SNV Netherlands Job Vacancy: Technical Project Officer Food & Nutrition Security, Jakarta - Indonesian

SNV is looking for:

Technical Project Officer Food and Nutrition Security
(Local contract)

SNV is a not-for-profit international development organisation. Founded in the Netherlands 50 years ago, we have built a long-term, local presence in 38 of the poorest countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Our global teams of local and international advisors work with local partners to equip communities, businesses and organisations with the tools, knowledge and connections they need to increase their incomes and gain access to basic services – empowering them to break the cycle of poverty and guide their own development.

The Voice For Change (V4c) Partnership Program

With the support of The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in partnership with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the Embassies of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, SNV is implementing a five year programme entitled Voice for Change Partnership (V4C). This is a multi-country programme managed by SNV’s Head Office in The Hague that is implemented in 6 countries: Burkina-Faso, Honduras, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda and Indonesia. The programme’s main goal is to support progress in globally challenging topics related to the Sustainable Development Goals, with a specific focus on inclusion and equity issues. This goal is to be achieved by increasing Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) capacities to participate, contribute and influence strategic debates and policy-making processes and support its efficient implementation. 

The specific objectives of the Voice for Change Partnership programme are determined as follows:
  • Increase CSOs capacities in leadership, advocacy, utilisation of data and evidence, sector knowledge and business development
  • Improve enabling environment in terms of improved policies, frameworks, regulations, budget allocation, services, inclusive business and accountability/collaborative mechanisms
In Indonesia, the two topics that are being addressed through the programme are Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and Food and Nutrition Security (FNS). 

The Food and Nutrition Security component
An estimated 87 million Indonesians are vulnerable to food insecurity, according to WFP’s Food Security and Vulnerability Atlas. Across Indonesia an estimated 37% of children aged below five years are stunted – over eight million children. The Government of Indonesia’s National Plan Of Action For Food And Nutrition 2011-2015 focuses on (1) improving sustainable health and nutrition services focused on the first 1000 days of a child’s life; (2) improving food accessibility at household level in very vulnerable food areas and vulnerable food areas; (3) improvement of knowledge, skill, behavior and life style/food consumption habit of people towards more diverse, balanced- nutrient and safe foods; (4) application of food safety standards based on risk assessment, continuity of appropriate-innovative technology, empowerment of local governments in improving surveillance, quantity and quality of food control, and developing food and nutrition preparedness system; (5) application of clean and healthy behavior through supporting efforts to health policy on food and nutrition, strengthening social control, application of clean and healthy behavior at household and its internalization inside medical curricula of elementary and intermediate school; (6) Improving partnerships and effective multi-sectoral collaborations within national institutions of food and nutrition, and formation of parallel organizations up to district level.

In this context, the Food and Nutrition Security component has the following goals:
  • Support improved policies and regulations
    • Advocate for the development of local policies that support improved food and nutrition habits for infants, young children, youth and women
    • Advocate  for the development of local policies that are conducive for school gardens, kitchen/home gardens and market gardens that can service the growing tourism industry in both areas as well as improve access for local communities
  • Increase budget allocation. Increase budget allocation for food and security nutrition activities and campaigns
  • Improved provision of services
    • Increase capacity of CSO’s to advocate for the prioritisation of nutrition sensitive activities in their programme and promotional activities.
    • Support service providers (government, private sector and NGOs) in the value chain to adopt best practices on nutrition and food safety.
  • More inclusive businesses and related increased investments. Work with coffee companies and other relevant cash crop companies to add a nutrition element to their extension services to farmers and develop nutrition sensitive value chains
  • Improved collaboration in platforms and improved accountability mechanisms:
    • Support CSOs to play an active role the Scaling up Nutrition (SUN) Indonesia.
    • Support CSOs play an active role in the UN Indonesia working group on nutrition and food security.
Position Summary
The purpose of the position is to ensure the correct, timely and appropriate design, implementation and monitoring of the FSN capacity development and advocacy activities. Specific role within the programme is the following:
  • Support the design and implementation of the capacity building activities targeting the relevant CSOs
  • Support the design and implementation of the research and data collection activities required to provide evidence for the advocacy activities
  • Facilitate the CSOs in designing and implementing the Food and Nutrition Security advocacy activities in the project locations
  • Monitor the implementation and results of the advocacy activities and propose adjustments whenever relevant
  • Report and evaluate the FSN component of the programme in line with SNV’s monitoring an evaluation framework
Key responsibilities are the following:
  • Coordinate all exchanges with Local Governments and support a good communication flow between the programme coordination, the CSO’s and the Local Government
  • Contribute for the design of the capacity development, research and advocacy activities, ensuring its relevance and suitability both for the programme’s objectives and the local priorities, conditions and constraints
  • Undertaking qualitative and quantitative data analysis of FNS as needed, and support CSO to use of evidence data to support the FNS advocacy
  • Support the implementation of the capacity development and advocacy activities, ensuring its adequate planning, budgeting and timely delivery in coordination with all the relevant stakeholders
  • Oversee the roll out and results of the advocacy activities and provide critical input to adjust/improve the outcomes whenever relevant
  • Participate and actively contribute to the programme’s final design, monitoring, evaluation and learning components
  • Ensure the programme’s visibility and profiling in line with SNV’s and partners branding guidelines
Candidate Profile
  • Degree in related field (e.g. nutrition, agriculture), preferably master degree
  • At least 5 years of experience working in an advisory role. Experience with international organizations is a plus
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the Agriculture/Nutrition sector, particularly of the existing policies and programmes, main challenges and constraints for Food and Nutrition Security in Indonesia, value chain support, including dialogue and engagement with private companies
  • Ability to recognize and address equity and equality issues
  • Experience in designing and implementing capacity development trajectories, including in class training, coaching and on the job training
  • Experience in contributing and/or using research results to design development interventions and to influence policy/decision making is a plus
  • Knowledge and skills in project planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation;
  • Experience working with CSOs, farmers organisations and government agencies at national, provincial, and local levels;
  • Advanced communication and negotiation skills with different types of stakeholders
  • Ability to work independently and with the team
  • Good organizing skills and interpersonal skills
  • Initiative and creative in solving problems
  • Native Bahasa Indonesia speaker with a good command of spoken and written English
  • Good computer skills (Ms. Word, Ms. Excel, Ms. Power Point, Internet and Outlook)
Contract duration: 1 year with possibility of extension.
Desired start date: June/July 2018
Duty station: 6 month in Jakarta, 6 months in NTB

How to apply
If you believe that your credentials meet the outlined profile, we invite you to apply by sending your CV and letter of motivation in English to before 12 July 2018 with subject “TPO FNS V4CP”.