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  • Posted: Mar 9, 2021
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  • Nutrition International (formerly the Micronutrient Initiative) is passionate about tackling one of the world’s greatest health issues: malnutrition. Recognized as global experts, we work around the world to create effective and sustainable solutions for hidden hunger. Nutrition International has headquarters in Ottawa, Canada and regional offices in N...
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    Senior Program Officer, VAS

    Know our team

    Nutrition International’s Program Operations Unit is responsible for ensuring the efficient and effective delivery of Nutrition International’s core program interventions including program development, design, planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting, and grant management, including setting annual operational planning, budgeting and review processes. The unit comprises a global team of professionals located in our 10 core countries across Asia, Africa and our headquarters in Ottawa, Canada. The Senior Program Officer VAS, Africa will be working as part of Nutrition International’s regional and global technical Vitamin A Supplementation (VAS) team and under the supervision of the Senior Manager, VAS. Currently, Nutrition International is seeking applications for Senior Program Officer VAS, Africa to be based in Nairobi, Kenya or Dakar, Senegal.

    About you

    You will have a masters level degree in Public Health, Health policy and Planning / Program Management. At least 7 years’ experience in Public Health and public health nutrition area and project management. Experience in consultant management and recruitment, technical and management guidance and quality assurance for VAS projects and capacity building of implementing partner and consultant. Experience working and living in Africa is preferable. Experience working with Vitamin A supplementation interventions is a plus. Experience working in an emergency response setting and strategy development and review is desirable. Fluent in written and spoken English and working French.

    About the role

    In this role you will be:

    • Coordinating and facilitating the engagement of NI Africa with the selected country government partners for the implementation of the VAS catch-up projects.
    • Providing guidance and coordinating the development of post COVID-19 country plans for highly efficient and resilient VAS programs in line with their respective health systems strengths and weaknesses of the NI VAS strategy.
    • Supporting the development of efficient process and tools to facilitate smooth and timely start-up of the agreed country VAS catch-up plans.
    • Coordinating the implementation of any technology solution developed by NI of its implementation partners and service providers for improving the implementation and efficiency of the VAS catch-up project.
    • Reporting on the progresses and performances of the implementation of the VAS catch-up project and suggest to the government implementing partners and assigned service providers, the corrective actions when necessary.
    • Liaising with M&R team to establish and maintain the NI support continuity and ensure smooth, logical, and summative linkage between achieved outputs with the expected outcomes of the VAS catch-up project.
    • Supporting the identification and development of opportunities for implementation of evaluation research to investigate persistent constraints to improving the efficiency of the implementation of the VAS catch-up project.

    What we offer

    A competitive market pay, health and dental benefits and pension plan, flexible work hours, work from home, four weeks of vacation (plus public holidays) and support for learning and development opportunities. We offer a collaborative and engaging work environment. Read more to know more about us Top Employers of National Capital Region 2020.

    This contract is up to two years with a possibility of extension subject to funds availability and other factors. Selected candidates must have current legal entitlement to work in Kenya or Senegal. We thank you for your interest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

    Nutrition International is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to an inclusive, equitable and accessible work environment. Upon request, accommodations due to a disability are available throughout the selection process.

    Please note that all our offers are conditional subject to appropriate screening checks and satisfactory reference checks.

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    Senior Manager VAS, Africa

    Know our team

    Nutrition International’s Program Operations Unit is responsible for ensuring the efficient and effective delivery of Nutrition International’s core program interventions including program development, design, planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting, and grant management, including setting annual operational planning, budgeting and review processes. The unit comprises a global team of professionals located in our 10 core countries across Asia, Africa and our headquarters in Ottawa, Canada. Currently, Nutrition International is seeking applications for Senior Manager VAS, Africa to be based in Nairobi, Kenya or Dakar, Senegal

    About you

    You will have a postgraduate degree in Human Nutrition, Public Health, or Child Health. At least 10 years’ experience in development project management. Experience with managing donor grants and relationships at country, regional and global levels. Demonstrated strong financial and contract/grant management. Experience working on emergency response projects is an added advantage. Strong written and spoken English and fluency in French is an asset.

    About the role

    In this role you will be:

    • Quality assuring and reviewing the workplans and budgets to ensure high value for money and cost efficiency of NI support to countries.
    • Overseeing and working closely with consultants and partners to develop detailed annual workplans for the project that clearly defines the activities and resources required for the implementation of the project; and updating it regularly to ensure the timely completion of project activities and achievement of the deliverables of the project.
    • Ensuring strong financial management of all aspects of the VAS TA work in Africa.
    • Liaising regularly with NI headquarters as needed to ensure good communication, and knowledge sharing to better inform TA delivery and Vitamin A COVID-19 emergency response programming.
    • Ensuring timely updating of monitoring and tracking tools of progress against workplan and budget and good communication with VAS colleagues on contract progress, identification of risks and mitigations, to support TA provision, timely and quality deliverables, and capacity building.
    • Building strong relationships with and engaging regularly with senior government officials in target countries to ensure programming gaps and needs are clearly articulated and coordinated with partners’ support.
    • Ensuring regular coordination meetings to ensure funding for VAS is being used cost-effectively during implementation.
    • Supporting implementation of post event coverage surveys and identification of efficient course correction as needed.

    What we offer

    A competitive market pay, health and dental benefits and pension plan, flexible work hours, work from home, four weeks of vacation (plus public holidays) and support for learning and development opportunities. We offer a collaborative and engaging work environment. Read more to know more about us Top Employers of National Capital Region 2020.

    This contract is up to two years with a possibility of extension subject to funds availability and other factors. Selected candidates must have current legal entitlement to work in Kenya or Senegal. We thank you for your interest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

    Nutrition International is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to an inclusive, equitable and accessible work environment. Upon request, accommodations due to a disability are available throughout the selection process.

    Please note that all our offers are conditional subject to appropriate screening checks and satisfactory reference checks.

    For more detailed information about the role, please click on the attached Job Description. Please click on the Apply button below to submit your application.

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