Health and Nutrition Program Manager- Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program


Counterpart International is seeking a Health and Nutrition Program Manager for an anticipated 5-year Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program in Mauritania which aims to reduce hunger and improve literacy and nutrition among school-age students, especially girls. The strategic role of the Health and Nutrition Program Manager the increased use of health, nutrition and dietary practices, primarily by school age-children but also by those who influence school-age children’s health and well-being, such as parents, families, and school staff.

Specific duties and responsibilities include:

· Improve Knowledge of Health and Hygiene Practices: A critical factor in changing behavior related to the use of good health and hygiene practices is to equip beneficiaries with the knowledge of good health and hygiene practices and an understanding of how the practices can reduce the spread of bacteria, viruses, and parasites that cause illness. Activities in support of this result might include training and information campaigns (posters, flyers, etc.) that promote practices like hand washing after using the bathroom, brushing one’s teeth after meals, or visiting a doctor for an annual check-up.

· Increase Knowledge of Safe Food Prep and Storage Practices: This result seeks to increase cooks’ and food handlers’ knowledge of food borne illnesses as well as how good food preparation and storage practices (e.g., wiping down counter-tops and cooking and storing food at the appropriate temperatures) can prevent the transmission of food borne pathogens. Examples of activities to support this result could include training and the production of posters and checklists for display in food preparation and storage locations.

· Increase Knowledge of Nutrition: This result aims to increase knowledge and understanding of nutrition and healthy eating practices. The more informed that beneficiaries are about good nutrition, the more likely is it that they will be to eat a balanced and diverse diet with the right nutrients.

· Increase Access to Clean Water and Sanitation Services: In order to practice good health and hygiene, beneficiaries need access to clean water and sanitation services. Activities to support this result could include building and maintaining wells and latrines for children’s use in targeted schools.

· Increase Access to Preventative Health Interventions: Access to preventative health interventions may include things such as access to check-ups with a health professional, access to preventative medicines, and access to basic health and hygiene supplies like toothpaste, toothbrushes, and soap. Examples of activities in support of this result may include the provision of health and hygiene products or making a doctor or nurse available at school.

· Increase Access to Requisite Food Prep and Storage Tools and Equipment: In order to practice good food preparation and storage practices, cooks and food handlers may need access to different types of equipment and supplies such as storage containers, ovens, refrigerators, sinks with clean running water, detergents, and cleaning products. Activities that make these available (for example, in a school kitchen) will help achieve this result.



· Bachelor’s Degree in International Development, Food Security, Health Nutrition, or other relevant field of study

· A minimum of 5 years’ relevant experience with large complex international development in health and nutrition, and school feeding projects in Mauritania

· Experience engaging with Mauritanian government officials around issues increased use of health, nutrition and dietary practices.

· Demonstrated experience increasing the knowledge of various health, nutrition and dietary practices and increasing access to the inputs, such as clean water and preventative medicine that are necessary to engage in good health and dietary practices.

· Fluency in French and Arabic, other local languages and dialects helpful; proficiency in English.


· Prior experience working on USDA Food for Education proposal development, proposal assessment, and programming preferred

· Past experience with US government development programs in Mauritania and/or West Africa and an understanding of their development approaches and techniques

· Prior experience working on proposal development and proposal assessments preferred

· Familiarity and experience with topics such as: literacy, nutrition, commodity management, and WASH, specifically in Mauritania and the Sahel region.

All interested candidates should apply with a most up to date resume and three professional references to with "Health and Nutrition" in the subject line.

No calls or emails please.

Counterpart International is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of Counterpart International to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: Counterpart International
  • Location: Nouakchott
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Health service
    • Health service
    • Health service
    • Social studies
    • Social studies
    • Education and Training
    • Education and Training
    • Management, Administration and Finance
    • Management, Administration and Finance
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Sexual and reproductive health
    • Sexual and reproductive health
    • Nutrition
    • Nutrition
    • Nutrition
  • Closing Date: 2017-01-05

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