South Sudan: Agri-Nutrition Officer

Position: Agri-Nutrition Officer

Location: Maban, South Sudan

Reports to: Livelihoods Team Leader

Liaises with: All Livelihoods team members

Manages: Agri-Nutrition Assistant

Length of contract: 6 months contract

About RI: Relief International is a leading nonprofit organization working in 20 countries to relieve poverty, ensure well-being and advance dignity. We specialize in fragile settings, responding to natural disasters, humanitarian crises and chronic poverty.

Relief International combines humanitarian and development approaches to provide immediate services while laying the groundwork for long-term impact. Our signature approach — which we call the RI Way—emphasizes local participation, an integration of services, strategic partnerships, and a focus on civic skills. In this way, we empower communities to find, design and implement the solutions that work best for them.

Position Summary:

Through its Livelihoods and Agriculture for Peace (LEAP) program, RI plans to establish an Agri-nutrition Centre that will operate as a hub to address nutrition related issues to the community in Maban. The Centre aims to transform food security into food and nutrition security and will operate as a multi-sector hub integrating agriculture, nutrition and health. The Centre will demonstrate nutrition behavioral change through agriculture as a means of addressing the prevalent cases of malnutrition. RI will introduce nutrition sensitive agricultural food-chain practices to address the causes of malnutrition, through supporting the improvement in agricultural diversification and nutrient quality of crops grown.

The Agri-Nutrition Officer will therefore be responsible to support the running of the activities at the Centre by conducting training on key nutritional messages to households and communities in Maban.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • The Agri-Nutrition officer will work under the general supervision of the Livelihoods team leader and will require independent judgment and initiative in the preparation, and implementation of agri-nutrition activities in the target areas.
  • He/She will coordinate and implement the agri-nutrition activities of LEAP in Maban through increasing market access and consumption of diverse and quality foods, as well as increasing resilience of vulnerable households and communities.
  • He/She will integrate food and nutrition security into agriculture and coordinate the implementation of agri-nutrition security activities of LEAP in Maban.
  • Raise community awareness and consumption of diversified, nutrient dense, fortified and nutritionally adequate foods.
  • Improve nutritional status and intervention outcome through increasing production of diverse and safe foods, increased household food availability and gender sensitive interventions.
  • Coordinating capacity building and technical support for beneficiaries on agri-nutrition issues including agri-nutrition sensitive technologies, dietary diversification and nutrient dense diets.
  • Work with the M&E officer to monitor beneficiary adoption of the new nutrition targeted agricultural practices and food consumption methodologies.
  • Promoting food safety including appropriate methods of handling, preservation, processing, storage and utilization of agriculture foods.
  • Disseminating and promoting/demonstrating agri-nutrition sensitive technologies; food preparation and utilization; best practices; and energy and time saving technologies for women.
  • Establish linkages and facilitating collaboration across relevant sectors, agencies and public stakeholders working with the targeted community.
  • Promote water and sanitation activities where in the targeted communities.
  • Executing any other duties assigned by the supervisor.
  • Strengthen and promote community engagement processes in the project areas, particularly identifying project beneficiaries, assessing their needs and addressing and resolving community issues.
  • Perform and document regular monitoring of all project activities in close coordination with the project team.
  • Ensure a safe working environment for all people involved in project implementation and maintain the highest standards of behavior when working with the project beneficiaries.
  • Adherence to all organizational policies and procedures as outlined in RIs’ policies and procedure manuals.
  • Responsible for establishing and maintaining a good working relationship with all RI staff and for attending and participating in regular staff meetings.
  • Conduct him/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to RI and not to jeopardize its humanitarian mission.
  • Any other duties as assigned from time to time.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • University degree in Home Economics or nutrition other relevant disciplines with 2-3 years’ experience. Experienced nutritionist with a background in implementing agriculture related activities.
  • Experience with conducting agri-nutrition activities in humanitarian setting is essential.
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, at all levels as well as the ability to report to and advise the team leader on emerging issues.
  • People management skills.
  • Able to work on own initiative with a creative approach to problem-solving.
  • Community conflict resolution skills.
  • Computer literacy with good knowledge of office applications is required.
  • Excellent knowledge of Arabic and English. Knowledge of the local language is an added advantage.
  • S/he must be willing to be based in the field and work closely with beneficiary communities.

Organizational Learning: As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve – we expect all team members to commit part of their time to the RI Academy to learning activities that benefit Relief International as themselves.

Accountability to Beneficiaries: Relief International team members are expected to support all efforts towards accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

RI Values:

We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and operational independence.

We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities.

We value:

  • Inclusiveness
  • Transparency and Accountability
  • Agility and Innovation
  • Collaboration
  • Sustainability

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