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Maternal And Child Nutrition Advisor - Volunteer in Ethiopia

December 7 2017
Industries Non-profit organisation - NPO
Categories Health, Medical, Healthcare - Human service - Medical, Audiology - Speech Language Pathology, Administration - Management, Clerical/Administrative Support - Medical, Clerical/Administrative Support - Non Medical , Laboratory - Diagnostics - Medical Imaging, Information Technology, Non-Medical Support, Nutrition Services, Other Health Professionals, Patient Care Support, Population Health, Physicians, Social Work/ Counselling/ Psychology, Management staff, Auxiliary Services, Medical research, Medical records, Health, Medical, Govt., NPO, Social & Community work, Govt., NPO, Social & Community Work
Montreal, QC

City  Harar, Ethiopia

Start Date Feb - Apr 2018 (flexible)

Length of Placement 9 Months

Language Requirements English

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents only


The Volunteer's Role

The overall purpose of this placement in Harar is to strengthen the maternal and child nutritional care service provision in East Harrarghe Zone through capacity building and system strengthening in East Harrarghe Zone Government sector offices that are the member of the zonal nutrition coordination committee.

The project has three intermediate objectives:

  • Improve nutrition practices and services for women of reproductive age and boys and girls under five years
  • Improve nutrition-sensitive practices for women of reproductive age and boys and girls under five years
  • Strengthen governance of gender-sensitive nutrition programs and approaches at the Federal, Regional, Zonal and Woreda levels


As a volunteer, you will:

  • Design and implement health staff nutrition services capacity building activities
  • Assist in campaigning and counseling activities on appropriate Breast Feeding and Complementary Feeding, and development of local weaning foods
  • Strengthen the capacity of the Nutrition Coordination Committee (NCC) to promote consumption of nutrient-dense foods (Vegetables, fruits, ASFs, fortified foods, supplements)
  • Promote gender equality, and optimal maternal and child care practices
  • Assist in the design and implementation of cooking demonstration.

Essential Academic Qualifications:

BSc degree in public Health Nutrition, Applied Human Nutrition, Community Nutrition, Maternal and Child Nutrition or related field

Essential Professional Background:

At least two years experience in nutrition or in design of nutrition counselling and campaigns

Support Package

  • Modest monthly living allowance (varies depending country)
  • Accommodation while in placement
  • Return airfare and visa/work permit costs
  • Cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication and health insurance
  • Pre-departure training and in-country orientation
  • Travel and accommodation for reintegration debriefing weekend
  • Modest support for accompanying partners and dependents going on placement with you for 12 months or longer (Return flight, emergency medical insurance, vaccinations)
  • Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return
  • Cuso International assessment day (Candidates must cover the first $200 of the most cost-effective travel expenses and all accommodation costs).
  • Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course and for in-country orientation
  •  Bonus: Additional return flight home or cash in lieu after 12 months of service for volunteers who extend for another 6 months network