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SHN Project Officer

Date Posted: Aug 07, 2019

Job Description

Job title: School Health and Nutrition Project officer

Job location: Machinga with periodic travels to other locations

Reporting to: Health Field Manager/ Area Coordinator with dotted line to Health Programmes Coordinator

GOAL has been operating in Malawi since 2002, initially in an emergency capacity, concentrating of food distributions, the focus of the programme gradually evolved to take on development programs. Notwithstanding, given the hazard prone nature of the environment, GOAL Malawi (GM) retains an emergency response capacity and undertakes significant and complementary programming in disaster risk reduction. GOAL’s global objective is to promote resilient well-being by helping people to survive crisis; promoting optimal and resilient health; promoting food and nutrition security; supporting people to have sustainable livelihoods. GOAL maintains close working relationships with the district authorities and relevant line ministries.

GOAL Malawi is supported by several donors including Irish Aid, DFID, Electric Aid, Bank of Ireland, USAID, UNFPA among others.

With funding from UNICEF, GOAL Malawi will be implementing Integrated WASH, Nutrition and HIV support to school age children program in Chikwawa and Machinga. The overall objective is to improve the school learning environment for boys and girls in primary schools, through ensuring that they have access to a clean and sustainable water supply and establish eco-friendly school gardens to support school feeding. And that School-going children in 30 living schools adopt positive behaviours and have comprehensive knowledge around WASH and Increase enrolment and retention, particularly of girls Adolescents.

Summary and general description of the Role:

The primary responsibility of the position is to facilitate and ensure that both teachers and male and female learners have been provided with practical skills in composting, preparing vegetable beds for planting, lawn preparations, weeding, fencing construction and planting of indigenous vegetables (such as beans, okra, kholowa and bonongwe). And promoting the use of rainwater collection, irrigation techniques, surface water runoff and fertile soil erosion, air quality improvement (reduction of dust particles that lessen respiratory diseases), and ecological-and food resiliency of the school community and schoolyard. Facilitate and ensure that learners or school age children are equipped with knowledge and skills that enable them to deal with life challenges; negative peer pressure, early sexual activities, teenage pregnancy, unwanted pregnancies and their consequences, unsafe abortions, HIV and AIDS, STIs, female genital mutilation, sexual assault, rape, defilement, and incest if they encounter them. And that Learners are referred by teachers or the health team to the appropriate health facility, family counsellor; HCT centres; Social welfare assistants; Child protection officers.

Key duties

  • Sexually active school aged children should be encouraged to utilize the YFHS available at their nearest health facility. A relationship should be established with the nearest health facility and service agreements should be established with surrounding schools to ensure easy access by the learners.
  • Orientation and planning meeting with club head teachers, volunteer teachers and club patrons/matrons on how to integrate and promote HIV, Nutrition and WASH in school clubs in 30 living schools
  • Technical support visits to living schools’ health clubs to ensure they are actively engaging school going children
  • Support coordination meetings at zonal level for various service providers from education, health, victim support unit and agriculture
  • Facilitation of the provision of safe and effective contraception to sexually active learners.
  • Facilitate and coordinate integration of school health services with youth friendly health services for optimum benefit of the Adolescent learners in the targeted schools.
  • Facilitate the formation/revamping social clubs such as HIV/AIDS Toto clubs in which learners may encourage each other to delay sexual activity to avoid some of these problems.
  • Organizing session with learners on HIV prevention and also sessions on drug adherence
  • Coordinate the linking up of the school’s HIV/AIDS clubs with the TEEN clubs in the health facilities.
  • Organizing motivational talks from role models on Nutrition, HIV/AIDS as well as technical expertise.
  • Coordinate with technical experts from various government departments to conduct presentations related to YFHS, HIV/AIDS, Nutrition and victim support service providers in the targeted
  • Collaborate with the district team such as DEMs office on different school health and nutrition matters such as verification and certification of ODF
  • In collaboration with school matrons/patrons organize debate amongst the Adolescent school learners on WASH, Nutrition and HIV/AIDS related topics.
  • Work with colleagues at both district and community members and beneficiaries in a professional and fair manner.
  • Appraising the Health/WASH Field Manager/Coordinator on WASH activities on periodic basis or as necessary.
  • Ensuring that the GOAL standards are maintained throughout programme operations
  • Manage and control of GOAL resources effectively and responsibly
  • Represent GOAL at various District Integrated School health forums
  • Budget monitoring and control
  • Any other duties assigned by the line manager within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience from time to time
  • Contribute to Nutrition, HIV/AIDS and SRH proposal development especially through data collection & input provision
  • Ensure HIV, gender, child protection and disaster and risk reduction are mainstreamed in all project interventions.

Key competences and requirements
  • Degree in Environmental Health or Public Health, Degree in Nursing, BSc in Permaculture or Agriculture with not less than 3 years’ experience in integrated WASH, Nutrition, SRH and HIV/AIDS projects. (School Health Projects)
  • Technical skills and experience in various sanitation technologies
  • Practical field experience in Adolescent Nutrition, Climate Smart Agriculture, HIV/AIDS, and Team building
  • Displaying excellent team and time management and organizational skills.
  • Experience in designing behaviour change interventions in School health programs
  • Experience of working in partnership with other NGOs and stakeholders
  • Good communication skills
  • Must have a motorcycle driving licence

Additional job responsibilities
  • The job duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the post holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.

How to apply

Interested candidates should submit application letters, copies of certificates and curriculum vitae consisting at least three references for similar work by 7 August, 2019 to:


please use this email subject line: School Health and Nutrition Project Officer or send to:

The Human Resource Manager,
P.O. Box 31807,
Blantyre 3.

GOAL has a Staff Code of Conduct, Safeguarding Policy and Child Protection Policy, which have been developed to ensure the maximum protection of programme participants and children from exploitation. GOAL also has a confidentiality policy ensuring the non-disclosure of any information whatsoever relating to the practices and business of GOAL, acquired in the course of duty, to any other person or organisation without authority, except in the normal execution of duty. Any candidate offered a job with GOAL will be expected to adhere to these policies.

This Job Description only serves as a guide for the position available. GOAL reserves the right to change this document.

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