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Nutrition Officer

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  • Post Date: December 7, 2020
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Job Overview

Workstation: Beitbridge
Start date: January 2021
Duration: 12 months depending on performance


Cesvi has been operating in Zimbabwe since 1998 in three key areas; Environment, Agriculture and the Health sector. Cesvi activities in the agricultural sector revolve around supporting rural communities to transform traditional practices from subsistence farming to commercial farming.

Project scope

The Program for Growth and Resilience (PROGRESS) is a project implemented under the Zimbabwe Resilience Building Fund (ZRBF) in Matabeleland South and Manicaland provinces by a consortium of five organizations led by the International Rescue Committee (IRC). Other members of the consortium include CESVI, Bio-Hub and Matopos Research Institute. Some of the underlying problems to be addressed by the project include the fact that agricultural production, which is the backbone of the economy continues to experience severe systemic challenges ranging from lack of agricultural financing to lack of affordable inputs or unavailability of inputs resulting in the country depending on imports to meet the demand for domestic consumption and industrial needs.

In order for us to meet the above, we are urgently recruiting a suitably qualified candidate to fill the following vacancy:

Key responsibilities

  • The Nutrition Officer will be responsible for supporting community mobilisation in preventing deterioration of nutrition outcomes among pregnant and lactating women and children under five including people living with HIV/AIDS and the elderly;
  • The nutritionist will specifically focus on Community Infant and Young Child practices, Capacity building, raise awareness on importance of growth monitoring as well as supporting adherence, support nutrition sensitive agriculture (integrated gardening and small livestock) through collaboration and coordination with Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) and Ministry of Agriculture (MoA);
  • Work closely with MoHCC and MoA in developing training manuals and nutrition assessments for households and communities inline with key nutrition thematic areas for the project.

Main tasks and responsibilities

  • Support Training of Trainers (TOTs) to build the capacity of MoHCC, MoPSE, MoA staff on Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition (IMAM) and Infant and Young Child feeding in emergencies (IYCF-e) so that highest level of service is provided;
  • Collaborate with MoA and MoPSE to support resuscitation of School and Community Nutrition Gardens ensuring that farmers have knowledge of nutrition sensitive cropping plans;
  • Design and facilitate trainings on the nutritional value of key crops, post-harvest preservation, cooking demonstrations as well as create demand for fortified vegetable crops;
  • Constantly collaborate with community clinics and the district nutritionist in monitoring prevalence of acute malnutrition and all IMAM related data;
  • Support MoHCC in raising awareness on community-based screening of malnutrition (Home based MUAC screening); Facilitate formation of Community Nutrition Support Groups in nutrition gardens and other project supported groups (ISAL& CA groups), monitor and support IYCF counselling.
    Support in documenting barriers in exclusive breastfeeding and early introduction of supplementary foods in children aged 6-23 months; Participate in district and ward level coordination meetings to represent PROGRESS and share project updates; Participate in all Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning system activities e.g. data collection, cleaning and conducting learning reviews at district and ward level; Produce weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual reports for the project.

Qualifications, experience and competencies

  • BSc in Nutrition or related graduate qualification;
  • At least 3 years’ experience implementing nutrition related project integrated with food security, WASH, Women empowerment, HIV/AIDS etc;
  • Ability to link WASH, Food security and Agriculture with nutrition programming a prerequisite;
  • In-depth knowledge of IMAM, IYCF and understands nutrition programming in Zimbabwe;
  • Good interpersonal communication skills thus ability to interact with a variety of people of different cultural backgrounds, classes, genders, age groups and social status;
  • Basic knowledge in local languages (Shona, Venda and/or Ndebele) is highly desirable.

To apply

Suitably qualified candidates should submit their application letters and detailed CVs to: recruiting@cesvizimbabwe.org

NB: This is an urgent recruitment and we are going to recruit on a rolling basis, once we got the right candidate we will close even before the deadline. Sending of multiple applications will lead to disqualification. Cesvi has a zero tolerance approach to any harm to, or exploitation of, a child or a vulnerable adult by any of our staff, representatives or partners. Cesvi commitment to being a safe organization begins with the staff recruitment process which includes meticulous checks, such as criminal records check or check disclosure of previous convictions, to ensure children and vulnerable people are safeguarded and abuse is prevented. Safeguarding checks are part of the selection process performance.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted on the status of their application.

Deadline: 11 December 2020

Job Detail
  • Career LevelOfficer
  • QualificationDegree
  • Experience3-5 Years
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