QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS REQUIRED
- Good level of spoken and written Local and English languages
- Excellent skills in organizing work flow, capacity to follow protocols and take own initiative.
- Excellent ability to work as part of a team.
- Ability to work in an environment where there are physical discomforts associated with change in weather or discomforts associated with noise, dust or dirt.
- A diploma in Nursing
- Previous experience of Infant and young Child Feeding practices /treatment of malnourished children in Community Management of Acute Malnutrition is advantageous
- Filing and ability to work and stay with beneficiaries in order to change their behaviour through health and nutrition education sessions.
Objective 1: Rapid/detailed assessment of Infant and Young Child feeding practices in mothers/care givers at Basic Health Units (BHUs)
- Conduct Simple Rapid Assessment (SRA) of all mothers with children under 24 months that attend the OTP/SFP programme through the local Basic Health Units (BHUs).
- Conduct detailed assessment of child feeding practices in women that require additional support or reveal difficulties.
- Complete and maintain individual breastfeeding beneficiary report cards.
- Perform close monitoring of all beneficiaries, including follow up checks with community mobilisers and summaries of total number of mothers attended to.
- Maintain clear communication with all other CMAM programme staff regarding the status of beneficiaries, including OTP nurse, supervisor, measures and community mobiliser.
Objective 2: One to One tailored counselling sessions for all mothers with children under 24 months.
- Provide tailored one to one counselling sessions, based on initial assessments, offering practical advice and education to mothers on the key issues of Infant and Young child feeding practices.
- Ensure all mothers/care givers are aware of the importance of exclusive breastfeeding for the initial 6 months.
- Discourage and educate mothers on the dangers of feeding bottles by exchanging used bottles for cups and spoons provided by ACF.
- Provide mothers with practical advice on correct attachment and positioning when breastfeeding, timely introduction of complementary foods and respond to any concerns or local taboos associated with IYCF.
- Utilise the provided education material on breastfeeding and complementary feeding practices, relaying accurate, practical and specific advice for the mothers needs.
- Ensure a comfortable, calm environment for counselling sessions and maintain good relationships with the beneficiaries.
Objective 3: Maintenance of IYCF integration within all CMAM components
- Ensure strong communication links with all other CMAM staff, providing advice and support to all other staff members on IYCF issues as and when they arise.
- Conduct education sessions within the surrounding community on the importance of IYCF practices in conjunction with community mobilisers.
- Aid in establishing mother to mother support groups/committees within the community to provide additional support for mothers and extend knowledge of good IYCF practices.
- Ensure all mothers attending the OTP clinic are provided with IYCF counselling
Note: Only Local (Tando Muhammad Khan) female candidates are requested to apply