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OPM is seeking a Monitoring & Evaluation of Nutrition and Food Security Consultant

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Raissa Sawane

Recruitment & Resourcing Executive

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11 Mar 2016, 12:23

Oxford Policy Management (OPM) is seeking to recruit a full-time staff position in Monitoring and Evaluation of Nutrition and Food Security Programmes at the level of ‘Assistant Consultant’ or ‘Consultant’ to join our Nutrition Portfolio.

At OPM, we only have four levels of staff. Assistant consultants typically join straight out of post-graduate training. Consultants join with work experience, some management experience, are able to work independently and have a good understanding of the consultancy market place. Senior Consultants are able to take on large management and business strategy responsibilities and Principal Consultants are thought leaders in their area of specialization.

If you were working for us, here are some of the things you would have done last week:
•Debated various impact evaluation designs for a health systems intervention in Pakistan to improve nutrition outcomes
•Presented operational research findings to decision-makers and implementers to better design nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive programmes in Northern Nigeria
•Written-up a technical design note of a monitoring system of a cash transfer programme aimed at improving nutrition outcomes in Bihar, India
•Joined a ‘catch-up conference call’ with colleagues in academic institutions that OPM regularly collaborates with
•Prepared a new survey module to capture male attitudes towards key nutrition behaviours in Northern Nigeria that will be pre-tested next month
•A lunch time walk through Christchurch Meadows with a colleagues from OPM’s Water and Social Protection teams to brainstorm on the challenges of nutrition-sensitive programmes

The consultant’s responsibilities will be centred on the following tasks and functions:
•Develop technical and financial proposals for tenders related to nutrition and food security projects – initially with oversight and support by the senior consultants and later independently
•Undertake a broad range of technical work on OPM Nutrition Portfolio consultancy assignments
•Manage projects to a high-level of quality, professionalism and rigour
•Contribute to the Nutrition Portfolio’s intellectual capital development initiatives including capacity building, publications, innovation and developing technical resources to be used across the company
•Foster good relations with clients, including partner government ministries
•Take a proactive approach to personal and career development by keeping abreast of latest developments within the portfolio and technical areas, and taking opportunities to attend internal and external courses as appropriate.
•Ensure Nutrition Portfolio projects are delivered to maximise OPM’s social (i.e. non-profit) impact objectives

Successful applicants must have:
•A post-graduate level of education in a relevant discipline (public health, nutrition, epidemiology, health economics, development economics or other appropriate social science discipline)
•Demonstrated experience in the design and implementation of monitoring and evaluation systems of nutrition or food security interventions
•Demonstrated experience leading / conducting quantitative impact evaluation projects
•Field experience in the design and management of large-scale data collection activities and surveys
•Fluency working in STATA
•The ability to be both a team player and to use their own initiative to prioritise work and handle various demands appropriately
•The ability to communicate effectively with colleagues and clients both verbally and in writing
•The ability to be flexible and take on new challenges
•Experience working in developing countries and / or transitional economies

Preferred:
•Experience of consultancy assignments
•Experience of developing project proposals, preparing project budgets over £100,000 GBP
•Experience of project management, including the management of large project teams
•Ability to work in at least one relevant foreign language

This is a permanent position that is ideally full-time and based in our offices in Oxford, UK. The role will involve overseas travel to ensure effective design and implementation of projects.

OPM offers a competitive salary, a generous contribution pension scheme and holiday entitlement.

How to apply

If all of this resonates, and you’re someone with integrity, intelligence, and a strong drive to get better, we’d love to hear from you!

Candidates should submit their application online through our Vacancies webpage http://www.opml.co.uk/join-us/vacancies

Closing date for applications is Sunday 1 May 2016

Interviews are expected to take place in June 2016 with appointment made shortly thereafter.

More about Oxford Policy Management and the Nutrition Portfolio

OPM is one of the world’s leading international policy development and management consultancies. We enable strategic decision-makers in the public and private sector to identify and implement sustainable solutions for reducing social and economic disadvantage in low- and middle-income countries.

Supported by a multinational team of just under 300 specialists on three continents, our success is based on a unique combination of high-quality analysis and 30 years’ practical experience of facilitating positive change in over 120 countries worldwide. The fields in which we operate range from health, nutrition, education and the extractive industries through to public sector finance and administration, social welfare, and national statistical systems and impact evaluation.

The Nutrition Portfolio at OPM was launched in 2014. While the portfolio is young, OPM has worked on a number of nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive projects over the years. This portfolio marks our commitment to building up our professional and technical expertise in the nutrition sector. Given the multi-sectoral determinants of malnutrition, the Portfolio is very well placed within OPM’s Social Policy Programme to work closely with OPM’s specialist portfolios in Health, Education, Water and Social Protection.

OPM’s Nutrition Portfolio has extensive experience in the design and implementation of monitoring and evaluation systems, operations research, cost-effectiveness analysis, costing of nutrition programmes and policies and mixed methods impact evaluations – involving experimental and quasi-experimental methods. To learn more about the projects we are involved in, check out: http://www.opml.co.uk/policy-expertise/health/nutrition-food-security/projects

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