Save the Children International Kenya Country office has an exciting opportunity for you to join our team as Nutrition-Sensitive Advisor, USAID Advancing Nutrition Kenya. The role holder will provide nutrition-sensitive technical support to national ministries, county departments and other stakeholders involved in multi-sectoral nutrition to addressing malnutrition in Kakamega, Kisumu and Kitui Counties as well as national level. The role holder will support implementation of nutrition-sensitive components of the county and national level action plans including capacity building of the government and local organizations on multi-sectoral nutrition-sensitive interventions and relevant national nutrition-sensitive strategies and policies. The core accountabilities include: Co-planning with government, programme planning and quality improvement, implementation, monitoring and evaluation and reporting; Representation and coordination with national/country government, local organizations and private sector. In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.
USAID Advancing Nutrition
USAID Advancing Nutrition is the Agency’s flagship multi-sectoral nutrition project, led by JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (JSI), and a diverse group of experienced partners, including Save the Children. Launched in September 2018, USAID Advancing Nutrition implements nutrition interventions across sectors and disciplines for USAID and its partners. The project’s multi-sectoral approach draws together global nutrition experience to design, implement and evaluate programs that address the root causes of malnutrition. Committed to using a systems approach, USAID Advancing Nutrition strives to sustain positive outcomes by building local capacity, supporting behaviour change and strengthening the enabling environment to save lives, improve health, build resilience, increase economic productivity and advance development.
USAID Advancing Nutrition’s work in Kenya will support the USAID/Kenya and Government of Kenya’s multi-sectoral nutrition agenda at the national level and provide support and guidance to implementation at the county level. The activity will support capacity strengthening efforts for local organizations, amplification of the voices of the vulnerable at county and national levels, and capacity strengthening of stakeholders to advocate for improved nutrition for the most vulnerable.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
- Master’s degree in nutrition-sensitive, public health, social sciences, international development, or a related field.
- At least 7 years of professional experience working with the Kenyan government in areas related to multi-sectoral nutrition, (e.g. agriculture, livelihoods, food security, livestock, etc.)
- Strong knowledge of multi-sectoral nutrition, health policy, health systems strengthening, quality improvement, quality assurance, behavior change communication, community development, food security and/or agriculture.
- Strong knowledge of the health system at national, provincial, district and community level; health facility and community-based nutrition services; and multi-sectoral nutrition programming in Kenya. Experience working in Kakamega, Kisumu, Kitui a strong plus.
- Experience working effectively in partnership with staff, collaborating organizations, international donors and agencies, U.S. Government agencies (i.e. USAID), Kenyan government and national and county levels, ministries and other relevant stakeholders.
- Demonstrates strong interpersonal and organizational skills.
- Working knowledge of virtual communication platforms: Microsoft Teams, Google Docs/Meets, Zoom; Microsoft software packages: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
- Excellent English language skills, both written and spoken with strong presentation skills. Ability to prepare and disseminate project findings, success stories and other documents effectively.
Save the children international employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.
We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:
- No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
- All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
- Violence against children is no longer tolerated
We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.
Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations. A copy of the full role profile can be found at .
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Save the Children is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best-qualified talent.
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