Overview / Objectives of the position:

To supervise all aspects of GOAL Zimbabwe’s Program on nutrition component of the emergency response in Bulawayo city that is aimed at improving nutrition outcomes through active screening and treatment of acute malnutrition and provision of a discharge ration to children successfully treated of acute malnutrition. The Senior Nutrition Officer coordinates the implementation of the work at city, district levels and health facility level, as well as supports health facility and community level work by the Nutrition Officer. She/he will coordinate with Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) department to ensure that there is systematic collection, analysis and reporting of evidence-based information towards achievement of program impact.  She/he will play a strong coordination role with the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MOHCC) and the Bulawayo City Health departments and other relevant stakeholders in the program implementation as well as with other partners.

Main responsibilities:

Programme implementation

  • Facilitates the initial engagement with City health departments and all relevant stakeholders
  • Coordinates sensitisation meetings at district level and health facility level.
  • Work closely with the project team to develop annual, quarterly, monthly and weekly work plans to enable smooth roll out of the program.
  • Leading in the provision of a high level of on the job training through conducting standardised Training of Trainers (TOTs) to build the capacity of GOAL and health workers for city clinics on key components of nutrition emergency response.
  • Jointly with MoHCC at Provincial level and City health department, provide technical support, supervision and backstopping to the health facilities to ensure provision of quality NER services.
  • Ensure provision of transport for all materials required to cover stockout gaps at HF level for the nutrition emergency response based on agreed schedules with MoHCC.
  • Consolidate distribution plans for super cereal plus and other project materials
  • Coordinates health workers review meetings


Programme Monitoring Evaluation Accountability and Learning

  • Generate weekly reports.
  • Supports MEAL officer in conducting monthly data audit reports with line staff as well as ensure that indicator tracking tables for indicators and activities are up to date.
  • Support the MEAL officer in consolidation of distribution reports
  • Conduct weekly update meetings with team and provide necessary advise and support.
  • Jointly with MoHCC from Provincial level and City, support and technically backstop review meetings for health workers at HF level and ensure lessons learnt are documented.
  • Liaise with the Health Information Officers and MEAL officer on all data for the nutrition.
  • Effectively use knowledge generated by MEAL for programme decision making


Programme Coordination

  • Liaise with all key departments in Ministry of Health and Child Care at Provincial Level, City Health Department and other relevant Ministries and departments
  • Attend nutrition-related coordination meetings to represent GOAL at Provincial and City level and share progress updates
  • Participate in Provincial level Nutrition Cluster Coordination meetings
  • Share progress reports with all key provincial and district level stakeholders


Human Resources Management

  • Conduct performance management reviews with line staff.
  • Generate monthly leave plans for all staff tracking to ensure staff takes leave as planned.
  • Advise HR through the line management structure on the recruitment of staff.
  • Participate in interviews for line staff.
  • Monitor contract renewals for staff in liaison with Nutrition Manager and HR.

Finance, Procurement and Operations Management

  • Participate in the development of procurement plan and ensure timely raising of paperwork for procurement and distribution of all project materials as well as follow ups where necessary.
  • Indicate Project vehicle requirements where necessary.
  • In liaison with finance staff ensure timely forecast of project financial requirements for monthly activities through the development and updating of the project Budget Monitoring Tool (BMT) and raising all relevant paperwork as well as follow ups where necessary.
  • Monitor budget expenditure level monthly.
  • Supports LAFs on Bulawayo office administration.



Requirements : Technical & Functional skills

  • Sc. in Nutrition or equivalent. MSc in Nutrition/Public Health an added advantage.
  • 2+ years of experience in facilitating implementation of emergency nutrition programs.
  • Evidence of maturity and experience of working in urban community in emergency programmes.
  • Strong team leadership skills and the ability to motivate and facilitate the work of programme team.
  • Analytical and strategic planning skills; strong organizational skills and an ability to plan projects and timetable activities.
  • A proven record of effective project and people management.
  • Experience of performance management is desirable.
  • Excellent teamwork skills and the ability to build good relations both internally and externally
  • Good communication skills in written and spoken English and Ndebele are essential
  • Demonstrated experience in budget management and monitoring.
  • Proven experience in liaising with government officials and other NGOs
  • Good computer skills, including Microsoft Word and Excel and PowerPoint, SMART, Epi-Info and/or other relevant statistics packages.
  • Demonstrable understanding and experience of cross cutting issues i.e. HIV/AIDS, gender equity issues, Child Protection and their relevance to humanitarian response work is an added advantage.
  • Sound knowledge and ability to apply the SPHERE code, Core Humanitarian Standards and other key international humanitarian policies and guidelines on Nutrition.




Requirements : GOAL Competencies : no more than 5 (See GOAL competencies Framework)

  • Competency 1 and description (level)
  • Competency 2 and description (level)
  • Competency 3 etc…




Other requirements:

  • Frequent travel to health facilities
  • Carry out any other relevant assignments from the Nutrition Manager


General terms and conditions



Children and vulnerable adults a must be safeguarded to the maximum possible extent from deliberate or inadvertent actions and failings that place them at risk of abuse, sexual exploitation, injury and any other harm. One of the ways that GOAL shows this on-going commitment to safeguarding is to include rigorous background and reference checks in the selection process for all candidates.

Accountability within GOAL

Alongside our safeguarding policy, GOAL is an equal opportunities employer and has a set of integrity policies. Any candidate offered a job with GOAL will be expected to adhere to the following key areas of accountability:

  • Comply with GOAL’s policies and procedures with respect to safeguarding, Code of Conduct, health and safety, data protection and confidentiality, do no harm principles and unacceptable behaviour protocols.
  • Report any concerns about the welfare of a child or vulnerable adult or any wrongdoings within our programming area.
  • Report any concerns about inappropriate behaviour of a GOAL staff or partner.




This Job Description only serves as a guide for the position available. GOAL reserves the right to change this document. Any published closing dates are estimated.  Due to the nature of GOAL’s work we aim to fill vacancies as quickly as possible.  This means that we will close adverts as soon as we have found the right candidate and this may be before the published closing date.  We would therefore advise interested applicants to submit an application as early as possible.

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