Senior Technical Advisor (Nutrition Sensitive System and Practices)


Job Description


Work Location : US- Washington, DC Type of Post : Not Applicable Other Possible Location : Remote Work Location Funding : APPROVED Expected Travel : up to 40% Type of Contract : Language Requirement : English Application Deadline : Employee Duration : Active Full-Time

CARE is a leading humanitarian and development organization dedicated to fighting poverty and social injustice with a special emphasis on rights programming, gender equality, and women and girls. CARE works in a variety of contexts from protracted crises to stable development settings, as well as contexts in the nexus between these two types, and recognizes that the underlying drivers of food and nutrition insecurity are poverty, gender inequity, non-inclusive governance, poor adaptation to Climate Change and the inability to manage other economic and political shocks and stressers.

To address these underlying drivers of poverty, the CARE Food and Water Systems (FWS) Global Team has developed the "She Feeds the World" (SFtW) framework and the Right to Food, Water and Nutrition Impact Area Strategy (FY22-FY25), which underlie all of CARE's food and water systems (FWS) programming towards the CARE 2030 vision. This leverages CARE's experience and tools to influence broader systems to support empowered women and youth to a) GROW food and income-generating products, recognizing that healthy ecosystems, water management and climate resilience are critical to sustain water and grow food; b) USE resources, approaches, social protection mechanisms and technologies to reduce food loss and waste, increase WASH services, ensure nutrition; c) Buy and sell food and water-related goods and services in inclusive markets while diversifying their livelihoods and using market-based approaches. This includes increasing women's access to and control of sustainable productive resources and assets; improving nutrition; increasing access to water, sanitation and hygiene services; strengthening social protection and building efficient, inclusive local structures and systems; enabling women's access to inclusive markets; and promoting livelihoods diversification and rural development. Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls is at the center of achieving these outcomes in all of CARE's FWS programs. CARE commits to work with partners around the world to support 75 million people, the majority of them women and girls, to fulfill their right to food, water and nutrition as part of Vision 2030. The intent is to directly reach at least 25 million people (at least 55% of them women), and to indirectly reach a further 50 million people by 2025.

CARE's Farmers' Field and Business School (FFBS) model helps small-scale farmers build the skills they need to increase production, improve resilience, adapt to climate change, diversify diets and boost nutrition. Building on gathered evidence, in 2022 CARE launched its Scaling Up FFBS Strategy with the goal of scaling the model in 18 countries, and increasing income, yields, resilience, nutrition, and gender equality of 25 million (women) producers and their family members. The STA for Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture and Capacity Development will report to the Nutrition Director, but work closely with the FFBS Program Manager and team to provide direct nutrition Technical Support to the program. The incumbent will work closely with other FWS units (Gender, Youth, and Livelihoods; Food Security and Resilience; Agriculture and Market Systems; and Water+); Country Office (CO) teams; and other CARE USA program teams (International Programs and Operations, Humanitarian Affairs, Impact & Innovation).


Technical leadership to CARE's global FFBS model on nutrition-sensitive components and scale-up

Review, adapt and develop existing and upcoming FFBS modules to ensure they are nutrition-sensitive, foster equity and inclusive, leverage Social and Behavior Change principles, and focus on improving maternal and Child Nutrition. Co-develop products, tools and approaches that promote the global scale-up of FFBS. Co-lead initiatives that foster cross-sectoral learning and innovation on FFBS scaling across CARE's Food and Water Systems (FWS) teams and country offices (CO). Support advocacy and Capacity Building - with the FFBS Program Manager and FFBS teams - of government officials and staff within Ministries of Agriculture and other related Ministries to ensure deep understanding the the model and buy in Collaborate closely with the FFBS Program manager and other FFBS sectoral teams. Contribute to and/or lead the technical design, and writing where necessary, on competitive proposals to ensure they are nutrition-sensitive and integrative, and that nutrition is fully incorporated into a proposal's theory of change and logistical framework. This will include new FFBS proposals from CARE country offices. Identify and foster partnerships and funding opportunities alongside CARE's institutional/corporate/private fundraising teams to secure new project funding for FFBS and/or nutrition specific and nutrition sensitive programming. Provide technical backstopping to FFBS new and ongoing programs

Provide capacity building and technical assistance, utilizing workshops, training, coaching and mentoring, on nutrition, nutrition-sensitive agriculture, SBC and related topics to CARE country offices and programs applying the FFBS model Provide technical guidance for the development, adaptation, testing, and effective use of SBC approaches that support improved nutrition outcomes through FFBS. Collaborate closely with the FFBS Program Manager and other FFBS sectoral teams on FFBS nutrition-sensitive activities and approaches. Coordinate and collaborate with STAs of relevant FWS and other CARE teams who contribute part-time staff to the project, ensuring their availability and support on FFBS project-related functions Mentor and support CO staff to strengthen their skills, knowledge, capacity and confidence to effectively integrate nutrition principles to implement and scale FFBS. Other backstopping as needed. Contribute to knowledge management and learning

In Coordination with CARE's Global KMLTeam, support Country Office teams to identify and capture innovations, best or promising practices, and lessons learned and to translate these breakthroughs into tools, systems, processes, and/or approaches to increase technical excellence. Monitor, assess and analyze the impact of CARE's FFBS programming in terms of nutrition and nutrition-sensitive outcomes and contribute to the disseminations of relevant learnings across CARE and outside CARE In coordination with the Program Manager and Director, represent the project in relevant internal and external. Coordinate with FWS HQ teams and CO leads to enhance cross-team and cross-sectoral learning. Support for making available training tools, guidance documents, and best practices. Contribute to the execution of research, learning and knowledge management on FFBS in the FWS Unit. Ensure that the Nutrition Director and the FWS Senior Director updated on the project progress. .Provide overall support to the Nutrition Team and its portfolio

Support CARE's technical work in the prevention and treatment of non-Communicable Diseases (NCD), with a focus on scaling-up a model that addresses NCDs in humanitarian settings. Participate in the Nutrition Team's strategy development, adaptations and amendments, and progress. Provide nutrition technical support to proposals, as assigned. Provide nutrition technical assistance to other programs, as assigned. In collaboration the KML team, lead the development of internal and external facing documents, briefs, capacity statements. Participate and represent CARE in relevant nutrition fora, virtually and in-person. Attend and participate in FWS meetings, events and other activities . Other nutrition and nutrition-sensitive activities as identfied. Provide technical backstopping to the Fill the Nutrient Gap program

Serve as nutrition focal point for the Fill the Nutrient Gap program, supporting the integration of home gardens and iron supplements into FFBS start up, implementation, monitoring and evaluation and learning in 3 countries. Coordinate with countries to support integration of Lucky Iron Fish into existing nutrition programs in Chad, Benin, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Ghana.


Master's degree or higher in related field (e.g., nutrition-sensitive agriculture, nutrition, rural sociology, social and behavior change, international development) or equivalent combination of education and work experience. At least 8 years experience in implementing nutrition-sensitive and/or multi-sectoral programming in the agriculture/food security sector, including field experience in developing country context or within international development organizations. Demonstrated experience providing technical and programmatic support in nutrition sensitive Agriculture Programming and/or other relevant programmming. Demonstrated experience in the development and implementation of integrated SBC strategies (nutrition and other sectors). Experience in designing and implementing highly effective and efficient nutrition-focused programs. Demonstrated experience in applying and/or promoting gender-transformative approaches into proposal design and programming. Experience designing and facilitating capacity-building workshops that utilize adult-learning principles and with multi-cultural teams. Deep understanding in the food system transformation movement and how it applies to developing countries. Deep familiarity with the FFBS model and scale up. Inclusive and adaptive leadership skills; creativity; and innovative mindset. Interpersonal and inter-cultural communications skills, with the ability to communicate knowledge in a manner appropriate to diverse audiences. Proven ability to work in partnership with other professionals, and to support learning and sharing of lessons and best practices. Demonstrated abilities in strategic planning, management, and oversight of complex technical initiatives. Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English. Position can be based in:
The United States or in regional hubs where CARE is registered.

* Remote to CARE USA hub countries.

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