Nutrition Officer Job in Nigeria - 6 openings

 Care Best Initiative (CBI) is a fast-growing, woman-led, and youth-driven Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) founded in 2019 and presently operational in states within North-East, Nigeria. Our objectives are to save lives, alleviate the suffering of children, women, and other vulnerable people; and maintain human dignity during and in the aftermath of man-made crises and natural disasters; as well as to prevent and strengthen preparedness for the occurrence of such situations; and to promote the right of children, women and vulnerable people in the society. Our actions are multi-sectorial inclined, gender-sensitive, and socially inclusive.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Nutrition Officer

Locations: Maiduguri, Borno and Yobe

Slots: 6 Openings
Employment Type: Contract
Department: Programs
Job Type: Contractual - Twelve (12) months
Responsible for: Delivering CBI Nutrition program
Reports to: Nutrition Supervisor


  • We have implemented various donor and self-funded projects/activities in several areas of humanitarian needs among Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), returnees, and host communities. We are actively present in Northeast (Borno, Adamawa, Yobe, and Bauchi States) and Northwest (Zamfara, Sokoto, and Kebbi states) Nigeria. CBI employs a multi-sectorial stakeholder-engagement and community-inclusion approach to the implementation of all her programs and activities and is well experienced in advocacy, influencing awareness creation, and behavioural change programming.
  • Our thematic areas of operations cut across sectors like Health (FP, SRH, HIV/AIDS & RI), Education, Nutrition (CMAM, MIYCN), Protection (GBV, Child Protection, GE&I), Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Food Security & Livelihood (FSL) among others with the objectives to improve access to basic and reproductive health services, and support distressed families.
  • We also facilitate developmental programs, such as stakeholders’ advocacy campaigns against systemic and deep-rooted gender inequalities and barriers that will improve the socio-economic status of the most vulnerable (including orphans, PLWHA, PWDs, out-of-school children, Almajiri students, and Islamiyya students), promote infrastructural and environmental development, and promote equitable gender and social activities in communities.
  • As our activities are also aimed at strengthening the resilience of the most vulnerable and building their capacity and self-reliance through education, sensitization, and awareness creation, CBI works in partnership with the Ministry of Budget and Planning, the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, and Women’s Affairs, Ministry of Health as well as other relevant line-ministries for implementation.
  • CBI also partners with other local and international partners and is an active member of several Clusters, working groups, and CSO Networks in all her states of operation and at the national level is a member of the Coalition of NGOs in Nigeria.

Job Purpose

  • The Nutrition Officer will play a crucial role in implementing nutrition programs within our humanitarian setting. They will work closely with other members of the CBI team to ensure that nutrition interventions are effectively integrated into broader health and food security initiatives. The primary focus will be on addressing malnutrition, promoting healthy eating habits, and supporting vulnerable populations, particularly women and children, in accessing essential nutrients.

Job Description / Principal Accountabilities

  • Ensure quality of nutrition screening for children under-5 conducted by Community Nutrition Mobilizers in target Communities.
  • Provision of Outreach OTP Services in target communities together with the outreach team.
  • Ensure quality of IYCF counselling sessions provided individual level and group sessions
  • With support from the Nutrition Officer, ensure quality cooking food demonstration sessions are conducted in Project supported Communities.
  • Ensure that community nutrition interventions (MUAC screening and Referral, IYCF (MSGs, food demonstrations) and hygiene promotion are integrated · Build capacity of CNMs/ field Assistants and Mother Leaders by providing on-the-job training on CMAM and IYCF.
  • Support Project level nutrition assessment/surveys as approved by Donor.
  • Support quality data collection of activities conducted in the Communities.
  • Promote increasing awareness of appropriate nutrition behaviours in project communities by ensuring behaviour change materials are visible in FFP supported communities and health facilities.
  • Ensure quality and timely reporting on all areas of implementation
  • Liaise closely with the MEAL team so as to understand the project outcomes
  • Support the development of case studies and success stories from programme implementation.
  • Any other additional responsibility as communicated by the supervisor

Job Holder Entry Requirements
Knowledge (Education & Related Experience):

  • Degree in Nutrition, Health, Public Health or any related fields.
  • Experience in Nutrition and community based programming will be an added advantage
  • Familiarity with the Humanitarian context.
  • Excellent communication skills and a willingness to be respectful, kind, sensitive and empathize with all beneficiaries and their care givers

Skills (Special Training or Competence):
General professional competencies:

  • Proven experience in computer systems and network administration
  • Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
  • Team management
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities

Training skills:

  • Clear written and verbal communication
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal
  • Good knowledge of the local humanitarian and security context
  • Context / Specific skills, Knowledge and experience:
  • In-depth knowledge of the Office 365 suite
  • Designing and managing IP networks
  • Bandwidth optimization and high availability techniques.
  • Knowledge of installation, configuration and maintenance of HF and VHF radios is an asset.

Performance Management:
The employee will be accountable for the responsibilities and the competencies, in accordance with CBI Human Resource and Performance Management manual. The following documents will be used for performance reviews:

  • The Job Description
  • The work and development plan
  • The Mid-term / End of trial period Performance Review Template
  • The End-term Performance Review Template
  • The CBI Competency Framework.

Key Behaviours:

  • Interpersonal and intercultural sensitivity.
  • Social and receptive (active listener).
  • High degree of integrity.
  • Ability to work independently and as a part of the team, as the situation dictates.
  • Proactive and ready to take initiative.
  • Ability to assimilate and handle a wide range of information efficiently and effectively.
  • High level of stress tolerance and ability to work under pressure with minimum supervision.
  • Willingness to undertake extensive field trips within the PCO working area.

Key Relationships (excluding own line manager and staff):

  • Program Coordinator
  • Nutrition Supervisor
  • Finance and Support Services team
  • Various staff based in all CBI core departments, as and when necessary (e.g. funding, PDA, MEAL, finance, PPA)


  • Partners
  • Consultants
  • Service Providers/Stakeholders (Other NGOs)
  • Government agencies
  • Community leaders/CBOs.

Application Closing Date
31st March, 2024.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online


  • Only applications submitted online will be reviewed
  • Only one application email should be submitted as multiple submissions will be tantamount to automatic disqualification
  • The deadline for submissions is , However, applications submitted before this date will be reviewed on a rolling basis
  • By submitting your Application for this position you agreed to CBI ZERO Tolerance to:
  • Fraud
  • Sexual Harassment, Exploitation, Abuse, and Child Abuse
  • Our employees enjoy a work culture that promotes diversity and inclusion.
  • Care Best Initiative (CBI) provides Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, or genetics.
  • Qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.