Internal/External Vacancy of Senior Nutrition Zonal Coordinator

Location: Adama, Ethiopia

Department: Programme Operations

Type: Fixed-term contract

Schedule: Full-time

Closing date: 19 Oct 2021 

No of Positions: 1

Contract Duration: 6 months




The Nutrition Zonal Coordinator, based at clustered zonal department, is responsible for the management of the USAID funded Growth through Nutrition-Nutrition Sector activities, at Zonal, Woreda and health facility or community levels.

The zonal coordinator is expected to improve planning, implementation; monitoring and reporting processes as they pertain to Growth through Nutrition program activities.  The incumbent works closely with the government structure and other zonal/cluster team members of Growth through Nutrition and related programs to ensure program integration at all level. S/he is expected to concurrently track physical implementation against activity plan and budget utilization under Growth through Nutrition health and Nutrition program component.

The position holder will provide nutrition related technical support at Zonal, Woreda and community level to ensure the quality implementation of the program activities.  S/he is responsible to strengthen Zonal and Woreda level nutrition multi-sectoral coordination. He/she ensures efficient and timely implementation of activities as per the approved operational plans; regularly mentor and coach health facility staffs, and facilitate joint supportive supervision.

He/she is responsible to maintain close contact and liaises with Zonal/Woreda Health and Agriculture offices; asses’ gaps and link with regional office to ensure quality of documentation, nutrition and health data utilization at Woreda and health facilities. S/he is responsible for Timely production and submission of reports and other deliverables such as HFs’ program data for data base to regional office.


Growth through Nutrition is five-year multi-sector nutrition project in Ethiopia (2016-2021). It is a follow-on Activity to USAID’s flagship multi-sector nutrition project—Empowering New Generations to Improve Nutrition and Economic opportunities (ENGINE). Save the Children in partnership with its Government partner’s (FMoH, RHB, RB of agriculture and natural resource and livestock, BOWE and BOE) and International NGOs and local NGOs drives the implementation of Growth through Nutrition using a powerful, multi-sector platform comprised of evidence-based nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive interventions.

The purpose of the USAID Growth through Nutrition activity is to improve the nutritional status of women and young children in the four productive regions with a focus on the first 1,000 days from pregnancy to a child’s second birthday—the critical window of opportunity for a child’s growth and development. The development hypothesis for this Activity is: if sustained access to diverse, safe, and quality foods is achieved and optimal nutrition, WASH, and agriculture behaviours are adopted and quality nutrition services are utilized and access to WASH products and services is improved and multi-sector coordination and GOE capacity to implement effective nutrition and WASH programs is strengthened, then the nutritional status of women and young children will be improved. Growth through Nutrition has four essential cross-cutting elements:  Gender equality and women’s empowerment, a rigorous learning agenda, sustainable approaches, and convergence/overlay of multi-sector nutrition interventions (e.g. agriculture, livelihoods, education, health, humanitarian assistance) and WASH activities in the same geographic areas.

USAID Growth through Nutrition will build on ENGINE’s investments in 83 Agricultural Growth Program (AGP) (food secure) and 17-non AGP (food insecure) and will target at least 80 foods secure woredas and 20 food insecure woredas (PSNP and emergency hot spot woredas) in the in USAID/Ethiopia’s Feed the Future Zone of Influence of Amhara, Oromia, SNNP, and Tigray.

Roles and Responsibilities

Program planning, activity scheduling, implementation and verification (10%)


  • Prepare the project annual work plan (DIP and POP) for the respective woreda, submit to thematic manager for approval, discuss with the woreda agriculture bureau and related partners, submit the final version to the woreda partners and ensure it is filed for reference, and documentation
  • Ensure that Growth through Nutrition activities are included in woreda annual implementation plans.
  • Will review TORs of the trainings, RM and JSS, communicate the schedule in advance to the relevant government sector, facilitate the arrangement for the session, prepare attendance, verify attendees on attendance sheet.
  • Collaborate with Growth through Nutrition’s Zonal Livelihood and Nutrition Coordinator and government partner and ensure that there is joint planning and coordinated implementation with layering and convergence partners in respective woredas.
  • Plan and discuss with Livelihood and Nutrition ZCs to support allocated resources reach the right beneficiaries, in a timely manner.

Capacity Building, Technical Support, (20%)

  • Develop terms of reference, facilitate all relevant trainings, exchange visit, review meeting and tool-guided (standardized), joint supportive supervision that will be conducted at zonal, woreda and community levels.
  • Ensure health workers in health facilities for implementation of Growth through Nutrition are trained as per the national guideline
  • Ensure the provision of appropriate mentoring and on job training for Health workers at targeted Health facilities using agreed tools.
  • Provides technical support through regular and joint supportive supervision to Woreda health office, health facilities and communities.
  • Support Zone Health Department and WrHO in mentoring and follow-up of the trained HW and community in implementing planned nutrition and WASH activities at all level (zones, facility community).
  • Coordinate and technically support zonal, woreda, and local stakeholders to assess needs related to Nutrition and Livelihoods and support the implementation of Growth through Nutrition
  • Monitor nutrition-specific services data of Growth through Nutrition supported woredas and ensure utilization of key nutrition services and data analysis at the health center and health post levels to inform programmatic changes to improve coverage of high impact interventions.

Program integration and implementation (25%)

  • Ensure that the National Food and Nutrition Strategy, nutrition guidelines, and minimum nutrition standard, WASH in the context of nutrition & QI on nutrition specific services, SBCC specific to the program/nutrition, revised HMIS, and monitoring tools are implemented in respective target zones and Woredas.
  • Ensure that Nutrition multi-sectoral coordination is strengthened, support the health team to mainstream nutrition in to health, agriculture and WASH and education (on adolescent nutrition) related program activities are coordinated at all levels.
  • In collaboration with M&E coordinator, strengthen the capacity of Zonal, Woreda health office and community in nutrition and health information management system for decision making
  • Support and ensure that Nutrition agenda is focused in Zonal, woreda and PHCU level review meeting conducted in a regular basis.
  • In collaboration with agriculture/livelihood coordinators and SBCC managers ensure the effective implementation and integration of Nutrition, WASH, Livelihood, SBCC, and Gender components into the existing structures of the Agricultural/Health system.
  • Promote continued attention of the health/agriculture sector by strengthening sectoral capacity for regular (continued) targeting of mothers and children in the 1000 days using platforms such as PHCU review meetings, woreda level health office meetings, field days and community mobilization events as appropriate to the local context
  • Ensure and support WASH business activities implemented by PSI in respective operational woredas reached to targeted MVHHs.
  • Ensure that all donor compliance and save the children rules and regulations are strictly followed during day to day program operations.

Learning, Documenting and Reporting (15%)

  • Timely submit periodic reports including training reports, review-meeting proceedings, assessment findings and field travel reports to regional office for documentation.
  • Facilitate virtual and/or on-site briefs/visits for CO/FO/partners/donor staff of their catchment woredas by keeping an updated record of woredas’ overall nutrition situation, nutritional status of vulnerable groups, status of health and nutrition services and project activities implementation and documented
  • Document and share best practices on QI project multi-sectoral coordination on systematic and regular basis as agreed with their line managers

Crosscutting activities (15%)

  • In geographic areas where applicable, engage in the whole cycle of grant-under-grant implementation, project designing to follow-up, close-out and proper documentation of lessons
  • Similarly, where emergency response is activated by the project, support concept note development, and ensure and document integrated implementation of emergency and development activities in their catchment woredas
  • Coordinate, support and ensure that Multisectoral Coordination platform is established and functional in Growth through Nutrition implementation woredas.
  • Ensure the proper planning and implementation of Growth through Nutrition crosscutting activities – gender, learning agenda, sustainable approaches, and convergence and layering of multi-sector nutrition interventions.
  • Support Zonal Livelihood Coordinator in the process of collaborating with Gender Specialist and Gender Focal Persons/taskforce to deliver gender-sensitive agriculture and livelihood activities at woreda and kebele levels.
  • Collaborate with Growth through Nutrition and other partners working in nutrition specific intervention, WASH, and SBCC activities in the woreda that support Growth through Nutrition’s layering and convergence approach.
  • Work with other relevant USAID funded projects on convergence and layering activity in collaboration with the Zonal Health and Nutrition Coordinator, document the success, produce updates and share to the Sr RPM

Sustainability issues, handover of activity (15%)

  • Ensure smooth handover (transition) mechanism that ensures sustainable implementation of proven interventions by supported sectors, as project reaches to its end
  • Jointly with woreda agriculture, identify available input suppliers (seed, seedling, Poultry farm etc.) in the operation area, undertake assessment of the quality of their product document and link them with the beneficiaries (MF, MVHHs)
  • Work Jointly with the woreda partners and link SGs with the available microfinance institutions
  •  Ensure smooth handover (transition) mechanism that ensures sustainable implementation of proven interventions by supported sectors, as project reaches to its end
  • Document all supports provided by Growth through Nutrition in the specific woreda (trainings, inputs, RM,), produce terminal report, submit to thematic manager and then share to the woreda partners with your recommendation on follow-up and action point to be taken


Minimum Qualification and  Experience 

Education qualification

  • Minimum of first degree in Nutrition, public health or Nursing and demonstrated experience in Nutrition, maternal and child health, WASH and SBCC.


  • At least 6 years of experience implementing in NGO with experience/knowledge of supporting USAID funded grants with good understanding of Health Sector Development Plan (HSDP IV), National Nutrition program (NNP) and other health related policies & strategies.


  • Significant training experience (e.g. MIYCN, QI, Coaching and mentoring, and WASH related etc) with community mobilization in support of Health and WASH related programs. Experience in conducting trainings, training of trainers, and organizational capacity building is an Asset.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, as well as the proven ability to work collaboratively with many organizations and stakeholders. Experience working with private sector, government agencies and beneficiaries on livelihoods programs.
  • Knowledge and learning ability to integrate gender issues in nutrition focused interventions
  • Demonstrated skills in partnership building and interpersonal communication.
  • Existing relationship with Zonal health and agriculture offices is preferred.
  • Excellent and demonstrated skills in computer Microsoft office applications: xx Word, Excel, PowerPoint and outlooks, emails
  • Excellent in report writing skills
  • Knowledge of local language is mandatory


  • 65-75 Percent

SC Values are: Accountability, Ambition, Collaboration, Creativity and Integrity. To meet the value system the post holder is expected to demonstrate the following Competencies on ongoing bases (this varies according to the position please consider the below as example)

Leading: (align with Ambition, Integrity collaboration and creativity)

  • Delivering result: Takes personal responsibility and holds others to account to deliver our ambitious goals for children, continually improving own performance or that of the team/ organization.

Thinking: (align with Ambition, Creativity, Collaboration and Creativity)

  • Applying technical and professional expertise: Applies the required technical and professional expertise to the highest standards; promotes and shares best practice within and outside the organization.

Engaging: (align with Collaboration, Creativity)

  • Working effectively with others Works collaboratively to achieve shared goals and thrives on diversity of people and perspectives; knows when to lead and when to follow and how to ensure effective cross-boundary working.
  • Communicating with Impact: Communicates clearly and confidently with others to engage and influence; promotes dialogue and ensures timely and appropriate messages, building confidence and trust with others.

We offer a competitive package in the context of the sector. 

The Organisation

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 realise 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.

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.



Apply Now>>