Helen Keller International (HKI) – Established in 1915, is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) dedicated to saving the sight and lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. Headquartered in New York City, HKI currently conducts programs in 21 countries in Africa and Asia, as well as in the United States.
HKI implements an integrated package of cost-effective interventions that are proven to improve maternal and child nutrition. HKI supports policies and programs on food fortification, vitamin A supplementation, infant and young child feeding, nutrition-sensitive agriculture, community-based management of acute malnutrition, and prevention and treatment of neglected tropical diseases. At the core of HKI’s programs is an advocacy and social behavior change communication to various stakeholders. HKI also undertakes cutting-edge research to influence policy decisions and inform program quality.
- Job Position: Nutrition Program Officer
- Job Location: Benue
Vitamin A Supplementation (VAS):
- HKI works closely with the government of Nigeria to ensure high coverage of more than 80% of the target population with vitamin A. HKI also supports the training of health workers, program monitoring, community education, and the delivery of vitamin A capsules.
- In 2001, HKI integrated vitamin A supplementation into Community Directed Treatment with Ivermectin (CDTI) as a cost-effective, sustainable strategy and a strong platform for community mobilization. Vulnerable groups, including children 6-59 months old and post-partum women within 8 weeks of delivery, were targeted.
- However, since 2009, HKI aligned with the Federal Government of Nigeria and adopted the bi-annual Maternal Newborn and Child Health Weeks (MNCH Weeks) as a high impact strategy to distribute Vitamin A capsules alongside other low-cost interventions that have been proven to be highly effective in reducing mortality rates and improving maternal and child health.
- HKI has received funding from GiveWell to implement a Vitamin A Supplementation program and conduct yearly post-event coverage evaluation surveys in Benue State.
- Under the supervision of the Head of Nutrition Programs, the Nutrition Program Officer implements, monitors, and evaluates HKI Nigeria’s nutrition programs and projects in accordance with national protocols and policies.
- Liaise with the nutrition unit of the State Ministry of Health (SMOH) or State Primary Health Care Development Agencies (SPHCDA) to develop costed nutrition strategic work-plans.
- Support the state in advocating for time allocation and release of funds to implement the bi-annual Maternal Newborn and Child Health Weeks.
- Support training of health personnel at State, LGA, and Ward levels and facilitate the training of independent monitors prior to the VAS campaign
- Provide technical assistance to and support implementation of nationwide bi-annual VAS through Maternal Newborn and Child Health Weeks.
- Analyze, interpret and present program data in useful formats and disseminate findings to relevant stakeholders to promote timely decision making and course correction
- Work closely with the State to conduct yearly Post Events Coverage Surveys after the VAS campaign, analyze results and share findings with relevant stakeholders for course correction during subsequent campaigns
- Maintain regular communication with other state nutrition program partners
- Facilitate program planning and review meetings on vitamin A supplementation
- Collaborate with partners to develop /roll out IEC / SBCC strategies and tools to support nutrition programs
- Actively participate in key relevant national and state level nutrition technical forums
- Work closely with State Nutrition Officers to strengthen technical reporting in accordance with defined reporting schedule and program indicators
- Track program progress using mutually agreed on indicators, targets, and recommend remedial action to keep programs on course
- Contribute to and support the maintenance of an updated database of technical program reports including site visits, monthly reports, quarterly and annual reports
- Participate in research to increase VAS coverage and other nutrition interventions
- Support the capacity building of nutrition program officers on relevant nutrition interventions
- Support the implementation of other relevant nutrition activities such as healthy lifestyle projects, infant and young child feeding e.t.c.
- Perform any other duty as assigned
- Minimum of a Master’s Degree in Nutrition or Food and Dietetics
- Or Bachelor’s in Nutrition plus a Master’s in Public Health or similar related field
- Minimum of 2 years’ experience.
- Demonstrates technical knowledge pertaining to job requirements
- Prior experience working in the field of VAS will be an added advantage
- Able to work under pressure minimal supervision and able to meet up deadlines
- Ability to use computer software such as Microsoft office, internet
- Must possess good interpersonal skills and a good team player
- Ability to analyze and interpret program data using SPSS statistical software
- Demonstrated excellent personal integrity and confidentiality
- Ability to speak the local language is highly desirable and an added advantage.
5pm, 22nd January 2021.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send a comprehensive Resume with a Cover Letter as ONE MS Word document to: [email protected] using the Job Title as the subject of the email.
- Applications will not be accepted after the deadline
- There are no relocation allowances available for this position