IYCF-E Officer

Save the Children - Ambó, PE
IYCF-E Officer - (2100041D)

IYCF-E Officer

TEAM/PROGRAMME: Health and Nutrition /Emergency Response

No of position:1

Duration of the contract: 12 months with probability of extension

LOCATION: Sasiga Woreda of East Wellega Zone


POST TYPE: National

Child Safeguarding:

Level 3 - the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people


  • Provide IYCF counselling with the health extension workers and Other CMAM Teams.
  • Support and Work closely with HDAs, mother to mother support groups within existing HDA structure, local committees, etc
  • Participate in providing IYCF technical support to Woredas, SCI and partners CMAM IYCF
  • Ensure that all staff understand and implement the IYCF program guidelines
  • Ensure appropriate and consistent education messaging to mothers (at PHC, Hospitals, HCs and community levels)
  • Advise the best feeding options/ practices and follow ups as appropriate
  • Participate in the development of mother support groups and mother-baby areas.
  • Participate in developing regular work plans for the HWS, HEWs, CMAM officer, HDAs, mother to mother support groups etc.
  • Spot and address appropriately the violations of the code of marketing of breast-milk substitutes and violations of the MOH guidelines
  • Provision of timely update to CMAM officer
  • Work by engaging community, government and other stakeholders.
  • Act as an effective member in promoting, supporting and protecting IYCF practices (give IYCF awareness sessions and IYCF individual counselling sessions as necessary).
  • Give support to CMAM team members as necessary especially on community mobilization activities
  • Ensure that IYCF tools are properly utilized and documented; prepare IYCF reports regularly and submit to CMAM coordinators
  • Link between CMAM team and IYCF team (such as promoting excellent communication and referral between IYCF counsellor, IYCF educator and CMAM)
  • Assist in the development and review of educational material (IEC /BCC)
  • Prepare training materials and conduct IYCF trainings when necessary
  • standard guidelines,
  • Provide mothers with practical advice on correct attachment and positioning when breastfeeding, timely introduction of complementary foods and respond to any concerns or local taboos associated with IYCF,
  • Assure the availability of IYCF training and counselling materials prior to any training’
  • Support community assessments related to CMAM & IYCF and strengthen capacity of various health, agriculture, and other sectors’ front-line workers to improve the quality of nutrition intervention
  • Along with other SCI & partner staffs, conduct regular follow up site visits to provide support quality implementation, and document field all through submission of complete, accurate and timely feedback reports;
  • Ensure IYCF indicator well captured and adhere to the national protocol guideline by CMAM team.
  • Make sure that Mothers are counselled with the resource available at HH and proper understand
  • Make sure that Mother who need special counselling are identified, linked and followed well for behaviour change
  • Support the mothers suffering from insufficient milk production with advice on re-lactation
  • Ensures the availability of job aids, reporting formats, therapeutic products and drugs for program implementation at health facility level.
  • Facilitates trainings, workshops, review meetings, community forums under the project,
  • Conduct regular checklist based supportive supervision on targeted health facilities,
  • Facilitate joint monitoring visits /joint supportive supervisions/ in integration with Woreda health office and zonal health department.
  • Generates’ and share supervision reports and feedbacks for project coordinator, zonal/woreda health office and health facilities.
  • Follow and ensures, action taken by all responsible parties on gaps identified during supervision,
  • Supports and liaise with the woreda health office staffs and provide on the job training/coaching and capacity building where required,
  • Working with the CMAM Officer, to ensure CMAM beneficiaries are referred to IYCF services when required.
  • Coordinates the link of acute malnutrition cases with EOS/CBN/CHD/TSFP/PSNP and facilitates regular registration of Non-EOS beneficiaries and submits on monthly bases,
  • Supports community mobilization activities (case finding, referral linkage, defaulter tracing, conducting home to home visits and provides health and nutrition educations),
  • Reports any problems in a timely manner to the project Officer and Coordinators,
  • Upholds the image and values of SC at all times,
  • Performs other related tasks as required,


Reports to: Nutrition Coordinator


Staff directly reporting to this post: None


  • Program Management
  • Lead and facilitate best interest determination (BID) panel to guarantee best interest of the children.
  • Conduct routine nutritional screening of PLW and under five at Sasiga or Haro Limu Districts
  • Support / Establishment and strengthening of Mother to mothers Group
  • Development need based IEC/BCC materials
  • Lead Mother to mothers Support group session with HEW and, HCW and other SCI teams.
  • Supporting any other nutritional interventions delivered by SCI, partners and other stakeholders
  • Identify, register and refer malnourished children and PLW.
  • Promote and improve quality service delivery to fulfil children’s right based on SCI vision, mission and values.
  • Facilitate and provide trainings, workshops for community members, and other stakeholders.
  • Assist the CMAM project officer in establishing/strengthening referral linkages.
  • Work closely with Sasiga & or Haro Limu Woredas relevant government offices and community based structures
  • Performs other related activities as assigned by his immediate supervisor.

SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our 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 others to do the same
  • Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • Future orientated, thinks strategically


  • 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


  • BSC or Diploma in Nursing, Nutrition, Midwifery or Public Health (Senior Clinical/Public Nurse or above).
  • Minimum of three years working experience for BSc and five years’ experience for Diploma holders related to CMAM and IYCF implementations.
  • Work experience in similar position is advantageous
  • NGO or INGO work experiences are desired
  • Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply

Date of issue: 30/05/2021 Author : Asif Befa

Location: Ambo Employee Status: Fixed Term Closing Date: Jun 23, 2021

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