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International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Nutrition Manager - Research
 
Sector
: Nutrition

Location:
 Kenya

Employee Type: Regular

Employee Category: Full Time 

Job Purpose / Objective: The IRC is leading a multi-agency program of operational research to develop a combined protocol for the treatment of severe and moderate acute malnutrition (Combined Protocol for Acute Malnutrition Study- ComPAS).

The ‘Combined Protocol’ will be piloted in two countries: South Sudan and Kenya. The IRC is recruiting a NutritionManager- RESEARCH  to manage the day to day  research study implementation and data collection supervision in Kenya.

The research is funded by OFDA and CIFF, implemented by the IRC in Kenya and Action Against Hunger-USA in South Sudan and supported by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. In Kenya the research will be implemented in Nairobi county.

As part of the global ComPAS research team and working under the guidance and supervision of the IRC Nutrition Coordinator while working closely with IRC nutrition Specialist in HIB incharge of ComPASS , the Nutrition  Manager- Research will be  overallyresponsible for  upervisioning  of Nutrition  Officers- research performing data collection at 12 health facilities in Nairobi County.

S/he will work closely with the Nutrition Research Officers team to ensure high-quality quantitative and qualitative data collection and reporting of research study data by training and supervising Officers on treatment and study protocol and implementation as well as building their capacity for critical-thinking research skills and use of mhealth data collection tools. 

The Nutrition Research manager will provide both on-site and remote supervision through on the job training and coaching and performing data audits to monitor accuracy and maintenance of research indicators. 

S/he will also work closely with Officers to maintain records of ComPAS research study supply and support pre-positioning efforts. Alongside the Officers and Research Coordinator, s/he will also build and maintain strong relationships with implementing partners and MoH at the sub-county level.  

Upon successful completion of the research study enrollment and data collection, the Nutrition Research Manager will contribute to the data analysis, write-up and editing, as required for publishing academic articles, briefing papers, case studies, etc.

Key Responsibilities:

Research
  • Supervise and coordinate the implementation and monitoring of the ComPAS research project in line with research protocol, proposal targets and work plan timelines
  • Promote strict adherence to ComPAS research protocol by stakeholders through effective communication to Nutrition Research Officers, clinic facility staff and enrolled patients
  • Coordinate with Research Coordinator to develop training curricula and study implementation plans
  • Act as mHealth focal point; maintain data collection and data quality management procedures at all times
  • Conduct data audits based on agreed methodology(s) including surveys, process monitoring, and other rapid methods
  • Coordinate with Research Coordinator, MoH and other implementing partners to ensure maximum effectiveness of the research study
Human Resources
  • Participate in hiring and training of 12 Nutrition Research Officers; provide continuous on the job training and coaching as necessary; build Officers’ capacity to support non-ComPAS project staff (clinic staff, CHWs, etc.) 
  • Provide direct and routine supervision of Research Officers; monitor performance according to their job description and provide oral and written feedback in a timely manner
  • Review personnel issues and concerns of research staff; determine and implement solutions, escalate issues to Research Coordinator and assist with determining and implementing solutions
  • Responsiblefor day to day management including leave planning ensuring that there is proper coverage while staff are on leave
Supply Chain
  • Work with the supply chain team to develop accurate and timely supply orders
  • Support Officers’ to monitor utilization of ComPAS research study issued nutrition supplies; monitor and track ComPAS assets
  • Review of all CoMPASS nutrition program purchase requisitions working with the supply teams ensuring that procurement plans are in place and effectively used.
  • Responsible for adequate nutrition supplies at the facilities and study cites
Monitoring and Reporting
  • Using the mHealth platform and on-site audits, closely monitor research data to ensure accuracy, quality and alignment with study indicators; provide immediate corrective action/instruction to minimize error 
  • Attend and/or host ComPAS research project meetings
  • Keep Nutrition Coordinator/Research Coordinator informed on all developments through regular reports
Finance and grant management
  • Track ComPAS budget expenses and do routine budget analysis and tracking of expenditure
  • Ensure expenditures are timely and in line with donor expectation and guidelines
Other
  • Perform any other duty as directed by the supervisor
Key Result Areas:
  • Successful implementation of ComPAS research study as per the proposal targets and work plan timelines
  • Capacity building of Research Officers; promotion of critical-thinking research skills and culture of responsibility and detail-oriented work among officers
  • Accuracy of ComPAS research study data as per the research data collection protocols; collection, input, and analysis
  • Timely supply and/or pre-positioning of ComPAS research study supplies to study sites
  • Timely submission of ComPAS study related reports
  • Representation of IRC at internal and external meetings, forums, presentations etc.
Required Qualifications:
  • MUST have a Bachelor’s degree in nutrition dietetics
  • Masters in Public Health Nutrition preferred.
  • MUST be a registered by KNDI
Required Experience & Competencies:
  • Technical understanding of CMAM required; a minimum of 3 years of professional experience in nutrition, public health, nutrition planning and management and/or in relevant areas of infant and child health/nutrition care at program management level required
  • Minimum 2 years in nutrition-related research, designing and/or implementing nutrition research studies or evaluations required, experience with RCTs preferred
  • Knowledge in mHealth data collection software and platforms; experience troubleshooting electronic data collection issues strongly preferred
  • Strong analytical skills, sound judgment and the capacity to think and plan strategically, including the ability to produce high quality implementation plans
  • Excellent communication skills; demonstrated patience and effective leadership in communicating new topics to diverse audiences; experience providing job coaching or on the job training
  • Familiarity with Nairobi County nutrition programs and partners preferred
  • Ability to work with considerable flexibility (for example: outside business hours in urban areas)
Kenyan nationals are encouraged to apply.  

International allowances are not available for this position. 

Salary and employee benefits are compliant to the Kenyan NGO Sector. 

How to Apply

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 to apply online

Nutrition Officer - Research
 
Sector: Nutrition 

Location: Kenya 

Employee Type:Regular 

Employee Category: Full Time
 
Job Purpose / Objective: The IRC is leading a multi-agency program of operational research to develop a combined protocol for the treatment of severe and moderate acute malnutrition (Combined Protocol for Acute Malnutrition Study- ComPAS). 

The ‘Combined Protocol’ will be piloted in two countries: South Sudan and Kenya. The IRC is recruiting Nutrition Research Officers to provide research study implementation and data collection support in Kenya. 

The research is funded by OFDA and CIFF, implemented by the IRC in Kenya and Action Against Hunger-USA in South Sudan and supported by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

As part of the global ComPAS research team and working under the guidance and supervision of the ComPAS Research Manager and ComPAS Research Coordinator, the Nutrition Officer Research will be directly responsible for high-quality quantitative and qualitative data collection and reporting of research study data at his or her designated clinic site. 

S/he will also work closely with clinic facility (MoH) staff and provide logistics and technical support on the implementation of the standard or Combined Protocol, patient record-keeping, patient follow-up, and community outreach.

The Nutrition Research Officer will be expected to strictly adhere to research protocol, communicate effectively to clinic facility staff and enrolled patients, and maintain data quality and data management procedures at all times.

Key Responsibilities
  • Participate in refresher IMAM and original ComPAS research protocol training including CommCare; demonstrate understanding IMAM protocols.
  • Work with ComPAS research team, sub-county MoH and local community leaders to acquire community-level consent prior to the start of the research study
  • Assist with community sensitization and screening to recruit study participants
  • Maintain a professional relationship with clinic (non-ComPAS research) staff; provide on the job training, coaching and mentoring in order to communicate study protocol procedures and CMAM best practice where appropriate
  • Daily, work with clinic staff at clinic site to recruit children to the study, enroll children based on study enrollment criteria and procedures; obtain informed consent from caregiver to collect and store personal information
  • Daily, implement ComPAS research study data collection procedures; record all enrollments and weekly follow-up data (anthropometrics, household data, personal and medical history, etc.) to electronic tablets using mHealth software
  • Daily, when available, assist clinic staff with providing and recording treatment for acute malnutrition
  • Daily, upload data to online mHealth platform
  • Daily, alongside clinic staff, monitorprogress ofstudy participants; ensure appropriate concurrent medical treatment, follow-up, referral, and discharge
  • Communicate key combined or standard protocol messages to caretakers of enrolled children, and ensure it is delivered appropriately in order to promote adherence
  • Organize four-month follow-up with caretakers of enrolled children and community health workers
  • Perform periodic data audits independently and with supervisor
  • Maintain record of ComPAS research study supply; take stock of supplies that need to be replenished and work with the research Supervisor/Coordinator to pre-position
  • Plan and conduct mass MUAC screening of the under fives on a quarterly basis in collaboration with the community health workers and clinic outreach planning
  • Coordinate meetings with IRC and sub-county MoH officials to update on study progress and share interim results
  • Represent IRC in nutrition coordination meetings within the sub-county among implementing partners and other nutrition /health related forums.
  • Attend scheduled ComPAS research team meetings and one-on-one meetings with supervisor(s)
  • Immediately report any issues or problems to the Research Manager and/or Coordinator
  • Any other duties as assigned by the supervisor(s)
Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor degree in Food, Nutrition and Dietetics from a recognized University.
  • Must be a registered nutrition or dietitian KNDI
  • Additional research qualification or experience
Required Experience & Competencies:
  • Technical understanding of CMAM required; minimum 1 year work experience in providing treatment for acute malnutrition.
  • Minimum 1 year work experience in public health research, preferably in nutrition, community health, or child health
  • Prior experience with mHealth data collection platforms, preferably CommCare
  • Experience in nutrition survey and assessments; strong experience ensuring data quality and management procedures
  • Attention to detail and ability to multi-task
  • Effective when working independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent communication skills; demonstrated patience and effective leadership in communicating new topics to diverse audiences; experience providing job coaching or on the job training desirable
  • Experience in nutrition and HIV/AIDS programming added advantage
  • Ability to work with considerable flexibility (for example: outside business hours in urban areas)
Kenyan nationals are encouraged to apply.  

International allowances are not available for this position. 

Salary and employee benefits are compliant to the Kenyan NGO Sector. 

How to Apply

CLICK HERE to apply online 

Supply Chain Officer - Procurement (Nairobi)
 
Sector: Logistics 

Location: Kenya  

Employee Type:Regular 

Employee Category: Full Time

Job Purpose / Objective: To provide all necessary Supply chain supports to the field project activities in Kakuma field office and proceed with maximum efficiency while adhering to IRC’s Supply chain procedures. 
Administrative Roles:
  • To deputize the supply chain manager in his absence and ensure there is continuity of entire supply chain activities in support of the program
  • Manage all staff employed in the supply chain Department who are directly under him & supporting operations for Kakuma Program by assigning of duties through Delegation, monitoring the performance and regularly evaluating staff directly supervised by him /her.
  • Plan and conduct staff performance reviews for supply chain staff directly under his staff management and map out the staff performance development plan.
  • Responsible for logistics and procurement activities  for planning, organizing and developing the long term strategy and approach of IRC supply chain
  • Ensure there is an adequate and neatly organized filling system for waybills, inventory records and other logistical records.
Supply chain activities:
  • To ensure all supply chain activities are carried out to a satisfactory standard.
  • To ensure that the necessary Supply chain and organization is effected for all projects.
  • Where necessary, to manage, or support, the development and proper functioning of any project office deemed necessary to support the programme.
  • To assess potential projects as requested by Supply chain Manager
  • To familiarize yourself with the IRC supply chain Manual and comply with the policies outlined in the IRC supply chain Manual.
  • To complete required reports and submit a monthly supply chain reports to supply chain Manager.
Procurement:
  • Receive and review all Purchase Request from Program Staff and other operations departments.
  • Ensure updated master purchase agreement data base for all the prequalified suppliers for both services and Goods for IRC authorized suppliers in Kakuma operation
  • Ensure that procurements are done in accordance with IRC Policies and procedures, ensuring that the purchases of goods are appropriate in terms of quality and fair market price.
  • Ensure that all purchases are properly authorized in accordance with IRC Finance and supply chain policies and procedures.
  • Proper record keeping and updated procurement of services and goods documentations in the procurement sector.
  • Ensure that IRC procedures are followed in all spheres. Carry out staff orientation where necessary.
  • Ensure that up to date files for price guide / catalogues / products technical information to be used by the office for Budgetary and ordering purposes are maintained.
  • Review all procurement documents before sending it for approval and ensure that a proper record for any procurement act is kept and inventory of used LPOs is maintained for future references.
  • Prepare weekly procurement reports and send to all programmes
  • Prepare monthly procurement commitment reports and send to all programmes.
  • Ensure that all other procurement files are maintained
  • Coordinate closely with the Procurement / supply chain Department in Nairobi to ensure that program supplies purchased from Nairobi are in place in Kakuma.
Miscellaneous:
  • To attend meetings when requested by the supply chain manager
  • To maintain confidentiality.
  • To continually strive to improve working methods, practices and working relationships within IRC.
  • To promote an atmosphere of co-operation and team spirit among IRC staff.
  • To carry out all duties responsibly and act in a professional manner at all times.
Procurement reports:
  • Monthly Procurement report
  • Monthly PR tracking and performance card
  • Commitments report to Finance
  • Any other procurement reports required by LC or direct Supervisor.
Requirements:
  • Degree in  supply chain or Logistics & supplies management or any  another  relevant field
  • Thorough method of working with ability to work under pressure to pursue multiple tasks simultaneously to successful conclusions;
  • Management ability to lead, motivate and develop staff;
  • Positive attitude with good sense of humour;
  • Committed team player;
  • Ability to live and work in a fairly isolated area and in conditions of limited comfort;
  • Basic computer skills (Word, Excel);
  • At least Three years’ experience working as a logistician;
  • The following experience will all be advantageous: previous NGO work, work in Africa, experience in repairing/maintaining vehicles, communications (Codan HF, VHF).
Kenyan nationals are encouraged to apply. 

International allowances are not available for this position.

Salary and other benefits are compliant to the Kenyan NGO Sector. 

How to Apply

CLICK HERE to apply online 

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IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

If you need assistance in the application or hiring process to accommodate a disability, you may request an accommodation at any time. Please contact Talent Acquisitions at IRC.Recruitment@rescue.org. As required by law, the IRC will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants and employees with a known disability.

Disclaimer: Please take note that International Rescue Committee (IRC) does not ask for any fees in connection with its recruitment processes. In the event that you receive any request  for payment of any sort, please get in touch with us on Tel: +(254-020) 2727730, Email: IRCKenya@rescue.org or report to the nearest police.

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