Program Assistant – Nutrition – Bosaso

  • Bosaso

Save the Children

Program Assistant – Nutrition – Bosaso


Level 3: the post holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.


The Programme Assistant will be responsible for day-to-day program implementation and managing community outreach activities to ensure efficient and effective sensitisation, mobilisation and participation of the targeted communities and other stakeholders


Reports to: Nutrition Program Manager

Staff reporting to this post: N/A


Operational implementation responsibilities

  • Project assistants will be the key frontline staff of Save the Children in the field with direct interaction with the communities.
  • With the support of programme officer conduct program awareness, mobilization, enrollment drives, sensitization and beneficiary selection through community meetings at the beginning of the programme
  • Assist programme officer in procurement, distribution and utilization of respective programme supplies.
  • Organize community meetings and facilitate selection of programme community structures.
  • Provide Weekly Progress Update Report as requested by the line manager
  • In collaboration with the programme officers, participate in collection of case studies to demonstrate programme impact.
  • Ensure proper filling and documentation of relevant program documents.
  • With the support of programme officer ensure timely implementation of planned interventions, as per the work plan, budgetary standards and programme quality.
  • Support and ensure the implementation of cross cutting issues (Participation, gender, safeguarding, and disability inclusion) by identifying risks, concerns and mainstreaming to programme implementation.
  • Promote and advocate children’s rights, document and report child right gaps within the scope of the programme at community level

Technical and thematic Responsibilities

Supports communities and facility staff on; Community mobilisation & sensitisation, Active case finding (screening) within communities, Follow up of OTP cases, absentees/defaulters.

Ensure all criteria are respected and understood by the teams, including admission, discharge and transfer to and from the various components of the program;

Liaise with the Community Mobilizer to ensure comprehensive community outreach and mobilization are delivered to the community groups, leaders and authorities on time during program implementation.

Ensure all facilities have adequate essential medical and nutrition supplies and report six weeks before any stock-out.

Coordinate referral of emergency cases from communities to health facility and from health facility to hospital and ensure that the ambulance attached to the project is fully operational to support emergency cases to hospital especially during the night.

Supervise and guide the hygiene promotion campaigns at program target villages and ensuring that community hygiene volunteers shares the monthly report on time.

Carryout practical handwashing demonstrations at the target villages as well as promoting handwashing practices at five critical times

Lead and organize interactive door to door hygiene promotion campaigns that will be carried out at the program target locations.

Promot better hygiene and sanitation practices including proper solid waste disposal, accessing latrines to stop open defecation and and dissemination of public health risks including waterporn related diseases

REALM Responsibilities

  • Facilitate and monitor implementation of community level activities
  • Ensure the quality benchmarks for programme mobilization and sensitization are met
  • Work with the MEAL to set up programme complaint response mechanism
  • Collect programme data including registration, assessments, baselines, post distribution monitoring surveys and ensure appropriate case management information system

BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice)


holds self accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values

holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to

improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.

sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same

widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others


builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters

values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.

develops and encourages new and innovative solutions willing to take disciplined risks


honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity

Skills and Qualifications


Higher diploma in health science (Nurse/Midwife/Public Health, Community




  • One year of Experience
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Have good engagement with community & experience in community mobilization
  • Good understanding in local language and culture practises.
  • Ability and willingness to frequently travel and stay at the field
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective working relations in diverse teams


  • Computer skills
  • Communication skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Psychological and first aid skills

Additional job responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties with respect to their level of skills and experience

Equal Opportunities

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures. The post holder must commit to work in an international agency that respects racial diversity and fights racism in all forms; and to model positive behaviours and respect to all colleagues, partners and communities.


We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

Adult Safeguarding

The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI anti-harassment policy, all employees are also expected to carry out their duties in accordance with the SCI protection from sexual exploitation abuse policy.

Health and Safety

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.

How to apply

Save the Children is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best qualified talent.

Qualified persons with disabilities and qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Date of issue:        May 2023                                                                         Author: SCI

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