Save the Children is seeking a Nutrition Technical Advisor for an anticipated five-year USAID-funded Inclusive Nutrition and Early Childhood Development (INECD) activity in Rwanda. The proposed project will focus on promoting nurturing and responsive care practices, especially in the areas of health, functioning, nutrition, and early childhood development (ECD) for caregivers and children. Specifically, the activity aims to improve health and nutrition outcomes among women of reproductive age and adolescents and infant and young child feeding practices (IYCF). It also aims to address child development gaps and specifically unmet physical rehabilitation and assistive technology (rehab/AT), and social inclusion needs for infants and children. The activity will focus on community-level service delivery, community-health facility linkages and district level capacity development, as well as address issues of inclusion and participation, including access to programs and services for children and adults with disabilities, in line with Government of Rwanda (GoR) priorities
The Nutrition Technical Advisor reports to the Deputy Chief of Party and will provide technical leadership and have responsibility for all activities associated with improving the nutritional behaviors and outcomes of target women of reproductive age, adolescents, and children under 5.
This position is contingent upon donor approval and funding.
What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)
Nutrition Strategy and leadership (35%)
- Provide technical support for the overall integrated, cross-cutting strategic integration of nutrition into project design and approach, including issues of food security, gender mainstreaming, and 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 project 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 and SBCC tools and materials.
- Provide technical oversight for the design, development, and implementation of all nutrition and SBCC 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 one and plan for their expansion and scaling up in the second year.
- 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, in project activities.
- 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.
- 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 Rwanda is highly desired;
- Strong technical skills in maternal nutrition, adolescent nutrition, IYCF, essential nutrition actions, growth monitoring and promotion, and social and behavior change
- Strong technical skills in multi-sectoral nutrition programming, including health, WASH and food security are preferred;
- Demonstrated ability to design and implement SBC approaches to improve nutrition behaviors and outcomes, especially for women, adolescents, and children in the first 1,000 days.
- A history of providing technical assistance to government to improve nutrition programs through governmental health systems, processes and service delivery models, and behavior change communication in developing countries.
- Solid experience developing behavior change training tools and materials.
- Demonstrated problem solving skills, collaboration experience, creativity and willingness to innovate.
- Familiarity and understanding of USAID policies and procedures, or those of other donors, or those of donor-funded projects or community-based projects.
- Demonstrated ability to address behavior change issues in improving household nutrition status.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to lead and work effectively in team situations.
- Experience in nutrition research, indicators, monitoring and evaluation
- Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and Kinyarwanda
Qualified local candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
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