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Nutrition Technical Manager

Kandahar (Afghanistan) | Afghanistan

  • Organization: Medair
  • Location: Kandahar (Afghanistan) | Afghanistan
  • Grade: Senior - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Nutrition
    • Managerial positions
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Nutrition Technical Manager


Role Overview

Improve the overall nutrition situation of the target population. This involves implementing quality nutrition services and contributing to the effective management of the assigned nutrition project(s) in line with the objectives, budget and time frame laid down in the proposal(s). Enhance beneficiary participation, manage and train local staff to meet quality standards in nutrition delivery, integrate nutritional assessments and treatment in existing programmes, and contribute to the development of new nutrition project proposals.

The nutrition manager is also in charge of writing daily and weekly reports,  developing  and  ensuring  good  quality  data  collection, recording,  analysis  and  storage, assisting  with  ensuring  adequate  stocks, and  monitoring the  overall  nutrition situation in the area of intervention. The nutrition manager ensures that collected data is interpreted, regularly shared with the relevant management and project staff and used to make decisions on how to improve the programme.

Project Overview

Medair Afghanistan is a complex and dynamic country programme due to instability related to politics and security. Medair has been operating in Afghanistan since 1996, is currently implementing multi-sectoral projects in nutrition, WASH and food security in vulnerable communities in Kabul, the Central Highlands and Southern Afghanistan.  There are plans to expand the current programme into new areas and potentially new sectors, as well as growing and strengthening local partnerships.

Workplace & Conditions

Field based position in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Starting Date & Initial Contract Details

July 2019. Full time, contract of 12 months.

Key Activity Areas

Nutrition Management

  • Continuously monitor and supervise nutrition activities including ongoing and periodic nutrition data collection and analysis to ensure the quality of the programme, evaluating progress against project objectives and quality indicators, using both quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Set clear objectives and indicators for nutrition activities in collaboration with the country nutrition advisor, nutrition staff, field managers and, where appropriate, with the local communities.
  • Provide training and technical supervision of local staff with international and national guidelines.
  • Provide input into the integration of beneficiary participation and accountability.
  • Oversee the process of nutrition data collection, collation and dissemination to meet the requirements.
  • Ensure accurate and timely reporting of activities and indicator results for internal and external reports.
  • Will serve as manager and reviewer of CMAM database and IPTT forms at field site level.
  • Input into the development of the country strategy, new projects and/or donor proposals.

Staff Management

  • Manage the assigned staff from the local nutrition team including recruitment, day-to-day management, development and training, appraisals, etc.
  • Provide coaching and technical supervision to nutrition staff in order to develop ownership and full responsibility for nutrition activities. Ensure staff receive adequate technical supervision.
  • Assess the training needs of nutrition staff and ensure that appropriate technical training is conducted.
  • Ensure the team receives relevant supervision, coaching, and training in order to develop their personal and professional skills, knowledge and understanding.
  • Promote the health and security of the nutrition team by ensuring the application of security guidelines, health and safety in the workplace and healthy living conditions and practices.
  • Assist in the recruitment of local field staff following all HR policies of Medair and the Government.

Financial Management

  • Assist in the management of nutrition budget lines and ensure all expenses are according to budget and meet the Medair standards with regard to financial management.
  • Assist in planning and constructing nutrition budgets for nutrition proposals.

Communication and Coordination

  • Maintain appropriate and regular communication structures with the assigned nutrition team, managers and advisors and other relevant stakeholders (e.g. beneficiaries, community leaders, NGOs).
  • Participate in local level coordination meetings involving local authorities, UN and other NGOs, Medair internal trainings, representing Medair and feeding back to the nutrition project staff and on relevant issues.


  • Regularly crosscheck and triangulate logistics reports with program data and check consistency.
  • Contribute to the procurement plan and ensure purchase requests are submitted in a time.
  • Manage the correct and timely ordering of needed stocks and supplies to the field location through regular review of stock cards, expiration dates and consumption in close coordination with logistics.
  • Ensure that relevant items are stored and distributed correctly at the clinics.

Quality Management

  • Oversee project data analysis and make decisions for improved efficiency with country nutrition advisor.
  • Implement policies and standards relating to nutrition service delivery including Sphere, CHS and HAP standards, national requirements and donor guidelines and other good practice.

Team Spiritual Life

  • Reflect the values of Medair with team members, local staff, beneficiaries, and external contacts.
  • Work, live, and pray together in our Christian faith-based team settings. Fully contribute to the rich spiritual life of your team, including team devotions, prayers, and words of encouragement.
  • Encouraged to join and contribute to Medair’s international programmes and HQ prayer network.

This job description covers the main tasks that are anticipated. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary.


  • Degree or higher level qualification, preferably in nutrition or in another relevant field such as nursing/midwifery/doctor/ community-based training/Public Health/M&E.
  • Strong working knowledge of English (spoken and written).

Relief & Recovery Orientation Course (ROC)

  Everyone who works as an Internationally Recruited Staff in one of our field programmes must first successfully complete the Medair ROC. Read more for information, dates and related costs.


  • 2 years post-qualification professional experience in a relevant field.
  • 1 year experience working in a nutrition / health programme in a developing country, preferably in a humanitarian context; management experience in a nutrition / health context
  • Experience in the design, monitoring, implementation and evaluation of CMAM programmes;
  • Good communicator, able to pass on information efficiently. Able to prioritise and enforce procedures.
  • Knowledge and experience of nutrition / primary health care principles and management.
  • Knowledge of humanitarian principles, Sphere, CHS and HAP Standards.
  • Good report writing, data collection, analysis, problem solving and capacity building skills.
  • Experience in training and coaching staff; aptitude for community mobilisation and capacity-building.
  • Able to develop effective relationships with colleagues, beneficiaries and local authorities.
  • Ability to manage project implementation. Excellent organisational skills and good report writing skills.
  • Capacity to work under pressure and manage personal stress levels.
We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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