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Concern Worldwide recruits 01 Health and Nutrition Advisor

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Concern Worldwide recruits 01 Health and Nutrition Advisor


About the role: This is a twelve-month replacement role with unaccompanied terms based in Bujumbura with significant time in field support with a salary €40,043 to €44,449.

The Nutrition and Health Advisor will report to the Programme Director and work closely with the Country Director, Programme Coordinators, and Project Managers. The Nutrition and Health Advisor will line manage the SUN Officer. The Nutrition and Health Advisor will also liaise with external partners including the Ministry of Health, the Nutrition Sector Lead in Burundi ( UNICEF), and the SUN Government Focal Point.


We would like you to start in October 2019.


Your purpose: The Nutrition and Health Advisor is responsible for providing technical and strategic support to nutrition and health programming for Concern in Burundi. This role includes providing technical advice for all nutrition and health related project activities to ensure high quality project implementation; this includes supporting established nutrition and health programmes in Kirundo and Cibitoke, and the recruitment process of the nutrition and health staff.

The Nutrition and Health Advisor will be responsible for a project, which aims to revitalise the civil society network of the Scaling Up Nutrition movement in Burundi.

The Nutrition and Health Advisor will act as the nutrition focal point for a food security and nutrition project funded by the EU consortium and implemented in consortium with WHH and IRC in Kirundo, Cibitoke and Muyinga. In addition to supporting quality implementation of nutrition activities, they will liaise with other consortium nutrition focal points and ensure the harmonisation of the nutrition activities across the three organisations.

The Nutrition and Health Advisor will play a key role in understanding, through liaising with external nutrition and health stakeholders and other sources of information, the nutrition and health priorities as well as the evolving socio-economic context in the country and suggesting adaptations to the projects as the situation changes. In particular, the Nutrition and Health Advisor will monitor and suggest measures to prepare for and adapt to outbreaks of diseases such as Ebola, malaria or cholera.

The Nutrition and Health Advisor will have specific responsibility to develop new projects aimed at reducing chronic high levels of chronic malnutrition amongst vulnerable communities (including refugees and internally displaced people).

You will be responsible for:

Programme implementation:

  • Support the Programme Coordinators based in Bujumbura, particularly the Health and Nutrition Coordinator, and nutrition and health staff based in the field in implementing (i) quality nutrition and health projects in line with project plans and/or (ii) nutrition-sensitive programming.
  • Support the nutrition and health team in the development of technical tools and components for nutrition and health programming.
  • Act as consortium nutrition focal point for the consortium-led food security project.
  • Provide technical advice and operational support to ensure nutrition and health programming incorporates best practice in addressing chronic and acute malnutrition.
  • Liaise with Concern Technical Advisors at headquarters level in ensuring best practices from Concern’s global nutrition, health and resilience programmes are implemented or adapted to the Burundi context.
  • Develop monitoring tools for assessing outcome and impact of various components of our nutrition and health work, analysing monitoring data and advising on corrective action if required.
  • In collaboration with the Health and Nutrition Coordinator, prepare briefs and share learning from Concern’s nutrition and health programme in Burundi across Concern’s global nutrition and health portfolio and with relevant external stakeholders in Burundi.
  • Guide project teams with the implementation of specific approaches (e.g. CMAM Surge, BabyWASH and MNPs).
  • Lead or support nutrition or health-related research components of projects.
  • Provide guidance and support in integrating nutrition and health across Concern’s other programmes in Country. This may include supporting Concern’s Rwanda programme, which is overseen by the Concern Burundi office.

Project management (Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN)):

  • Oversee SUN project implementation, ensuring activities are delivered according to workplan and suggesting complementary activities to reinforce the SUN Civil Society Network.
  • Line manage the SUN project officer, ensuring quality control and providing guidance, coaching and mentoring as needed.
  • Oversee SUN project budget management, spending in line with contractual obligations, monitoring variances and suggesting corrective actions.
  • Liaise with SUN Government Focal Point and other SUN networks in Burundi, notably the UN network, to foster coordination and collaboration on joint initiatives.

New project development:

  • Support the Country Management Team by identifying opportunities for new project development in the nutrition and health sector in Burundi.
  • Engage with key external stakeholders in identifying areas of collaboration for nutrition and health programming.
  • Lead on proposal development for nutrition and health-related opportunities.

Capacity building of nutrition and health staff:

  • Support relevant managers overseeing health and nutrition activities to develop their teams
  • through providing training, coaching and mentoring as required.
  • Provide mentoring and support to nutrition and health technical staff.
  • Support the team in preparing for nutrition and health-related proposals and reports, in responding to technical queries, and in conducting research pieces.

Nutrition and health coordination and technical representation:

  • In collaboration with the Health and Nutrition Coordinator, liaise with key Burundi nutrition and health stakeholders at national level ensuring that Concern programme experience contributes to analysis and policy development.
  • Participate in nutrition and health sector meetings and represent Concern at nutrition and health-related meetings/events.
  • Lead on technical nutrition and health liaison, coordination and lesson sharing with other agencies implementing nutrition and health-related work in Burundi.


  • Participate in country-level strategic planning initiatives and other duties as determined by line management.
  • Adhere fully to the commitments and rules of Concern’s Programme Participant Protection Policy and Code of Conduct (P4 and CofC), including the respect of confidentiality.
  • Take active measures to address equality issues, particularly relating to gender, in programme as well as operational (eg HR) activities.
  • Undertake any other relevant and reasonable work as requested by line manager.
Ville Bujumbura
Expériences / Formation du candidat Essential
  • Masters’ degree in Nutrition or relevant field.
  • 5 years of experience in nutrition and health field with minimum 3 years working internationally in a technical and/or management role in the nutrition and health sector.
  • Significant experience in nutrition programme design and a successful track-record in proposal development and resource mobilisation.
  • Good knowledge of Project Cycle Management (PCM) for nutrition and health programmes.
  • Experience in implementing nutrition interventions in development and emergency contexts.
  • Experience in nutrition or health related research including design, implementation and management of external learning partners.
  • Fluent in French and English, with robust drafting and editing skills in both languages.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills as well as ability to foster collaboration with colleagues and partners who have diverse profiles and capacities.
  • Ability to work on a large portfolio of projects and to manage competing priorities.
  • Flexible, able to adapt and to work under stress.


  • Experience with CMAM Surge and/or BabyWASH and/or SUN is an asset.
  • Experience in Ebola preparedness and response.
  • Experience in developing, providing technical advice and implementing health programmes or projects in countries with limited health structures.


Experience 5 à 10 ans
Fonctions Technicien spécialisé
Secteurs d’activité Alimentation / Nutrition
Pays Afrique, Burundi
Salaire / Indemnité €40,003 to €44,449 and benefits
Comment postuler To apply: 

Les candidatures en anglais et français sont les bienvenues.


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All applications should be submitted through our website at by closing date CV’s should be no more than 4 pages in length.


All candidates who are short-listed for a first round interview will be notified via email after the application deadline.

Date de fin de validité 18/09/2019
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