Technical Advisor - Nutrition

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University Research Co.
Bethesda, Maryland, United States
Apply by 11 February 2017
Mid-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 11 January 2017

Job Description


The technical advisor will work as a member of the technical advisory team in the International Development Group (IDG) to provide strategic and technical leadership to the division’s nutrition portfolio. He/she will provide technical assistance for both nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive nutrition interventions; integration of nutrition-sensitive interventions with other sectors; HIV/nutrition activities, and all related implementation research, in line with global best practices. Programming contexts span the range of USAID Feed the Future programs for resilience and food security, health systems strengthening projects, HIV/AIDS programs, and maternal, reproductive and child health services programming. The position combines support for program implementation, technical assistance, research, new business development, and the documentation and sharing of results.

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Provide technical leadership and support to in-country teams related to nutrition and food security program design and implementation, integration of nutrition in other sectors and priority health areas, including maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, WASH and/or food security and agriculture programs;
  • Support development of timely monitoring and results reporting;
  • Provide overall strategy development toward design and implementation of nutrition interventions and technical nutrition leadership to promote the advancement and application of human nutrition in programs and projects;
  • Promote programmatic innovation and support URC’s ability to implement highly complex multi-sectoral nutrition projects;
  • Support development of nutrition-related guidelines, tools, and training packages. Ensure consistency with state of the art materials;
  • Track, analyze, and synthesize research, reports, program evaluations, improvement results and other documents. Communicate best practices to IDG staff in the US and in the field.
  • Participate in communities of practice on nutrition, food security and related subjects.
  • Collaborate with IDG and in-country teams to develop study designs and protocols; support in-country research and assessments, including data cleaning and analysis.
  • Support efforts for new business development, including drafting technical strategies for proposals and reviewing bids.

Minimum Qualifications:

Please note: To be considered, you must be currently eligible to work long term in the United States.

  • Master’s degree in nutrition or related field PLUS a minimum of 8 years of experience working on nutrition and food security issues and programs, with significant experience on international donor-funded projects in a program capacity.
  • Excellent knowledge of and demonstrated experience with community nutrition and training techniques as well as material development.
  • High degree of professional judgment, ingenuity and originality to interpret and provide input into the development of a strategy; analyze, develop and present work; and to monitor and evaluate programs.
  • Demonstrated experience with multi-sectoral programming, particularly nutrition, agricultural and livelihood programming.
  • Prior experience working in developing countries.
  • Knowledge of, and experience in, the design and implementation of projects addressing nutrition in the context of HIV/AIDS.
  • Flexible and able to handle multiple tasks and work collaboratively with others. Able to work independently in a fast-paced organization by prioritizing and managing multiple priorities. Strong attention to detail and follow-through required.
  • Ability to interact effectively with all levels of internal and external clients.
  • Willingness to travel internationally, as needed.
  • Fluency in English required, both spoken and writing; fluency in French or Spanish desired.
  • Experience with US Government-funded programs or in an organization focused on international development.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Proven ability to work in teams.

About the Organization

Established in 1965, URC offers a range of technical assistance to strengthen health and social systems and service quality by empowering communities and health workers to identify and scale up locally appropriate solutions to critical problems. URC focuses on finding ways to deliver proven approaches to health care problems, applying quality improvement (QI) methods and conducting operations research to tailor those approaches to various settings. Recognizing implementation barriers unique to each setting, we train local managers and service providers to strengthen health systems, integrate system elements, and bring improvements to scale.

To Apply:

For immediate consideration, please visit URC’s Career Opportunities page at

You must upload your CV/Résumé and your Cover Letter where indicated. Also, please complete your application form and attach a completed USAID Form 1420 Contractor Employee Biographical Data Sheet as well.

Due to the large number of inquiries we receive, only candidates who have met the required experience & qualifications for this position will be contacted. No phone calls please. However, since we are active around the world in the field of public health, we may wish to retain your CV in our database for other/future opportunities, unless you direct us otherwise. Thank you very much for your interest.

URC is an E-Verify Employer

URC is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.

We value and seek diversity in our workforce.

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