Nutrition Intern at Helen Keller International

Nutrition Intern at Helen Keller International

Founded in 1915, Helen Keller International is dedicated to saving the sight and lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. We combat the causes and consequences of blindness and malnutrition by establishing programs based on evidence and research in vision, health and nutrition. We currently have more than 180 programs in 21 African and Asian countries. Part of this work is focused on preventing blindness and vision loss for millions of vulnerable people through cataract surgery, vision correction, vitamin A supplementation, screening and treatment for diabetic retinopathy, and distribution of treatments and cures for neglected tropical diseases. We also work to reduce malnutrition by promoting solutions aimed at improving nutrition practices for millions of families. These include vitamin A supplementation, maternal and child nutrition education, fortification of staple foods with essential nutrients, globally recognized family-led agricultural programs, and community based management of acute malnutrition. Helen Keller International also reaches tens of thousands of under-served youth in the United States each year through ChildSight®. This unique program provides free vision screenings and prescription eyeglasses to students living in poverty in California, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Ohio.

  • Job Type Full Time
  • Qualification BA/BSc/HND
  • Experience 1 year
  • Location Adamawa
  • Job Field Internships / Volunteering  , Medical / Healthcare 

Specific Responsibilities

  • Provide supportive supervision of middle upper arm circumference screening for children under 5 conducted by Health workers in target communities.
  • With support from the Program Officer/Program Associate, ensure quality of food cooking demonstration sessions are conducted in line with global best practice in supported communities.
  • Ensure integration of community nutrition interventions including Measuring mid upper arm circumference (MUAC) screening and referral, Maternal, Infant, and Young Child Nutrition (MIYCN), Mother Support Groups (MSGs), food demonstrations), and hygiene promotion.
  • Build the capacity of community volunteers (model moms) by providing on-the-job training on mother led-MUAC, and MIYCN.
  • With support from other project staff, conduct nutrition assessment/surveys as approved by the donor.
  • Support quality data collection of activities conducted in the communities.
  • Ensure quality and timely reporting of project activities.
  • Support the development and sharing of success stories from project implementation.
  • Actively engage with and maintain relationships with relevant government ministries and departments and nutrition working groups.
  • Support in Planning and facilitation of advocacy and awareness creation on the project to officials in government, private sector, academia, research institutions and civil society, to gain their support for nutrition interventions.
  • Support information sharing and knowledge management on the project, including documenting and sharing lessons learned on implementation among project team members and relevant stakeholders.
  • Support the writing of timely activity report (weekly, monthly, quarterly, annual) on the progress of the project in line with donor requirements.
  • Any other additional responsibility as communicated by the supervisor

Qualifications and Experience

  • Degree in the field of Nutrition or any related field.
  • At least 1 year experience implementing nutrition
  • Experience in Nutrition and community-based programming will be an added advantage
  • Excellent communication skills and a willingness to be respectful, kind, sensitive, and empathize with all beneficiaries
  • Good communication skills (verbal and written).
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Understands and speak Hausa language fluently
  • Acceptable IT Skills.

Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidates should submit their Cover Letter and Resume to: [email protected] using the Job Title as the subject of the mail.

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