DIRECTOR OF NUTRITION
Care.org - Atlanta, GA

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CARE is currently seeking a Director of Nutrition . The Director of Nutrition leads CARE's global efforts to improve nutritional outcomes, particularly for young children and women, improving survival, health and development, and breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty. Impact occurs through programs led by the nutrition team; collaboration and support for programs led by CARE Country Offices; research, evaluation, learning and knowledge sharing; advocacy from national to global levels; and participation in and support of global coalitions such as Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN). CARE's approach to nutrition addresses immediate as well as underlying and basic causes of poor nutrition. This approach integrates nutrition specific actions with nutrition sensitive programming in agriculture and livelihoods (food security); water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); women's empowerment and gender equity; and maternal health. Nutrition work is implemented in both development and humanitarian settings. The Nutrition team, which includes 10-12 doctorate and masters level professionals, is part of the Food and Nutrition Security (FNS) Unit, facilitating integrated and effective programming. The Director of Nutrition is a member of the FNS Unit's leadership team, contributes to setting the strategic direction of the Unit, and brings a nutrition lens to food security and other nutrition sensitive programming taking place across CARE.

CARE's nutrition work contributes to the organizations overall mission to eliminate poverty and achieve social justice, and builds on and contributes to CARE's women-centered and community empowerment approaches to catalyze scalable and sustainable change. The Director of Nutrition will have technical skills in nutrition that make him/her an effective leader in developing quality programs; experience in research and evaluation; good management skills; credibility and effectiveness as a representative for CARE in developing partnerships and participating in global forums; and skills writing proposals and winning funding. Knowledge of the relationship between nutrition and early childhood development (ECD) and the ability to integrate ECD programming and measurement into nutrition programs is advantageous.

Responsibilities:
Technical and programmatic leadership and engagement.
  • Provide leadership, strategic oversight and technical input for nutrition and nutrition programs at the central and field levels.
  • Develop program strategies for nutrition programming led by the Nutrition Team and contribute to plans for Country Office led programs.
  • Provide ongoing collaboration and support for field teams implementing programs ensuring quality and effectiveness of the work.
  • Propose innovative strategies and operations research activities that can be nested into program work and provide leadership and collaboration in the implementation of those activities.
  • Ensure rigorous monitoring and evaluation of nutrition programs to support quality improvement during the program and to facilitate learning, knowledge sharing and replication of successful approaches.
  • Disseminate the lessons learned at meetings, in presentations, and in publications (including peer-reviewed) to maximize impact across CARE and to leverage replication and scale-up by governments and other development stakeholders.
Build strategic Partnerships
  • Build strategic partnerships with other organizations focusing on nutrition and integrated nutrition programs building on current relationships, including with academic institutions such as Cornell University, Emory University, CDC, etc., positioning CARE as an important contributor and innovator in the fields of nutrition and development.
  • Provide global leadership by representing CARE on technical, advocacy and policy nutrition issues in global forums.
  • Advocate within CARE at Regional Units and Country Offices for the important role of integrated nutrition programming in achieving CARE's mission and breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty.
  • Actively support the Innovations and Learning agenda of the FNS team, to identify promising programs across the CARE world, learn from these, and create tools and approaches to be retained in the Knowledge Management Resource Hub.
Strengthen Partnerships
  • Develop and strengthen partnerships with individual and institutional fundraising units, and with marketing and communications to support nutrition activities and to strengthen and expand the funding base for integrated nutrition programming at CARE.
  • This will include managing development and submission of proposals for funding in collaboration with the fundraising teams, other program units, Country Office colleagues, and partner organizations.
Requirements:
  • Masters or doctoral (PhD or MD) degree in nutrition, public health, a medical field or a relevant social science
  • Demonstrated management experience leading a team of skilled professionals
  • Familiarity with common used software applications.
  • At least 8 years of field experience in international development work of which a minimum of 5 years of experience needs to be in nutrition and/or child health programs
  • At least 3 of those years in a middle to senior level management position, overseeing international health programs and supervising professional staff.
  • Experience in strategy development, program design, implementation and evaluation of Nutrition and Child Health programs in both facility and community settings.
  • Significant experience working with USAID-funded programs and knowledge of the USAID regulations and reporting.
  • Interpersonal and intercultural communications skills
  • Proven ability to work in partnership with other professionals and organizations.
  • Demonstrated abilities in strategic planning, management, fund raising and oversight of complex program initiatives.
  • Experience in program design, monitoring, research and evaluation, and in providing technical assistance to program implementers.
  • Knowledge of and experience in social and behavior change, and gender issues as they relate to health and nutrition
  • Excellent skills in written and spoken English; ability to communicate knowledge in a manner appropriate to diverse audiences
  • Must be thoroughly versed through training and experience, in the theory and practice of nutrition and child health programs. This includes knowledge of theories, formative research, program development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, other program management skills and fund raising.

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