Nutrition Advisor at Save the Children

Child Safeguarding:
Level 3 – the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people

Save the Children seeks a Nutrition Advisor for the anticipated USAID-funded Multi-sectoral Nutrition Activity in Tanzania. The Nutrition Advisor will be responsible for strategic planning, coordination, and technical implementation of innovative integrated nutrition and social behaviour change communication (SBCC) activities in the target areas. This senior-level nutrition and SBCC technical expert will build capacity of local staff in SBCC and nutrition throughout project design and implementation. The Nutrition Advisor will also work closely with the monitoring and evaluation specialist to ensure progress is being achieved towards nutrition targets. S/he will establish and maintain close and effective liaison with project and government partners to facilitate flow of information concerning research, policies, government strategic plans/guidelines program progress and to stay abreast of current trends including participation in relevant nutrition working groups and policy fora.

This position is contingent upon donor approval and funding.

Save the Children has been operational in Tanzania since 1986 providing support to children through developmental and humanitarian relief programmes delivered in support of Government of Tanzania priorities and policies both directly and through local partners.  Current programming focuses on child protection, child rights governance, education, nutrition, HIV/TB and emergency response. In 2012, as part of a global reorganization process, Save the Children combined programmes of SCUK, SCUS, SC Sweden to create a single operation in Tanzania.  We currently have an operational presence in Dodoma, Shinyanga, Zanzibar, Songwe, Kigoma and Dar es Salaam and we work through partners in other parts of the country. We employ nearly 100 staff and have an annual operating budget of approximately $12 million.

Reports to: Chief of Party

–          Provide senior-level technical support for the overall integrated, cross-cutting strategic approach of the project including nutrition, food security, gender mainstreaming, and SBCC.
–          Lead the overall implementation of the integrated nutrition specific and sensitive activities in collaboration with Ministry of Health, Regional/Council health management team and project implementing partners.
–          Provide all nutrition and quality improvement technical support to project staff, implementing partners, districts, health facilities and other relevant stakeholders.
–          Participate in nutrition technical working groups and other relevant policy foras.
–          Ensure project implementation is aligned with government policies and strategic plans and guidelines.
–          Lead/oversee the development and ensure availability of technical resource materials, guidelines, training manuals, ASBCC tools and job aids as necessary.
–          Provide support to LGAs (Regional and district nutrition officers) during planning, budgeting and monitoring of nutrition interventions.
–          Lead development of project annual work plans, reports as well as documentation of lessons learns and best practices.
–          Work with M&E specialist to oversee and coordinate formative and evaluative research using participatory methodologies to build local capacity and to design high impact interventions based on the social and cultural context in target areas.
–          Based on research findings and stakeholder consultations, coordinate with the technical team to lead the development of evidence-based nutrition and SBCC tools and materials.
–          Provide technical oversight for the design, development, and implementation of all nutrition and SBCC tools and training materials in collaboration with government  and relevant stakeholders to maintain a quality and consistent approach across all target areas and technical interventions.

–           SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)



  • Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values.
  • Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.


  • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same.
  • Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others.
  • Future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.


  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters.
  • Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength.
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.


  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions.
  • Willing to take disciplined risks.


  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity.


  • Minimum of 10 years of experience managing community based health, nutrition, and/or food security programs in Africa contexts and preferably, in Tanzania.
  • Post-graduate education (master’s or higher), in public health, nutrition, food security, or related field.
  • Demonstrated experience in management of large, community-based and inter-disciplinary teams.
  • A history of providing technical assistance to government to improve nutrition programs through governmental health systems, processes and service delivery models, and behavior change communication in developing countries.
  • Solid experience developing behavior change training tools and materials.
  • Experience developing and implementing a behavior change communication strategy for the program, focusing on creating demand for community and clinic-based health and nutrition services.
  • Demonstrated problem solving skills, collaboration experience, creativity and willingness to innovate.
  • Familiarity and understanding of USAID policies and procedures, or those of other donors, or those of donor-funded projects or community-based projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to address behavior change issues in improving household nutrition status.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to lead and work effectively in team situations.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Extensive experience working in Sub-Saharan Africa; work experience in Tanzania highly desirable.
  • Qualified Tanzanian nationals are highly encouraged to apply. 

Location: Dar es salaam, Tanzania
Contract – Full-Time
Closing date: Sunday 18 March 2018

All jobs close at midnight UK time on the date specified


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