Nutritionist Job Vacancy at Medical Teams International ( MTI Uganda)

Job Summary: Responsible for supporting the Nutrition Officer in case management of malnourished clients in the inpatient and outpatient departments. Ensures improved nutrition awareness and proper management of malnutrition cases by participating in outreach activities and providing technical support to community health teams.

Job Responsibilities

  • Provide nutrition education and nutrition assessments at the health facility and in community outreach activities; enrol beneficiaries in nutrition programs as per project guidelines
  • Responsible for case management of malnourished patients and ensure that all routine medication and food is administered appropriately for patients in treatment programs
  • Prepare food and support the feeding of malnourished patients under observation in the inpatient wards
  • Build capacity of inpatients and caregivers by advising on proper care and nutrition at home
  • Carry out home visits to follow up on discharged patients to ensure adherence to advice
  • Build the capacity of community health staff in nutritional screening, case detection and referral
  • Ensure all malnourished children have child health cards and up to date immunizations; Perform routine growth monitoring activities
  • Prepare weekly, monthly and activity reports for inpatient and outpatient departments
  • Ensure the security of food and related nutrition supplies, including taking precautions to avoid contamination
  • Ensure the kitchen and surrounding environment is hygienic and well maintained
  • Ensure that nutrition practices are conducted with the highest level of integrity and ethics according to professional and MTI Code of Conduct
  • Other duties as assigned
Qualifications

Education, Experience, Licenses and certifications

  • Diploma in Human Nutrition, Dietetics or related field is required
  • Minimum 1 year of nutrition field experience with a busy project implementing IMAM is required
  • Experience in clinical medicine or community health is an added advantage
  • Experience working in emergency operations is an added advantage

KNOWLEDGE

  • Demonstrated knowledge of nutrition principles and management of acute malnutrition
  • Demonstrated knowledge of infant and young child feeding practices

SKILLS

  • Skilled in conducting nutritional assessments and managing cases
  • Skilled in presenting complex information at an appropriate level to an individual or group
  • Skilled in using behaviour change strategies to mobilize community members to take ownership of healthcare needs
  • Skilled in report writing
  • Skilled at using Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook to write reports
  • A good command of both written and spoken English

ABILITIES

  • Ability to maintain detailed records with high accuracy
  • Keen desire to build capacity of staff
  • Ability to be flexible and manage stress, especially in situations which require a high degree of diplomacy
  • Ability to support MTI Calling and adhere to the MTI Code of Conduct

Physical conditions:

This position requires work at health facilities and in communities located in remote areas with very basic living conditions.

NOTE: The above job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by staff assigned to this job. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of staff in this position. Duties, responsibilities and skills are also subject to change based on the changing needs of the job, department or organization. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by Medical Teams International as the requirements of the job change.

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