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Senior Nutritionist

£40,118 - £50,676 per year
Contract or temporary (12 months fixed term contract)
Job description

About Emergency Nutrition Network (ENN)

Emergency Nutrition Network (ENN) works to reduce undernutrition globally. We enhance the effectiveness of nutrition policy and programming by improving knowledge, stimulating learning and building evidence. We are passionate about being network-driven, independent and evidence-based.

Our vision is that every individual caught up in a nutritional emergency, or suffering from malnutrition anywhere in the world, gets the most effective help possible. 

We undertake knowledge management, research and advocacy to support national governments, civil society, UN agencies, donors and academic organisations, and communities of practitioners. Through our work and collaborations, we support agencies and individuals to implement evidence-based nutrition programming, predominantly in low- and middle-income countries and in fragile and conflict-affected states.

ENN is governed by a Board of Trustees and has its head office in Oxfordshire, UK. ENN is financially supported by foundations and trusts, bilateral donors, international non-governmental organisations and United Nations agencies. For more information about ENN see our website.

What we do

Our Strategy aims to enhance the effectiveness of nutrition policy and programming by improving knowledge, stimulating learning, building evidence and providing support and encouragement to practitioners and decision-makers involved in nutrition and related interventions.

ENN’s portfolio includes projects specialising in Infant Feeding in Emergencies, Wasting and Stunting, Adolescent Nutrition and Management of small & nutritionally At-risk Infants under six months & their mothers (MAMI), as well as our highly regarded international publication, Field Exchange (FEX).

 Our People

ENN’s team is made up of a range of technical experts in nutrition, with decades of collective experience, and a small, experienced operational team. ENN is highly committed to diversity and inclusion, to enabling and promoting flexible working for our staff, and to supporting continued professional development.

We are proud that in our 2022 Employee Engagement Survey over 95 percent of our staff said they enjoy their work and that ENN is a flexible employer.

Terms and Conditions

  •  Hours of work: Full-time (37.5 hours per week)
  • Type of contract: 12-month Fixed Term - this role is offered on a temporary basis to cover a maternity leave
  • Location: Office or home-based (with potential for limited travel).
  • Holidays: 25 days plus UK Public Holidays 
  • Pension: Auto-Enrolment to ENN scheme with a generous Employer contribution of 5%
  • Salary: £40,118 - £50,676 dependent on experience and suitability for the role
  •  Benefits: Dental cover, Life cover, Employee Assistance Programme, Wellbeing contribution

Key Responsibilities

The Senior Nutritionist (maternity cover) will work specifically on the below ENN projects

  •  Global Nutrition Cluster: Technical Alliance (GNC-TA) – project lead
  •  Field Exchange (FEX) - sub-editing of long articles, development of research and report summaries, support to authors, communications e.g., supporting podcasts  
  • En-net - moderation and technical inputs

In addition, they may provide inputs into work across other parts of ENN’s portfolio including.

  •  Women’s Nutrition
  •  Management of small and nutritionally at-risk infants under 6 months and their mothers (MAMI)
  •  Infant Feeding in Emergencies (IFE
  •  Wasting and Stunting (WaSt)
  •  Adolescent Nutrition
  •  Sector Leadership (LEAD)

A full list of our work areas and projects may be found on the ENN website.

Examples of the types of responsibilities the postholder will hold, depending on the specific project requirements and their experience, may include:

  • Coordination and collaboration (internal/external, multi-agency, working groups and forums)
  • Network development within and across communities of practice/specialities
  • Meeting/working group facilitation
  • Contribute to project strategies and plans
  • Development and updates of technical resources, e.g., briefs, summaries, guidance materials
  • Knowledge management
  • Research, e.g., scoping reviews, systematic reviews  
  • Publications – support and development of content, editing, liaising with stakeholders and suppliers
  • Project Reporting
  • Project Indicator development and management
  • Contribution to project proposals
  • Development of case studies
  • External Representation
  • Communications
  • Synthesising and disseminating information from technical meetings
  • Events engagement
  • Line/contract management of nutritionists and/or consultants
  • Support the development of learning agenda
  • Monitoring and Evaluation

Person Specification

Essential requirements

  •  Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition/Community Nutrition or Public Health or Medicine discipline (or equivalent)
  •  Demonstrable field experience across several relevant aspects of nutrition programming in humanitarian and low- and middle- income contexts, e.g., Malnutrition prevention and management, Nutrition Information Systems, IYCF, Maternal Nutrition, Adolescent Nutrition.
  •  Understanding of the humanitarian systems and architecture and of the Nutrition Cluster in particular.
  •  Demonstratable experience of managing projects from start to finish, coordinating multiple outputs, managing budget, and supporting other members of the project team to deliver.
  • Experience of in-depth knowledge management, and / or projects that focus on ‘learning’
  • Strong knowledge of the current key topics and challenges in the humanitarian nutrition sector, including in the areas of malnutrition prevention and management, Nutrition Information Systems, IFE, maternal nutrition and beyond.
  • Excellent communication, presentation, written and analytical skills
  • Experience of establishing and maintaining good working relationships with a wide range of stakeholders at national and global level
  • Excellent attention to detail and ability to synthesise and make sense of complex data and information, including experience of literature reviews, evidence synthesis and report-writing.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, motivated, takes initiative, innovates and drives progress
  • Strong influencing and stakeholder facilitation and management skills
  • Good cross-cultural awareness
  • Ability to independently manage a diverse and busy workload, prioritising effectively, and able to work both autonomously and as a member of a dispersed and diverse team
  • Demonstrable experience of working on projects funded by government and international donors

Desirable requirements

  • Post graduate level qualification (or equivalent extensive experience) in a relevant area would be a significant advantage
  • Sub-editing experience / experience in producing high quality publications
  • Experience of supporting health programmes/system strengthening in developing contexts
  • Experience in research uptake or translating academic research into programme-relevant communications
  • Nutrition/nutrition-related primary research experience
  • Currently part of the ‘humanitarian community’ with own professional network of contacts
  • French speaker or another relevant language to our portfolio would be an advantage
  • Line management experience (staff or consultants) would be an advantage

Reporting Lines:

The Senior Nutritionist (maternity cover) will report to an ENN Senior Technical Associate. Working on multiple projects will also involve reporting into different project leads.

Eligibility to work:

Must have the right to work in the UK. A relocation package is not available for this position.

Application process:

Please apply by sending a one-page Cover Letter and your CV

Closing date for applications:

Friday 15th December 2023, although we do reserve the right to close this advertisement early if we receive a high volume of suitable applications.

ENN are committed to equality and diversity throughout our organisation and further expects all employees to comply with its codes of conduct, safeguarding policies and high ethical and professional standards.

Application Instructions

Application process: Please apply by sending a one-page Cover Letter and your CV Closing date for applications: Friday 15th December 2023, although we do reserve the right to close this advertisement early if we receive a high volume of suitable applications.

Posted on: 22 November 2023
Closed date: 15 December 2023 at 23:59
Tags: Project Management, Practitioner

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