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FHI 360

FHI 360


Position: Nutrition Advisor - Addis Ababa
Job Time: Full-Time
Job Type: Contract
Place of Work: Addis Ababa, Addis Abeba - Ethiopia
Posted date: 2 weeks ago
Deadline: Submition date is over

About FHI 360

FHI 360 is a non-profit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in health, education, nutrition, environment, economic development, civil society, gender, youth, research, and technology — creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today's interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 70 countries and all U.S. states and territories.

FHI 360 leads the implementation of the USAID-funded Ethiopia Community Nutrition Activity. The Activity focuses on enhancing multisector coordination and accountability; improving nutrition practices and health-seeking behaviors; and strengthening the delivery of quality nutrition services within USAID’s Feed the Future Zones of Influence.

Job Summary:

The Nutrition Advisor is responsible for quality implementation of child, maternal, and adolescent nutrition in the Ethiopia FTF Community Nutrition Zone of Influence (ZOE) woredas in target regions. S/he is also responsible in developing and developing or/and adapting training guidelines, job aids, and tools, and undertaking capacity building of staff. The incumbent will also liaise with the MOH, RHBs, and other nutrition stakeholders in emergency and development nutrition issues and represent Community Nutrition in meetings and other nutrition forums in the country.

Key responsibilities:

  • Assess the capacity of the LIP Nutrition Officers and provide training focusing on maternal, infant, and young child nutrition as well as counseling skills
  • Support the LIP Nutrition Officers in planning, implementing and monitoring nutrition activities
  • Ensure nutrition activities implemented by LIPs at woreda and kebele levels are integrated to the existing government system and complementary with activities implemented by other partners and the Community Nutrition team
  • Ensure national and global policies, guidelines, and standards in the overall implementation of Community Nutrition activity at all levels
  • Provide support to the HEWs in providing capacity-building training for community volunteers for conducting community mobilization, nutritional screening, referral, and counseling skills.
  • In collaboration with MoH and partners, conduct IRT for HEWs and basic nutrition training to health workers in target HPs and HFs
  • Work with IR Leads and other Community Nutrition members to achieve key milestones and deliverables and ensure quality implementation of nutrition SBC, demand creation, and multisector coordination in the FTF ZOI areas.
  • Work with the LME team in the collection, analysis, and reporting of quality nutrition data for decision-making
  • Provide support to Community Nutrition regional and zonal staff in the implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of nutrition interventions document best practices and learning.
  • In collaboration with MoH, other partners, and the Community Nutrition team, develop/adapt training manuals for capacity building of health workers, HEWs, and LIPs.
  • In collaboration with MEL, work on the development of tools for Community Nutrition staff and partners to improve the quality of Nutrition activities.
  • Laise with the Ministry of Health, RHBs, and development partners and participate in nutrition TGWs/forums, meetings and produce compelling minutes and report
  • Work with the Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery (EPRP) Advisor and regional teams in emergency response and recovery activities undertake periodic assessments, and revise and update existing EPR plans
  • Work with MoH and RHBs to ensure the availability of emergency medical and nutritional supplies and commodities.
  • Ensure all Nutrition program staff at all levels receive the necessary and appropriate technical support.
  • Contribute to the development and revision of annual work plans and DIP, bi-weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual reports.
  • Work with the MEL team in undertaking assessments and identification of research topics and conduct implementation/operation research.
  • Conduct regular and periodic support supervision to regional, zonal, and woreda-level staff
  • Participate in and provide support to nutrition JSS, review meetings, and planning sessions.
  •  Accomplish any other roles and responsibilities

Project Design Implementation:

  • With technical oversight, provide technical leadership in the design, development, planning, implementation; and capacity-building of specific technical components of projects
  • Creates technical portion of the project plan, within the given resource and financial constraints
  • Leads the day-to-day technical and operational activities of assigned projects
  • Track delivery of project outputs
  • Monitors staff members’ LOE (Level of Effort) needs to ensure adequate coverage of resources
  • Coordinates requests from CO (Country Office) for technical assistance
  • Leads the design, development, planning, and implementation of global-level innovative technical strategies
  • Maintains a constructive dialogue and technical exchange with field counterparts and technical staff members of implementing partners
  • Develops tools for the design and implementation of specific technical components
  • Ensures technical implementation is consistent with best practices in the industry/subject and meets client/funder contractual obligations for one or more large functional areas
  • May supervise junior technical staff members, sub-contractors, and others implementing technical project work
  • Functions in the advisor capacity with oversight of technical project administrative and finance compliance, technical deliverables, and team management. (Includes projects and consultants)
  • Develops tools for the design and implementation of specific technical components
  • Leads the day-to-day technical activities of assigned projects
  • Track delivery of project outputs
  • Monitors staff members’ LOE needs to ensure adequate coverage of resources
  • Coordinates requests from CO for technical assistance.

Business Development and Client/Funder Support:

  • Collect data for inclusion in proposals
  • Assists with proposal research
  • Assists with developing proposal strategies
  • Draft proposals, budgets, and work plans
  • Develops and maintains relationships with potential clients/funders, partners, peers, etc. to develop new business.
  • Participate in business development meetings with partners/clients.
  • Develop strategies to grow the business.
  • The other higher level (developing strategies to grow the business, lead design, etc.) is appropriate.
  • Participate in client/funder meetings and provide technical input.
  • Draft sponsor reports and presentations.
  • Represents the organization and/or Institute to external entities at professional meetings and conferences.
  • Maintains collaborative relationships with donor/client organizations, relevant government agencies, bilateral and other NGOs (nongovernmental organizations) and consistently maintains and is viewed as a knowledgeable resource in their technical area.
  • Continually maintains a dialogue and technical exchange with field counterparts and technical staff members of implementing partners.
  • Participate in client/funder meetings and draft reports/presentations.

Partner/Sub-Award Management:

Maybe daily POC (Point of Contact) with clients for some projects on technical matters.

Capacity Building, Training and Supervision:

  • Develops and implements technical training and capacity-building interventions.
  • Identifies strategies to address training gaps.
  • May supervise or provide technical guidance to staff members locally and in the region.

Operations Management (Finance, HR, etc.):

Manages the processes, services, planning, organizing, coordinating, and controlling of all technical resources for a project.

Project/Program Reporting:

  • Drafts sponsor financial and technical reports.
  • Collates and uploads output and deliverables data to sponsor data systems.
  • Prepares and delivers presentations to sponsors on progress.
  • Helps in the development and review of work plans.
  • Creates technical content, owning the content, true experts at an advanced level (maybe the most senior technical person).
  • Serves as the primary author for technical deliverables (e.g., reports, presentations, manuscripts).
  • Gathers and aggregates data to provide a summary / high-level overview.

Quality Assurance:

  • Ensures technical deliverables are consistent with best practices in the industry/subject and meet client/funder contractual obligations
  • Identifies areas for improved efficiency or effectiveness within prescribed parameters, and institutes enhancements to procedures.

Applied Knowledge & Skills:

  • Ensures appropriate and timely technical support for field projects.
  • Ensures the quality of implemented technical activities and systems at all levels.
  • Conducts routine coordination with employees and consultants, on-site and in the field.
  • Strong knowledge and skills in a specific technical area/function and a general understanding of concepts and principles of related technical areas/functions.
  • Solid knowledge of standards for the technical area/field, operational processes and procedures, work, and task flow.
  • Has the ability to manage projects, set realistic priorities, and plan for the successful implementation of activities.
  • Proficient writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Relevant computer software skills (including, at a minimum, the standard applications in MS Office).
  • Ability to manage their work to job and performance standards.
  • Must be able to read, write, and speak fluent English fluent in the host country language.


There are 31 FHI 360 development competencies, of greatest focus for this particular job will be:

  • Project Management (Planning and Time Management) - Accurately scopes out length and difficulty of tasks (sets objectives/goals/measures). Break down work into steps, schedules, and task/people assignments. Marshals people, time, and resources efficiently. Arranges information in a useful manner and orchestrates multiple activities at once.
  • People Management (Making Others Great) – Facilitate professional development of staff by providing challenging, learning assignments and opportunities. Shares and solicits feedback monthly at the very least. Helps establish compelling development plans. Assigns responsibility and accountability for tasks/decisions. Monitors process, progress, and results. Creates a climate in which people want to do their best.
  • Creating and Managing Systems and Processes – Recognizes the need for standardization and balances client and organization needs in systems design. Anticipates the effects of process change on people while optimizing task efficiency and simplicity.
  • Employees are expected to possess or have high potential for the development of these three fundamental competencies.

Problem Solving & Impact:

  • Demonstrates the ability to assess needs within agreed-upon duties and considers the course of action best to meet those needs.
  • Effectively applies knowledge of technical areas to solve a range of problems.
  • Demonstrates the ability to develop solutions to problems that cannot be solved using existing methods or approaches.
  • Faulty decisions/ recommendations /failures to complete assignments will normally result in serious delays to assigned projects resulting in considerable expenditure of additional time, resources, and funds.
  • Decisions and actions impact primarily workflow, project processes, and timeframes.
  • Problems encountered are varied, requiring a review of practices and precedents to resolve.
  • Problem-solving involves evaluating and resolving discrepancies with data, analyses, processes, etc. within prescribed guidelines.
  • Policies or guidelines exist for most problems; others must be referred to by a supervisor or a more senior professional.

Supervision given/received:

May have supervisory responsibility.

Reports to the Deputy Chief of Party (Technical) of Feed the Future Ethiopia Community Nutrition Activity.


Master's degree in public health or nutrition

Experience and skill:

  • Minimum of 10 years of related work experience in managing and implementing nutrition programs across the country.
  • Must have sufficient management and coordination expertise and experience and demonstrated professional relationships to fulfill the requirements of the position.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact with donors particularly USAID, implementing partners, and host country governments.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the Ethiopia Nutrition sector and regional Nutrition Coordination platforms; familiarity with global and national nutrition initiatives and developments.
  • Good interpersonal, negotiating, and problem-solving skills
  • Proficiency in verbal and written English and report writing
  • Prior experience in a non-governmental organization (NGO).

Typical Physical Demands:

  • Typical office environment.
  • Ability to spend long hours looking at computer screens and doing repetitive work on a keyboard.

Technology to be Used:

Personal Computer/Laptop, Microsoft applications (i.e., Office 365, SharePoint, Skype/Zoom/Teams), cell phone/mobile technology, and standard office equipment.

Travel Requirements:

Ability to travel up to 50% time and more as needed

Date Revised: 9/13/2021

This job posting summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.