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Capacity Strengthening Advisor, USAID Advancing Nutrition MPT-VG 031/2019

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    Save the Children

    Closing date:
    04 Dec 2019

    JOB TITLE: Capacity Strengthening Advisor, USAID Advancing Nutrition Mozambique

    TEAM/PROGRAMME: Programme

    LOCATION: Maputo


    Type of Contract:


    Fixed Term

    CHILD SAFEGUARDING: Level 3: The responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people.


    Save the Children invests in childhood – every day, in times of crisis and for our future. Around the world, we are dedicated to ensuring every child has the best chance for success. Our pioneering programs give children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. Our advocacy efforts provide a voice for children who cannot speak for themselves. As the leading expert on children, we inspire and achieve lasting impact for millions of the world’s most vulnerable girls and boys. By transforming children’s lives now, we change the course of their future and ours.

    Save the Children in a federated Membership based organization employing approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in 117 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the rights of children and to ensure their voices are heard. We work together, with our partners, to inspire the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

    We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

    USAID Advancing Nutrition is the Agency’s flagship multi-sectoral nutrition project, led by JSI

    Research & Training Institute, Inc. (JSI), and a diverse group of experienced partners, including Save the Children. Launched in September 2018, USAID Advancing Nutrition implements nutrition interventions across sectors and disciplines for USAID and its partners. The project’s multi-sectoral approach draws together global nutrition experience to design, implement and evaluate programs that address the root causes of malnutrition. Committed to using a systems approach, USAID Advancing Nutrition strives to sustain positive outcomes by building local capacity, supporting behaviour change and strengthening the enabling environment to save lives, improve health, build resilience, increase economic productivity and advance development.

    USAID Advancing Nutrition’s work in Mozambique will prioritize strengthening host government capacity to plan and manage nutrition programming, including strengthened human resource capacity to plan and manage nutrition programming as well as improved systems for coordination of multi-sectoral nutrition planning, programming, and evaluation. The project will also provide technical assistance to the USAID bilateral Transform Nutrition project in areas to be determined. Save the Children will serve as the project’s implementation lead in Mozambique, and the project will be known as USAID Promovendo a Nutrição.


    The Capacity Strengthening Advisor will focus on capacity strengthening of the Ministry of Health Department of Nutrition (MISAU-DN) to plan and manage nutrition programming, including building HR capacity of staff and technical working groups. This may include providing support to curricula revisions; assistance with the development of supervision tools, job aids, short refresher trainings and related activities; and the provision of other HR-related support to help strengthen the capacity of nutrition technicians and other cadres who have nutrition-related responsibilities in the health system. The Capacity Strengthening Advisor will work with the Nutrition Advisor in Nampula to establish linkages with HR capacity strengthening at the provincial level and cascade down. This position will also link closely with Transform Nutrition staff providing support/technical assistance in technical areas, e.g., IYCF and SBC, through participation in the TWGs.

    Core accountabilities include:

    · Programmatic: quality planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting;

    · Representation and coordination within the organization and other stakeholders.

    The position will work under the direct line management of the USAID Advancing Nutrition Chief of Party, and is expected to work closely and coordinate with other project staff and government counterparts.


    Reports to: USAID Advancing Nutrition Chief of Party

    Staff reporting to this post: 0

    Direct: 0

    Indirect: 0

    Budget Responsibilities: No

    Role Dimensions:

    Execution of technical activities. Excellent relationships with USAID, USAID implementing partners, Ministry officials, and local government officials



    • Develop, guide and oversee the project’s technical activities related to strengthening of HR capacity at national level. This may include support to the development and revision of training curricula and tools and other MOH strategies and policies;
    • Participate in technical working groups to strengthen HR capacity of MISAU-DN.
    • Work with the project’s Nutrition Advisor in Nampula to establish linkages with capacity strengthening at the provincial level.
    • Support the results reporting to monitor the project’s performance, including contributing to quarterly, annual and other ad hoc reporting to USAID and USAID Advancing Nutrition/HQ.
    • Support the results reporting to monitor the project’s performance, including contributing to quarterly, annual and other ad hoc reporting to USAID and USAID Advancing Nutrition/HQ.
    • Provide other technical support as requested.

    Partner Relations:

    • Engage and ensure strong working relationships with the MISAU and other partners.
    • Represent USAID Advancing Nutrition in national forums and meetings with USAID Mozambique and partners as needed.


    • Ensure Save the Children Child’s Protection and Safeguarding Children policies are understood, implemented and monitored and that it is integrated into all aspects of the team’s work.
    • Comply with all relevant Save the Children policies and procedures with respect to child protection, health and safety, security, equal opportunities and other relevant policies.
    • Develop and maintain a detailed understanding of the health and nutrition issues in Mozambique including national policy development, key players in government, INGOs, UN and national/regional and local civil society organisations.
    • Travel up to 25% time to Nampula Province.

    SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice)


    · Holds self accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values.

    · Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.


    · Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same.

    · Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others.

    · Future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.


    · Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters.

    · Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength.

    · Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.


    · Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions

    · Willing to take disciplined risks.


    · Honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity


    · Master’s degree in nutrition, public health, social sciences, international development, or a related field; Ph.D. or M.D. preferred.

    · At least 7 years of professional experience working with the Mozambique government health systems and providing capacity strengthening support to MISAU, SETSAN, DPS, and/or SDSMAS required.

    · Strong knowledge of multi-sectoral nutrition, health policy, health systems strengthening, quality improvement, quality assurance, social behavior change communication, community development, food security and/or agriculture.

    · Strong knowledge of the health system; health facility- and community-based nutrition services; and multi-sectoral nutrition programming in Mozambique.

    · Experience working effectively in partnership with staff, collaborating organizations, international donors and agencies, U.S. Government agencies (i.e. USAID), host country governments and ministries and other relevant stakeholders.

    · Strong interpersonal and organizational skills.

    · Proven ability to supervise and mentor staff from different cultures.

    · Working knowledge of Microsoft software packages: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook.

    · Fluency in Portuguese required. Excellent English language skills, both written and spoken with strong presentation skills, a plus.

    Equal Opportunities

    The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.

    Child Safeguarding:

    We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children any form of abuse.

    Health and Safety

    The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.

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