|Senior Nutrition Specialist|
Location: Washington, DC
Employment Type: Full Time
Date Posted: 09/30/2020
Expire Date: 11/30/2020
Job Categories: Nonprofit and Volunteer Services
Senior Nutrition Specialist|
The Senior Nutrition Specialist will provide technical direction for all nutrition-related design work, implementation, and reporting across CNFAs program portfolio. The position will lead nutrition programming and technical contributions for new business development initiatives. This position will also be responsible for developing in-house tools and nutrition-sensitive program concepts across the organization. Additionally, this position will provide technical support and contribute to staff training and mentoring in areas including local market food systems, nutrition-sensitive food system analysis, food, and nutrition transformation, etc. The person in this position will represent CNFA to external audiences to showcase nutrition systems and programming. The Senior Nutrition Specialist will work in close collaboration with CNFAs program and new business divisions and will require regular travel to the field in support of CNFAs global project portfolio. This is a position based out of our DC home office.
Key Activities for this Role Include:
Designing country, regional, and global nutrition programming that integrates innovative approaches and applied best practices in support of CNFAs program development initiatives;
Maximizing impact of in-country projects by supporting innovative programming and developing core tools and guidance for best practices
Providing demand-driven support to field-based program implementation to help country teams deliver maximum impact; and
Drawing out the experience, knowledge, and evidence generated by field programming and identifying ways to disseminate across programs and externally as a contribution to the global evidence base.
Provide technical oversight on nutrition-sensitive agriculture program implementation;
Lead global strategic thinking on nutrition for the organization;
Support field teams to design and develop country level nutrition activities;
Provide technical input into nutrition specific target and strategies for CNFA projects;
Collaborate with Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Team to include nutrition in project evaluation;
Provide technical direction to nutrition-focused implementing partners on projects;
Provide training and consultations to home office and field office employees as needed;
Participate in conferences and workshops on international and local scales;
Facilitate the dissemination of global best practices to field staff and in field programs; and
Provide leadership in nutrition-sensitive topics to donors and partner organization.
New Business Development:
Design nutrition sensitive interventions for agriculture development programs for competitive donor bids;
Undertake leadership role in proposal development in concert with New Business Team, analyzing and recommending bid decisions, and conceptualizing teaming, technical approaches, and cost strategies to maximize competitive advantage;
Serve as proposal technical writer for nutrition, providing vision and leadership to proposal team, and mentoring and supervising the application of best practices; and
Support resource mobilization for nutrition by identifying opportunities and cultivating partnerships in support of technical vision.
Required Education and Experience:
MA/MS or PhD in a Nutrition, Public Health, or related field;
A minimum of 10 years of experience in nutrition related program implementation or design;
Experience assisting food security/agriculture related programming and Title II programming preferred;
Experience designing and managing nutrition surveys; and
Experience in quantitative and qualitative nutrition research required.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Demonstrated experience leading successful international health proposal design and development;
Strong working knowledge of donor (USAID, FFP, USDA, DFID, GIZ, WB, et al.) priorities and regulations;
Ability to work under pressure, manage multiple tasks simultaneously and meet deadlines;
Demonstrated ability to solve complex technical problems in a timely and successful manner;
Accuracy, attention to detail and client focused with the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team using a solution-oriented approach;
Ability to relate to and communicate effectively with diverse stakeholders;
Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English;
Ability to work in French or other second language preferred;
At least 3 years of field experience, preferably in Africa or Asia;
Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a member of a fast-moving team;
Willingness to contribute at different levels required to achieve success;
Self-motivated and ability to work independently;
Advanced computer skills with Microsoft Office;
Ability to travel domestically and internationally (up to 25% of time) as needed.
Company Name: CNFA
CNFA is an international agricultural development organization that specializes in the design and implementation of sustainable, enterprise-based agricultural initiatives. We work with businesses, foundations, governments, and communities to build customized local and global partnerships that meet the worlds growing demand for food. Since our inception in 1985, we have designed and implemented enterprise-based, agricultural development initiatives to facilitate market access, enhance agribusiness competitiveness, increase productivity, and improve access to inputs and financing in 47 countries around the world.