Nutrition International Job Vacancy: Director - NTeam, Ottawa - Canada

Director, N-TEAM
Are you looking for a chance to change the world?  Are you someone who often asks ‘why not’, and has the vision to see what could be?  If so, we are looking for people like you to join our global team.

About us
Nutrition International is a global organization at the crossroads of discovery and delivery, implementing health and nutrition programs improving hundreds of millions of lives every year. At an exciting time of growth and opportunity for the organization, we seek a Director for our N-TEAM portfolio.  This permanent, full-time position (37.5 hours per week) will be located at our headquarters in Ottawa, Canada.

About the role:
Nutrition International’s Nutrition Technical Assistance Mechanism (N-TEAM) is a global hub of technical expertise that provides technical support to governments, particularly for the planning, research, delivery, as well as the tracking and surveillance of nutrition programs.

N-TEAM is a business model through which governments and other nutrition stakeholders can access Nutrition International’s world-class technical expertise. With a presence in 20 countries in Asia and Africa, N-TEAM uses a country-driven, coordinated approach to ensure that all partners committed to improving nutrition outcomes are connected and consulted, and that all systems for nutrition delivery are harmonized to achieve maximum impact.

As part of the Global Technical Services Unit, the Director, N-TEAM is an entrepreneurial individual, who understands the global health architecture and is sensitive to the national priorities. S/he will lead a team of Program Directors and develop and manage a portfolio of services that aim to improve countries’ capacity to meet the nutrition targets and transform the lives of millions of  people.  Specific duties will include: 
  • Relationship Building:  You will build relationships with key government partners around the world, scanning the environment for opportunities to implement the N-TEAM approach to improving nutrition outcomes amongst vulnerable populations.   You will represent NI at external meetings, including meetings with government officials, the general public, and the media and NI partner network meetings. 
  • Technical Assistance:  oversee the work of the Project Directors for the N-TEAM and Technical Assistance for Nutrition (TAN) grant.  Maintain liaison with N-TEAM donors and other key stakeholders to assess NI’s performance on N-TEAM work and to secure additional resourcing as required. 
  • Human Resource Management:  lead the N-TEAM unit; oversee and direct the work of the unit, establish and maintain job descriptions, conduct periodic performance assessments including annual performance appraisals; recruitment and induction / training of new staff. 
  • Budgeting and financial management:  develop propose and manage plans and budgets (as part of the annual Program of Work and Budget). This will involve issuing program and funding approvals for NI activity in accordance with delegated authorities. Ensure that all staff deployment and program activities programming are managed within budget and tracked correctly in the contracts database.
  • International Travel:  The position will require travel to Africa and Asia, as well as the Americas and Europe.  Trips are usually expected to no more than 25% of the year.  Overall travel days per year are usually no more than 90.
About you:
We are looking for someone who shares our organizational culture of delivering high-impact and cost-effective programs to the world’s most vulnerable. We seek someone who will lead by example to foster an entrepreneurial culture of ingenuity and innovation so that we bring together the best of our efforts for lasting results.

You are a proven leader who is highly skilled in developing and building relationships with key government stakeholders and partners.  You have worked extensively in Asia and/or Africa and understand the local context within these regions.  You are an innovative thinker who is not constrained by the thoughts and approaches of others.  In addition, the ideal candidate will have: 
  • MD or Masters degree in public health or a similar field. 
  • At least 10 years’ experience of planning/designing, preparing proposals for, and managing large-scale social sector development programs in developing countries;
  • A solid track record of the successful preparation and winning of large value programming proposals.
  • Experience of work on international development programming in one or more developing countries.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the international development sector and its main actors, and of key issues in development.  Knowledge of and experience in public health and/or nutrition in particular will be a major asset.   
What we offer:
Nutrition International offers a competitive compensation package including a comprehensive extended health, dental and vision benefits package, RRSP plan, Pension Plan, Life and Disability coverage, a learning and development allowance, and health and wellness allowance.  In addition, reasonable relocation expenses including flights to Ottawa for the employee and dependents, movement of household goods and temporary accommodation will be covered up to a maximum of $25,000. The base salary for this role will be between $115 - $130K CAD.

To apply please forward your resume and cover letter by email by May 16, 2018 to or by fax to 613 782-6838 or by mail to:   

Nutrition International
ATTN: Human Resources
180 Elgin St. Suite 100
Ottawa, ON, Canada