Nutrition and Livelihood Manager - LEARN Project

Save the Children is the world's leading independent organisation for children. We are currently working in 120 countries around the world touching the lives of 125 million children. Our mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

Save the Children has been working in Myanmar since 1995. Our programmes include child survival, health, HIV/AIDS, education, child rights, child protection and child rights governance in 28 locations across the country.

Save the Children International is looking for Nutrition and Livelihood Manager - LEARN Project to join our team. This is a 2-year assignment based in Yangon, Myanmar with occasional field travel.

Role purpose:

The LEARN project aims to increase the capacity of international and national NGOs (LIFT multi donor trust fund Implementing Partners) to develop and deliver a more comprehensive nutrition focused approach through their food security programmes that includes all three food security pillars: availability, access and utilisation.

Under the management of Save the Children International, the post holder will manage a team that will, together with consortium member support, ensure the provision of technical advice and support to the Livelihood and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT) Board, Fund Management Office (FMO) and LIFT Implementing partners, increasing understanding and practical applications of integrated nutrition and FSL programming.

Key areas of accountability:

  • Provide overall management of the LEARN project and ensure the LEARN team receive the necessary and appropriate technical support to integrate nutrition into FSL programmes.
  • Ensure effective coordination and communication between LEARN, LIFT FMO and Fund Board (FB) members and Implementing partners to ensure understanding of the LEARN project objectives and active participation in the project.
  • Lead process and negotiations with senior Implementing Partners programme staff and leadership to ensure and enable the integration of nutrition into existing and planned FSL programmes
  • Lead on and support the development of training and capacity building tools for project staff and partners
  • Represent and advocate for the LEARN project and for comprehensive food security interventions that recognise the importance and relevance of integrating nutrition activities.
  • Ensure presence at relevant (Food Security Working Group, Food Security and Agriculture Thematic Group and Myanmar Nutrition Technical Network) coordination meetings at national and regional levels.
  • Review relevant monitoring reports to ensure that technical debates are well articulated and reports are of acceptable quality before submission. Provide support where necessary to improve report writing skills. Lead in the evaluation and review process.
  • Ensure effective grant management of the LEARN budget, monitor budget performance and take corrective actions as necessary and ensure that donor reporting and compliance requirements are met in line with contractual commitments.
  • Contribute to the development of proposals in the livelihoods, nutrition and food security sector and participate in programme wide strategy, planning and monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning (MEAL) processes.
  • Provide technical input and support to emergency teams in the initial development and implementation of emergency response programmes.

Qualification and experience:


  • Significant international experience (5-10 years) in food security, livelihoods and nutrition programming in developing countries with specific experience and/or advanced understanding of 1) leading/working in a consortium, 2) Nutrition sensitive food security programme management, 3) Food Security and nutrition surveillance and monitoring and evaluation systems, 4) Technical and Programme Management capacity building of partners and staff, 5) Training and curriculum development for technical capacity building
  • Postgraduate qualification in discipline related to agriculture, food security, nutrition or other relevant discipline or commensurate work experience in lieu of postgraduate qualification.
  • Strong commitment to capacity building of national staff and partners with willingness to adopt a participatory and consultative management approach.
  • Good interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate and negotiate clearly and effectively at all levels, taking into account cultural and language difficulties. Tact and diplomacy are essential
  • Willingness to travel regularly and in difficult circumstances
  • Fluent in spoken and written English


  • Knowledge and understanding of SPHERE Standard and other principles of humanitarian work.
  • Experience in promoting children's participation in programme design, implementation and evaluation.
  • Good understanding of poverty reduction strategy framework and related processes.
  • High knowledge of database management tools and data analysis tools (ENA, WHOAnthro VBA programming, MySQL, Access, Advanced Excel functions)

Deadline for submission of application is on January 29, 2013.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

"We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse."


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Contract - Full-Time

Closing date: Tuesday 29 January 2013

All jobs close at midnight UK time on the date specified

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