Nutrition – Sensitive Agriculture Officer (Abuja) at Helen Keller International / USAID Advancing Nutrition Project


Helen Keller International is a global health organization dedicated to eliminating preventable vision loss, malnutrition and diseases of poverty. Cofounded by Helen Keller – and guided by her fierce optimism and belief in human potential – the organization delivers life-changing health solutions to vulnerable families where the need is great but access to care is limited. In the US, Africa, and Asia, Helen Keller’s proven, science-based programs empower people to create opportunities in their own lives and build lasting change.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Nutrition – Sensitive Agriculture Officer

Location: Abuja
Employment Type: Full-time

Background

  • The USAID Advancing Nutrition project implements and provides technical support to nutrition interventions across sectors and disciplines for USAID and its partners.
  • The project’s multi-sectoral approach draws together global nutrition experience to design, implement and evaluate programs that address the root causes of malnutrition.
  • Committed to using a systems approach, USAID Advancing Nutrition strives to sustain positive outcomes by building local capacity, supporting behavior change and strengthening the enabling environment to save lives, improve health, build resilience, increase economic productivity and advance development.
  • The overall purpose of the project in Nigeria is to provide technical support to the Government of Nigeria, and other nutrition stakeholders and generate evidence to enhance nutrition programming toward achieving the overall goal of improving nutrition for a healthy, productive, and resilient Nigeria.

Scope of the Position

  • The Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture Officer will be responsible for the implementation of the nutrition-sensitive agriculture activities of the project including the introduction/promotion of nutrition-sensitive crops, sensitization and awareness creation to prevent malnutrition, support to women, and the most vulnerable beneficiaries targeted by the project.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Coordinate and implement the nutrition-sensitive agriculture activities of the project in the state through increasing market access and consumption of diverse and quality foods, as well as increasing resilience of vulnerable households and communities. Integrate food and nutrition security into agriculture activities
  • Raise community awareness and consumption of diversified, nutrient dense, fortified and nutritionally adequate foods.
  • Improve nutritional status and intervention outcome through increasing production of diverse and safe foods, increased household food availability and gender sensitive interventions.
  • Coordinate capacity building and technical support for beneficiaries on nutrition-sensitive agriculture issues including dietary diversification and nutrient dense diets, food preparation and utilization; best practices; and energy and time saving technologies for women
  • Work with the M&E officer to monitor beneficiary adoption of the new nutrition targeted agricultural practices and food consumption methodologies.
  • Promote food safety including appropriate methods of handling, preservation, processing, storage and utilization of foods.
  • Establish linkages and facilitate collaboration across relevant sectors, agencies and public and private sector stakeholders working with the targeted communities.
  • Promote water and sanitation activities in the targeted communities.
  • Strengthen and promote community engagement processes in the project areas, particularly identifying project beneficiaries, assessing their needs and addressing and resolving community issues.
  • Perform and document regular monitoring of all project activities in close coordination with the project team.
  • Any other duties as assigned from time to time.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture or Nutrition or other relevant disciplines
  • At least 6 years’ experience implementing nutrition-sensitive agriculture activities in Nigeria
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills In English Language, as well as the ability to report to and advise the State Coordinator on emerging issues.
  • Able to work on own initiative with a creative approach to problem-solving.
  • Computer literacy with good knowledge of office applications is required.
  • Excellent knowledge of Hausa is highly desired.
  • Willingness to travel extensively within the state as required.

Application Closing Date
8th September, 2022.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV to: nigeria.recruitment@hki.org using the Job Title as the subject of the email.

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