M&E Quality Assurance Officer-Nutrition

Position: M&E Quality Assurance Officer - Nutrition
Duty Station: Mogadishu
Supervisor: Health Manager (Mogadishu)

Background: The International Rescue Committee has been working in Somalia since 2006, providing essential services to conflict and disaster affected communities. The IRC has been operational in Central Somalia (Mudug and Galgadud regions) and Mogadishu implementing interventions in the areas of livelihood, Governance, GBV, WASH and health reaching out to more than 300,000 conflict and drought affected people.

Summary of Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Health Manager with significant oversight from the Principal Investigator at the Health Unit Headquarters level and technically coordinating with the Senior Health and Nutrition Coordinator (SHNC) at Nairobi level, the M&E Quality Assurance Officer - Nutrition will be primarily responsible for coordinating, supporting and supervising an operations research study of a new treatment protocol for acute malnutrition. This will daily oversight of monitoring data to ensure adherence to proper implementation protocol, and frequent, regular communication and reporting to the Principal Investigator and the Health Manager. The M&E Quality Assurance Officer - Nutrition will be expected to support weekly data entry and carry out quality of care and data quality checks (anthropometric measurement and data collection) and frequent data audits for completeness and accuracy. The M&E Quality Assurance Officer - Nutrition will also assist the Principal Investigator in conducting qualitative data collection with stakeholders on their perceptions of the new treatment protocol. The research study is being conducted at one clinic in Mogadishu, and the M&E Quality Assurance Officer - Nutrition is expected to primarily be based at the clinic, with visits to IRC Mogadishu office as needed.

Key Responsibilities:

Project implementation
With assistance from the IRC Mogadishu Health Manager and Nutrition Manager, support the nutrition clinic on study protocol and follow up with continuous on the job training (OJT) on the basis of gaps identified
Take online training on human subjects research and obtain completion certificate
Support consistent and accurate anthropometric measurement of children screened at the clinic, with particular attention to MUAC measurement
Daily supervision of the health facility staff to assure adherence of the clinic staff to the new treatment protocol and the quality of care of treatment being provided at the clinic, including accuracy of anthropometric measurement, edema diagnosis, danger sign assessment, etc.
In collaboration with the medical staff and community health workers, follow up on progress of the participants in response to the treatment, referrals and discharges at the health facility level; with the CHWs, schedule and support follow up of participants at household level on protocol adherence as well as trace defaulted participants.
Maintain databases provided by the Principal Investigator of all the data as defined in the protocol collected from the participants for analysis and reporting; support minimum weekly data entry and carry out quality checks; perform periodic data audits for completeness and accuracy. Entered data to be sent to the Principal Investigator on a daily basis at the beginning of the study and weekly basis thereafter.
Monitor RUTF supplies, medical supplies, equipment and stationery used in the study to ensure adequacy for the same and provides updates on stock status accordingly
Identify and either assist the Principal Investigator in or conduct interviews with key stakeholders, schedule and support data collection from them
Conduct weekly and monthly review on progress, challenges experiences and if need be re-strategize accordingly with the Principal Investigator and the health facility staff
Report to the supervisor any concerns or negative events that occur related to the study in a prompt and transparent manner
Ensure proper storage and protection of data collected for the research study, both the physical forms and the digital versions
Read and understand Somalia national IMAM/CMAM guidelines
Communicate weekly with the Principal Investigator by e-mail or Skype on study progress (Health Manager will join on monthly basis)
Communicate with the Principal Investigator before making any changes to protocol or as any issues and concerns arise
Communicate weekly with the Mogadishu-based Health Manager on study progress
Document lessons learnt and best practices during the study and communicate the same accordingly in relevant forums
Maintain a professional relationship with the nutrition clinic staff to effectively communicate the study protocol procedures and CMAM best practices where appropriate
Provide scheduled updates on progress as well as challenges experienced and measures put in place to ensure successful implementation of the protocol
Attend scheduled research team meetings and one-on-one meetings with the supervisor
Any other duties as assigned by the supervisor.
Reporting and Coordination
Coordination, implementation and support supervision of the implementation of the study protocol
In collaboration with the research team, schedule and conduct sensitization meetings with MoH Officials and other implementing partners on the study protocol at the district level
Coordinate meetings with IRC and district MoH officials to update on study progress and share interim results
Represent IRC in nutrition coordination meetings at the regional level to provide updates on the progress and share any lessons learnt and best practices
Work with the nutrition clinic staff, MOH and local community leaders to acquire community-level consent prior to the start of the study.

Required qualifications

Bachelor degree/Diploma in Food, Nutrition and Dietetics from a recognized University or any other health related field.
Should have a strong M&E and IMAM/CMAM background.
Trained on integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition (IMAM) and demonstrate understanding of IMAM protocols.

Required Experience & Competencies:
Strong understanding of CMAM required, with at least 2 years of experience in CMAM programming both at health facility and community level
At least 2 years` experience working in Somalia with government health workers, other implementing partners and with the community
Experience in conducting CMAM/IMAM trainings for the different target groups including community health workers both classroom and OJT
Strong knowledge and skills in the use of Excel and can type functionally
Experience in data collection entry including quality checks for both quantitative and qualitative data
Must be a strong team player and result oriented with ability to work independently with minimal supervision
Experience of working in networks and building strong working relationships with a range of stakeholders
Fluent in written and spoken English and Somali languages.

Gender Equality: IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances.

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Qualified Somali nationals are encouraged to apply. International allowances are not available for this position. Salary and employee benefits are compliant to the Somalia NGO Sector.