Health & Nutrition Coordinator – Save the Children

Location: Semera

Employee Status: Fixed Term

Closing Date: Oct 17, 2021


Job description


This post focuses on emergency/humanitarian health and nutrition programming and will be expected to contribute to SCI’s multi-sectoral interventions as well

Program Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the implementation of the health and nutrition activities of project and ensuring that the quality standards and state of quality are met.
  • Work with the team in the preparation and reviewing the DIP, POPs, budgets, and other required program documents for the health and nutrition project
  • Plan and organize Outpatient Therapeutic Program (OTP) / Stabilization Center (SC) at designated distribution sites in liaison with the Program Manager;
  • Conducting SAM/MAM management training for health workers.
  • Ensure adequate triage / that new arrivals are seen as a priority;
  • Ensure cases not meeting admission criteria return home as early as possible and ensure the parent/caregiver understands why their child is not admitted;
  • Ensure that appropriate referrals take place to and from the Ministry of Health (MoH) and the OTP/SC;
  • Work with the Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) officers and Counselor to ensure that CMAM beneficiaries are referred to IYCF services when required;
  • Liaise with the Community Outreach/Nutrition Workers to provide effective follow-up of all cases – and particularly ensure the prompt tracing of children who are absent from the program;
  • Request specific children to be followed up as required (newly enrolled children, sick children, long-stay children, children not gaining weight, children with social problems etc.);
  • Ensure routine and essential drug are available and properly distributed for the care centers.
  • Ensure all the recordings and reporting’s are handled as per the standard
  • Liaises to the government bodies to assure all the required commodities are in placed
  • Ensure proper community mobilization through the local government structures.
  • Represent SCI and attend regular emergency nutrition coordinating meetings and share updates.
  • Assist in any other tasks when required.


  • Compile weekly and monthly reports and intermittently review the documents to assure quality of data’s and information’s.
  • Report any progress and any problems in a timely manner.
  • Attend and actively participate in the local nutrition forums, meeting and share to supervisor timely.
  • Regularly contact partners and strengthen partnering for efficient utilization of resources and effectiveness of responses.

Team Supervision, Management and Capacity Building:

  • Support in recruitment and orientation of project field staff as needed
  • Coordinate the activities of the OTP/SC-IYCF team at the distribution point;
  • Re-define team composition as necessary – either during distributions (to avoid bottle-necks) or after discussion during team meetings;
  • Ensure all criteria are respected and understood by the teams, including admission, discharge and transfer to and from the various components of the program;
  • Ensure regular team meeting and create learning medium to capacitate staffs, identify gaps and provide feedback.
  • Train IYCF-E, CMAM and TSFP nurses accordingly and mentor them to fill gaps.
  • Attend regular nutrition meetings.

Supplies and Logistics:

  • Complete and submit order forms to the logistics team for materials, medicine and food requirements for each site a week in advance;
  • Ensure adequate availability of all medical and food supplies for each distribution, offer input into the creation and maintenance of a monthly distribution plan, and ensure stock is pre-positioned as planned with the Nutrition Program Manager and logistics team.

Advocacy and Communication:

  • Work with MoH staff and officials to ensure all aspects of the program are understood and agreed by MoH;
  • Working with the Community Mobilizer, ensure the engagement of community leaders or their designates for the organization of the arrivals outside of the center;
  • Liaise with the Community Mobilizer to ensure comprehensive community outreach and mobilization, health education and treatment. Check that all messages to carers, community groups, leaders and authorities are consistent and fully understood.

Budget management

  • Serve as budget holder of the project grant and ensuring that budget is used as per the plan and support in periodic project budget revisions as required
  • Liaise with Field Office manager and provide feedback on project BVA (budget V actual)
  • Track thematic cost and provide feedback to project managers to avoid underspend and overspend Documents findings and recommendations of field visits for follow-up actions; shares as appropriate


  • BSc/BA level in Public Health Nutrition, nursing, public health or a related subject, or equivalent field experience
  • Significant experience of working internationally in Nutrition-related humanitarian programmes
  • Previous experience of managing a Nutrition team
  • Previous experience project management, implementing Nutrition projects within agreed timescales and budget limitations
  • Experience of and commitment to working through systems of community participation and accountability in a Nutrition context
  • Knowledge of monitoring and evaluation
  • Experience of training and capacity building Nutrition staff
  • Some experience of representation and ability to represent SC effectively in external forums.
  • Knowledge of institutional donors and experience of developing proposals
  • Ability to write clear and well-argued assessment and project reports
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong influencing skills
  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
  • A high level of written and spoken English
  • The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances.
  • Commitment to the aims and principles of SC. In particular, a good understanding of the SC mandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support


  • Specific experience of designing and managing DFID, ECHO, OFDA and other major donor projects
  • Knowledge of consortia working
  • Work experience in pastoral areas and knowledge of Afar language is advantageous

We offer a competitive package in the context of the sector.

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The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children.  We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information:

Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.  A copy of the full role profile can be found at


We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.