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NGO Jobs in Kenya - Save the Children International

Introduction: Save the Children International is a leading independent organization for children, fighting to improve the lives of children around the world.

Together with children, we are helping to build a better world for present and future generations by making a reality of children’s rights.

SCI is implementing humanitarian and development programmes in thematic areas of Health, Nutrition, Food Security & Livelihoods, and Child Protection in Northern region of Kenya.

The country office is located in Nairobi with programme offices in Dadaab, Wajir, El Wak (Mandera Central district) Takaba (Mandera West district), Bungoma and Turkana.

SCI with funding from DFID and ECHO is implementing integrated health and nutrition project in Wajir County..

Save the Children is supporting the Ministry of Health Health in hiring 14 Nurses for Wajir County.

Nursing Officer

14 Posts

Job Specification

This will be the entry grade into the Nursing Officers’ Cadre (diploma holders only).

Work at this level is limited in scope and complexity, and will be carried out under the guidance of a more experienced senior officer.

Areas of deployment will include hospital, health centre, dispensary or community setting.

Duties and Responsibilities

Duties and responsibilities involve
  • assessing patients’ needs and planning, executing and evaluating nursing care to individual patients or clients at an out-patient department or ward in a hospital, health Centre, dispensary or community.
  • In addition the officer is expected to admit and discharge patients in an in-patient setting; give health talks and counseling to clients, patients and members of their families; administer drugs, vaccines/sera and contraceptives and nutrition services; and guide and counsel junior staff.
  • Besides, the officer is expected to maintain documentation of activities undertaken, events and occurrences, and observation made. 
  • And also; should be able to provide nutrition activities (HINI package) both at the health facility and catchment outreach sites; which involves the following key responsibilities among others;
  • Ensure that every beneficiary receives the routine medication including vitamin A, dewormers and measles immunization during distributions and follow up.
  • Ensure that any beneficiary requiring further medical assistance is referred in accordance with protocols
  • Record all symptoms of beneficiaries and medication given and complete the child’s card at every visit.
  • Responsible for stock management and reporting (distribution monitoring, use of non-expired drugs, stock ordering etc.).
  • Handle the beneficiaries in a sensitive and reassuring manner and ensure their privacy and customs  are respected
  • Ensure that all equipment is in good working order and cleaned, ready for the next distribution
  • Assist the community health workers implementing nutrition activities to develop monthly work plans and provide mentorship to them.
  • Promote and ensure that mothers respect basic hygiene principles as well the public by providing health education
  • Responsible for Promoting exclusive breastfeeding as well as complementary feeding at community level.
  • Responsible for ensuring water availability for hands / body and clothes washing
  • Ensure secure storage for medication and food and proper record keeping
  • Ensure caretakers receive basic health education on feeding, hygiene and health
  • In liaison with Nutrition Officer and health facility staff develop and maintain a referral system at community level in which community health workers refer malnourished children and mothers needing special attention to the health facilities


For appointment to the grade of Nursing Officer III, a candidate must:-
  • Have successfully completed a three and a half years (3 1/2) years pre-service training at a Kenya Medical Training College or at any other recognized training institution and have been awarded the Kenya Registered Nurse or Kenya Registered Community Health Nurse Diploma.
  • Be in possession of registration certificate issued by the Nursing Council of Kenya
  • Must be in possession of a valid practice license
  • Must be of good professional standing

Nutrition and Dietectics Technologist   
6 Posts

Duties and responsibilities

Nutrition Education trainings
  • He/she will provide technical and any other support for the trainings in the various divisions to the MOH.
  • Liaise with the ministry and other partners in ensuring that nutrition education are comprehensively done following set guidelines
  • Maintain a data base of the trained and active nutrition educators in the community
  • Identify needs for and participate in refresher training sessions for health  workers
  • Participate in evaluation of the outcomes of the trainings.
  • Ensure proper nutritional and medical management is provided to the beneficiaries
  • Implementation of health education sessions both at health facilities and at the community settings.
  • To evaluate the impact of program regular field visits, data collection and reports
  • Participant field activities such as community mobilization and screening by outreach teams and health education sessions.
  • Monitor HINI activities to ensure that feeding centres achieve acceptable performance indicators. (Such as cure rate, defaulter, death, non-response rates).
  • Assisting in community interventions on diet and lifestyle disease prevention and control

  • Develop a comprehensive plan for supervision of all the assigned  nutrition activities
  • Support both health workers and the community health workers implementing nutrition activities and to develop monthly work plans.
  • At program level supervise the quality of surveillance, support to MoH and nutrition education promotion and counselling by the trained nutrition workers and community health workers.
  • Document and share lessons learnt in a comprehensive and detailed manner to enable track trends on changes on a timely basis
  • In liaison with District Nutrition officers and health workers develop and maintain a referral system at community level in which community health workers refer malnourished children and mothers needing special attention to the health facilities
  • Implement Community Mobilization and referral Activities
  • Coordinate and carry out community based nutritional promotional activities targeting community groups. Activities to include are: community outreach and facility based nutrition education focusing (HINI activities) i.e.  IYCF, growth monitoring and maternal nutrition, dissemination of IEC materials and supplementary feeds distribution and hygiene among others
  • Ensure on going community based nutritional screening, data analysis and reporting
  • Liaise and establish strong links with existing community structures including women groups, community development committees, youth groups and religious leaders
  • Screening for deficiency diseases and chronic illnesses related to nutrition in a community setting and referring them to various existing programs


For appointment to this position, a candidate must have;
  • Diploma in Community Nutrition, Clinical Nutrition or Nutrition and Dietetics from a recognized training institution;
  • Certificate in Computer Application Skills from a recognized institution; and
  • Registered with Kenya Nutritionists and Dieticians Institute
  • Must have basic experience on nutrition

How to Apply

If you meet the above requirements, please send a cover letter, detailed CV indicating current contacts of three referees including immediate supervisor or former lecturer, copy of your ID card and relevant certificates and testimonials addressed to:

The Human Resource and Administration Officer,
Save the Children, Kenya Programme, Wajir.

Drop it in the Job Application box at Save the Children Offices.

Candidates from Habaswein and Wajir South shoud drop their application at Waaso Guest house,Sign in a log in book and alert the Office on 0726478127.

Human Resources Director, Save the Children International Email:   

Quote the job title on the subject line.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Save the children recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to equal employment opportunities and the protection of children from abuse.

Those recruited should be willing to begin work immediately.

Deadline for Applications: 31st May 2014

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