Specific duties and responsibilities :
Technical Leadership :
Provide technical guidance on preventing and treating malnutrition that is sound, evidence-based and responsive to the needs of the Government of Mozambique and USAID.
Provide technical leadership, and build local capacity in nutrition using proven training approaches, including group training, on-the-job training, and coaching and mentoring.
Provide in-service and refresher training and develop job aids as needed for clinical practitioners, nutrition focal points at all levels of primary health care to provide quality nutrition services.
Provide monthly coaching and mentoring to Activists (who travel to the facility) on a monthly basis by reviewing nutrition activities, vulnerable children identified, and barriers to optimal nutrition practices identified at the community level.
Supervise and ensure the technical quality of three MCSP Nutritionists, also working in Nampula Province.
Advocate with other ministries, community, NGO’s, and religious leaders to support and promote nutrition prevention and treatment at health facilities and to make referral links community-facility-community and for community workers to refer malnourished children and other children at risk to the facility.
Contribute to and coordinate with the program’s monitoring and evaluation (M&E) team to identify nutrition indicators and targets and ensure that the program meets them in accordance with national and USG standards.
Coordinate with UNICEF, World Bank and other donors supporting to nutrition.
Represent MCSP at provincial and district nutrition coordinating committees and nutrition working groups, when they are organized, and advocate for best practices in nutrition prevention and treatment at health facilities and in communities.
Contribute to annual work planning, training plans and quarterly reports and other required technical or other reports, as needed;
Contribute to timely, accurate and appropriate reporting of nutrition program activities and results;
Assist in conceptualizing, and providing leadership and strategic direction in nutrition for the Mozambique MCSP program;
With the Community and Clinical Directors, and with the MCSP Nutrition Team, oversee program design, implementation, quality assurance, linkages, and monitoring of both the community-based and facility-based nutrition components in the work plan;
Ensure financial stewardship of USAID funds by complying with financial requirements and helping to create a culture of compliance;
Evaluate program progress of the nutrition component against deliverables on a quarterly basis;
Ensure quality program implementation consistent with MOH Guidelines and USAID Mozambique Strategic Directions;
Coordinate with the other members of the technical team and NGO partners to develop and implement feasible facility and community-based approaches;
Participate as a member of the MCSP Provincial Management Team, which will meet weekly, as the technical lead in nutrition, to provide strategic oversight to the provincial effort.
Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor which contribute to the achievement of program goals.
Strong change management, results-oriented and decision-making skills;
Excellent written, interpersonal and oral communication / presentation skills, including the ability to work effectively with a diverse team of staff HQ and field based partners and counterparts;
Portuguese fluency (verbal and written) required;
Ability to communicate verbally in and read English;
Mozambican nationals strongly encouraged to apply.
Familiarity with evidence-based reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health interventions and best practices that will be the focus of this project;
Personal and professional commitment to gender equality;
Proven capacity to plan, analyze and ensure routine monitoring of work plans;
Ability to live and work in Nampula Province and travel within the province up to 30% of the time
Nutritionist with nutrition B.S. or M.S. or a nurse or doctor with special courses on at least three nutrition topics (e.
g., nutrition rehabilitation of children severe or moderate malnutrition, breastfeeding or all infant feeding including complementary feeding, micronutrient supplementation), at least 5 years working as a nutritionist (at the national or provincial level) or in positions where nutrition interventions were frequently implemented, advanced knowledge and skills of the most up-to-date scientific evidence on effective interventions in nutrition,experience in the development and implementation of strategic nutrition technical approaches in collaboration with other stakeholders who may represent a wide range of interests and needs, demonstrated ability to build capacity and collaboration between governmental and non-governmental partners and other project implementers, demonstrated ability to work in a complex, multi-intervention health development and multi-partner program in collaboration with national health ministries and international partners, experience in developing / designing / writing, reviewing and / or editing practical technical resources in nutrition (e.
g., training packages, job aids, behavior change communication materials, etc.), experience supervising staff.
You must have legal authorization to work in Mozambique.