Background & Description

The Project coordinator (PC) will support the NPO to manage, monitor and report on maternal, newborn and child nutrition and health programs which form part of NI’s ‘Right Start’ program supported by Global Affairs Canada, these currently include an innovative program for pregnant women and newborns integrating direct nutrition interventions with other interventions like infection prevention, and another program focusing on improving Infant and Young Child Nutrition. The broad function of this position is to support the National Program Officer with timely and effective implementation of the Right Start Project. The PC will carry out the program implementation guided by the NPO. The PC will ensure and monitor the supply of goods and services; the work of, consultants, grantee organizations and suppliers, assuring the quality of service delivery, and recommending improvements as required. The PC will work closely with the Government departments at provincial and district levels and other key stakeholders to ensure Provincial Government engagement and leadership.

Requirements and Skills

Coordination, Advocacy and liaison

• Develop Linkages/coordination at the district and provincial levels between stakeholders of the Department of Health, vertical programs such as Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) Program; National Program for Family Planning and Primary Health Care and Nutrition Units/Cells and relevant NGO partners for improved program performance.
• Maintain constant effective communication with key policy makers at province and district levels for timely sharing of program related information highlighting gaps and challenges.
• Advocate with the relevant provincial authorities to create an enabling environment for scaling up the intervention in to other districts in the province.
• Ensure regular liaison with the NPO to ensure the Right Start’s work is coordinated and in line with the objectives of the project.

Planning
• Planning in coordination with the NPO, ensure the implementation of the Annual Work plan activities, including M&E activities, meetings including reviews, visits to project area and facilities.
• Retrieve a monthly plan from all field staff/implementing partners engaged in the implementation of the Right Start project.
• Give feedback to the Field Officers/IPs on any modification required in the monthly plan.
• Compile & submit a provincial plan of training activities for different cadres after receiving of the same from the Field Officers/IPs
• Participate in important government planning meetings to further the mandate of the organization.

Capacity building
• Organize training sessions for the health care providers working in public sector in close coordination and collaboration with field officers and the district authorities.
• Facilitate trainings for the LHWs on IFA consumption and IYCN.
• Ensure that the technical teams in the field (field officers) undertake on-job capacity building of relevant government functionaries through review meetings and frequent field visits.
• Facilitate trainings for Community Midwives on safe delivery practices in the district in uncovered areas in close coordination with the field technical teams.

Strengthening supply and delivery system
• Facilitate and ensure smooth and effective maintenance of supply chain mechanism for uninterrupted supply and distribution on regular basis to the project sites of: IFA tablets; Clean Delivery Kits; MMNPs and; Training instruments and communication material
• Ensure that the district, tehsil and health facility levels maintain logistics and distribution of the commodities
• Ensure that field officers arrange and provide On Job Training to health functionaries on estimations of IFA and MMNPs, as per requirements for their catchment areas, and to maintain adequate supply.
• Monitor the commodities supplies transfer, storage and distribution at field level.

Support on data collection
• Support and supervise the district field staff in collecting monthly data at project sites, ensure data collected are reliable, the project database is filled, initial analysis undertaken and timely shared with the National Program Officer.

Assessment, Monitoring and Supervision
• Conduct ongoing monitoring of the project against objectives outlined in the project using methods and tools developed/ shared by NI.
• Prepare monthly and quarterly reports for the National Program Officer, organize and carry out monthly project review meetings with provincial project staff.
• Ensure that standard procedures and protocols are practiced by field staff.
• Undertake field visits for regular monitoring to ensure strict compliance and utilization of commodities by end users in close coordination with LHWP, MNCH Program and NGOs providing services in uncovered areas.
• Prepare monitoring reports for sharing with National Program Officer on regular basis identifying clearly bottlenecks and challenges highlighted during monitoring visits.
Other
• Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.

Education

·          Master’s degree in any of the following disciplines: Medicine, Nutrition, Public health, Sociology/ International Development or other related field.

·         Preferably from the same province where the project is implemented.

·         Knowledge of local languages preferable.

·         Good report writing and communication skills.

·         Proficient in computer skills.

·         Previous experience with government health department and Nutrition International would be an added advantage.

How to Apply

Please submit the following documents electronically in one file: Your curriculum vitae, a suitability note for the position of “Provincial Project Coordinator - Khyber Pakhtunkhwa” and names of three (3) referees. Please apply through this link: “https://nutritionintl.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=47”.

About Organization

Nutrition International (Formerly known as Micronutrient Initiative) is an international non-for-profit organization registered in Canada with headquarters in Ottawa. Since 2000, Nutrition International has been working in Pakistan to improve the health of vulnerable people, especially women and children, through better nutrition. Our priorities focus on improving access to needed micronutrients for the most disadvantaged, from supplementation and fortification to policy changes and advocacy efforts.