Technical Officer, Agri-Nutrition Job At FHI360
FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in health, education, nutrition, environment, economic development, civil society, gender, youth, research and technology — creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today’s interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 70 countries and all U.S. states and territories. We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of: Technical Officer, Agri-Nutrition
Technical Officer Job Purpose
- The Technical Officer, Agri-Nutrition will work under the general supervision of Deputy Chief of Party and requires the use of independent judgment and initiative in the preparation, and implementation of agri-food and nutrition security activities in key focus counties.
- He/She will work closely with the Agriculture Specialist, Nutrition Specialist, M&E Specialist, County Agriculture and Livestock Officers, County Nutrition Coordinator, Feed the Future (FtF) partners, Department of Education, and other NHPplus staff to provide programmatic and technical support for NHPplus agri-foods and nutrition security supported activities at county level.
- He/She will coordinate and implement the agri-food and nutrition security activities of NHPplus at the county level, in order to contribute towards reduction in stunting through increasing market access and consumption of diverse and quality foods, as well as increasing resilience of vulnerable households and communities.
- The Technical Officer, Agri-Nutrition will be based in the following counties: Nutrition and Health Program Plus Busia, Tharaka Nithi, Samburu, and Marsabit.
Technical Officer Job Responsibilities
- Identifying and promoting/implementing:
investments that target vulnerable groups, increase food production for consumption, and increase women’s empowerment, including for assets, use of time, and income livelihoods opportunities that promote gender equity in combination with achieving nutrition objectives.
- Supporting community driven development approaches to enhance social, economic, and environmental resilience, through effectively linking vulnerable clients with food security, livelihood and economic support.
- Integrating food and nutrition security into agriculture sector.
- Promoting and strengthening linkages between agriculture and health frontline service providers (MOA extension workers and home economists, and MOH community health volunteers) to work towards improving food security and nutrition and the community level (Food and Nutrition security at household and community level).
- Establishing linkages and facilitating collaboration across relevant sectors, departments, public and private partners and stakeholders:
to scale up nutrition-sensitive services appropriate to local needs and contexts through a gender lens.
for sharing information, planning, programming and service provision.
- Promoting awareness and consumption of diversified, nutrient dense, fortified and nutritionally adequate foods; and promotion of High Impact Nutrition Interventions (HINI) during the 1000-days window of opportunity and among women and youth.
- Supporting the implementation of the community approach for Nutrition Assessment Counselling and Support (NACS), Integrated Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) and Maternal Infant and Young Child Nutrition (MIYCN).
- Coordinating capacity building and technical support on agri-foods and nutrition issues including agri-foods and nutrition sensitive technologies, dietary diversification and nutrient dense diets.
- Promoting food safety including appropriate methods of handling, preservation, processing, storage and utilization of agri-foods.
- Identifying, sourcing, disseminating and promoting/demonstrating agri-food and nutrition sensitive technologies; food preparation and utilization; best practices; and energy and time saving technologies for women.
- Participating in development/review of county policies, strategic plans, action plans and appropriate technical guidelines and standards for agri-foods and nutrition at the county level (e.g. guidelines and standards on establishment of school and institutional gardens for demonstration of production and consumption of nutrient rich agri-foods).
- Advocating for mainstreaming and financing of Agri-foods and nutrition security programs/activities in the agricultural/livestock sector.
- Promoting/supporting water and sanitation activities.
- Executing any other activities and strategies based on the approved NHPplus work plan.
- The Technical Officer, will also assist the county government(s) in the development and implementation of the county advocacy plan.
Qualifications For Technical Officer Job
- University degree in Home Economics or other relevant disciplines with 5-7 years’ experience or a Master’s degree in above mentioned disciplines, will be an added advantage, with 3-5 years’ experience.
- Experience with USAID-funded activities, especially with agri-nutrition activities, is essential. This can include experience in Food Security programming, or Agri-foods and nutrition sensitive technologies.
- Field experience is essential as this position will be based in the county(ies).
- Ability to speak local language is preferred.
How to Apply