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Health and Nutrition Program Manager – Action Against Hunger Vacancy

Health and Nutrition Program Manager – Action Against Hunger Vacancy; January 28 2023



Organization: Action Against Hunger

Position: Health and Nutrition Program Manager

Location: Mekele, Tigray

Employment: Contract

Salary: $1117

Deadline: Feb 4, 2023




Job Description




Nutrition and Health Program Manager 

Country Office: Ethiopia

Work Base: [Mekele]

Availability: As Soon As Possible

 Salary Scale: EMS – 09 level 1

 Insurance – (Life, Group Personal Accident and Medical Insurances are covered upon the organization policies).

Seniority Allowance – paid depending up the years of service.


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.

 I.  Summary of position 

The Nutrition and Health programme manager is responsible for the overall management and implementation of Action Against Hunger Health and Nutrition activities in assigned duty station (host community and refugee camps). S/he will work in close collaboration with other AAH sectoral managers, and health and nutrition partners operating in AAH intervention areas. S/he is primarily responsible to ensure effective coordination, collaboration, integration, nutrition and health program quality, and effectiveness. The Nutrition and Health Manager is responsible to manage staff under his supervision. S/he will strengthen partnership and cooridantion with existing partners and relevant actors. S/he is also expected to work more closely with the capital based nutrition and health technical experts, including the HoD-Nutrition and Health.

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

Objective 1:  Establish and supervise Health and Nutrition activities

The Health and Nutrition Programme Manager is responsible for:

a)       Management of the project cycle

b)      Meeting the objectives of Action Against Hunger in the health facilities supported

c)       The quality of the programme for which he/she is responsible

Key activities & responsibilities to achieve this objective:

  • Working with other sectors PMs to analyse needs in the area and propose activities & locations accordingly
  • Provide inputs for the development of a concept note and/or project proposal with other sectors with a view to developing shared and integrated approaches
  • Ensuring quality implementation of health nutritional packages, including CMAM/IMAM, IMNCI, ANC-PNC, IPLS
  • Develop Detailed Implementation Plan (DIP), Project Procurement Plan, Supply Plan at start of a project
  • Develop M&E tools (APR) for ongoing and new projects in collaboration with MEAL manager and Nutrition & Health TA/HoD.
  • Participating in the preparation and execution of nutritional assessments (provide information to those conducting the study: local geographical, economic, social and anthropological data).
  • Conduct rapid needs assessments as required in collaboration with other AAH sectors
  • Creating and developing a network for the detection and referral of clients, notably by the use of community mobilization techniques.
  • Preparing timely procurement requests according to BoQ and budgets, monitoring and controlling nutrition stocks & consumption in collaboration with Base Admin, Logistics and Field Coordinator.
  • Manage and ensure proper utilisation of funds through monitoring budget follow up  and budget forecasting (financial projections) according to the donor proposals, nutrition master budget/BoQ in collaboration with Base Admin, Logistics and Field Coordinator
  • Ensure that the M&E for the nutrition programme is rolled out (according to the MEAL plan), followed and share updates with other Nutrition PMs, Field Coordinator and Nutrition & Health Head of Department
  • In line with the policy of Action Against Hunger as a learning organisation, contributing to capitalisation of good practice, experience, and assessments.

 Objective 2:   Human Resource Management and staff development

The Health and Nutrition Programme Manager is responsible for:

  • Evaluation of the skill level and technical competence of the Action Against Hunger field nut and health  teams.
  •  Identification of training needs.
  • Skills development for Action Against Hunger colleagues in his/her programme.
  • Ensuring the quality of training programmes established for the Action Against  Hunger teams
  • Management of his/her teams (leadership, monitoring, motivation….)
  • Determine the HR needs for the implementation of the health and nutrition activities
  • Taking part in the recruitment of staff in line with HR procedures and in consultation with Field Coordinator and Base Admin/HR.
  • Conduct staff appraisals and support DPM/supervisor in the implementation of staff appraisals & development of work/action plans.
  • Develop and follow up on individual work/ action plans.
  • Identifying the training needs of Action Against Hunger teams on the basis of skills assessments and observation in collaboration.
  • Organising and carrying out training sessions, On Job training, Mentoring and Supervision.
  • Organise and lead (in collaboration with DPM) monthly team meetings to identify challenges and track progress in the programme implementation at the different centres and develop action plan and follow up  accordingly.
  • Organising and leading meetings with the team and individual staff members, on both a regular and ad hoc basis.
  • Follow up on staff leave planning, absence, late coming in collaboration with HR.

Objective 3:   Develop and direct operations

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

The Health and Nutrition Programme Manager is responsible for:

  • Timely and quality implementation of planned activities within his/her programme and alerting the Field Coordinator and Technical Advisor to any delays or excessive or under-use of resources.
  • Timely and quality reporting, both internal and external, of the activities of his/her programme, together with a critical analysis.
  • Identifying and proposing the development of new programmes.
  • Contribute to the development of the Action Against Hunger Health & Nutrition Ethiopia strategy, and roll out strategy as required.
  • Makes sure that new initiatives such as Family MUAC are implemented effectively in the respective base and it is made an integral component of AAH’s nutrition intervention.
  • Analysis and follow up of the health and nutrition situation in the zone- outbreaks, health and nutrition status and other issues affecting the health and nutrition status of the population.
  • Contributing to the preparation of new project proposals (text, budget, BoQ and HR needs) in collaboration with other sectors’ PMs, Field Coordinator and Nutrition & health Technical Advisor
  • Ensure accurate and quality monthly reporting (APR narrative and APR quantitative report) and weekly reporting in collaboration with Field Coordinator and Nutrition and Health Technical Advisor.
  • Ensure that staff are adhering to the reporting and recording system (beneficiary cards, register books, daily, weekly, monthly reports)- accuracy and timely submission
  • Contribute to donor reporting (frequency according to the donor requirements) by compiling and writing of nutrition narrative on progress while ensuring accurate data
  • Presenting the nutrition programme to partners (the authorities, donors etc)

Engagement: (The focus of interaction both internally and externally needed to deliver a service seek collaboration and build effective partnerships)

Objective 4:   Internal and External Coordination

The Health and Nutrition Programme Manager is responsible for:

  • Representing Action Against Hunger in external coordination mechanisms- Woreda & Zonal Coordination- Nutrition Sector- Health sector and any other relevant coordination mechanism (external)
  • Represent Action Against Hunger Health and Nutrition Strategy in Technical Working Groups under the Health and Nutrition Sector (external)
  • Coordination with international and local partners (external)
  • Implementation of monthly Health and Nutrition team meeting (Internal)
  • Coordination with other Action Against Hunger sectors to ensure smooth implementation of activities including integrated activities (internal)

Key activities & responsibilities to achieve this objective:

  •  Participate in the different external coordination mechanisms at woreda and zonal level-
  • Develop network of contacts at base level (INGOs, LNGOs, government, technical or scientific) to allow a smooth implementation of the project.
  • Provide updates on Action Against Hunger health and nutrition activities in the different external coordination meetings.
  • Provide technical inputs according to Action Against Hunger guidelines, positioning papers, and strategy in the external coordination mechanisms as well as technical working groups.
  • Liaison with international and local partners regarding health and nutrition activities.
  • Lead and provide support to health and nutrition team on external partners’ (including donor visits) field visits – represent Action Against Hunger, development of briefing papers etc.
  • Share minutes of meetings attended including summary of action points.
  • Ensure timely submission ENCU and Health Cluster report at regional level.

I.   Supervisory Responsibilities

  •  The Nutrition and Health Manager will supervise the Deputy Health and Nutrition Program Manager, will support in the hiring, training, and supervision of field staff, including nutrition and health supervisors, Officers etc.

II.   Gender Equality Commitments  

  • Sister an environment that reinforces values of people of all genders 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, children (boys and girls) regardless of gender, sex orientation, disability, religion, race, color, ancestry, national origin, age, or marital status.
  • Value and respect all cultures.

 III.  Fiscal Responsibility

  • The Nutrition and Health Manager will manage Program budget for the base office.

IV.  Physical Demands

  •  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit for long periods and to concentrate on work, including typing, and turn out heavy volumes of work accurately, within short time frames under stressful situations in the context of a moderately noisy office with many interruptions. Must be able to proofread own work accurately so that only minor corrections are needed on an infrequent basis.
  • 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 the essential functions.

V.     Working Conditions, Travel and Environment

  •  The duties of the job require regular job attendance at least five days per week. 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

  •  Degree or equivalent in health science related field of study, including Public Health, Nursing, Human Nutrition, Medical Doctor with minimum 5 years professional experience in designing, implementing, monitoring and coordinating emergency health and nutrition interventions in humanitarian and development contexts.

I.        Required Skills & Competencies

  •  Good human relations and diplomacy – Analytical capacity – Capacity to organize the work and supervise the team –Training skills (ToT)- Knowledge of logistics (storage, transport, quality control) – knowledge on budget management- knowledge on nutrition assessments (SMART, SQUEAC).
  • Fluency (written and Spoken) in English and Amharic is required (Tigrigna language compulsory)
  • Desirable to the respective base is mandatory.
  • Ability to take initiative and prioritize multiple tasks with minimum supervision.
  • Genuine interest in and commitment to the mission and principles of Action Against Hunger.
  • Knowledge and skill of MS Office Suite and other statistical software (Epi Info 7, ENA for SMART, and SPSS) is required and comfortable working with computers with minimal IT support.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to work both independently and as a member of a team.

How to Apply


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

In person application: Action Against Hunger Mekele Office, Adiswusi Sub city, Kebele 8, back inside of WFP Office/Abi Adi Office/

Deadline: Saturday 04 February 2023

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

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