Save the Children Outreach Assistant, Humanitarian – Nurse – Jobs in Kenya

Save the Children has been operational in Kenya since the 1950s, providing support to children through developmental and humanitarian relief programmes delivered both directly and through local partners. Current programming focuses on child protection, child rights governance, education, health, HIV/AIDS, livelihoods, nutrition and WASH. In 2012, as part of a global reorganization process, Save the Children combined the programmes of SC UK, SC Canada and SC Finland to create a single operation in Kenya.

In Feb 2014, we completed a second transition, which saw us join forces with the British INGO, Merlin, and merge their health and nutrition programmes with our own. Save the Children now has an operational presence in Bungoma, Dadaab Refugee Camp, Garissa, Mandera, Turkana and Wajir and a footprint in Kakamega, Kisumu, Migori and Kitui. In 2016, Save the Children established a new project office in Madagascar whose operations are managed by the Kenya CO. In total, we employ around 250 staff in both countries and had an operating annual budget in 2017 of approximately US$22million.

Kenya’s ASAL counties are facing food insecurity following three failed rain seasons that caused household food insecurity as a result of poor crop harvest, poor regeneration of pasture resulting in poor livestock body conditions, and outbreak of livestock diseases such as Foot and Mouth diseases, and drying of water points leading to water scarcity.

An estimated 3.5 million people require immediate humanitarian assistance while almost 700,000 children require urgent treatment for malnutrition. Save the Children and it’s local partners is responding to the drought in four counties namely; Wajir, Mandera, Turkana and Garissa. SCI aims is responding by providing life-saving assistance through a range of interventions in health, nutrition, children protection, livelihoods and education.

The role will be in charge of managing integrated health outreaches in Wajir County. The post holder will support nutrition mass screening programmes on partnership with the sub-counties health officials and other partners at the community level. He/She will ensure that outreaches are done inline with MoH and SCI standards, oversee outreach mobilization programmes, and support the MoH to collect and collate date for outreaches. She/He will also ensure effective referral system between the outreach site and link health care facilities.

Contract Duration: 10 Months

Number of Vacancies: 1

Location: Wajir

Key Areas of Accountability
Plan and organize integrated health and nutrition outreach sites at designated sites in liaison with the nutrition Coordinator
Liase with the Nutrition Coordinator and Programme Manager to plan for logistics for various integrated health and nutrition outreaches.
Ensure that SCI and MoH outreach protocols/Sops are applied to integrated outreaches.
Work with MoH staff and officials to ensure all aspects of the program are understood and agreed by MoH and appropriate referrals take place to and from MoH and the OTP/SFP
Ensure cases not meeting admission criteria return home as early as possible and understand why their child is not admitted
Coordinate referrals for children with complications.
Screen children five years and pregnant and lactating women for malnutrition using MUAC and Z score.
Coordinate with sub-county MoH teams to ensure adequate supplies (RUFT, RUSF, CSB) for the outreaches.
Request specific children to be followed up as required (newly enrolled children, sick children, long stay children / children not gaining weight, children with social problems etc).
Provide appropriate orientation for all voluteers engaged in the outreach programme receive appropriate orientation and supervision.
Provide appropriate training to outreach team members (orientation and regular training)
Establish team coordination, collaborative team work, internal information sharing (daily briefings weekly coordination meetings, etc) with constant focus on improving the effectiveness of outreach teams collaboration
Maintain constant focus on improving outreach information sharing (timely and relevant information)
Ensuring outreach teams are equipped with adequate portable devices to support efficient and effective information sharing
Collect outreach monitoring data

for reporting purposes and sharing and coordination internally and externally (Daily report, Weekly/Biweekly report, Case studies, monthly reports)
Local level awareness raising on best feeding practices for infants and young children amongst other humanitarian actors in the locality.
Supports the Child Safeguarding focal point to ensure that child safeguarding and safe programming is embedded in the project and considered throughout implementation to ensure that we do all we can to ensure children in our programs are safe, in line with our child safeguarding policy

Qualifications and Experience
Qualified Nurse with primary health care / community health care experience
BSc in Health / Public Health/ or equivalent
At least 1 year experience in Nursing and implementation of feeding programs, including monitoring and evaluation
Experience in conducting nutrition assessments and an understanding of nutritional surveillance and information systems
Proven capacity of management, leadership and teamwork
Excellent communication skills and a willingness to be respectful, kind, sensitive and empathise with all beneficiaries and their carers
Willingness and capacity to be flexible and accommodating when faced with difficult and frustrating working conditions
Demonstrable ability at report writing
Prepared to live and work in an uncertain security environment
Ability and willingness to frequently travel and stay at the field
Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values and principles
Fluency in written and spoken English and local languages
Computer literacy
Very good knowledge, commitment and understanding of Child Safeguarding Policy, the aims and principles of Save the Children, and humanitarian standards such as the Sphere Charter and the Code of
Conduct. In particular, a good understanding of the SC mandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support
Experience of effective teamwork and outstanding inter-personal communication skills.
Fluency and excellent communication skills in English language
Experience of effective teamwork and outstanding inter-personal communication skills.
Experience of coalition building and working with civil society actors to deliver change.

The Organization

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday.
All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
Violence against children is no longer tolerated

How to apply

Please apply in English saving your CV and covering letter as a single document, including your salary expectations for this role. To see a full a job description, please visit our website at

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse. Employment is subject to our Child protection standards including background checks and adherence to our Child Safeguarding Policy.

Save the Children is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best-qualified talent.

Female Candidates are encouraged to apply.

Disclaimer: Save the Children International does not charge any kind of fee at whichever stage of the recruitment process and does not act through recruitment agents.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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