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29 Feb 2024, 15:42

About Emergency Nutrition Network (ENN)

Emergency Nutrition Network (ENN) works to reduce undernutrition globally. We enhance the effectiveness of nutrition policy and programming by improving knowledge, stimulating learning and building evidence. We are passionate about being network-driven, independent and evidence-based.

Our vision is that every individual caught up in a nutritional emergency, or suffering from malnutrition anywhere in the world, gets the most effective help possible.

We undertake knowledge management, research and advocacy to support national governments, civil society, UN agencies, donors and academic organisations, and communities of practitioners. Through our work and collaborations, we support agencies and individuals to implement evidence-based nutrition programming, predominantly in low- and middle-income countries and in fragile and conflict-affected states.

ENN is governed by a Board of Trustees and has its head office in Oxfordshire, UK. ENN is financially supported by foundations and trusts, bilateral donors, international non-governmental organisations and United Nations agencies. For more information about ENN see our website:

What we do

Our Strategy aims to enhance the effectiveness of nutrition policy and programming by improving knowledge, stimulating learning, building evidence and providing support and encouragement to practitioners and decision-makers involved in nutrition and related interventions.

ENN’s portfolio includes projects specialising in Infant Feeding in Emergencies, Wasting and Stunting, Adolescent Nutrition and Management of small & nutritionally At-risk Infants under six months & their Mothers (MAMI), as well as our highly regarded international publication, Field Exchange (FEX).

Our People

ENN’s team is made up of a range of technical experts in nutrition, with decades of collective experience, and a small, experienced operational team. ENN is highly committed to diversity and inclusion, to enabling and promoting flexible working for our staff, and to supporting continued professional development.

We are proud that in our 2022 Employee Engagement Survey over 95 percent of our staff said they enjoy their work and that ENN is a flexible employer.

Terms and Conditions

  • Hours of work: We are ideally looking for a full-time candidate (37.5 hours per week), however, applications for part time hours (i.e. a minimum of 0.6FTE / 22.5 hours per week) may also be considered
  • Type of contract: Permanent
  • Location: Office or home-based
  • Holidays: 25 days plus UK bank holidays, increasing by one day per annum after two complete years of service to a maximum of 27 days per annum.
  • Pension: Auto-Enrolment to ENN scheme with a generous Employer contribution of 5%
  • Salary: £40,000 - £50,000 (FTE) dependent on experience and suitability for the role
  • Benefits: Dental cover, Life cover, Employee Assistance Programme, Wellbeing contribution
  • Eligibility to work: Must have the right to work in the UK. A relocation package is not available for this position.

Key Responsibilities

The Senior Nutritionist will work across a range of ENN projects which will vary during the period of employment, but may include:

  • Adolescent Nutrition
  • Field Exchange (FEX)
  • En-Net
  • Management of small and nutritionally at-risk infants under 6 months and their mothers (MAMI)
  • Infant Feeding in Emergencies (IFE)
  • Global Nutrition Cluster: Technical Alliance (GNC-TA)
  • Wasting and Stunting (WaSt)
  • Women’s Nutrition
  • Sector Leadership (LEAD)

A full list of our work areas and projects may be found on the ENN website.

Examples of the types of responsibilities the postholder will hold, depending on the specific project requirements and their experience, may include:

  • Coordination and collaboration (internal/external, multi-agency, working groups and forums)
  • Network development within and across communities of practice/specialities
  • Publications – support and development of content, editing, liaising with stakeholders and suppliers
  • Project Indicator development and management
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Research, e.g., scoping reviews, systematic reviews
  • External Representation
  • Contribute to project strategies and plans
  • Development and updates of technical resources, e.g., briefs, summaries, guidance materials
  • Knowledge management
  • Project Reporting
  • Contribution to project proposals
  • Development of case studies
  • Communications
  • Synthesising and disseminating information from technical meetings
  • Events engagement
  • Line/contract management of nutritionists and/or consultants
  • Support the development of learning agenda

Person Specification

Essential requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree, or equivalent, in Nutrition/Community Nutrition or Public Health or Medicine discipline
  • Demonstrable field/applicable experience across several relevant aspects of nutrition programming in low- and middle- income countries, e.g. CMAM, MAMI, IYCF, Maternal Nutrition, Adolescent Nutrition, Nutrition Information Systems
  • Experience of in-depth knowledge management, and / or projects that focus on ‘learning’
  • Strong knowledge of the current key topics and challenges in the nutrition sector, including MAMI, Adolescent, IFE, maternal and beyond
  • Sub-editing / Editing experience / experience in producing high quality publications
  • Excellent communication, presentation, written and analytical skills
  • Experience of establishing and maintaining good working relationships with a wide range of stakeholders at national and global level
  • Excellent attention to detail and ability to synthesise and make sense of complex data and information, including experience of secondary data analyses, systematic literature reviews and report-writing.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, motivated, takes initiative, innovates and drives progress
  • Strong influencing and stakeholder management skills
  • Good cross-cultural awareness
  • Ability to independently manage a diverse and busy workload, prioritising effectively, and able to work both autonomously and as a member of a dispersed and diverse team
  • Experience managing a workpiece/sub-project from start to finish, including supporting other members of the team within that project
  • Demonstrable experience of working on projects funded by government and international donors

Desirable requirements

  • Post graduate level qualification (or equivalent extensive experience) in a relevant area would be a significant advantage
  • Experience in research uptake or translating academic research into programme-relevant communications
  • Experience of developing and delivering teaching/orientation materials for graduate/postgraduate level
  • Experience of supporting health programmes/system strengthening in developing contexts
  • Nutrition/nutrition-related primary research experience
  • Currently part of the ‘humanitarian community’ with own professional network of contacts
  • French speaker or another relevant language to our portfolio would be an advantage
  • Line management experience (staff or consultants) would be an advantage

Reporting Lines:

The Senior Nutritionist will report to a Senior Technical Associate. Working on multiple projects will also involve reporting into different project leads.

Application process:

Please submit a Cover Letter (no more than one page which explains why you are interested in the role and how your experience satisfies the Person Specification) along with your CV to Early applications are advised as we reserve the right to conclude the process before the closing date if a suitable candidate is identified.

Please include your preferred working pattern details in your application where your application is for part time hours (i.e. a minimum of 0.6FTE / 22.5 hours per week).

Closing date for applications: Sunday 31st March 2024

ENN are committed to equality and diversity throughout our organisation and further expects all employees to comply with its codes of conduct, safeguarding policies and high ethical and professional standards.

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