Nutrition & WASH/Purpose Two Lead

Save the Children

Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo 🇨🇩

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Save the Children is seeking a Nutrition and WASH/Purpose Two Lead for an anticipated five-year USAID-funded Resilience Food Security Activity (RFSA) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The RFSA will seek to sustainably improve food and nutrition security and resilience among poor and chronically vulnerable households and communities in selected regions. The estimated implementation timeframe for the RFSA is 2023 – 2028. Hiring is contingent upon successful award of the project and USAID approval of the candidate. 

The proposed program will be an integrated, multi-sectoral food and nutrition security intervention. The Purpose Two Lead will provide oversight and guidance in the design and implementation of activity interventions and demonstrate experience effectively leading nutrition, WASH, and social behavior change (SBC) programming intended to improve food, nutrition and economic security (FNES). 

What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties): 

  • Develop and implement SBC–related qualitative and quantitative formative research together with the MEAL team to inform SBC strategy development. 
  • Lead SBC strategy development and provide technical guidance and coordination for participatory design and implementation, particularly at household and community levels (includes interpersonal communication, mass and social media- community mobilization and advocacy; capacity strengthening; monitoring and learning) in close collaboration with SBC colleagues from SCUS. 
  • Provide technical guidance for the development, adaptation, field testing, and effective use of state-of-the-art nutrition, WASH and SBC approaches, materials, tools and job aids. 
  • Train and mentor staff on the implementation of strategy, approaches, tools, and job aids. 
  • Support the development of effective nutrition, WASH and SBC M&E indicators and evaluation designs. 
  • Lead material and activity field testing design and implementation in collaboration with SCUS nutrition, WASH and SBC colleagues. 
  • Support capacity strengthening and strategies to improve community-led advocacy and community mobilization in support of addressing the nutrition and WASH needs of the poorest and most underserved. 
  • Foster and maintain effective, professional relationships with a broad range of community, public, and private sector counterparts. 
  • Identify and supervise technical deliverables of consultants, design agencies and mass media production houses. 
  • Ensure timely and quality completion of all relevant program deliverables and reporting. 
  • Document nutrition, WASH and SBC programmatic approaches, successes and challenges to support programmatic and sector-wide learning. 
  • Generate timely information regarding strategy effectiveness, feeding this information into collaborating, learning and adapting (CLA) processes and leading necessary adjustments. 

Required Qualifications:  

  • A master’s degree in a relevant academic area—e.g., nutrition, public health, or a related social science discipline—plus five years of relevant experience with increasing technical responsibility leading to senior level expertise are required; OR an undergraduate degree in a related field and eight years of relevant work experience with increasing technical responsibility leading to senior level expertise. 
  • Experience leading nutrition, WASH, and social behavior change programming intended to improve FNES.  
  • Experience working in DRC highly preferred.  
  • Experience leading the development and implementation of evidence-based, multi-sectoral nutrition and WASH programs.  
  • In-depth understanding of food and nutrition security.  
  • Ability to lead the collection, analysis, and utilization of information from a broad range of sources.  
  • Strong understanding of a range of social and behavior change (SBC) theories and approaches that address changes in social norms, structures, and individual behaviors.  
  • Proficiency in capacity strengthening, including experience with effective adult education approaches.  
  • Ability to network and engage with a wide range of stakeholders.  
  • Fluency in French is required, and professional proficiency in English and Swahili is preferred.  
  • Experience with USAID and U.S. Government regulations and program administration, management, and reporting procedures and systems are preferred.  

About Save the Children  

No matter your role when you join Save the Children, each and every day you will challenge yourself to devote your skills, talent and expertise to changing the world for kids. It’s an ambitious goal, and a meaningful one no matter how you see yourself professionally: an accountant, a writer, a data analyst, a teacher, a driver, a designer, or any one of the hundreds of dozens of roles we’re looking to fill every day.  

You see, Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.  

Our work for children and their families requires that we commit—at every opportunity—to work together to identify and dismantle persistent systemic and structural racism, inequality, and any other forms of discrimination in this country and beyond.  As an anti-racist organization, Save the Children will not tolerate discrimination in any form—in our employment practices, amongst our staff, in our leadership or toward the people we serve. We stand in solidarity with all people to fight for equal rights, justice, inclusion, and belonging.  

We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Save the Children complies with all applicable laws.  

Save the Children is committed to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for the children it serves and helping protect the children with whom we are in contact. All Save the Children representatives are explicitly prohibited from engaging in any activity that may result in any kind of child abuse. In addition, it is Save the Children’s policy to create and proactively maintain an environment that aims to prevent and deter any actions and omissions, whether deliberate or inadvertent, that place children at the risk of any kind of child abuse. All our representatives are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with this commitment and obligation.   

Save the Children is committed to minimizing safety and security risks for our valued employees, ensuring all are given training, support and information to reduce their risk exposure while maximizing the impact of our programs for children and families. Our shared duty, both agency and individual, is to seek and maintain safe working conditions for all.  

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