Job title: Health and Nutrition Specialist
Job type: Permanent
Emp type: Full-time
  • Not for Profit and Charities
Job published: 29-04-2019
Job ID: 32169

Job Description



Strategic Planning


  • Be fully aware of and actively participate in the development and review of country strategy and thematic programme plans.  Specifically lead the development and implementation of the Health and Nutrition strategies in collaboration with other technical sectors. 
  • Build on technical knowledge, personal understanding of health and nutrition policy and services in Tanzania, and current/previous programming to develop projects for funding in close coordination with the programme quality team (including monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning). Ensure all new programming supports the achievement of NGO’s strategic and thematic objectives in both development and humanitarian contexts.  All programming must reflect the Government of Tanzania’s priorities (or influencing updates in policy) and be aligned to building their capacity to effectively provide health and nutrition services to all Tanzanians, particularly the most deprived children in the communities where the NGO works.
  • Maintain a gender sensitive lens and work towards gender equity in programmes.  Ensure that programme strategy supports and demonstrates good practice in child safeguarding and gender mainstreaming.
  • Using a child rights programming lens, ensure that our Health and Nutrition programming is built around the Theory of Change and aligns with Global Initiative strategic directions.


Programme Quality


  • Monitor and provide timely, relevant, accurate input on overall technical aspects  and Nutrition programme work in Tanzania.  The position will be required to travel 30-40% of the time to NGO field locations.
  • Liaise with the Programme Operations team to ensure all Health and Nutrition and other programme staff receive the necessary and appropriate technical support. In consultation with staff and project managers agree on the range of advice, support, training and/or other assistance required from you to facilitate high quality programming and ensure it is delivered in a timely fashion.  This will involve regular visits to NGO’s operational areas.
  • Use NGO’S Common Approaches as a first point of reference in the design of Health and Nutrition programming, ensuring they are in line with relevant national policies, guidelines and toolkits. Where necessary provide technical training for project staff and partners as required (e.g. newborn child survival focus, community health workers, care and support, monitoring tools, programme quality tools, etc.).
  • Where external consultants (local or international) are required to technically support or monitor and evaluate projects, lead the recruitment and subsequent management of contracted consultants as per the recruitment guidelines.
  • Review all donor reports on Health and Nutrition programming for technical soundness
  • Collaborate with and liaise with Health and Nutrition Technical Assistants in NGO members and Global Theme, coordinating inputs as appropriate for proposal development and projects.
  • Provide input on partner selection, and provide technical coaching of partners in Health and Nutrition programming.
  • Analyse and provide feedback on programme implementation to ensure gender equity and adequate child participation.



Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Ensure the development of an M&E framework and key indicators for nutrition that helps each project improve quality of reporting, clearly articulate progress and impact of projects, identify issues for advocacy and new programmes/projects in the future. 
  • Participate in the design of baseline, mid-term and end of project evaluations for Health and Nutrition programmes, or Health and Nutrition components of multi-sectoral programmes.  Monitor the evaluation process and provide input and clarification as needed.  Review evaluation findings and ensure that lessons and recommendations are captured in the Lessons Learned database.
  • Regularly review and monitor health and nutrition programmes for child safeguarding issues.  Take corrective action in modifying programme activities and/or report incidents.


Advocacy and Policy Development


  • Be fully aware of national policies, strategies and other initiatives and developments by the Government of Tanzania and other stakeholders relating to Health and Nutrition, and critical intersections with child protection, nutrition, education, WASH and child poverty.  Regularly assess and communicate the implications for NGO’s programme and priorities of any changes in the operating environment relevant to this theme in close collaboration with the relevant Specialist(s).
  • Help to clearly articulate the Health and Nutrition advocacy messages for the Tanzania Country Program.  Develop an advocacy plan (with timeline and key outcomes) and ensure its implementation at national, county and community level, particularly aligned to the Country Strategic Plan 2019-21.
  • Develop policy briefs and position papers as and when required related to the Health and Nutrition programme in coordination with the Child Protection, Nutrition, WASH and Senior Campaign and Advocacy Manager, when appropriate.  This may require technical collaboration with other Technical Specialists within the country office or within the NGO Members.
  • Represent and advocate for NGO with UN agencies, donors, Government of Tanzania, NGOs and others at the highest levels in both verbal and written communications to ensure NGO is seen as the lead international agency in terms of innovation and quality of implementation that focus on health, nutrition, child survival, food security and resilience.  Specifically ensure the following:
  • Participation in regular working groups and technical meetings.
  • Ensure presence at relevant Health and Nutrition partner coordination meetings, especially with the Government of Tanzania and key donors
  • Advise field teams to ensure adequate field visibility through attendance at technical meetings at county and ward level.
  • Ensure active dissemination of programme findings and lessons learned through the production of high technical quality lessons learned documents and their effective dissemination to key stakeholders
  • Participate in and contribute to NGO Global Theme activities for Health and Nutrition, as relevant.


Resource Mobilisation


  • Work together with Awards, PDQ and implementation teams to design high quality, cost-effective, innovative and sustainable project proposals and concept notes.
  • Proactively seek information on potential donor sources and share project opportunities in Health and Nutrition with PDQ, Awards and operations teams linking to Country Strategic Plan for 2019-21.
  • Support in the development of budgets with Finance, Awards and operations teams to ensure technical resources are available (human and project activities) for proposed activities.
  • Analyse donor priorities and positions on issues related to health and nutrition; identifying institutional funding opportunities and developing/maintaining contacts with potential donors, partners and key technical agencies.  Ensure that new partnerships in this technical area reflect the programme quality we expect of ourselves..




  • A Health or Nutrition programming professional with a Master’s Degree in public health, health professions, medicine, nutrition or equivalent and relevant field. 
  • Significant professional experience, at least 5 years, of working at a senior advisory level in Health and Nutrition for international NGOs, government or the private sector in Tanzania.
  • Excellent understanding of the Health and Nutrition sector within the Tanzanian context with knowledge of programming in all sub-thematic areas: maternal newborn reproductive health (MNRH), child health, adolescent health, WASH, HIV, and maternal infant and young child nutrition (MIYCN).
  • Clear understanding of the intersection of Health and Nutrition with other thematic areas, including nutrition, child protection, education, WASH and child poverty in Tanzania.
  • Proven representation and advocacy skills.
  • Strong commitment to capacity building of national staff and partners with willingness to adopt participatory and consultative approaches.
  • Experience with Health and Nutrition programming in humanitarian settings highly desirable.
  • Experience writing donor funding proposals
  • Strong report writing skills and ability to compile narrative sections for proposals and donor reports.
  • Good interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate and negotiate clearly and effectively at all levels, taking into account cultural and language difficulties.
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching
  • Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mindsets.
  • Experience solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy-in.
  • Ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner.
  • Ability and willingness to dramatically change work practices and hours, and work with incoming surge teams, in the event of emergencies.