CARE Zambia
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Development Officer –Health/Nutrition – (X1) - (Choma)

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CARE is an International Non-Governmental relief and development organization, dedicated to fighting poverty and social injustice with a special emphasis on women and girls. CARE International Zambia has vacancies available under the Scaling Up Nutrition Intervention at Community and District Levels in Choma and Kalomo districts of Zambia. This is a Forty-two (42) months European Commission funded project (2016 – 2020) whose overall objective is to contribute to reducing maternal and child undernutrition in Zambia. The project is expected to contribute directly to the improved health of approximately 30,000 children under 2 years, 18,000 pregnant and Lactating women (PLW), 400 community volunteers and 25 GRZ staff. This project will support the Government of Zambia in addressing undernutrition through scaling up of a multi-sectoral approach combining sustainable Agriculture, Health, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). CARE International in Zambia under European Commission funded Scaling Up Nutrition Interventions Project is seeking to recruit qualified and experienced staff for the following positions:

Responsibilities

  • The Development Officer will be responsible for facilitating the overall planning, implementation and monitoring of all community based field activities and ensure direct liaison with Ministries of Health, Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Community Development, Local Government, Housing and Water Affairs at community level.
  • S/he will have strong expertise in food and nutrition or health, and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and will work closely with field based staff from the line ministries.
  • S/he will also be responsible for providing technical support to community based organisations and agents and partner staff to strengthen their capacity for planning and implementation of community level activities on health, maternal, infant and young child nutrition including water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and, economic empowerment in the delivery of health and nutrition services to targeted communities and households in Choma and Kalomo districts of Southern Province.

Specific duties

  • Oversee the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of health, nutrition, agriculture and WASH field activities in direct liaison with Ministries of Health, Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Community Development and Local Government and Housing in the district.
  • Strengthen the capacity of Community Agents and field based staff from the Ministries of Health, Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Local Government and Housing and Community Development in planning and delivery of health and food and nutrition, in targeted communities and households.
  • Work with the District Coordinator and M&E Officer to oversee implementation of community level M&E processes and ensure timely data collection, analysis and reporting at district level.
  • Facilitate formation of nutrition coordinating committees and WASH committees at community level
  • Ensure compliance with CARE and donor policies, criteria and procedures with respect to project implementation at community level
  • Fielding and exploring problematic issues arising from project activities at community level; conferring with project stakeholders and providing direct advocacy, training, mentoring and assistance as required.
  • Representation of the Project at community foras such as Ward Nutrition Coordination Committee (WNCC) and any other relevant community meetings on WASH and Agriculture / Food security.
  • Facilitate community review meetings with community based agents and field based partner staff at community level
  • Work with various community based agents to implement community based nutrition activities, and WASH interventions.

Qualifications and Experience:-

  • A Diploma in Public Health/Clinical medicine / Nursing / Nutrition/ food and nutrition from a recognized university or institution with strong expertise in nutrition or Public Health with a minimum of 3 years working experience in a similar position.
  • Possession of a Bachelor’s Degree will be an added advantage
  • Knowledge and demonstrated experience in implementing and/or delivery of Nutrition, WASH, economic empowerment related activities
  • Proven experience with practical and impactful gender equity and women’s empowerment approaches to development and humanitarian action.

Added advantages include:

  • Experience working in or with government
  • Experience working with communities and grass root organizations
  • Experience working in an international non-governmental organization
  • Good facilitation and participatory methodology skills
  • Computer literate, including word processing and excel/spreadsheets
  • Experience in People management
  • Resident of Choma or Kalomo
  • Valid Motorcycle Riding license
  • Women are particularly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Suitably qualified and interested members of the public are invited to apply.

Application letters accompanied by detailed CVs, with day time telephone numbers should be sent:

Application deadline
22 Jun
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