Nutrition Assistant at CARE International (5 Openings)


CARE International is a global leader within a worldwide movement dedicated to saving lives and ending poverty.CARE International is a global leader within a worldwide movement dedicated to saving lives and ending poverty.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Nutrition Assistant

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Locations: Karasuwa, Nguru and Yusufari (Yobe State)
Employment Type: Full-Time
Reporting to: Nutrition Officer
Employment Category: Contract
Vacancy Type: National
Department: Programs
Slot: 5
Specialization(s): Food technology/Nutrition, Nurse, Nutrition

Job Summary

  • CARE International has scaled up its intervention in Karasuwa, Nguru and Yusufari LGAs (Yobe State) with the main objectives of reducing morbidity and mortality of the most vulnerable population and promoting protection amongst the whole affected community.
  • The Nutrition Assistants will be based at the LGA performing on-going monitoring and support supervision, provide guidance to LGA partners on nutrition activities, assist nutrition officers in program planning and staff capacity building.
  • The Nutrition Assistant will monitor and support the performance of nutrition activities. Training of community based volunteers (Mother-to-Mother, Support group, PMCs), Supervision and Sensitization.
  • The Nutrition Assistant will mainstream nutritional activities with regards to Infant and Young Child Feeding practices and other nutrition programs.

Key Roles / Responsibilities

  • S/he will be required to conduct sensitization and MUAC (middle upper arm circumference) screening of Pregnant and lactating women (PLW) and children under 5 years.
  • The nutrition assistant will screen, tally, register and coordinate the screening of children to verify their age at the distribution point; the nutrition screener/register additionally is required to train the Nutrition volunteers.
  • S/he will be tasked to report to the Nutrition Officer on BSFP distribution update.
  • The Nutrition Assistant will collaborate with other INGOs on nutrition activities and to refer children identified with SAM and provide technical support to the Nutrition Officer.
  • S/he the will be required to mainstream the nutritional activities in line with CARE/ standards in his or her LGA with regards to Infant and Young Child feeding (IYCF) programs.
  • H/She will also provide guidance to LGA partners (IYCF Groups) on policy and methodologies to enhance service delivery at the Host community and camp level.
  • The H/She is required to possess significant experience in inter-agency coordination in management of complex field based operations and emergencies, good knowledge of program management and solid experience in technical field of BSFP.
  • H/She is expected to have competencies of a skillful leader in guiding and supporting staff, addressing various operational challenges, along with increasing security concerns. Given the stressful nature of Yobe security situation, which remains fluid and unpredictable and its high interpersonal and communication skills demands, the nutrition Supervisor will need to be able to fit easily into a complex and highly operative team of various cultural backgrounds.

Job Requirements
Qualifications (Know How):

  • University degree/HND/OND in any of the following disciplines: Nutrition, Public Health or related field.
  •  At least 2 years’ experience in Nutrition, Biology, Public Health, Nursing or food aid support.
  • A good experience in supervision is required.
  • Experience with survey methodologies, nutrition assessment and relevant data analysis
  • Previous experience working with an INGO or a Development organization.   

Technical Skills:

  • 2-3 years progressively responsible experience in Nursing, Biology, Nutrition/or Public Health Sector of INGO and/or directly related area
  • Fluency in English and Hausa.
  • 3 years progressively responsible experience in Nursing, Biology, Nutrition/or Public Health Sector of INGO and/or directly related area
  • Experience in a development and/or humanitarian organization.
  • Strong knowledge of Nutrition and/or Public Health.
  • Advanced computers skills at least intermediate skills in windows based word processing, spreadsheet and nutrition/public health software.
  • Ability to establish priorities, plan, coordinate and organize own work plan.
  • Resourcefulness, initiative, maturity, tact, advocacy skills.
  • Excellent analytical, conceptual, communication and public speaking skills.
  • Understanding of political dynamics, foreign policy decision making procedures
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment and work without direction;


  • Strong level of autonomy to provide independent follow through on processing issues and concerns
  • Excellent planning, organizational and time management skills
  • Integrity
  • Details focus
  • Strong team player
  • Strong problem solving, analytical, operational, and coordinating abilities
  • Good interpersonal, oral and written communication and presentation skills
  • Strong customer service focus and ability to work well with people from various backgrounds and cultures at all levels in organization.

Working Conditions:
100% Field location

Application Closing Date
20th May, 2021.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to appy online


  • Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.
  • CARE is an Equal Opportunity Employer. CARE considers all applicants on the basis of merit without prejudice to race, sexual orientation, religion, disability, age, color, national origin, marital status, or veteran status.
  • There are individuals who may use CARE’s name and trademark in emails and on websites in an attempt to solicit fees from interested job-seekers. Please note that CARE will not request for any monetary payments from applicants at any stage of the recruitment process.
  • Candidates who reside and have resided for years within the locations where the positions are advertised are strongly encouraged to apply
  • All qualified candidates living within Karasuwa, Nguru and Yusufari also strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Due to the nature of this role, the job responsibilities of this position require the post holder to have very frequent contact with children. It is expected that children who come in contact with CARE International are protected at all times.
  • CARE strongly encourage women to apply.



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