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JOB OPENING: Senior Technical Advisor - Nutrition

JOB OPENING: Senior Technical Advisor - Nutrition

Posted by nrviet on 29 Jun 2018

Senior Technical Advisor - Nutrition
Catholic Relief Services
Baltimore, MD

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About CRS:

Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is an international non-governmental organization supporting relief and development work in over 100 countries around the world. CRS programs assist persons on the basis of need, regardless of creed, ethnicity or nationality. CRS works through local church and non-church partners to implement its programs.

Job Summary:

The position of Senior Technical Advisor for Nutrition will contribute to the advancement of Catholic Relief Services' (CRS) work and leadership in the field of nutrition through (1) the design and development of high quality nutrition programs aligned with national nutrition policies and evidence-based practice; (2) the provision of strategic technical assistance to improve program quality and achieve desired project outcomes; (3) strategy implementation focusing on the development, testing and scale-up of effective, innovative products, tools and services targeting groups throughout the lifecycle, and support integration of nutrition with other sectors; (4) staff capacity building; and (5) increasing CRS' influence in the nutrition field by raising awareness about CRS' work, donor engagement, advocacy and external representation through high-level nutrition and related working groups forums. This position will collaborate with HQ and regionally based health/nutrition technical advisors, country programs teams as well as advisors and staff from other sectors, (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Agriculture & Livelihoods, education, youth, maternal and child health, HIV, malaria, gender, Early Childhood Development (ECD), humanitarian response department, etc) to effectively address the needs of the agency, host-countries, communities and people CRS serves.

Job Responsibilities:

Technical Leadership for Business Development

  • Assist headquarters, regional and country program staff to effectively engage with governments, partners (faith-based and secular) and donors to increase influence in nutrition programming and support donor diversification.
  • Support headquarters, regional and country program staff to pre-position for strategic nutrition growth opportunities.
  • Collaborate with technical advisors and staff from other sectors to design innovative and effective approaches that enhance nutritional outcomes and leverage CRS as a multi-sectoral organization.
  • Design, write, review and contribute to new project proposals to ensure responsiveness, technical excellence, incorporation of agency approaches and alignment with national nutrition policies.

Technical Leadership in Program and Research Implementation

  • Identify technical assistance needs and ensure timely execution of technical assistance services, including conducting visits to country programs to support ongoing nutrition projects and research studies.
  • Collaborate with technical advisors, country program staff and partners from other areas (WASH, Agriculture & Livelihoods, education, youth, HIV, malaria, gender, humanitarian response, etc.) to integrate nutrition with other areas of programming.
  • Support the design and development of formative and implementation research to advance CRS' work in nutrition.
  • Expand the use of nutrition specific and nutrition sensitive approaches through development and promotion of necessary tools and materials (training curricula, job aids, mobile applications etc.) to facilitate scale up internally and externally.
  • Remain abreast of emerging issues in nutrition and integrated programming in order to incorporate them into country, regional and global programming and research.

Staff Recruitment and Capacity Building

  • Participate in the recruitment of regional and country program nutrition staff, including development of job descriptions, as requested.
  • Identify and share professional development opportunities with relevant staff.
  • Train and mentor regional colleagues, country program teams and partners in CRS nutrition tools and products.
  • Support a CRS nutrition community of practice.
  • Organize and/or facilitate trainings, workshops and conferences to strengthen staff capacity and increase CRS' influence within the global nutrition community.

Influence, Representation and External Engagement

  • Represent the agency to governments, donors, multilateral organizations, strategic partners and other key stakeholders at the highest level.
  • Network with appropriate organizations to build CRS' profile in nutrition e.g., active participation/leadership in technical working groups.
  • Identify opportunities to showcase CRS products, tools and programming in nutrition; including at conferences and through publication in peer reviewed journals.

Background, Experience & Requirements:

Education and Experience

  • Master's Degree in nutrition, public health or health-related field required. PhD or equivalent degree (e.g., RD, DrPH) strongly preferred.
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience working in global health with 5 years overseas in multiple regions, as a technical advisor and/or program manager of a nutrition and/or multi-sectoral project with a nutrition component.
  • Deep understanding of nutrition technical concepts, and evidence-based nutrition specific and nutrition sensitive approaches, toward addressing under and over nutrition.
  • Track record of successful business development with proven ability of capturing public and private donor funding and partners (e.g., USAID Bureau for Food Security and Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance, DFID, multilateral agencies, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, other private foundations, corporations)."
  • Expertise in the development and production of curricula, tools, and products to support nutrition interventions and programming, both emergency and development. 
  • Experience in developing and applying social and behavior change approaches and tools.
  • Knowledge of gender-responsive programming and how it relates to nutrition.
  • Experience working with local partners -- government, faith-based and civil society.
  • Experience with program monitoring and research including development of indicators, data collection tools and methodologies, data analysis, and data presentation;
  • Technical and/or academic publications highly desirable.

Personal Skills

  • Excellent relationship management skills with ability to influence and get buy-in from people not under direct supervision and to work with individuals in diverse geographical and cultural settings.
  • Excellent strategic, analytical, problem-solving and systems thinking skills with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment and decisions
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including research publications
  • Excellent presentation, facilitation, training, mentoring, and coaching skills
  • Proactive, resourceful and results-oriented

Required/Desired Foreign Language

  • Fluency in English required.
  • Proficiency in French, preferred.

Travel Required

  • Travel up to 30% required

Key Working Relationships:

Internal: STA Nutrition (Team Lead), other members of the PIQA Health, Social Services, and Education Unit, Regional Technical Advisors for Health/Nutrition, STAs and RTAs in other sectors such as Agriculture & Livelihoods, Gender, Malaria, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Microfinance, Education, Youth, Governance, Peacebuilding, and Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning. Overseas Publications, the Institutional Donor Engagement and Advancement Department, Chiefs of Party/Project Managers of nutrition and multi-sectoral projects with a nutrition component, US-based advocacy staff and other members of US Operations.

External:Technical Working Groups, Advocacy Groups, Nutrition Forums, Peer Agencies, Donors.

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff):

These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

  • Trusting Relationships
  • Professional Growth
  • Partnership
  • Accountability

Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

Note: All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of application.

CRS' talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Open to part-time telecommuting.