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22 Feb 2016

Full-Time Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergency (IYCF-E) Manager

Save the Children – Posted by admin Thessalia Sterea Ellada, Greece


Job Description

Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergency (IYCF-E) Manager

JOB TITLE: Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergency (IYCF-E) Manager


LOCATION: Greek islands (Chios, Samos, Kos, Leros)



Level 3 – the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people


Particularly in refugee situations, the risks of malnutrition, illness and death are significant and heightened in children under two years of age who are not breastfed, and in infants under six months of age who are not exclusively breastfed. The World Health Organisation recommends that infants be exclusively breastfed for 6 months and that breastfeeding continues with introduction of complementary feeding at six months until 2 years or more. Ensuring that these recommendations are upheld is considered key in the contributing to the survival of infants and young children in refugee settings. Save the Children abides by the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes and relevant resolutions as well as the Operational Guidance for Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies (IYCF-E)

In Greece, SCI is responding to the high influx of refugees and migrants through Nutrition (IYCF-E and General Food distributions), Child Protection, WASH, Shelter and Non Food Item distributions programming. We are currently operational in Lesvos: Moria and KaraTepe camps, North Greek border (Idomeni), Chios, Samos, Kos and Leros. Three mother-baby areas are opened in Lesvos (2 camps) and Idomeni. In addition, 2 breastfeeding corners are opened in Chios and Samos.

To manage and scale-up the IYCF-E Program in the other islands (Chios, Samos, potentially Kos and Leros) to ensure that the all components of the program are functioning properly, providing quality care to all the beneficiaries while respecting guidelines and principles of good practice e.g. the Operational Guidance on IYCF-E, the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes and subsequent relevant resolutions, and SPHERE 2011).


Reports to: Field managers; technical support from Nutrition technical adviser and backstop

Collaboration with: Other IYCF-E PM in Greece / Child Protection managers in Greece

Staff Reporting to: none

Budget responsibility: Approximately 240,000 USD


  • Project Management: Overall responsibility for the day-to-day management of project site activities, staff and /or partner (such as IYCF-E activities in Mother-baby areas, IYCF-E counsellors and partner and volunteers);
  • Provide technical guidance on IYCF-E to support staff (IYCF-E, CP and others as necessary) and MoH and other humanitarian actors as necessary to promote consistent good practice;
  • Ensure all staff understand and implement program guidelines used for assessing the mother-child pair, advising the best feeding option and following up as appropriate;
  • Ensure appropriate and consistent education messaging to mothers and other carers at all programming contact points (e.g. child friendly centres, clinics, distributions) and in the community

Note: the key messages should be agreed by all stakeholders in an emergency to ensure consistency;

  • Facilitate the development and scheduling of outreach activities (e.g. IYCF-E outreach workers, volunteers);
  • Facilitate the development of monthly work plans for the mother-baby area (e.g. in child-friendly spaces, etc.);
  • Prepare field visit plans and supervision checklist in advance of trips (find example of supervision checklist in toolkit);
  • Compile monthly activity reports and assist with stock consumption/distribution plans for each of the mother-baby areas as required.

Training and Capacity Building:

  • Provide staff appraisals and supportive supervision;
  • Conduct orientations and trainings to build the capacity of staff/volunteers, partner, MoH staff and the community at large.

Advocacy and Communication:

  • Facilitate cross-sectoral programming, particularly to promote excellent communication and referral between IYCF-E and CP programming (and more depending on the programme);
  • Attend relevant internal and external sectoral coordination meetings;
  • Liaise with other humanitarian actors, local authorities, ministries and the military to maximize collaboration and ensure proper coordination of activities and agreed protocols;
  • Undertake local and national level advocacy targeting other humanitarian actors, local authorities, ministries and the military as appropriate, on assessment and following national/international standards on supporting infant and young child feeding in emergencies.


Health / Public Health / Nutrition / BSc or equivalent;



  • Qualified doctor, nurse, midwife or nutritionist with strong primary health care / community health care experience;
  • Demonstrable commitment to promoting and supporting optimal breastfeeding and complementary feeding;
  • Demonstrable management experience, including budget holding responsibility;
  • Experience of designing and implementation programs (ideally nutrition-related), including monitoring and evaluation;
  • Experience in conducting assessments and an understanding of nutritional data and information systems;
  • Proven capacity to supervise, train and coach staff;
  • Willingness and capacity to be flexible and accommodating when faced with difficult and frustrating working conditions;
  • Prepared to live and work in an uncertain security environment;
  • Ability and willingness to frequently travel and stay at the field;
  • Demonstrable ability at report writing and excellent communication skills;
  • Computer literate;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and local language: Arabic or Farsi


  • Emergency programming experience;
  • Qualification as a trainer of trainers in breastfeeding counseling;
  • Familiarity with the Operational Guidance on IYCF-E and SPHERE standards.

How to Apply

Application Email: Please apply with a covering letter and up-to-date CV to: '' Closing date: 05 Mar 2016

Job Categories: NGO. Job Types: Full-Time.

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