Health and Nutrition Specialist



Save the Children is an exciting and dynamic organization that follows a holistic approach to achieve more for children and use its resources in an efficient and sustainable way. In every programming we aim to achieve results at scale, build partnership to influence others and increase our impact; look for innovate solutions to the problems children faces, campaign for better practice and ensure that Children’s voices are heard. 

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 Save the Children offers sound employment conditions with opportunities for personal growth and development. If you are interested to work in an organization that is determined to achieve dramatic change for the most vulnerable children, we encourage you to look through the job profile below. 



The health and nutrition specialist is a technical post to ensure high quality programming, policy engagement and advocacy outcomes of SC’s work in Ethiopia. The post holder will provide design and support of technical elements of all ECHO and EC funded nutrition and health projects, such as ECHO HIP and EC RESET, with relevant project managers, to ensure the projects contribute to the achievement of the thematic programme plan; be responsible for ensuring that key organisational principles and approaches such as child participation and sound M&E systems are well integrated throughout the project cycle; be responsible for ensuring that lessons derived through implementation of projects are well articulated, documented and disseminated both internally and externally; engage with policymakers and work to achieve advocacy objectives to realise greater change for children.

 Reports to: EU and NORDIC portfolio Director

Second supervisor:  ECHO/RESET Sr. Program Manager

Functional relationship –Health and Nutrition TTL, Head of Health

Staff directly reporting to this post:   None   



This post will be expected to contribute to SCI’s dual mandate and support as needed in both emergencies and development settings.

Program Support

Take a lead and participate in the design and development of ECHO & EC funded health and nutrition project proposals / concept notes.

·         Take a lead and participate in the design of new ECHO and EC funded nutrition and health projects and development of proposals in close coordination with the relevant field, program development, and management staff. This includes all aspects of proposal development, such as concept notes and grant amendments. Ensure that proposals are developed in line with internal and member protocols and technical standards.

·         Ensure that relevant crosscutting issues are strategically mainstreamed in new ECHO and EC funded nutrition and health projects; also ensuring relevant staffs understand and capacitated to take the issues forward.

       Ensures effective start up, implementation, monitoring, reporting and evaluation of integrated health and nutrition activities in the resilience project in the four clusters (Afar, Siti, Bale and Waghimra).

       Establishes an effective mechanism to measure outcome and impact of the integrated health and nutrition activities in the ECHO and EC funded resilience as well as emergency project in all project operational areas. 

·         Provide technical advice /guidance to ECHO and EC funded health and nutrition team and implementing partners as required while conducting surveys, evaluations and other assessments, including in the design, conduct, analysis and write up of the reports; oversee possible consultancy work in the same.

·         Conduct periodic visit to ECHO and EC funded nutrition and health project implementation sites to understand the reality, provide on-site advise / technical support and come up with recommendations for program quality improvement 

       Coordinate and participate in different multi-sector assessments and joint supportive supervisions as required in collaboration with other implementing partners. 

·         Support / guide ECHO & EC funded health and nutrition team to capture /document program lessons at different levels including design of appropriate tools to gather lessons and project impact.

       Closely work with the finance team and the project managers in all ECHO and EC funded project sites to ensure that program budgets are realistic, that they are efficiently used complying with donor requirements.

       In collaboration with the MEAL Team at the country office level monitor the projects in systematic way using appropriate tool and ensure that all field reports are of the highest quality and submitted on time and compiled.

      Ensure that all interim and final project reports are reviewed on their technical quality (health and Nutrition aspect) submitted and work with the field team to incorporate relevant comments given by members and donors for final submission. 

      In collaboration with the field managers ensure timely preparation and implementation of phase-out strategy. 

      Engages in recruitment process of staff at field level in all ECHO and EC funded project areas as necessary. 

      Support the field team in procurement process of drugs and medical supplies. 

      Performs other related tasks given by ECHO & EC portfolio director and health and nutrition sector heads as required.

Representation and communication

  • Represents Save the Children in cluster and consortium meetings hosted by EC, ECHO and leading partner.  
  • Play a vital and key role in all communications with EC, ECHO and members and follow all communication out comes and propose appropriate action points.   
  • Documents findings and recommendations of field visits for follow-up actions; shares as appropriate
  • Documents lessons learned in specific technical areas for wider dissemination and use


The post holder may be responsible for additional tasks and duties as and when required to support the overall Country Programme, regional and head office priorities. 


·         BA Degree in public health or Nutrition.

·         Minimum 8 years’ experience in resilience and humanitarian integrated health and nutrition projects management, monitoring and evaluation or research.

·         Excellent technical skills in the areas and leadership, coordination and management experience.

·         Knowledge of latest nutrition and health related strategies, technical guidelines and standards in emergency and resilience

·         Experience in CMAM, IYCF, PHC and ICCM.

·         Proven experience in designing and management of health and nutrition projects in dryland contexts of Ethiopia.

·         Familiarity with health and nutrition partners, NGO groups and donors, experiences in EC and ECHO funded health and nutrition projects will be an advantage

·         Practical understanding of the challenges and opportunities in realising children’s rights in Ethiopia, in relation to thematic area

·         Experience in working with government counterparts and other partners at various levels-  federal to district

·         Experience in quality assurance in a clinical and public health set up

·         Good presentation and facilitation skills

·         Strong interpersonal skills & excellent team player.

·         Cultural and gender sensitivity

·         Fluency in written and spoken English, knowledge of additional local languages will be an asset.

·         Good computer skills (particularly Excel, Word and databases) 

         Qualified Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply



Interested applicants who meet the MINIMUM requirements should send the following through habtamu.aragie@savethechildren.orgon or before December 7, 2018 

a.   A CV (not more than 3 pages)

b.   A cover letter (not more than one page)

c.   A one-page table summarizing your educational background, work experience, technical skills and competencies to facilitate the screening process. Refer the vacancy announcement while doing this.

Please DO NOT SUBMIT copies of transcripts, academic degrees or recommendation letters with the application. You will provide them upon request. 



YOUR EMAIL. All applications should be received within 10 days of this advertisement.

Save the Children is committed to ensuring that all our personnel and programmes are absolutely safe for children. We undertake rigorous procedures during the recruitment process including background checks to ensure that only people suitable to work with children are allowed to join our organisation and all candidates will therefore be subject to this scrutiny. 

In the selection of its staff, Save the Children is committed to gender balance and diversity without distinction as to race, sex or religion, and without discrimination of persons with disabilities. 

Location: Addis Abeba, Ethiopia

Permanent - Full-Time

Closing date: Friday 7 December 2018

All jobs close at midnight UK time on the date specified

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