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Nutrition Field Facilitator

Date Posted: Dec 06, 2019

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Dedza Nutrition, Food Security, and Enhanced Resilience programme


United Purpose (UP) Malawi is an international non-governmental organisation working to create opportunities for lasting improvement in peoples’ lives. We work in partnership with others to support a range of livelihoods and food security, WASH and health, sustainable energy and gender equality programmes reaching over 1,000,000 people a year across Malawi. Globally, we work in nine countries across Africa, Asia and South America, however our Malawi programme is by far and away our largest and most established country programme. UP currently operates in 24 districts in Malawi, supporting over 30 on-going projects, with a total staff of around 200.

UP Malawi is seeking to recruit a talented and dynamic team for an anticipated new GIZ-funded integrated nutrition strengthening-resilience building programme in Dedza. The candidates we are looking to recruit must all be firmly committed to delivering lasting positive improvements to the communities that we serve, and delivering UP’s mission and upholding our values of integrity, dignity, and environmental respect. The contracts will be until approximately October 2022.

The availability of these positions are contingent upon the award and funding to UP Malawi.

The project

United Purpose (formerly Concern Universal) has been implementing the Scaling up Nutrition (SUN) programme since 2012 in Dedza with support from Irish Aid. Since 2015 GIZ through the BMZ-funded Food and Nutrition Security Programme (FSNP) has provided intensified support to improve the nutritional situation of women of reproductive age and children under-two, initially in TA Chauma, Dedza before later expanding to Kasumbu and Kamenyagwaza Traditional Authorities.

Under the SUN programme, 2012-2017, significant progress was made towards achieving the programme goal of reducing the rate of stunting in Dedza and Balaka districts. According to the end line evaluation (2017), the project contributed towards a 12.3% reduction in the rate of stunting in Dedza (from 51.1% to 38.8%). In some communities, stunting rates have already reached acceptable levels based on the WHO threshold set at less than 20%.

This new programme is expected to be implemented from January 2020 until December 2022 and will both build on the gains made in FNSP phase 2 and strengthen the resilience to food crises as well as expanding into a fourth Traditional Authority (TA); TA Tambala in Dedza.

The overall objective of the country package is: ‘the nutritional status and resilience to food crises of people in Dedza district who are vulnerable to nutrition insecurity, particularly women of reproductive age and young children, has improved’.

The overall objective will be achieved through four fields of activity:

  • Improved knowledge, attitudes and practices related to nutrition and hygiene;
  • Strengthened resilience of households and communities to food insecurity;
  • Strengthened planning and coordination of nutrition-responsive measures

Position: Nutrition Field Facilitator (1 Post based in Dedza)

Job Purpose:

Under the direction of the District Coordinator, the Nutrition Field Facilitator will be responsible for implementation and field level coordination/ facilitation of the GIZ/FNSP in the 4 Traditional Authorities of Chauma, Kamenyagwaza, Kasumbu and Tambala in Dedza District. The position will take ownership for the delivery of integrated Nutrition interventions ensuring that there is a measurable impact on identified growth targets. The position will be familiar with a broad health and nutrition cross-section of activities, resources, and techniques associated with the development and implementation of Food and Nutrition Security Programme. The position will have a working knowledge of and tangible experience in programme planning and implementation and fostering partnerships in health, nutrition and WASH at community level. S/he will assist the community groups to plan, prioritize, and act on local natural resource-related issues; facilitate group formation/strengthening; provide linkages and support community-based action plans; and ensure implementation is in line with the project approach and principles.

Key duties and responsibilities

  • Lead the planning, organization/ facilitation and implementation of all health, nutrition and WASH interventions within the 4 target Traditional Authorities in Dedza
  • Community mobilization which will involve organizing and participating in community sensitization meetings, monthly planning and review meetings, ANCC, VNCC, CLAN and ACLAN meetings and taking the opportunity to support dissemination of appropriate information on Health and nutrition and WASH.
  • Formation and capacity building of nutrition related structures that include ANCCs, Care Groups, VNCCs, and CLANs/Promoters.
  • Providing Support to HSAs, Care Groups, CLANs, Promoters, ANCCs, radio listening clubs, drama groups to implement Social and Behavioural Change Communication activities (SBCC).
  • Conduct regular monitoring of community level activities, to ensure appropriate standards and procedures are observed in health, nutrition and WASH activities.
  • Consolidate and submit monthly and activity reports including those from care groups through the designated SUN structures and the Project Coordinator.
  • Liaise and coordinate with all extension workers (health, agriculture, Local Government, Gender and NGOs and implementation) during the formation and management of care groups and rolling out of nutrition interventions.
  • Conduct joint monitoring of nutrition activities with all relevant structures and partners
  • Participate, monitor of commodity (Micronutrient powder) stock with Health Facility personnel and maintain stock documentation and stock reports and report on the implementation at community /caregroup level, PD hearth and ASSFACS
  • Work with communities to vision, design, prioritize and implement project initiatives, innovations and collective actions, through coordinating and liaising with other stakeholders. This includes supporting development of Environmental and Village Action Plans, as well as assisting stakeholders to identify and mobilize local resources to implement initiatives. This should involve ensuring active and meaningful involvement and participation of most vulnerable groups within local communities, as well as the promotion of women in leadership
  • Identification and sensitization of relevant community based authorities, opinion leaders, and key change agents, using a firm understanding of local social networks and power dynamics.
  • Provide technical inputs and actively promote sustainable agricultural and natural resource management practices.
  • Support the integration of women’s empowerment and leadership; innovation; business approaches; and UP mainstreaming issues throughout all aspects of the project cycle.

Successful candidates will have:
  • At least an Advance Diploma in nutrition, Environmental health, rural and community development, natural resources. A degree will be a distinct advantage
  • At least 3 years of relevant experience, related to nutrition and community health, facilitation and reporting with a good understanding of participatory tools, gender, HIV and AIDS, environment issues.
  • At least 2 years’ experience in management of community based nutrition programmes such as Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM).
  • Experience of working with a wide range of stakeholders includes government and non- governmental organizations.
  • Convincing and engaging training and mobilisation skills, in a participatory manner
  • Fluency in spoken and written English and Chichewa, including good English report writing skills.
  • Well-refined people management, team working and interpersonal skills.
  • Proactive and highly motivated individual who requires the minimum of supervision
  • Strong respect and empathy for rural communities, and an affinity to UP’s mission and values of integrity, dignity and environmental respect.
  • Valid Malawian motorcycle driving license and willingness to travel to the field on a motorbike. Use of motorbike for field travels is a MUST!

Terms and conditions

The positions will attract a generous benefits package including a competitive salary, housing allowance, medical aid, insurance, annual leave, leave grant, etc

How to apply

Qualified and interested candidates who meet the stated requirements must submit a completed Application Form. Please note that CVs and cover letters will not be accepted. Please visit  to download the Application Form, and then submit the completed form via email only to:


If you have difficulty accessing the form, then contact us at: Email: 

When submitting, please cite the position you are applying for in the subject title. Any applications that do not include this in the title will not be considered. No hard copies / physical applications will be accepted. Closing date for the receipt of completed application forms is 5:00PM of Wednesday, 18th December, 2019. Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

United Purpose takes the safety and well-being of all those we work with, and our staff, very seriously. Our Safeguarding Policy reflects our commitment to protect the people we work with and for from harm. All candidates are expected to comply with this policy and take steps to support a safe and thriving culture at United Purpose.

For more information about UP, please visit our website at .

UP is an equal opportunity employer, and women are particularly encouraged to apply

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