SCI Health and Nutrition Promoter Job in Kenya

Health and Nutrition Promoter

Team/Programme: Programme Operations    
Location: Wajir South
Grade:  TBC  (Competitive Package)    
Post Type: National
Child Safeguarding:
Level 3 – the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people

Role Purpose:

The Health and Nutrition Promoter will work closely with the Health and Nutrition Promotion Coordinator, MOH and Community and will be responsible for equipping community members with correct and accurate Information, Education and Communication messages on health and nutrition that influence adoption of appropriate behaviour change. 

Scope Of Role:

Reports to: Health and Nutrition Promotion Coordinator


Save the Children has been operational in Kenya since 1984, providing support to children through developmental and humanitarian relief programmes delivered both directly and through local partners. Current programming focuses on child protection, child rights governance, education, health, HIV/AIDS, livelihoods, nutrition and WASH. 
Save the Children has an operational presence in Dadaab Refugee Camp, Eldoret, Habaswein, Mandera, Meru and Wajir. Currently, we have a staff complement of approximately 370 staff and expenditure of approximately US$30 million in 2012.

Staff directly reporting to this post: None

Key Areas Of Accountability:

  • Work closely with the Health and Nutrition Promotion Coordinator in carrying out assessments to identify health promotion /behavior change needs in the community
  • Lead  Community mobilisation and sensitization with the various community sectors-school going children, CHWs, Clinic Health Committees, Village health committees, mothers, religious leaders and the youth.
  • Carry out home visits to beneficiaries to assess and mentor them on adoption of  proper personal hygiene, water handling , nutrition and child care practices 
  • Liaise with MOH to conduct health and nutrition education and hygiene promotion trainings to the water management committees, Health Facility Management committees, CHWs and school teachers
  • Continuously monitor quality and uptake of health and nutrition promotion messages and report to the Nutrition and Health promotion Coordinator for action on issues identified. 
  • Together with key partner ministries and other implementing partners, establish school health promotion programmes
  • Assist the community health workers implementing health and nutrition education activities to develop monthly work plans.
  • At program level supervise the quality of surveillance, support MoH health and nutrition education promotion and counselling by the trained nutrition workers and community health workers.
  • Liaise and establish strong links with existing community structures including women groups, community development committees, youth groups and religious leaders.
  • Participate in a formative research study to identify health and nutrition problems common in the community
  • Participate in the design/adaptation of appropriate nutrition education and promotion methods and tools, and pre- testing them with the team and community members.
  • Liaise with the health education department at the Ministry of health to adapt and produce appropriate nutrition education materials
  • Participate in reviewing the community training guides and counselling cards
  • Participate in development of nutrition education job aids
  • Oversee and guide staff in providing on-site cooking demonstrations and workshops
  • Maintain a data base of the trained and active health and nutrition educators in the community
  • Write plans and reports on health education activities.
Skills And Behaviours (our Values in Practice)
  • Holds self accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
  • Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved
  • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves (and their team), takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages others to do the same
  • Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • Future orientated, thinks strategically
  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners and supporters
  • Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to
  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • Willing to take disciplined risks
  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency
Qualifications And Experience
  • Diploma in public health promotion/public health /Community health and development/Nutrition.
  • A Minimum of two years previous experience with an international relief humanitarian agency
  • Good communication skills, particularly with children and mothers and general community members.
  • Organisation, initiative, tidiness and courtesy
  • Good level of spoken and written English and Somali.
  • Commitment to Save the Children values
The application period is now open and will close at midday Wednesday 15th November 2012. 
apply for an open position, please send a short cover letter and CV to  indicating the position
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