Nutrition Specialist

Washington, D. C., District of Columbia, United States
Apply by 22 February 2018
Mid-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 6 December 2017

Job Description


Since 1963 and in 146 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 delivers technical and management assistance in agribusiness, financial services, enterprise development, community development, and food security to promote broad-based economic growth and vibrant civil societies. ACDI/VOCA has approximately 50 projects in 30 countries and total revenues of approximately $174 million.


Primary activities include but are not limited to: Provide leadership in promoting our nutrition-sensitive agriculture approach that reflects ACDI/VOCA experience; provide technical guidance and support for projects in design and implementation of nutrition activities; conduct nutrition analyses and nutrition-sensitive agriculture trainings for staff and partners; advise projects on nutrition guidance including how to put in place effective monitoring and evaluation indicators and processes for nutrition integration; work with project level and HQ staff to develop technical work plans and review technical reports and materials; develop technical and programmatic scopes of work for consultants or volunteers visiting field offices on nutrition topics; act as technical writer and/or reviewer on technical proposals as appropriate; act as contributor, and/or reviewer on nutrition components of proposals; meet with other organizations/donors on possible new funding activities related to nutrition; and respond to proposal questions from the donor related to nutrition.

In addition, this position will be responsible for contributing to technical learning both within ACDI/VOCA and for external audiences. They will conduct desk and field research on nutrition gaps, program impacts on nutrition-sensitive agriculture. In addition, they will gather and highlight strategic learning from the field. The Nutrition Specialist will organize, facilitate and participate in working groups with participants from TLA and Project Management, around relevant technical topics. This person will identify venues for external dissemination of ACDI/VOCA’s learning and participate in and present at international, domestic and local meetings, workshops, and conferences.


Minimum Qualifications include a Masters of Public Health or Master’s in international development with nutrition focus and/or minimum of 2-4 years’ experience, including overseas work, in international development or related field required. Demonstrated experience and technical knowledge in nutrition-sensitive agriculture, particularly related to food security, agricultural, gender, or social behavior change. 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. Excellent writing and communication skills in 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. Fluency in English is required. Proficiency in French is preferred. Ability and willingness to travel internationally.

About the Organization

ACDI/VOCA is a private, nonprofit organization that promotes broad-based economic growth and the development of civil society in emerging democracies and developing countries. Offering a comprehensive range of technical assistance services, ACDI/VOCA addresses the most pressing and intractable development problems. Driven by the goal of adding value to local enterprise, which underlies prosperity and stability, ACDI/VOCA works in five main practice areas: * Agribusiness * Enterprise Development * Financial Services * Community Development * Food Security The ACDI/VOCA Difference ACDI/VOCA has a proven record of development success dating back more than 45 years. This experience coupled with operational integrity, technical expertise and the ability to operate at scale means that clients and partners can always expect positive results from ACDI/VOCA. ACDI/VOCA is also distinguished by its: * identity as a nonprofit that means business * proficiency at grassroots, self-help organizing * private sector and market orientation * dedication to beneficiary gains in income, jobs and savings * leadership in value chain approaches to enterprise development * legacy of lasting institutions and organizations * vast talent bank * experience working on a regional/global scale * network of U.S. and international partners * systems approach to technical solutions and operations * grants-management capacity * cutting-edge approaches to fragile/failing states, trade capacity building, public-private partnership, information and communications technology and integrated HIV/AIDS programming * experience with large indefinite quantity contracts (IQCs)

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