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20 Feb 2020

IYCF Officer – Hargeisa

Job Description

Job Description





About us

For over 90 years, Save the Children has been making a difference in children’s lives in more than 120 countries. We are the world’s largest independent child rights

organization. From emergency relief to long-term development, Save the Children secures a child’s right to health, education and protection. Save the

Children is an equal opportunity organization dedicated to our core values of Accountability, Ambition, Collaboration, Creativity and Integrity. We are looking to recruit for this position to be based in Hargeisa

Position: IYCF Officer

Duration:  12 Months

Duty Station: Hargeisa

Please refer the below Job Description for the position description and the key selection criteria.

Interested candidates are required to submit a CV and mandatory cover letter quoting the Job Title on the subject line. The file name of the CV and attachments must be the applicants name and sent

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Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Applications close on Wednesday 04th March 2020 @ 11:00pm.

We work with children, communities and governments all over the world and we believe in the right person for the job regardless of where you come from and how you identify yourself. We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to ensuring that only those who are suitable to work with children are considered for these posts. All successful applicants will therefore be required




JOB TITLE: IYCF officer – Somaliland

TEAM/PROGRAMME: Health and Nutrition/Child LOCATION: Hargeisa
GRADE: 4 POST TYPE: National
Child Safeguarding:

Level 3 – the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people

ROLE PURPOSE: The IYCF Officer, who will be based in Hargeisa but works MCHs, HPs and outreach within Maroodijeh region and villages, will have overall responsibility for the technical management of SCI’s IYCF related project activities in the region in collaboration with the PO/FM/PM. Health projects that are currently being implemented in collaboration with the district include primary health care, SRH and Nutrition assistance to vulnerable groups of the population in the programme area. The project assistance will have overall responsibility for the management and development of SCIs primary health care programmes in Maroodijeh districts through guidance of the Project and Program Managers, and ensures that the implementation of the projects are carried out in line with Somaliland Ministry of Health policies and guidelines and SCI’s internal procedures including project proposals.


Direct Reports to: IYCF coordinator

Dimensions: Save the Children works in 4 regions in Somalia with a current staff complement of approximately 450 staff and current expenditure of approximately GBP 30 million each year.

Staff directly reporting to this post: None

Working contacts:

Internal: All staff of SC in Somaliland and other field offices as well as Internal Auditors External: SuppliersService providers, Government authorities & external auditors KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:

Identify existing community platforms for orientation of community members on health and nutrition behaviors related to IYCF.

In collaboration with community members, identify community volunteers – Pregnant women and mothers of children under 2years that are practicing the recommended behaviours.

Provide mentoring and capacity building of Community volunteers in relation to Health and Nutrition and promote optimal IYCF practices among pregnant and lactating women.

Establish and maintain a good working relationship with SCI and relevant stakeholders like MoHD and other level in relation to Health and Nutrition.

Write and contribute to reporting including monthly, quarterly and annual reports as required by the project, and case studies, and lessons learned etc.

Ensure quality health and nutrition promotion sessions are provided at the supported Health Facilities and at community level/ICCM.

Support the Maternal Newborn Child Health and Nutrition training for Health Workers and ICCM workers

Support Project level assessment/surveys as approved by Donor.

Support quality data collection of activities conducted in the Communities.

Promote increasing awareness of appropriate health and nutrition behaviours in project communities and ensure behavior change materials are visible in Project supported communities and health facilities.

Support the development of case studies and success stories from programme implementation.

With support from the Health and Nutrition Officer, ensure IYCF programme activities

are conducted in Project supported Communities and are in line with the local law and international standards, laws, and policies.

Collaborate, coordinate and exchange best practices and lessons learned with other Civil Society organization in relation to health and Nutrition projects in the state.

General statements of responsibility

Perform other related tasks as requested by his/her immediate supervisor.

Comply with all Save the Children policies and procedures with respect to child protection, health and safety, fraud, whistle blowing, equal opportunities and other relevant policies.

Account for SCI’s assets and interests and safeguard from loss arising from fraud, waste, weak administration or poor value for money

Carry out the responsibilities of the role in a way which reflects Save the Children’s commitment to safeguarding children in accordance the Child Protection Policy.

SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)


Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values

Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved


Sets  ambitious  and  challenging  goals  for  themselves  (and  their  team),  takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages others to do the same Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others

Future orientated, thinks strategically


Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners and supporters

Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to


Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions Willing to take disciplined risks


Honest, encourages openness and transparency


Nutrition or Public health degree with minimum of 3 years’ experience in managing nutrition & health programmes in a district and regional level in similar context. or clinician holding high diploma in clinical medicine from recognized university with at least 5 years public health background.

Experience in Health & Nutrition and community based programming Experience in behaviour change programming.

Previous experience in managing Primary Health care programmes.

Proven experience in project proposal development, logical framework and report writing

Experience in budget management

Experience of assessing evolving health needs quickly and calmly under pressure as required.

Proven experience in report writing

Flexibility and relationship building skills.

Ability to successfully work in a multi-cultural and diverse team

Excellent communication skills, with good spoken and written English and Somali language ( mandatory)

Ability to understand the cultural and political environment and to work well with local representatives and programme staff in a consultative and participatory approach.

Additional job responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience

Equal Opportunities

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedure


We work with children, communities and governments all over the world and we believe in the right person for the job regardless of where you come from and how you identify yourself. We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to ensuring that only those who are suitable to work with children are considered for these posts. All successful applicants will therefore be required to complete a Police Check and must sign onto our Child Protection Policy and organizational Code of Conduct.


Because Save the Children’s work is based on deeply held values and principles, it is essential that our commitment to children’s rights and humanitarian principles is supported and demonstrated by all members of staff. Save the Children’s Code of Conduct sets out the standards, which all staff members must adhere to.

Health and Safety

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures

Save the Children is an equal opportunity employer. Women are strongly encouraged to apply

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