Food Security Nutrition Assistant at the Danish Refugee Council (DRC)

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a private, independent, humanitarian organization working on all aspects of the refugee cause in more than 30 countries throughout the world. The aim of DRC is to protect refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) against persecution and to promote durable solutions to the problems of forced migration, on the basis of humanitarian principles and human rights. DRC works in accordance with the UN Conventions on Refugees and the Code of Conduct for the ICRC and NGOs in Disaster Relief.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Food Security Nutrition Assistant

Location: Maiduguri
Reports to: Food Security Nutrition Officer

Aim/Objective of Position

  • The overall aim of the position is to assist the Food Security Nutrition Officer(s) to develop, coordinate and manage a timely and effective food security nutrition project in line with proposals, strategies and donor requirements.

Specific objectives of the position include;

  • the identification, referral and follow up of individuals (children, pregnant and lactating women) who are at risk of malnutrition and other complications;
  • coordinate with other DRC teams, actors and stakeholders to ensure malnutrition and related issues are flagged for immediate action;
  • support food distribution activities, particularly in BSFP, to ensure target groups receive timely and sufficient support.

Employees under the responsibility of the position:

  • Other staff associated with or engaged in Nutrition activities
  • Professional travel: Yes, to all areas of operation and potential start up locations.

Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Food Security Nutrition Officer, the holder of this position shall perform the following duties:

Programme implementation:

  • Assist in all the Nutrition activities including nutrition screening and distribution.
  • Supervise Nutrition Workers.
  • Conduct training and sensitisation activities related to food distributions and nutrition.
  • Assist in Planning, supervising and monitoring training, awareness and sensitisation activities, including maintenance and verification of all supporting documentation and activities (e.g. pre- and post-tests).
  • Assist in Maintaining records of all activities, in order to complete timely reports for DRC and for external actors, including donors.
  • Plan, coordinate and monitor all nutrition-related activities, including screening, referrals and follow up.
  • Assist the Nutrition Officer in project documentation.
  • Promote the rights of displaced people and affected populations, and explore and assess new and better ways to provide timely, effective and appropriate assistance.
  • Assist in gap analysis, needs assessment, conducting registration, receiving commodities and distributing to beneficiaries in locations adversely affected by the conflict.
  • Ensuring quality MUAC screening takes place at all team registrations: children are accurately recorded in terms of their nutrition status;
  • Assist in Ensuring appropriate implementation of Blanket Supplementary Feeding Programme (BSFP) for children 6- 59 months and the Pregnant and Lactating Women
  • Other responsibilities as required by line management.

Key Requirements

  • Relevant higher education at college level in nutrition and/or health.
  • Experience working as a Nutrition Assistant in a humanitarian/recovery context
  • Minimum 1 year work experience in a humanitarian/recovery context within Nutrition programmes, preferably with an international NGO.
  • Proven experience of registration, verification and distribution in emergency relief operations is a strong advantage
  • Computer skills (primarily MS Office applications), especially Microsoft Excel.
  • Knowledge of the context in rural Nigeria
  • Strong understanding of protection principles and likely protection concerns arising in the Nigerian context as well as conflict sensitivity
  • Experience in complex emergencies and the ability to live and work in a very remote environment.
  • Ability to work under pressure and without daily supervision
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal. Fluency in Hausa. Competency in Kanuri and/or other local languages appropriate to the target population.


  • Prepare and share work plan with line manager.
  • Provide the line managers with relevant documents, and channel issues.
  • Communicate, exchange information and co-operate with relevant internal teams.

Application Closing Date
31st January, 2018.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

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