Nutrition Field Facilitator

  • Full Time
  • Dedza
  • Applications have closed

United Purpose


United Purpose (UP) Malawi is an international non-governmental organisation working to create opportunities for lasting improvement in peoples’ lives. We work in partnership with others to support a range of livelihoods and food security, WASH and health, sustainable energy and gender equality programmes reaching over 1,200,000 people a year across Malawi. Globally, we work in nine countries across Africa, Asia and South America; however our Malawi programme is by far and away our largest and most established country programme. UP currently operates in 17 districts in Malawi, supporting over 30 on-going projects, with a total staff of over 350.UP Malawi is seeking to recruit an experienced and dynamic M&E Coordinator and Field Facilitator for a joint Irish Aid and GIZ -FNSP funded district nutrition response programme. The direct beneficiaries of this programme are children under five (under-two specifically for GIZ) and pregnant and lactating women (PLW). The total target beneficiaries, under both Irish Aid and GIZ/FNSP support, are 202,214 under-five children (71,897 in Balaka and 130,317 in Dedza), 59,474 pregnant and lactating women (PLW) (21,146 in Balaka and 38,328 in Dedza), and 80,886 under-two children (28,759 in Balaka and 52,127 in Dedza)The Irish Aid-funded district response programme runs to December 2020 in both Dedza and Balaka, while the GIZ/FNSP component runs to December 2019. Both are being jointly implemented by UP and the Dedza and Balaka District Councils. The district nutrition response programme funded by Irish Aid is being implemented in Dedza and Balaka covering 8 TAs in Dedza (Kachere, Chauma, Kaphuka, Tambala, Kasumbu, Kachindamoto, Kamenyagwaza and Chilikumwendo) and 10 TAs in Balaka (Kalembo, Nsarnala, Amidu, Nkaya, Kachenga, Chanthunya, Matola, Toleza, Phalula and Sawali), whereas the GIZ/FNSP funding is exclusively being channelled into TA Chauma, Kasumbu and Kamenyagwaza in Dedza. The overall objective is to have an improved nutritional status of adolescents, pregnant and lactating women, infants and children through accelerated positive behaviour changes in Dedza and Balaka districts by 2020. This aligns to FNSP specific objective: The nutritional status of the people in Dedza who are vulnerable to nutrition insecurity, particularly women of reproductive age and young children, has improved. In addition, the programme aligns with, and will directly contribute to, the SUN national response programme aim of decreasing moderate stunting for under-five children with special emphasis on the first 1000 special days.

The achievement of the objective is being addressed through the key result areas as below:

Key Result Area 1: Communities in Dedza and Balaka are actively promoting appropriate positive practices and behaviours on maternal and child care. This aligns with the FNSP output A: The (mobile) health and agricultural advisory services as well as communities in Dedza are actively promoting appropriate practices and behaviours on maternal and child care, hygiene as well as nutrition-sensitive agriculture in order to improve nutrition.

Key Result Area 2: Stronger Balaka and Dedza DNCC have the capacity to coordinate, implement and monitor multi-sectoral scale up of interventions to address undemutrition. This aligns with FNSP output B: malnutrition/nutrition-sensitive measures.

Key Result Area 3: Effective and timely district nutrition response programme Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning delivered.

The positions we are recruiting must all be firmly committed to delivering lasting positive improvements to the communities that we serve, and delivering UP’s mission and upholding our values of integrity, dignity, and environmental respect.

The contract will be for approximately 24 months up until around December 2020(with strong possibility of future extension, subject to personal performance and funding).

Nutrition Field Facilitator (1 based in Balaka)

Job Purpose:

Under the direction of the District Coordinator, the Nutrition Field Facilitator will be responsible for implementation and field level coordination/ facilitation of the nutrition response and GIZ/ FNSP within the 8 and 10 Traditional Authorities in Balaka and Dedza Districts respectively.

The position will take ownership for the delivery of integrated Nutrition interventions ensuring that there is a measurable impact on identified growth targets. The position will be familiar with a broad health and nutrition cross-section of activities, resources, and techniques associated with the development and implementation of the district nutrition response project. The position will have a working knowledge of and tangible experience in programme planning and implementation and fostering partnerships in health, nutrition and WASH at community level. S/he will assist the community groups to plan, prioritize, and act on local natural resource-related issues; facilitate group formation/strengthening; provide linkages and support community-based action plans; and ensure implementation is in line with the project approach and principles.

Key duties and responsibilities:

• Lead the planning, organization/ facilitation and implementation of all health, nutrition and WASH interventions within the Traditional Authorities in Dedza or Balaka.
• Community mobilization which will involve organizing and participating in community sensitization meetings, monthly planning and review meetings, ANCC, VNCC, CLAN and ACLAN meetings and taking the opportunity to support dissemination of appropriate information on Health and nutrition and WASH.
• Formation and capacity building of nutrition related structures that include ANCCs, Care Groups, VNCCs, and CLANs/Promoters.
• Providing Support to FISAs, Care Groups, CLANs, Promoters, ANCCs, radio listening clubs, drama groups to implement Social and Behavioural Change Communication activities (SBCC).
• Conduct regular monitoring of community level activities, to ensure appropriate standards and procedures are observed in health, nutrition and WASH activities.
• Consolidate and submit monthly and activity reports including those from care groups through the designated SUN structures and the Project Coordinator.
• Liaise and coordinate with all extension workers (health, agriculture, Local Government, Gender and NGOs and implementation) during the formation and management of care groups and rolling out of nutrition interventions.
• Conduct joint monitoring of nutrition activities with all relevant structures and partners.
• Participate, monitor of commodity (Micronutrient powder) stock with Health Facility personnel and maintain stock documentation and stock reports and report on the implementation at community /caregroup level, PD hearth and ASSFACS.
• Work with communities to vision, design, prioritize and implement project initiatives, innovations and collective actions, through coordinating and liaising with other stakeholders. This includes supporting development of Environmental and Village Action Plans, as well as assisting stakeholders to identify and mobilize local resources to implement initiatives. This should involve ensuring active and meaningful involvement and participation of most vulnerable groups within local communities, as well as the promotion of women in leadership.
• Identification and sensitization of relevant community based authorities, opinion leaders, and key change agents, using a firm understanding of local social networks and power dynamics.
• Provide technical inputs and actively promote sustainable agricultural and natural resource management practices.
• Support the integration of women’s empowerment and leadership; innovation; business approaches; and CU mainstreaming issues throughout all aspects of the project cycle.

Successful candidates will have:

• At least an Advance Diploma in nutrition, Environmental health, rural and community development, natural resources. A degree will be a distinct advantage. Disciplines with 5 years’ experience in coordinating a health, nutrition or agriculture related project.
• At least 2 years’ experience in management of community based nutrition programmes such as Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM).
• Experience in the planning and implementation of community health and nutrition programmes
• Experience of working with a wide range of stakeholders includes government and non- governmental organizations.
• Proven experience of, and commitment to, participatory methodologies in implementing project interventions
• Fluency in spoken and written English and Chichewa, including good English report writing skills.
• Well-refined people management, team working and interpersonal skills
• Strong respect and empathy for rural communities, and an affinity to UP’s mission and values of integrity, dignity and environmental respect.
• A full clean motor cycle driving licence is essential.

Terms and conditions:

All positions will attract a generous benefits packages including a competitive salary, housing allowance, medical, insurance, annual leave, leave grant, etc (negotiable).

To apply for any position, candidates must submit a completed Application Form.

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Internal and External candidates are requested to apply

Closing date for the receipt of completed application forms is midnight of 17th December, 2018.

Only short listed candidates will be contacted. For more information about UP, please visit our website at

UP is an equal opportunity employer, and women are particularly encouraged to apply.