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Job Opportunities at Plan International
Date Posted: 07/Apr/2017
Plan International is an independent child-centered international development organization committed to advancing the rights of children and fight against poverty. Plan has no religious, political and government affiliation. For 80 years, we have supported girls and boys and their communities around the world to gain the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to claim their rights, free themselves from poverty
 
and live positive fulfilling lives. Plan currently works in 70 countries including Nigeria. Plan International officially started operations in Nigeria in 2014 and works to strengthen and promote the rights of children. Our programme is currently focused on basic education; improve community health services, youth and citizens’ participation in governance and creating economic opportunities and livelihoods for the poor, building resilient communities through our emergency and humanitarian response in the Northeast. Plan Nigeria works with communities, civil society organizations, development partners, government at all levels and the private sector. Our Humanitarian Response Program is looking for professionals who are experienced, dedicated, passionate and eager to make a difference in the lives of people.
 
Position: Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) Officer - 2 positions
 
Department: Program
Reports to: Nutrition Coordinator
Duration: 10 Months
Location: Plan International Nigeria, Maiduguri Office
 
Purpose:
To provide technical support and coordinate tasks at field based emergency nutrition response planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the project, responsible for the overall implementation of CMAM in collaboration with other nutrition and SMOH staff and integration with other programs. S/He will facilitate good practice and ensure compliance to applicable implementation of national CMAM guidelines.
 
Duties and Responsibilities:
* Plan and organize OTP at designated OTP sites in liaison with SMoH staff and nutrition coordinator.
* Work closely care group promoter supervisors, care group promoters and lead mothers to ensure all aspects of the program are understood and agreed and appropriate referrals take place to and from the community to OTP sites.
* Work closely with other partners implementing SC for proper referral and monitoring of beneficiaries at SC level
* Take lead on the CMAM services at fixed and mobile outreach OTP sites
* Work closely with the teams to ensure all children are screened correctly.
* Ensure all criteria are respected and understood by the teams, including admission, discharge and transfer to and from the OTP/SC.
* Ensure comprehensive health checks and correct clinical diagnosis at the time of assessment according to the CMAM protocols so that the patient receives appropriate treatment in the relevant program.
* Ensure all children in OTP are immunized according to the national protocols.
* Ensure timely identification of complications, non-responders, and referrals to the SC.
* Ensure correctness, consistence and completeness of the information in the nutrition registers.
* Ensure adequate availability of all medical and food supplies and ensure stock is pre positioned as planned by discussing with logistics
* Through liaison with the community volunteers provide effective follow up of all cases: particularly tracing of children who are absent from the program, sick children, long stay children, children not gaining weight, and children with social problems... etc.
* Provide key health and education messages to beneficiaries based the protocol and guidelines
* Respond to inquiries regarding the technical aspects of the program admission and discharge whenever necessary at the OTP sites.
* Follow-up and ensure the field team interacts with the beneficiaries properly
* Provide a daily and weekly CMAM report to the nutrition coordinator.
 
Qualifications and Experience:
* BA or equivalent in nursing, nutrition, Public Health, or related degree desired
* Over one (1) years’ experience in CMAM and IYCF programmes
* Valid and current practicing license. Excellent report-writing skills is an additive
* Fluent in written and spoken English and Hausa
* Commitment to and understanding of PLAN’S aims, values and principles.
* Applicants from Borno State are encourage to apply
 
Physical Environment and Demands:
* Travel extensively to lead and supervise programme activities.
 
Level of Contact with Children:
* High contact- the job responsibilities of this position require the post holder to have frequent
* contact with children. It is expected that children shall be protected at all times.
 
 
Position: Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) Officer
 
Department: Program
Reports to: Nutrition Coordinator
Duration: 10 Months
Location: Plan International Nigeria, Maiduguri Office
 
Purpose:
Lead the IYCF program planning and provide strategic direction to the implementation of IYCF through CG, individual and mass education strategies. Ensure internal and external reporting and documentation requirements are on-time and accurate. Assess staff capacities and coordinate initial or ongoing trainings based on need and program goals, Play a lead role in the orientation and training of new technical program staff, Models leadership to all staff and intentionally develops the leadership potential of the CG Promoters and Prepare a monthly report using the information provided by Care Group Promoters.
 
Duties and Responsibilities:
* Lead the implementation of IYCF-E program at LGA and field level
* Ensure observance and respect the dignity of beneficiaries, care givers and members of the community at all times.
* Coordinates with project partners, project staff, the SMoH, LGA PHCDA and othe stakeholders regarding upcoming activities and needs at the community and State/LGA levels.
* Responsible for the performance and professional development of the CG Promoters who report to him/her.
* Review Flipchart Lesson Plans with CG Promoters every two weeks and assure they understand the information well and can teach back the information in a participatory manner.
* Collect CG Promoter reports on a monthly basis, review the reports and assure the
information presented is reasonable and complete.
* Prepare a monthly report using the information provided by CG Promoters.
* Maintain a filing system in the project office so copies of CG Promoter Reports are easily accessible.
* Responsible to supervise each Care Group Promoter
* Will ensure that the families of malnourished children receive appropriate counseling, education concerning the IYCF and caring practices through Care Group.
* Responsible to liaison with the appropriate people in a timely and professional manner to ensure the financial, logistical and procurement issues required to implement project activities.
* Will backstop the OTP nurse when necessary
 
Qualifications and Experience:
* BA or equivalent in nursing, nutrition, Public Health, or related degree desired
* Degree in Nutrition, Food Science and other related natural sciences and at least one (1) year experience in IYCF especially in CG model programming.
* Knowledge of CMAM and IYCF will be an added advantage.
* Excellent report-writing skills.
* Knowledge of English and Hausa/ Kanuri is a MUST
* Female candidates are preferred for this position.
 
Physical Environment and Demands:
* Travel extensively to lead and supervise programme activities.
 
Level of Contact with Children:
* High contact- the job responsibilities of this position require the post holder to have frequent
* contact with children. It is expected that children shall be protected at all times
 
 
Position: Nutrition Officer
 
Department: Program
Reports to: Field Coordinator with Technical line to Nutrition Specialist
Duration: 7 Months
Location: Plan International Nigeria, Mubi Office
 
Purpose:
Implement the Nutrition intervention such as CMAM, SAM and IYCF activities implemented in Southern Borno. Communicates within Plan International Nigeria and with partners and related government institutions. The post holder will also contribute towards the capacity building of Plan Internationals implementing partners.
 
Duties and Responsibilities:
* Responsible for the day to day management of Nutrition activities (Infant and Young Child Feeding, SAM treatment, establishment and supervision of stabilization center) for Plan International in Adamawa and Southern Borno
* Working closely with the Community Engagement Officer and other project team help in the identification and recruitment of community mobilisers and/or project volunteers (care group leaders)
* Monitor and provide support to community level activities such as Care group and Lead
* Mothers for the success of the intervention
* Provide technical support to Plan staff staff, MoH and other humanitarian actors as necessary to promote consistent good practice
* With technical support from Nutrition in Emergency Specialist conduct trainings to build the capacity of staff/volunteers, MoH staff and the community at large
* Ensure appropriate and consistent education messaging to mothers and other carers at Child Friendly Spaces and in the community
* Ensure project implementation to ensure timely delivery of project activities (for example, monitoring against log frames, individual performance management work plans).
* Facilitate the development and scheduling of volunteer outreach activities
* With the Breastfeeding Counsellors and Child Protection staff, develop monthly work plans for the Child Friendly Spaces and mobile units
* Facilitate cross sectoral programming, particularly to promote excellent communication and referral between IYCF CP and emergency relief programming
* Under the guidance of the Field Coordinator, undertake local level advocacy targeting other humanitarian actors, local authorities, ministries and the military as appropriate, on assessment and appropriate response to support infant and young child feeding
* At field sites, liaise with other humanitarian actors, local authorities, ministries and the military as appropriate, to maximize collaboration and ensure proper coordination of activities.
* With support from the Monitoring & Evaluation team support the M & E plan implementation within the Nutrition projects, ensuring this links to reporting requirements.
* Work closely with partners and their staff to ensure project activities are implemented in time and within the stipulated quality.
* To ensure that the minimum standards of humanitarian relief are maintained in accordance with the Sphere Charter and Red Cross Code of Conduct.
 
Qualifications and Experience:
* BA or equivalent in nursing, nutrition, Biology, social Science, Social Work, Psychology, Public Health, or related degree desired
* At least 3 years’ experience in implementing Infant and Young Child Feeding programs
* At least 2 years direct experience providing services to children at risk and victims of abuse, exploitation and violence, providing gender-sensitive and child-friendly counseling services, and/or developing/implementing referral pathways for nutrition services
* Previous experience supervising and managing a team in a cross-cultural setting
* Demonstrated experience in capacity building and mentoring of staff
* Previous experience in emergency preparedness and response
* Experience in grant management and proposal writing preferred
 
Physical Environment and Demands:
* Travel extensively to lead and supervise programme activities.
 
Level of Contact with Children:
* High contact- the job responsibilities of this position require the post holder to have very frequent
* contact with children. It is expected that children shall be protected at all times.
 
Application Closing Date:
16 April, 2017
 
Method of Application
Please submit a full CV and a comprehensive cover letter setting out your reasons for applying for the post and outlining the qualifications, experience, knowledge and skills that you feel you can bring to the role to: plannigeriajobs@gmail.com  . Indicate the Job title and location as subject of the mail, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
 
Plan International Nigeria is an equal opportunity employer ad does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender or disabilities.
 
Plan International Nigeria is fully committed to child protection to prevent children from all forms of abuse.
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