Global Nutrition Coordinator

SNV is a not-for-profit international development organisation that applies practical know-how to make a lasting difference in the lives of people living in poverty. We use our extensive and long-term in-country presence to apply and adapt our top-notch expertise in agriculture, energy and WASH to local contexts. SNV has over 1250 staff in more than 25 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. We are proud to be a not-for-profit organisation that uses project financing to implement our mission. This requires us to work efficiently and to invest in operational excellence.

In its new Strategic Plan period (2019 – 2022), SNV will more explicitly aim for systems change during project preparation and implementation – by strengthening institutions and kick-starting markets that help many more to escape poverty beyond our projects. We will continue to position ourselves as a premium organisation and invest in making knowledge flow to and from the frontline.

Job Description

The Goal of the Agriculture Sector at SNV is “More Inclusive, sustainable and resilient food systems which provide diverse nutritious food for all within planetary boundaries”. In order to achieve this, SNV has chosen to work in four areas, which we call products: ‘Inclusive Value Chains’, ‘Sustainable Nutrition for All’, ‘Climate and Business’ and ‘Opportunities for Youth Employment’. Each of these work areas (products) is co-ordinated by a Global Product Coordinator who steers the content and implementation – both internally and externally – of their “product” within the Global Agriculture Team at the Head Office and across all Country Offices of SNV globally.

The Global Nutrition Coordinator– under the leadership of the Global Head of Agriculture – develops and continuously improves the description and the methods, tools and approaches of all nutrition related work of SNV. The “Sustainable Nutrition For All” (SN4A) product of SNV recognises the importance of taking a food system lens and works closely with SNV’s Inclusive Value Chain Development Product, applying both a demand and supply side strategy to address food and nutrition insecurity, integrating the key pillars of demand creation through triggering, social and behaviour change communication (SBCC), improved supply and market development of safe, affordable and nutritious diets year round and strengthened sub-national governance. Recognising that improvement in nutritional outcomes are affected by gender roles within households, SN4A includes relevant tools to promote gender equality. SN4A applies a systems approach to nutrition in order to create a new norm where stunting is no longer invisible.

The Global Product Coordinator Nutrition monitors and manages the quality of project development and implementation for all SNV projects globally that include Nutrition components in order to support project teams around the globe to create sustainable impact while achieving agreed revenue and margin targets. Key aspects of this include developing and nurturing relationships with key donors, leading and contributing to the development of funding proposals, building capacity of staff around the world and providing technical assistance directly to project teams. The Coordinator steers the knowledge sharing and learning agenda on Nutrition across SNV and guides Agriculture Sector Leaders and Project Managers in up to 27 SNV Country Offices on theories and best practice relating to sustainable nutrition.

The Global Product Coordinator Nutrition represents SNV with key nutrition stakeholders and at selected events at international and occasionally at national level, building partnerships with relevant actors (companies, research institutions, universities, donors etc) through professional profiling and by promoting SNV’s strategy, vision and level of (product and project) knowledge. The Coordinator identifies and enters global partnerships with knowledge institutes in consultation with the Global Head of Agriculture.

Responsibilities

Development and Innovation: Ensures that nutrition set of tools and approaches is updated and adjusted to meet the required high-quality standards. Pitches innovative and relevant methodology enhancements or new products based on experience and external developments to the Global Heads of Agriculture and/or relevant stakeholders.
Advisory Services and Project Cycle management: Provides advice and support in more complex projects and programmes, including project design, backstopping, theory of change etc. Steers and gives direction to Project Managers in the sector to improve overall sector quality.
Business Development: acts as technical lead and reviews quality of new proposals; ensures coherence in cross-cutting themes and analyses critical success factors (including Theory of Change, partners, activities and budget) in close collaboration with the Global Marketing and Business Development team.

Knowledge and Learning:

Leads on innovation, translates external trends into internal improvement actions. Prepares, maintains and updates product knowledge agenda and steers organisational learning by sharing product knowledge and best practices. Collects and disseminates knowledge to stimulate internal and external knowledge exchange and to support global learning.

Quality Assurance and Portfolio Management: Monitors high quality implementation of the tools and approaches. Manages, with delegation from the Global Head of Agriculture, the quality of project implementation to ensure sector project teams around the globe create on the ground impact while hitting agreed revenue and margin targets. This includes regular monitoring and timely identification of deviations from impact and business targets as well as coordination of corrective and follow-up actions and escalation in case of major or prolonged deviations. Provides support to project staff to implement the product tools and approaches according to the set standard.
Profiling and positioning: Builds and expands partnerships with relevant actors (companies, research institutions, universities, donors, etc.) through professional profiling, showing SNV’s strategy, vision and level of knowledge and experience. Represents SNV at selected events. Identifies and enters global partnerships with knowledge institutes within the sector in consultation with the Global Agriculture Team.

Qualifications

  • Masters Degree in a relevant discipline e.g. nutrition, agriculture, environment;
  • Proven track record with over 10 years of experience in the sector in an international, multi country context, including advisory work and knowledge development;
  • Expertise and experience in Food and Nutrition Security;
  • Focus on quality and driving for continuous improvement of deliveries in the sector;
  • Proven experience in Business Development;
  • Strong interpersonal and influence skills and experience of working effectively in a matrix organisation;
  • Excellent communication (writing and oral) skills, presentation and debating skills with experience in profiling an organisation in an international setting;
  • Strong international networks within the agricultural sector;
  • Sound experience within knowledge development, organisational learning and innovation;
  • Entrepreneurial, result-oriented and driver for change.

Languages:

  • Proficient in English. Fluency or working knowledge of French and or Spanish is an advantage.
Closing Date for Applications:  20th September, 2020
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