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International Rescue Committee - IRC

International Rescue Committee - IRC


Position: MHNT Nutrition Officer
Job Time: Full-Time
Job Type: Contract
Place of Work: Hitsats, Shire - Tigray Region - Ethiopia
Posted date: 6 months ago
Deadline: Submition date is over

Job Description

BACKGROUND: The International Rescue Committee, one of the world’s largest humanitarian international NGOs, provides relief, rehabilitation and development support to vulnerable people and communities in over 40 countries. We began work in Ethiopia in 2000 in response to severe drought in Ethiopia’s Somali region and are currently providing assistance to Ethiopians and refugees in six regions in Ethiopia, implementing emergency and development programs in health, water and sanitation, economic recovery and development (ERD), women’s protection and empowerment, education, child protection, and multi-sectoral emergency response.

Job Overview/Summary:

The Nutrition Officer will assist medical staff in the care and treatment of patients in the IRC’s Mobile MHNT. The Nutrition Officer will be responsible for nutrition intervention of the clinic maintaining a high standard of care as they help treat patients. The workload is intensive and requires a team of dedicated health professionals to meet the ever-increasing demand for specialized medical care and at times the staff may be called upon to fulfill duties not directly involved with this job description.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Apply nutritional knowledge and skills to treat MAM and SAM. Oversee and lead clinical team in the management of malnutrition, prescribing necessary treatment respecting SP and government protocols.
  • Keep the patient and/or his/her family informed about their nutrition status and provide appropriate explanation/education about the treatment to follow, verifying that they have understood the treatment plan.
  • Work with staff to ensure care and communication is culturally sensitive.
  • Follow the evolution of patients during the course of treatment, through consultations and examinations, prescribing the necessary treatment following SP protocols, deciding whether they can be treated or require further care at a different health facility - in collaboration with other SP clinical staff- and informing the patient and their family about the patient's condition.
  • Support clinical leadership to enforce compliance with standard infection prevention and control guidelines.
  • Participate in the accurate clinical documentation and collection of nutrition data, informing the Nutrition Team Coordinator as appropriate, about any problem or complication of the patient’s illness or medical error (s).
  • Responsible for managing daily set up of MMNU; ensuring the appropriate amount of time is available to see patients.
  • Ensure patient confidentiality is always respected.
  • Support clinical leadership to provide training and mentoring to other clinical staff in the dissemination of new knowledge or protocols.
  • Perform any other related duties as required.


Job Requirements:

  • Basic supervisory/managerial skills with strong interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrable experience in working with communities in participatory approaches and capacity building of health facilities.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and supervise the implementation of emergency health response projects.
  • Good technical and report writing skills with computer skills and knowledge.
  • Self-motivated, honest, highly responsible, punctual and able to constructively address gaps and weaknesses.
  • Ability to work under pressure in remote areas and understanding of the cultural context of the local area.

Educational Requirements:

  • BSc, HO and MSc in nursing, MPH, and master’s in nutrition with experience in Nutrition management.

Preferred experience & skills:

  • Minimum work experience of 2 years for BSc and 1 year for MSC.
  • Good technical and report writing skills with computer skills and knowledge.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Language Skills:

  • Amharic, and English. Local language Tigrigna is advantageous.

Certificates or Licenses:

  • Renewed Professional license.

IRC is an equal employment opportunity employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability.

Professional Standards: The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity Anti-Retaliation and Combating Trafficking in Persons

Gender Equality: IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols, and other supportive benefits and allowances.

Equal Opportunity Employer: IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.