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Health & Nutrition Educator Job in Lagdera District, Kenya


Health & Nutrition Educator – Lagdera District, Kenya

Terre des hommes (Tdh), a humanitarian aid organization, is operative in 34 countries with a range of healthcare and child protection programs, both in development and emergency contexts. 

The main areas of Tdh intervention in Lagdera district are in the field of child protection, health/nutrition, water and sanitation.

Tdh invites applications from qualified candidates for the position of ‘Health & Nutrition Educator’

Job title: Health & Nutrition Educator (HNE) 
 

Duty station: Modogashe (Lagdera district, Garissa county)
 
Responsible to: Health Project Manager
 
Working with: Health facility staff, Community Health Extension Workers, Community Health Volunteers

Overall Job Purpose:

To support the community outreach component of TDH’s Health & Nutrition intervention in Lagdera district by implementing activities aimed at community mobilization 

Scope of work

Under the supervision of TDH Health Project Manager and the DPHN, she/he is responsible for improving basic preventive health care at community level with a focus on health & nutrition education through community outreach activities.

Specific responsibilities
  • Promote uptake of outreach and facility based health and nutrition services by organizing activities aimed at community mobilization
  • Training, mentoring and supervision of CHEWs and Community Health Volunteers in key nutrition/health/hygiene messaging, community screening for malnutrition, case identification and referral.
  • Conduct nutrition, hygiene and health education for care-takers attending OTPs and SCs, and ensure nutrition is one regular topic for general health talks in the health facilities.
  • Provide awareness raising sessions to the target health education beneficiaries on home care of malnourished children, breastfeeding of all infants under six months and weaning management of infants from 6-9 months.
  • Conduct planned home visits to promote positive health behavior
  • Compile monthly activity reports of health education and other community based activities.
  • Attend Health Facility Management Committee meetings and community meetings for and discuss health care gaps in the community
  • Any other relevant responsibility as may be assigned by the line manager which is in agreement with TDH program aim including change of duty station by TDH management.
Requirements:
 
Essential
  • Bachelor Degree or Diploma in Public Health
  • At least 2 years’ field experience working with government or NGOs in health sector
  • Fluent in English, Somali and Swahili
  • Working knowledge of MS Word, Excel
Desirable
  • Higher diploma in Health Promotion & Prevention will be a distinct advantage
  • Trained in community IMCI
  • Experience of working in close collaboration with MOH staff
  • Experience in training of community health workers
Personal attributes
  • Able to work independently with minimal support
  • Willing to work in difficult environment with limited social services
  • To be accountable for activities entrusted to he/r
  • Punctual, efficient and capable to perform under pressure
The interested person (s) must submit their CV and photocopies of supporting documents (identity cards, diplomas, cover letter) prior to 24th July 2012, 5 p.m at the following address:

Tdh Modogashe office, next to Modogashe post office, Lagdera district, North Eastern Province, Kenya.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. The candidates will be contacted by phone. The recruitment and selection of Terre des hommes reflect our commitment to the protection and safety of children.

The short listed candidates will have to travel at their own expense to the place of recruitment (i.e. Lagdera district, Garissa or Nairobi). No compensation whatsoever will be given for transport or other.

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