South Sudan: Nutrition Officer

Organization: The Health Support Organization
Country: South Sudan
Closing date: 17 Jan 2017

General Description of the Programme:
The Health Support Organisation is a leading registered South Sudanese based international nonprofit organisation dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programmes.
Formed in 2005, incorporated in 2008 by South Sudanese doctors to support the national efforts in addressing health challenges in South Sudan, THESO is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organisation. Its mission is to implement evidence-based, culturally sensitive, innovative projects promoting health, according to perceived public health needs and priorities as understood through quality research. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at high risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, THESO rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.

THESO is seeking to recruit a Nutrition Manager for its South Sudan programme to be based in Juba.

Position summary

The Nutrition Officer (Nut Off) will be responsible for the vision, strategy, design, implementation and management of Nutrition Programme in Unity State, working in collaboration with CHDs and THESO senior management team at state and national levels, and directly with the team in the field.

The NutOff reports to the Nutrition Manager and CHD Manager as well as supervises the field program team. The NutOff will travel 80% to service delivery sites.

Specific Responsibilities:

Coordination and Representation

Develop a sound understanding of THESO and its programmes such that the NutOff can represent THESO at state and county level. Establish and maintain effective, professional relationships with relevant stakeholders.

Plan and coordinate County nutrition interventions;

Participate in the state and when delegated national Nutrition Cluster; ensure leadership of the County Nutrition Sub-Cluster

Participate in internal coordination and management meetings to promote effective and efficient information sharing, problem-solving and decision making.

Program Management

Oversee implementation of nutrition-related grants and management of budgets, including budget forecasting, development of spending plans in cooperation with other departments.

Ensure the appropriate utilization of and reporting on resources to deliver programmes

Prepare all necessary documentation for Grant Opening, Review and Closing meetings

Technical Monitoring and Program Quality

Provide technical supervision of, and technical support to County Nutrition programming activities;

Ensure that nutrition programs utilize standardized protocols, policies and guidelines, as prescribed by the Ministry of Health, UNICEF and WFP;

Ensure that all nutrition activities are consistent with established best practices;

Oversee the collection and timely reporting of data and statistics for all nutrition programmes in line with THESO’s guidelines and according to internal and donor requirements;

Ensure appropriate follow-up and decision-making on data relevant to THESO nutrition programmes;

Ensure all stakeholders are provided with updates on the nutrition programme in the County, including SMoH, Country Director, Technical Unit, donors etc.

Strategic Planning and Program Development

In collaboration with Nutrition Manager, and the Programme Director, lead the development of a THESO Nutrition Program strategy in line with THESO Strategic plan 2016 – 2020.

Lead technical assessments as a basis for nutrition program development;

Monitor evolving needs of the target communities and adjust the programmatic priorities as necessary;

Coordinate and develop project proposals (logical frameworks and appropriate, realistic and measurable indicators) for the nutrition programme under the supervision of Nutrition Manager.

Staff development

Ensure the ongoing capacity building of programme staff.

Ensure respect for THESO HR policies during the recruitment process.

Provide timely and quality performance evaluations.

Promote the THESO Way with all supervisees


Ensure staff are trained on, aware of and in compliance with THESO security policies and the local SMP.


Submit timely and accurate reports to Nutrition Manager as required

Review programme reports to ensure accuracy before submission


Other relevant duties as assigned.


Degree in Nutrition, Public health or related licensures with at least three to five years international professional experience, including significant experience managing nutrition programmes; specifically in the Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM), Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) and nutrition BCC approaches.

Experience integrating nutrition into multi-sectoral programming, particularly with the health, WASH, food security and livelihoods sectors.

Experience coordinating with and building the capacity of local government and civil society partners.

Experience conducting assessments, preferably using participatory approaches and/or SMART and SQUEAC surveys;

THESO’s, INGOs or East Africa experience desirable


Excellent management skills; able to work independently while being a strong team player;

Demonstrated ability to handle sensitive situations diplomatically, able to work well with people of varying backgrounds, cultures, education levels

Able to write clear and concise reports and proposals and to meet required reporting deadlines;

Able to work in unstable security environments;

Competent in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook

Fluent in spoken and written English, knowledge of Arabic a plus.

Additional qualities: ability to handle pressure, to solve problems, to prioritize work, honesty, flexibility, and punctuality, sense of humour.

How to apply:

Interested applicant should long onto and open vacancies page and click on field office jobs to complete online application process addressing it to the Human Resource Manager, The Health Support Organisation;

THESO is an equal opportunity employer and women candidates are encouraged to apply

NB: Only shortlisted applicants shall be contacted for interviews.