International Non-profit Careers – Micronutrients Advisor at JSI

Organisation: John Snow, Inc (JSI)
Project Name: USAID/SPRING Project
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Deputy Chief of Party-Programs
About JSI:
John Snow, Inc. (JSI) is a leader in
improving the health of individuals and communities by providing high-quality
technical and managerial assistance to public health programs worldwide. JSI
has implemented projects in 100 countries, and currently operates from eight
U.S. and 81 international offices for the past 30 years. The JSI Research &
Training Institute, Inc. ID a leading public health research and consulting
organization.
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 Micronutrient Advisor will provide
management of all micronutrient related programming including point of use
fortification with micronutrient powders (MNPs), industrial fortification and
other anaemia control and prevention related programmatic interventions. The advisor
directly supervises the MNP Program Officer, Industrial fortification Program
Officer and Micronutrient and anaemia Program Officer. The advisor also
provides technical support to the nutrition specialists in the implementing
regions.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1.
National Anemia control and prevention program and Nutrition:
·        
Offer
technical support to SPRING/Uganda nutrition specialists working at facility
and community levels in southwestern and east-central Uganda for integration of
high impact nutrition interventions at facility and community levels
·        
Works
in liaison with the Anemia and Micronutrient Program Officer, strategically
identify areas of focus for SPRING/ Uganda
·        
Support
the SPRING/Uganda Food anaemia team to provide support to anaemia working group
to promptly and regularly participate in all planned activities. Therefore,
work with the NAWG and NWGFF and MoH secretariat.
·        
Provide
leadership in monitoring, evaluation and learning aspects of SPRING/Uganda
related national anemia control and prevention programming
2.
Industrial Food Fortification:
·        
Technically
support SPRING/Uganda and government of Uganda in exploring options for
fortification of maize flour and other staple foods as determined by GOU.
Therefore, participate in the UNBS biannual visits to industries for monitoring
GMP, reinforcement of mandatory regulations and the fortification standards.
·        
Advocate
to the GOU, implementing partners, private sector and other agencies for
strengthening the quality control system for industrial fortification.
·        
Provide
oversight role in the documentation and sharing of progress in implementation
of food fortification, challenges encountered, lessons learned and new
approaches for improvement to adherence to mandatory fortification.
·        
Working
closely with the Industrial fortification Program officer, support MoH in
mobilizing members of the NWGFF and its sub-committees for routine meetings,
industrial visits and other learning activities
·        
Write
monthly, quarterly and annual fortification reports and submit these in a
timely manner to the supervisor or his/her designee.
·        
Works
in liaison with the DCOP to examine issues related to food safety in country.
·        
Work
with the DCOP on initiating issues related to harmonization of standards in the
EAC and COMESA.
3.
Point of use fortification program:
·        
Working
with Micronutrient Powder Program Officer and Deputy CoP—Programs, represent
SPRING/Uganda in the national point of use fortification efforts including
developing an annual plan, strengthening capacity to build a membership
network, and advocating for support and resources to institutionalize point of
use fortification program
·        
Actively
participate in the identification, recruitment and management of consultants
for point of use fortification related research, design of documents and other
relevant tasks, as necessary.
·        
Represent
SPRING/Uganda in working with implementing partners, development agencies and
GOU in the design, piloting and documentation of the home fortification program
in the targeted geographic areas in Uganda.
·        
Provide
overall guidance to technical staff working with point of use fortification
program and SPRING/Uganda management team
4.
Program Management and Leadership:
·        
Steer
the development and management of the annual, quarterly and monthly budget for
micronutrient programming in SPRING/Uganda r
·        
Work
in liaison with the DCOP—programs, senior management and micronutrient
technical team to determine the operational needs of the micronutrient program
·        
Analyze
data gathered and propose alternative strategies of program implementation
·        
Compile
monthly and quarterly reports, ensuring statistics are correct and on time
·        
Work
closely with the health teams to design and implement a reporting system to
monitor and evaluate the objectives, indicators and outcomes of the
micronutrient program
·        
Carry
out assessments and contribute to production of proposals for new projects
·        
Work
with technical teams and logistics to procure program supplies within program
budgets
·        
Regularly
update DCOP—programs and management team on progression of programs as per work
plan
·        
Compile
program and assists with development of future programs as needed
·        
Work
closely with local authorities, donor and partner agencies to ensure program
compliance with donor policies and regulations and complementary with other
agencies’ efforts
·        
Work
with the supervisor to support the development of a social behavior change
communication strategy for uptake of micronutrient initiatives in Uganda.
·        
Take
the initiative in identifying and supporting the functionality of private
public partnerships for micronutrient programming (including industrial
fortification) in the country.
·        
Maintain
flexibility to take on added responsibility as and when needed
5.
Human Resources Management
:
·        
Support
the selection and training of qualified anemia control and prevention,
industrial fortification and MNPs t program staff and recommend promotions,
disciplinary action and termination of staff in consultation with the
D/CoP-Programs, CoP and D/CoP—Finance and Operations
·        
Manage
and mentor the Micronutrient and Anaemia program officer, Industrial
fortification technical officer and MNP program officer to ensure their smooth
and effective operations.
·        
Work
in close consultation with D/CoP programs to manage consultants as appropriate.
·        
Ensure
compliance to local labor laws including working hours
·        
Maintain
open lines of communications with all anemia control and prevention, industrial
fortification and MNPs staff
·        
Actively
participate in the identification, recruitment and management of consultants
for anemia control and prevention, industrial fortification and MNPs related
research, design of documents and other relevant tasks, as necessary.
6.
Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning:
·        
Work
closely with implementing partners, GOU and other stakeholders on collecting
relevant information and data for periodic reports to all micronutrient program
elements of anemia control and prevention, industrial fortification and MNPs as
required
·        
Write
and/or update reports on anemia control and prevention, nutrition, industrial
fortification and MNPs as needed
·        
Works
on developing and establishing monitoring and evaluation systems and design
tools for reporting on anemia control and prevention, industrial fortification
and MNPs.
·        
Work
with SPRING/Uganda M&E unit to streamline tools and systems for anemia
control and prevention, industrial fortification and MNPs.
·        
Assist
SPRING/Uganda micronutrient program and M&E teams with data collection,
analysis, and report writing for individual activities or events for anemia
control and prevention, industrial fortification and MNPs.
·        
Works
directly with the D/CoP—Programs on all relevant anemia control and prevention,
industrial fortification and MNPs initiatives
·        
Liaise
with other USAID implementing partners, INGOs, NGOs, research institutions and
academia to consolidate efforts for micronutrient initiatives, results,
innovations and partnerships in Uganda.
·        
Work
with the Strategic Information team to support the GOU, line Ministries,
government parastatals, research institutions, private sector and civil society
in the development, implementation and utilization of monitoring and evaluation
systems for micronutrient programming and uptake in Uganda.
·        
Identify,
document and disseminate key success stories on anemia control and prevention,
industrial fortification and MNPs efforts in Uganda through different platforms
including in advocacy meetings.
7.
Program Representation:
·        
Represent
SPRING/Uganda in anemia control and prevention, industrial fortification and
MNPs technical and coordination meetings within the country, region and in
other places as needed.
·        
Represent
the organization at task anemia control and prevention, industrial
fortification and MNPs force meetings, assessment missions, camp coordination
meetings, UN coordination meetings, INGO coordination meetings as appropriate
·        
Ensure
maximum visibility of the SPRING amongst the implementing partners, GOU and
development partners community
·        
Actively
contribute to the creation of a positive image and overall credibility of the
organization, notably through the application of the organizations Code of
Conduct, ethics, values and stand-point with regard to internal and external
actors
8.
Training/ Capacity Building:
·        
Determine
training needs for anemia control and prevention, industrial fortification and
MNPs staff
·        
Train
anemia control and prevention, industrial fortification and MNPs staff to
increase their responsibilities in order to I build capacity and ensure
sustainability of programs
·        
Advocate
and plan for professional development for anemia control and prevention;
industrial fortification and MNPs 5 staff
·        
As
team leader for micronutrients, coach and mentor anemia control and prevention,
industrial fortification and MNPs technical staff for SPRING/Uganda
·        
Carry
out any other responsibilities assigned by the supervisor or his/her designee.
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
·        
The
ideal candidate should preferably hold a Master’s degree in Nutrition, Public
Health with a first degree in Nutrition, Food Science and Technology or Food
Processing Technology.
·        
Proven
experience in working with food industries, the
private sector, government, health facilities and communities.
·        
A
minimum of five years’ professional working experience in micronutrient
initiatives in developing countries.
·        
Proven
ability to problem solve.
·        
Working
knowledge of USAID and familiarity with USAID monitoring and evaluation rules
and requirements.
·        
Proven
coordination and advocacy skills and experience.
·        
Excellent
English language written and spoken communications skills.
·        
Demonstrated
ability to manage multiple tasks, coordinate activities across different
partners and with the government.
·        
Acts
decisively in daily work, and works well in a multi-cultural team environment.   
·        
Proven
coaching and mentoring skills.
How to Apply:
All candidates are strongly encouraged to
send their applications via e-mail or hand deliver to these addresses below;
The Chief of Party,
JSI Research & Training Institute
SPRING/Uganda Project
Plot 36/37A, Martyrs Way, Ministers’ Village,
Ntinda, Kampala, Uganda
OR
Block 01 Plot 295, Kacence, Kaciika,
Mbarara – Uganda
Deadline: 
15th May 2015 by 1.00PM

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