Nutrition Coordinator Jobs at WSU International
Position Title: Nutrition Coordinator
Location: Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
Start date and duration: October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2017

Washington State University (USA), on behalf of USAID/Tanzania, is seeking a
Nutrition Coordinator to present USAID’s vision at inter-governmental strategic management meetings involving other donors and stakeholders in Tanzania; and who can provide the EG FTF and Health teams’ coherent analytical and technical leadershipto ensurehealth, nutrition and agriculture support Tanzania’s socio-economic transformation toward middle-income status by 2025

Scope of Work
1.      Work in close coordination with FTF Agriculture-Nutrition Unit and Health Office Nutrition-Economic Strengthening technical staff in alignment and coordination of nutrition programmatic interventions within DO 1.2, via targeted meetings, visits, etc.;
2.      Act as a key lead for USAID/Tanzania externally in the coordination of nutrition work and messaging with  Prime Minister’s Officer (PMO) Points of Contact (POCs), Local Government Authorities (LGAs), and targeted donors and organizations;
3.      Assist the FTF Agriculture-Nutrition Unit lead and EG Nutrition and Safety Nets specialist with Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) processes;
4.      Attend relevant DPG and nutrition-wide meetings;
5.      Assist mission in nutrition M & E work as needed.


1.      Socialize/present USAID Multi-sectoral Nutrition Strategy to mission;
2.      Ensure USAID representation at, and briefing to mission on, key nutrition meetings/events;
3.      Provide support in project coordination that will involve travelling to the field to facilitate the coordination of efforts between USAID/Tanzania nutrition implementing partners (IPs), local governments, and other implementing agencies;
4.      Provide the EG and Health Office Directors with relevant advice on Tanzania nutrition portfolio;
5.      Develop talking points as needed for Mission Director and/or Embassy officials;
6.      Advise both Offices on a variety of nutrition issues, including analysis of nutrition data and trends that create new opportunities for mission learning;
7.      Help draft initial framework on scope of nutrition performance assessment.

Degree of responsibility for decision-making assigned to the position:
The incumbent will inform decisions and make recommendations related to the management of the portfolio in coordination with the Feed the Future Team lead.

Factor 1 - Knowledge level required:
  • Academic and practical knowledge of program monitoring and evaluation best practices and methodologies essential.
  • Academic or practical knowledge of relevant disciplines.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office software.
  • Knowledge of USAID design, budget, reporting and programming processes preferred.
  • Skill in working with quantitative results and budget information, research methods, and analyzing data.
  • Written and oral communication skills to present information through reports and discussions, effectively manage development programs and work across teams and with various levels of leadership.
  • Skill in coordinating, negotiating and motivating team work.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other offices within USAID/Tanzania and USAID/Washington, other donors, partner government representatives, and implementing partners.

Factor 2 - Supervisory controls:
Incumbent works under the supervision of the USAID/Tanzania Feed the Future Team Lead, who provides day-to-day supervision and general policy directives. Works closely with the Nutrition and Safety Nets specialist.The incumbent plans and carries out assigned programs; resolves conflicts, makes contacts and coordinates work; develops changes to plans and/or methodology; interprets policy and other requirements; and keeps supervisor informed of progress. The work is reviewed for adherence to USAID policy and Mission objectives and strategy.

Factor 3 - Guidelines (availability of them for required work):
Guidelines include National Security Council, State Department, and USAID strategic plans; USAID Automated Directives System and other USAID policies; federal laws including the U.S. Foreign Assistance Act; USAID/Tanzania strategies and Mission Orders; and policy statements, precedents, expert consultation. Incumbent uses initiative and professional judgment in interpreting, planning, modifying, and adapting guidelines to the practical challenges of carrying out the objectives of the position.

Factor 4 - Level of complexity of work assignments:
The work requires professional judgment, creative approaches and innovative administrative management in achieving objectives. Assignments require coordinating with multiple offices inside USAID and other organizations, including implementing partners, Government of Tanzania staff, and other development partners. Tasks often require departing from past approaches, modifying precedents, and developing new approaches to meet overall objectives. The incumbent is responsible for the development and exchange of information impacting the analyses, evaluation, and incorporation of implementable plans.

Factor 5 - Scope and effect of the work performed:
The purpose of the work is to assist in overseeing the nutrition efforts of the Economic Growth Office and Health Office, to guide USAID nutritional messaging for both internal agency and external stakeholders, help monitor nutrition implementation and integration, and assist in new designs and award procedures. The incumbent provides expert opinion, advice, and problem solving in carrying out all responsibilities. Results and directions set by incumbent affect the effectiveness and performance and of a large number of current USAID nutrition projects (and inform the design of future projects) intended to advance economic growth and natural resource management in Tanzania. The work will also affect the perceived success and performance of USAID/Tanzania, within USAID, the development community, and with Tanzanian stakeholders.

Factor 6 - Level and purpose of contacts:
The incumbent will interact with employees at various levels within the immediate unit (with close coordination with the EG Nutrition and Safety nets specialist), broader office, and support offices within USAID. The incumbent will also correspond with implementing partners (including external evaluators), USAID/Washington counterparts, and implementing and donor partners outside of USAID.

Factor 7 - Complexity of the work environment/effect on the position’s responsibilities:
Work is performed in a typical office setting, conference or meeting rooms. Office pressures include meeting deadlines and adjusting to changing priorities.

Factor 8 – Travel:
The work requires up to 50% travel, mostly domestic with some international travel.

Preferred experience/Attributes:
The consultant should have an advanced degree in public health, nutrition, or food security.  H/she should have 5 years substantial experience working in a developing country context, specifically in the field of nutrition and a general knowledge of allied fields.  Applicant should have proven leadership and communication skills and tact to effectively liaison between multiple stakeholder groups.  Knowledge of project development, design, management, and reporting is desirable. Knowledge of Health, Nutrition, and Agriculture in Tanzania is required as well as USAID's engagement and support of these sectors in Tanzania. 

Minimum Qualifications:
All applicants must address each selection criterion detailed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item.

1.      Education:
Completion of a bachelor’s degree is required, with completion of a master’s degree preferred. At least one of the degrees should be in a field related to the position such as: nutrition, public health, public administration, business administration, public policy etc.

2.      Prior Work Experience:
A minimum of 5 years relevant work experience in project management, monitoring and evaluation, financial management, and/or international development programming. Experience with USAID business processes strongly preferred.

3.      Language:
Fluency in written and spoken English and Kiswahili is required.

4.      Skills and Abilities:
This assignment requires a strong ability to work with and lead teams, and often with high pressure and time constraints. Interpersonal skills and ability to work in a challenging environment are essential. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office software; the ability to operate standard office machines (i.e. PC, copier, fax, etc.); strong organizational skills; strong writing skills; and good judgment in the analysis, interpretation and application of USAID policy and procedures to ensure compliance with federal regulations.

How to Apply:

Send letter of introduction to accompanied by:
1.      Resume
2.      Certificate of Higher Education
3.      Copy of transcript for Bachelor’s and/or Master’s Program
4.      List of three referees

Deadline for Application: October 10, 2015