Salary: Competitive plus a discretionary bonus, life insurance, private health care and pension (5% contributory)
Contract: Permanent, full-time
Reporting to: Director of Investments
Travel requirements: Dependent upon project needs, may be 5-6+ weeks / year
THE CONTEXT OF THE ROLE
The Senior Nutrition Governance & Systems Reform Specialist is a key appointment for The Power of Nutrition. S/he will work within the Investments team to ensure that all investments are robust, and well-structured to satisfy good governance criteria and to achieve a sustainable impact for children at scale. S/he will also collaborate closely with colleagues across the organisation to undertake the necessary due diligence on all new investment opportunities and support the review and management of ongoing investments. All the investments and programmes are complex, and this individual will need to interact with numerous stakeholders – Investors (Private, Corporate, High Net Worth and institutional donors) and Governments
and their respective departments (particularly Ministries of Health and Finance) in the UK and overseas. S/he will need to have a good understanding of health and / or nutrition, and public finance management / economics with a broad understanding of the environment in which the above stakeholders operate. They will have a strong ability to communicate, negotiate and influence at multiple levels, knowledge to evaluate and quantify the scope of our
nutritional interventions, the proportion of health budgets allocated to nutrition programmes, the amount of capacity building and systemic reform being undertaken in-country. Ultimately, the individuals’ ability to review and disseminate the impact of our investments and nutrition
programmes on the lives of children is paramount.
The Power of Nutrition team is relatively small, and everyone has the passion and commitment for our mission to nutrition. S/he must be a self-starter and have a can-do attitude to undertake duties beyond their specialist area. There are many opportunities to oversee nutrition programmes, get involved in fundraising, partnerships, communications, advocacy, branding and marketing.
It is a fantastic role to broaden your skills and experience, work within a creative and innovative UK-based charitable foundation with a clear focus on delivering a sustainable impact for children in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.
• Programme Development, Delivery and Portfolio Management In partnerships with implementing partners ensure new investments are developed in line with The Power of Nutrition’s Theory of Change and Investment Criteria;
• Ensure effective management of The Power of Nutrition’s investment portfolio;
• Ensure all investment decisions are underpinned by robust political economy analysis and effective appraisal of government’s capacity to scale up and sustain the proposed nutrition interventions;
• Ensure all investment have robust governance in place to support effective implementation and facilitate cross donor/cross governments investments where appropriate;
• Where appropriate, work with implementing partners and programme evaluators to agree the most effective approach to track government budgets and expenditure on Nutrition as related to The Power of Nutrition’s investments;
• Throughout the lifecycle of investments, ensure progress is being made on the governance and systemic reform components in line with the programme’s ambitions;
• Collaborate with implementing partners to identify innovative new ways to realise sustainable scale up of nutrition interventions at a national level;
• Contribute effectively to policy dialogue with key stakeholders in implementing partners and national governments on the sustainable scale-up of The Power of Nutrition investments;
• Work with implementing partners to develop cutting edge approaches to monitor and evaluate the impact of the governance and systemic reform components of The Power of Nutrition’s investments;
• Contribute to strengthening The Power of Nutrition’s network with institutions specialising in nutrition governance and systemic reform.
• Support colleagues in Partnership & Brands in presentations to prospective donors;
• Support the development of proposals for prospective investors
Reporting & Communication
• Work with internal and external colleagues to ensure the systemic reform and scale-up components of investments are in accordance to the agreed results framework;
• Simplify scale-up and systems reform content from evaluation and measurement frameworks for the Communications and Partnerships & Brand teams;
• Drive effective dissemination of successful scale of nutrition investments from The Power of Nutrition investments to influence regional and global policy and practice.
• Support the Director of Investments in setting the scale-up and systemic reform standards for The Power of Nutrition investments;
• In collaboration with the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, ensure The Power of Nutrition has robust data from investment evaluations to inform the scale-up and systemic reform components of the independent evaluation;
• Undertake governance analysis of The Power of Nutrition Investment countries and ensure these are used to inform investment decisions;
• Ensure The Power of Nutrition has a strong understanding of the global nutrition landscape and is effectively networked into the landscape;
• Act as a thought leader and communicator to a wide variety of audiences.
Sector knowledge and profile-building
• Act as The Power of Nutrition’s leading source of knowledge on current and emerging evidence on systemic reform and scale-up of proven nutrition interventions;
• Keep abreast of developments within the systemic reform and public-sector reform for nutrition sectors – including spotting opportunities and challenges to overcome in countries where The Power of Nutrition is working;
• With a variety of external audiences, act as a knowledgeable resource about The Power of Nutrition’s programmes and priority areas;
• Represent The Power of Nutrition in key fora and manage relationships with our implementation partners and their key stakeholders in a supportive and pragmatic way.
Membership of the team
• Comfortable working flexibly and effectively in a focused team structure;
• Provide coaching and mentoring support to colleagues, as required to help build skills, confidence and capability in nutrition governance and systems reform;
• Line manage interns when necessary;
• Commit to continuing the advancement of The Power of Nutrition brand, messaging and communications.
• Masters’ degree or equivalent level of academic and professional experience in nutrition, health science, public health, political science, international relations, public administration, management, accounting or finance, law or development studies;
• Extensive experience in systemic reform and/or public finance management in the nutrition or health sector will be an asset;
• Evidence of expertise in political economy analysis and an established track and credibility in working on systemic reform issues in the nutrition and/or health sectors in fragile and conflict, developing and/or emerging economy context;
• A strong track record and evidence of successful delivery in political economy and institutional analysis;
• Familiarity or experience engaging with global governance structures/coordinating mechanisms within the nutrition sector will be an asset (Scaling Up Nutrition Movement, Council on Food Security, Nutrition 4 Growth initiative, UN REACH, etc.);
• Proven programme development and programme management experience;
• Demonstrable experience in influencing policies and reforms at senior levels of government and influencing bilateral and multilateral donors;
• Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills;
• Outstanding communication skills with a proven ability to taper style for both technically literate and non-technical audiences, investors and policy-makers;
• Excellent writing and analytical skills – a publication record is desirable, but not required;
• Outstanding networking skills with a proven ability to work globally and effectively with diverse groups of individuals. Experience with large bilateral donors such as DFID, multilaterals such as the World Bank and UNICEF, and the private sector such as CIFF and UBS Optimus Foundation is desirable;
• An ability to work in French is desirable.
• Excellent political awareness and judgment on sensitive governance matters;
• Strong understanding of nutrition interventions in an international development context;
• Strategic and results-oriented;
• Excellent relationship building and relationship management abilities;
• Demonstration of an ability to influence beyond authority;
• A proven ability to solve problems and make decisions including challenging ones.
All correspondence, at this stage, should be via Oxford HR. To apply for this post, click on the “Apply” button in the job advert page. You will be asked to complete an application form by attaching an updated CV and supporting statement for this role.
For further information or an informal discussion, please contact Ana Fernandes, Lead Consultant at firstname.lastname@example.org