Multi-sectoral Nutrition Coordination Specialist at Helen Keller International (3 Openings)

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Helen Keller International is a global health organization dedicated to eliminating preventable vision loss, malnutrition and diseases of poverty.  Cofounded by Helen Keller – and guided by her fierce optimism and belief in human potential – the organization delivers life-changing health solutions to vulnerable families where the need is great but access to care is limited.  In the US, Africa, and Asia, Helen Keller’s proven, science-based programs empower people to create opportunities in their own lives and build lasting change.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Multi-sectoral Nutrition Coordination Specialist

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Locations: Bauchi, Kebbi and Sokoto

Background

  • The USAID Advancing Nutrition implements and provides technical support to 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 behavior change and strengthening the enabling environment to save lives, improve health, build resilience, increase economic productivity and advance development.
  • The overall purpose of the project in Nigeria is to provide technical support to the Government of Nigeria, and other nutrition stakeholders and generate evidence to enhance nutrition programming toward achieving the overall goal of improving nutrition for a healthy, productive, and resilient Nigeria.

Scope of the Position

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  • The Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Coordination Specialist will be responsible for managing the engagement with the State Committee on Food and Nutrition and ensure the timely implementation of the ‘food and nutrition policies, strategies and activities.  
  • S/he will be responsible for fostering alignment and coordination of the state government ministries, departments and agencies and other key multi-sectoral stakeholders, maintaining effective communication and relationships.

Job Responsibilities
The main responsibilities of the position are:

  • Facilitate the project’s engagement, coordination and partnerships with multi-sectoral actors and stakeholders.  Ensure that the project is connected and engaging with the right policy and decision-makers
  • Ensure effective multi-sectoral nutrition coordination among implementing departments/offices. Manage the successful implementation of technical and administrative project activities in multiple sectors.
  • In collaboration with relevant stakeholders, ensure the functionality of state food and nutrition committees providing support to implement work plans and other activities.
  • Facilitate regular state-level coordination and technical committee meetings and monitor the progress of each sector towards achieving nutrition objectives. Identify challenges faced by multi-sectoral partners in the implementation of policies and strategies and report to the relevant bodies for solutions.
  • Build and maintain collaborative relationships with multiple stakeholders to support resource tracking for effective implementation of the project
  • Together with other stakeholders, organize learning and experience sharing platforms to strengthen multi-sectoral nutrition coordination and implementation.
  • Support the cascade of food and nutrition policy initiatives and strategies and mainstream nutrition across socioeconomic sectors
  • Engage in professional forums, workshops, seminars and other events organized at state level that contribute to the success of project activities
  • Perform any other relevant duties as assigned by the State Coordinator

Expected Deliverables:

  • Development of quarterly and annual plans of the State Food and Nutrition Committee, clearly defining activities and resources required
  • Schedule and organize regular State Food and Nutrition Committee meetings and other coordination meetings with external stakeholders.
  • Development and implementation of a routine multi-sector nutrition monitoring system, including process monitoring and annual outcome monitoring solutions for the program.
  • Implementation of resource tracking system for multi-sectoral contributions to the nutrition sector

Educational Qualifications

  • Required: Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent related experience

Experience:

  • Required: 8+ years of experience in coordinating multispectral activities, partners and stakeholders

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Capacity building/facilitation skills
  • Understanding of the coordination mechanisms for multi-sectoral nutrition activities in the state
  • Deep knowledge of key actors in the state’s food and nutrition ecosystem
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English and spoken Hausa required.
  • Experience in cross-cultural work environment
  • Ability to work under pressure in fast-paced environment.

Competencies:

  • Adaptable, creative, collaborative and able to think strategically.
  • Purpose-driven and outcome-focused – moving roadblocks, tackling difficult problems and is action-oriented.
  • Operate as a nimble learner – knowing personal strengths, weaknesses and limits, has a growth mindset.
  • Impeccable negotiation and problem-solving skills
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and rapport building.

Physical Demands:

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  • Ability to travel regularly within the state as needed

Terms & Conditions:

  • This is a local posting in Nigeria, and as such, is subject to local terms and conditions.

Application Closing Date
4th January, 2022.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should forward their CV to: [email protected] using the Position as the subject of the email.

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Note

  • In the spirit of our founder and namesake, Helen Keller is dedicated to building an inclusive workforce where diversity is fully valued.
  • We are an Equal Opportunity Employer where all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
  • We are committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need to request accommodation during the application or interview process, please contact us.

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