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United States of America: Senior Nutrition Technical Advisor

NGO/UN Job Vacancy

Organization: ICF International
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 17 Jun 2017

Through a contract with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), ICF Macro, an ICF Company, implements The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program. The DHS Program assists developing countries to implement surveys that collect information on fertility, mortality, maternal and child health, family planning, HIV/AIDS, malaria, and nutrition, and also helps to conduct biomarker testing in households and in laboratories. The DHS Program employs public health and nutrition experts, demographers, sampling statisticians, biomarker and laboratory experts and data processing specialists, among others. Please review The DHS Program website at to learn more about The DHS Program.

The DHS Program is seeking to fill a Senior Nutrition Technical Advisor position to support the DHS nutrition portfolio. The position is based in our Metro-accessible office in Rockville, MD.


Key Responsibilities:

The Senior Nutrition Technical Advisor will be responsible for providing technical guidance to The DHS Program on all aspects of nutrition data collection, including nutrition-related biomarkers, as relevant, adherence to global indicator guidelines for analysis, representing The DHS Program in global nutrition fora, and leading nutrition research at DHS. Specific duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing leadership in the area of nutrition to meet global and country-specific current and emerging data needs within the context of The DHS Program

  • Representing The DHS Program at global nutrition advisory, technical and reference meetings

  • Supporting and guiding the improvement of The DHS Program tools, protocols, and reporting related to nutrition, and working to incorporate innovations that help to improve efficiency and data quality

  • Providing training support and capacity building guidance for anthropometry and other nutrition data collection

  • Engaging with other household survey programs that incorporate nutrition data, to share best practices, lessons learned, and aligning methodologies as appropriate

  • Leading and/or conducting policy relevant nutrition research

  • Promoting tools for communicating available nutrition-related data, analyses, modules, and/or outputs to USAID Missions, other national-level stakeholders, USAID/Washington, and other global-level stakeholders

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum 7 years of relevant experience in nutrition data collection, analysis, and interpretation and/or in using data to identify and meet nutrition program monitoring and evaluation needs and contributing to policy in low income countries

  • PhD in Nutrition, or Public Health, Demography, or other relevant discipline strongly preferred

  • Knowledge of current global nutrition protocols, standards, and best practices

  • Knowledge of nutrition and health issues in low and middle income countries

  • Strong knowledge of statistical techniques, including multivariate methods.

  • Ability to write well and quickly in English.

  • Ability to work successfully in teams and with people of diverse cultural backgrounds.

Preferred Skills/Experience:

  • Field experience in implementing population surveys in developing countries

  • Background in working with USAID, other bilateral donors, or international agencies

  • Knowledge of relevant nutrition related biomarkers

  • Fluency in spoken and written French

Travel potential up to 15% of time to low and middle income countries mainly in Africa and Asia may be required

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