Technical Advisor, Nutrition & Health Systems
USAID Advancing Nutrition
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
USAID Advancing Nutrition is searching for a Nutrition and Health Systems (NHS) Technical Advisor. The NHS Technical Advisors support 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. S/he 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 Technical Advisor 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. S/he 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 Technical Advisor will work closely with Senior Technical Advisors to advance workplan activities and mentor junior staff members working on stretch assignments. The Technical Advisor will serve as a subject matter expert and provide quality assurance to NHS deliverables outlined in the annual workplan. The Technical Advisor reports to the NHS 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.
The Technical Advisor will
• 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
• Contribute to activities that advance global evidence and knowledge on incorporating nutrition into preventive and curative health systems and services
• 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 global nutrition networks to represent USAID Advancing Nutrition’s work and advocate for increased commitments to global nutrition.
• 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.
• 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.
• Mentor Technical Specialists and/or Program Officers to facilitate professional growth and development.
• Other duties as assigned.
• 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 oral and written communication skills; able to communicate complex technical information in an organized, clear, and concise manner
• 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.
- Education: Master’s degree in nutrition, public health, policy or related field.
- Experience: 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.
- Ability to undertake field travel (approximately 30%).
- Excellent written and oral communication skills in English; Fluency in French or Spanish desirable.