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Community Nutrition Zonal Coordinator

FHI 360

FHI 360

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia · Ethiopia
Posted on Monday, November 20, 2023

About FHI 360:

Family Health International (FHI) 360 is a non-profit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff include experts in health, education, nutrition, environment, economic development, civil society, gender, youth, research, and technology — creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today's interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 70 countries and all U.S. states and territories.

FHI 360 leads the implementation of the USAID funded Ethiopia Community Nutrition Activity. The Activity focuses on enhancing multisector coordination and accountability; improving nutrition practices and health-seeking behaviors; and strengthening delivery of quality nutrition services within USAID’s Feed the Future Zones of Influence.

Job Summary:

The Zonal Coordinator is responsible for coordinating all Community Nutrition activities in the respective operational Zone and targeted woreds . He/she will also support the cross functionality, coordination and standardization of program implementation and that quality of program is adhere to standard guideline. He/she will be expected to coordinate with other Regional Hub Led to improve planning, implementation; monitoring and reporting processes as they pertain to Community Nutrition Activities. The incumbent works closely with other regional and National Technical Specialists, LME coordinator/officer and the government structure to ensure program integration at all levels. The Zonal Coordinator is expected to concurrently implement and track physical implementation against activity plan and budget utilization under Community Nutrition for her/his specific Zone. He/she will provide technical support for Local Implementing partners under Community Nutrition Activities; work closely with team to ensure quality of program implementations and timely completion of the planned activities. He/she is also expected to form a good working relationship with the government, coordinate with Feed the Future partners and other nutrition partners to ensure the functionality of coordination at Zone, woreda and kebele levels. S/he is also expected to collect woreda DHIS report for Project Specific Indicators. Provide technical support for any assessment and campaigns in related to nutrition in the respective specific Zones

Location: Under Regional Hub Offices: Six Community Nutrition Zonal Coordinates for Oromia Region (Shashamane ,Bale Robe ,Harar ,Jima,Assala and Adama )

NOTE:- Please indicate your preference location in subject line in your application latter while you apply for the position.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Participate annual plan and budget development for the programand ensure that Community Nutrition activities are fully aligned with Zonal and Woreda annual plan.
  • Provide technical support for Zonal, Woreda, and local stakeholders to assessneeds related to the implementation of Community Nutrition Activities
  • Develop terms of reference and facilitate training in respective Zonal and Woreda levels.
  • Ensure that all FNP policies, FNS, nutrition guidelines, SAM guide line and minimum nutrition standard, QI strategy on nutrition specific services, SBCC specific to the program/nutrition, revised HMIS, and monitoring tools are implemented in respective target zones and Woredas.
  • Provides technical support through regular and supportive supervision to Woredahealth/agriculture office, health facilities and communities.
  • Participate conducting various assessments in both health facility and community levels in the zone/region
  • Support and ensure that Nutrition agenda focused review meetings are conducted regularly in Zonal and Woreda levels
  • In collaboration with LME manager, strengthen the capacity of Zonal, Woreda health office and community in nutrition and health information management system fordecision making.
  • Support and ensure the functionality of Zonal, Woreda and Kebele level Nutrition Governance and coordination in place
  • Support the availability of nutrition relevant job aids (counselling materials, registers and reference guides) are in the health facilities
  • Ensure establishment and functionality of quality improvement teams in the respective health facilities
  • Support catchment mentorship in collaboration with catchment Hospital Quality Improvement team.
  • Ensure the provision of appropriate mentoring and on job training for health workers attargeted Health facilities using agreed tools in place
  • Support strengthening linkage among the primary health care units
  • Support and Monitor health facilities to include nutrition related drugs (IFA, Deworming, Vitamin A & others) request into the RRF timely
  • As part of increasing nutrition service uptake, ensure that HDA/community volunteers and PHCUs are working hand in hand for better linkage of the community to the health facilities
  • Ensure that all donor compliance and FHI 360 rules and regulations are strictly followed during day-to-day program operations.
  • Collaborate with USAID local implementing partners (LIPs) and those who are working on nutrition program at Zone and woreda level
  • Provide technical support for local partners under Community Nutrition Activities
  • Ensure that Community Nutrition Activities (Indicators) are included in woreda annual implementation plans.
  • Be focal person/support the focal person to implement gender sensitive andspecific activities related to nutrition at zonal, woreda and kebele level.
  • Performs other related tasks as required.
  • Provide continuous technical support to local implementing partners
  • Collect regular DHIS Key Indicators data from woreda or health facility
  • Share weekly and monthly plan (including TORs) with regional office team timely
  • Support the process of SBCC document development including concept test, pre-test & delivery of materials to the end users
  • In collaboration with SBCC specialist, train community change agents/community facilitators on ECC
  • Ensure ECC sessions are conducted as per the stand, provided for target beneficiaries and appropriately recorded


  • Work closely with the woredas health offices and other FNP & FNS implementing sectors in the respective FtF zone of influence and make sure functionality of nutrition council up to kebele level.
  • Ensure conducting supportive supervision and review meetings among the FNS implementing sectors and then findings shared and action plans addressing areas need improvement developed
  • Work with other USAID funded projects and partners in the zone to ensure complementarity and synergistic effect
  • Participate nutrition related meetings at zonal and woredas level
  • Collaborate and work with ECNA local implementing partners(LIPs), private sectors and target health facilities and community in the intervention zone

Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Reporting

  • Conduct regular monitoring in the intervention woredas’ health facilities and community through couching & mentoring in the HFs and ensuring community engagement
  • In collaboration with LME (M&E), participate joint supportive supervision along the zonal and woredas sector offices to show case the project support progress
  • Timely submit training reports, review-meeting proceedings and field monitoring reports to regional office for documentation
  • Ensure conducted ECC sessions are appropriately reported through intended formats
  • Regularly share the ground project updates in the zone with regional office
  • Document the necessary findings and make follow-up based on recommendations of field visits
  • Produce and submit case studies and best practice on monthly and quarterly bases

Project Design Implementation:

  • Develops strategies and tools for the design and implementation of specific technical components.
  • Monitors project deliverables and reports to supervisors.
  • Leads technical project activities and sub activities and assists with project implementation.
  • May implement components of the technical portions of the project plan.
  • Identifies and raises issues to senior technical staff.
  • Functions as the technical lead with oversight of project technical administrative and finance compliance, technical deliverables, and team management, (includes projects and consultants).

Business Development and Client/Funder Support:

  • Successfully leads new business development initiatives including project design, budgeting, and recruitment efforts.
  • Provides final authorization and approval of the technical portions of proposals and project design, based on the design and direction set by technical leadership.
  • Builds productive working relationships internally and externally.
  • Collects data for inclusion in proposals, which consist of assisting with proposal research and developing proposal strategies.
  • Draft proposals, budgets, and work plans.
  • Participate in business development meetings with partners and clients.

Operations Management (Finance, HR, etc.):

  • Ensures project activities are on track with work plans, with technical expertise informing project implementation.
  • Oversees project timelines and budgets. Assists in the development of donor reports and presentations.
  • Tracks technical project spend under broad supervision.
  • Tracks Statement of Work (SOW) and budget tracking systems; provides reports to supervisors.
  • Collects financial and technical tracking data; prepares reports.
  • Coordinate with suppliers for procurements.

Project/Program Reporting:

  • Prepares reports and papers summarizing project results and analyzing data sets and technical assessment findings.
  • Establishes and maintains SOW and budget tracking systems.
  • Drafts / prepares client technical reports.
  • Creates technical content (e.g., reports, presentations, manuscripts).

Quality Assurance:

  • Develops in-depth knowledge of quality standards through formalized system that documents processes, procedures, and responsibilities for achieving quality policies and objectives.
  • Coordinates and direct activities to meet client/funder and regulatory requirements.

Applied Knowledge & Skills:

  • In-depth knowledge of concepts, practices, and procedures with providing technical support for research studies.
  • Development of scope of work and deliverables for partners, consultants, etc.
  • Broader knowledge of quality standards
  • Proficiency with database management software and on-line search tools required.
  • Has sensitivity to cultural diversity and understanding of the political, contextual, and ethical issues in assigned areas.
  • Articulate, professional, and able to communicate in a clear, positive manner with clients and staff.
  • Must be able to read, write, and speak fluent English.
  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills.
  • Excellent and demonstrated project management skills.
  • Ability to influence and collaborate with others.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with using Microsoft Office Suite required.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret data, identify errors, and prepare reports.
  • Ability to solve problems and implement corrective action as needed.


There are 31 FHI 360 development competencies, of greatest focus for this particular job will be:

  • Project Management (Planning and Time Management) - Accurately scopes out length and difficulty of tasks (sets objectives/goals/measures). Breaks down work into steps, schedules, task/people assignments. Marshals people, time, and resource efficiently. Arranges information in a useful manner and orchestrates multiple activities at once.
  • People Management (Making Others Great) – Facilitate professional development of staff by providing challenging, learning assignments and opportunities. Shares and solicits feedback monthly at the very least. Helps establish compelling development plans. Assigns responsibility and accountability for tasks/decisions. Monitors process, progress, and results. Creates a climate in which people want to do their best.
  • Creating and Managing Systems and Processes – Recognizes the need for standardization and balances client and organization need in systems design. Anticipates the effects of process change on people while optimizing task efficiency and simplicity.
  • Employees are expected to possess or have high potential for development of these three fundamental competencies.

Problem Solving & Impact:

  • Works on problems of moderate to complex scope that require review of various factors.
  • Exercises good judgment with selecting methods and techniques to determine appropriate action.
  • Decisions may cause delays and affect a work unit or area within a department.
  • Identifies and raises issues to senior technical staff
  • Networks with key internal and external personnel.
  • Decision may cause delays or failure to achieve results that impact departmental goals.

Supervision Given/Received:

  • Determines methods and procedures on new projects and assignments.
  • Serves as team lead and may mentor other lower-level personnel.
  • May supervisor junior level staff.
  • Typically reports to Regional Hub Lead

Education: **

  • Master’s Degree / BSc Degree or its International Equivalent in Nutrition, Health Officer, Nursing and other Health related and having MSC in any public health field is an advantage, Civil Society, Communication and Social Marketing, Economic Development, Education, the Environment, Gender, Health, Nutrition, Research, Technology and Youth or a Related Field.

Experience: **

  • A minimum of 6+ years of relevant experience Nutrition and health programs, ideally in nutrition, health or related technical areas.
  • Have trained on CMAM, Quality Improvement, AMIYCN, Catchment Mentorship, Enhanced Community conversation, Adolescent Nutrition, Data Management and Use and DHIS2 training in the last three years.
  • Experience working effectively with local NGO/and other USAID partners.
  • Proven ability to work in a team, with good communication and interpersonal skills and an ability to motivate health workers, community leaders, health extension workers, AEWs.
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching
  • Willingness to Base on Zonal Health Office with willingness to work closely with Zone ,District and Community level health system frequently travel to rural communities.
  • An understanding and commitment to FHI-360 values
  • Strong results orientation
  • Proven ability to manage a complex and demanding workload
  • Excellent spoken and written English and local languages
  • Good computer skills (particularly Excel, Word) and internet skills
  • Female applicants are highly encourged.
  • Prior work experience in a non-governmental organization (NGO), government agency, or private organization.
  • International or Domestic (US) Program Development or Program management experience preferred.

Typical Physical Demands:

  • Typical office environment.
  • Ability to spend long hours looking at computer screen and doing repetitive work on a keyboard.
  • Ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time.
  • Abil

Technology to be Used:

  • Personal Computer/Laptop, Microsoft applications (i.e., Office 365, SharePoint, Skype/Zoom/Teams), cell phone/mobile technology, and standard office equipment.

Travel Requirements:

  • 10% - 25%

Date Revised: 09/13/2021

This job posting summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.

Our values and commitments to safeguarding: FHI 360 is committed to preventing any type of abuse, exploitation and harassment in our work environments and programs, including sexual abuse, exploitation and harassment. FHI 360 takes steps to safeguard the welfare of everyone who engages with our organization and programs and requires that all personnel, including staff members and volunteers, share this commitment and sign our code of conduct. All offers of employment will be subject to appropriate screening checks, including reference, criminal record and terrorism finance checks. FHI 360 also participates in the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme (MDS), facilitated by the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response. In line with the MDS, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any substantiated findings of sexual abuse, exploitation and/or harassment during the applicant’s tenure with previous employers. By applying, job applicants confirm their understanding of these recruitment procedures and consent to these screening checks.

FHI 360 will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws.

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