Monday, April 4, 2016

Technical Project Officer Food and Nutrition Security for SNV Indonesia

Vacancy Announcement
SNV Netherlands Development Organisation
SNV is an international not-for-profit development organisation, funded from public and private sources, working in 38 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. SNV specializes in supporting the resourcefulness of development actors by developing local capacities, improving performance and services, strengthening governance systems, helping to create access for excluded groups and by making markets work for the poor. Our global team of advisors use their specialist sector and change expertise in Agriculture, Renewable Energy and WASH to facilitate sustainable change in the livelihoods of millions of people living in poverty.
SNV’s Global Partnerships – Evidence Based Advocacy Programme
In partnership with the International Food Policy Research Institute, the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs  and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, SNV is launching in 2016 a five year programme entitled Global Partnerships - Evidence Based Advocacy. The programme will be implemented in 6 countries: Burkina-Faso, Honduras, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda and Indonesia. The programme’s main goal is to support progress in globally challenging topics related to the Sustainable Development Goals, with a specific focus on inclusion and equity issues. This goal is to be achieved by increasing Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) capacities to participate, contribute and influence strategic debates and policy-making processes.
The specific objectives of the programme are determined as follows:
  • Increase CSOs capacities in leadership, advocacy, utilisation of data and evidence, sector knowledge and business development
  • Improve enabling environment in terms of improved policies, frameworks, regulations, budget allocation, services, inclusive business and accountability/collaborative mechanisms
In Indonesia, the two topics that will be addressed through the programme are Food and Nutrition Security (FNS) and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH).
The Food and Nutrition Security component of the Global Partnerships - Evidence Based Advocacy Programme
An estimated 87 million Indonesians are vulnerable to food insecurity, according to WFP’s Food Security and Vulnerability Atlas. Across Indonesia an estimated 37% of children aged below five years are stunted – over eight million children. The Government of Indonesia’s National Plan Of Action For Food And Nutrition 2011-2015 focuses on (1) improving sustainable health and nutrition services focused on the first 1000 days of a child’s life; (2) improving food accessibility at household level in very vulnerable food areas and vulnerable food areas; (3) improvement of knowledge, skill, behavior and life style/food consumption habit of people towards more diverse, balanced- nutrient and safe foods; (4) application of food safety standards based on risk assessment, continuity of appropriate-innovative technology, empowerment of local governments in improving surveillance, quantity and quality of food control, and developing food and nutrition preparedness system; (5) application of clean and healthy behavior through supporting efforts to health policy on food and nutrition, strengthening social control, application of clean and healthy behavior at household and its internalization inside medical curricula of elementary and intermediate school; (6) Improving partnerships and effective multi-sectoral collaborations within national institutions of food and nutrition, and formation of parallel organizations up to district level.
Eastern Indonesia suffers from the highest rates of malnutrition. Lombok Island, where SNV is piloting SNV’s Nutrition Sensitive Gender Aware Agriculture Project/Asia Nutrition Project, has one of the highest levels of malnutrition in the Indonesian archipelago. Even with ample vegetables and fruits available through most of the year, stunting amongst children can reach 60%. Results show that bad food habits are the main cause of chronic malnutrition throughout the island. On Flores, similar conditions prevail. However, the low nutritional status is further compounded by the lack of diverse foods and availability of vegetables and fruits. This is especially the case in coffee growing areas which are more remote.
In this context, the Food and Nutrition Security component of the Global Partnership – Evidence based Advocacy Programme has the following goals:
  1. Support improved policies and regulations
    • Advocate for the development of local policies that support improved food and nutrition habits for infants, young children, youth and women
    • Advocate  for the development of local policies that are conducive for school gardens, kitchen/home gardens and market gardens that can service the growing tourism industry in both areas as well as improve access for local communities
  2. Increase budget allocation
    • Increase budget allocation for food and security nutrition activities and campaigns
  3. Improved provision of services
    • Increase capacity of CSO’s to advocate for the prioritisation of nutrition sensitive activities in their programme and promotional activities.
    • Support service providers (government, private sector and NGOs) in the value chain to adopt best practices on nutrition and food safety.
  4. More inclusive businesses and related increased investments
    • Work with coffee companies and other relevant cash crop companies to add a nutrition element to their extension services to farmers and develop nutrition sensitive value chains
  5. Improved collaboration in platforms and improved accountability mechanisms:
    • Support CSOs to play an active role the Scaling up Nutrition (SUN) Indonesia.
    • Support CSOs play an active role in the UN Indonesia working group on nutrition and food security.
SNV is now seeking highly qualified national candidates to fillTechnical Project Officer Food and Nutrition Security position.
Position Summary
The purpose of the position is to ensure the correct, timely and appropriate design, implementation and monitoring of the FSN capacity development and advocacy activities. Specific role within the programme is the following:
  • Support the design and implementation of the capacity building activities targeting the relevant CSOs
  • Support the design and implementation of the research and data collection activities required to provide evidence for the advocacy activities
  • Facilitate the CSOs in designing and implementing the Food and Nutrition Security advocacy activities in the project locations
  • Monitor the implementation and results of the advocacy activities and propose adjustments whenever relevant
  • Report and evaluate the FSN component of the programme in line with SNV’s monitoring an evaluation framework
Key responsibilities are the following:
  • Coordinate all exchanges with Local Governments and support a good communication flow between the programme coordination, the CSO’s and the Local Government
  • Contribute for the design of the capacity development, research and advocacy activities, ensuring its relevance and suitability both for the programme’s objectives and the local priorities, conditions and constraints
  • Support the implementation of the research, capacity development and advocacy activities, ensuring its adequate planning, budgeting and timely delivery in coordination with all the relevant stakeholders
  • Oversee the roll out and results of the advocacy activities and provide critical input to adjust/improve the outcomes whenever relevant
  • Participate and actively contribute to the programme’s final design, monitoring, evaluation and learning components
  • Ensure the programme’s visibility and profiling in line with SNV’s and partners branding guidelines
  • Comply with SNV’s administrative and financial procedures for project planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation
  • Comply with SNV’s Code of Conduct
Candidate profile
  1. Advanced degree in related field (e.g. nutrition, agriculture);
  2. At least 5 years of experience working in an advisory role. Experience with international organizations is a plus
  3. Demonstrated knowledge of the Agriculture/Nutrition sector, particularly of the existing policies and programmes, main challenges and constraints for Food and Nutrition Security in Indonesia, value chain support, including dialogue and engagement with private companies
  4. Ability to recognize and address equity and equality issues
  5. Experience in designing and implementing capacity development trajectories, including in class training, coaching and on the job training
  6. Experience in contributing and/or using research results to design development interventions and to influence policy/decision making is a plus
  7. Knowledge and skills in project planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation;
  8. Experience working with CSOs, farmers organisations and government agencies at national, provincial, and local levels;
  9. Advanced communication and negotiation skills with different types of stakeholders
  10. Ability to work independently and with the team
  11. Good organizing skills and interpersonal skills
  12. Initiative and creative in solving problems
  13. Native Bahasa Indonesia speaker with a good command of spoken and written English
  14. Good computer skills (Ms. Word, Ms. Excel, Ms. Power Point, Internet and Outlook)
Duty station: Lombok/ Jakarta with frequent travelling to Flores, including travels to districts and villages of both locations.
Contract duration: 1-year contract with the possibility of extension.
Desired start date: As soon as possible.
How to apply?
Please send your application letter describing how you meet the candidate profile and CV (in English), together with an indication of your current salary and compensation package by 15 April 2016 with subject: “TPO Advocacy FSN”

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