Technical Advisor, Agricultural Livelihoods & Markets in Humanitarian Contexts USAID Advancing Nutrition

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Helen Keller Intl

Helen Keller Intl

Technical Advisor,
Agricultural Livelihoods & Markets in Humanitarian Contexts
USAID Advancing Nutrition
(Arlington, VA)

Helen Keller Intl is a global health organization dedicated to eliminating preventable vision loss, malnutrition and diseases of poverty. Cofounded by Helen Keller – and guided by her fierce optimism and belief in human potential – the organization delivers life-changing health solutions to vulnerable families where the need is great but access to care is limited. In the U.S., Africa, and Asia, Helen Keller’s proven, science-based programs empower people to create opportunities in their own lives and build lasting change.

Helen Keller 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

The Technical Advisor supports the Nutrition in Humanitarian Contexts (NHC) team, engaging with programming in agricultural livelihoods and market related activities. His/her focus crosses the development and emergency spectrum, including protracted emergencies and situations related to climate shocks and seasonal food shortages. S/he assists USAID and its partners to solve specific challenges in protecting and improving nutrition in humanitarian contexts informed by multiple sectors. S/he documents learning and helps to build evidence related to immediate, underlying and root causes of malnutrition.

The Technical Advisor’s focus areas includes emergency response, recovery and resiliency of agriculturally based livelihoods, market considerations for agricultural income, diverse, quality diets and related livelihoods pre and post-emergency, as well as food assistance programming (including in-kind, cash and voucher modalities). Areas of cross-cutting interaction include social and behavior change; capacity strengthening around markets analysis, agriculture in emergencies, vouchers, and other nutrition-sensitive programming in both acute emergencies and protracted humanitarian contexts. S/he leads or supports activities that may examine humanitarian programming design, implementation, operations research, and related analysis, guidance, tools and policy advice to USAID, implementing partners and other local actors related to agricultural livelihoods in emergency response, recovery and resiliency programming. The Advisor will also contribute to the development of annual work plans and provide technical leadership and quality assurance to ensure that USAID Advancing Nutrition meets its work plan goals and objectives. The Technical Advisor will report to the NHC Director and is based in Arlington, VA.

This position is advertised through multiple USAID Advancing Nutrition consortium partners and is fully seconded to the project. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply through the single (1) organization they are most interested in working for. Submitting applications through more than one (1) consortium partner is prohibited and could result in disqualification.

Specific Responsibilities
Congruent with annual work plans, the Technical Advisor may:
Congruent with annual work plans, the Technical Advisor will:
• Identify innovative program strategies, develop program guidance, and provide technical assistance to implementing partners or USAID FFP staff in line with USAID AN global objectives.
• Collaborate directly with USAID/FFP staff in defining and designing activities that address BHA/FFP priorities related to agricultural livelihoods and nutrition in humanitarian contexts, in a strategic manner.
• Lead learning, research and TA linked to markets, food assistance, rural livelihoods, and improving dietary diversity and nutritional outcomes from food assistance.
• Actively contribute to the project’s technical direction by developing and documenting promising strategies and approaches in focus activity areas.
• Lead or support the development of quality, evidence-based technical tools and guides used to increase capacity of and support to USAID’s multi-sectoral nutrition priorities.
• Collaborate with the project’s monitoring and evaluation staff to carry out operations research related to program delivery and contribute to other research efforts as needed.
• Provide up-to-date, evidence based technical and policy briefs, and develop or manage the creation of evidence-based program standards with key stakeholders.
• Participate in program design and development of implementation activities (strategic planning, program presentation, advocacy and policy meetings), as appropriate.
• Contribute to the development of team (both global and country) work plans and budgets, ensuring consistency with project direction and strategy.
• As activity lead, may supervise and mentor Technical Specialists and/or Program Officers to facilitate professional growth and development.
• Other duties as assigned.

Required Competencies
• Capacity in designing, implementing, and overseeing technical quality of market-based and market-informed food assistance programming in humanitarian contexts (emergency and fragile contexts, low resource environments).
• Knowledge of programming approaches that span relief, recovery, resilience/mitigation and development objectives, and ability to work across different contexts.
• Knowledge of USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (Office of Food for Peace and Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance) program approaches and priorities, and other donor policies, strategies, and program priorities required.
• Strong writing and communications skills required.
• Strong critical analysis and conceptual thinking abilities, with the ability to both pay attention to detail and convey big picture and strategic ideas.
• Strong interpersonal skills and experience working effectively in cross-cultural teams/settings.
• Excellent time management and personal organization skills.
• Comfortable working in a matrixed, integrated work environment.
• Confident giving and receiving feedback in a direct, empathetic manner.
• Ability to direct multiple long and short-term activities simultaneously with minimal supervision.
• Capacity building and training experience is preferred.
• Research skills/experience, data collection, analysis and report and article writing is preferred.

• Education: Master’s degree in agriculture, food security, economics, nutrition, public health, international public policy or a related field. • Experience: 10 -15 years of experience in emergency and humanitarian aid programing, including 5 years designing, implementing, and providing oversight to agricultural livelihoods, food assistance, food security programing. Three or more years of experience in providing oversight and/or technical assistance and/or the related development of technical tools, guidance, and related research also desirable. Experience working with USAID-funded activities preferred. • Ability to undertake field travel (approximately 30%). • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English; fluency in French strongly preferred.
Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to noting the job title in the subject line. Applications will be accepted through midnight on Friday, May 1, 2020. Helen Keller is dedicated to building an inclusive workforce where diversity is fully valued. Helen Keller is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need to request an accommodation during the application or interview process, please contact us at the email above or: Tel: 646-356-1789; Fax: (212) 532-6014