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27 Jan 2021

Nutrition Manager

Job Description

Role & Responsibilities

Facilitate the achievement of nutrition objectives to reduce morbidity and mortality in South Sudan by delivering quality emergency nutrition services in South Sudan. The nutrition manager will achieve this by assisting in the direct implementation of nutrition interventions which may include screening, treatment of severe and moderate acute malnutrition. Providing supervision and training to local staff to allow them to implement the programmes. The nutrition manager is also in charge of writing reports daily and weekly, developing and ensuring good quality data collection, recording, analysis and storage, assist with ensuring adequate stocks, provide training to local staff as needed, and monitor overall nutrition situation in the area of intervention and observe for potential outbreaks.

Project Overview

Multi-sector emergency response programme including provision of emergency health, nutrition and WASH services for vulnerable populations in South Sudan. Medair is launching a new long-term static site in Jonglei State South Sudan. The nutrition manager is one of the key team members supporting the start-up of this exciting new project.**

Workplace & Conditions

Field based position in Jonglei State, South Sudan. Take a look at Medair’s work in South Sudan.

Starting Date / Initial Contract Details

As soon as possible. Full time, 19 months.

Key Activity Areas

Nutrition Management

  • Undertake the implementation, management, supervision and support of the assigned nutrition field interventions in line with the activity plan and time frame of the relevant project proposal and any applicable national and international guidelines and standards.
  • Conduct daily supervision to clinics and other nutrition facilities for support and supervision.
  • Provide training for local staff in line with the appropriate international and South Sudan guidelines.
  • Ensure that regular monitoring and evaluation of intervention implementation.
  • Provide input into the integration of beneficiary participation and accountability in the project.
  • Oversee the process of data collection, collation and dissemination to meet the requirements and deadlines.
  • Ensure accurate and timely reporting of activities for reports requested by field managers, GSO and donors.
  • Input into the development of the country strategy, new projects and/or donor proposals.

Staff Management

  • Assist the Project Manager to manage and oversee the assigned local nutrition team including recruitment, day-to-day management, development and training, appraisals, etc. The team may include certified health staff (e.g. medical assistants, nurses, midwives, community health workers), nutrition staff and support staff.
  • Assist to facilitate regular team meetings with the assigned nutrition team, reviewing team and individual objectives, ensuring team members are kept informed of issues and providing an opportunity for feedback.
  • Ensure the assigned nutrition team members receive relevant and appropriate supervision, coaching, mentoring and training in order to develop their personal and professional skills, knowledge and understanding. This may be through on-the-job training and taught sessions.
  • Promote the health and security of the nutrition team by ensuring the application of security guidelines, health and safety in the workplace and healthy living conditions and practices.
  • Assist in the recruitment of local field staff following all HR policies of Medair and the Government of South Sudan.

Financial Management

  • Work with the Project Manager and other Nutrition Managers to manage finances within the field location.
  • Coordinate and oversee petty cash requirements of the intervention team, ensuring all required paperwork is completed accurately and in a timely manner.

Communication and Coordination

  • Maintain appropriate communication structures with the assigned nutrition team, Medair in-country health and nutrition managers and advisors and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Represent Medair at local level coordination meetings involving local authorities, other NGOs, etc.


  • Manage all stocks within the field location ensuring proper stock keeping records are in place.
  • Manage the correct and timely ordering of needed stocks and supplies to the field location in coordination with the Project Manager.

Quality Management

  • Promote and use the Medair intranet and other operating procedures, ensuring that all standardised formats are used and guidelines are followed.
  • Implement relevant policies and standards relating to service delivery including Sphere and HAP standards, Ministry of Health and donor guidelines and other good practice.
  • Participate in Medair internal workshops and distance learning sessions to keep up with changing trends, new guidelines and best practices.

Team Spiritual Life

  • Reflect the values of Medair with team members, local staff, beneficiaries, and external contacts.
  • Work, live, and pray together in our Christian faith-based team settings. Fully contribute to the rich spiritual life of your team, including team devotions, prayers, and words of encouragement.
  • Encouraged to join and contribute to Medair’s international prayer network.

This job description covers the main tasks that are anticipated. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary.


  • Degree in Foods, Nutrition and Dietetics, Health, Nursing, Medical or Public Health.
  • Strong working knowledge of English (spoken and written).

Experience / Competencies

  • 2 years of post-qualification experience as nutritionist.
  • Experience working in a nutrition programme in a developing country, in a humanitarian context.
  • Project implementation and management skills. Good CMAM programme knowledge.
  • Computer literate with good working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook and PowerPoint.
  • Good report writing skills. Good data collection and analysis skills. Good staff capacity building skills.
  • Able to develop and maintain effective relationships with colleagues, beneficiaries, and local authorities.
  • Able to set clear objectives for staff and to delegate. Consultative and servant minded leadership.

How to apply

Before you apply

Please ensure you are fully aware of the:

a) Medair organisational values

b) Medair is committed to safeguarding the protection of beneficiaries, volunteers, staff and partners, and particularly children. Therefore, we do not employ staff whose background we understand to be unsuitable for working with children. Medair staff are required to give the utmost respect to, and comply with, Medair’s accountability policies and best practices

c) Key Profiles & Benefits Package provided for Internationally Recruited Staff (IRS).

d) Medair Relief & Recovery Orientation Course (ROC) (which forms part of the recruitment selection process for field positions).

Application Process

To apply, go to this vacancy on our Medair page. *Please do not make multiple applications. We will not review email applications. Only English-language applications / CVs will be reviewed.**

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