make sure that basic lifesaving services are provided to project beneficiaries or clients to the highest standard of service. The Nutrition and Health Manager is further expected to strengthen and maintain productive working relationships with other managers sectoral and department heads within the organization and also with local government authorities, beneficiaries or clients, UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP, RRS, and other partners operating in the refugee settings. Additionally, S/he will represent Action Against Hunger in regular local level Nutrition and Health sector taskforce meetings and refugee coordination platforms.

The Nutrition and Health PM role’s purpose, engagement, and delivery are:

Purpose (The substantive focus of the job encompassing scope, depth, and difficulty of work both conceptual and applied)

  • S/he will closely monitor the contextual situation, needs, gaps, and analyses program data to contribute to the project proposal for new funding opportunities that can improve the service delivery quality, access, and coverage of essential lifesaving services in a refugee camp.

Provides technical support and supervision to the nutrition team on the services and analyses the implementation of activities to improve service delivery quality in the camp supported by Action Against Hunger.

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Engagement: (The focus of interaction both internally and externally needed to deliver a service seek collaboration and build effective partnerships)
  • Collaborates with the community outreach team, supervisors, IYCF supervisors, HN officers, and partners to amplify our work in tackling acute malnutrition as well as building synergies with other sectors to promote a multispectral approach to address underlying causes of undernutrition. Engages with nutrition-related working groups within the camp and represents Action Against Hunger’s nutrition efforts externally.

Delivery: (The focus on the execution of the work and the role of the team for supporting business/operational functions in terms of timeliness and quality)

  • Leads/monitor the day-to-day activities in the camp, provides supervision and monitoring to the team, ensures program data quality in accordance with the existing MEAL system, and aims to meet the quality standard of reports that are related to Action Against Hunger, donors, and other stakeholders. Supports the operational coordination at various levels, and ensures the beneficiaries have got the right service.

Main responsibilities

Ensure the implementation and compliance to quality standards of major nutrition and health activities in the Pinyudo-II refugee camp and Gog Woreda:

  • Provide overall strategic guidance and support to the nutrition and health team, including the Deputy Nut and Health PM at the refugee camp level on effective and efficient implementation of projects in line with the country’s strategy and technical framework, and donor requirements.
  • Ensure the quality implementation of integrated nutrition and health services, such as SC, OTP, TSFP, BSFP, IYCF-E, Family MUAC, MAMI, IMNCI, and RMNCH following standard protocols and guidelines both in refugee and host communities programs.
  • Provide regular supportive supervision, mentoring, and coaching of the nutrition and health team in the refugee camp in a manner that supports the growth of internal capacity using standardized and harmonized checklists.
  • Ensure strong and functional service referral linkages and networks within and outside the refugee camp for the early detection, referral, and treatment of acutely malnourished as well as treatment of critical medical cases.
  • Assess the training needs and gaps of the nutrition and health team and plan to organize appropriate training in a timely manner.
  • Ensure the timely and consistent procurement, availability, and utilization of essential drugs, medical and nutrition supplies, and equipment in all nutrition centers through internal and external coordination mechanisms.
  • Ensure the availability and proper utilization of standard manuals, guidelines, and SOPs at each nutrition center for ease of reference and harmonized service delivery approach.
  • In collaboration with the RedRose technician, ensure the proper handling and application of the RedRose system as well as devices (Laptops, tablets, printers…etc) among nutrition staff for an effective and efficient nutrition assistance program in the refugee camp.
  • Closely support and assist in the pharmaceutical management system in the refugee camp for a standardized and uniform practice.
  • Inspire and motivate the team to achieve and maintain desirable nutrition and health project performance outcomes as per the SPHERE standard and national/UNHCR guidelines.
  • Coordinate with other sectors and thematic areas in Action Against hunger such as WASH, FSL, and Protection Gender MHPSS/ program managers, and ensure an effective integration of services at each service delivery point and in the refugee camp to maximize impact and benefit.
  • Identify and propose the development of new innovative Nutrition and Health programs and projects in collaboration with Health and Nutrition PM at capital-based technical advisers.

Participate in project MEAL activities:

  • Develop annual health and nutrition master beneficiaries and BoQ for Pinyudo-II refugee camp and Gog woreda in close coordination with capital-based technical advisors and the MEAL department.
  • Prepare a Detailed Implementation Plan (DIP) and APRs for nutrition and health projects in close consultation with capital-based technical advisors and other team members at the base level.
  • Ensure and support the implementation of project activities according to the Detailed Implementation Plan (DIP) stipulated in each project or grant.
  • Make a close follow-up of project budget utilization status through close monitoring of BFUs and identifying and addressing outstanding challenges in a timely manner in close consultation with the line manager.
  • Lead and participate in regular base level BFU and APR review meetings; provide up-to-date information and inputs in a manner that would enhance the timely and effective implementation of projects.
  • Organize a bilateral one-to-one meeting and collaborate with base finance in reviewing planning/forecasting, and financial utilization of specific projects that demand due attention, follow-up, and action.
  • Preparing quality grant reports (Narrative and Qualitative), including APR narrative and quantitative reports, both for internal and external purposes in line with agreed timeframes and standards.
  • Ensure that project staff is adhering to the standard reporting and recording system of Action Against Hunger.
  • Participate in relevant nutrition and health surveys and assessments, including SENS that are carried out in refugee camps in collaboration with Nutrition Survey Manager and MEAL department.
  • Ensure that weekly/ monthly data compilation and reporting of activities for internal and external consumptions are produced and submitted timely.
  • Evaluate the relevance and appropriateness of the intervention in view of the evolution of the context, and needs, and introduce new interventions as required.
  • Ensure Nutrition and Health activities in the refugee camp are running as per recommended and agreed way, indicators are on track, and stated goals and objectives are met.
  • Ensure the regular collection, analysis, and interpretation of nutrition and health program data and trends in the refugee camp in close consultation with the MEAL department and make program reflection, adjustments, and recommendations as necessary.
  • Make sure that there is continuous documentation and dissemination of evidence, program lessons, and best practices, success stories mainly at the base level, and summarize key findings for advocacy and program implication purposes.
  • Organize and conduct periodic project review meetings in coordination with MEAL.
  • Ensure the application of standard and appropriate recording and reporting and respect reporting procedures etc in line with Action Against Hunger and donor standards.
  • Ensure nutrition and health updates are developed and shared with capital-based TAs on regular basis and feedback is received and addressed timely.


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  • Ensure the RedRose digital system is well up to date, nutrition data are properly and regularly backed up, analyzed monthly and reports are generated and shared in a timely.

External coordination, representation, and communication in the field of Nutrition and Health at the regional and local levels:

  • Represent and participate in regional and camp level Nutrition and Health taskforce and coordination platforms to provide updates and receive guidance.
  • Liaison and coordinate with other international and local partners that strive to find better ways to deal with malnutrition and Hunger and advocate for greater political and social commitment to nutrition.
  • Lead and facilitate external partners, including a donor field visit to the respective refugee camp and Gambella and assist the field coordinator in providing the necessary inputs.
  • Share minutes and summary of action points of relevant coordination and joint meetings attended.

Human Resource Management and staff development:

  • Support evaluation of the skill and technical competence of team members under her/ direct supervision. (e.g. Deputy Nutrition and Health PM).
  • Identify training needs of nutrition and health in collaboration with the HR, Deputy Nutrition and Health PM and develop the capacity of the team on regular basis.
  • Enhance the motivation, inspiration, and commitment of the nutrition and health team and closely follow their wellness and safety.
  • Support and encourage team members to deliver their specific tasks and duties towards beneficiaries in a compassionate, respectful, and caring (CRS) manner.
  • Collaborate closely with the HR and Field coordinator on the timely recruitment of staff and submission of timesheets on regular basis.
  • Conduct individual staff performance appraisals on regular basis in coordination with base HR and in line with HR procedures, templates, and set timelines.
  • Collaborate with HR on any staff disciplinary issues that require her/his due participation.
  • Follow up on staff leave planning and attendance in close collaboration with camp supervisors.
  • Take the responsibilities and tasks assigned by Nut and Health PM in his/her absence.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • S/he will act as the direct technical supervisor for the Deputy Nutrition and Health PM based in the Pinyudo-II refugee camp in Gambella.
  • In addition, the Nutrition and Health PM will indirectly supervise and guide Nutrition and Health Supervisors, and SC-Health Officers assigned to Gog Hospital in Gog woreda of the host community.

Gender Equality Commitments  

  • Foster an environment that reinforces the values of people of all genders and equal access to information.
  • Provide a work environment where people of all genders must be evaluated and promoted based on their skills and performance.
  • Promote a safe, secure, and respectful environment for all stakeholders, particularly for children, beneficiaries, and members of staff.
  • Help to prevent any type of abuse including workplace harassment and sexual abuse and exploitation.
  • Respect beneficiaries’ women, men, and children (boys and girls) regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion, race, color, ancestry, national origin, age, or marital status.
  • Value and respect all cultures.

Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA):

  • Beware of the minimum operating standards of SEA.
  • Protect and prevent others from SEA.
  • Report SEA.
  • Strictly compile with AAH child protection, safeguarding, and SEA policies.

Fiscal Responsibility

  • Ensure timely budget utilization of health and nutrition programs and project activities in liaison with base-level finance colleagues and line manager, primarily for the assigned refugee camp and woredas in the host community.
  • Ensure budget expenditure is in line with program/ project objectives, timeframe, and project tolerance level.
  • Provide regular follow, support, and guidance to the health and nutrition staff on ways to effectively and efficiently utilize project resources, including the project-committed budget while ensuring the quality standards of services in the refugee camp.
  • Promote and support the applications of standard operating procedures and policies of Action Against Hunger, national and international humanitarian rules and regulations.

Physical Demands

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to make frequent visits to the refugee camp and host community woredas to undertake the aforementioned key responsibilities with a requirement of sitting in an office to prepare reports and undertake other office-based activities.
  • S/he is required to deliver assignments and commitments within short periods under stressful situations in the context of an emergency.
  • Must be able to proofread own work accurately so that only minor corrections are needed on an infrequent basis.
  • S/he is expected to work under minimal supervision of the line manager or Field Coordinator.
  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Working Conditions, Travel, and Environment

  • The duties of the job require regular job attendance at least five days per week in Action Against Hunger Operational area.  Must be available to work outside normal office hours or on the weekends as required.
  • Must be able to travel as required for standard domestic and international business purposes. While performing the duties of this job in the field, the employee may be exposed to precarious settings under high-security risks and/or very basic living conditions and outside weather conditions, as well as to infectious diseases



Job Requirements:

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Required Qualifications and Professional Experience
  • University Degree in health science and the related field of study, including Public Health, Nursing, Human Nutrition, and Medical Doctor preferably with Masters of Public Health (MPH) from a recognized University or College.
  • Minimum of 5 years of professional experience in designing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating high-impact Nutrition, RMNCH, and other nutrition-sensitive programs.
  • Experience in managing nutrition and health projects funded by major donors USAID, ECHO, UNHCR, EU, UNICEF, WFP, etc.
  • Good knowledge in the management of projects with practical exposure to budget management.
  • Commendable experience and knowledge about current national and global nutrition and health policies and strategies as well as refugee response, such as CRRF/CRRP.
  • Practical exposure to and participation in national and sub-national nutrition and health coordination platforms and various Technical Working Groups (TWGs).
  • Having practical experience working in INGOs is preferable.

Required Skills and Experiences

  • Having practical exposure and experience in managing high-impact nutrition and health programs such as CMAM, IMNCI, EPI, RMNCH, etc.
  • Practical exposure and experience in capacitating (Training, mentoring, coaching, and supervising frontline health workers and supervisors.
  • Experienced in managing teams and staff in humanitarian and development contexts.
  • Adaptive enough in following organization policies and protocols, having good judgment and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to take initiative and prioritize multiple tasks with minimum supervision.
  • Well-developed interpersonal, organizational, strong communication skills and documentation habits.
  • Knowledge and skill of MS Office Suite and other statistical software (Epi Info 7, ENA for SMART, and SPSS) are required, and comfortable working with computers with minimal IT support.
  • Good command of English (essential) and knowledge of one or more local language is desirable.
  • Possess strong documentation habits and attention to detail.
  • Genuine interest in and commitment to the mission and principles of Action Against Hunger.

How To Apply:

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If you are interested, please send your application composed of none returnable CV, a Covering Letter with “Health and Nutrition Program Manager” written in the subject lineand three references, applicants to the following addresses:


NBOnly shortlisted applicants will be communicated and the selection process includes a technical test and an interview.

Action Against Hunger-USA provides all staff with an _attractive salary & benefits package. We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees & qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, ancestry, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Action Against Hunger-USA complies with all applicable laws governing nondiscrimination in employment

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