Technical Advisor, Food Systems

NGO Jobs / UN Jobs Vacancy

Country: United States of America
Organization: National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International
Closing date: 20 Nov 2020

NOTE: The Technical Advisor, Food Systems is advertised through multiple USAID Advancing Nutrition consortium partners and is fully seconded to the project. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply through the single (1) organization they are most interested in working for. Submitting applications through more than one (1) consortium partner is prohibited and could result in disqualification.

Scope and Purpose

The Technical Advisor is a member of the Food Systems team and is responsible for ensuring high quality design and implementation of interventions to strengthen food systems for healthier diets for the USAID Advancing Nutrition portfolio. They will work closely with the multidisciplinary teams of USAID Advancing Nutrition and the USAID Bureau for Resilience and Food Security (RFS) to manage and support a portfolio of food systems activities aiming to improve diet quality globally and in specific country contexts. The ideal candidate will have a strong foundation in food systems or nutrition sensitive agriculture and will be well grounded in realities of working on nutrition and dietary improvement in low and middle-income country settings. The ideal candidate will also have experience with USAID programming and food system metrics. They will drive implementation of food systems activities aiming to improve diet quality (globally and in specific country contexts) through research, technical assistance and capacity strengthening. They will work under the Director of Food Systems in close collaboration with Senior Technical Advisors on the team. This position will engage with USAID Advancing Nutrition’s cross-cutting areas of gender, monitoring and evaluation, social behavior change, capacity strengthening and knowledge management. They are based in Arlington, VA and will report to the Director of Food Systems.


  • Leads program design, including tool and activity development, through engagement in the work planning process.
  • Contributes to strategic thinking as well as detailed implementation planning and budgeting of activities, ensuring consistency with project direction and strategy.
  • Provides technical assistance with program design to priority countries in support of food systems nutrition-sensitive programming, especially as it relates to food environment, consumer demand, private sector engagement and/or food policy.
  • Collaborates with Senior Advisors on research design, data collection, analysis as they pertain to diet quality, consumer, and food environment.
  • Collaborates on managing and creating evidence-based program standards with global, regional and county colleagues and stakeholders in the development of up-to-date, quality, evidence-based technical tools, guides and policy briefs used to increase capacity of and support to USAID’s efforts to improve diets through food systems.
  • Collaborates with the project’s monitoring and evaluation staff to carry out, document operations research and learning activities related to program delivery, and contribute to other research efforts as needed.
  • Supervises and mentors Program Officers to facilitate professional growth and development.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Education: Master’s degree in nutrition, food policy, public health nutrition or related field.
  • Experience: 8-10 years of experience in international public health nutrition with an emphasis on food systems, nutrition sensitive agriculture and agriculture-nutrition linkages.
  • Experience working with USAID Headquarters and/or Feed the Future Missions.
  • Experience with food systems activities and demonstrated work on one or more food systems domains (food supply, food environment, private sector engagement for nutrition, consumer behavior, diet quality).
  • Experience working with government and NGO stakeholders on food systems, with a preference toward food system and nutrition program design and implementation and/or policy.
  • Experience conducting dietary intake or market-based research including design, data collection, analysis and manuscript preparation.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and social-emotional intelligence; experience working effectively in teams and cross-cultural settings.
  • Experience undertaking qualitative research design, data collection, analysis and manuscript preparation.
  • Experience translating complex technical material and research findings into tools that support evidence uptake.
  • Capacity building and training experience in the area of food systems.
  • Excellent time management and personal organization skills.
  • Comfortable working in a matrixed, integrated work environment.
  • Ability to develop and apply monitoring and evaluation plans to determine activity results and monitor impact.
  • Languages: English fluency required. French, Portuguese, or Spanish preferred.
  • Travel: Ability to undertake field travel (approximately 30%, once travel is advisable)

About Advancing Nutrition

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Advancing Nutrition project is the Agency’s flagship nutrition project, led by JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (JSI), and a diverse group of experienced partners. Launched in September 2018, USAID Advancing Nutrition implements and provides technical support to nutrition interventions across sectors and disciplines for USAID and its partners. The project’s multi-sectoral approach draws together global nutrition experience to design, implement and evaluate programs that address the root causes of malnutrition. Committed to using a systems approach, USAID Advancing Nutrition strives to sustain positive outcomes by building local capacity, supporting behavior change and strengthening the enabling environment to save lives, improve health, build resilience, increase economic productivity and advance development.

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