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Health & Nutrition Technical Manager US Non-profit Careers - Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Organization: Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Deputy Head of Programs

About CRS:
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is an international non-profit organization that carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States (U.S) 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.

Job Summary: The Health & Nutrition Technical Manager will actively contribute to the integration of health and nutritional approaches in current and new projects, in alignment with CRS’ larger health initiatives. As a programming sector, Health is an agency wide Signature Program Area and an important focus of CRS both globally and within the CRS country programs. The establishment of the HNTM position will be an effective step to build upon CRS’ Health Signature Program Area as well as the Strategic Initiative Priorities within CRS Uganda’s country program. The position will directly contribute to CRS Uganda’s efforts toward design and implementation of high quality health initiatives among targeted individuals, populations, and communities. The HNTM will support new project design efforts, operationalize nutrition program plans, and provide additional ad hoc support as requested by specific programs. The HNTM’s support to program design workshops will help to expand upon CRS Uganda’s nutrition, food security, MCH, and OVC based programming. Through these initiatives, the HNTM will support the business development cycle, including: pre-positioning, proposal development and leveraging results as they relate to the Country Program’s (CP) larger health portfolio. The HNTM will provide mentoring and technical support to project officers working with vulnerable populations. To this effect, the HNTM will serve as primary contact person in CRS Uganda’s nutrition integration efforts and provide nutrition guidance in all aspects of programs and operations as they relate to MCH and OVC populations. The HNTM will represent CRS at technical working groups, workshops and events with other stakeholders where information on nutrition programming as it relates to MCH and OVC is requested.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Technical Assistance and Program Quality:
·         The Health/Nutrition Technical Manager will assist the programming team in designing the CP Strategy for Health and Nutrition and will support with the creation of a vision for CP nutrition activities, while positioning CRS to be a leading voice in nutrition.
·         Guide and assist CRS staff in developing project-specific strategies, tools, systems and plans.
·         Actively participate in the CRS agency/region global health and nutrition community of practice as it relates to the larger agency signature program areas and the strategic initiative priorities.
·         Take the lead in maintaining and improving program quality, innovation and learning among the various nutrition projects, in line with international best practices and quality standards.
·         Take part in nutrition project start-up workshops, formative research, quarterly reviews, mid-term assessments, transition planning and evaluation.
·         Make regular visits to ongoing projects and help troubleshoot, recommend changes as needed, identify areas of improvement and learning and recommend ideas for innovation and operations research, in line with agency and industry standards.
·         Write and review project reports, and provide constructive feedback on those reports that will be disseminated to the donor or a larger audience.
·         Ensure that aspects of gender, peace-building and integral human development are fully considered throughout the project cycle.
Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL):
·         Lead detailed nutrition analyses at the inception of new projects.
·         Provide guidance to CRS staff in the design and enhancement of nutrition tools, protocols, surveys, and evaluation instruments to strengthen quality data collection, analysis, and reporting on project indicators.
·         Support program managers and technical staff in incorporating nutrition, MCH and food security issues in project MEAL systems (performance questions, indicators, sampling methods, procedures, etc.). Assist in nutrition specific participatory planning and support implementation.
·         Support technical staff in setting indicators for assessing progress with nutrition integration, adapted to the various types of CRS Uganda programs.
·         Arrange for the dissemination of information from MEAL data on the degree to which nutrition related objectives are being achieved and on the impact of nutritional programming within CRS Uganda’s projects.
·         Identify and lead initiatives to capture learning, assist projects to document the learning and to share technical and programmatic lessons learned within CRS Uganda and with other CRS country programs.
Business Development:
·         Work closely with the Business Development Specialist (BDS) and Head of Programs (HoP) to identify upcoming growth opportunities in health/nutrition in line with the strategy of the CP. Such work to include: remaining up to date on donor trends and opportunities, identifying priority technical areas for investment, carrying out assessments with partners, networking with donors, government and other PVOs throughout all aspects of proposal development and review.
·         Identify strategic uses of flexible internal funding that will build relationships and position CRS for an increased role in the health and nutrition sector and raise visibility.
·         Identify opportunities for strategic partnerships with the Government of Uganda, implementing partners, donors and civil society.
·         Serve as a senior level health and nutrition resource while networking, prepositioning and strengthening the CRS network in nutrition.
·         Prepare capture plans and collect intelligence around upcoming health/nutrition opportunities.
·         In charge of the development of materials, resources, tools, etc. to share with audiences for marketing purposes.
·         Support the BDS in proposal coordination for health/nutrition growth opportunities and serve as lead technical writer or contributor.
·         Participate in the review of other CP proposals with health/nutrition programming component.
·         Take lead in providing technical support to local partners in developing effective health/nutrition -focused project strategies.
Capacity Building and Supervision:
·         Work closely with all members of the CRS team to strengthen nutrition capacity and networks and to help unify the programming team to collectively move towards quality integrated projects.
·         Identify relevant training and learning opportunities for CRS staff to advance knowledge and skills in health/nutrition.
·         Assist the program managers in ensuring that CRS and partners are in compliance with nutrition, food security, and MCH related policies and donor requirements for their respective projects.
·         Coordinate with Human Resources on the inclusion of health/nutrition learning agenda as part of CRS Uganda staff’s annual Learning and Development Plans.
·         Mentor CRS Uganda project officers within the health/nutrition focus through shared project and partner visits, coaching sessions, and coordination.
·         The jobholder will manage health/nutrition projects and project resources (budgets) as appropriate.
·         Offer technical assistance, as requested, to other projects implemented by CRS Uganda in the development of their health/nutrition capacities.
·         Build capacity building plans and strategies.
·         Actively participate actively in the recruitment of country program nutrition staff and serve as a mentor to them.
·         Act as a contact person with other stakeholders and provide guidance on perspectives in all aspects of CRS Uganda’s programs and operations as they relate to nutrition and health.
·         Represent CRS at health sector meetings and coordination forums, including those with the Ministry of Health, USAID health partner meetings and the UN national health cluster meetings, especially those focused on nutrition/health system strengthening.
·         Attend and contribute to relevant sharing forums and technical working groups (nutrition, health, community health) in order to best understand new findings/best practices, the implementing environment, and existing health programs in Uganda (including regional and international communities of practice), and share CRS’ expertise and contributions.
·         Build new and manage existing relationships with key stakeholders including donors, the Church and potential collaborators for health and nutrition programs;
·         Perform any other related duties as required.
Other: Carry out other duties as designated by the DHOP.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
·         The applicant for the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Health & Nutrition Technical Manager job opportunity should hold a Masters of Public Health, Nutrition, Community Development, Behavior Change Science, Sociology, other clinical training, or relevant health-related degree with a focus on rural development and/or humanitarian assistance.
·         At least ten years’ experience working in international development preferably in program management positions related to Nutrition, Health, MCH, Food Security, OVC, pregnant women and/or children under the age of 5
·         At least five years’ experience working in resource-poor settings
·         Five years’ field experience working in support of national health systems in a number of the following areas: health systems strengthening for MNCH, participatory approaches for community mobilization and behavior change, prevention and treatment of malnutrition, early childhood development, community case management.
·         Technical competency in nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive programming
·         Strong and demonstrated prior experience working on integration of health/nutrition considerations into project design, monitoring and evaluation
·         Proven experience in project design and implementation, proposal-writing, budgeting and financial management.
·         Previous experience in community participation in development projects and experience with adult learning methods and tools
·         Demonstrated capacity to understand and advise on critical technical and operational issues related to nutrition: food security, MCH, pregnancy, psycho-social wellbeing and HIV/AIDS, amongst others
·         Prior experience working with MEAL development and integration in programming to capture health/nutrition specific and sensitive information to monitor change and outcomes, with experience in quantitative and qualitative data analysis highly desirable
·         Skills and experience in high-level advocacy, negotiation and coalition building with multiple stakeholders
·         Previous experience managing programs funded by USG, DFID and/or the European Union; contract experience a plus
·         Proven resource mobilization and fundraising experience.
·         Broad knowledge and understanding of gender analysis and transformation in rural communities.
·         Demonstrated abilities in documentation of lessons learned, report-writing, monitoring and evaluation.
·         Ability to self-manage and succeed in matrix management model;
·         Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work flexibly and effectively as a member of a team
·         Proven leadership and inter-personal skills with ability to build and motivate diverse and talented teams
·         Excellent independent judgment and decision-making skills.
·         Excellent English language communication and writing skills
·         Computer literacy i.e. proficiency in Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook) required
·         Ability and willingness to travel regularly both nationally and internationally as needed
·         Catholic Relief Services, Uganda Program
Technical Manager Competencies:
·         Sets clear goals and manages toward them
·         Collaborates effectively with staff and stakeholders
·         Manages financial resources with integrity
·         Applies program quality standards to project design and organizational learning
Agency-Wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff): Serves with Integrity, Models Stewardship, Cultivates Constructive Relationships, Promotes Learning
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send a cover letter, updated CV and three work references (names and contact information only) to ug_recruitment@crs.org.

Deadline: 27th October, 2016

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