Senior Agriculture and Nutrition Specialist (National only) – Re-advertised, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Save The Children

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Addis Ababa
Posted 2 weeks ago

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Job CategoryAgriculture(Agronomy/Science/Lab/Distribution)

Senior Agriculture and Nutrition Specialist (National only) – Re-advertised – ( 200001G8 )

Senior Agriculture and Nutrition Specialist

ROLE PURPOSE: Save the Children is seeking a Senior Agriculture and Nutrition Specialist for the 5 year NSA Capacity Strengthening of the Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture project funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The nutrition project works with the ministry to strengthen its capacity and systems to implement the Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture Strategy (NSAS) and create an effective enabling environment for nutrition-sensitive agriculture (NSA) programming. The project through technical assistance system strengthening and financial sub-grants to the MOA will increase financing for and prioritization of the implementation of the NSAS build capacity of MOA to regularly use NSA data for decision-making and coordinate NSA activities and sustain human resource capacity at regional zonal and Woreda levels. It supports the federal MOA and its three regional bureaus in Amhara Oromia and Somalia regions.

The Senior Specialist will closely coordinate TA activities with MOA counterpart to provide technical guidance to MOA with respect to capacity building and support regarding nutrition-sensitive agriculture. S/he will be responsible for the technical leadership in designing and implementing system oriented strategies or tools in nutrition sensitive agriculture livestock and livelihoods technical areas. S/he will mentor MOA’s nutrition experts to implement the NSAS and provide technical support to regional bureaus. In addition s/he will input into new tools and guidance developed to advance the NSA interventions and continuously assess current technical M&E and operational efficiencies of the system strengthening approach as appropriate.

SCOPE OF ROLE:

Reports to: Project Director

Indirectly reports to: Deputy Country Director Operation

Staff reporting to this post: N/A

KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY :

Technical assistance and capacity building

  • Work closely with SCUS Agriculture and Nutrition Advisors to provide technical and strategic leadership setting priorities in designing and managing the implementation of the project’s NSA activities in collaboration with the other technical specialists and MOA nutrition team
  • Provide overall technical guidance and leadership for implementation of nutrition sensitive agriculture activities using global NSA best practices and agriculture-to-nutrition pathways
  • Support MOA to increase production of diverse nutrient-dense foods and improved processing as well as market access and opportunities to sell nutritious foods in rural marketplaces
  • Provide technical leadership for system strengthening and capacity building approach for the NSAS
  • Provide technical assistance to the ministry to develop and roll out NSA packages for agrarian agro-pastoralist and pastoralist settings
  • Provide support for leadership strengthening of the NSA Task Force and sub-committee of development partners at federal regional and zonal levels
  • Support for roll-out of NSAS implementation plan to regions
  • Support the MOA to identify key private sector actors that would play a strategic role implementing the NSAS
  • Contribute to organizational development assessment costed implementation plan and M&E pilot and implementation
  • Provide leadership for Quality Assurance and Quality Improvement measures for the NSA component of the project

Representation and advocacy

  • Represent the project in relevant internal and external fora’s like NSA Task Force and donor meetings (as appropriate)
  • Working with Advocacy/communication team to support the MOA to conduct national and regional multi-stakeholder food and nutrition advocacy forum and identify champions ambassadors and advocacy groups for the NSAS
  • Coordinate with relevant thematic sectors and projects to further Save the Children’s leadership in Food Security and Nutrition

People management mentoring and development

  • Support the MOA to recruit train and mentor nutrition experts at federal and regional level to execute the activities planned under the sub-grant and cascade the NSAS to regions zones and Woredas
  • Support the MOA to implement its gender inclusion plan and nutrition behaviour change communication to maximize NSA outcomes

Assessment monitoring evaluation and documentation

  • Work with the project and MOA MEAL experts to incorporate nutrition objectives indicators and targets into MOA strategies programs and annual work plans
  • Facilitate the annual performance review work planning processes in close collaboration with the Project Director and FNCO/MOA
  • Monitor performance of the project soft and hard milestones as per donor approved result framework
  • Work closely with the MEAL Specialist to ensure all NSA components have robust monitoring plans reviews and evaluations in line with the project design and donor guidelines
  • Prepare narrative reports for donor(s) and Save the Children as required ensuring these are of a high quality and submitted for review in a timely manner. This will involve compilation of information from a range of project staff and government partners
  • Work with the MEAL Specialist to contribute to M&E pilots
  • Ensure technical compliance with donor requirements

Knowledge management

  • Serve as a technical knowledge skills and experience hub for the sector in documenting and sharing best practices and innovations for replication and advocacy together with quality programming team
  • Work with technical resources among Save the Children to facilitate sharing project learning and leveraging support for system strengthening NSA approach capacity building and advocacy

BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice)

Accountability:

  • Work closely with SCUS Agriculture and Nutrition Advisors to provide technical and strategic leadership setting priorities in designing and managing the implementation of the project’s NSA activities in collaboration with the other technical specialists and MOA nutrition team
  • Provide overall technical guidance and leadership for implementation of nutrition sensitive agriculture activities using global NSA best practices and agriculture-to-nutrition pathways
  • Support MOA to increase production of diverse nutrient-dense foods and improved processing as well as market access and opportunities to sell nutritious foods in rural marketplaces
  • Provide technical leadership for system strengthening and capacity building approach for the NSAS
  • Provide technical assistance to the ministry to develop and roll out NSA packages for agrarian agro-pastoralist and pastoralist settings
  • Provide support for leadership strengthening of the NSA Task Force and sub-committee of development partners at federal regional and zonal levels
  • Support for roll-out of NSAS implementation plan to regions
  • Support the MOA to identify key private sector actors that would play a strategic role implementing the NSAS
  • Contribute to organizational development assessment costed implementation plan and M&E pilot and implementation
  • Provide leadership for Quality Assurance and Quality Improvement measures for the NSA component of the project
  • Represent the project in relevant internal and external fora’s like NSA Task Force and donor meetings (as appropriate)
  • Working with Advocacy/communication team to support the MOA to conduct national and regional multi-stakeholder food and nutrition advocacy forum and identify champions ambassadors and advocacy groups for the NSAS
  • Coordinate with relevant thematic sectors and projects to further Save the Children’s leadership in Food Security and Nutrition
  • Support the MOA to recruit train and mentor nutrition experts at federal and regional level to execute the activities planned under the sub-grant and cascade the NSAS to regions zones and Woredas
  • Support the MOA to implement its gender inclusion plan and nutrition behaviour change communication to maximize NSA outcomes
  • Work with the project and MOA MEAL experts to incorporate nutrition objectives indicators and targets into MOA strategies programs and annual work plans
  • Facilitate the annual performance review work planning processes in close collaboration with the Project Director and FNCO/MOA
  • Monitor performance of the project soft and hard milestones as per donor approved result framework
  • Work closely with the MEAL Specialist to ensure all NSA components have robust monitoring plans reviews and evaluations in line with the project design and donor guidelines
  • Prepare narrative reports for donor(s) and Save the Children as required ensuring these are of a high quality and submitted for review in a timely manner. This will involve compilation of information from a range of project staff and government partners
  • Work with the MEAL Specialist to contribute to M&E pilots
  • Ensure technical compliance with donor requirements
  • Serve as a technical knowledge skills and experience hub for the sector in documenting and sharing best practices and innovations for replication and advocacy together with quality programming team
  • Work with technical resources among Save the Children to facilitate sharing project learning and leveraging support for system strengthening NSA approach capacity building and advocacy
  • 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
  • At least BSc in nutrition agriculture or economics fields or related field or MSc in agriculture or economics with practical experience in implementing Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture programs or MSc and BSc in nutrition fields with demonstrated nutrition programming work experience in the agriculture sector
  • Minimum 10 years relevant work experience out of which a minimum of five years of experience in a leadership or senior advisor position responsible for design and implementation; advocacy and capacity strengthening and technical oversight of sustainable food security & livelihoods development projects or nutrition sensitive projects or programs in government sector or INGOs
  • Experience working in projects promoting both on-farm and off-farm livelihoods interventions.
  • Successful experience working with Ethiopian government MOA on systems strengthening and capacity building is preferred.
  • Excellent oral and written English communication skills.
  • Knowledge of current global nutrition initiatives and country food and nutrition policy directions and nutrition sensitive agriculture programs and debates
  • Nutrition policy analysis development of nutrition strategies and programs
  • Understanding of child labour issues.
  • Experience working with public and private sector actors (employers’ organizations trade unions) or other civil society organizations.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to lead and work effectively in team situations
  • The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the Senior Specialist may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience
  • The Senior Specialist is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures
  • We need to keep children safe so our selection process which includes rigorous background checks reflects our commitment to the protection of children from any form of abuse
  • The Senior Specialist is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures
  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

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