Technical Advisor, Country Programs
USAID Advancing Nutrition
(Arlington, VA; or remote within the US)
Guided by the remarkable legacy of its co-founder, Helen Keller, Helen Keller Intl partners with communities that are striving to overcome longstanding cycles of poverty. By delivering the essential building blocks of good health, sound nutrition and clear vision, we help millions of people create lasting change in their own lives. Working in more than 20 countries – across Africa, Asia, Europe and the United States – and together with a global community of supporters, we are ensuring every person has the opportunity – as Helen did – to reach their true potential.
Helen Keller is seeking a Technical Advisor to support country teams implementing USAID Advancing Nutrition activities in Nigeria (75%) and India (25%), with other countries possible in the future.
USAID Advancing Nutrition is the Agency’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.
The Technical Advisor will provide technical assistance to the design and implementation of activities in USAID Advancing Nutrition countries. The position will sit on the Country Programs Team. The ideal candidate will have excellent project management skills; practical experience in and technical understanding of multi-sectoral nutrition, particularly related to nutrition-sensitive agriculture and food systems; and specific experience working in or backstopping nutrition programs. They will communicate effectively with partners and clients and have an interest in supporting a portfolio focused on technical support to multisectoral nutrition programs.
The Technical Advisor reports to the Director of Country Programs (DCP) and is based in Arlington, VA or remote within the U.S. The salary range for this position is $80,000 – $119,000. Please note the JSI office is closed due to the ongoing pandemic and that all project staff are working remotely until the office reopens.
The Technical Advisor, Country Programs 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.
The Technical Advisor will:
• Support the design and implementation of country-level activities that promote improved policy and service delivery to enhance nutrition programming and generate evidence.
• Provide overarching technical support to country programs, focusing on Nigeria and India, acting as a technical resource for the Chief of Party and country-based staff and help troubleshoot technical gaps. Technical support is anticipated to be heavily focused on food systems, especially in the India portfolio.
• Provide strategic inputs to the development of team (both global and country) work plans and budgets, ensuring consistency with project direction and strategy.
• Coordinate with other Technical Advisors and manage activity teams, ensuring that all products developed by the team are of high quality and delivered on time.
• Lead, and/or support country-based staff to lead, the technical design, implementation, and review of strategies, activities, deliverables, quarterly reports, annual reports, documents, tools, and materials.
• Support linkages between global (core) and country-based activities by identifying synergies and sharing relevant information with the country team and core teams and providing timely support to USAID Advancing Nutrition Country Programs Team.
• Participate in routine program and management meetings. Help prepare materials, facilitate, and/or take notes as requested.
• Participate in routine check-in meetings with USAID, as appropriate.
• Other duties as assigned.
- Education: Master’s degree or equivalent experience in nutrition, public health, or related field; plus
- Experience: At least 8 years of experience in international public health programming with an emphasis on food systems, capacity building, health systems, food systems, including at least two years of direct experience implementing public health and nutrition programs in low-and middle-income countries, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Experience in nutrition-sensitive approaches, including agriculture and food systems.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills, including ability to understand USAID needs and respond accordingly
- Ability to direct multiple long and short-term activities and teams, simultaneously, with minimal supervision.
- Excellent time management and personal organization skills.
- Strong understanding of global guidance and technical literature on nutrition, public health, and food systems in lower to middle income countries.
- Strong interpersonal skills and social-emotional intelligence; experience working effectively in teams and cross-cultural settings.
- Experience providing and managing technical support to nutrition programming in India and Nigeria
- Capacity building, facilitation, and training experience
- Experience planning and conducting implementation research
- Knowledge of USAID and other donor policies.
- Languages: English fluency required.
- Travel: Ability to undertake travel (approximately 30%).
- Demonstrable respect for all persons regardless of religion, ethnicity, class or gender, with a high comfort level working in a diverse environment with a demonstrated commitment to high professional ethical standards.
- Ability and willingness to flex work hours to accommodate multiple time zones.