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Nutrition Officer


This is a Full-time position in Zambia posted 16/10/2020.

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SNV is a not-for-profit international development organisation that applies
practical know-how to make a lasting difference in the lives of people living
in poverty. We use our extensive and long-term in-country presence to apply
and adapt our top-notch expertise in agriculture, energy and WASH to local
contexts. SNV has over 1250 staff in more than 25 countries in Asia, Africa
and Latin America. We are proud to be a not-for-profit organisation that uses
project financing to implement our mission. This requires us to work
efficiently and to invest in operational excellence.

Project background:

Uganda and Zambia are countries with high rates of malnutrition, despite their
recent economic growth, scoring 19.2 serious and 24.1 alarming,
respectively, on the Global Hunger Index1. Both countries have recognised
their nutrition problems and responded to them positively by joining the
Scaling Up Nutrition network2 Zambia in 2010 and Uganda in 2011.

In Zambia, the National Food and Nutrition Commission NFNC is the designated
convening body to coordinate action on nutrition in Zambia. A National Food
and Nutrition Strategic NFNS Plan covering the period 2018-2021 was
developed by key government officers in key cross-sector ministries and
departments, international partners, representatives of non-government
organizations, civil society, academicians, and the business community.
However, despite these plans, Zambia has the highest rates of stunting in the
world. 40% of Zambian children aged 6 -59 months are stunted with 17% being
severely stunted. 5% of children under the age of 5 are wasted and 15% of the
children of this age are underweight3. Factors leading to this include,
among others, low frequency of consumption of nutritious food as well as with
the quality and diversity of such foods; poor health, bad hygiene and lack of

In order to address these, SNV Netherlands Development Organisation SNV, KIT
– the Royal Tropical Institute and the Centre for Development of Wageningen UR
CDI have developed an innovative Sustainable Nutrition for All SN4A
project to be implemented in Zambia and Uganda. The goal of the project is to
improve nutrition outcomes through adoption of agro-biodiversity and improve
dietary diversity at the intra household level.

1 IFPRI, 2013. Global Hunger Index. The Challenge of Hunger: Building
Resilience to Achieve Food and Nutrition Security. IFPRI, Washington DC, USA.

2 SNV is a member of the Civil Society Organisation sections of SUN in both
countries, as well as globally

3 ZDHS 2014

## Job Description

Purpose of the job :

The Nutrition Officer is expected to work with existing networks of local and
national service providers from public health, agriculture, education
community development and sanitation to which the project is already
connected; to trigger and maintain demand and using all to reach all, while
improving supply of nutrient rich vegetables through smallholder farmers based
on the agriculture pathways to improving nutrition namely production, income
and women empowerment pathways. The Nutrition Officer is also expected to
induce behavioral change through understanding of broad range of factors
playing into improved nutrition with special focus on intra-household gender
relations; intra-household food distribution, food availability, access and
diversity and increase national , provincial and district level governance

## Qualifications

Main Tasks and Responsibilities:

–>Trigger Demand and maintenance.; the Nutritional Officer will be tasked to build local capacity for implementation of triggering communities to become aware of their own nutritional status, and become agents of their own change through identification of their problems, identify doable actions, develop their own work plan, act within their context and track their own work and change; and create momentum for change by promoting district wide coverage

–>Establishment of District Nutritional Teams – Lead the process in working with District Nutrition Coordinating Committees in the target districts to build their capacity for implementation of project activities as well as for upscaling of activities and establishment of nutritional standards and certification.

–>Induce Behavioral Change Campaigns – Working with the local level nutritional teams Hub Nutrition Coordinating committeesHNCC and Nutritional Action groups NAG at village level and SN4A partners, lead the process of developing behavioral change communication methodologies that will be anchored and linked to local planning and context.
–>Coordination of project activities with SUN and district, provincial and national structures – gather lessons emerging from the project on early adaptors and results and ensure these are shared and reviewed at national, provincial and district level meetings; engage with other stakeholders for learning, harmonization and building on quick wins.

Duties and Responsibilities include:

–>Work with project partners to undertake community and household mapping study and behavioural motivator research study
–>Organize and steer triggering activities and undertake post triggering activities
–>Provide follow up technical support to district facilitators and Nutrition Champions on triggering activities
–>Implementation of nutritional interventions and trainings
–>Facilitate the development of materials and tools for BCC and support the dissemination of developed tools
–>Development of local fruits and vegetables calendars for the target districts
–>Establishing of district nutritional teams and nutritional hubs and continued capacity development through on site coaching and mentoring
–>Work with partners to facilitate development and support implementation of innovation platforms in the target districts.
–>Data collection and analysis for monitoring and evaluation and review meetings for evidence based programming that responds to the data.
–>Documentation and share results and lessons learnt from the project.
–>Submission of timely activity reports, monthly highlights and work plans and project reports according to schedule

## Additional Information

Competencies, Capabilities and Attributes: Skills/behavioral Special
Training or Competence :

–>Demonstrated creativity, willingness to innovate, think systemically and work independently
–>High-level interpersonal skills
–>Strong background and experience implementing a range of food and nutrition interventions in maternal, infant and young child nutrition, scaling up nutrition interventions and familiarity with the first 1000 most critical programme in the country.
–>Strong background in gender integration and women empowerment desirable.
–>Team player
–>Relationship builder
–>Ability to work with a wide range of actors from different backgrounds smallholder farmers, private sector companies, government, and NGOs

Academic & professional qualifications, Knowledge and Experience:

1. A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition, social work, public health or other relevant discipline Master’s degree in a relevant field will be an added advantage. or Diploma with 10 years of progressive work experience.
2. Minimum of 5 years of experience in nutrition programming and coordination, with experience in behavioral change campaigns, gender or market-led approaches, multi-sectoral coordination, programming and planning, community level engagement and knowledge in the agriculture pathways for nutrition improvement will be an added advantage.
3. Demonstrated Knowledge on how to improve food and dietary diversity at intra-household level.
4. Demonstrated success in implementing programs with a measurement for results framework.
5. Demonstrated experience in providing capacity development services at different operational levels
6. Demonstrated experience in collaborating across projects.
7. Interested to undertake extensive field work

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**Closing Date** : 25 , Oct. 2020

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