IYCF Officer – Action for Social Development and Environmental Protection Organization (ASDEPO)

Health Care

Action for Social Development and Environmental Protection Organization (ASDEPO)


Action for Social Development and Environmental Protection Organization (ASDEPO) is an Ethiopian indigenous, “Civil Society Organization” established in 2014. ASDEPO is mandated to operate in all regional states of the country and is engaged in different thematic program areas of intervention namely: Humanitarian Response, Education, Health, Women and Youth Economic Empowerment, Gender Based Violence and Child Protection, Migration/Human Trafficking, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), NTD’s Climate Change, Agriculture, Environmental Protection and Training in Gambella, Oromiya, Benishangul Gumuz, Afar and Somali Region. 

ASDEPO fulfils its mandate by providing direct assistance to conflict-affected populations, including refugees, internally displaced people and host communities. Under its mandate, the organization focuses on emergency humanitarian response, rehabilitation and post-conflict recovery.

Currently ASDEPO is implementing nutrition project focused on Emergency Nutrition response through CMAM approach in all region of Ethiopia.

Amhara region is one of our intervention area and currently looking for IYCF Officer for Debre Berhan and Shewa Robit Woredas of North Shewa Zone, Amhara Region. Thus, IYCF Officer will be responsible for the planning and implementation of comprehensive package of nutrition program at project areas of Debre Berhan and Shewa Robit Woredas of North Shewa Zone in collaboration with the Nutrition project coordinator.

     KEY Roles

IYCF officer has the responsibility to ensure high quality IYCF activities, closely coordinated an integrated with CMAM program run by ASDEPO in the same Woredas.

The IYCF Officer ensures activities fit within the framework of the National Nutrition Program and ensures good relations with local stakeholders and partner in the operational area.       

The incumbent works closely with the government structure and other zonal/filed office and woreda based nutrition team members of Emergency nutrition, health and WASH response and related programs to ensure program integration at all level.

S/he is responsible to organize woreda and community level nutrition and health related training, review meetings/workshops, community forum and joint supportive supervisions and participate in health and nutrition assessments.

S/he will provide emergency nutrition and health related technical support at woreda and community level to build local capacity.

Under the overall coordination and close technical and managerial supervision of the Nutrition coordinator, the job holder will ensure high quality CMAM implementation within the project, provide proper and quality care to all beneficiaries, respecting national protocols, sphere standards and principles of good practice.


KEY area of Responsibility.

  • The incumbent will be expected to ensure that all caretakers of the beneficiaries at the distribution sites OTP and TSFP have get the IYCF counselling by the health extension workers of each program.
  • Accomplish project site activities and supporting of community-based groups – HDAs, mother support groups, local committees, etc.
  • Participate in providing IYCF technical support to Woredas, SCI and partners CMAM and IYCF staff.
  • Ensure that all staff understand and implement the IYCF program guidelines.
  • Ensure appropriate and consistent education messaging to mothers (at PHC, Hospitals, HCs and community levels).
  • Advise the best feeding options/ practices and follow ups as appropriate.
  • Participate in the development of mother support groups and mother-baby areas.
  • Participate in developing regular work plans for the HWS, HEWs, CMAM officer, HDAs, mother support etc.
  • Spot and address appropriately the violations of the code of marketing of breast-milk substitutes and violations of the MOH guidelines.
  • The position holder will be expected ensures the availability of teaching aid and IEC materials for program implementation.
  • Act as an effective member in promoting, supporting and protecting IYCF practices (give IYCF awareness sessions and IYCF individual counselling sessions as necessary).
  • Give support to CMAM team members as necessary.
  • Ensure that IYCF tools are properly utilized and documented; prepare IYCF reports regularly and submit to project coordinators.
  • Link between CMAM team and IYCF team (such as promoting excellent communication and referral between IYCF counsellor, IYCF educator and CMAM).
  • Assist in the development and review of educational material (IEC /BCC).
  • Prepare training materials and conduct IYCF trainings when necessary.
  • With support from M & E officer, Make sure all IYCF records are regularly filled and submitted (awareness sessions, database of counselled cases, etc.)
  • Liaise with ZHO, WHO,  and Health facilities and ensure the quality of  IYCF/Nutrition  capacity building activities are technically sound, aligned with proposed  implementation plan and adhere  to standard guidelines;
  • Provide mothers with practical advice on correct attachment and positioning when   breastfeeding, timely introduction of complementary foods and respond to any concerns or local taboos associated with IYCF.
  • Assure the availability of IYCF training and counselling materials prior to any training.
  • Support community assessments related to CMAM & IYCF and strengthen capacity of various health, agriculture, and other sectors’ front line workers to improve the quality of nutrition intervention.
  • Ensure IYCF indicator well captured and adhere to the national protocol guideline by CMAM team.
  • Support the mothers suffering from insufficient milk production with advice on re-lactation.
  • Perform other extra duties as required

Category: Health Care

Reports to: Nutrition Project Coordinator

 Location: Amhara Region, Debre Berhan and Shewa Robit Woredas of North Shewa Zone

Career Level: Mid-Level (3+ – 5 years’ experience

Employment Type: Contract

Contract duration: 6 months

Required Number: 2

Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

Quantity required: 2

  • BSC Nurse/Midwife/ Masters in Nursing, Nutrition, or Public Health.
  • Minimum of five years working experience for BSc and three years and above experience for Masters Holders related to Nutrition and related public service implementations in Emergency and development approaches
  • Knowledge in area of emergence nutrition intervention context is preferred.
  • NGO experience is mandatory

Skills/Ability required:

  • Knowledge, training and experience in IYCF and community mobilization/BCC
  •  Demonstrated skills in program planning, implementation and monitoring.
  •  Demonstrated skills in peer group training, Training of Trainers and development of training materials.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English and Local language
  • Strong computer (Microsoft skills), all and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team environment
  • Willingness to work under pressure and extra hours.

As per the organization salary scale


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