Job Details

Position Title Nutrition Advisor
Requisition Number 16-0015
Post Date 2/10/2016
City Addis Ababa
Description At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. The promise of a healthy life. Of a decent livelihood. Of sustainable natural resources that benefit communities. Now more than ever in its 42-year history, Pact is helping millions of people who are poor and marginalized discover and build their own solutions and take ownership over their future.
Pact enables systemic solutions that allow those who are poor and marginalized to earn a dignified living, be healthy, and take part in the benefits that nature provides. Pact accomplishes this by strengthening local capacity, forging effective governance systems, and transforming markets into a force for development.

Department Overview:
Pact seeks a Nutrition Advisor for the proposed USAID-funded five-year Growth Through Nutrition Activity to improve the nutritional status of women and young children of Ethiopia. This position is contingent on award.

Position Purpose :
The Nutrition Advisor will be responsible for technical leadership of the nutrition aspects of the program, ensuring the implementation of high-quality, evidence-based interventions, and managing a team of senior staff and sub-partners to ensure quality, timeliness, and efficiency of all activities and products generated under the project.

The Nutrition Advisor will lead the implementation of technically sound and innovative approaches, in close collaboration with Government of Ethiopia stakeholders, to increase optimal nutrition, WASH, and agriculture behaviors; improve the quality of nutrition services; build nutrition capacities of frontline health and agriculture workers; strengthen nutrition competencies in agriculture and health teaching institutions; and strategically incorporate nutrition objectives into multi-sector policies.

Key Responsibilities:
•Coordinate and oversee the quality of all technical activities, providing direction, feedback and support to ensure success.
•Ensure program adherence to internationally accepted technical norms and standards of practice.
•Provide input into and ensure that all donor reporting requirements on program impact are met and assist implementing partners/grantees in setting up reporting and tracking systems to provide such information in an efficient and timely manner.
•Facilitate continuous quality assessment and improvement and ensure that program best practices are documented and disseminated throughout the program cycle.
•Ensure effective coordination, communication and standards of practice among all partner organizations.
•Ensure high quality program delivery and the cost-effective use of USAID and Pact resources.
•Provide regular written/oral program progress updates.
•Establish and manage Pact’s local technical training activities.
•Ensure that the most up-to-date information regarding the programs or initiatives shared via a range of mechanisms including reports, newsletters, and the Internet.
•Perform any other relevant duties as assigned by the COP.

Basic Requirements:
•Ability to sustain interpersonal and professional relationships with internal colleagues and contacts in donor and peer organizations
•Deep understanding of Pact’s strategy and how efforts contribute to the greater good
•Ability to consistently work within internal process and procedures
•Strong interpersonal and team building skills
•Proactive engagement in corporate initiatives

Project Management:
•Strong planning and time management skills
•Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to effectively present complex ideas to diverse audiences
•Ability to problem-solve difficult issues
•Ability to multitask with ease, adapting to frequently changing priorities
•Strong negotiating and conflict resolution skills
•Proficiency in developing and managing a budget

Technical Skills:
•Strong experience in Nutrition and one of the following fields: health, water sanitation and hygiene, social and behavior change communication, and/or agriculture
•Strong knowledge and understanding of donor policies and regulations
•High competence using common desktop applications and internal systems

People Management:
•Demonstrated proficiency in supervising staff, including providing honest feedback
•Ability to mentor others

Preferred Qualifications :
•Advanced degree in nutrition or related field, with an emphasis on community nutrition, public health nutrition, SBCC, or other relevant sub-specialty.
•Minimum of seven years of experience designing and implementing multi-sector nutrition programs.
•Significant expertise providing technical assistance to project/host country government staff working on nutrition and SBCC activities.
•Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a wide range of partners with varying interests and priorities in the fields of nutrition, health, agriculture, humanitarian assistance, resilience, and WASH.
•Prior experience in the Ethiopian nutrition sector desirable, preferably including experience with national and sub-national level coordination under the National Nutrition Program.

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