Vacancy for nutrition internship opportunity – Mbeya & Songwe

Vacancy for nutrition internship opportunity – Mbeya & Songwe

20/01/2023
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Vacancy for nutrition internship opportunity – Mbeya & Songwe

DURATION: Six months

MIICO is a non-governmental organisation and non-share organisation based in Mbeya. It was founded in 2001 and registered under the Non-Governmental Organisation Act 2002 section 12(2) of Act no 24 of 2002 with registration No. 00NGO/0802 issued on 21st April 2005 to operate all over mainland Tanzania. MIICO is a membership-based organisation including Action for Development Programmes (ADP Mbozi), Tanzania Grass Root Oriented Development (TAGRODE), Kaengesa Environmental conservation Society (KAESO), Isangati Agricultural Development Organization (IADO) and Integrated Rural Development organisation (IRDO).

MIICO in partnership with Rikolto in East Africa, Inades Formation Tanzania, TCCIA and Agrónomos sin Fronteras (ASF) Foundation secured funding from the European Union for the implementation of its four years project called ‘Building Inclusive and Competitive Horticulture Businesses in Tanzania’s Southern Highlands’. The project aims at improving the livelihoods of 30,000 smallholder farmers and 500 off-takers, with the ultimate goal of improving the performance of Tanzania’s horticulture sector, including smallholder farmers in it, and contributing to job creation and nutrition security in five regions of the Southern Highlands (Iringa, Njombe, Mbeya, Songwe and Katavi) through targeted interventions.

The project mainly address four systemic constraints in the horticulture sector: Poor access to sustainable business development services; Poor margins for value chain actors due to high transaction costs; Weak sector governance and coordination mechanisms; and a high level of malnutrition in the selected regions. In the framework of this project, MIICO is looking for a vibrant and energetic person to fill the post of Nutrition Internship.

Responsibilities

  1. Establish a clear database of active and inactive community health workers (CHW)/Peer farmers in all project villages of Mbeya and Songwe.
  2. Coordinate with community health workers in facilitating nutritional education and nutritional-sensitive agriculture training in project villages of Mbeya and Songwe.
  3. Work closely with community health workers and village/ward extension officers/coaches to ensure establishment of proper home gardens and school gardens and other nutrition-sensitive horticulture related activities in the region of Mbeya and Songwe.
  4. Ensure constant communications with community health workers to make sure they attain their responsibilities as per their contract
  5. Conduct frequent live and online/through phone refresher training on responsibilities and compliances to both active and inactive community health workers, with great emphasis on the inactive ones.
  6. Work closely with a network of LGA community development officers that raise awareness and coach community leaders on importance of high nutrition diets.
  7. Support program nutritionist in coordination and support of community women and youth groups by ensuring they have up to date information and enough working materials.
  8. Lead replacement of old and/or irresponsible community health workers/Peer farmers.
  9. Support in identifying nutritional innovation and technology with focus on locally produced materials or resources.
  10. Work with district nutritionist and extension officers in establishment of women and youth peer groups in the FBOs to promote high nutrition diets.
  11. Coordinate training of community peer groups in collaboration with district nutritional officer and community development officers.
  12. Work with agriculture extension officers to provide capacity building to CHW in nutrition sensitive practices with focus on importance and use of nutritious and safe food and on postharvest management practices.
  13. Work with farmers groups and selected community peer groups to promote nutritional-sensitive agricultural production and consumption of nutritional diets.
  14. Other duties given by supervisors.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Degree holder in Nutrition/Food science/home economics and other social sciences relevant discipline.
  • Must be a vibrant, efficient, and well-organised person who can work with minimum supervision.
  • Must be familiar with community development/mobilisation approaches on nutrition issues.
  • Must be computer literate, especially word processing, using spreadsheets and databases.
  • Must be prepared to work extensively in rural areas.
  • Must have excellent communication skills and be able to write and speak English and Kiswahili fluently.

Mode of Application

The interested candidate should send the expression of interest to miico_cons [at] yahoo.com and a copy to eastafrica.recruitment [at] rikolto.org through a one-page application letter, a detailed CV and copies of relevant certificates must be accompanied by names of two referees with valid contact telephone numbers, emails and post address before 31st January 2023.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified and invited for interview.