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(Archived) Technical Advisor, Nutrition & Health Systems

Last Updated: 9/01/21

Job Description

USAID Advancing Nutrition is the Agency’s flagship nutrition project, led by JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (JSI), and a diverse group of experienced partners. Launched in September 2018, USAID Advancing Nutrition implements and provides technical support to nutrition interventions across sectors and disciplines for USAID and its partners. The project’s multi-sectoral approach draws together global nutrition experience to design, implement and evaluate programs that address the root causes of malnutrition. Committed to using a systems approach, USAID Advancing Nutrition strives to sustain positive outcomes by building local capacity, supporting behavior change and strengthening the enabling environment to save lives, improve health, build resilience, increase economic productivity and advance development.

The Technical Advisor will provide technical assistance to the design and implementation of activities on the Nutrition and Health Systems and Early Childhood Development teams. The ideal candidate will have excellent project management skills, practical experience in and technical understanding of nutrition and health systems and services in low- and middle-income countries, ability to communicate effectively with partners and clients, and an interest in the integration of early childhood development into nutrition activities. They will lead activities such as developing and testing materials and tools to help improve quality of preventive and curative nutrition services, facilitation of nutrition technical initiatives with USAID and partners, researching and developing global level reports and briefs, and will provide technical assistance to country programs. The Technical Advisor reports to the Sr. Technical Advisor and is based in Arlington, VA. The salary range for this position is $80,000 - $119,000. Please note the JSI office is closed due to the ongoing pandemic and that all project staff are working remotely until the office reopens.

USAID Advancing Nutrition is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

The Technical Advisor will:

  • Lead design and implementation of global-level activities that promote improved policy or service delivery for maternal, infant, and young child nutrition and/or nurturing care at the global, national, facility, and community level. This includes researching, developing/writing, and testing guidance, tools, materials, and technical reports.
  • Contribute to activities that advance global evidence and knowledge on incorporating nutrition and/or early childhood development into health systems and services
  • Manage activity teams, ensuring that all products developed by the team are of high quality and delivered on time.
  • Provide timely technical support to USAID Advancing Nutrition country programs teams, including helping design activities and reviewing strategies, documents, tools, and materials.
  • Participate in global networks to represent USAID Advancing Nutrition’s work and advocate for increased commitments to global nutrition.
  • Contribute to the development of team (both global and country) work plans and budgets, ensuring consistency with project direction and strategy.
  • Supervise or mentor junior staff to facilitate professional growth and development.
  • Other duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS Education: Master’s degree or equivalent experience in nutrition, public health, or related field.
Experience: At least 8 years of experience in international public health programming with an emphasis on maternal, infant, and young child nutrition, wasting programming, health systems, healthy diets, capacity strengthening, or child development. At least two years of direct experience implementing public health and nutrition programs in low-and middle-income countries.

Required Skills/Experience:
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including ability to understand USAID needs and respond accordingly
  • Ability to direct multiple long and short-term activities and teams, simultaneously, with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent time management and personal organization skills.
  • Strong understanding of global guidance and technical literature on women’s and children’s health and nutrition, including wasting.
Preferred Skills/Experience:
  • Experience with early childhood development programs, particularly the links between nutrition and early childhood development and understanding of the nurturing care framework
  • Capacity building, facilitation, and training experience
  • Experience planning and conducting implementation research
  • Strong interpersonal skills and social-emotional intelligence; experience working effectively in teams and cross-cultural settings.
  • Knowledge of USAID and other donor policies.
Languages: English fluency required. French, Portuguese, Spanish, or Russian a plus
Travel: Ability to undertake travel (approximately 30%)

Salary Range: $80,000 - $119,000

Interested candidates should submit their resumes and cover letters to the JSI Careers page by 05/26/2021

Company Details

Boston, Massachusetts, United States
John Snow, Inc., and our nonprofit JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc., are public health management consulting and research organizations dedicated to improving the health of individuals and communities throughout the world. Our mission is to improve the health of underserved people and communities and to provide a place where people of passion and commitment can pursue this cause.Our sis...