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

Organization: Catholic
Relief Services (CRS)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Deputy Head of
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
Key Duties and
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Deadline: 27th
October, 2016

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