Nutrition International Job Vacancy: Technical Advisor - Gender and Behaviour Change, Ottawa - Canada

Overall Purpose/Broad Function
Nutrition International’s Global Technical Services (GTS) Unit, based in Ottawa, leads on the provision of technical assistance expertise, products and services to support the planning, design, implementation, monitoring, reporting, documentation, evaluation so as to assure the quality of country programs. The unit also leads the development of rigorous and relevant implementation research, evaluations and surveillance strategies to improve programs performance and credibility, and the dissemination and translation of new knowledge to influence and improve national and global policies and practices.

As part of the GTS, the main responsibilities of the Technical Advisor, Gender and Behavior Change include:

  • Quality assuring and NI’s work in gender mainstreaming and behavior change interventions, including incorporating gender analysis into program design, formative research implementation and evaluation, with a focus on programs for adolescent girls and women
  • Supporting capacity building in gender and nutrition for NI staff and partners through sharing knowledge, generating advice, guidance and tools, and
  • Documenting, representing and disseminating NI’s work in these areas among external stakeholders.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Technical support to program and research planning and management: work closely with the Regional Directorates, and Senior Technical Advisors to plan and deliver technical advisory inputs in the areas of gender and behavior change, and/or quality assurance of program and research planning documentation in the subject areas as required. A specific focus will be on providing technical guidance in gender analysis throughout the project cycle, from design to evaluation. Collaborate with regional and country staff to identify appropriate consultants to support implementation, analysis and/or reporting. Conceptualize and help design innovative research opportunities and potential case studies in gender and Behavior Change interventions for NI country programs, with a greater focus on programs for adolescent girls and women.

MI Program Analysis and Documentation:
Working closely with Operations and External Relations Units, to provide guidance on how to monitor and report on gender equality, analyze reports from NI programs and synthesize summary reports on NI’s work in gender and behavior change interventions for donors, NI publications and/or other stakeholders.

Program and Financial Management: this will include undertaking the following in line with Nutrition International Policies and Procedures:
  • Development of costed project designs and the associated project documentation for gender and Behavior Change Interventions;
  • Specification of work to be sub contracted, and the identification, selection and engagement of appropriate individuals or institutions to carry it out under NI management;
  • Monitoring and performance management of sub-contractors and grantees and preparing progress reports;
  • Development of project enabling agreements with partners and stakeholders;
  • Financial tracking and management of all assigned project work using MI’s contracts database.
External Profile: as directed, and in close coordination with other units, represent NI’s work in the gender externally, including creating and following through on opportunities for:
  • Representation at international meetings;
  • Publications and presentations;
  • Policy advocacy;
  • Coordination and collaboration with partners;
  • Stewarding NI’s donors
Resource mobilization: as directed, and in close coordination with other units, engage in:
  • Concept development, identification and follow up of new opportunities;
  • Contributions to the development of proposals in the subject areas.
Disseminate knowledge and best practice within NI: stay abreast of the latest knowledge and best practices related to programs relevant to the subject matter focus; prepare/ participate in briefings, web and in-person seminars to inform NI staff about new knowledge, clearly interpreting relevance for NI programs and implications for changes in practice by MI. Prepare and disseminate program guidance and tools for staff in the subject areas.

Other duties and responsibilities as may be required.

Education/Professional Designations/Experience
  • Postgraduate level degree, doctorate preferred, in gender/women’s studies with a focus on health, or a nutrition, public health, medicine or health-related disciplines with experience in gender and qualitative research.
  • At least five years of demonstrated experience in international development work - designing, implementing and monitoring health and/or reproductive health and/or nutrition programs. Experience with school based delivery platforms or sexual and reproductive health programs is also an asset.
  • Successful completion of work assignments in one or more developing countries.
Language Skills
  • Superior communications skills (verbal and written).
  • Fluency in English - both reading and writing – is essential.
  • Knowledge of other languages spoken in countries supported by Nutrition International is an asset (e.g. French).
Travel Requirements
  • International travel may be required to Europe, the Americas, sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia.
  • Duty travel is typically for 1-3 weeks and usually for not more than 40 days per year.
Other Specific Skill Requirement
  • International Development project management
  • Gender Analysis and Gender Focused programming
  • Financial Management
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills
  • Ability to work in cross disciplinary and cross cultural teams
  • Effective management of people and programs
  • Experience with qualitative research methods
  • Ability to communicate methods and research results into publishable manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals
  • Strong skills in fostering collaboration among academic, public, private and other organizations
  • Ability to work effectively and harmoniously with colleagues to achieve team goals

Selected candidates must have current legal entitlement to work in Canada (Permanent Residency, Current Work Permit, Citizenship, NAFTA eligibility or other reciprocal trade agreement).

Telephone inquiries WILL NOT be accepted. We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those chosen to participate in the interview process will be contacted.

Nutrition International is committed to an inclusive, barrier-free work environment and encourages applications from all qualified individuals. Workplace accommodations are available should you be contacted regarding this competition. Please advise Human Resources of any accommodation requirements at that time.

Closing Date: 08 December 2017