Job Title: Senior Nutrition Specialist/ Feed the Future Rwanda Orora Wihaze Activity
Department: CRS Rwanda Program
Reports To: CRS Rwanda Head of Programs
The Feed the Future Rwanda Orora Wihaze (Raise Animals for Self-Sufficiency) Activity is a USD $13.8M five-year (October 2019 – September 2024) Market System Development project that works with local partners and private sector actors in Rwanda to strengthen the animal sourced foods (ASF) market system. Implemented under a USAID contract, Catholic Relief Services is responsible for leading nutrition programming targeting ASF producer and consumer households in Rwanda’s Burera, Gakenke, Nyamagabe, Nyamasheke, Rutsiro, Ngororero, Kayonza and Ngoma Districts. The goal of Orora Wihaze is to sustainably increase the availability of access to, and consumption of ASF through the development of a profitable market. This will be achieved by a selection of interventions under two broad objectives i) Private Sector-Led ASF Value Chains Strengthened; ii) Increase Demand for ASF Consumption for Women and Children.
The Senior Nutrition Specialist will lead the activity’s Objective 2, Increasing Demand for ASF Consumption for Women and Children, and will be responsible to coordinate planning and implementation of activities to increase the consumption of Animal Source Foods (ASF) through the development/adaptation and roll-out of the project Behavior Change Strategy and Gender and Social Inclusion Plan as well as provide technical guidance for project-wide use of Behavior Change Communication (BCC) materials. The candidate’s leadership/management skills and technical/subject matter knowledge will ensure that CRS delivers high-quality programming and continuously works towards improving the impact of its programming.
- Provide strategic leadership to CRS team and take responsibility for achievement of the project objective within the consortium overseeing specific interventions.
- Collaborate with Objective 1 lead to ensure delivery of a consolidated approach to achieving the project goal of increasing access to, availability and consumption of ASF.
- Champion learning with project staff and partner teams. Analyze and evaluate project performance data following the project’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) plan. Proactively identify issues and concerns and use participatory processes to overcome implementation obstacles by determining potential adaptations and continuously motivating team to strive for greater impact
- Coordinate the identification of staff and partner capacity and technical assistance needs and facilitate capacity strengthening opportunities to support quality project implementation.
- Help identify, assess and strengthen partnerships relevant to the Orora Wihaze Activity, applying appropriate application of partnership concepts, tools and approaches, including with other USAID-funded nutrition interventions, other donors involved in nutrition interventions, the Rwanda Ministry of Health and local health centers to ensure coordinated nutrition interventions.
- Collaborate with the consortium team and the Chief of Party to produce high-quality reports to the donor, continuously driving a focus on learning, adaptation, as well as high-quality success stories capturing project progress
- Manage the overall implementation, continuous design and adaptation, oversight, reporting, and close-out of the program’s nutrition objectives – to ensure efficient and effective implementation in line with CRS program quality principles and standards, donor requirements, and good practices.
- Ensure project team and partner staff use the appropriate systems and tools.
- Coordinate and monitor financial and material resources relevant to project needs through regular detailed forecasting updates to ensure efficient and effective use of project resources
- Serve as the CRS focal point for all collaboration within the project consortium, contributing to a positive working environment in which partners collaborate to optimize one another’s strengths and strive for integration amongst various project components
- Act as a key resource person in on-going design and adaptation of high-impact nutrition activities, including behavior change and communication interventions and focused integration of nutrition interventions in the production and market components of the activity led by consortium partners.
Background, Experience & Requirements:
Education and Experience
- Master’s degree or equivalent in nutrition, food sciences, public health or related fields (specialized training in nutrition is required). Additional experience may substitute for some education.
- Minimum of 5 years of relevant field-based experience in coordinating or managing moderately complex community-based nutrition projects required, preferably with an international NGO.
- Knowledge of Market System Development approaches including market analysis and system facilitation activities in nutrition, consumer marketing or related activities.
- Experience motivating teams, including leadership of staff development and learning, is required; management experience within a consortium framework (matrix management) is an added advantage.
- Working experience on nutrition policy research and policy advocacy coordination and support to both public and related civil society organizations is desirable.
- Working experience in designing and implementing nutrition sensitive agricultural, dietary diversity, and social and behavior change communication projects is desirable. Experience with animal source protein would be an added advantage.
- Experience engaging with partner organizations. Demonstrated ability to establish and sustain professional relationships with host country government counterparts.
- MEAL skills and experience preferred.
- Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, information management systems.
- Rwandan National preferred.
- Strong critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills with ability to make sound judgment.
- Ability to work within a diverse multi-cultural team and adaptive management style
- Strong relationship management and interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with culturally diverse groups.
- Excellent written and verbal English communication skills with ability to write donor reports.
- Proactive, results-oriented, and service-oriented.
Required/Desired Foreign Language: English, Kinyarwanda, and French.
Travel Required: An estimated 25% travel to project sites.
Key Working Relationships:
Supervisory: This position supervises a team of 6 CRS staff, including two project managers and four field-based officers.
Internal: CRS Rwanda Finance Manager, Grants Analyst, Head of Operations, and Country Representative.
External: Partner staff, the Rwanda Ministry of Health, NCDA, and other related agencies and stakeholders.
Agency Behavioral Competencies (for all CRS Staff):
These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.
- Accountability and Stewardship
- Builds relationships
- Develops talent
- Continuous Improvement and Innovation
- Strategic Mindset
Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.
CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.
CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer
How to apply
Electronic applications-Only a motivation letter and a current detailed CV should be addressed to the CRS Country Representative exclusively at RW_HR@crs.org not later than Tuesday June 22, 2021 at 5:00pm.
Please, include below statement in your motivation letter:
“By applying to this job, I understand and acknowledge that CRS requires its staff to treat all people with dignity and respect and to actively prevent harassment, abuse, exploitation, and human trafficking. Further, I understand that if I am a successful candidate, I will be subject to a comprehensive background check, and my personal/professional references will be asked to evaluate my behaviors related to the above safeguarding-related topics”
Include also your full names and title “Senior Nutrition Specialist” in the subject line. Due to anticipated high interest in this post and the expected number of applicants, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
Kigali. June 15, 2021
Ag Country Representative