MODAM Nutrition Officer – Action Against Hunger Vacancy Announcement, June 29 2023
Organization: Action Against Hunger
Position: MODAM Nutrition Officer
Employment: Full time
Salary: EMS05 Level 1 $ 509
Date of Announcement: June 23 2023
Deadline: Jul 3, 2023
MODAM Nutrition Officer
Country Office: Ethiopia
Work Base: Action Against Hunger USA, Gode
Availability: As Soon As Possible
# Of Position: 7
Salary Scale: EMS – 05 level 01 509$
Insurance – (Life, Group Personal Accident and Medical Insurances are covered upon the organization policies).
Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply for this position.
About Action Against Hunger
Action Against Hunger-USA is a global humanitarian organization that takes decisive action against the causes and effects of hunger. We save the lives of malnourished children and we enable entire communities to be free from hunger. With more than 8,000 staff in over 50 countries, our programs reached 17+ million people yearly.
About the Country Program in Ethiopia
Action Against Hunger has been operational in Ethiopia since 1984 responding to both chronic and acute needs through a multi-sectoral strategy where nutrition, Food Security and Livelihoods, WASH, and Mental Health and Psychosocial Support activities are integrated to have a meaningful impact on people’s resilience. Action Against Hunger currently operates in 5 different regions (Oromia, Somali, Amhara, Benishangul Gumuz, and Gambella) with a portfolio of 20m USD/year of emergency, resilience building, research, and innovation programs. We have a country team of around 600 staff in 17 regional and satellite offices. Our main donors in Ethiopia in 2020/2021 are BHA, ECHO, Europaid, UNHCR, UNICEF, GFFO, BPRM, SIDA, EHF, WFP, CIAA, The Netherlands (Dutch) Government and others.
I. Position Summary
Action Against Hunger has received a five-year contract from the Power of Nutrition (PON) to conduct operational research in Ethiopia related to select innovations in the community-based management of acute malnutrition (CMAM) that aim to improve the coverage and cost-effectiveness of treatment. The operational research component is led by Action Against Hunger USA alongside partners including UNICEF and the Ethiopian Ministry of Health, among others.
The operational research study, or “Modified Dosage for Acute Malnutrition” (MODAM) Trial, aims to address critical gaps in linking knowledge to effective action on acute malnutrition treatment, including how to scale proven innovative approaches to treatment and their implications for the broader policy-level environment. This randomized controlled trial will test a modified dosage of the therapeutic foods used to treat acute malnutrition at health posts (HPs) across each target woreda. As current and projected resources are insufficient to meet the total burden of wasting in Ethiopia, there is need to explore ways to increase the cost-effectiveness of treatment. The use of a modified dosage protocol may contribute to achieving such advances by reducing the cost of product per child treated and cured while maintaining comparable treatment outcomes. This project will also assess post-discharge relapse to acute malnutrition and test the effectiveness of training caregivers on the Family MUAC approach after a child has been discharged as recovered from OTP and TS
FP on early identification and referral.
The MODAM Nutrition Officer’s purpose, engagement and expected delivery are:
As a key member of the research team, the MODAM Nutrition Officer will be responsible for ensuring high-quality program implementation and data collection in the research target areas. This role will be based in Gode, Ethiopia.
Internally, this position will engage with the MODAM Research Officers, MODAM Research Supervisor, and the MODAM Research Manager, as well as Action Against Hunger’s health and nutrition staff. Externally, this position will engage with health extension workers (HEWs) at the target health posts and other health staff in the target areas.
The MODAM Nutrition Officer will be responsible for supporting the delivery of high-quality OTP and TSFP program implementation at health posts included in the research study.
II. Essential Job Duties
1. Support high-quality OTP/TSFP service implementation at health posts alongside health extension workers (HEWs) (40%)
- Coordinate with HEWs to ensure overall smooth and efficient implementation of OTP/TSFP
- Conduct quality anthropometric measurements, including MUAC, weight, and height measurements
- Ensure those admission criteria are fulfilled, assessed for eligibility to be included in the MODAM trial, and, if so, referred to the MODAM Research Officer for enrollment
- Support HEWs to conduct medical assessment and appetite test and distribute routine medications
- Identify individuals in a critical state of health and refer them for additional treatment as necessary
- Ensure accurate records of individuals’ admission and discharge information in the registration book and individuals’ follow-up visit information on their OTP/TSFP card
2. Support implementation of research activities at health posts (15%)
- Attend all associated trainings for the study’s objectives and protocols
- In collaboration with HEWs, HDA, and the MODAM Research Officer, mobilize and educate the community and community leaders on the research objectives and activities
- Ensure timely tracing of study participants who fail to turn up to their appointments or for post-recovery follow-up visits
- Maintain good communication between the health post, the MODAM Research Supervisor, and the MODAM Research Manager
- Support and assist with MoH/EPHI/other monitoring site visits
- Complete all required daily and weekly reports and return them to the base in a timely manner
- Proactively raise challenges and issues occurring with the study at the health post with the MODAM Research Supervisor
- Attend and participate in regular meetings with the research team to share information and learnings
3. Lead implementation of post-recovery follow-up trial (25%)
- Ensure children discharged as cured from OTP/TSFP are enrolled in the post-recovery study
- Conduct training on Family MUAC for caregivers of children enrolled into the respective arm
- Take quality anthropometric measurements, including MUAC, weight, and height, of children at follow-up visits and record on the appropriate tool
- Support and ensure smooth referrals to CMAM program for post-recovery research participants who have become malnourished during the course of the study
4. Manage nutrition supplies at health posts alongside HEWs (15%)
- Ensure availability, functionality, and proper calibration of anthropometric equipment (e.g., weighing scales and height boards) at the start of each day
- Support the health post’s HEW and the MODAM Research Officer to monitor the stock of nutrition supplies (e.g., RUTF, RUSF, other CMAM materials), including completion of bin cards
- Follow consumption and request report of nutrition products and supplies, and collaborate with MODAM Research Supervisor, MODAM Research Manager, and HEWs to provide accurate and timely stock forecasts and supply requests to avoid stockouts
5. Support the ethical and responsible conduct of the MODAM trial (5%)
- Strictly comply with the ethical requirements of the research study and the protocol
- Ensure adherence to the trial enrolment criteria
- Follow confidentiality and security procedures to ensure participants’ privacy is protected
- No supervisory responsibilities.
IV. Fiscal Responsibility
- No fiscal responsibilities.
V. Physical Demands
- To travel to the field, the employee must attest to a level of physical fitness capable of enduring physically difficult, highly stressful situations, including the necessity to ride in a vehicle over difficult terrain for an extended period of time, walk long distances, and carry heavy objects.
- The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
VI. Working Conditions, Travel and Environment
- The duties of the job require regular job attendance at least five days per week. Must be available to work outside normal office hours or on the weekends as required by contact with the missions, mission security, or other obligations.
VII. Gender Equality Commitments & Zero Tolerance to Abuse
- Foster an environment that reinforces values of people of all genders equal access to information
- Provide a work environment where people of all genders must be evaluated and promoted based on their skills and performance
- Promote a safe, secure, and respectful environment for all stakeholders, particularly for children, beneficiaries, and members of staff
- Help to prevent any type of abuse including workplace harassment and sexual abuse and exploitation.
- Respect beneficiaries’ women, men, children (boys and girls) regardless of gender, sex orientation, disability, religion, race, color, ancestry, national origin, age, or marital status
- Value and respect all cultures
VIII. Required Qualifications and Professional Experience
- Required diploma or equivalent in health-science related field of study, including Public Health, Nutrition, Nursing, Midwifery and minimum three (3) years’ experience in CMAM program implementation or support
- Experience with implementation of CMAM/IMAM protocols, including OTP and TSFP admission and discharge criteria, follow-up procedures, and reporting tools
- Practical experience of working in INGOs is preferable
IX. Required Skills
- Candidates must be from or living in Somali, as they will be acquainted with the area and can communicate in the local language
- Fluency in Somali required; proficiency in English preferred
- Training and experience in taking accurate anthropometric measurements, including MUAC and edema
- Experience in providing Family MUAC training to caregivers preferred
- Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
- Ability to take initiative and prioritize multiple tasks with minimum supervision
- Good judgement and problem-solving skills, strong communication skills and documentation habits
- Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work both independently and as a member of a team
- Genuine interest in and commitment to the mission and principles of Action Against Hunger
How to Apply
If you are interested, please send your application composed of none returnable CV, a Covering Letter with “MODAM Nutrition Officer – Gode written in the subject line, and three references, directly in person to our somali-Ellele office or Through www.ethiojobs.net
Closing date: 03 July 2023
NB: Only shortlisted applicants will be communicated and the selection process includes a technical test and an interview
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