Director of Nutrition, Timor-Leste

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Since 1963 and in 148 countries, ACDI/VOCA has empowered people in developing and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy. Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA is a nonprofit international development organization that designs and delivers technical and management solutions in agriculture, economic growth, and resilience to promote economic prosperity and social inclusion.

Director of Nutrition, Timor-Leste

ACDI/VOCA is seeking a Director of Nutrition for an anticipated agriculture program in Timor-Leste funded by USAID.

The Director of Nutrition will provide thought leadership on the development of tools, resources, and models to facilitate the integration of nutrition into agriculture interventions. S/he will also lead the provision of technical services to clients, supporting them to design, implement, and monitor nutrition-sensitive business strategies and agriculture activities. The program is anticipated to start in late 2021 and this position is envisioned to be based in Dili, Timor-Leste.


  • Provide leadership and direction to ensure integration of high quality and responsive approaches to increase availability, affordability, and access to and consumption of safe, nutritious foods, particularly for women, youth and other vulnerable groups.
  • Oversee the implementation of field research to identify key opportunities for increasing food availability, affordability, accessibility, for the consumption of safe, nutritious food.
  • Co-create the design and implementation of interventions that increase household production, access to, purchase, and consumption of nutrient-rich foods, particularly for women, youth, and other vulnerable groups.
  • Design and conduct participatory training and workshops on nutrition-sensitive agriculture and/or food systems for program participants, including households, private sectors actors, and government.
  • Implement collaboration, learning, and adaptation (CLA) best practices to inform, adapt, and scale-up nutrition and food systems interventions.
  • Apply social and behavior change (SBC) best practices throughout the nutrition-sensitive programming.


  • Advanced degree in nutrition, public health, or relevant field.
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant experience integrating nutrition into agriculture and/or market systems development projects and knowledge of nutrition-sensitive agriculture and food systems concepts.
  • Experience working with food systems actors, including rural producers, farmers’ associations, agribusinesses, private sector agricultural production, private sector food processors, and/or governments preferred.
  • Understanding of gender- and youth-integrated agriculture concepts and ability to integrate a gender into nutrition-sensitive approaches.
  • Strong analytical skills, including ability to gather and analyze a variety of information pertaining to issues and to develop appropriate recommendations for action.
  • Excellent written communication skills required, with a demonstrated ability to write reports in a clear, concise, and well-organized manner.
  • Experience working in Timor-Leste and/or an island nation preferred.
  • Fluency in English required, Portuguese preferred.

Timor-Leste nationals are strongly encouraged to apply

How to apply

Please apply online at www.acdivoca.org/international-jobs. The applications will be reviewed promptly upon receipt, only finalists will be contacted. ACDI/VOCA is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities and people from diverse groups are encouraged to apply. ACDI/VOCA will never request payment or charge a fee to apply for any position.