Director – Nutrition & Health

Job Type
Full Time
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Date Posted
Washigton, DC
Company Information
Save the Children

Save the Children is a partner in USAID Advancing Nutrition, USAID’s flagship nutrition project, led by JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (JSI), and a diverse group of experienced partners. Launched in September 2018, USAID Advancing Nutrition implements and provides technical support to nutrition interventions across sectors and disciplines for USAID and its partners. The project’s multi-sectoral approach draws together global nutrition experience to design, implement and evaluate programs that address the root causes of malnutrition. Committed to using a systems approach, USAID Advancing Nutrition strives to sustain positive outcomes by building local capacity, supporting behavior change and strengthening the enabling environment to save lives, improve health, build resilience, increase economic productivity and advance development.

What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)
The Director will provide leadership, vision and direction to the design and implementation of the USAID Advancing Nutrition technical portfolio on nutrition-specific interventions, integrating early childhood development, and strengthening nutrition in health systems.
The Director will work closely with the Bureau of Global Health and the Center for Children in Adversity at USAID to ensure their priorities are reflected in USAID Advancing Nutrition’s work and to encourage collaboration across and among USAID bureaus, missions and offices to promote multi-sectoral nutrition investments and outcomes world-wide. This position will collaborate closely with other USAID Advancing Nutrition Technical Directors (e.g. Food Systems, Food Security in the Humanitarian Transition, Social Behavior Change) to lead or contribute to jointly funded, multi-sectoral activities. The Director will manage a team of health systems and nutrition experts and ensure the nutrition and health system team’s timely delivery of quality plans and outputs.

Strategic Direction and Planning (40% Level of Effort)
• Leads and directs the projects Nutrition in Health Systems and Early Childhood Development teams, comprised of diverse and talented technical Advisors and Specialists in a matrixed environment according to both planned and requested priorities of USAID.
• Anticipates evolution of assigned portfolio throughout the project lifecycle, driving technical innovation and collaboration while proactively planning for resource and staffing needs.
• Collaborates closely with other Technical Directors and senior staff to develop the project’s strategic direction to develop and implement core workplans, ensuring alignment with USAID priorities and global best practices.
Management, Implementation and Technical Excellence (40% Level of Effort)
• Assigns and oversees direct technical assistance to specific work orders, project countries and USAID Missions and their implementing partners, including planning and designing deliverables in collaboration with U.S. and field based management teams.
• Mentors and maintains strong relationships with colleagues, including thoughtful alignment of skill-to-activity during work planning, and purposeful cultivation of internal (project staff and partner) talent and capacity.
• Ensures consistency with project direction and strategy, and provides timely, accurate data for USAID reports.
• Oversees activity portfolio and budgets, collaborating with finance staff to monitor spending and ensure appropriate allocation of resources.

Learning, sharing and documentation (20% Level of Effort)
• Facilitates communication and cross-sectoral linkages across project activities and between partner organizations; ensures full integration of multi-sectoral approach within activities.
• Works closely with the Knowledge Management team to write, edit, review, and disseminate technical content through strategic networks highlighting USAID Advancing Nutrition’s accomplishments.
• Work closely with the MEL team to ensure measurement, evaluation, and learning are integrated into all design, implementation, and reporting that results contribute to the evidence base throughout the life of project.

Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.

Save the Children is committed to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for the children it serves and helping protect the children with whom Save the Children is in contact. All Save the Children representatives are explicitly prohibited from engaging in any activity that may result in any kind of child abuse. In addition, it is Save the Children’s policy to create and proactively maintain an environment that aims to prevent and deter any actions and omissions, whether deliberate or inadvertent, that place children at the risk of any kind of child abuse. All our representatives are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with this commitment and obligation. Any violations of this policy will be treated as a serious issue.

We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Save the Children complies with all applicable laws.

Required Qualifications
  • Minimum 10+ years' experience in in international public health programming with an emphasis on nutrition, health systems, or medical sciences. Demonstrated experience both in direct supervision of staff and in collaborative team environments is required.
  • Advanced degree in nutrition, medicine, health systems, or other relevant field. Background in early childhood development a plus.
  • Experience providing direct technical assistance to country programs, national entities and/or USAID as required at local, regional, or national level, particularly in developing country settings.
  • Experience implementing policy agendas, advocacy, and developing strategic partnerships.
  • Experience overseeing technical quality of programs integrating nutrition into maternal and child health, family planning, food security/livelihoods and/or HIV/AIDS.
  • Ability to conduct and support research activities, data collection, analysis, and report writing.
  • Exceptional personnel and project management skills; comfortable helping others prioritize.
  • Able to successfully lead a team with multiple competing priorities to consistently submit timely, high quality deliverables.
  • Experience interacting with high level officials among government and non-government stakeholders in the U.S. and around the world.
  • Experience preparing and making oral presentations for a range of audiences.
  • Impeccable time management, delegation, and prioritization skills.
  • Experience delivering technical assistance in developing country settings.
  • High social/emotional intelligence, and able to give and receive direct feedback professionally and with empathy.
  • Excellent written and oral English communication skills. Fluency in French, Portuguese, or other foreign language desirable.
  • Ability to undertake field travel (up to 25%)
Preferred Qualifications • Knowledge of USAID and other donor policies, strategies, and priorities highly preferred.