Technical Specialist, Knowledge Partnerships & Learning


FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in health, education, nutrition, environment, economic development, civil society, gender, youth, research, technology, communication and social marketing — creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today's interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 60 countries and all U.S. states and territories. Alive & Thrive (A&T) is an initiative to save lives, prevent illness, and ensure healthy growth and development through optimal maternal nutrition, breastfeeding, and complementary feeding practices. Through application of its evidence-based framework and utilization of its robust network of partners, A&T builds momentum, breaks down barriers, and supports a better future for women and children.

We are seeking qualified and highly motivated Vietnamese nationals to join FHI 360 as Technical Specialist, Knowledge Partnerships & Learning for the Alive & Thrive Southeast Asia (based in Ha Noi).

Project Summary:

Alive & Thrive (A&T) is a global nutrition initiative to save lives, prevent illness, and ensure healthy growth of mothers and children. From 2009–2014, A&T demonstrated that rapid improvements in infant and young child feeding (IYCF) are possible in settings as diverse as Ethiopia, Bangladesh, and Viet Nam. In 2014, A&T began working in Burkina Faso, India, Nigeria, and throughout the Southeast Asia region, expanding its scope to include maternal and adolescent nutrition, and using agriculture and social protection programs as delivery mechanisms for maternal, infant, and young child nutrition (MIYCN). Currently, A&T is leveraging its robust network and knowledge base to strengthen systems and build capacity in these and other countries across Africa and Asia, and disseminate innovations, tools, and lessons worldwide. A&T is managed by FHI 360 with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Government of Ireland and other donors.

In Southeast Asia (SEA), A&T provides strategic technical assistance to seven countries (Viet Nam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and the Philippines) to support policy and system reforms to create an enabling and supportive environment for MIYCN. To achieve this, A&T SEA works in close collaboration with UNICEF, Save the Children and other partners in these countries to identify and execute an agreed upon work-plan that focuses primarily on regulating inappropriate marketing practices of breastmilk substitutes, maternity protection and breastfeeding-friendly health systems. This also includes support for improving early essential newborn care practices in hospitals by establishing centres of excellence for breastfeeding in Viet Nam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. To improve the access to human breastmilk for at-risk infants (pre-term, low-birth-weight, sick infants), A&T SEA provides strategic technical assistance to setting up human milk banks and related services in Viet Nam and Myanmar, and to establishing a regional network in the SEA region.

In addition to the above, A&T SEA is also mandated to provide technical assistance for social and behavior change communications (SBCC) to some member countries of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement. The aim is to increase uptake of proven tools and approaches for national-level advocacy, and development of multi-sectoral SBCC strategies and country plans for scaling up MIYCN. A&T is currently providing such support to Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, and the Philippines in the SEA region.

Position Summary:

The Technical Specialist, Knowledge Partnerships & Learning provides technical and coordination support for knowledge management and learning activities for the Alive & Thrive initiative in SEA region. The position is based in Ha Noi, Viet Nam.

Main Responsibilities:

1. Knowledge management:

  • Contribute to documentation, dissemination and reporting of A&T activities, experiences, results and human-interest stories for partner and donor updates, publications, social media and relevant communication channels.
  • Provide technical and coordination support to increase the uptake of advocacy, inter-personal communication, mass media, strategic use of data, and breastfeeding-friendly health system approaches, tools and materials.

2. Measurement, learning and evaluations:

  • Contribute to measurement, learning and evaluation activities, including design and execution of performance monitoring and accountability tools, project evaluations, and implementation research in collaboration with partners and contractors.
  • Support the inclusion of recommended maternal, infant and young child nutrition indicators into national monitoring and accountability frameworks, including surveillance systems and Sustainable Development Goals reporting.
  • Support the design and measurement of new intervention models or adaptation of existing models with partners, including workplace lactation support, improved Little Sun counselling, and e-learning.

3. Representation and partnership engagement:

  • Represent A&T in relevant Government, and partner meetings, workshops, working groups and networks, such as the Scaling Up Nutrition Civil Society Alliance (SUN CSA), Nutrition Technical Working Group.
  • Facilitate learning visits, knowledge exchange meetings, and donor monitoring trips.

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications and abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Medicine, Public Health, Nutrition, Human Development, Social or Behavioral Sciences, Public Relations or related fields or commensurate experience. Higher degree is preferable.
  • At least 5 years’ experience on infant and young child nutrition issues, particularly breastfeeding.
  • Demonstrated experience in working with local government sector is critical.
  • Excellent communication, and organization skills are required. Must be able to read, write, and speak fluent Vietnamese and English
  • Has sensitivity to cultural diversity and understanding of the political, contextual, and ethical issues in assigned areas.
  • Prior work experience in a non-governmental organization (NGO), multilateral organization, government agency, or private company.

FHI 360 offers competitive salary and excellent benefits.

Please apply the position online on FHI 360’s careers page or send curriculum vitae (including the list of publication if any), letter of application, a writing sample (e.g., a report, manuscript, technical brief, news, blog-post... contributed largely by you), and a list of three references (we only contact your reference with your consent) by 22 April 2019 to [email protected]

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.

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Mon, 2019-04-22