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Medair is an international humanitarian organization established in 1988. Medair has been operating in Afghanistan since 1996 with programs mainly in the Health, Water & Sanitation, and Livelihoods sectors with significant reconstruction activities in remote areas. Current projects are Water & Sanitation, Food Security, & Disaster Risk Reduction.

An Integrated Emergency Response: Medair aims to respond to high levels of food insecurity, malnutrition, and morbidity in Tirinkot district.  The project intends to improve and extend WASH services including water supply infrastructure and hygiene practices to improve outcomes for vulnerable families.

An Integrated Emergency Response: Medair aims to respond to high levels of food insecurity, malnutrition, and morbidity in Uruzgan, which has been significantly affected by drought and conflict conditions. Building upon Medair’s decades of experience in the Central Highlands and Kandahar, the project intends to improve and extend utilisation of lifesaving preventive and curative nutrition and health services by mothers, PLWs and children U5; to increase access to clean water, to reduce vulnerability to water-related and other preventable diseases, and to improve and increase food security for the most vulnerable families through food voucher distributions.

Job Description:

Overall Purpose

To be a member of a Health & Nutrition team providing integrated health & nutrition services to targeted communities. The Midwife will work towards implementation of the Minimal Initial Service Package (MISP). The Midwife will provide RH services:  ANC, PNC, FP counselling and safe delivery planning to improve access to facility based skilled birth attendance and ensure referral pathway in place for obstetric emergencies. The midwife will work closely with the nutrition and PSS staff, to promote improved MIYCN, appropriate referral to nutrition, IYCF counselling and PSS services to support for maternal mental health.

Project overview

Medair is implementing an integrated IMAM (including IYCF), RH (ANC, PNC & FP), IMNCI, Mental Health and PSS project in Uruzgan Province. Medair’s Health and Nutrition project in Uruzgan Province is designed to lifesaving integrated humanitarian emergency response to conflict, drought and COVID 19-affected populations, through integrated mobile health and nutrition teams (MHNT). The programme addresses some key determinants of health and malnutrition through promotion of improved Maternal Infant and Child Nutrition (MIYCN) practices and linked health and hygiene practices. The project aims to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on health and nutrition outcomes of women and children.



  • To work as part of a mobile health and nutrition team covering multiple sites
  • To accurately and appropriately treat or refer beneficiaries in the nutrition program by adhering to national and international guidelines and organisational procedures
  • To provide nutrition, health, hygiene education and IYCF counselling to pregnant and lactating women and care takers of children
  • To ensure accurate record keeping of all activities, following the provided data collection templates
  • To ensure safe storage and handling of the stock (food products, medicines, equipment)
  • To ensure appropriate History taking and physical examination of children under 5 years and pregnant and lactation women.
  • To ensure safe storage and handling of the stock
  • Any other activities not listed in the JD but requested




  • Assist the Health Assistant with the screening of children under 5 and PLWs whenever there is a high need.
  • Admit beneficiaries to OPD SAM or MAM according to admission criteria and national guidelines
  • Conduct appetite test and support care takers in feeding the children
  • Conduct physical examination and history taking of admitted children and pregnant and lactating women and provide appropriate nutritional and medical treatment following National IMAM guidelines
  • Examine admitted children for any signs of co-existing illnesses and provide appropriate nutritional and medical treatment or referral according to IMNCI guidelines
  • Identify caretakers of children under 5 year and pregnant and lactating women who need psychosocial support, using validated screening scales and to refer it to MHPSS team
  • Identify pregnant and lactating women and care takers that require Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) and other nutrition or health counselling and provide this support to them
  • Give appropriate nutrition, health and hygiene education to the beneficiaries and care takers in individual and group sessions
  • With the approval of the Health & Nutrition Supervisor refer children with severe or moderate acute malnutrition and medical complications to the nearest IPD SAM or paediatric inpatient facility
  • Discharge children and pregnant and lactating women according to specified discharge criteria and national protocol and guidelines.
  • In collaboration with the Nutrition Supervisor provide support to the community-based Nutrition Extension Workers (NEW) and liaise before and after each site visit to identify beneficiaries that need follow up (absentees, defaulters, non-responders)


Quality Management

  • Ensure adherence to the provided internal and external protocols and guidelines
  • Ensure accurate record keeping of all nutrition activities, filling in forms, cards, registration books and tally sheets as required
  • Compile reports as required and requested by Nutrition supervisor
  • Conduct on the Job training to Health assistant and NEWs based on need.



  • Ensure safe storage of all supplies, medicines and medical material and equipment
  • Ensure accurate record keeping of stock movements
  • Assist the Health and Nutrition Supervisors in preparing stock requests

Job Requirements:


Educational Background 

  • Diploma/Certificate of nursing or midwifery, or equivalent medical training


Relevant Experience

  • At least 1-2year relevant post graduate experience
  • Nutrition training/experience (ie. IMAM & IYCF trainings or equivalent)
  • IYCF counselling experience
  • MIYCN training
  • IMNCI training
  • Psychosocial support counselling skills or experience
  • Experience in working in the remote areas with mobile team setup


Language Skills 

  • Basic English -oral and written skills
  • Excellent Pashto -oral and written skills
  • Good English -oral and written skills


Computer Skills 

  • Working knowledge in MS word and excel


Other Skills 

  • Ability to work in a team and coordinate tasks and responsibilities
  • Ability to organize people in an orderly way and prioritize tasks
  • Good listening and counselling skills, patient, and kind attitude
  • Highly motivated to provide high quality services to beneficiaries of poor communities in a challenging setting
  • Good problem-solving skills with a solution-oriented attitude
  • Flexible and willing to perform other tasks as required
  • Respectful and kind with other staff, beneficiaries, and communities
  • Willingness to travel, work and live in a rural setting, and to behave in a manner appropriate to a conservative culture
  • Willingness to learn and develop further
  • Honest in dealing with beneficiaries and Medair staff

Submission Guideline:

Interested applicants should apply and forward their applications through the online JOB APPLICATION FORM which could be found under the submission email. The link should be copied, pasted and opened in a new page.

Note: Please indicate the position tittle and vacancy number in your application letter. Applications received after the closing date or without the exact position title and vacancy number will no be given consideration. Please, if you receive no authomatic reply, then there should not be concerned. Please, if you receive no authomatic reply, then there should not be concerned. 

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