Nutrition Program Manager


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Partners In Health/Inshuti Mu Buzima

Nutrition Program Manager

Locations: Southern Kayonza,Burera,Kirehe,Kigali


Job Title: Nutrition Program Manager

Reports to: Director of Nutrition

Duration: 1 year with the possibility to renew

Description of the role:

Partners In Health/Inshuti Mu Buzima has worked in Rwanda since 2005. PIH/IMB began working in partnership with the government of Rwanda to address the critical HIV/AIDS epidemic afflicting the population and to comprehensively strengthen the public health system in rural underserved districts in Rwanda.  PIH is internationally recognized non-profit organization whose mission is to provide preferential option to the poor health care through its service delivery training, advocacy and research, PIH works globally to bring the benefit of modern medical science to those most in need and to serve as an antidote to despair, for the past 13 years, PIH/IMB has worked with the Rwandan Ministry of Health by building infrastructure, strengthening health systems, training local staff at hospital, health center and community level in three rural districts.

Over the past 10 years Rwanda has made dramatic progress in improving under-five child health. PIH/IMB has led several innovative Maternal and Child programs, including development of a mentoring program for health center nurses and partnership with the MoH in national trainings in neonatology, IMCI and malnutrition management and women’s health. However, malnutrition remains unacceptably high, especially stunting, which has not shown a significant decrease for the past decade. There is also a general need for nutrition support for patients with chronic diseases to ensure success of treatment. Thus, there isstill important work to be done, including in building the capacity of health facility providers to manage severe and moderate acute malnutrition and aiding Partners In Health/Inshuti Mu Buzima(PIH/IMB) supported districts in fighting against stunting.

In order to accelerate PIH/IMB’s nutrition intervention impact and define PIH/IMB’s uniqueness in the fight against malnutrition, we aim to recruit a Nutrition Program Manager.

Program design and operationalization

  • Under the supervision of Senior Nutrition Program Manager, collaborate to identify and design innovative approaches for malnutrition prevention and management that are reflective of IMB supported districts contexts and Government of Rwanda priorities;
  • Collaborate in the preparation of annual work plans, which contribute to PIH’s 5-year strategy and Rwanda’s Vision 2020;
  • Manage certain programmatic budget lines to ensure successful completion of programmatic activities, as well as compliance with internal systems and donors’ systems;
  • Work in collaboration with the Monitoring & Evaluation Team to monitor program data and outcomes, as well as strengthen data collection, monitoring and analysis systems;
  • Ensure the supply chain of food supplementation to health centers is functioning well through collaboration with procurement and logistics, and that criteria for food supplementation is met through collaboration with social support and clinical programs at IMB and MoH sites;
  • Support district and nutrition leadership in improving and integrating IMB projects and programs with the District Plan for Elimination of Malnutrition (DPEM) for synergy;
  • Participate in operational research on malnutrition to disseminate programmatic results.
  • Contribute to donor reports to describe programmatic activities and interventions and share results;

Technical support and mentorship:

  • Identify training needs and participate in the development of clinical protocols and training materials, in collaboration with other IMB programs, including Maternal and Child Health, Community Health, the Program on Social and Economic Rights (POSER), and the Department of Mentorship, Education and Training (DMET) in the design and provision of nutrition-sensitive training for health workers and program beneficiaries;
  • Conduct trainings along with other IMB and MOH colleagues on relevant topics related to high-priority areas, such as maternal health, early childhood development, and food-sensitive agriculture;
  • Support and improve the capacity of heads of nutrition activities at hospital and health center level, as well as Maternal Child Health Mentors and Pediatric Development Clinic Mentors through regular supervision visits and trainings;
  • Provide technical mentorship to Community Nutrition Coordinator and EDC Program Officer;

National Level Functions

  • In collaboration with the Director of Nutrition, represent IMB at the national level by participating in relevant technical working groups to coordinate with MoH, MIGEPROF and other key partners working in nutrition;
  • Help to raise the profile of Inshuti Mu Buzima (IMB)’s nutrition-related work through attendance at national conferences and meetings, seeking opportunities for presentations and sharing experiences.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Stay abreast of relevant nutrition-related research, recommendations, policies as well as other relevant fields, including child health, neonatology, agriculture, etc… to ensure up-to-date information is used for designing and implementing programs;
  • Maintain flexibility and a willingness to learn as new programmatic areas are explored including Early Childhood Development;
  • Work with the Senior Nutrition Program Manager and Inshuti Mu Buzima (IMB) grants and development teams to write grants and concept notes for nutrition program funding.


  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field required: Nutrition, Public Health, Science Related Field (I.E. Biological Sciences), Food Security, Agriculture;
  • Master’s degree in relevant field preferred: Nutrition, International Nutrition, Public Health, Food Security;
  • 5 years of experience (paid or unpaid) in a nutrition or public health related field
  • Technical expertise in nutrition, including global nutrition;
  • Ability to train, build capacity of local staff, and build relationships with local and national stakeholders,
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to manage and prioritize projects with attention to detail;
  • Ability to work well with culturally diverse team, be flexible and have a strong willingness to learn;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Comfortable with Microsoft Suite, and general computer skills;
  • Fluency in English required; Kinyarwanda preferred.

How to apply

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Deadline: Open until filled

Listing ID: 1675c41b627b5178

January 18, 2019 13:19

181 days, 16 hours