Action Against Hunger-USA is part of the Action Against Hunger International network, which provides humanitarian relief in more than 50 countries worldwide in the sectors of nutrition, health, water/sanitation, and food security. Action Against Hunger-USA, an independent NGO, currently manages programs in 7 countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, and Haiti. Action Against Hunger-USA implements more than $60 million in programs annually, and approximately 1,500 permanent employees based in New York City, Washington D.C, Nairobi, and country offices. Additional growth is anticipated.
I. Job Summary
As a member of the Action Against Hunger USA Technical Services and Innovation team, the Associate Director, Health & Nutrition will lead the development and implementation of health and nutrition initiatives in alignment with the overall strategic direction of Action Against Hunger-USA. Specifically, the main responsibilities are to:
- Maximizes impact in country programs by supporting innovative project design; developing core policies, tools and guidance based on applied best practice; and when necessary provide demand-driven technical support and guidance to field-based health and nutrition technical team members;
- Drawing from the experience, knowledge, and the evidence-base generated by our programming, the position will seek to positively influence the policies and practices of key US-based Health & Nutrition stakeholders most critical to our organizational objectives and develop key partnerships to achieve programming at scale;
- Support the mobilization of critical resources from US-based stakeholders through active pre-positioning, by cultivating strategic partnerships, and leading and/or contributing to the design of innovative country, regional and global Health & Nutrition programming;
- Oversee the provision of technical support to specific research and other global Health & Nutrition projects, as required.
The position reports directly to the Director, Technical Services & Innovation team and will collaborate extensively with other members of the technical and other US-based and Kenya-based teams.
II. Essential Job Duties
- Maximize Program & Project Impact (30%)
The Associate Director in collaboration with Nairobi-based colleagues, will provides critical support to help field-based, country, regional teams and partners to implement high-quality and accountable programming with maximum impact in the communities we serve. Duties will include:
- Develop innovative approaches, signature interventions, programming standards and guidance, tools and training on evidence-based interventions for country and regional teams, within a variety of technical areas critical to treating and preventing undernutrition, with a particular focus on USAID and US-based donors;
- Lead the development of health & nutrition components of Action Against Hunger USA’s global and country strategies.
- In collaboration with the Network Health & Nutrition Advisors, facilitate technical support to health & nutrition interventions and research projects.
- In collaboration with other Associate Directors and senior technical advisors, design and oversee the implementation of a common technical strategy across the organization.
- When relevant the role of “project managers” for donor supported global initiatives, grants or projects, and ensure they work in close collaboration with the US-based grant & contract management, compliance, finance and procurement teams, and follow-all established policies and procedures.
- Support overall Health and Nutrition project quality implementation.
- Provide direct technical support to the Haiti country program, as required.
- Reflective an evolution of the humanitarian sector, seek increasingly to provide demand-driven, value-added services to country programs, as possible across the Action Against Hunger global network, as well as to external and local partners, potentially on cost-recovery/ fee-for-service basis.
- Expand Learning, Evidence base and Knowledge Transfer (25%)
In partnership with the Director, Technical Service & Innovation, the Horn & East Africa Regional Directors, and the Associate Director for Research & Learning, the Associate Director Health &Nutrition will contribute to the development of the Nairobi-based Knowledge & Innovation Hub, a critical strategic initiative to drive organizational learning, innovation, knowledge transfer and capacity building. The objectives of the Knowledge & Innovation Hub include (a) Generation and utilization of targeted and relevant field-based research to improve the effectiveness of programs implemented by Action Against Hunger and relevant partner organizations, (b) Acquisition of funding to scale-up evidence-based programs to reach more beneficiaries and implement at scale, and (c) contribute to knowledge and enhance human and institutional capacities of key participants in the humanitarian and the development industry.
The Associate Director, Health and Nutrition will:
- Facilitate the documentation, capitalization and uptake of Action Against Hunger USA nutrition and health programming experiences and lessons learnt
- Lead the identification of innovation and research opportunities together with Nutrition & Health Advisors and country program teams.
- Oversee secondary analysis of existing or proposed programs to ensure relevance, impact, viability, sustainability and quality of the action.
- Advance and promote Action Against Hunger USA guidelines, manuals and position papers
- Oversee collection of information and coordination with other NGOs, academic partners &/or partners to ensure up to date nutrition and health knowledge and understanding of the latest pertinent nutrition and health programming, tools, technical developments and innovations
- Strategic Influencing & Engagement (15%)
The Associate Director for Health and Nutrition supported by her/his team and others, will collaborate in driving organizational efforts to develop and implement a robust influencing agenda to positively affect the policies and practice of key stakeholders most critical to organizational goal of ending hunger. Working in coordination with the team from the Knowledge & Innovation Hub in Nairobi, this advocacy will draw extensively on the key evidence from our programming and from across the Action Against Hunger global network. This support includes:
- Lead the development of Action Against Hunger health and nutrition influencing strategy specifically targeting key US-based stakeholders, and in coordination with the Technical Director and network colleague, contribute to development and delivery of a global health and nutrition influencing strategy
- Advance Action Against Hunger technical experiences and positioning to nutrition and health global coordination, working groups and technical fora
- Regularly contribute to External Relations (ER)/ communication efforts, press releases and other documentation.
- Provide requested and necessary health and nutrition information, experiences and case studies to ER/communications for public communications, website materials etc.
- Be available to interview, radio and video material development for ER/communication purposes.
- Engage with network colleagues including other Health and Nutrition advisors in the SNHA Working group, the scientific committee, and other working groups to ensure a comprehensive and coordinated global approach to advocacy and influencing
D. Resource Mobilization & Program Development (30%)
The Associate Director, Health and Nutrition and the entire US-based Technical Services and Innovation team are critical to mobilizing resources from US-based institutional donors and US-based foundations and other strategic donors as necessary, to support country, regional, and global programming.
This will be accomplished through a variety of activities.
- Working in partnership with the business development team, the regional office, the future Knowledge & Information Hub, and/or targeted country programs or other project teams around the world, members of the Technical Services & Innovation team will lead, participate and support applications/proposals for strategic grants and contracts for country, regional and global programming that integrates innovative approaches and best practice.
- In support of pre-positioning efforts in the U.S. and abroad, the associate director will play a critical role strengthening engagement with USAID and US-based foundations, identifying potential partnerships, increasing awareness in Washington DC & New York of our core capacities, signature interventions, program achievements and evidence, learning, and the Action Against Hunger brand.
- Build and develop relationships for strategic collaborations and partnerships with key stakeholders, including academic and policy institutions in line with Action Against Hunger USA’s technical strategy.
- Engage with private fundraising and communication teams to mobilize corporate and private funding to support the mission of the organization.
III. Supervisory Responsibilities
IV. Physical Demands
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit for long periods and to concentrate on work, including typing, and turn out heavy volumes of work accurately, within short time frames under stressful situations in the context of a moderately noisy office with many interruptions. Must be able to proofread own work accurately so that only minor corrections are needed on an infrequent basis.
- To travel to the field, the employee must attest to a level of physical fitness capable of enduring physically difficult, highly stressful situations which may include the necessity to walk long distances, to eat a limited diet and/or to reside in potentially uncomfortable housing or tents.
- The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
V. Working Conditions, Travel and Environment
- The duties of the job require regular job attendance at least five days per week. Must be available to work outside normal office hours or on the weekends as required by contact with the country offices, field security, or other obligations.
- Must be able to travel as required for standard domestic and international business travel as well as to the missions if appropriate. While visiting the field, the employee may be exposed to precarious settings under high security risks and/or very basic living conditions and outside weather conditions, as well is to infectious diseases.
VI. Required Qualifications
- Master’s Public Health, Nutrition, or graduate level Medical degree, or related field
- A minimum of 8 years previous work in Health and Nutrition programs overseas with an international humanitarian organization
VII. Gender Equality Commitments
• Foster an environment that reinforces values of women and men, and equal access to information.
• Provide a work environment where women and men must be evaluated and promoted based on their skills and performance.
• Respect beneficiaries’ women, men, children (boys and girls) regardless of gender, sex orientation, disability, religion, race, color, ancestry, national origin, age, or marital status.
• Value and respect all cultures.
VIII. Required Skills & Experience
- Experience in a health and nutrition technical advisory position with an International humanitarian organization (country, region or headquarters);
- Experience with and Knowledge of key US-based donors including USAID (OFDA and Food for Peace) their proposal processes, technical standards, reporting requirements; and/or experience with longer term developmental projects funded through the Bureaus of Global Health and/or Food Security.
- Experience working with major US-based foundations that support health systems strengthening an nutrition programming is a plus
- Experience working in humanitarian and development contexts, emergency and post-crisis, in all the steps of the Project Cycle Management;
- Good working knowledge of Health Systems Strengthening, 1000 days Initiative, IYCF, SMART, SQEAC, KAP, iCCm, LINK NCA, etc.
- Demonstrated experience and/or personal commitment to promoting gender equality within the humanitarian and/or development work
- Applied research or technical development experience, involvement in the development of guidance and support tools and methodologies;
- Capacity to write and review complex technical and donor reports;
- Good working knowledge of computer software, MS Office and nutrition related software (Epi Info, ENA, SPSS, etc.).
- Ability to manage and prioritize own workload; Proactive, autonomous and reliable;
- Ability to present clear ideas and arguments, providing distance support, training and influence;
- Flexible, adaptable, dynamic and enthusiastic;
- Fluent written and spoken English; working knowledge of French is desirable;
- Existing eligibility to work in the US is an advantage.
All candidates should apply online at https://careers.actionagainsthunger.org/ . Action Against Hunger-USA provides all staff with an attractive salary & benefits package. We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees & qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Action Against Hunger-USA complies with all applicable laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.