Save the Children Nutrition Technical Specialist Jobs in Kenya

Save the Children Nutrition Technical Specialist Jobs in Kenya

Role Purpose:

Under the general direction and guidance of the Head of Head and Nutrition, and as a key member of the Programme Development and Quality (PDQ) team, the Nutrition Technical Specialist (TS) will ensure that all nutrition programming is of excellent technical quality, attracts significant donor funding and contributes significantly to Save the Children’s strategic objectives, national/global learning and advocacy.

The Nutrition TS is expected to provide technical advice and support to programme staff to ensure programming objectives are successfully achieved.

He/she will shall also lead the development and implementation of the country office nutrition strategy, closely linked to WASH and health programming, as well as child sensitive livelihoods as part of wider nutrition resilience efforts.

The post holder will play a lead role in the technical design of nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive projects, with relevant project managers, to ensure the projects contr ibute to the achievement of the thematic programme plan; be responsible for ensuring that key organisational principles and approaches such as child participation and sound monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning (MEAL) systems are well integrated throughout the project cycle;

He/she will support the overall country strategic intent to focus on risk reduction, adaptation and nutrition resilience in light of a changing context in East Africa

Key Areas of Accountability

  • Be fully aware of and actively participate in the development and review of country strategy and thematic programme plans.
  • Specifically lead the operationalisation and implementation of the nutrition component of the Save the Children Kenya Health & Nutrition strategy and ensure that nutrition-sensitive strategies and approaches are integrated into other thematic strategies.
  • Build on technical knowledge and understanding of the operation of nutrition policy and services in Kenya, and current/previous programming to develop proposals for new programming in close coordination with the programme staff.
  • Ensure all new programming supports the achievement of Save the Children’s objectives as outlined in the Health and Nutrition Strategy, specifically improving child survival, food security, resilience and adaptation in Kenya.
  • Regularly assess and communicate the implications for Save the Children’s programme and priorities of any changes in the operating environment relevant to this theme.
  • Help to clearly articulate the nutrition advocacy messages for the Kenya country office.
  • Work with the Head of Child Survival, Health Advocacy Advisor and Health Technical Specialist in the development of a national health and nutrition advocacy strategy and an implementation plan (with timeline, key outcomes and activities).
  • Support and monitor the implementation of nutrition-related elements of the advocacy strategies at national and county level, including through ensuring that programme staff have relevant advocacy skills and that roles and responsibilities for different activities are clarified.
  • Active participation in monthly Nutrition Technical Forum meetings at the MoH
  • Participation and/or sharing information for use by the Health Advocacy Advisor to share during Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) meetings at the national level
  • Participation in Regional Food Security and Nutrition Working Group meetings and/or collaboration with the Child Poverty Technical Specialist to share engagement
  • Participation in the Nutrition Information Working Group and/or collaboration with the Health Advocacy Advisor to share engagement
  • Ensuring pro-active engagement with the UN/UNICEF, including through coordination meetings at national and regional levels
  • Advising field teams to ensure adequate field visibility through technical attendance and technical meetings at district level
  • Assist in the development of tools for project staff and partners to improve the quality of nutrition work.
  • Where external consultants (local or international) are required to technically support or monitor and evaluate projects, lead the recruitment and subsequent management of contracted consultants as per the recruitment guidelines.
  • Review relevant monitoring reports to donors to ensure that technical debates are well articulated and reports are of acceptable quality before submission.
  • Regularly review and monitor programmes
    for child safeguarding issues. Take corrective action in modifying programme activities and/or report incidents.
  • Ensure the active dissemination of programme findings and lessons learned through the production of high quality materials and their effective dissemination to key stakeholders.
  • Participate actively in PDQ programme meetings, planning and review activities, providing enhanced insight into nutrition programming.
  • Actively participate in key relevant internal meetings such as Programme Review Meetings, Senior Management Team or Area-based meetings as required.
  • Participate in any donor visit to project(s) within the country office portfolio, as required.
  • Ensure the recruitment and training of nutrition programme staff in technical areas of expertise as appropriate and ensure availability of appropriate professional development opportunities.
  • Provide feedback on the performance of key programme staff through regular consultation with Area Programme Managers, as well as through structured performance management processes.

    Qualifications and Experience
  • Nutrition professional with a Masters Degree in nutrition or equivalent.
  • At least 5 years of experience implementing nutrition programmes with at least two years, of working at an advisory level in nutrition for international NGOs or the private sector in Kenya.
  • Excellent understanding of the nutrition sector within the Kenyan context, particularly maternal, newborn and child nutrition issues.
  • Clear understanding of and proactive approach to nutrition resilience, hunger and food security issues in Kenya, particularly in the context of Northern Kenyan.
  • Proven representation and advocacy skills.
  • Strong commitment to capacity building of national staff and partners with willingness to adopt participatory and consultative approaches.
  • Experience with nutrition programming in arid and semi-arid land (ASAL) settings preferred.
  • Experience writing donor funding proposals for large institutional grants in excess of US$1 million.
  • Strong writing skills, including experience in writing proposals, capacity statements and position papers.
  • Good interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate and negotiate clearly and effectively at all levels, taking into account cultural and language difficulties.
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching.
  • Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mind-sets.
  • Experience solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy-in.
  • Ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner.
  • Ability and willingness to dramatically change work practices and hours, and work with incoming surge teams, in the event of emergencies.
  • Fluency in English, both verbal and written, required. Swahili preferred.
  • Commitment to Save the Children values, including willingness to abide by and enforce the Child Safeguarding policy.
  • Please apply in English saving your CV and covering letter as a single document, including your salary expectations for this role.
  • We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.
  • Employment is subject to our Child protection standards including background checks and adherence to our Child Safeguarding Policy.
  • Save the Children is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best qualified talent.
  • Female candidates are encouraged to apply.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and Recruitment will be on a rolling basis.

    How to Apply
  • Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 13th June 2019
  • For more information and job application details, see; Save the Children Nutrition Technical Specialist Jobs in Kenya

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