Convoy of Hope is an international aid organization focusing on food security and disaster relief. It operates programs in 14 countries feeding children, empowering women and girls, equipping farmers, and strengthening churches. The organization was founded in the United States in 1994, and has its headquarters
in Springfield, Missouri.
Convoy of Hope Tanzania was incorporated in May 2013. Its Women’s Empowerment and Agriculture programs help destitute women launch small businesses and improve farm yields. Its Children’s Feeding programs bring meals to children and help schools and orphanages develop the capacity to feed their children. Its Empowered Girls clubs equip girls with life skills for success. COH-Tz operated in four districts in Arusha, Mbeya regions with opportunity to grow.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Assess the nutritional needs of CFI participants and as requested by the Tanzania National Director, and the nutritional needs of other IP program participants.
Facilitate training sessions for program leaders, volunteers, and program beneficiaries (children and adults) on nutrition, health, and WASH related topics.
Monitor WASH behaviors, including food preparation and service, according to COH CFI standards.
Collect data from Program Centers, as requested by the Tanzania National Director.
Advise Tanzania National Director on WASH improvements that need to be made at Program Centers and other IP project sites.
Advise in procurement of healthy foods and products for CFI.
Collaborate with Tanzania Ministry of Health (MOH) to stay current on local, regional, and country-level nutrition and health trends, laws, policies, and initiatives.
Advise Tanzania National Director on possible partnerships with other like-minded NGOs and the Tanzania MOH to achieve CFI program specifications and improve nutrition integration across other IP programs.
Conduct preliminary research (including policy research, anthropometry, household surveys and key informant interviews) and baseline assessments at sites of potential or new Program Centers.
Participate in the planning, implementation, and monitoring of all nutrition and health related components of COH’s women’s empowerment and agriculture programs.
Produce and submit high-quality reports.
Troubleshoot problems/challenges that arise in the field.
As a member of the International Program team, supports other programs as assigned.
Other duties as assigned.
Required, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
a. Required training:
i. Nutrition assessment including anthropometry
ii. WASH standards
iii. Social behavior change communication
b. Preferred additional knowledge/training:
i. Nutrition-sensitive interventions
ii. Qualitative research
Fluency in spoken and written English and Kiswahili language(s)
At least one year of experience facilitating nutrition/community health trainings is preferred.
Ability to evaluate and analyze anthropometric data according to established standards (knowledge of Anthro and Anthro Plus is preferred).
Produce computer-generated reports and input/manage data.
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of an integrated team.
Strong organizational skills with attention to detail.
Comfortable traveling to various Program Centers and other project sites within Tanzania.
Serve as an advocate for the ministry, striving to nurture, broaden and develop financial and other resource opportunities to support and expand organizational and program ministry.
Ability to positively represent the ministry of Convoy of Hope, including its mission statement and core values, to all outside constituencies.
As a Christian organization, Convoy of Hope believes it is critical that each staff member embraces the organization's religious purposes for which it exists and not only agrees with its Statement of Faith but demonstrates it in their lives on an ongoing basis.
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The Nutritionist supports the ministry of Convoy of Hope (COH) by working under the leadership of the Tanzania National Director to successfully identify nutrition problems and plan appropriate actions to address them within COH’s Children’s Feeding Initiative (CFI). This involves the assessment of nutritional status and implementation of programs, including dissemination of social behavior change communication (SBCC) messages to improve the overall health of mothers and children and their families in COH Program Centers, surrounding communities, and other identified project sites. The Nutritionist is responsible for day-to-day operations, maintenance, advancement, and provision of technical support for all nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive programs. The Nutritionist will also support the Tanzania National Director in report preparation regarding all COH nutrition-sensitive or nutrition-specific interventions. The Nutritionist will be knowledgeable of Tanzania nutrition trends and best practices in nutrition. S/he will perform frequent travel to CFI Program Centers and other COH project sites within Tanzania.
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