Nutrition Lead-BRIGHT Project IFDC UG
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Context and background
The International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) is an independent non-profit organization that combines innovative research, market systems development, and strategic partnerships to spread sustainable agricultural solutions for improved soil health, food security, and livelihoods around the world.
IFDC is recruiting for the above project in Uganda.
"Building Resilience and Inclusive Growth of Highland farming systems for rural Transformation" (BRIGHT) will target over 100,000 Ugandan highland households in Kigezi, Mt Elgon, and Rwenzori regions, building project interventions from the ground up that are based on the aspirations and needs of targeted farming households and communities. BRIGHT seeks to build the resilience capacity of farm households and the farming systems to recover from external shocks in an ever-changing context through absorption, adaptation, and transformation and, in so doing, increase incomes and food and nutritional security of all farmers, from subsistence-oriented farm households to more market-oriented ones.
The proposed project aims to achieve the following main impacts:
- Increased resilience, nutritional outcomes, and income for smallholder farm households; and
- Increased eco-efficient farming, making sustainable use of and protecting natural resources
IFDC is seeking to recruit a qualified individual to fill the position of an Nutrition Lead for this project, to be based in the Fort Portal field office.
The Nutrition Lead will be a national position and reports to the Deputy Project Manager. He/she will be based in the IFDC Fort Portal office. The Nutrition Lead will be responsible for ensuring that all nutrition related trainings modules are developed and continually refined based on learnings and developments in the local context. The Lead will also be held responsible for rolling out training components and behavior change campaign materials related to nutrition at the household-level, including hygienic food preparation and storage and the importance of dietary diversity. The Lead will also liaise with GAIN and DIETS to ensure that the projects learn from and complement each other.
Duties & Responsibilities.
- Coordinate the implementation of nutrition status surveys and disseminate findings to relevant stakeholders
- Develop nutrition strategy for the project
- Design and adapt nutrition training materials for different audiences including farmer groups, households and subsistence and market-oriented farmers.
- Design and adapt nutrition social behavior change communication materials to locally specific context
- Ensure integration of nutrition approaches with household visioning and planning exercise and climate smart agricultural training program on promoting crop diversification and nutritional values.
- Link with existing nutrition structures at sub county and district level to ensure coordination and maximum outreach of activities.
- Create synergies with other nutrition programs/projects including DIETS to ensure maximum impact of activities and better awareness of and access to nutrition services within the project areas.
- Ability to work independently under pressure and meet strict deadlines.
- Act in accordance with and defend the best interests of IFDC
- People management skills
- Ability to work independently, under pressure to meet tight deadlines with quality output.
- Strong sense of integrity and personal commitment to the achievement of goals.
- Consistently maintains focus and perseveres in the face of obstacles, inspiring others to do the same.
- Strong interpersonal and team working skills with ability to maintain effective work relationships
- Excellent communication skills with ability to express ideas clearly, logically and effectively
- Anticipates key issues in work and identify creative and practical solutions.
- Great organizational skills and attention to detail in operationalization of administrative and finance tasks.
- Honours all commitments made to colleagues and partners.
- Have the ability to work in a multicultural environment, be open-minded and seek to understand
- Master degree in nutrition, food science, household economics or related fields
- At least 5 years professional experience in implementing projects in the nutrition sector with a focus on: early childhood nutrition, promotion and inclusion of enhanced household nutrition and dietary diversity
- Minimum of 3 years’ experience in leading the development and implementation of nutrition strategies to improve dietary diversity and household resilience.
- Fluency in written and spoken English, with a good working knowledge of the second language.
- Good planning skills, honest and reliable.