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.