Helen Keller International (HKI) - Established in 1915, is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) dedicated to saving the sight and lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. Headquartered in New York City, HKI currently conducts programs in 21 countries in Africa and Asia, as well as in the United States.
HKI implements integrated package of cost-effective interventions that are proven to improve maternal and child nutrition. HKI supports policies and programs on food fortification, vitamin A supplementation, infant and young child feeding, nutrition-sensitive agriculture, community-based management of acute malnutrition and prevention and treatment of neglected tropical diseases. At the core of HKI’s programs is advocacy and social behavior change communication to various stakeholders. HKI also undertakes cutting-edge research to influence policy decisions and inform program quality.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Program Associate
- HKI has received funding from Later Day Saint Charities (LDSC) and proposes to implement a nutrition-sensitive agriculture project that integrates homestead food production with social behavior change communication to promote the Essential Nutrition Actions (ENA) and Essential Hygiene Actions (EHA). This project, which also includes active case identification, management and treatment of acute malnutrition, will aim to improve the food and nutrition security of IDPs living within the host communities of Fufore LGA of Adamawa State.
- Under the supervision of the Program Officer /M&E Lead, the Program Associate supports the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of HKI Nigeria’s nutrition programs and projects in Adamawa state in accordance with national protocols and policies.
- Liaise with the nutrition unit of the State Ministry of Health (SMOH) or State Primary Health Care Development Agencies (SPHCDA) and other relevant Ministries to develop costed nutrition strategic work-plans
- Train beneficiaries on Enhanced Homestead Food Production (EHFP) including the provision of small agriculture inputs (like seeds, seedling and cuttings) to grow a variety of nutrient-rich food crops such as orange-fleshed sweet potato, green leafy vegetables, yellow cassava (vitamin A cassava), vitamin A-enriched maize, etc., at household and community levels.
- Provide technical assistance in training beneficiaries on Community-led Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM), Mother-led Mid Upper Arm Circumference (MAUC) measurement including active case identification, screening, and referral while working with local authorities, public health service providers and community members to improve access to key services for the management and treatment of acute malnutrition
- Build the capacity of project beneficiaries in planning and implementing Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) interventions including promoting Essential Nutrition Actions (ENA) and Essential Hygiene Actions (EHA)
- Work with families, health workers and leaders in these communities to develop and implement a social behavior change communication (SBCC) strategy to improve IYCF practices (especially on appropriate breastfeeding and complementary feeding) of mothers of young children and ensure adequate intake of diversity nutritious diets by adolescent girls and pregnant and lactating women in selected communities
- Support training on appropriate Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) practices and promote access to clean water among IDPs living within the host communities of Fufore LGA
- Facilitate program planning and review meetings on all key nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive interventions being implemented by the program (Enhanced Homestead Food Production, Community-led Management of Acute Malnutrition, Essential Nutrition Actions and Essential Hygiene Actions)
- Collaborate with partners to develop /roll out IEC / SBCC strategies and tools to support nutrition programs
- Maintain regular communication with state nutrition program partners and other relevant stakeholders.
- Actively participate in key relevant national and state level nutrition technical forums
- Work closely with State Nutrition Officers to strengthen technical reporting in accordance with defined reporting schedule and program indicators
- Track program progress using mutually agreed indicators, targets, and recommend remedial action to keep programs on course
- Supports program monitoring and evaluation and the implementation of baseline and end-line Knowledge, Attitude and Practice (KAP) surveys among project beneficiaries
- Assists the Program Officer to analyze, interpret and present program data in useful formats and disseminate findings to relevant stakeholders to promote timely decision making and course correction
- Contribute to and support the maintenance of an updated data base of technical program reports including site visits, monthly reports, quarterly and annual reports
- Support the capacity building of nutrition program officers on relevant nutrition interventions
- Support the implementation of other relevant nutrition activities such as vitamin A supplementation, food fortification, healthy lifestyle project e.t.c.
- Perform any other duty as assigned