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Nutrition & Health Advisor , New York, Concern Worldwide

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Regine Kopplow

Sen. Adv. FNS Concern Worldwide

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23 Jul 2015, 09:46

Description: The nutrition & health advisor’s prime responsibility is to ensure high quality technical support to Concern’s nutrition and health work in emergency, transition and development contexts, targeting especially extremely poor and vulnerable populations, and to develop and document best practices and to promote organizational learning. Based in the New York office the successful candidate will report to the VP Programs on a day-to-day basis but will have very strong links with Concern’s office in Ireland and will be an active member of the nutrition, health (Including Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) and HIV technical assistance group which is part of the Strategy, Advocacy and Learning (SAL) Unit in Dublin increasingly supporting integrated programs in health, education, livelihoods and social protection. Approximately 40% of travel time is anticipated for this position. Main Duties & Responsibilities: • Provide guidance and technical support to nutrition and health programs that prevent under-nutrition, treat malnutrition (i.e. CMAM) and improve health service delivery. Guidance and support may be in the form of supporting contextual analysis, proposal development, project design, project implementation and monitoring and evaluation. Both remote and face-to-face technical and administrative support will be required. • Lead in the exploration of health and nutrition funding opportunities within the US and support, as requested the preparation and submission of funding concept papers, proposals and budgets. • Facilitate cross-country learning, synthesis, documentation and sharing of experience / learning of nutrition and health within the organization. • Help develop internal organizational nutrition and health training and development of tools/guidelines/standards in line with international best practice to improve program quality. • Foster technical capacity building of field staff through technical updates, training opportunities, exchange visits, literature sharing etc. • Actively engage in nutrition and health networks with key institutions /agencies, universities and donors within the USA as appropriate. • Strengthen alliances between Concern and other stakeholders involved with nutrition and health programming at the international and national levels • Document and disseminate experiences and lessons learned on each of the program areas to ensure Concern’s profile amongst peer organisations is raised at international and national levels. • Participate in recruitment for technical nutrition and health positions in countries of operation. • Actively engage with the technical assistance teams based in UK/Ireland to support cross organizational learning and coordination. • Support nutrition and health related advocacy initiatives as required. • Provide input into Concern US promotional, media and communications materials on nutrition and health. • Participate as a member of Concern’s Rapid Deployment Unit, responding to humanitarian emergencies as necessary. • Contribute to the overall mission of Concern Worldwide US and assist other members of the Concern team as requested. Position Requirements: • Masters (MSc) in Nutrition/Public Health or BA in Nutrition/Public Health • At least three to five (3-5) years’ experience working in nutrition and health, especially the broader health systems including service delivery, health workforce, information, supply chain, financing and stewardship particularly in conflict setting or fragile states • Experience working with scaling up and integrating CMAM and/or other health and nutrition interventions into Ministry of Health (MoH) systems • Solid understanding and experience implementing strategies to strengthen capabilities and engagement of community institutions to demand and utilize primary health services. • Excellent inter-personal, communications and facilitation skills • Familiar with global and regional health and nutrition networks • Skills in training and mentoring • Ability to work within multi-cultural teams • Ability to manage own work • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure • Ability to travel routinely both domestically and international, including on short notice and for extended missions (up to 6 weeks) Desirable: • Field experience in the prevention of under-nutrition and a strong understanding of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) framework and 1,000 days campaign • Field experience in emergency response or post-conflict setting • Experience with representation at national, regional and global nutrition networks • Experience in broader health programming; including HIV and AIDS mainstreaming and integration, and health institution and system strengthening for improved service delivery. • Experience with operational research and peer-review writing • Experience in integrating cross-cutting issues including equality, gender and human rights About the Organisation: Concern Worldwide is an international humanitarian organization dedicated to the reduction of suffering and working towards the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty in the world's poorest countries. Founded in Ireland in 1968, Concern now has over 3,500 personnel working in 26 countries across the globe. Concern believes in a world where no one lives in fear; where all have access to a decent standard of living, and the opportunities essential to a long, healthy and creative life. Our mission is to help people living in absolute poverty achieve major improvements in their lives, improvements that are sustainable without ongoing support from Concern. Concern Worldwide (U.S.) Inc. is an independent affiliate of Concern Worldwide, with offices in New York and Chicago. Our mission is to support the work of Concern Worldwide by financially supporting programs, representing Concern at the UN and with key US donors and facilitating the recruitment of personnel. Concern Worldwide (U.S.) Inc. also supports our global advocacy on Hunger & humanitarian issues and engages the US public, in particular high school students on international development issues through our Active Global Citizens program. To apply please go to

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