Health & Nutrition Technical Specialist

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The Opportunity

Save the Children is inviting applications from suitably qualified person to fill the position of Health & Nutrition Technical Specialist and the position is based in Lilongwe (This position is subject to funding). The Health and Nutrition Technical Specialist will work to contribute and improve the overall Health & Nutrition strategy of the Country Office especially taking lead in delivery of nutrition programming. Technical Specialist takes responsibility for the strategic direction and coordination of Save the Children’s work on health and nutrition in the Malawi Country Office including ensuring programming attracts significant donor funding and contributes to Save the Children’s strategic objectives, national/global learning and advocacy especially in nutrition.

As a senior member of the programme development and quality (PDQ) team, the H&N TS is responsible for leading and overseeing the development and delivery of high quality, innovative, cost effective programmes in Nutrition in both emergency as well as long-term development, resulting in immediate and lasting change for children. The H&N TS is expected to provide technical advice and support to project staff to ensure programming objectives are successfully achieved. They are also responsible for initiating and taking technical leadership in H&N (specifically nutrition) focused studies, documentation and dissemination of innovation and good practices; leading on policy research and advocacy through networking and collaboration with relevant civil society organisations and other institutions, and; playing a leading role in establishing, maintaining and expanding donor relations for the nutrition sector.


She/ He will work under the direct line management of the Senior Technical Advisor Health and Nutrition in the Programme Development and Quality section-PDQ and is also expected to work closely/coordinate with Nutrition and/or Health Technical Advisors (Backstop) HQ on technical matters/inputs.

In order to be successful you will bring/have:

  • Holds a Master’s Degree in nutrition, public health, international development or equivalent and relevant field in nutrition with at least five years of relevant experience preferably in primary health care service delivery in the context of emergencies and development.
  • Strong analytical and conceptual skills and the ability to think and plan strategically
  • Strong skills and experience in all aspects of programme development, including programme/project monitoring, review & evaluation.
  • Substantial experience of developing working relations with government, UN agencies INGO partners community stakeholders and beneficiaries
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and substantial experience in preparing projects proposals and reports to donors.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills and commitment to capacity building of staff with proven skills as a trainer/facilitator and mentor.
  • Demonstrate skills in resource and staff management/development and the implementation of appropriate policies, procedures, and systems
  • Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values and principles.
  • Ability to be self-sufficient and resourceful.
  • Ability and willingness to travel to projects and stay in basic conditions.
  • Computer skills e.g.  Word, Power Point and Excel.
  • Significant professional experience of developing and managing high quality, innovative and cost-effective technical Health and Nutrition projects preferably in the Malawian context and with International NGOs;
  • Demonstrated experience working with and providing technical assistance to the Ministry of Health and other Government Ministries at national and subnational levels with an intimate understanding of the Malawi Health System and nutrition landscape.
  • Knowledge of current global, regional and country level health and/or nutrition discourses around maternal, newborn, child, adolescent health and emergency issues;
  • Demonstrated skills in resource and staff management and capacity development;
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching;
  • Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mind sets;
  • Ability and willingness to dramatically change work practices and hours, and work with incoming surge teams, in the event of emergencies;
  • Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values and principles.

The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.


We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated


We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children.  We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information:

Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.  A copy of the full role profile can be found at careers


We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.


All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.




Find out more about this role by downloading the job description here   Job description


Date advertised: 12 Apr 2021

Closing date: 24 Apr 2021 – 23:59 CAT

Location:  Lilongwe, Malawi

Department:  Programme Operations

Type:  Fixed-term contract

Schedule:  Full-time  

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