Senior Technical Advisor, Emergency Nutrition

  • Posted on 7 December 2020
  • Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
  • Closing on 3 March 2021

Job Description

The Emergency Nutrition Technical Advisor will be a senior member of FHI 360’s Nutrition and Food Security team and will work closely with the organization’s Crisis Response Team. The advisor will serve as the principal point of contact for matters pertaining to nutrition in emergencies and the prevention and management of wasting across all contexts. S/he will stay abreast of technical developments and donor trends, represent FHI 360 in emergency coordination and wasting-related norms setting bodies, and grow the organization’s visibility and thought leadership in the field. S/he will be responsible for ensuring the technical quality of existing emergency nutrition programs and will support the development and start-up of new projects across the humanitarian-to-development continuum. The incumbent will support acute response activities where necessary and may be asked to deploy to austere or insecure locations on short notice.

Key Responsibilities

Program Quality: Ensure FHI projects deliver high quality programming aligned with global humanitarian standards and the state of the art.

  • Identify technical assistance (TA) needs and ensure timely provision of TA services, including conducting visits to country projects to support ongoing nutrition projects and research studies;
  • Contribute to the development of agency-specific tools for rapid assessment, program design, and monitoring and evaluation;
  • Continue development of global tools and resources to support quality community-based management of acute malnutrition and infant and young child feeding programming;
  • Develop internal standard operating procedures for nutrition in emergencies and develop and maintain nutrition content within the FHI 360 Crisis Response Toolkit;
  • Develop a cadre of consultants to support ongoing projects and rapid assessment, design and start-up efforts; and,
  • Build staff capacity to develop and deliver more effective emergency nutrition programs.

Project Development: Collaborate with the Crisis Response and Business Development teams to grow FHI 360’s emergency nutrition portfolio and global presence.

  • Stay abreast of donor trends and identify opportunities for expanding FHI 360’s portfolio at both country and global level;
  • Lead design and development of emergency nutrition projects and support development of multi-sector projects with significant emergency nutrition components;
  • Support the Crisis Response Team in responding to rapid-onset events through direct TA in assessment, design, and startup, including short term deployment;
  • Review technical quality of proposals, including review of technical strategies, interventions and activities and ensuring alignment to nutrition outcomes; and,
  • Conduct technical training during field visits and ongoing technical coaching for country project staff remotely and support senior country nutrition project staff recruitment and onboarding.

Thought Leadership: Position FHI 360 as a thought leader in the field, with particular focus on the humanitarian/development nexus.

  • Identify niche areas of research for FHI 360, building upon FHI 360 experience and cross-organizational capabilities;
  • Identify opportunities within existing projects to advance the evidence base and work with project staff and others to document and disseminate findings;
  • Identify, develop, and secure funding to pursue strategic lines of inquiry with the aim of contributing to the peer-reviewed evidence base; and,
  • Ensure the quality and integrity of any related research and publications.

Representation and Positioning: Serve as the organization’s primary point of contact in matters pertaining to emergency nutrition and wasting in both children and adults.

  • Ensure FHI 360 plays a visible role in global technical and norms setting bodies, including the Global Nutrition Cluster;
  • Develop relationships and networks within the humanitarian nutrition donor community and with key implementing organizations and leading academics; and,
  • Represent emergency nutrition and food security interests in intra-organizational coordination bodies, including the Emergency-Development Nexus Group and other special initiatives

Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in nutrition, public health or related field;
  • Minimum 8-11 years required with a preference of 10 to 15 years of progressive responsibilities in the field of nutrition or emergency nutrition;
  • Proven record of success in emergency nutrition, with established networks in both the donor and implementing environment;
  • Knowledge and experience of the international humanitarian architecture and coordination processes;
  • Demonstrated track record in developing, resourcing, and managing emergency nutrition projects;
  • Experience with, and knowledge of, USAID/OFDA funding and regulations; and,
  • Excellent verbal and written English skills. Competency in a second language a plus.

Typical Physical Demands

  • Typical office environment.
  • Ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to lift 5-50 lbs.

Technology to be Used

  • Personal Computer, Microsoft Office (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), e-mail, telephone, printer, calculator, copier, cell phones, PDAs and other hand-held devices.

Travel Requirements

  • Up to 25%

This job posting summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.

About the Organization

FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in health, education, nutrition, environment, economic development, civil society, gender, youth, research, technology, communication and social marketing — creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today's interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 60 countries and all U.S. states and territories.

As we evolve to meet the challenges of the future, we stand committed to the principles that have guided our organization for the last 40+ years. Our work continues to be grounded in research and science, strengthened by partnerships and focused on building the capacity of individuals, communities and countries to succeed.

FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.

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