Nutrition Advisor- Ethiopia

Country:  Ethiopia

City: Addis Ababa

Organization:  Save the Children – US

Career Category:  Program/Project Management

Years of experience:  5-9 years

Closing date: 



Job description

Save the Children is seeking Nutrition Advisor candidates for several upcoming opportunities to lead and manage all aspects of health/nutrition programming within Ethiopia. This senior leadership position will provide overall strategic direction in the design, management, implementation and overall quality assurance of the project. The Nutrition Technical Advisor reports directly to Chief of Party and ensures implementation of high impact, quality programming, and proven interventions that meet stated goals and reporting requirements.

This position is contingent upon donor approval and funding.

What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

Nutrition Strategy and leadership (35%)

  • Provide technical leadership for the overall of nutrition into project design and approach, including issues of food security, gender mainstreaming, and social and behavior change (SBC).
  • Lead the rapid start-up and implementation of the integrated nutrition and SBC activities in collaboration with partners and government stakeholders.
  • Work with M&E specialist to oversee and coordinate formative and evaluative research using participatory methodologies to build local capacity and to design high impact interventions based on the social and cultural context in target areas. Lead development of the nutrition strategy and ensure nutrition analysis recommendations are integrated into project plans.
  • Update the nutrition strategy annually alongside the project work plan using formal and informal feedback.
  • Coordinate with project staff, including managers and technical specialists, to ensure the implementation of the nutrition strategy into project activities.

Project Implementation & Quality Assurance (50%)

  • Design and conduct nutrition components of assessments or standalone nutrition assessments as appropriate, ensuring results are used to adapt project implementation.
  • Based on research findings and stakeholder consultations, coordinate with the technical team to lead the development of evidence-based nutrition tools and materials.
  • Provide technical oversight for the design, development, and implementation of all nutrition tools and training materials in collaboration with partners and stakeholders to maintain a quality and consistent approach across all target areas and technical interventions.
  • Spearhead innovative community implementation strategies in Year 1 and plan for their expansion and scaling up in Year 2.
  • Support with project reporting, ensuring that updates and progress on related indicators and successes are included in project reports and annual work plans.
  • Work with and support Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) teams to: develop context-specific indicators for nutrition, measure outcomes, and collect and analyze data.

Coordination & Capacity Building (15%)

  • Build capacity of project and partner staff in nutrition principles.
  • Represent nutrition aspects of the project to external stakeholders, such as the donor, governments, and partners; disseminate learnings and best practices; and participate in technical working groups.

Required Qualifications

  • A Master’s degree or higher in nutrition, public health, or in a closely related field.
  • At least seven years of experience designing, implementing, or supporting nutrition programming, preferably in Africa, experience in Ethiopia is highly desired.
  • Prior experience delivering large-scale nutrition (nutrition specific and sensitive) or multi-sectoral projects of similar or related nature, size, and complexity and demonstrated experience in management of large inter-disciplinary teams.
  • Strong technical skills in multi-sectoral nutrition programming, including health, WASH and food security.
  • A history of providing technical assistance to governments to improve nutrition through governmental health systems, processes, and service delivery models.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to lead and work effectively in team settings.
  • Strong working familiarity with USAID requirements, regulations, and policies.
  • Demonstrated ability to address behavior change issues in improving household nutrition status.
  • Experience in nutrition research, indicators, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.

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

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