Technical Advisor – Nutrition and Health Systems

Job Type
Full Time
Job ID
Date Posted
05/13/2020
JOB LOCATION
Arlington, VA
Company Information
NAME
Save the Children
JOB DESCRIPTION

Summary
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.

Save the Children is searching for a Nutrition and Health Systems (NHS) Technical Advisor for USAID Advancing Nutrition. “The Nutrition and Health Systems Advisor 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.”

What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)
The Advisor supports the design and implementation of evidence-based activities to strengthen the integration of nutrition in health systems and services, and improve maternal, infant, and young child nutrition (MIYCN) at global, national, community, and household levels. This role will focus on nutrition-specific activities and coordinate with USAID Advancing Nutrition colleagues to integrate nutrition-sensitive activities in the NHS team’s work.

The ideal NHS candidate will have a strong nutrition-specific background with expertise in maternal nutrition, infant and young child nutrition, health systems, capacity strengthening or program quality and an interest in working across complementary technical sectors, such as Social and Behavior Change, Early Childhood Development, Food Systems, and Nutrition in Humanitarian Contexts. The Advisor will be an independent worker, capable of quickly coming up to speed in new technical areas, and a strong writer who is able to synthesize complex information into accessible language.

The Advisor will report to the Director of Nutrition and Health Systems and is based in Arlington, VA.

The Advisor will work closely with Senior Technical Advisors to advance workplan activities and mentor junior staff members working on stretch assignments. The Advisor will serve as a subject matter expert and provide quality assurance to NHS deliverables outlined in the annual workplan.

The Technical Advisor may be responsible for the following:

Technical Direction and Planning (50% Level of Effort)
• Develop, design, and lead high quality activities that promote improved maternal, infant, and young child nutrition policy, advocacy, and/or service delivery at the national, facility, and community level
• Lead development and testing of tools, materials, and resources that strengthen leadership and provider capacity to implement quality nutrition services
• Provide support to development of multi-sectoral guidance on maternal, infant, and young child nutrition policy and programming
• Identify promising innovative program strategies, develop program guidance, and provide technical assistance to priority countries in support of nutrition programming.
• Actively contribute to the project’s technical direction by developing strategies and partnerships to increase program coverage, visibility, and resource availability.
• Participate in program design and development of implementation activities (strategic planning, program presentation, advocacy and policy meetings), as appropriate.

Learning, sharing and documentation (40% Level of Effort)
• Contribute to activities that advance global evidence and knowledge on incorporating nutrition into preventive and curative health systems and services
• Facilitate global and regional linkages to ensure development of quality, evidence-based technical tools and guides used to increase capacity of and support to USAID’s multisectoral nutrition priorities.
• Provide up-to-date, evidence based technical and policy briefs, and develop or manage the creation of evidence-based program standards with key stakeholders.

Collaboration, Coordination and Management (10% Level of Effort)
• Participate in global nutrition networks to represent USAID Advancing Nutrition’s work and advocate for increased commitments to global nutrition.
• 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.
• Contribute to the development of team (both global and country) work plans and budgets, ensuring consistency with project direction and strategy.
• Mentor Technical Specialists and/or Program Officers to facilitate professional growth and development.
• Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications
• Master’s degree or advanced degree in nutrition, public health, policy or related field.
• 8-12 years of experience in international public health programming with an emphasis on nutrition, food security, nutrition-sensitive agriculture, micronutrients, HIV, livelihoods or a related field.
• Strong experience in maternal and child health and nutrition programming, particularly breastfeeding, complementary feeding, diets of women and adolescent girls, health service delivery, and nurturing care.
• Excellent knowledge of the technical literature on women’s and children’s health and nutrition
• Strong interpersonal skills and social-emotional intelligence; experience working effectively in teams and cross-cultural settings.
• Excellent time management and personal organization skills
• Comfortable working in a matrixed, integrated work environment.
• Confident giving and receiving feedback in a direct, professional manner.
• Ability to direct multiple long and short-term activities simultaneously with minimal supervision.
• Demonstrated success in working with local government and NGO stakeholders.
• Broad capacity building and training experience.
• Strong record of fostering new and effective partnerships on an international level including participation in technical advisory groups, international consultations, boards, etc.
• In-depth experience undertaking and supporting research, data collection, analysis and report and article writing.
• Demonstrated ability and affinity for delivering technical assistance in developing countries.
• Experience overseeing technical quality of activities integrating nutrition into maternal and child health, family planning, food security/livelihoods and/or HIV/AIDS.
• Ability to develop and apply monitoring and evaluation plans to determine activity results and monitor impact.
• Knowledge of USAID and other donor policies, strategies, and program priorities
• Ability to undertake field travel (approximately 30%).
• Excellent written and oral communication skills in English

Preferred Qualifications
• Fluency in French or Spanish desirable.

Why you should join the Save the Children Team

Save the Children US offers outstanding benefits that include health, dental, vision and life insurances, pet insurance, short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee Assistance Program, 403(b), generous vacation, personal sick leave, family leave, parental/adoption leave, commuter benefits, dress for your day, and much more.

Click here to learn more about how Save the Children US will invest in YOU!

About Save the Children

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.

QUALIFICATIONS
Required Qualifications
  • Master’s degree or advanced degree in nutrition, public health, policy or related field.
  • 8-12 years of experience in international public health programming with an emphasis on nutrition, food security, nutrition-sensitive agriculture, micronutrients, HIV, livelihoods or a related field.
  • Strong experience in maternal and child health and nutrition programming, particularly breastfeeding, complementary feeding, diets of women and adolescent girls, health service delivery, and nurturing care.
  • Excellent knowledge of the technical literature on women’s and children’s health and nutrition
  • Strong interpersonal skills and social-emotional intelligence; experience working effectively in teams and cross-cultural settings.
  • Excellent time management and personal organization skills
  • Comfortable working in a matrixed, integrated work environment.
  • Confident giving and receiving feedback in a direct, professional manner.
  • Ability to direct multiple long and short-term activities simultaneously with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrated success in working with local government and NGO stakeholders.
  • Broad capacity building and training experience.
  • Strong record of fostering new and effective partnerships on an international level including participation in technical advisory groups, international consultations, boards, etc.
  • In-depth experience undertaking and supporting research, data collection, analysis and report and article writing.
  • Demonstrated ability and affinity for delivering technical assistance in developing countries.
  • Experience overseeing technical quality of activities integrating nutrition into maternal and child health, family planning, food security/livelihoods and/or HIV/AIDS.
  • Ability to develop and apply monitoring and evaluation plans to determine activity results and monitor impact.
  • Knowledge of USAID and other donor policies, strategies, and program priorities
  • Ability to undertake field travel (approximately 30%).
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
Preferred Qualifications
  • Fluency in French or Spanish desirable.
HOW TO APPLY
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