USAID SPRING JSI Project Careers – Nutrition Advisor

Job Title:  Nutrition Advisor
Organisation: JSI
Research & Training Institute, Inc
Project Name: USAID
Strengthening Partnerships, Results, and Innovations in Nutrition (SPRING)
Duty Station: Mbarara,
Reports to: Technical
Manager – Southwest
About JSI:
John Snow, Inc., and our
nonprofit JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc., are public health
management consulting and research organizations dedicated to improving the
health of individuals and communities throughout the world. JSI’s mission is to
improve the health of underserved people and communities and to provide a place
where people of passion and commitment can pursue this cause.
For 35 years, Boston-based JSI
and our affiliates have provided high-quality technical and managerial
assistance to public health programs worldwide. JSI has implemented projects in
106 countries, and currently operates from eight U.S. and 81 international
offices, with more than 500 U.S.-based professionals and 1,600 host country
About USAID SPRING Project:
Strengthening Partnerships,
Results, and Innovations in Nutrition (SPRING) is a five-year cooperative
agreement funded by the United States Agency for International Development
(USAID) to provide state-of-the-art technical support and facilitate country-
led, regional, and global programs to improve the nutritional status of women
and children. The SPRING implementation team consists of JSI Research &
Training Institute, Inc., Helen Keller International (HKI), The International
Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Save the Children (SC), and The Manoff
Group (TMG).
Job Summary: The
Nutrition Advisor provides technical guidance and support to SPRING/Uganda
towards accomplishing its country goal, objectives and targets. The Nutrition
Advisor works in close collaboration with the Technical Manager—Southwest and
other SPRING/Uganda country program technical and administrative staff. The
Nutrition Advisor directs all nutrition and quality improvement technical
assistance to project staff, implementing partners, districts, health
facilities and other relevant stakeholders. The Nutrition Advisor supervises
the Nutrition Specialists.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Technical Leadership:
  • Work
    in liaison with the supervisor and other technical staff develop
    implementation plan based on the approved work plan.
  • Refine
    strategies and manage the implementation of the 1 – Partnership for HIV Free
    Survival- (PHFS) as well as the integrated management of acute
    malnutrition (IMAM) at the health facility level.
  • Develop
    and sustain relevant partner relationships, including with academic
    institutions and technical institutions working in nutrition.
  • Work
    in consultation with the supervisor, represent SPRING/ Uganda in technical
    coordination meetings and forums within the districts, region and country,
    as needed.
  • Play
    an active role in development of nutrition guidelines and program
  • Work
    in liaison with the Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC)
    Advisor in planning, implementing and monitoring of nutrition activities
    in behaviour change communication, community mobilization and advocacy
  • Provide
    technical leadership at the district level to assist the districts and
    SPRING/Uganda district teams in developing an approach to guide the
    implementation of nutrition interventions.
  • Work
    in liaison with the Strategic Information team to monitor performance
    against set indicators and document best practices.
  • Manage
    the implementation of scopes of work agreed with the project sub-grantee
    in Southwest
  • Capacity
    Building for Quality Nutrition Program
  • Technically
    support the operationalization of Ql systems at operational levels.
  • Ensure
    application and utilization of evidence-based program standards/tools
    (e.g. NACS framework, infant and young child feeding (IYCF) training
  • Ensure
    that technical approaches for scaling up nutrition services build on
    in-country capacity to ensure sustainability of services.
2. Program Operations Support:
  • Prepare
    and send timely reports, documents and proposals to the Technical
    Manager—Southwest, including weekly, monthly and quarterly work plans and
    reports with supervisor.
  • Intuitively
    review and refine documents/outputs produced by consultants and other
    SPRING/Uganda staff.
  • Work
    with other technical team members to identify opportunities for further
    strengthening of District Health Teams, health systems and community services
    for uptake of nutrition services. – 
    Work closely with the Technical Manager—Southwest and Strategic Information
    team to design and support the implementation of nutrition learning and
    the research agenda for SPRING/ Uganda.
  • Significantly
    contribute to the development of technical resource materials, including
    guidelines, training manuals, curricula and job aids, as necessary.
  • In
    charge of the development of monthly activity budget projections and
    submitting to the supervisor for submission to the finance team.
3. Human Resources Management:
  • Supervise
    and provide technical guidance and mentorship/ coaching to the all
    SPRING/Uganda nutrition technical specialists working at district levels
    in the Southwest.
  • Work
    with other SPRING/Uganda staff, organize regular team building activities
    with nutrition technical staff.
  • Actively
    participate in the identification, recruitment and management of
    consultants for research, design of documents and other relevant tasks, as
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    applicant should hold a Masters’ degree in Human Nutrition; Public Health
    or closely related fields.
  • A
    minimum of five years of proven experience in implementing community and
    facility based maternal and child health nutrition, HIV and AIDS, or other
    health-related work required.
  • Experience
    working in health and nutrition quality improvement programs including
    NACS, IMAM and IYCF.
  • Excellent
    English written and oral communication skills and the ability to write for
    a range of audiences and purposes, including superior presentation skills.
  • Proven
    ability to initiate and manage significant technical activities, including
    designing activities, mobilizing resources, identifying and managing
    partners, and reporting.
  • Strong
    initiative and self-motivation required, with a commitment to teamwork and
    effectiveness within a dynamic multi-disciplinary project.
  • Possess
    the ability to effectively work independently and outside of conventional
    office environments, if needed.
  • Ability
    to work effectively in a team consisting of people with different
    technical backgrounds and with varying levels of technical training skills,
    including the ability to facilitate relationships, interact effectively
    with clients and colleagues, and mentor junior technical staff.
  • Ability
    to translate technical information into practical’ guidance and tools and
    effectively communicate these using print, electronic, and presentation
  • Excellent
    track record that demonstrates leadership skills, project management,
    budget and resource management experience, and client relationship
    management capability.
  • Past
    experience working across multiple sub agreements and partners; ability to
    work well with people at all levels.
  • Demonstrated
    managerial, supervisory and interpersonal skills
  • Must
    be authorized to work in Uganda.
How to Apply:
All candidates are strongly encouraged
to send their applications via e-mail or hand deliver to these addresses below;
The Country Manager         
Block 01 Plot 295, Kacence,
Mbarara – Uganda Tel+256
OR Plot 36/37A, Martyrs Way,
Ministers’ Village, Ntinda, Kampala Tel: 256750001253 – Kampala – Uganda
Or via E-mail to:
Deadline:  Friday, 9th
January 2015 by 1.00PM
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