Nutrition Advisor (Proposal Recruitment)

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.

Job Requirements

BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice)


  •   Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
  •   Holds suppliers accountable to deliver on their responsibilities


  •   Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and takes responsibility for their own personal development
  •   Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  •  Future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale


  •   Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to; builds and maintains effective relationships with colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters
  •   Values diversity and different people’s perspectives, able to work cross-culturally.


  •   Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  •  Cuts away bureaucracy and encourages an entrepreneurial approach


  •  Honest, encourages openness and transparency, builds trust and confidence
  •  Displays consistent excellent judgement 


·  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 behaviour change issues in improving household nutrition status.

· Experience in nutrition research, indicators, monitoring and evaluation.

· Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.

  • Strong leadership; communication and time management skills
  • Experience with multi-sectoral nutrition projects such as USAID ENGINE or USAID Growth through Nutrition


Generic Competencies

·      Child Rights: Promotes an enabling environment for participation, and accountability to children

·      Be the Innovator: Promotes innovation to find new and better approaches to driving progress for children

Deliver Results at Scale: Promotes a clear focus on impact in a project and programme design, management, and oversight

Generic Competencies

  • Being the Voice of Children: Promotes evidence-based policy and public engagement that includes the voices of children and their communities


  • Advancing Equality & Inclusion: Displays a commitment to ensuring everything we do considers the most deprived and marginalised children and adolescent
  • Building & Strengthening Partnerships: Promotes working with diverse partners as critical to delivery

Child Rights: Promotes the rights of children in own work and in work with colleagues and peers,

Additional job responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience

Equal Opportunities

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI’s global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Gender Equality Policies, supported by relevant procedures.

Child Safeguarding:

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

Safeguarding our Staff:

The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI anti-harassment policy.

Health and Safety

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SC Health and Safety policies and procedures.


We offer a competitive package in the context of the sector. The duty station of the position holder will be in Addis Ababa This role is offered on the basis of national terms and conditions only.


The Organization
We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realize the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:
• No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
• All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
• Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

How to Apply

Application Information:

Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations. A copy of the full role profile can be found at

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.

Interested applicants who meet the MINIMUM requirements should apply using the below link: