Senior Technical Advisor for WASH and Nutrition

Project Concern International

Lusaka, , ZM

Job Description

Note: This is a key personnel position for a proposed project; it is therefore contingent upon donor award and approval.

PCI seeks a Senior Technical Advisor for Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Nutrition for an anticipated, six-year project that will reduce malnutrition among children under five – with a significant focus on the first 1,000 days of life – through an integrated approach that incorporates: agricultural production, livelihoods, nutrition and hygiene-related behaviors, access to clean water and sanitation, and robust linkages between communities and health facilities for referrals and routine health care.

Primary Responsibilities:

As a member of the project’s senior management team, the Senior Technical Advisor for Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Nutrition will be responsible for scaling a core package of evidence-based interventions that reduce stunting, with a particular attention to the quantity and quality of dietary intake, as well as ensuring appropriate health conditions for utilization of nutrients. Specifically, this position will lead the design, implementation, and evaluation of project activities related to water supply, sanitation, hygiene and nutrition. This position will manage staff and oversee work planning and reporting.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in public health/sanitation, environmental management, rural development, or a similar field related to food security. A Bachelor’s degree with more than 15 years of relevant experience may be considered in lieu of the Master’s degree.
  • Minimum 10 years of progressively senior management experience in designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating activities focused on water supply, sanitation, hygiene and nutrition for large-scale, complex development projects.
  • Minimum five years of experience managing and supervising a team.
  • Substantial experience in at least five of the following technical areas:
  • Behavior change communications;
  • Health system strengthening;
  • Community development;
  • Local capacity building (government, civil society, private sector, etc.);
  • Policy and advocacy;
  • Addressing rural gender disparities and gaps in program implementation leading to more equitable participation of both men and women in program activities;
  • Approaches that lead to increased consumption of diverse, nutritious, and quality foods by target populations; and
  • Collaborative learning and adaptive management.
  • Strong communications and interpersonal skills, with evidence of successful collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders (local and national government, private sector, NGOs, donor-funded projects, etc.).
  • Fluency in English.
  • Experience working with US Government funding agencies; strong preference for familiarity with USAID policies and procedures, as related to project management.
  • Experience working in a long-term position based in Southern Africa; strong preference for long-term experience in Zambia.