Nutrition Trainer

Before You Apply

Peace Corps Response positions are open to returned Volunteers or U.S. citizens with significant professional and technical experience.

Project Description

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) is needed to serve as a Nutrition Trainer with the Anova Health Institute on their Nutrition Assessment, Counselling and Support (NACS) with their Community Health Workers (CHWs). The Anova Health Institute is a non-profit headquartered in Johannesburg with projects in all nine provinces of South Africa and in other African countries. Their vision is to be the leading organization in innovative health programs that result in positive health outcomes. Anova provides technical support and direct services delivery in several health programs (HIV care and treatment for adults, children, adolescents and pregnant women with Tuberculosis) in which nutrition forms the basis of management. Anova collaborates with provincial and district nutrition directorates to strengthen NACS in order reduce the burden of diseases within the communities. Through Primary Health Care (PHC) re-engineering support, Anova is actively involved in building capacity of community health workers and mother mentors. CHWs’ major role is to visit households in the communities screening for TB, growth monitoring and promotion, chronic diseases of lifestyle and other social circumstances.

The PCRV, with a Bachelor's degree in nutrition, dietetics, or related health sciences, will receive orientation into District NACS activities which includes the training, implementation and facilitation of informed program roll-out at the district level. Some of the expectations of this position are: 1) To provide technical assistance to build the capacity of district identified staff, CHWs, CHW Facilitators, Mother Mentors, and provide technical assistance to the supervision of nutrition assessments; 2) To support CHWs with the scaling up of interventions to support adequate nutritional intake, appropriate care practices that includes screening, counselling and referral to care services; 3) To provide coaching and mentoring on the interpretation of the national Road to Health Booklet (RtHB) at the community level; 4) To provide support and enable Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVCs) and Early Development Centres (EDCs) on nutrition related issues; 5) To provide mentorship and coaching on use of technology and nutrition data collection; 6) To work with PHC facility managers and CHW team leaders to strengthen CHW’s nutrition knowledge base that include feeding practices and nutrition health education; 7) To support CHW’s household visits to help with correct diagnoses for health care referrals; 8) To train CHW Facilitators to accurately use child nutrition assessments and scales in order to determine children nutritional status; 9) Work closely with Anova Nutrition Technical Advisor to provide technical assistance on routine data quality assessment (data collection and verification). The goal of this assignment is to build capacity of CHWs so as to enable them to conduct basic nutrition screenings, education and referrals as well as work with the districts on their nutrition campaigns.

Partner Information

Anova Health Institute

Required Skills

• Bachelor’s degree in nutrition/dietetics or related health sciences degree
• Nutrition assessment background, computer literacy and some knowledge on data collection
• Five years of progressively professional work experience in fields relevant to nutrition programs
• Have good attention to detail, deadline driven, ability to work under pressure with minimal supervision
• A good team player with good time management
• Be prepared to work
• Demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships, both within and outside the organization

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Medical Considerations in South Africa

  • South Africa may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: insulin-dependent diabetes, requiring a psychiatrist for psychotropic medications support; ongoing counseling.
  • The following medication(s) are not permitted for legal or cultural reasons: Adderall and Vyvanse.   
  • Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: none identified. 
  • After arrival in South Africa, Peace Corps provides and applicants are required to have an annual flu shot, to take daily or weekly medication to prevent malaria, and to receive mandatory immunizations.

Before you apply, please review Medical Information for Applicants to learn about the clearance process and other health conditions that are difficult to accommodate in Peace Corps service.


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