Senior Agriculture and Nutrition Specialist

at Save the Children
Location Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Date Posted March 28, 2022
Category Agriculture
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB


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 National Food and Nutrition Strategy
• 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 the Food and Nutrition strategy implementation plan to regions
• Support the MOA to identify key private sector actors that would play a strategic role implementing the National Food and Nutrition Strategy
• 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 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 Food and Nutrition Strategy
• 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 Food and Nutrition Strategy to regions, zones and Woredas
• Support the MOA to implement its gender inclusion plan and nutrition behavioural 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
BEHAVIORS (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
Equal Opportunities
• The Senior Specialist is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.
Child Safeguarding:
• 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.
Health and Safety
• The Senior Specialist is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.

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