USAID/SPRING Project Jobs – Program Officer (PO) – Industrial Fortification at JSI

Organisation: John Snow, Inc (JSI)
Project Name: USAID/SPRING Project
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Micronutrients Advisor
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 Program Officer (PO) – Industrial Fortification
will be responsible for SPRING/Uganda’s efforts to build on the work that       has been ongoing in industrial
fortification in Uganda, working with the Government of Uganda (GOU) and other
partners  who are engaged in industrial
fortification related interventions to consolidate gains that have been made,
expand the high impact interventions and strengthen systems for uptake of such
interventions at national, regional, district and community levels.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
·        
Technically
support the NWGFF in coordinating national fortification efforts including
developing an annual plan, strengthening capacity to build a membership
network, strengthening    capacity to use
data to monitor the national fortification plan, and advocating for support and
resources to institutionalize – the NWGFF.
·        
Work
closely with the Ministry of Health, NWGFF, and UNBS to strengthen the quality
control system for industrially fortified foods.
·        
Work
with the Private Sector Foundation Uganda and industries to ensure compliance
with mandatory fortification including documenting progress in implementation
of food fortification, challenges encountered, lessons learned and new
approaches for improvement to adherence to mandatory fortification.
·        
Technically
support SPRING/Uganda in exploring options for the fortification of maize flour
and other foods as determined by GOU and backed up with evidence.
·        
Actively
participate in the identification, recruitment and management of consultants
for industrial fortification related research, design of documents and other
relevant tasks, as necessary.
·        
Working
with Micronutrients Advisor to planning, executing, monitoring and evaluating
of industrial fortification initiatives in the country.
·        
Take
the initiative in identifying and supporting the functionality of private
public partnerships for industrial fortification in the country.Identify,
document and disseminate key success stories on industrial fortification
efforts in Uganda through different platforms including in advocacy meetings.
·        
Work
with the Micronutrients Advisor to represent SPRING/ Uganda in industrial
fortification technical and coordination meetings within the country, region
and in other places as needed.
·        
Support
Ministry of Health and other GOU sectors in mainstreaming fortification into
other nutrition efforts
·        
Work
with the M&E Analysts and the Micronutrients Advisor to support the
Ministry of Health, NWGFF and UNBS in the development, implementation and
utilization of monitoring and evaluation systems for fortification in Uganda.
·        
Work
with the SBCC team and Micronutrients Advisor to support the development and
rolling of a social behavior change communication strategy for uptake of
industrial fortification initiatives in Uganda.
·        
Write
monthly, quarterly and annual fortification reports and submit these in a
timely manner to the Micronutrients Advisor or his/her designee. .
·        
Works
closely with anaemia and micronutrient program officer, MNP program officer,
SBCC program officer and SBCC advisor as well as M&E analysts to promote
harmonious planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of broader micronutrient
programs for SPRING/ Uganda
·        
The
Program Officer will also strengthen associations and cooperatives of companies
and industries involved in industrial fortification such as wheat millers
associations, etc.
·        
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 Food Science and
Technology or Food Processing Technology.
·        
Proven
experience in working with food industries.
·        
A
minimum of five years’ professional working experience in fortification and
other related 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.
·        
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 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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