Nutrition Manager

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TITLE:   Nutrition Manager
TEAM/PROGRAMME:  Emergency Health Unit LOCATION: Any existing Save the Children International Location
GRADE : Mid Level CONTRACT LENGTH:  24 months
CHILD SAFEGUARDING: (select only one)

Level 3: the post holder will have contact with children and/or young people  either  frequently (e.g. once a week or more)  or  intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.


The EHU Nutritionist will support Save the Children’s efforts in delivering effective, efficient and high quality emergency health and nutrition responses. The role will provide technical support to the Emergency Health Unit in emergency preparedness, contingency planning, sectoral assessment, programme design, capacity building, and policy development.

The EHU Nutritionist will have oversight of the nutrition activities undertaken by the EHU, providing nutrition technical leadership for the team and directly support programme implementation.



Reports to:  EHU Operations Lead- with a technical dotted line to nutrition and health technical advisers

Staff reporting to this post:  NA (Whilst on Deployment: Nutrition Officer, Public Health Officer, Outreach teams)

Budget Responsibilities:  NA

Role Dimensions :

This role will provide Nutrition expertise and leadership to the deployment of EHU’s PHT modules (primary health clinic; diarrheal disease module; mass vaccination) with particular focus on the appropriate preparedness and prioritisation of nutrition programming for the PHT / EHU. You will provide guidance and support to the Ops and Clinical lead on nutrition best practice and approaches. You will also identify, train and supervise relevant EHU local and national staff.


Emergency preparedness

§ Become familiar with the overall content and function of the EHU (including nutrition and related modules such as acute watery diarrhoea management) and its deployment.

§ Lead on the integration of nutrition (including IYCF-E) into existing health and WASH modules.

§ Be familiar with organograms and budgets for each scenario.

  • Lead on building the capacity of all EHU staff in nutrition (including IYCF-E)
  • Support country teams to prepare for emergencies. Provide training and assisting in development of emergency preparedness plans as directed by the Head of EHU PHT.


The post holder will receive a context specific ToR for each deployment, which will draw upon the responsibilities outlined below.

  • To provide nutritional technical leadership for multi-sectoral assessments, ensuring assessment findings are documented and that all assessments include a specific analysis of children’s needs.
  • Prepare and oversee nutrition programme implementation to ensure timely delivery of programme activities.
  • Ensure the nutrition programme is integrated across public health and cross cutting thematic areas, with a specific focus on the integration of IYCF-E.

§ To liaise at project level with country team, greater SC humanitarian response and together with the country nutrition lead and teams, MoH and nutrition cluster contribute to effective integration and exit strategies.

  • Ensure that Save the Children’s work is coordinated with efforts of other agencies and Government, ensuring the specific needs of children are being addressed.

§ Ensure patients records and clinic registers are completed according to both SC and MoH requirements. Ensure use of established nutrition reporting formats for data collection, analysis and report on daily & weekly activities to the Team Leader and Head of EHU (if not already developed by the Country office).

  • Ensure the delivery of nutrition education and promotion activities in close coordination with the clinical lead and sector leads.
  • To work with medical logistics to ensure strong supply management and to support ongoing therapeutic food and routine medication orders.
  • To monitor the performance of the EHU through regular meetings review of DHIS and project reporting systems and direct monitoring visits, working closely with the country M&E team. Ensure accountability of activities as per protocol and beneficiary feedback.
  • Take steps to document lessons learned, from nutrition programmes, for wider dissemination.
  • To contribute to donor proposals and reports on project activities in compliance with internal SC requirements and any relevant external donor requirements.

Leading and supervising

  • Working closely with the HR team, identify nutrition staffing needs (national) and ensure rapid recruitment, induction and training of new staff.

§ To supervise the nutrition teams, to ensure the maximum use of their skills and their full and effective participation in project site and to monitor the quality of care in the stabilisation centres and outpatient therapeutic programmes and other nutrition activities.

§ Identify ongoing training needs and capacity gaps of the nutrition staff in country, provide relevant training and associate with partner organizations to improve performance. Work as a mentor and role model for less experienced staff.

§ Comply with Save the Children policies and practice with respect to child protection, code of conduct, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies and procedures.

§ Any other tasks as assigned by the Team Leader and Head of Operations.

BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice )


· holds self accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values

· holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.


· sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same

· widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others

· future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.


· builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters

· values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength

· approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.


· develops and encourages new and innovative solutions

· willing to take disciplined risks.


· honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity


  • Fluent written and spoken English
  • Desirable: Proficiency in a second language such as French, Arabic, or Spanish.


  • Strong experience and knowledge of wasting programming, treatment methods and screening
  • Experience with the set-up and management of Stabilisation Centres
  • Highly developed technical competencies in nutrition in emergencies, including infant and young child feeding (IYCF)
  • Significant experience working internationally in nutrition programmes in a humanitarian context and previous first phase emergency response experience
  • Previous experience of nutrition project management and programme coordination, implementing nutrition programmes within donor constraints, on time and within budget

· Experience working in the INGO sector, within complex/large scale country programmes and in emergency response/humanitarian environments.

· Experience of working with a diverse team and building relationships quickly, with a wide range of people, both internally and externally

· Experience of and commitment to working through systems of community participation and accountability and behaviour change communication experience

· Demonstrated monitoring and evaluation skills

· Ability to work both in an advisory and a hands-on implementation capacity

· Proven capacity to supervise, train and coach staff.

  • Highly developed writing skills (e.g. at level for producing an assessment report or proposal during a short time period)
  • Strong communications skills (both written and verbal) at a level appropriate for high level external representation (lobbying, presentations) and ability to tailor communications to different audiences

· Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy

· The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances.

· Commitment to the aims and principles of Save the Children. A good understanding of the Save the Children’s mandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support


· Strong knowledge of Save the Children systems and ways of working Understanding of CMAM innovations such as simplified treatment protocols and CHW management of wasting

· Understanding and delivery of MAMI

· Experience working with key institutional donors including ECHO, Global fund, USAID/OFDA.

  • Proficiency in a 3rd nd  language such as French, Spanish or Arabic
Additional job responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.

Equal Opportunities

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.

Child Safeguarding:

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.

Health and Safety

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.


Find out more about this role by downloading the job description here   Job description


Date advertised: 20 Apr 2021

Closing date: 3 May 2021 – 00:59 CAT

Location:  Worldwide, Worldwide

Department:  Programme, Development and Quality

Type:  Permanent

Schedule:  Full-time

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