Behavior Change Communication/ Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) Officer US NGO Careers – Lutheran World Relief (LWR)

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Organisation: Lutheran World Relief (LWR)
Reports to: Project Nutritionist
Lutheran World Relief is a US non-profit organization that works with local partners to provide lasting solutions to poverty, injustice and human suffering. LWF Uganda works to reduce people’s vulnerability, supporting them to realize their potential, to build on their assets, and to respond to their own problems and needs. LWF Uganda currently has five areas of operation in Pader, Kitgum, Adjumani, Katakwi, Sembabule, Kampala and Kamwenge Districts.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Spearhead all health behaviour change campaigns especially in Infant and Young Child Feeding activities at Health facility and community level through Mother support group approach, working with Community Health Supervisors and CHVs;
  • Support in establishment of Mother support groups in the project area, ensure that on a monthly basis the groups are supported to carry out Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF);
  • Assess Mother Support group progress they are making, by participating in Mother support group sessions, provide support needed. Organize with procurement and logistics in procurement and distribution of the mother support groups supplies/materials;
  • Support in establishment of Baby and mother friendly space and ensure it is functional at Health facility level;
  • Provide technical support to the midwife’s/health facility workers in order to have Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) counselling services provided to mothers/caregivers, with challenges/difficulties in practicing optimal Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF);
  • Train the Community health workers/volunteers on how to use the Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) and Hygiene promotion IEC material, to enable them effectively deliver Key messages, in a manner that it is easy for the communities to remember, and adopt the practices;
  • Working closely with other sectors, to ensure that nutrition messages are intergraded in all outreach sectors;
  • Draw and share weekly social behaviour Change interventions plan, collect weekly and monthly data and submit reports timely to the nutrition manager and Senior Monitoring and Evaluation officer;
  • Develop innovative methodologies that will enhance effective sharing of Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) and hygiene messages, that are acceptable and adheres to the community culture and norms
  • Work closely with the community and create feedback mechanism path way, that will enable communities to provide feedback to the program and that the program team respond to issues raised by the affected population timely.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the Lutheran World Relief (LWR) Behavior Change Communication/ Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) Officer job opportunity should hold a Bachelor’s degree in nutrition, public health or related field
  • Two years of relevant and substantial experience in Nutrition in Emergency programmes, Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) programming with emphasis on Infant Feeding in Emergency (IFE);
  • Experience in programme communications around issues such as breast feeding promotions and IYFC/IFE programming at large;
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of Infant and Young Child Feeding Practices, the International Code of Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes and the Operational Guidance on IYCF-E and Sphere;
  • Experience in developing, implementing and conducting trainings in IYCF-E programmes;
  • Strong communications skills and the ability to work effectively with a range of stakeholders, including nutrition clusters, partners and Ministry of Health;
  • Ability to analyses diverse information and develop recommendations for an appropriate capacity-building plan;
  • Demonstrated capacity in delivering high quality training.
Applications (motivation letter and detailed curriculum vitae in English), with the names and e- mail addresses of three persons who know the applicant professionally, should be sent via Email to: recruitment@lwf.or.ug. Please do not include certificates for education, trainings, etc. Please use the title of the job you are applying for as the subject line. Hand delivered applications can also be sent to our Offices in Kampala. Please indicate the position you have applied for on the top of the parcel addressed to:
The Human Resource Manager
Lutheran World Federation
Plot 1401, Ggaba, Road after the American Embassy
P.O. Box 5827, Kampala, Uganda.



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