Nutrition Sector Lead, RISE Project

Nutrition Sector Lead, RISE Project

CRS - Catholic Relief Services

Ouagadougou or Niamey

Job Summary

This position will provide senior leadership in Nutrition under an anticipated USAID-funded integrated health service delivery program in Burkina Faso and Niger. This activity will improve the access and quality of high impact maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health and nutrition services at the community, primary health facility, and referral facility level. Focused on strengthening health delivery systems, the activity will primarily intervene at the regional and commune level but will also engage at the community level in some zones. It will engage at the national level on key policies and capacities to the extent they directly benefit resilience of the health system and sustainability of project actions in the targeted zones.

The Nutrition Sector Lead (NSL) will be highly experienced in a broad spectrum of nutrition-related technical focus areas, with overall responsibility for integrating nutrition into community, health facility, and non-traditional health platforms to improve access to services. The NSL will also ensure nutrition interventions are integrated, layered and sequenced appropriately at all levels of implementation within the activity, and USAID and RISE II investments. The nutrition lead will work closely with CRS program teams and partner staff to develop high quality contextually appropriate approaches. S/he will also take learning needs into account and develop and conduct capacity building for all program staff, with support from the Regional Technical Advisor for Nutrition.

Roles and Key Responsibilities

Project Implementation and Reporting

  • Plan and coordinate nutrition activities in the field in collaboration with implementing partners.
  • Monitor project implementation and ensure that quality standards are being adhered to and maintained throughout the entire implementation process.
  • Continually analyze and assess health data across the intervention areas, noting changes that may affect operational planning and adapting activities as needed.
  • Ensure that partners have the necessary information, guidelines, curricula and tools for quality technical implementation.
  • Conduct periodic technical reviews with partners (via meetings, report review, site visits, etc.) to ensure that the direction is in line with the overall nutrition strategy.
  • Oversee the integration of nutrition activities with MNCH and other sector leads and national and provincial actors.
  • Ensure that nutrition approaches are in line with the Governments of Burkina Faso and Niger strategies and priorities for the sector.
  • Participate actively in appropriate forums and platforms with government partners and UN and other donor partners.
  • Prepare technical reports according to agreement requirements.

Project Refinement and Organizational Learning

  • Provide technical input into the design and implementation of evaluations.
  • Create/adapt best practice guides, manuals and other technical resources to ensure the quality of nutrition programs in collaboration with the government and other technical partners.
  • With the M&E lead, develop nutrition-specific data collection tools and establish feedback mechanisms on the quality of implementation on the ground.
  • Support the documentation of best practices and lessons learned in nutrition and facilitate their effective use to improve program quality.
  • Support the development of a learning agenda for nutrition and coordinate its implementation across the consortium.


  • Assess the technical capacity of consortium members' nutrition staff, and support CRS technical staff to undertake capacity building activities such as trainings and workshops, mentoring and accompaniment.
  • Build the capacity of CRS technical staff and partner staff to understand and monitor technical indicators and to evaluate technical program performance.
  • Build strategic partnerships at national and local levels with governmental and nongovernmental organizations as well as private sector to advance the project's strategic agenda to ensure sustainability of activities.
  • Develop and coordinate strategies for ensuring integration, layering and sequencing of program activities within the HSD activity, and other USAID and RISE II investments.

Management, Finance and Donor Compliance

  • Manage program budgets, including tracking of financial and material resources and providing regular forecasts.
  • Ensure accurate and timely reporting of program finances and progress status, review actual financial performance against the budget, and explain variances on a regular basis.
  • Ensure staff compliance with all USG and CRS administrative and operational procedures and policies, as well as applicable donor regulations.
  • Approve and manage financial transactions within the approved limit.
  • Manage the recruitment of CRS staff (development of job description, interviews, selection committee, etc.)

Education and Experience

  • Master's degree in a relevant field. Additional experience may substitute for some education.
  • Minimum five years of relevant technical experience, including supervising and mentoring multi-sectorial teams, for humanitarian and development assistance, preferably with an international NGO.
  • Demonstrated capacity to understand and advise on critical technical and operational issues related to nutrition, including food security, health, and regulatory frameworks.
  • Strong field experience at the community level is required.
  • Experience working with large donors, USAID/FFP and/or USAID/FTF preferred.
  • In-depth understanding of gender, age and other socio-cultural factors in the context of nutrition programming.
  • Demonstrated capacity to lead the collection, analysis and utilization of data and information from a broad range of sources in order to ensure effective integration of nutrition concerns throughout the project's duration. Demonstrated experience in leading participatory analytical processes and learning required.

Required Languages

  • Excellent English and French language oral and written communication skills required.


  • Must be willing and able to travel between project countries and/or on field missions for 30-50% level of effort, as needed.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)

  • Ability to foster commitment and build capacity among activity staff and in-country actors to gender integration and empowerment.
  • Ability to self-manage and succeed in matrix management model, with demonstrated proactive and flexible nature in resolving problems and leading a productive, committed team;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with groups;
  • Detail-oriented and excellent time management skills with the ability to meet deadlines and deliver required results in a timely and quality manner.
  • Flexibility to work both in a team and independently.
  • Demonstrated personal accountability and driven to serve others.
  • Cultural sensitivity, patience, flexibility and ability to work well in a multi-sectoral and multi-cultural team and to work closely, understand and support local Church partners.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior experience providing technical leadership in large-scale nutrition programming, particularly integration of nutrition within broader health, multi-sector or other programming, and developing and/or supporting systems to assess, monitor and improve technical quality.
  • Experience with providing technical training, facilitation, and capacity building through formal and informal approaches, with the capacity to empower staff and partners through opportunities for professional growth and development.
  • Knowledge of program quality standards, particularly in health and nutrition, monitoring and evaluation standards, Catholic Social Teaching and the justice lens preferred.
  • Knowledge and experience in project management, finance and compliance.

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