USAID/Food for Peace
Washington D.C., District of Columbia 20004
Job Description and Requirements
The U.S. Agency for International DevelopmentÃ¢s Office of Food for Peace (FFP) is the largest provider of food assistance in the world. FFP works together with others to reduce hunger and malnutrition and assure that adequate, safe and nutritious food is available, accessible to and well-utilized by all individuals at all times to support a healthy and productive life. Each year on average FFP provides more than $2 billion of food assistance, reaching 45-55 million beneficiaries in approximately 50 countries.
Food for Peace works in both emergency and development contexts, with emergency and recovery activities comprising 80 percent of total spending. Through its emergency activities, FFP strives to provide food assistance to save lives, reduce suffering and support the early recovery of populations affected by both conflict and natural disasters.
FFP also recognizes that repeatedly responding to emergencies is not sufficient to end hunger and increase food security. FFP development activities help chronically food insecure populations reduce their long-term need for food assistance by strengthening the capacity of developing societies to ensure access to food for their most vulnerable communities and individuals, especially women and children. FFP also helps individuals and communities better withstand future shocks through resilience-building activities.
Food for Peace works closely with many other parts of USAID, especially the Bureau for Food Security, which plays a key role in implementing the PresidentÃ¢s Feed the Future initiative, and the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), which leads on disaster response around the world. Food for Peace employs a staff of over 100 in Washington and also has officers posted abroad.
More Information on FFP is available at: https://www.usaid.gov/food-assistance
The incumbent will have strong applied nutrition program implementation experience, including but not limited to, demonstrated technical expertise in one or more of the following areas: maternal and child health, nutrition in emergencies, infant and young child feeding, maternal nutrition, ration design, monitoring & evaluation, research and/or nutrition-sensitive agriculture.
The incumbent will be able to provide technical and programmatic guidance to FFP staff both in Washington and the field, participating as a member of the Nutrition Security Team within the Technical Learning and Planning Division of the office. The incumbent will be responsible for proposal review, technical policy, guidance development, and implementation of improvements to the nutritional impact of food assistance programs. This will require a close collaboration with Private Voluntary Organizations (PVOs), the U.N. World Food Program (WFP), the U.S. Government (USG) Interagency, and the U.N. ChildrenÃÃÂ¢s Fund (UNICEF).
The incumbent will serve as a technical coordinator and advisor in the following technical areas:
Nutrition in emergencies;
Public health nutrition (with expertise in reproductive, maternal and child health);
Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) (with expertise in survey design and implementation); Food safety and quality monitoring and auditing;
Food product specifications and compliance;
Packaging, warehousing and supply chain management; and Food product development, manufacturing and research
The overall role of the incumbent is to work with other FFP staff and implementing partners to realize the goals of improving nutrition programming.
The Nutritionist will recommend strategies to achieve the best possible nutritional outcomes for FFP's beneficiary populations, facilitate the integration of new products, and manage the development and integration of new programming guidance for implementing partners.
Under the direct supervision of the Technical Team Leader or his/her designee, the Nutritionist will perform the following duties:
At the GS-13 Equivalent level:
Collaborate with USG partners, bilateral donors, multilateral organizations, foundations, and universities on the development and implementation of nutrition policy and programming in technical focus areas (nutrition in emergencies, public health nutrition, M&E, or nutrition sensitive agriculture);
Analyze global nutrition issues and identify state-of-the art food and nutrition approaches for implementation within Title II programs;
Oversee nutrition-related research undertaken by FFP partners in technical focus areas (nutrition in emergencies, public health nutrition, M&E or nutrition sensitive agriculture);
Review and coordinate updating of programming guidance in technical focus areas (nutrition in emergencies, public health nutrition, M&E or nutrition sensitive agriculture);
Provide technical guidance in the review of project proposals to ensure suggested activities are appropriately designed to be successful;
Provide technical assistance to USAID field missions, implementing partners, and others on the nutritionally sound and cost-effective selection of Title II food aid commodities for emergency food assistance programs;
Assess and monitor programs through field visits, reporting by field staff and implementing partners. Assess technical data reviews to maximize program effectiveness and ensure efforts are being implemented in a manner consistent with policy and legislative guidelines;
Draft information products (e.g., partner guidance and memoranda) on nutrition-related issues, provide briefings, and represent FFP in meetings and/or working groups with other USAID colleagues and representatives from other agencies;
Mentor FFP Country Backstop Officers and Mission staff on technical food and nutrition priorities related to the specifics of Title II legislation;
Work with the Bureau of Global Health, Bureau of Food Security, and the OFDA to support USAID missions to develop food, health and nutrition strategies for multi-sector programs;
Proactively engage in technical discussions around topics of relevance to the agency on nutrition, to establish FFP positions around such topics, to inform senior management in decision making; and
As needed, serve on short-term assignments with other USAID offices or bureaus in direct support of FFP programs; these placements shall not exceed three months.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR THE POSITION EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION
Minimum Qualifications: Determines basic eligibility for the position. Applicants who do not meet all of the education and experience factors are considered NOT qualified for the position.
At the GS-13 Equivalent level:
A Bachelor's degree in nutrition, public health or related field with significant study in maternal and child nutrition, with seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in at least one of the four technical areas: nutrition in emergencies, public health nutrition, nutrition monitoring and evaluation and survey design, and/or nutrition-sensitive agriculture, of which three (3) years must be related to food assistance programs.
Master's degree in nutrition, public health or related field with significant study in maternal and child nutrition, with five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in at least one of the four technical areas: nutrition in emergencies, public health nutrition, nutrition monitoring and evaluation and survey design, and/or nutrition-sensitive agriculture, of which three (3) years must be related to food assistance programs.
A total of two (2) years of overseas professional experience implementing food and nutrition programs in a developing country setting, either through multiple short-term assignments or long-term residential postings.
Intermediate level computer skills, to include knowledge of Microsoft Office, relevant statistical/analytical software, e-mail, and the internet.
Applicant is a U.S. citizen;
Submission of a current resume, with complete contact information.
Supplemental document specifically addressing the Quality Ranking Factors (QRFs);
USPSC Application form AID 302-3. Applicants are required to complete sections A through I. This form must be physically signed and scanned. Electronic signatures will not be accepted;
Ability to obtain a SECRET level security within nine months following the job offer acceptance;
Ability to obtain a Department of State medical clearance
Must not appear as an excluded party in the System for Award Management (SAM.gov).
Applicants not meeting minimum qualifications will not be evaluated further.
How to Apply:
Please refer to www.ffpjobs.com for the official solicitation with complete information on the positionÃÂ¢s requirements, instructions on applying, and for the AID 309-2 form.
Applications must be received by the closing date and time at firstname.lastname@example.org, the email address specified in the cover letter of the solicitation.
Qualified individuals are required to submit:
1. Complete, current resume. See cover page of the solicitation for resume requirements.
2. Supplemental document specifically addressing the QRFs shown in the solicitation.
3. USPSC Application form AID 309-2. Applicants are required to complete sections A through I. This form must be physically signed. Electronic signatures will not be accepted.
Additional documents submitted will not be accepted. To ensure consideration of applications for the intended position, please reference the solicitation number and the position you are applying for on your application, and as the subject line in any email.
Applicants can expect to receive a confirmation email when application materials have been received. Applicants should retain for their records copies of all enclosures which accompany their applications.
Any questions on this solicitation may be directed to FFP PSC Recruitment Team at email@example.com. Further guidance on applying, including the detailed solicitation, a sample resume, and the AID 309-2 form can all be found at www.ffpjobs.com.
[posted Jun 29, 2018]
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