Kenya: Technical Specialist – Nutrition (Maternity Cover)

Organization: Save the Children
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 09 Feb 2017

TEAM/PROGRAMME: Programme Development and Quality (PDQ) Team

LOCATION: Nairobi with frequent travel to the filed.

GRADE: 3 (Competitive Package)

POST TYPE: National


Child Safeguarding:

Level 3: the role holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work in country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.

ROLE PURPOSE: The Technical Specialist – Nutrition, will lead the planning and implementation of the nutrition programme including development of high quality proposals and provision of high quality and timely technical support to the filed team with particular focus on SNS programme and current drought response. Working under the supervision of the Senior TS, h/she will work closely with the programme implementation team and ensure high quality programme implementation. S/he plays a leading role in capacity building of programme teams, partners and other local actors in Somalia/Somaliland in nutrition. The TS will also play a pivotal role in providing adequate technical and monitoring support to the programme teams to ensure technical quality throughout the project implementation cycle. She/he will work with other SCI teams to improve area level advocacy on child and maternal nutrition. Plays key representation role in front of donors and nutrition partners and as necessary participate in WASH forums and hence a WASH background is highly desirable.


Reports to: Head of Health (solid line) and Senior Technical Specialist – Nutrition(dotted line)

Dimensions: Save the Children works in 9 regions of SOMALIA/SOMALILAND with a current staff of over 500 and annual expenditure of approximately US$ 50 million.

Staff directly reporting to this post: None


Programme Development

· Provide high quality proposals related to nutrition for children, mothers and other priority groups in Somalia/Somaliland with particular focus on SNS consortium and drought response.

· Provide technical support to SCI teams in designing, planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating project activities

· Work with area teams to provide technical inputs to develop high quality concept notes and proposals related to nutrition as mandated under nutrition strategy

Technical Capacity Building and Support

· In close discussion with the Senior Nutrition Technical Specialist based in the field undertake regular frequent field visits to each programme areas to review programs and build field staff and implementing partner’s capacity in quality programme implementation.

· Build the humanitarian response capacity of fled team to be able to cope with the increasing severe drought of Somalia.

· Work with the STS to build technical capacity of the area teams and partners to produce top class donor reports.

· Support the Area team in identifying and addressing technical gaps in planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of nutrition projects,

· Monitor the capacity building and community mobilization activities, advocacy sessions for quality assurance and prepare review reports with recommendations for continuous quality improvement in collaboration with MEAL team

· Support the area team to ensure child participation and community involvement in the project cycle management

Representation and Advocacy

· Work with other members of SCI including the communication manager to support Area/operations teams in developing local-specific advocacy strategies and messages in nutrition

· Attend monthly SNS TWG meeting in Nairobi and all SNS related meetings and respond promptly to all SNS related demands.

· Support Area teams as requested and build their capacity to lead representation and advocacy in technical, government and civil society fora within the Area, related to nutrition

· Represent Save the Children’s Somalia/Somaliland programme in external fora as delegated by STS

· Represent SCI in the nutrition cluster and related forums in Nairobi and Somalia the later as necessary.

· Support project managers in documenting best practices and lessons learned in the curse of the programme implementation.

· Represent SCI in WASH cluster meetings or of any WASH related forums in Nairobi.

Assessment, Monitoring and Evaluation

· Undertake and lead rapid assessments in emergencies and standard surveys and generate quality assessment and survey reports

· Assist the Area teams through regular supervision and quality monitoring

· Support Area teams and partners to carry out regular monitoring to measure and report on achievement and progress towards project objectives and results.

· Organise periodic technical project review meetings with Area teams (programme/project managers) and consortium partners and internally share progress and action

· Carry out extensive field monitoring visits to document observations and experiences and share them with Area and PDQ teams and contribute for improvement of Programme quality

People Coordination and Support

· Work closely with quality programme and operations team in a matrix management environment for development and implementation of high quality projects in nutrition both in development as well as emergency situations

· Provide support and constructive feedback for learning and development and capacity building of relevant staff managing nutrition related programmes/projects in the areas

· Support the development of an organisational culture that reflects our dual mandate values, promotes accountability and high performance, encourages a team culture of learning, creativity and innovation, and frees up our people to deliver outstanding results for children and excellent customer service for our members and donors.


Applying Technical and Professional Expertise

  • Makes decisions based on professional expertise and experience without deferring unnecessarily to others
  • Shares knowledge and best practice on technical solutions so that others can make best use of that expertise
  • Actively seeks new ways to develop the application of technical and professional standards within the team

Delivering Results

· Delivers timely and appropriate results using available resources

· Takes responsibility for their work and its impact on others

· Plans, prioritises and performs tasks well without needing direct supervision

· Understands the link between their work and the organisation’s objectives

Innovating and Adapting

· Suggests creative improvements and better ways of working

· Seeks out and applies successful ideas from others to overcome challenges

· Shifts tasks, roles and priorities to perform effectively under changing or unclear conditions

· Applies lessons learned to enhance future ways of working

Communicating with Impact

· Conveys complex issues with clarity, brevity and confidence

· Promotes dialogue with key stakeholders through active listening and effective questioning

· Adapts communication style to maximise support and engagement

· Advises others on different approaches to influence key stakeholders

· Seeks out new methodologies for communication to engage new audiences


· Actively participates in networks to access and contribute to good practice

· Gathers and distributes organisational intelligence Maintains and develops a range of contacts and keeps them informed

· Knows what is needed from contacts and what they need to benefit from the relationship too


  • Degree in Nutrition, social sciences or a related field. Additional training in child and maternal nutrition will be highly desirable.

  • Recommended a minimum of five years of relevant technical experience

  • WASH background and exposure will have a competitive advantage.

  • MPH is a huge plus.

  • Proven experience of developing and managing nutrition programmes in both development and emergency settings

  • Proven skills and experience in undertaking assessments and designing/writing quality technical proposals in the sector

  • Proven experience in programme development, project cycle management and monitoring and evaluation related to the sector including writing up high quality project/donor reports.

  • Work experience in consortium is highly desirable.

  • Proven experience of developing and managing high quality, innovative and cost-effective nutrition projects in fragile and insecure environments, preferably in Somalia context and with International NGOs

  • Solid experience and excellent skills in capacity building of systems, staff, partners and other actors in nutrition

  • Ability to extensively travel for project monitoring and provide on-site technical support to field teams

  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills

  • 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 of 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

  • Commitment to Save the Children values


Any employee, consultant, contractor or the supplier undertaking an activity on behalf of SCI must sign the Child Safeguarding – Declaration of Acceptance Form] and comply with the SCI’s Child Safeguarding Policy which is a statement of SCI’s commitment to preventing abuse and protecting children with whom it comes into contact.

This extends not only to children with whom SCI and its partners work directly, but also includes children whom staff are responsible for. SCI believes that the situation of children must be improved through the promotion of their rights supported and demonstrated by all members of staff. Save the Children International’s Code of Conduct sets out the standards which all staff members must adhere to

How to apply:

Interested candidates are required to submit a CV and mandatory cover letter quoting the Job Title and Vacancy Announcement No. SCI/SOM/06/17 on the subject line. The file name of the CV and attachments must be the applicants name and sent to For more information please visit

Applications close on 9th February 2017


Save the Children International does not charge any kind of fee at whichever stage of the recruitment process and does not act through recruitment agents

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

Female candidates are encouraged to apply

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