Lead Advisor, Nutrition (P5) At Save the Children – US

Staff whose work requires or potentially could require any in-person interaction with Save the Children colleagues, partners, or beneficiaries must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless otherwise required by law. Save the Children complies with federal, state, and local laws with regard to accommodations related to this policy.

The Lead Nutrition Advisor will provide institutional, technical, and strategic guidance and support to Save the Children’s (SC) global and country work in nutrition. The Lead Nutrition Advisor will lead the design of state-of-the-art nutrition programs and provide technical assistance to global awards and country offices to help assess needs and opportunities, and design and support the implementation of high quality and effective nutrition programs to achieve results at scale.

What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)
Technical Leadership and Quality Programming (40%)
• Provide senior level technical expertise and oversight to ensure programs apply evidence-based nutrition interventions and approaches.
• Develop and support new state-of-the-art approaches.
• Provide technical assistance to country and global nutrition projects to ensure high quality and effective programs to achieve results at scale.
• With the Nutrition Managing Director, participate in setting the vision and goals for the Nutrition portfolio, engaging other colleagues, departments, and country offices.
• Plan and implement skills development/training/capacity building for nutrition technical staff including developing and reviewing training materials and rolling out Nourishing the Youngest Common Approach.
• Provide technical support to developing global nutrition strategies and initiatives.
• Work with country offices and other teams to integrate nutrition into other program areas, especially into reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health, emergency health and nutrition, livelihoods, and early childhood development.
• Help define SC’s global advocacy agenda to address key agency priorities around nutrition; provide technical expertise to policy and advocacy related efforts with a nutrition focus on global campaigns.
• With the Nutrition Managing Director, represent Department of Global Health internally and externally on specific nutrition technical topics with donors, academic institutions, and technical assistance organizations.
• Be accountable for achieving results set out in strategic plan and be able to articulate sector approaches to measuring global results and monitoring progress toward agreed upon results.

Resource Development (30%)
• Play a leadership in identifying, developing and submitting quality proposals in nutrition, health, and food security.
• Collaborate with fundraising teams to develop long-term funding strategies for SC’s technical and programming priorities in nutrition.
• Establish and maintain new/existing relationships with key donors and program partners to advance global nutrition sector work.

Program Learning and Innovation (20%)
• Articulate key nutrition program innovation and learning priorities, especially related to key gaps in the evidence base for programming, and steps needed to inform policy and translate policy into practice at scale.
• Identify, document, and share best practices from country programs and global work, introduce new evidence-based best practices, and disseminate and promote uptake.
• Support monitoring and evaluation including data interpretation for program management and proposal development, and documentation of project innovations and impact.

Program Management (10%)
• Ensure high quality program management through regular monitoring and oversight of program activities.
• Oversee and coordinate project activities with country project teams and SC offices.
• Contribute to key donor deliverables including management plans, annual work plans, donor reports, monitoring and evaluation plans, and ad hoc requests for USAID and other donor-funded projects.
• Contribute to training and coaching of country nutrition leads and allocating resources during proposal development.
• Collaborate with SC entities on technical matters.

Required Qualifications
• Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience, plus at least 10 years of relevant experience.
• Demonstrated experience in international nutrition programming, with emphasis on maternal and child nutrition, including at least 3 years working in developing countries.
• Proven track record in developing effective and responsive project proposals.
• Previous experience with USAID and other global donors.
• Demonstrated successful experience coaching, leading, and developing staff.
• Willingness and ability to travel domestically and internationally up to 15%
• Professional proficiency in MS Office suite
• Professional proficiency in spoken and written English
• Demonstrated ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with individuals and teams at all levels, both internally and externally
• Demonstrated commitment to fostering and maintaining and environment of diversity, inclusion, and belonging.

Preferred Qualifications
• Knowledge of and experience in food security and nutrition sensitive programming.
• Experience in multi-sectoral nutrition and community management of acute malnutrition programming.


Save the Children is offering the following salary ranges for this position, dependent on candidate location:

• Geo 1 – NY Metro, DC, and other locations with labor costs significantly above national average: Target Salary for this position is $131,750 – $147,250 base salary
• Geo 2 – Locations around the US National Labor Cost Average: Target Salary for this position is $119,850 – $133,950 base salary
• Geo 3 – Locations significantly below the US National Labor Cost Average: Target Salary for this position is $107,950 – $120,650 base salary.

Actual base salary may vary based upon, but not limited to, relevant experience, base salary of internal peers, business sector, and geographic location. Save the Children also offers paid vacation, accrued at least 12 days a year, depending on paygrade and length of service, paid safety and wellness leave of at least 1 day per month worked for a full time employee which is pro rata reduced for employees working less than a full time schedule, and at least 10 paid holidays a year. Employees may be eligible for additional bonus compensation. Save the Children US also offers outstanding benefits that include health, dental, vision and life insurances, short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee Assistance Program, a retirement savings plan with employer contribution, family leave, paid parental/adoption leave of 60 days, commuter benefits, paid caregiver leave days, 1 paid volunteer day a year, paid critical child illness leave days, dress for your day, and much more.

Why you should join the Save the Children Team…

Save the Children US offers outstanding benefits that include health, dental, vision and life insurances, short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee Assistance Program, 403(b), generous vacation, personal sick leave, family leave, parental/adoption leave, commuter benefits, dress for your day, and much more.

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