Project Officer – Nutrition at Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is an International non-governmental organization supporting relief and development work in over 99 countries around the world. CRS programs assist person on the basis of need, regardless of creed, ethnicity or nationality works through local church and non-church partners to implement its programs, therefore, strengthening and building the capacity of these partner organizations is fundamental to programs in every country in which CRS operates. CRS re-established presence in Nigeria m 2000 and currently focuses on agriculture, HIV and health extractives and governance, and peace building programming.
  • Job Type: Full Time
  • Qualification: BA/BSc/HND
  • Experience: 3 years
  • Location: Borno
  • Job Field: Medical / Healthcare  , NGO/Non-Profit  , Project Management
Job Summary:  The Nutrition project officer will be responsible for the overall management of the day-to-day activities of the nutrition program in assigned locations. The Nutrition Officer, with guidance from the Program Manager, will undertake the following responsibilities related to project cycle management, technical direction, and field activities implementation. Roles and Key Responsibilities:  Program Support
  • Support field level technical assessments in coordination plan and organize CRS community led supplementary program in project locations sites.
  • Supervise and Support nutrition partner officers, to ensure all aspects of the program are understood and implemented according to stipulated standards.
  • Ensure quality engagement of community leaders / their delegates for the organization of beneficiaries in each project location.
  • Carry out weekly supervisory visits to all project locations assigned.
  • Ensure adequate availability of food and material supplies for collection by LMs from vendors shop in all project locations and share.
  • Ensure weekly redemption of Tom Brown grain by LMs.
  • Submit weekly field data and report to the Program Manager
  • Report any progress and any problems in a timely manner.
  • Ensure effective follow-ups on beneficiaries in all project locations.
  • Identify gaps and present plans for capacity building to inform effective programing.
  • Attend regular nutrition meetings and assist in any other tasks when required.
  • Respect the dignity and culture of beneficiaries and other members of the community.
  • Ensure that the minimum standards of humanitarian relief are maintained in accordance with the Sphere Charter and Red Cross Code of Conduct.
  • Collaborate with local partner(s) to prepare reports per established reporting schedule.
  • Support the coordination and implementation of all assigned project activities as outlined in the detailed implementation plan in line with CRS program quality principles and standards, donor requirements, and good practices.
  • Ensure all partner officers are familiar with their responsibilities and up to date on any changes.
  • Identifying information for case studies for reports on program successes and learning
Capacity building.
  • Identify learning and training opportunities for partner staff and communicate this to the Senior Nutrition Officer.
  • Coordinate project evaluation activities and assist partners in their efforts to collect and analyze project data as per specified tools.
Required Languages –   English required and proficiency in Hausa and Fulani. Fluency in other local languages will be an added advantage. Travel requirements – Must be willing to travel up to 60% Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Computer knowledge – Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook
  • Strong command of both written and spoken English and knowledge of local language
  • Solid analytical, writing skills, and communication skills.
  • Sound knowledge and skills in training and facilitation.
  • Team spirit and excellent interpersonal relations
Preferred Qualifications
  • Holds self and others to account to deliver on agreed goals and standards of behavior.
  • Demonstrates a high degree of professionalism/integrity.
  • Provides good and adequate administrative and logistical support to enable the program meet it’s agreed financial and program outcomes.
  • Actively seeks for support in addressing difficulties in execution of duties.
  • Strategic thinking and effective contribution to own work and Organizational development
  • Sound judgement and decision-making in complex situations
  • Strong emotional intelligence including self-awareness.
  • Leads by example to motivate high performance of others.
  • Very strong commitment to continuous learning
Basic Qualifications
  • Education Qualification and Experience
  • B.Sc. Nutrition / Public Health / BSc or equivalent
  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience in implementation of nutrition programs, including CMAM especially SFP and/or IYCF preferably in an International or Local NGO.
  • Experience in implementing Tom Brown nutrition program is an advantage.
  • Experience in conducting nutrition assessments and an understanding of nutritional surveillance and information systems.
  • Excellent communication skills and a willingness to be respectful, kind, sensitive and empathize with all beneficiaries.
  • Willingness and capacity to be flexible and accommodating when faced with difficult and frustrating working conditions.
  • Demonstrable ability at report writing.
  • Experience in participatory action planning and community engagement.
  • Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)

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