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Chief of Party, USAID Advancing Nutrition, Niger – ReliefWeb

Posted: February 17, 2021 at 12:50 am

Helen Keller


Chief of Party, USAID Advancing Nutrition, Niger

(Niamey, Niger)

Helen Keller International is a global health organization dedicated to eliminating preventable vision loss, malnutrition and diseases of poverty. Cofounded by Helen Keller and guided by her fierce optimism and belief in human potential the organization delivers life-changing health solutions to vulnerable families where the need is great but access to care is limited. In the US, Africa, and Asia, Helen Kellers proven, science-based programs empower people to create opportunities in their own lives and build lasting change.


Helen Keller is a partner in USAID Advancing Nutrition, USAIDs flagship nutrition project, led by JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (JSI), and a diverse group of experienced partners.

Launched in September 2018, USAID Advancing Nutrition implements and provides technical support to nutrition interventions across sectors and disciplines for USAID and its partners. The projects multi-sectoral approach draws together global nutrition experience to design, implement and evaluate programs that address the root causes of malnutrition. Committed to using a systems approach, USAID Advancing Nutrition strives to sustain positive outcomes by building local capacity, supporting behavior change and strengthening the enabling environment to save lives, improve health, build resilience, increase economic productivity and advance development.

The purpose of USAID Advancing Nutritions work in Niger is to purposefully and sustainably improve the nutritional status of women of reproductive age, including adolescent girls, as well as children under 5 years of age in Niger. The focus of this project will be improved adherence to and coverage of iron and folic acid (IFA) and vitamin A supplementation (VAS) in USAIDs RISE II zones of intervention in Maradi and Zinder regions.

Scope of the Position

The Chief of Party will provide technical leadership and program management of USAID Advancing Nutrition in Niger. The position will work under the direct line management of the USAID Advancing Nutrition Director of Country Programs and is expected to work closely and coordinate with the Helen Keller colleagues including the Country Director, Niger, Vice President, Nutrition, and any other staff assigned to support the project. Helen Keller has a matrixed reporting structure. Regular communication and a spirit of teamwork among colleagues, both hierarchically and laterally are essential to make this structure thrive.

This position is based in Niamey, with frequent travel to Maradi and Zinder (up to 30%).

Specific Responsibilities

The Chief of Party will be responsible for the following, under each area of accountability:

1. Lead the start-up of USAID Advancing Nutrition in Niger

Establish relationships with relevant government authorities and partner agencies for project implementation.

2. Programmatic

3. Management

4. Representation and coordination within the organization and other stakeholders

5. Other

Ensure the USAID Advancing Nutrition Gender Equality Strategy is understood and incorporated into activities as appropriate.

Required Competencies

Superior leadership, management and communication skills to lead a multi-faceted USAID-funded nutrition project. This includes professional experience interacting with US Government agencies, host country governments and other relevant stakeholders.

Strong interpersonal skills and experience working effectively in teams and cross-cultural settings.

Excellent time management and personal organization skills.

Ability to respond rapidly to shifting implementation scenarios.

Comfortable working in a matrixed, integrated work environment.

Confident giving and receiving feedback in a direct, professional manner.

Capacity to direct multiple long and short-term activities simultaneously with minimal supervision.

Ability to work effectively with local government and NGO stakeholders.

Skilled in fostering new and effective partnerships facilitating meetings, and effectively participating in technical working groups.

Ability to develop and apply monitoring and evaluation plans to determine activity results and monitor impact.

Knowledge of USAID regulations, policies, strategies, and program priorities.


Education: Masters degree in nutrition, public health, social sciences, international development, or a related field; plus

Experience: Over 8 years of professional experience working leading complex USAID-funded programs, preferably with direct experience in Niger; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Demonstrated experience working and/or collaborating with government ministries and other development partners in multi-sectoral nutrition programming.

Substantial institutional and staff expertise in implementing complex capacity building programs, in resource-constrained environments.

Strong experience and demonstrated success in coordinating activities with multiple stakeholders to optimize use of limited resources, including development of joint work plans.

Experience working on a project related to micronutrient supplementation is a plus.

Demonstrated success across the whole range of project management: strategic program planning; work planning and budgeting; financial, administrative, contractual management and oversight; relationship management with multiple clients; oversight of program monitoring and evaluation; and documentation of results for USAID-funded programs.

Experience working effectively in partnership with staff, collaborating organizations, international donors and agencies, U.S. Government agencies, host country governments and ministries and other relevant stakeholders.

Proven ability to supervise and mentor staff from different cultures.

Working knowledge of Microsoft software packages: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook.

Fluency in French required. Excellent English language skills, both written and spoken with strong presentation skills. Ability to prepare and disseminate project findings, success stories, and other documents effectively.

Willingness and ability to undertake travel to Maradi and Zinder (up to 30%).

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