Vacancy: Regional Advisor, Adolescent, Maternal and Newborn Health and Nutrition, Africa
about developing and implementing solutions for hidden hunger, the
Micronutrient Initiative (MI) works in partnership with governments, the
private sector and civil society organizations to address micronutrient
deficiency and related health and nutrition problems in underserved
Governed by an international Board of Directors, MI
works in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and Latin America and reaches 500
million people in 70 countries.
headquarters in Ottawa, Canada MI maintains regional offices in New
Delhi, India and soon Nairobi, Kenya that manage our country offices in
Asia and Africa.
As we begin staffing our Africa Regional
Office in Nairobi Kenya we are seeking skilled and highly motivated
individuals to fill key positions in the areas of Finance, Nutrition,
Monitoring and Reporting, Contracting and Procurement, Human Resources
and support staff.
We are recruiting for the following position:
- Support the development of MI Project Concept Notes and proposals in the field of Adolescent, Maternal and Newborn Health and Nutrition adding value through applying technical expertise and up-to-date subject awareness to ensure proposals are technically sound, realistic, achievable and sustainable.
- Promote the need to propose innovative forms/platforms for delivery of health and nutrition interventions to adolescent girls, WRA, pregnant women and newborns bear in mind that integrated programs for these cohorts can be complex.
- Develop or provide inputs to MI project performance measurement (monitoring, and as needed, evaluation) frameworks to ensure that realistic indicators and targets are set for projects.
- Support the development of operations or evaluation research, opportunities and ideas when a need is identified, to investigate persistent constraints to improving Adolescent, MN Health and Nutrition to better inform program design, and identify innovative and effective approaches which could be scaled up.
- Pro-actively propose strategies, tools, guidelines and resource materials to support MI staff and partners in the design of interventions to improve the effectiveness of MI programs with a focus on innovation and application of evidence-based approaches as appropriate.
- Review components related to adolescent, WRA, MN health and nutrition in initiatives being considered as part of wider MI programming.
- Support the development of Terms of Reference for key program components.
- Provide technical QA and support to MI staff and partners in implementing programs in Adolescent girls, WRA, MN Health and Nutrition, ensuring appropriate engagement of Government, development partners and other stakeholders.
- Provide technical backstopping to address problems arising during program implementation.
- Develop networks and collaborative relations to facilitate and reinforce sharing of best practice with other relevant programs, experts and organizations in Africa and globally.
- Ensure documentation of lessons learned from MI work on adolescent girls, WRA, MN (for reporting but also for other wider dissemination) – and on regional partnership development and maintenance
- Promote the value and application of effective strategies for delivering improved adolescent, WRA, and MN health and nutrition to stakeholders, government and donor representatives.
- Represent MI on technical working groups and other regional fora relating to this field.
- Stay abreast of, and contribute to, the latest knowledge and best practices related to programs relevant to Adolescent, WRA and MN Health and Nutrition.
- Support MI resource mobilization initiatives as required e.g. writing/reviewing components for external funding proposals and suggesting ideas for new grants
- In liaison with the Regional Monitoring and Reporting Manager, support MI country teams through tracking their work in monitoring and reporting on Adolescent, WRA, MN and Health and Nutrition programs, providing suggestions for quality improvement as appropriate.
- In liaison with the Grant Managers, provide supportive supervision to country adolescent, WRA and MN health and nutrition programs
- Monitor approaches, roles of selected partners, tools, materials and strategies developed across MI projects and interventions to identify opportunities for disseminating for organizational learning
- In liaison with the Regional Research and Evaluation Manager, and/or Senior Advisers in Adolescent and MN Health and Nutrition in REU, HQ as appropriate, support the design and conduct of implementation research and baseline and end line data collection for monitoring the progress and impact of MI programs aimed at improving Adolescent and WRA Health and Nutrition, including review of ToR and support to identification and management of consultants and research agencies.
4. Supervisory Responsibilities:
- Possible supervision of consultants hired by MI to support its projects.
- Postgraduate level degree in medicine, nursing, public health, nutrition or health-related disciplines, essential.
- Qualification or training in Adolescent and Maternal and Newborn Health is desirable
- A minimum of 5 years’ experience working in Public Health and Nutrition preferably in the Africa Region
- At least 7 years of clinical experience working in the ANC clinic, labour, postnatal and neonatal wards.
- At least 5 years’ experience in international development work and in particular program design and management
- Experience in qualitative research, monitoring and evaluation.
- Fluent written and spoken English essential, knowledge of French languages desirable.
- Based in Regional Office in Nairobi; travel may be required within the region up to 30% of the time.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills,
- Excellent presentation and reporting skills
- Commitment to team work
- Good negotiating skills
- Problem solver
- Proposal writing
- Sound IT skills
MI is a non-smoking work environment
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