Nutrition and Food Systems Specialist

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 4 December 2019
  • Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
  • Closing on 28 April 2020
  • Current

Job Description

We are looking for an analytical, dynamic and self-starter Nutrition and Food Systems Specialist to join the Market and Food Systems team within ACDI/VOCA’s Technical Learning and Application Division. This person will provide nutrition-sensitive technical guidance and support to agriculture, market and food systems projects and proposals. The Nutrition and Food Systems Specialist will report to Senior Technical Director, Market Systems. NOTE: This position will NOT include work on nutrition-specific or MCHN related topics.

Integration of Technical Specialty into Projects: Act as technical resource for integrating nutrition-sensitive agriculture and food systems development strategies and activities across ACDI/VOCA projects and partners. Build capacity of project teams to implement ACDI/VOCA’s nutrition-sensitive agriculture approach, including conducting food environment analyses, designing nutrition-sensitive activities with local market and food system actors, and providing on-going mentoring and technical guidance. Support other technical teams such as gender and social inclusion, agriculture or market systems to incorporate nutrition sensitive agriculture in their work. Work with country-level and HQ staff to provide feedback on and develop technical work plans and review technical reports/materials. Advise projects on how to put in place effective monitoring and evaluation indicators and processes for nutrition integration. Lead and support field data collection efforts for the refinement of project activities and to develop project-specific nutrition-sensitive and food systems learning. Develop technical and programmatic scopes of work for consultants or volunteers visiting field offices on nutrition related topics.

New Business: Provide technical guidance and leadership to new business teams for nutrition-sensitive agriculture and food systems. Act as a lead technical nutrition-sensitive agriculture and food systems contributor, writer and/or reviewer on technical proposals as appropriate. Conduct desk and field research on nutrition-sensitive agricultural and food systems gaps, technical solutions, and competitor analyses. Design and manage deliverables from external consultants or organizational partners. Meet with other organizations/donors on possible new funding activities and/or partnerships related to nutrition sensitive agriculture, food systems and other relevant technical topics. In conjunction with other program staff, respond to proposal questions or requests for information from the donor related to nutrition, as appropriate.

Learning and Tools: Contribute to technical learning both within ACDI/VOCA and for external audiences. Develop, standardize, and roll out resources and tools. Analyze primary and secondary data using appropriate methods, write insightful products for diverse audiences, including research reports, white papers, and other outputs, such as learning briefs and reader-friendly blogs. Collaborate with Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) staff to integrate nutrition-sensitive agriculture and food systems in the development of conceptual models and MEL frameworks that guide research and program evaluation. Support the capture and dissemination of lessons learned and promising practices, including the promotion of knowledge-sharing across projects, teams, and divisions. Keep current with literature and other advances in the field and relevant professional organizations and promote current nutrition-sensitive agriculture and food systems learning among other technical areas in ACDI/VOCA.

Internal Collaboration: Promote collaboration across the organization and with field offices. Organize, facilitate and/or participate in working groups/Communities of Practice with participants from TLA and Project Management, around relevant technical topics. Actively seek out opportunities to share technical knowledge. Solicit feedback from other groups, including the field, and suggest effective ways to work together. Respond to technical needs from practice areas, project staff, and others.

External Outreach: Promote ACDI/VOCA’s image as a learning organization. Participate in and present at international, domestic and local meetings, workshops and conferences. Frequently represent ACDI/VOCA’s nutrition and food systems thought leadership at external events with USAID and other donors and other development organizations Perform other duties as required.

Minimum qualifications include a Masters of Public Health, a Master’s Degree in international development or agriculture with nutrition focus, or related degree. Minimum of 5 years’ experience, including overseas work, in international development or related field required. Demonstrated experience and technical knowledge in nutrition-sensitive agriculture and/or food systems. Experience supporting food security, agricultural, or gender and/or social behavior change projects and activities. Experience with quantitative and qualitative research methods and conducting field-based assessments required. Experience conducting nutrition analyses/assessments and trainings for US and overseas audiences preferred. Fluency in French is preferred. Excellent writing and communication skills in English for writing proposals, reports, and papers. Excellent analytical and technical skills and expertise with the ability to work independently. Strong interpersonal and team skills, with ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures. International travel required (approximately 25%).

While the requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or ability required; reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Please apply online at or respond with résumé, cover letter and salary history to Attn: HR/SLD, 50 F Street NW, Suite 1000, Washington, D.C., 20001 or fax +1 202 469 6255. No phone calls please. Only finalists will be contacted. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply. EOE/AA. VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

About the Organization

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.

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