Nutrition Program Officer, Maternal, Newborn, Child Health and Nutrition

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PATH is an international organization that drives transformative innovation to save lives and improve health, especially among women and children. We accelerate innovation across five platforms-vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, devices, and system and service innovations-that harness our entrepreneurial insight, scientific and public health expertise, and passion for health equity. By mobilizing partners around the world, we take innovation to scale, working alongside countries primarily in Africa and Asia to tackle their greatest health needs. Together, we deliver measurable results that disrupt the cycle of poor health.

 

The goal of PATH’s Maternal, Newborn, Child Health and Nutrition (MNCHN) Program is to apply effective, innovative approaches to broadening access to and use of key MNCHN interventions that address the most pressing causes of maternal, newborn and child deaths, and poor nutritional status. Our approach includes: an emphasis on community-level action; a focus on improving the quality of existing health services, improving preventive and curative care across the continuum of care from facility to community level; a commitment to reaching underserved communities; a focus on working to understand and address barriers to high-quality care; and mobilization of social and political support to create and sustain an enabling environment for service delivery of key evidence-based interventions. Where appropriate, the MNCHN Program strives to establish public-private partnerships to advance our goals.

 

PATH is the nutrition lead for the US Agency for International Development (USAID)–funded, Jhpiego-led Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP), which is the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for Global Health’s flagship maternal, neonatal and child health (MNCH) program, with a focus on 24 high-priority countries with the ultimate goal of ending preventable maternal and child deaths (EPMCD) within a generation. The program is focused on ensuring that all women, newborns and children most in need have equitable access to quality health care services to save lives. Nutrition work within the program will focus on integration of nutrition within MNCH programs; Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition (MIYCN) interventions; promotion of the essential nutrition actions; and strengthening leadership and advocacy at county level.

 

MCSP’s nutrition work consists of core activities focused specifically on prevention and control of maternal anemia and improving infant and young child feeding practices, as well as country level activities that support the improvement of both maternal, infant and young child nutrition and integration of nutrition into the platform of maternal, newborn, child health, and family planning. This job description supports MCSP nutrition activities and—as needed—other PATH nutrition activities. The position will be based at the MCSP office in Washington, DC office and PATH Washington, DC office.

 

The Nutrition Program Officer position will work in collaboration with the Senior Nutrition Advisor and the Nutrition Team Lead to provide technical support to on-going nutrition activities with a focus on the following areas:

 

·       Provide nutrition technical leadership support to selected MCSP countries including writing technical aspects of the work plans, tracking technical progress of activities in country annual work plans and budgets, as well as writing quarterly and annual reports.

·       Support Country Nutrition Advisors to identify existing nutrition technical guidelines and contribute to updating of guidelines and tools for nutrition programming

·       Assist with nutrition social behavior change communication (SBCC) assessments and activities for in-country programs, including preparation of International Review Board (IRB) applications and nutrition report writing.

·       Support activities led by MCSP nutrition technical staff including writing of various types of reports, and presentations and associated documentation/publications.

·       Assist with literature reviews and collection of background documents towards the development of technical briefs and peer-reviewed publications to promote and strengthen prevention and control of maternal anemia, maternal nutrition, and/or infant and young child feeding.

·       Work closely in collaboration with the MCSP MMEL and Community Health teams to provide technical support to ongoing nutrition monitoring activities according to the performance monitoring plans (PMP) of MCSP nutrition countries.

·       Stay current with nutrition literature and global trends—including activities and programs related to maternal anemia control, malaria and helminth control, and infant and young child nutrition.

·       Provide support to the nutrition team as needed.

 

Required skills and experience:

·       Master’s degree in nutrition or Masters in Public Health with a minimum of three years’ experience in nutrition and integrated nutrition and health programming or a Bachelor’s degree in nutrition with a minimum of 7 years in nutrition and integrated nutrition and health programming.

·       Experience with supporting country teams to develop and implement nutrition activities, tracking country activities, such as with annual work plans and budgets, and overseeing implementation of technical activities.

·       Experience in nutrition programming in developing country settings.

·       Experience working with nutrition data, developing nutrition monitoring plans, nutrition indicators and /or monitoring country activities.

·       Familiarity with and/or experience in the process of developing SBCC messages, materials, and tools.

·       Experience integrating nutrition with health programming.

·       Strong writing and nutrition data analytical skills, quantitative and/or qualitative.

·       Strong communication skills.

·       Familiarity/experience with the process of developing SBCC messages, materials, and tools.

·       Demonstrated ability to establish excellent relationships with team members, host country counterparts, donors, and implementing agencies.

·       Ability to travel up to 15-20 percent of the time.

·       Strong oral and written proficiency and competency in Spanish or Portuguese highly desired.

·       Experience in nutrition and health or relevant sectors programming.

·       Experience with developing proposals for funding.

·       Experience in nutrition or health related data analysis.

 

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