Internal/ External Job Announcement
About CRS: “Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.”
In Ethiopia, CRS has a long and rich history of providing emergency relief and development assistance to the people of Ethiopia since 1958. At present, CRS/Ethiopia implements multiple projects through different partner organizations. CRS/Ethiopia has a highly diverse portfolio ranging from very large food-supported emergency response to cutting edge development programs. The current CRS/Ethiopia budget stands at $100 million with funding from the U.S. Government, UN agencies, private foundations, individual donors, and CRS private funds.
CRS strictly adheres to its Policy on Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults among its staff, consultants, volunteers, and affiliates. CRS is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer: women, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
As part of CRS family, you will join the more than 5000 strong and vibrant individuals working globally to accomplish the mission of CRS. CRS/Ethiopia invites you, the qualified candidate, to apply for the following positions;
Position Title: ELRP Health and Nutrition Manager
Duty Station: Addis Ababa with up 40-50% field travel
Employment term: Indefinite period contingent upon funding of the ELRP Program
Reports To: Deputy Chief of Party for Programming
Application Deadline: October 31, 2016
Purpose of the Position:
The Health and Nutrition Manager will provide strategic vision, management and technical expertise in leading the activities of one of the key purposes of the ELRP scope of work: pregnant and lactating women (PLW) and children under five(CU5) have improved nutritional status. The incumbent will establish and maintain positive and complementary working relationships across a wide range of contributing implementing partners and GoE stakeholders. The incumbent will be ELRP’s technical lead liaison with GoE health and agricultural extension programs, working to strengthen the quality and coordination of services at community, kebele and woreda levels to ensure households increase access to and utilization of preventative and curative health and nutrition services. The incumbent will focus ELRP nutrition interventions on the targeted beneficiaries of PLW and CU5, in accordance with national policy, and will also give additional focus to reaching children under two years of age to prevent stunting. The incumbent will have a strong understanding of global best practices in nutrition including WHO identified Essential Nutrition and Hygiene Actions, and will have experience in increasing uptake of health-facility based nutrition services. Additionally, the incumbent will be well-versed with GoE national nutrition programs, policies and priorities and liaise with other nutrition specific and sensitive programs being implemented in Ethiopia.
Key /Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
To ensure program’s strategic objectives and results are fully accomplished on time and meet expected technical quality standards, the Health and Nutrition Manager must:
Leadership and Representation:
Program Quality and Management:
Oversee ELRP partner trainings of health facility workers focused on essential services including antenatal care, community management of acute malnutrition and growth monitoring and promotion;
Ensure all ELRP training and community engagement activities promote WHO Essential Nutrition and Hygiene actions, with a focus on preventing enteric dysfunction and encouraging early childhood stimulation;
Develop and implement strategy for increasing demand through peer-to-peer outreach programs and public recognition of ‘model’ care-seeking families;
Along with CRS implementing partners, engage with Woreda Health Office (WoHO) to identify training gaps and use improved tools and job aids to provide health workers with counseling and negotiation skills;
Oversee support to development agents as they provide targeted coaching on nutrition food selection for women and children;
Engage woreda and kebele food security task forces to identify health centers that lack water supply, sanitation facilities, waste disposal infrastructure and water treatment, prioritizing those most in need of support;
Along with the PSNP Systems Manager, conduct cross-sectoral community service mapping to explore facilitators and barriers to household participation in key services;
Reinforce established GoE service access points (e.g., Child Health Days and other formalized community mobilization fora) to ensure messages permeate the community;
Engage the GoE’s Social and Behavior Change and Communication (SBCC) working group to conduct a formative assessment and create a SBCC strategy for ELRP areas that engages influential community leaders;
Closely collaborate with quality and appropriateness of activities to achieve the target indicators in a cost-effective, timely, and sustainable manner; and
Perform any other duties as assigned by the Chief of Party.
An advanced degree (Masters or PhD) in a relevant field including public health, nutrition, or international development. An advanced degree can be substituted with an additional 3 years of relevant experience.
Minimum 8 years demonstrated experience with USG or other similar development projects focused on nutrition (preferably with experience related to engaging populations vulnerable to malnutrition and increasing household uptake of nutrition services, preferably Ethiopian with understanding of the Ethiopian context
Experience with project implementation oversight and budget management
Demonstrated ability to work and coordinate effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders, including national and local government, donors, community-based organizations, and the private sector
Excellent verbal and written communication skills in both English and Amharic and other local languages;
Established relationship with and/or substantive knowledge of internationally recognized best practices in improving nutrition outcomes as well as best practices undertaken in Ethiopia;
Experience with USAID project implementation; familiarity with rules and regulations;
Strong Microsoft Word and Excel skills.
Good organizational skill including the ability to plan, coordinate, implement, monitor and evaluate programs
Ability to develop and maintain dynamic and productive relationships with staff, government organizations, NGOs, donors
Innovative and flexible appreciation, self-starter with ability to take initiative
Ability to work effectively under stressful conditions
Comprehensive experience in developing and managing budgets
A high level of computer iterance
Ability to develop and deliver effective strategy for growth
Ability to apply cost effective measures in use of resources
Ready to comply and live up to and in accordance with CRS/ET’s ideals and core values
Ability to translate vision to results by developing and providing clear strategic and operational guidance
Communicates strategically under pressure
Manages stress and complexity
Actively promotes safety and security
Manages and implements high-quality emergency programs