Humanitarian Nutrition Adviser

Save the Children

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Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in over 120 countries, including the United States. We aim to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives by improving their health, education and economic opportunities. In times of acute crisis, we mobilize rapid assistance to help children recover from the effects of war, conflict and natural disasters. Each year, we and our partners reach millions of children in communities around the world. Join our dedicated and diverse staff in their work to improve the well-being of children everywhere.


Role Purpose:

  • The Nutrition Adviser will be the lead nutrition adviser for the humanitarian response, supporting the start-up of implementation while building the capacity of the newly recruited national nutrition advisor.
  • The Nutrition Adviser will be expected to lead on the design of sectoral assessments, programme design and master budgeting, coordination, development of trainings, and support fundraising, recruitment and procurement. 
  • The Nutrition Advisor also be expected to mentor and/or capacity-build both international and national staff colleagues.


Main Responsibilities:

  • Programme Support (typically will be for large/complex emergencies working with limited support):
  • Follow up on actions specified in the former Nutrition Technical Advisors handover document
  • Lead on Nutrition or multi-sectoral technical assessments, in coordination with other SC thematic areas and/or other external sector agencies, ensuring assessment findings are documented and that all assessments include a specific analysis of children’s needs.
  • Ensure that community assessment contributes to informing nutrition programme design
  • Contribute to Save the Children’s overall response strategy, ensuring Nutrition is not overlooked within the response, and proactively promoting high quality Nutrition technical approaches
  • Lead on fundraising for the Nutrition sector, including the development of high quality concept notes and proposals, in collaboration with other members of the humanitarian team, ensuring that programme design reflects nutrition specific and nutrition sensitive activities and community consultation and mobilization
  • Ensure consideration of gender is reflected in proposals, indicators and throughout the programme cycle
  • Provide technical checking of Nutrition strategies, assessments, proposals and programmes as necessary, and Proactively promote high quality Nutrition technical approaches within the response
  • Prepare and oversee Nutrition programme start-up and implementation to ensure timely delivery of quality programme activities
  • Prepare timely programme and donor reports on project activities in compliance with internal SC requirements and any relevant external donor requirements.
  • Working closely with the HR team, lead on identifying Nutrition programme staffing needs, and support  recruitment, induction and training of national programme staff
  • Involve the resident Senior Nutrition Advisor, promoting cooperation with the country programme and sustainability of actions
  • Identify Nutrition programme supplies needs and coordinate with the logistics team to put in place a sensible phased procurement plan, ensuring no stock-outs
  • Working closely with the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEAL) team ensure the Nutrition sector MEAL plan is put in place, and the plan links to reporting requirements, and ensure the capacity of the technical field staff is built for carrying out the work.  Ensure activities to support accountability to affected populations are reflected in the MEAL plan,
  • Capacity Building:
  • Build the capacity of the National Nutrition Technical Advisor to perform the role required of her
  • Ensure that on-going capacity building, mentoring and coaching initiatives are reflected in programme design
  • Develop the nutrition programme training methodology and materials for Save the Children and partnering staff, based on national training packages, and support delivery of trainings, as required by the strategy
  • Link capacity building initiatives to wider opportunities identified via coordination and networks.
  • Representation & Advocacy & Organisational Learning:
  • Help shape broader sector strategies, ensuring the specific needs of children are being addressed, through engaging with local nutrition partners (UN/NGO (eg through actively participating in inter-agency coordination forums such as the Nutrition Sector Working Group), keeping informed on the nutrition situation and activities of nutrition agencies in the north-east
  • Document lessons learned, best practice and case studies to shape in-country strategies and programme approaches, and contribute to broader sector learning.
  • Pro-actively identify advocacy opportunities which link with wider organisational strategic objectives, and work to mobilise these into action.
  • General:
  • Demonstrate leadership in relation to Save the Children policies and practice with respect to child protection, code of conduct, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies and procedures
  • Ensure that the minimum standards of humanitarian relief are maintained in accordance with the Sphere Charter and Red Cross Code of Conduct.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Substantial experience of working internationally in Nutrition programmes in a humanitarian context
  • Previous experience of working in large-scale first phase emergency response
  • Education to Masters level in Public Health Nutrition, or a related subject,  or equivalent field experience
  • Previous experience of programme management across multiple locations
  • Commitment to, thorough understanding of, and able to train staff in participation and accountability approaches
  • Demonstrated ability to set up monitoring & evaluation systems in large complex programmes.
  • Proven ability of mentoring, coaching and training on Nutrition related topics.
  • Experience of senior level representation
  • Experience of developing and negotiating successful partnerships with institutional donors
  • Ability to write clear and well-argued assessment and project reports
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Proven ability to influence change at an operational and strategic level.
  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
  • A high level of written and spoken English
  • The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances.
  • Commitment to the aims and principles of Save the Children. In particular, a good understanding of the Save the Children mandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support.
  • Specific experience of designing and managing ECHO, OFDA and other major donor projects


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Save the Children

Job Level

Experienced (Non-Manager)




NGO/Community Services & Dev

Job Type


Minimum Qualification


Preferred Years of Experience

5 - 7 years