IYCF Officer

at Save the Children
Published April 26, 2022
Location Kismayo, Somalia
Category Management  
Job Type Full Time  


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We have over two million supporters worldwide and raised 1.9 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before, through programmes in health, nutrition, education, protection and child rights, also in times of humanitarian crises.

Following a major transition, our international programmes are now delivered through a merged operation with 15,000 staff, managed through seven regional hubs and reporting to a relatively small, central office. We're changing to become more efficient, more aligned, a better partner, a stronger advocate, a magnet for world-class people and relevant for the 21st century.


Particularly in internally displaced population (IDP) situation, where the risks of malnutrition, and illness are significant and heightened in children under two years of age who are not breastfed, and in infants under six months of age who are not exclusively breastfed. The World Health Organisation recommends that infants be exclusively breastfed for 6 months and that breastfeeding continues with introduction of complementary feeding at six months until 2 years or more. Ensuring that these recommendations are upheld is considered key in contributing to the survival of infants and young children in IDPs and poor host community settings. Save the Children abides by the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes and relevant resolutions as well as the Operational Guidance for Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies (IYCF-E).

To manage and scale-up the IYCF-E Program in the other areas under her scoop of work to ensure that the all components of the program are functioning properly, providing quality care to all the beneficiaries while respecting guidelines and principles of good practice e.g. the Operational Guidance on IYCF-E, the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes and subsequent relevant resolutions, and SPHERE 2011).

As a member of the Save the Children Southern States, particularly Jubbaland- the staff will work with Health and nutrition projects and will coordinate all IYCF activities and will work under the supervision of the Deputy Nutrition Programme Manager.

Reports to: Deputy Programme Manager- Nutrition

Dimensions: Save the Children operates across all zones in Somalia and currently has three main area offices and additional 11 field offices. Programmatically Somalia is a large Country Office with more than $110million annual budget and staff over 650 staff.

***Staff directly reporting to this post**:* Facility based (MoH) staff- Counselors and Promoters

Working contacts:

Working with the other clinical team and support staff, Ministry of health facility staff


Degree in Nutrition, Nursing, Midwifery, Public health, or equivalent.
Advanced Diploma with extensive nutrition/IYCF-E work experience.

Minimum three years practical experience in IYCF and Nutrition programming.
Demonstrable commitment to promoting and supporting optimal breastfeeding and complementary feeding;
Experience of implementation programs (ideally nutrition related), including monitoring and evaluation;
Experience in conducting assessments and an understanding of nutritional data;
Proven capacity to supervise, train and coach staff;
Willingness and capacity to be flexible and accommodating when faced with difficult and frustrating working conditions;
Prepared to live and work in an uncertain security environment;
Ability and willingness to frequently travel and stay at the field;
Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children's aims, values and principles;
Experience and ability to represent Save the Children's nutrition work in external meetings;
Demonstrable ability at report writing and excellent communication skills;
Computer literacy, particularly in Word, Excel, Statistical Packages and PowerPoint
Excellent planning, coordination, and reporting skills, with the ability to organise a substantial workload comprised of complex, diverse tasks and responsibilities
Strong communication and interpersonal skills in English, with experience working in multicultural area.

Ability and willingness to dramatically change work practices and hours,
Qualified , nurse or midwife with primary health care/community health care experience;
Emergency programming experience

Interested candidates can send their CV

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