Starting Date: 01/06/2020
USAID Advancing Nutrition is the Agencyâ€™s flagship nutrition project, led by JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (JSI), and a diverse group of experienced partners. Launched in September 2018, USAID Advancing Nutrition implements and provides technical support to nutrition interventions across sectors and disciplines for USAID and its partners. The projectâ€™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 Technical Advisor will provide technical support to the design, implementation, monitoring and reporting of the ECD components of the USAID Advancing Nutrition project. S/he will have a strong understanding of global evidence, best practices, and gaps around early childhood development interventions. The ideal candidate will have a particular emphasis on the Nurturing Care Framework and experience integrating ECD interventions into nutrition, health and other service delivery platforms.
The Technical Advisor will lead ECD activities, coordinating across teams (Nutrition and Health Systems, Food Security, Food Systems, and Social Behavioral Change) to stay abreast of research and better practices related to multi-sectoral nutrition and early childhood. The Technical Advisor will lead technical discussions and strategic thinking around ECD/Nurturing Care with USAID and other key stakeholders.
The Advisor will contribute to strategic plans, budget development, and annual/quarterly work plans as well as provide overall ECD technical guidance in line with USAID guidelines to achieve project objectives. In addition to global-level contributions, the ECD Technical Advisor will provide ECD technical assistance to countries either alone or as part of a team, leading the development, adaptation and implementation of 0-3 ECD materials and interventions. The Technical Advisor reports to the Director of Nutrition and Health Systems and is based at the JSI offices in Arlington, VA.
- Identify promising innovative program strategies, develop program guidance, and provide technical assistance to priority countries in support of ECD programming in relation to multi-sectoral nutrition.
- Actively contribute to the projectâ€™s technical direction by developing strategies and partnerships to increase program coverage, visibility, and resource availability.
- Participate in global ECD networks relevant to nutrition, representing USAID Advancing Nutritionâ€™s work and advocating for increased commitments to global nutrition.
- Facilitate global and regional coordination to ensure development of quality, evidence-based technical tools and guides, and promote their use to increase capacity of and support to USAIDâ€™s multi-sectoral nutrition priorities.
- Collaborate with the projectâ€™s monitoring and evaluation staff to carry out operations research related to ECD/nutrition program delivery and contribute to other research efforts as needed.
- Liaise with technical teams and advisors on the project to ensure a high standard of quality across all USAID Advancing Nutrition ECD-related products and presentations.
- Provide up-to-date, evidence based technical and policy briefs, and develop or manage the creation of evidence-based program standards with key stakeholders.
- Participate in program design and development of implementation activities (strategic planning, program presentation, advocacy and policy meetings), as appropriate.
- Contribute to the development of team (both global and country) work plans and budgets, ensuring consistency with project direction and strategy.
- Write or contribute to programmatic and technical reports on ECD activities, such as quarterly reports and technical briefs as needed.
- Mentor Technical Specialists and/or Program Officers to facilitate professional growth and development.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Strong interpersonal skills and experience working effectively in teams and cross-cultural settings.
- Excellent time management and personal organization skills.
- Comfortable working in a matrixed, integrated work environment.
- Confident giving and receiving feedback in a direct, professional manner.
- Ability to direct multiple long and short-term activities simultaneously with minimal supervision.
- Demonstrated success in working with local government and NGO stakeholders.
- Broad capacity building and training experience.
- Demonstrated understanding of the socio-cultural issues and nuances of working in communities and with vulnerable populations.
- Knowledge of emergent literacy and math and early learning programs and multi-sectoral programs in the First 1000 Days.
- Strong record of fostering new and effective partnerships on an international level including participation in technical advisory groups, international consultations, boards, etc.
- In-depth experience undertaking and supporting research, data collection, analysis and report and article writing.
- Demonstrated ability and affinity for delivering technical assistance in developing countries.
- Experience overseeing technical quality of activities integrating nutrition into maternal and child health, family planning, food security/livelihoods and/or HIV/AIDS.
- Ability to develop and apply monitoring and evaluation plans to determine activity results and monitor impact.
- Knowledge of USAID and other donor policies, strategies, and program priorities.
- EDUCATION: Masterâ€™s degree or advanced degree in early childhood development, education, disability, nutrition, public health, or social sciences, or a related field.
- EXPERIENCE: 7 years of programing experience in early childhood development and/or experience in inclusive education. Knowledge of evidence based interventions and support for children with disabilities and their families a plus.
- Teaching experience in classrooms, particularly for young age groups, e.g. pre-kindergarten preferred.
- Ability to undertake field travel (approximately 30%)
- Excellent written and oral communication skills in English. Fluency in French or Portuguese desirable.
The ECD Advisor position is advertised through five USAID Advancing Nutrition consortium partners and is fully seconded to the project. Applicants are encouraged to apply through the organization they are most interested in working for. Applicants applying through multiple organizations will not be considered.
Salary commensurate with experience.
Interested candidates should submit their resumes and cover letters online by 11/21/2019.
No phone calls please.
Principals only please.