IYCF Officer ( 2 )

at Save the Children
Location Dobo-Weyn, & Shilabo Woredas of Korahey Zone, Somali, Ethiopia
Date Posted July 3, 2021
Category Business Development
Facility Management
Health Care / Medical
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB



·       The incumbent will be expected to ensure that all caretakers of the beneficiaries at the distribution sites OTP and TSFP have get the IYCF counselling by the health extension workers of each program.

·       Accomplish project site activities and supporting of community based groups – HDAs, mother support groups, local committees, etc

·       Participate in providing IYCF technical support to Woredas, SCI and partners IMAM and IYCF staff

·       Ensure that all staff understand and implement the IYCF program guidelines

  • Ensure appropriate and consistent education messaging to mothers (at PHC, Hospitals, HCs and community levels)
  • Advise the best feeding options/ practices and follow ups as appropriate
  • Participate in the development of mother support groups and mother-baby areas.
  • Participate in developing regular work plans for the HWS, HEWs, CMAM officer, HDAs, mother support etc.
  • Spot and address appropriately the violations of the code of marketing of breast-milk substitutes and violations of the MOH guidelines
  • The position holder will be expected ensures the availability of teaching aid and IEC materials for program implementation
  • Act as an effective member in promoting, supporting and protecting IYCF practices (give IYCF awareness sessions and IYCF individual counselling sessions as necessary).
  • Give support to IMAM team members as necessary
  • Ensure that IYCF tools are properly utilized and documented; prepare IYCF reports regularly and submit to project coordinators
  • Link between CMAM team and IYCF team (such as promoting excellent communication and referral between IYCF counsellor, IYCF educator and IMAM)
  • Assist in the development and review of educational material (IEC /BCC)
  • Prepare training materials and conduct IYCF trainings when necessary
  • With support from M & E officer, make sure all IYCF records are regularly filled and submitted (awareness sessions, database of counselled cases, etc.)
  • Liaise with ZHO, WHO, and Health facilities and ensure the quality of IYCF/Nutrition capacity building activities are technically sound, aligned with proposed implementation plan and adhere to standard guidelines;
  • Provide mothers with practical advice on correct attachment and positioning when   breastfeeding, timely introduction of complementary foods and respond to any concerns or local taboos associated with IYCF
  • Upholds the image and values of SC at all times
  • Assure the availability of IYCF training and counselling materials prior to any training;
  • Support community assessments related to IMAM & IYCF and strengthen capacity of various health, agriculture, and other sectors’ front line workers to improve the quality of nutrition intervention
  • Along with other SCI & partner staffs, conduct regular follow up ite visits to provide support quality implementation, and document field all through submission of complete, accurate and timely feedback reports;
  • Ensure IYCF indicator well captured and adhere to the national protocol guideline by IMAM team.
  • Make sure that Mothers are counselled with the resource available at HH and proper understand
  • Make sure that Mother who need special counselling are identified, linked   and followed well for behaviour change
  • Support the mothers suffering from insufficient milk production with advice on re-lactation
  • Perform other extra duties as required



Technical Support role

  • Support Mothers to increase their knowledge through training, exposure and joint actions
  • Strengthen Mothers self-mobilization through their linking mother to mother groups
  • Share latest development ideas and appropriate technologies to Women/community members/groups
  • Share information on support and cooperation with communities and other stakeholders
  • Promote constructive customary mechanisms and institution building with in communities
  • Promote adoption of approaches that leads to changing their perception
  • Build communities’ management skills in analysis and reflection processes, setting goals for improvements, planning implementation steps, taking action, and monitoring progress



  • Coordinate with stakeholders at local level.
  • Acquire accurate information about vulnerable communities and their problems, needs and capabilities as well as changes and trends in the communities, including their driving factors and impeding forces
  • Develop a simple and sustainable supervision and monitoring system to guide the communities in monitoring project activities
  • In collaboration with Government Health offices prepare weekly/monthly and quarterly plan

Job Requirements

·       Bachelors or equivalent degree in Human Nutrition, Midwifery, Public Health, or similar fields

·       Minimum 3 years’ field experience in humanitarian work, including significant experience in managing IMAM & IYCF programs

·       Substantial experience of community-based nutrition projects

·       Demonstrated ability for leadership and independent decision making

·       Strong interpersonal skills & excellent team player

·       Willingness and ability to work in hardship environment

  • Cultural and gender sensitivity
  • Knowledge of the local language is Mandatory



  • Minimum three years working experience out of which two-years’ experience directly related to emergency health & nutrition related fields Knowledge, training and experience in CMAM and community mobilization/BCC


Applying Instructions

Application Information:

Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.  A copy of the full role profile can be found at https://stcuk.taleo.net/careersection/ex/jobsearch.ftl?lang=en

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