Team: Programs | Commitment: Career | Location: Washington DC

Nutrition Director

Position Summary:


The Nutrition Director will provide technical direction for all nutrition-related design work, implementation and reporting across CNFA’s program portfolio and will contribute to new business development initiatives as necessary. This position will be responsible for developing in-house tools and nutrition-sensitive program concepts across the organization. Additionally, the Nutrition Director will provide technical support and contribute to staff training and mentoring in areas including local market food systems, nutrition-sensitive food system analysis, food and nutrition transformation, etc. The person in this position will represent CNFA to external audiences to showcase nutrition systems and programming. The Director will work in close collaboration with CNFA’s program and new business divisions and will require regular travel to the field in support of CNFA’s global project portfolio. This is a position based out of our DC head office. 

Key Activities for this Role Include:

  • Designing country, regional and global nutrition programming that integrates innovative approaches and applied best practice;
  • Maximizing impact in-country projects by supporting innovative programming and developing core tools and guidance for best practice, and providing demand-driven support to field-based program implementation to help country teams deliver maximum impact;
  • Drawing out the experience, knowledge, and evidence generated by field programming and identifying ways to disseminate across programs and externally as a contribution to the global evidence base.

Responsibilities: Technical Implementation

  • Provide technical oversight on nutrition-sensitive agriculture program implementation;
  • Lead global strategic thinking on nutrition for the organization
  • Support field teams to design and develop country level nutrition activities;
  • Provide technical input into nutrition specific target and strategies for CNFA projects;
  • Collaborate with Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Team to include nutrition in project evaluation;
  • Provide technical direction to nutrition-focused implementing partners on projects;
  • Provide training and consultations to home office and field office employees as needed;
  • Participate in conferences and workshops on international and local scales;
  • Facilitate the dissemination of global best practices to field staff and in field programs;
  • Provide leadership in nutrition-sensitive topics to donors and partner organization.

Responsibilities: New Business Development:

  • Design nutrition sensitive interventions for agriculture development programs for competitive donor bids;
  • Undertake leadership role in proposal development in concert with New Business Team, analyzing and recommending bid decisions, and conceptualizing teaming, technical approaches, and cost strategies to maximize competitive advantage.
  • Serve as proposal technical writer, providing vision and leadership to proposal team, and mentoring and supervising the application of best practices for nutrition;
  • Support resource mobilization for nutrition by identifying opportunities and cultivating partnerships in support of technical vision.

Required Education and Experience:

  • MA/MS or PhD in a Nutrition, Public Health or related field;
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in nutrition related program implementation or design;
  • Experience assisting food security/agriculture related programming and Title II programming preferred;
  • Experience designing and managing nutrition surveys;
  • Experience in quantitative and qualitative nutrition research required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated experience leading successful international health proposal design and development
  • Strong working knowledge of donor (USAID, FFP, USDA, DFID, GIZ, WB, et al.) priorities and regulations;
  • Ability to work under pressure, manage multiple tasks simultaneously and meet deadlines;
  • Demonstrated ability to solve complex technical problems in a timely and successful manner;
  • Accuracy, attention to detail and client focused with the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team using a solution-oriented approach;
  • Ability to relate to and communicate effectively with diverse stakeholders;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.
  • Ability to work in French or other second language preferred;
  • At least 3 years of field experience, preferably in Africa or Asia;
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a member of a fast-moving team
  • Willingness to contribute at different levels required to achieve success
  • Self-motivated and ability to work independently;
  • Advanced computer skills with Microsoft Office;
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally (up to 25% of time) as needed.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. CNFA takes affirmative action in support of its policy to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.