Nutrition Advisor

PATH

NOTE: This position is contingent upon donor funding.

PATH is an international organization that drives transformative innovation to save lives and improve health, especially among women and children. We accelerate innovation across five platforms—vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, devices, and system and service innovations—that harness our entrepreneurial insight, scientific and public health expertise, and passion for health equity. By mobilizing partners around the world, we take innovation to scale, working alongside countries primarily in Africa and Asia to tackle their greatest health needs. Together, we deliver measurable results that disrupt the cycle of poor health.

PATH is seeking a Nutrition and Child Health Advisor for an anticipated USAID-funded integrated nutrition, agriculture, and WASH project in Zambia. The project will have a strong focus on integrated interventions to improve the nutritional status of children under five, increase dietary diversity in children 6-23 months, increase household incomes, and increase women’s empowerment. The expected duration of the project is six years and it is expected that the position will be based in Lusaka. Availability of this position is contingent upon release of a solicitation by USAID and recruitment is contingent upon successful award of the project to PATH and final USAID approval of the candidate.

The Nutrition and Child Health Advisor for this key program in Zambia will be responsible for the overall strategy development and implementation of the nutrition and behavior change activities relevant to this project and will provide technical support on how they will be implemented to achieve expected results. Nutrition and Child Health Advisor will provide cross-cutting, strategic and program implementation direction and management to promote demand for key health and nutrition SBCC and service based interventions at community and household level. This role will work closely with the WASH Advisor and Smallholder/Livelihood Advisor to ensure a comprehensive integrated approach to meet the program objectives of reducing stunting. Nutrition and Child Health Advisor will work with the monitoring and evaluation team to ensure program targets are achieved. The focus will be centered around pregnant women and Zambian children under the age of two, as measured by stunting.

Responsibilities:

  • In collaboration with the senior technical team, develop an overall strategy for the provision of technical assistance to increase community and household-level activities that foster an integrated approach.
  • Ensure the smooth, efficient and effective start-up and ongoing implementation of the nutrition components of the project including linkages with other project components.
  • Ensure development of detailed implementation plans, collection of appropriate baseline and monitoring data, as needed, clear process and impact indicators, and effective project monitoring and evaluation procedures to ensure accountability and make improvements in these target areas.
  • Guarantee timely and accurate donor reporting.
  • Provide sectoral leadership for all nutrition and child health activities relevant to this project.
  • Seek to continuously improve programs, initiate new project implementation strategies as needed, and plan for expansion of project impact, as appropriate.
  • In partnership with the other key staff, establish and maintain good relationships with project co-implementers; government ministries and departments; NGOs working in the area and other key stakeholders. Attend coordination meetings as appropriate. Ensure that activities are coordinated with relevant stakeholders, including communities.

Required Skills & Experience:

  • Master’s degree in Nutrition, international health, is required.
  • Demonstrated progressive experience with increasing responsibility focused in integrated programming of nutrition, child health, early childhood development, and SBCC.
  • Demonstrated progressive experience in providing technical expertise to host government(s) for the areas of care, treatment, and prevention of malnutrition.
  • Solid experience developing SBCC training tools and materials.
  • Experience developing and implementing a behavior change communication strategy for the program, focusing on creating demand for community nutrition services.
  • Experience working with nutrition-sensitive agriculture and livelihoods programs.
  • Prior experience developing and managing community-based health programs in developing countries.
  • Experience working in health systems strengthening.
  • Extensive experience working in Africa, preferably Zambia.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to lead and work effectively in team situations.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Zambian nationals are encouraged to apply.

Must have legal authorization to work in Zambia.

PATH is dedicated to building an inclusive workforce where diversity is valued.

PATH is an equal opportunity employer. Every qualified applicant will be considered for employment. PATH does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or orientation, genetic information, age, national origin, marital status, disability status, political ideology, military or protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

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