Program Officer - Nutrition

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 18 September 2020

Job Description


R4D works with global and country change agents in five main areas:

  • Our nutrition financing practice area aims to support resource mobilization efforts and to improve allocation decisions of key funders for nutrition. Our work includes generating analytics on sustainable financing considerations, costing analysis and resource tracking.
  • Our nutrition innovations practice area aims to support the identification, adaptation and scale up of cost-effective innovative solutions that have the potential to tackle big challenges and gaps in nutrition.
  • Our data for decision making in nutrition practice area puts data users at the center of its efforts. We develop tools — including dashboards, scorecards and performance metrics — and support decision-making processes in a way that is designed to solve the practical decision making challenges of change agents.
  • Our food systems and market shaping practice area aims to enable and incentivize an ambitious transformation of food systems and diets so that healthy and nutritious foods become aspirational, affordable and widely available and the drivers of investments, comparative advantage and profits for businesses.
  • Finally, we also provide support to key change agents driving global, regional or national efforts to tackle malnutrition.

Key examples of our work include:

  • Making the case for greater investments in nutrition by developing, in partnership with the World Bank and 1,000 Days, the first-ever Global Investment Framework for Nutrition, which outlined costs and financing scenarios that donors and governments can follow to achieve the World Health Assembly Global Nutrition Targets over the next 10 years.
  • Working with the African Development Bank to develop a multisectoral plan of action for nutrition to operationalize AfDB President Adesina’s ambitious vision for improving Africa’s “grey matter infrastructure.”
  • Providing direct support — in the form of costing, budgeting and other financing, capacity building and strategic support— in countries that have particularly high malnutrition rates, such as India, Ethiopia and Nigeria.


To support this mission, R4D seeks a Program Officer to join our rapidly growing Nutrition Practice to help co-lead and support two key projects:

DataDENT: The Institute for International Programs (IIP) at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and Results for Development are working together as part of an initiative, called Data for Decisions to Expand Nutrition Transformation (DataDENT). DataDENT is a four year-initiative (2017-2021) that aims to transform the availability and use of nutrition data by addressing gaps in nutrition measurement and advocating for strong nutrition data systems. R4D’s work on DataDENT primarily focuses on promoting data uptake and supporting decision-makers’ needs in nutrition. The first phase of R4D’s work included a landscaping of data visualization tools in nutrition and consultations with nutrition stakeholders globally and in priority countries to assess their data needs and challenges for decision-making. These analyses will provide the foundation for a strategic path forward on how best to improve data use for decision-making in nutrition.

Food Systems Policy Options: Results for Development (R4D), along with the Centre for Food Policy at City, University of London, have proposed producing a practical and actionable set of resources to guide national and subnational policymakers towards identifying and implementing policies that effectively reorient their food systems towards healthy diets and nutrition and inform funders’ investment choices. The resource guide will offer a harmonized narrative on the importance of transforming food systems for nutrition that policymakers and other stakeholders could leverage and practical recommendations to stakeholders on the right processes to design policies that take a food systems approach to nutrition. The resource guide would be accompanied by the compendium of evidence, curated into an accessible, policy relevant format. Both outputs will, to the extent possible, use a gender lens to think through the food system policies and bring in gender elements to the policy process and governance.
This position is a unique opportunity to not only lead nutrition team projects, but also contribute leadership to a growing and entrepreneurial team. This position is based in Washington, D.C., and will report to the R4D’s Senior Program Officer for Nutrition Data

As a Program Officer for the nutrition team, you will provide program management and technical contributions for new and ongoing projects in nutrition financing.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Managing projects or discrete workstreams of projects, from project design and inception to overall project management to ensure key project deliverables are completed on time; and learning and adaptation to ensure continued optimal relevance and impact.
  • Lead qualitative and quantitative analytical activities, including drafting materials summarizing research results on specific topics as assigned.
  • Provide guidance and management support to more junior team members as needed on project work streams
  • Manage relationships with funders, internal and external experts, clients, and program managers involved in engagements
  • Develop creative new ideas for projects and contribute to business development proposals
  • Providing thought leadership and technical expertise to the nutrition team and across the broader organization, including representing R4D in external settings, developing knowledge products and writing blog posts, and contributing to R4D’s cross-cutting sustainable financing community of practice alongside nutrition, health and education colleagues
  • Support R4D-wide activities that contribute to a strong and positive organizational culture


  • An MA with a minimum of 3 years of experience or a BA with a minimum of 5 years of experience in program management, partner management, and strong research skills in global development
  • 3-5 years of direct work experience related to nutrition, health or agricultural economics, epidemiology or related fields.
  • Experience with analytical reviews and summaries of existing literature pertinent to the projects.
  • Strong analytical, problem solving, and quantitative skills, with minimal supervision
  • Demonstrated ability to manage partner relationships and project work streams
  • Proven capacity to synthesize technical content into effective presentations
  • Ability to prioritize and manage work in a fast-paced environment across multiple projects and work streams with competing time/resource demands
  • Willingness to travel at least 25% of the time to sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia
  • High level of organization, attention to detail, professionalism, and reliability
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Enthusiastic about joining a diverse and inclusive work environment
  • Motivated to learn, grow, contribute and produce

About the Organization

Results for Development (R4D) is a leading non-profit global development partner. We collaborate with change agents around the world — government officials, civil society leaders and social innovators — to create strong systems that support healthy, educated people. We help our partners move from knowing their goal to knowing how to reach it. We combine global expertise in health, education and nutrition with analytic rigor, practical support for decision-making and implementation and access to peer problem-solving networks. Together with our partners, we build self-sustaining systems that serve everyone and deliver lasting results. Then we share what we learn so others can achieve results for development, too.

We have a unique and vibrant culture at R4D. Diversity, equity and inclusion are at the heart of our work environment and help advance our mission. Diversity—of ideas, identities, perspectives and backgrounds—is vital to who we are and what we do. We seek people who embrace these values and will help reinforce them. Our work culture is collaborative, creative and entrepreneurial. We operate based on trust and respect. Teams across the organization frequently collaborate on programmatic work and support each other in continuously building a better R4D.

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