Technical Advisor II-Nutrition & Health, Southern Africa Region

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 27 April 2021

Job Description

Job Summary:

You will provide technical advice, guidance, and support to a wide range of program design and implementation issues with a focus on larger projects in the area of Nutrition/Health in line with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) program quality principles and standards, donor guidelines, and industry best practices to regional and Country Program (CP) teams to advance the delivery of high-quality programming to the poor and vulnerable. Your technical knowledge, advice and guidance will contribute to determining how effective, adaptive and innovative CRS’ Nutrition/Health programming is across the globe.

The Nutrition/Health TAII will provide technical assistance in the areas of Nutrition and Health with a particular focus on nutrition for 6 countries in the Southern Africa Region: Malawi, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique and Madagascar. As needed, the Nutrition/Health TAII will also support outreach countries including Angola, Botswana, Swaziland, and Namibia.

The Nutrition/Health TAII will focus primarily on nutrition and maternal and child health (MNCH) and will have significant experience in the application and use of proven behavior change models. S/he will work closely with his/her counterpart TAs in other sectors to ensure close integration of activities to jointly advance the regional strategy agenda.

This position is open for international telecommuting and nationals from the Southern Africa Region (Angola, Lesotho, Malawi, Madagascar, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe).


Required Languages - French an advantage

Travel - Must be willing to travel up to 30% of time.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent relationship management skills with ability to influence and get buy-in from people not under direct supervision and to work with individuals in diverse geographical and cultural settings.
  • Strong strategic, analytical, problem-solving and systems thinking skills with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong presentation, facilitation, training, mentoring, and coaching skills
  • Proactive, resourceful and results-oriented

Supervisory Responsibilities

None (from time to time may be requested to supervisor consultants as needed

Key Working Relationships:

Internal: Deputy Regional Director for Program Quality, SARO Technical Advisors (RTAs); CRS Country Representatives; CRS Heads of Programming; country Health Program Managers and other country staff; CRS HQ Technical Advisors in headquarters; CRS Health technical advisors in other regions.

External: Collaborate with host country government health ministries, other national and international NGOs, UN Agencies, USAID and EU missions, local bilateral institutions, other funding agencies, WHO, local and US Catholic agencies.

Basic Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Nutrition/Health required.
  • Minimum of five years relevant international working experience in an advisory or management role with progressive responsibilities, ideally with an international NGO, with minimum of three years working for programming interventions in Nutrition/Health.
  • Previous experience providing technical assistance and developing successful proposals for external donor funding is required.
  • Demonstrated application of technical principles and concepts in Nutrition/Health. General knowledge of other related disciplines to ensure proper cross-sectoral approach.
  • Experience in business development, project design and proposal development in Nutrition/Health, including technical writing.
  • Experience in mentoring, coaching, facilitation and training applying adult learning principles and practices.
  • Experience with program monitoring and evaluation, including applying data collection tools and methodologies, data analysis, and data presentation.
  • 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.

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.

· Integrity

· Continuous Improvement & Innovation

· Builds Relationships

· Develops Talent

· Strategic Mindset

· Accountability & Stewardship

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

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

Note: All positions requiring residence or frequent travel outside their home country must undergo and clear a pre-employment medical examination.

CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to safeguarding the rights and dignity of all people - especially children and vulnerable adults - to live free from abuse and harm.

CRS welcomes candidates from the countries and regions in which we work. In the event the successful candidate is an expatriate or global telecommuter, the anticipated duration of the assignment is informed by a term limit, based on the type and level of the job and the needs of the agency.

CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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.

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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