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Job Title:    Nutrition Officer (10 Job Vacancies)

Organization: GOAL International

Duty Station:  Agago, Uganda

Reports to:  Nutrition Programme Manager

About US:

GOAL International is an international non-profit organization that was founded in 1977 and works to promote the realization of the fundamental rights of the poor, the vulnerable, and those affected by humanitarian crisis. GOAL currently works in 16 countries, with our head office in Dublin, Ireland.

About GOAL Uganda Programme:

First operational in Uganda in the late 70’s, the current country programme focuses on two of GOAL’s three strategic sectors, namely: Health (including WASH and Health Accountability programming); and a market based approach to improving agricultural livelihoods and WASH. GOAL Uganda mainstreams HIV, gender, child protection and the resilience strategies across all programming. GOAL works on a district focused approach, and uses a mixture of direct implementation and partnerships with national and international civil society organizations, local government, the private sector and communities to give effect to our mission. GOAL is currently operational in the North, South, East and West of Uganda with six established offices in Kampala, Bugiri, Abim, Kaabong, Lira and Agago Districts. We are funded by a number of donors who include DfID, Charity: water, Irish Aid, Master Card Foundation, GOAL and a number of small foundations.

Job Summary: The Nutrition Officer(s) are responsible for the direct implementation of activities under GOAL’s Nutrition Impact and Positive Practices methodology (NIPP), as well as some additional activities under the NIPP+ intervention arm. The Nutrition Officers, together with sub-country and district stakeholders and volunteers, will provide technical support to the project beneficiaries to contribute to the reduction of malnutrition and the realisation of positive nutrition outcomes. The Nutrition Officers will report to the Nutrition Programme Manager and will be responsible for ensuring project activities are achieved within agreed timeframes, budgets and according to GOAL’s standards and donor regulations. They will manage NIPP volunteers, contribute to robust process and impact monitoring and support the adaptive management of a complex nutrition project.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

Project planning and Implementation

  • Identify and cascade training to NIPP/NIPP+ volunteers with the support and input of community leaders and local authorities, on all the aspects of the NIPP approach. This will include home gardening and flow up, cooking demonstrations, tippy-tap, latrine, fuel-efficient stoves, food processing, preservation and storage techniques, and agricultural best-practice, based on identified community needs.
  • Manage and oversee NIPP/NIPP+ volunteers, ensuring quality and timely implementation of NIPP/NIPP+ circle activities as per the project activity plan.
  • Support NIPP volunteers on NIPP circle implementation and ensure adherence to NIPP/NIPP+ guidelines and ONCE project SOP.
  • Facilitate screening to identify NIPP/NIPP+ beneficiaries in collaboration with community leaders and the trained NIPP volunteers.
  • Contribute to the development of NIPP session curriculum and NIPP circle timetable with NIPP/ NIPP+ volunteers, according to the results of the formative research, the context and community needs.
  • Refine existing and/or develop as required, multisectoral IEC materials across health, nutrition, livelihoods, sanitation and hygiene sectors for use by the NIPP volunteers to promote positive behaviours through the NIPP/ NIPP+ sessions.

Project Monitoring and Learning

  • Participate in contextual analysis and formative research, including conducting FGDs and KIIs in target communities as well as Barrier Analysis, to support the contextualization of NIPP project materials.
  • Facilitate and conduct pre (admission/baseline) and post (graduation/endline) data collection as well as support longitudinal monitoring at 2, 6 and 12 months post-graduation from NIPP/NIPP+ circles. This will involve taking accurate anthropometric measurements (weights, height, MUAC) for all NIPP participants as relevant.
  • Ensure consistent and accurate records are taken and kept for all NIPP participants in the project monitoring tools as required.
  • Participate in data analysis and/or entry using EPI INFO and SPSS.

Networking, coordination and outreach

  • Meet with community leaders to explain NIPP and project objectives and keep them appraised of project activities being implemented in the target area.
  • Work closely with VHTs, agricultural extension workers and other relevant sub-county and district stakeholders in to the implementation of NIPP activities.
  • Coordinate NIPP/NIPP+ volunteers review meetings.
  • Facilitate NIPP/NIPP+ graduation ceremonies in collaboration with community leaders.
  • Participate in coordination meetings with the district stakeholders regarding NIPP related activities as directed.
  • Network and represent with other agencies and government on NIPP related activities as directed.


  • Prepare weekly planning and updates to share with the Nutrition Programme Manager.
  • Conduct follow-up and spot check on on-going activities for quality control.
  • Prepare periodical reports: update indicators, achievements, activities and results according to the project log frame.
  • Provide inputs and support on the development of learning documents including learning reviews, success stories, story of change.
  • Record and respond to feedback from communities, following GOAL CBRM process and protocol.
  • Provide relevant nutrition information as required in the development of new proposals.
  • Ensure compliance with the HR manual and GOAL policies and procedures, maintaining standards of integrity and working to the GOAL Code of Conduct.
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The GOAL International Nutrition Officer job placement should hold a University degree in human nutrition, public health, Environmental Health, Social Sciences, or related discipline. Experience may substitute for qualifications, but not the other way around.
  • At least two years of working experience of community nutrition with a strong focus on social behavior change-related activities.
  • Experience in and ability to work in rural settings.
  • Confident presentation and facilitation skills, proven record in provision of trainings.
  • Soft Skills in coordination and networking with stakeholders including district and local government, WASH sector actors, NGO partners and community leaders.
  • Basic Knowledge of Acholi Dialect.
  • Strong computer literacy with a full knowledge of office applications.
  • Possession of a riding permit (Class A) and ability to ride a motor cycle.

Other Desirable Criteria

  • Knowledge of data entry and analysis using SPSS and EPI INFO.
  • Demonstrated monitoring and evaluation skills with experience conducting nutrition assessments.

How to Apply:

All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their applications which must include at least 4 reference contacts (2 professional, 2 character references, including your supervisor and the most recent/previous employer), and daytime contact number to; The Human Resource Manager, GOAL Uganda on the email: recruitment@ug.goal.ie. Please do not attach certificates, indicate the job title in the subject line.

Deadline: 8th May 2019

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