Health And Nutrition Advisor at Save The Children Tanzania


Tanzania Save The Children

Date Posted: Jan 17, 2016 
Application Deadline: Jan 31, 2016
Position Description:



Level 3 - the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people


Under the general direction and guidance of the Director of Programme Development and Quality ensure that all Health and Nutrition programming is of excellent technical quality, attracts significant donor funding and contributes significantly to Save the Children’s strategic objectives, national/global learning and advocacy. The Health and Nutrition Advisor is expected to provide technical advice and support to project staff to ensure programming objectives are successfully achieved and Ministry of Health and Social Welfare Guidelines and policies are respected.  He/she shall also contribute to achieving high programme quality through evidence based work, and/or leading new research around Health (especially Newborn Child Survival) and Nutrition programming, with a strong emphasis on behaviour change.  The Health and Nutrition Advisor must be willing to embrace a child rights programming approach and represent Save the Children in national forums and working groups.  He/she will support the overall country strategic intent to focus on adolescent girls with a focus on advocacy.Health and Nutrition Advisor


Reports to: Director Programme Development and Quality

Dimensions: Save the Children has been operational in Tanzania (starting in Zanzibar) since 1986.  It is currently starting a new strategic plan period (2016-2018), with approximately $8 million projected spend in 2016.  The health and nutrition work at Save the Children in Tanzania is developed and quality is ensured through the Programme Development and Quality Team, but is implemented through Programme Operations in the field offices and through projects.

Staff directly reporting to this post: None


Strategic Planning and Programme Development

·        Be fully aware of and actively participate in the development and review of country strategy and thematic programme plans.  Specifically lead the development and implementation of the Health and Nutrition strategies in collaboration with other technical sectors. 

·        Build on technical knowledge, personal understanding of health and nutrition policy and services in Tanzania, and current/previous programming to develop projects for funding in close coordination with the programme quality team (including monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning). Ensure all new programming supports the achievement of Save the Children strategic and thematic objectives in both development and humanitarian contexts.  Maintain a gender sensitive lens and work towards gender equity in programmes.  All programming must reflect the Government of Tanzania’s priorities (or influencing updates in policy) and be aligned to building their capacity to effectively provide health and nutrition services to all Tanzanians, particularly adolescent girls and mothers.

·        Analyse donor priorities and positions on issues related to health and nutrition; identifying institutional funding opportunities and developing/maintaining contacts with potential donors, partners and key technical agencies.  Ensure that new partnerships in this technical area reflect the programme quality we expect of ourselves.

·        Ensure that programme strategy supports and demonstrates good practice in child safeguarding and gender mainstreaming.

·        Using a child rights programming lens, ensure that our Health and Nutrition programming is built around the Theory of Change and aligns with Global Initiative strategic directions both for Newborn Child Survival and Nutrition.

Advocacy and Policy Development

·        Be fully aware of national policies, strategies and other initiatives and developments by the Government of Tanzania and other stakeholders relating to Health and Nutrition, and critical intersections with child protection, nutrition, education, WASH and child poverty.  Regularly assess and communicate the implications for Save the Children’s programme and priorities of any changes in the operating environment relevant to this theme in close collaboration with the relevant advisor(s).

·        Help to clearly articulate the Health and Nutrition advocacy messages for the Tanzania country office.  Develop an advocacy plan (with timeline and key outcomes) and ensure its implementation at national, county and community level, particularly aligned to improvements in maternal and newborn health and elimination of child marriage (and impact on adolescent health).

·        Develop policy briefs and position papers as and when required related to the Health and Nutrition programme in coordination with the Child Protection, Nutrition, WASH and Senior Campaign and Advocacy Manager, when appropriate.  This may require technical collaboration with other technical advisors within the country office or within the SC Members.

·        Represent and advocate for Save the Children with UN agencies, donors, Government of Tanzania, NGOs and others at the highest levels in both verbal and written communications to ensure Save the Children is seen as the lead international agency in terms of innovation and quality of implementation that focus on health, nutrition, child survival, food security and resilience.  Specifically ensure the following:

Participation in regular working groups and technical meetings.
Ensure presence at relevant Health and Nutrition partner coordination meetings, especially with the Government of Tanzania and key donors
Advise field teams to ensure adequate field visibility through attendance at technical meetings at county and ward level.
Ensure active dissemination of programme findings and lessons learned through the production of high technical quality lessons learned documents and their effective dissemination to key stakeholders
Participate in and contribute to SC Global Initiative activities for Health and Nutrition, as relevant.
Programme Quality

·        Monitor and provide timely, relevant, accurate input on overall technical aspects of Save the Children Health and Nutrition programme work in Tanzania.  The position will be required to travel 30-40% of the time to Save the Children field locations.

·        Liaise with the Programme Operations department to ensure all Health and Nutrition and other programme staff receive the necessary and appropriate technical support. In consultation with staff and project managers agree on the range of advice, support, training and/or other assistance required from you to facilitate high quality programming and ensure it is delivered in a timely fashion.  This will involve regular visits to Save the Children operational areas.

·        Assist in the development of tools for project staff and partners to improve the quality of Health and Nutrition work.  Where necessary provide technical training for project staff and partners as required (e.g. newborn child survival focus, community health workers, care and support, monitoring tools, programme quality tools, etc.).

·        Where external consultants (local or international) are required to technically support or monitor and evaluate projects, lead the recruitment and subsequent management of contracted consultants as per the recruitment guidelines.

·        Review relevant monitoring reports to donors to ensure that technical debates are well articulated and reports are of acceptable quality before submission. Provide support where necessary to improve report writing skills.  

·        Provide input on partner selection, and provide technical coaching of partners in Health and Nutrition programming.

·        Analyse and provide feedback on programme implementation to ensure gender equity and adequate child participation

Monitoring and Evaluation

·        Ensure the development of an M&E framework and key indicators for nutrition that helps each project improve quality of reporting, clearly articulate progress and impact of projects, identify issues for advocacy and new programmes/projects in the future. 

·        Participate in the design of baseline, mid-term and end of project evaluations for Health and Nutrition programmes, or Health and  Nutrition components of multi-sectoral programmes.  Monitor the evaluation process and provide input and clarification as needed.  Review evaluation findings and ensure that lessons and recommendations are captured in the Lessons Learned database.

·        Regularly review and monitor health and nutrition programmes for child safeguarding issues.  Take corrective action in modifying programme activities and/or report incidents.


·        Participate actively in PDQ programme meetings, planning and review activities, providing enhanced insight into health and Nutrition programming.

·        Actively participate in key relevant internal meetings such as Quarterly Programme Review Meetings, BVA review meetings and Field office meetings as required.  Participate in any Donor visit to project(s) within the country office portfolio, as required.  

·        Ensure the recruitment and training of health and nutrition programme staff in technical areas of expertise as appropriate and ensure availability of appropriate professional development opportunities.

SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)


·        Holds self accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values

·        Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved


·        Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves (and their team), takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages others to do the same

·        Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others

·        Future orientated, thinks strategically


·        Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners and supporters

·        Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength

·        Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to


·        Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions

·        Willing to take disciplined risks


·        Honest, encourages openness and transparency

·        Ensures all expenditures and finances under their control meet financial standards and policies


·        A Health or Nutrition programming professional with a Master’s Degree in public health, health professions, medicine, nutrition or equivalent and relevant field. 

·        Significant professional experience, at least 5 years, of working at a senior advisory level in Health and Nutrition for international NGOs, government or the private sector in Tanzania.

·        Excellent understanding of the Health and Nutrition sector within the Tanzanian context, particularly issues related to children, newborn child survival and nutrition.

·        Clear understanding of the intersection of Health and Nutrition with other thematic areas, including nutrition, child protection, education, WASH and child poverty in Tanzania.

·        Proven representation and advocacy skills.

·        Strong commitment to capacity building of national staff and partners with willingness to adopt participatory and consultative approaches.

·        Experience with Health and Nutrition programming in humanitarian settings highly desirable.

·        Experience writing donor funding proposals for large institutional grants in excess of US$1 million.

·        Strong report writing skills and ability to compile narrative sections for proposals and donor reports.

·        Good interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate and negotiate clearly and effectively at all levels, taking into account cultural and language difficulties.

·        Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching

·        Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

·        Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mindsets.

·        Experience solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy-in.

·        Ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner.

·        Ability and willingness to dramatically change work practices and hours, and work with incoming surge teams, in the event of emergencies.

·        Fluency in English, both verbal and written, required.  Swahili preferred.

·        Commitment to Save the Children values, including willingness to abide by and enforce the Child Safeguarding policy.

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