About the Organization: Taimaka is a joint Nigerian-American NGO implementing acute malnutrition treatment programs in northeastern Nigeria. We focus on innovation, with an emphasis on piloting and
evaluating new approaches to reduce the cost and improve the effectiveness of Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) programs, in and outside of Nigeria.
Scope of Work:
The Nutrition Coordinator will work closely with, and under the supervision of, Taimaka’s senior country management to design and deliver high quality, innovative nutrition programs in Nigeria. The Nutrition Coordinator has a particular focus on driving strategy implementation, planning new initiatives and expansion efforts for the nutrition team, and liaising with Taimaka’s research team on evaluations of possible innovations run in conjunction with Taimaka’s CMAM programs. They will ensure timely and effective program delivery, as well as support monitoring, evaluation, and accountability efforts. The Nutrition Coordinator will represent Taimaka programs to major stakeholders, including relevant government authorities and other program partners. They will ensure that Taimaka’s nutrition activities will be implemented in accordance with international protocols, guidelines, and best practices.
Program Planning and Development:
- The Nutrition Coordinator will be responsible for overall leadership, implementation, and oversight of Taimaka’s nutrition programs.
- Lead medium to long-term planning for the growth of Taimaka’s nutrition programs to cover a larger geographical area.
- Set program objectives in consultation with Taimaka’s country team and develop associated work plans and operational guidance.
- Contribute operational and technical expertise to Taimaka’s idea-generation process for new potential CMAM innovations for piloting and evaluation.
- Lead capacity building efforts for Taimaka’s nutrition staff, Ministry of Health Partners, volunteers, etc., including performance planning, on-the-job training, and coaching.
- Develop and use standard operating procedures governing staff conduct, logistics and purchasing, program guidelines, and similar areas to ensure compliance with Taimaka’s standards, international best practices, and benchmarks set by the Ministry of Health and WHO/UNICEF.
- Conduct regular field visits to support and mentor nutrition team members and ensure program quality.
- Monitor nutrition program performance and take corrective action where necessary to ensure program targets are met.
- Mentor line managers on best practices in the delivery of outpatient and inpatient care, as well as community mobilization.
- Help line managers conduct staff hiring and training efforts when onboarding new personnel.
- Ensure program coordination with other stakeholders in areas where Taimaka’s nutrition programs operate.
- Work closely with Taimaka’s grants team to prepare requisite donor reports.
- Report on key program performance and impact indicators to Taimaka’s country and executive teams.
- Manage nutrition portfolio budgets and ensure budgetary compliance.
- Oversee supplies and contracting requests, distribution plans, and consumption reporting through the logistics team.
HR and Staff Management
- Drive a culture of ambitious, responsible, and committed leadership amongst subordinate nutrition staff.
- Mentor and develop the skills of junior staff members and line managers.
- Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect and tolerance.
- Master’s degree, preferably in Health or Nutrition, with extensive experience in nutrition programming.
- 5-10 years of experience in the technical design and implementation of nutrition programming. At least two years of experience doing so in a humanitarian response context with international NGOs.
- Demonstrated experience in program management, project design, and use of project design tools.
- Demonstrated experience in supervising expatriate and national staff, and in mentoring of national staff, with a strong commitment to staff capacity and development.
- Demonstrated qualities of leadership and sound judgement, as well as sensitivity to disparate cultural settings.
- Proven technical competence in CMAM and IYCF programs.
- Experience in negotiating and establishing partnerships for implementing nutrition interventions.
- Strong program/technical and budget management skills, as well as planning, reporting, monitoring, and evaluation skills.
- Strong written and oral communication skills. Fluency in English is required.
- Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines, and work independently and cooperatively with team members.
- Willingness to travel in the field.
- Willingness to relocate to Gombe State.
Desired, but not required:
- Demonstrated track record of incubating or adopting innovative approaches to the management of acute malnutrition.
- Hausa or Fulani language skills.
Compensation: Negotiable – targeted between N700k and N900k gross salary per month, plus annual stipend for housing.