• District Nutrition Advisor - CRS

    Employer: Catholic Relief Service (CRS)
    Posted: 26 November 2019
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    Job Title: District Nutrition Advisor

    Department: Programming

    Reports To: Orora Wihaze Nutritionist

    Country/Location: Districts of Ngoma, Kayonza, Nyamagabe, Ngororero, Rutsiro, Gakenke, Burera and Nyamasheke with occasional (20%) travel to Kigali.

    Salary Grade: 7 About CRS

    Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work are accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance, and peacebuilding.

    Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has been working in Rwanda since 1961. CRS Rwanda’s key programming areas include agriculture, early childhood development, economic strengthening, justice, and peacebuilding. To achieve this, CRS collaborates with the government of Rwanda, donors, the Catholic church, the private sector, and civil society organizations.

    Project Summary:

    The USAID/Feed the Future Orora Wihaze Activity is a 5-year project led by Land O’Lakes Venture 37 to sustainably increase the availability of, access to, and consumption of animal source foods (ASF), through the development of a profitable market. CRS manages Objective 2 of the project, which is to increase demand for ASF consumption for women of reproductive age and children ages 6 to 23 months, as well as the gender and social inclusion components across both supply and demand objectives.

    Job Summary:

    As a District Nutrition Advisor, you will be based in the Districts with occasional travel to Kigali. You will ensure that the project consistently applies ASF consumption best practices and works towards improving the impact of its benefits to those we serve. You will serve as a frontline facilitator of the Orora Wihaze Activity and ensure the seamless, timely delivery of field implementation, and identify and support partnership development with market actors.

    Roles and Key Responsibilities:

    Support the coordination and implementation of field-based project activities related to the project’s SBC strategy for ASF consumption as outlined in the detailed implementation plan in line with CRS program quality principles and standards, donor requirements, and good practices.

    Work in close collaboration with District officials, health facilities, and community health workers to achieve project objectives in increasing access to and consumption of ASF for women of reproductive age and children ages 6 to 23 months.

    Ensure the complementarity of Orora Wihaze activities with other key nutrition interventions in the assigned project zone. Represent Orora Wihaze at District events such as DPEM Committee meetings and JADF open days.

    Monitor progress against project indicators by regularly collecting data from the project’s consumption target groups and stakeholders.

    Monitor and report any challenges and/or gaps identified to inform adjustments to plans and implementation schedules. Liaise closely the Kigali-based Orora Wihaze office to continuously provide feedback and learning for the project, and pro-actively problem solve as needed.

    Support accountability through coordinating project evaluation activities and assisting partners in their efforts to collect and analyze project data per specified mechanisms and tools. Collaborate with local partner(s) to facilitate ASF consumption at scale.

    Prepare reports per established reporting schedule.

    Collect information on staff capacity needs and technical assistance needs of partner organizations and monitor capacity building and technical support activities to ensure effective impact.

    Complete project documentation for assigned activities. Assist with identifying information for case studies and reports on promising practices.

    Contribute to cross-sectoral public-private partnerships (PPPs) to pilot innovative nutrition and ASF and social and behavior change campaigns to improve national-level strategies.

    Liaise with private firms and/or CSOs to scale effective evidence-based nutrition messaging, including safe handling of ASF, through mechanisms such as social marketing, public extension, and advertising.

    Basic Qualifications

    1. Bachelor’s Degree in nutrition or dietetics required.
    2. Minimum of 4 years of progressive responsibility and work experience supporting district-level nutrition activities of similar scope and complexity to that of Orora Wihaze.
    3. Additional education may substitute for some experience.
    4. Experience and ability working with a wide range of key health and nutrition-specific stakeholders at the district level, including private sector representatives, district-level government entities and civil society organizations.
    5. Experience supporting collaborative, participatory ASF production, consumption, and market development efforts a plus.
    6. Ability to implement project activities with a high degree of autonomy.
    7. Strong experience with planning, monitoring and evaluation, and report writing.
    8. Flexibility to work both in a team and independently.
    9. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suites, including Word, Excel, and Outlook.

    Required Languages

    Oral and written fluency in English and Kinyarwanda. Professional proficiency in French a plus.


    District Nutrition Advisors will be based in the districts of Ngoma, Kayonza, Nyamagabe, Ngororero, Rutsiro, Gakenke, Burera and Nyamasheke with occasional (20%) travel to Kigali.

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

    • Ability to ride a motorcycle with a valid motorcycle driving license (category A)
    • Observation, active listening and analysis skills with the ability to make sound judgment
    • Attention to details, accuracy, and timeliness in executing assigned responsibilities
    • Proactive, results-oriented and service-oriented

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Experience in participatory action planning and community engagement.
    • Experience monitoring projects and collecting relevant data preferred.
    • Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).
    • Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)

    These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

    • Integrity
    • Continuous Improvement & Innovation
    • Builds Relationships
    • Develops Talent
    • Strategic Mindset
    • Accountability & Stewardship
    • Supervisory Responsibilities: none

    Key Working Relationships:

    Internal: Orora Wihaze Social Behavior Change Advisor and Gender and Social Inclusion Advisor.

    External: Orora Wihaze District Portfolio Managers; District officials (particularly the Director of Health and Director of Cooperatives); Private Firms and CSOs relevant to the project; Orora Wihaze M&E Manager

    Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. CRS’ processes and policies reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

    Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

    CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

    CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer

    How to apply

    Electronic applications-Only a motivation letter and a current detailed CV should be addressed to the CRS Country Representative exclusively at RW_HR@crs.org not later than Tuesday, December 3, 2019, at 5:00 pm.

    Please, include the below statement in your motivation letter:

    “By applying to this job, I understand and acknowledge that CRS requires its staff to treat all people with dignity and respect and to actively prevent harassment, abuse, exploitation, and human trafficking. Further, I understand that if I am a successful candidate, I will be subject to a comprehensive background check, and my personal/professional references will be asked to evaluate my behaviors related to the above safeguarding-related topics”

    Include also “District Nutrition Advisor” and your name in the subject line. Due to anticipated high interest in this post and the expected number of applicants, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

    Kigali. November 26, 2019

    Jude-Marie Banatte

    Country Representative

    CRS/Rwanda Program


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