Mercy USA Nutrition Program Officer Job in Mwingi Kenya

Vacancy Details

Post Title:  Nutrition Program Officer

Duty Station: Mwingi

Duration: 3 months

No of Positions: 1

Closing Date: 19th October 2012

Availability: Immediate( ONLY candidates available immediately should apply)
Job Purpose
The main purpose of this position is to provide the MoH with support to effectively provide nutrition services to the communities in  Mwingi districts as well as enhance full integration of nutrition services into the Primary Health Care (PHC) system at facility level.
Duties and Responsibilities

  • Ensure implementation of programs in line with the approved project proposal and budget, anticipating and communicating issues/problems in advance to Mercy USA and the MoH.
  • Provide technical assistance and oversight to MoH health workers and facilities through mentorship and regular supervision including OJT.
  • Ensure compliance to Mercy USA, Donor and MoH/National policies, procedures and guidelines that relate to: program (monitoring, reports, evaluations, etc), health, finance, logistical and human resource development. This will include adherence to the Terms of Reference and MoU with the MoH and program targets as outlined in the program document.
  • Support the health team at field/site level in the fulfillment of their duties according to program design; in particular providing supervision, direction and mentoring to Facility In Charges and other health workers, ensuring program quality to relevant internationally recognized standards 
  • Support the health facilities in scaling up outreach activities through logistical planning, technical advice and where required jointly supervise these activities with the DNO/DPHN.
  • Provide support for nutrition surveillance at health facilities assisting MoH staff with timely and accurate reporting to relevant district and provincial offices and donors.
  • Enhance supply management at district level through tracking of supplies movement and timely requisition through the DNO to donors to enable efficient service delivery.
  • Support DHMT in organizing regular coordination meetings at district level.
  • Ensure there are regular documented meetings for all key staff to discuss and plan program objectives and work/activity plans. 

Person Specification


  • University degree in Nutrition 
  • Experience in emergency nutrition and familiarity with latest developments in nutrition.
  • Minimum three years relevant nutrition experience.
  • Familiarity with the Local language and working in Mwingi  district will be an advantage
  • Experience of both emergency and transitional / development settings 
  • Experience in training, capacity building and community participation mechanisms
  • Experience of working with host governments and their agents, INGOs and national NGOs an advantage
  • Proven experience of managing a large workload and multiple priorities
  • Strong communication skills, with excellent written and spoken English 
  • Knowledge of computer applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SPSS, EPINFO, ENA.
  • Experience of establishing strong working relationships with colleagues from different functions and cultures  
  • Experience of a flexible approach to managing and prioritizing a high workload and multiple tasks in a fast paced environment with tight deadlines 
  • Experience of proactively identifying and addressing issues 
  • An understanding of and commitment to Mercy USA’s mission and values
  • Fluency in English is a requirement

Interested candidates should submit their application material to Mercy USA Human Resource Department:  by close of business October 19th 2012 
This should include: 
Email subject-“Application for Nutrition Officer- Mwingi(Maternity replacement)”. 
Email should include only Cover letter clearly summarizing your experience as it pertains to this job, and Curriculum Vitae with three professional references (as one document). 
Please do not send copies of Certificates

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