Full-Time Health and Nutrition Advisor – Save the Children (NIGER)
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Health and Nutrition Advisor
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Save the Children began working in Niger in July 2005 in response to the nutrition emergency. Save the Children established feeding programmes for malnourished children in Maradi province (Tessaoua and Aiguie districts) and Zinder province (Kantché (ex-Matameye) and Magaria districts) using the community therapeutic care (CTC) model. This programme has continued since then, with an average of 30,000 to 40,000 new admissions per year, and it has progressively shifted from a large-scale emergency response towards an integrated service of the primary health care system.
In 2007, Save the Children began to support the primary health care system in two districts of Maradi in order to complement our nutrition work and address some of the root causes of malnutrition. This project, funded by a private UK foundation, is a broad programme addressing access to and quality of primary health services, targeting children under 5 and women of childbearing age. It focused on facilities rehabilitation, essential drugs and equipment supply, support to EPI, capacity building and training of medical staff and support to district and regional level planning and coordination bodies.
Save the Children is continuing to expand its operations in Maradi, Zinder, and Diffa. Niger has ratified most of the key international and regional legislation for the protection of children. In addition in 1999 Niger adopted its own National Policy for Child Protection. Despite the efforts made by government to ensure the legislative frameworks necessary are in place, the protection issues facing children, such as child labour, abuse, violence and separation, continue to be endemic. Government structures are under-resourced and thus not able to present tenable solutions.
Health and Nutrition Advisor
Your role is to establish and direct the implementation of the Save the Children in Niger health and nutrition strategy, lead on the preparation of funding proposals and help to identify high value and high potential fundraising opportunities. You are to coordinate and enhance quality of CMAM, IYCF and primary health cares programme and successfully raise funds to ensure programme continuation and expand coverage.
You will represent Save the Children in various fora linked with nutrition and health in order to increase visibility and networking opportunities, advocate for reforms that will promote the effective implementation of Save the Children’s health and nutrition strategy Work at the policy level with high-level decision makers from the Government of Niger and participating in strategy development, policy making, and technical discussions.
If you are interested in this position you should have a post graduate or equivalent field experience in health, nutrition or related field, Experience in CMAM, substantial experience at international level in technical support and/or programme management, a direct experience of planning, implementing and measuring the impact of health, hunger reduction or other related programmes, a successful track record of developing large-scale proposals (£1m and above) and securing funding from donors. The ability to speak and write clear English and French and to travel to the field is a requisite.
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