Nutrition Assistant (Borno) at Save the Children Nigeria

Save The Children

Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in over 120 countries. We save children’s lives. We fight for their rights. We help them fulfil their potential. Save the Children is working in Nigeria because one in five children in Nigeria dies before their fifth birthday. About 40% of children miss out on school and have to work to survive while nearly 2 million children have lost one or both parents to an AIDS-related disease.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Nutrition Assistant

Job ID.: 7318
Location: Biu, Borno
Employment Type: Full time
Job Category: Programme Operations
Grade: 5

Child Safeguarding

  • 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.

Role Purpose

  • Provide support to Field Assistants in different Projects’ Communities in implementing nutrition interventions (Community Management of Malnutrition [CMAM] and Infant and Young Child Feeding [IYCF]) as agreed with the donor.
  • The Nutrition Assistant will also work with the Government and other key stakeholder in ensuring quality delivery of nutrition interventions in the Project locations.

Scope of Role:

  • Reports to: Nutrition Officer
  • Staff reporting to this post: None.

Key Areas of Accountability
The post holder will receive a context specific ToR for each deployment, which will draw upon the responsibilities outlined below:
Programme Support (typically will be at field level):
Working closely with the Nutrition Coordinator, the Nutrition Program Officer will do the following:

  • Ensure quality of nutrition screening for children under-5 conducted by Community Nutrition Mobilizers in target Communities.
  • Provision of Outreach OTP Services in target communities together with the outreach team.
  • Ensure quality of IYCF counselling sessions provided during Support group meeting.
  • With support from the Nutrition Officer, ensure quality cooking food demonstration sessions are conducted in Project supported Communities.
  • Build capacity of CNMs and Mother Leaders by providing on-the-job training on CMAM and IYCF.
  • Support Project level nutrition assessment/surveys as approved by Donor.
  • Support quality data collection of activities conducted in the Communities.
  • Promote increasing awareness of appropriate nutrition behavior in project communities by ensuring behavior change materials are visible in supported communities and health facilities.
  • Support the development of case studies and success stories from programme implementation.
  • Provide maternal and childcare/feeding key messages to beneficiaries of food program during food distribution.

Additional job responsibilities:

  • The job duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the Post holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.

Capacity Building:

  • Provide on-the-job guidance to Field Assistants and Community Nutrition Mobilizers working on the field.  
  • Ensure all Field Assistants and Community Nutrition Volunteers are familiar with their posts.


  • Certificate or Degree in Nursing, Nutrition, Public Health or any related fields.

Experience and Skills:

  • Certificate or Degree in Nursing, Nutrition, Public Health or any related fields.
  • Experience of working in Nutrition programme.
  • Good communication skills (verbal and written).
  • Acceptable IT Skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills.


  • Qualified nurse/nutritionist with primary health care / community health care experience.
  • Fluency in speaking Hausa and/ other local language.

Skills and Behaviours (our Values in Practice):

  • Accuracy and timeliness in all areas of responsibility
  • High level of accuracy in work, and ability to analyse complex sets of relationships and situations.
  • Holds self and others accountable.


  • Creating best-in-class EA function
  • Future-orientated, thinks pro-actively.


  • Working effectively with stakeholders to achieve common goals.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners.
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.


  • Designing more effective admin systems
  • Willing to take disciplined risks.


  • Honesty, encourages openness and transparency, demonstrates highest levels of integrity.

Application Closing Date
13th May, 2024 (04:52 PM).

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should: