Technical Nutrition Director (SPRING),
Save the Children - Washington, DC

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Summary

The Technical Nutrition Director for the USAID- supported SPRING (Strengthening Partnerships Results and Innovation in Nutrition Globally) project will provide technical leadership in strategy and program development , develop and oversee strategies and interventions to increase local capacity to deliver and scale-up best practices to improve the quality and availability of nutrition programs; develop a systematic approach to gap analysis that can be adapted for use in FTF, GHI and BEST priority countries, provide technical leadership at the country level to assist countries to develop policies, planning and systems that provide the frameworks to support the incorporation of best practices by public, private and NGO clinical service providers; and perform other duties as assigned. The Technical Nutrition Director will play a technical leadership role in the dialogue with USAID in nutrition at global and country levels. The SPRING project will be managed by JSI (John Snow, Inc) and the position will be based in Arlington, VA.

Requirements

In consultation with the SPRING Senior Management Team and other key stakeholders, define SPRING nutrition strategy, direction, and objectives. Monitor and measure performance, and ensure progress against objectives

Provide direct leadership and guidance to dedicated nutrition advisors/specialists working on SPRING

Serve as the primary point of contact between Save the Children’s Department of Health and Nutrition and SPRING

Develop and sustain donor and partner relationships, including relationships with academic institutions and technical leaders in UN Agencies, among others

Represent SPRING and Save the Children at various technical fora including policy dialogues with governments and international organizations

Play an active role in development of global nutrition policy guidance and programming standards

Provide technical leadership at the country level to assist countries to develop policies, planning and systems that provide the frameworks to support the incorporation of best practices by public, private and NGO clinical service providers

Develop a systematic approach to gap analysis that can be adapted for use in Feed the Future, Global Health Initiative and BEST priority countries, ensuring that approaches at the country level build in-country capacity

In collaboration with SPRING SMT and SC DHN, develop long-term funding strategies for nutrition

In collaboration with the SC DHN, define nutrition-related priorities for private fundraising, and work with the Resource Development team to achieve agreed upon objectives (and leverage “match” for SPRING)

Ensure and/or provide direct technical support and oversight for the development of quality proposals from SPRING to USAID for “project buy in” and the generation of field support funds\

Responsibilities

A minimum of a PhD degree in nutrition, epidemiology, or related field, OR a master’s degree in nutrition, epidemiology, public health or related fields and at least 8 years related experience;

Minimum of 5-7 years’ experience within a developing country designing and managing nutrition programs and innovations;

Professional experience interacting with community based organizations, NGOs, host country governments, and other relevant stakeholders.

Experience managing staff and grants for health and nutrition programs in developing country contexts

Experience delivering technical assistance, especially in developing country settings

Ability to travel up to 35% of time

Familiarity with USAID and other donor policies, strategies, and program priorities, preferably at both the global and country level

Must speak English fluently, and ideally, speak either French, Spanish, or Portuguese

Research skills, preferably in "operations" research (identifying research question, protocol development, implementation, and analysis)

Employee Type

Full - Time

Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in over 120 countries, including the United States. We aim to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives by improving their health, education and economic opportunities. In 2010, we improved the lives of over 64 million children in need in the United States and around the world. Our goal is to reach more than 74 million children annually by the year 2012. Join our dedicated and diverse staff committed to improving the well-being of children.

Save the Children provides an attractive benefits package including competitive salaries, a matching retirement plan, health and welfare benefits, life insurance, an employee assistance program, generous time off and much more.

Save the Children provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Save the Children complies with all applicable laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.

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