Health and Nutrition Technical Advisor

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 4 June 2018

Job Description

Job Title: Health and Nutrition Technical Advisor I

Department: Program

Reports To: Sub-regional HOP

Country/Location: Yangon, Myanmar

CRS Background

Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.

Country Background

CRS has been engaged in Myanmar for more than a decade supporting activities of local partners. CRS opened an office in Yangon in 2011. Current programming areas include Agriculture, Health and Nutrition, and Emergency Response.

Current health related projects that require technical support focus on nutrition, nutrition-sensitive agriculture, maternal and child health, and health system strengthening. Nutrition in particular is a focus for both the CRS Country Program, other development actors and the Government as Myanmar has some of the highest rates of undernutrition in South East Asia. Two partner projects are implementing adapted Care Groups and the CP is working with nutrition sensitive programming in agriculture and livelihood initiatives primarily in development settings, though the CP is exploring opportunities to support conflict-affected communities in northern Myanmar as well. In fall 2018, one project will be conducting a Link Nutrition Causal Analysis (first in Myanmar) as well as a Gender Analysis. The CP is also developing nutrition education, promotion, and counseling materials to ensure the application of Social Behavior Change principles for effective communication and behavior change. Finally, CRS is in involved in current national policy efforts such as the Multi-Sector National Plan of Action for Nutrition, a steering committee member on the Scaling Up Nutrition Civil Scociety Aliance (Myanmar), and the UN Nutrition Technical Lead Working Group.

Job Summary:

You will provide technical advice and support to a range of program design and implementation issues in the area of health and nutrition in line with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) program quality principles and standards, donor guidelines, and industry best practices to Country Program (CP) teams to advance the delivery of high-quality programming to the poor and vulnerable. Your advice, knowledge, and support will contribute to determining how effective, adaptive and innovative CRS’ health and nutrition programming in Myanmar. Under the supervision of the Subregional HoP and in close coordination with Myanmar Country Manager, TA I will assist CRS staff and partners in health and nutrition programming by employing fundamental social behavior change approaches. A key function of the TA I will be growth of the health portfolio, building on the Country Program’s and Sub-Region’s significant achievements in the sector. The TA I will also ensure staff and partner capacity building and sharing of relevant program learning across the sub-region. This also entails close collaboration across other programming to ensure SBC mainstreaming when relevant.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Support the development and contribute to the implementation of agency-wide strategies, standards, tools and best practices in health and nutrition that effectively engage partners, donors, and Government. Help ensure a cross-sectoral approach integrating gender, protection mainstreaming, and disaster risk reduction.
  • Provide technical solutions to CP teams, remotely and on-site, for strategic planning and how to best apply health and nutrition standards, best practices, partnership principles, tools and M&E, helping to ensure high-quality implementation.
  • Proactively pursue of opportunities for new funding to ensure growth of the CP health sector portfolio in line with agency, regional, and CP strategic priorities, including exploring links with relevant programs. Serve as the technical lead and technical writer to ensure quality proposals in health, per agency and donor standards. Support budgeting and staffing plans and activities for health proposals. Proposal development support to other CPs in health sector development, as necessary. Support the process of preparation, design, submission and approval of project concepts and full-fledged proposals. As needed, act as a technical writer on proposal development teams.
  • Advise project teams on integrating donor strategies, priorities and technical requirements into CRS’ approach.
  • Support capacity strengthening initiatives in health and nutrition programming for staff and partner through helping develop learning and training strategies and agendas/curriculums, conducting trainings and workshops, and coaching.
  • Collect and analyze program data, capture and share lessons learned and best practices for specific projects to facilitate improvements in decision-making and contribute to the health and nutrition learning agenda.
  • Contribute to maintaining relationships with donors, peer organizations, research and other institutions, participate in forums in the area of health and nutrition to collect and share best practices and promote CRS’ work.
  • Contribute to coordination of and analysis of research findings, especially formative research to inform program augmentation and ensure effective SBC implementation. Contribute to the design and drafting of research findings, publications, project updates, guidance documents, presentations and donor reports.
  • Collaborate with program managers to explore possible integration of SBC themes into other programs. Provide relevant technical support and guidance for integration initiatives, as appropriate.
  • Identify, assess and strengthen partnerships relevant to the health sector, applying appropriate application of partnership concepts, tools and approaches.
  • Participate in relevant CRS Communities of Practice, using these channels for regular sharing of Myanmar-specific news and updates.

Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:

Education and Experience

  • Master’s Degree in Public Health required.
  • Minimum of three years relevant work experience with progressive technical responsibilities, ideally with an international NGO, with minimum of two years relevant field-based experience in health and nutrition.
  • Knowledge of technical principles and concepts in health and nutrition. General knowledge of other related disciplines to ensure proper cross-sectoral approach.
  • Experience in project design and proposal development. Experience in writing content for proposals.
  • Knowledge of capacity strengthening best practices.
  • Knowledge of and experience working with Care Groups is advantageous.
  • Experience with program monitoring and evaluation and analysis.
  • Experience and skills in networking and relations with donors, peer organizations, and faith based and civil society partners. Understanding of partnership principles.
  • Proficient in MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, information and budget management systems, knowledge-sharing networks.

Personal Skills

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with ability to make sound judgment and decisions and offer innovative solutions.
  • Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented.
  • Strong relations management abilities. Ability to relate to people at all levels internally and externally in culturally diverse groups. Strategic in how you approach each relationship.
  • Good presentation and facilitation skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and ability to write reports.

Required/Desired Foreign Language

  • Essential fluency in spoken and written English
  • Desired fluency in spoken and written Burmese

Travel Required

  • At least 35% in-country travel as required by program needs

Key Working Relationships:

Internal: Country Manager, Sub Regional HOP, CRS/MM Program and Finance, Relevant HQ and Regional TAs

External: Local partner organizations, related government agencies and other development partners

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff):

These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

  • Serves with Integrity
  • Models Stewardship
  • Cultivates Constructive Relationships
  • Promotes Learning

Competencies Relevant for the Specific Position:

  • Sets clear goals and manages toward them
  • Collaborates effectively with staff and stakeholders
  • Manages financial resources with integrity
  • Applies program quality standards to project design and organizational learning

Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

NOTE: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

About the Organization

Catholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States. Our mission is to assist the poor and disadvantaged, leveraging the teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to alleviate human suffering, promote development of all people, and to foster charity and justice throughout the world. Working through local offices and an extensive network of partners, CRS operates on five continents and in 98 countries. We aid the poor by first providing direct assistance where needed, then encouraging people to help with their own development. Together, these approaches foster secure, productive, just communities that enable people to realize their potential. As the official international relief and development agency of the U.S. Catholic community, CRS is also committed to educating the people of the United States to fulfill their moral responsibilities toward our global brothers and sisters by helping the poor, working to remove the causes of poverty, and promoting social justice.

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