Project Officer (Agriculture/Nutrition)

BACKGROUND AND FUNCTION: 

As a member of SPRING, the Project Officer will work with the agriculture and nutrition team in the day to day support of the successful implementation of the Strengthening Partnerships, Results and Innovations in Nutrition (SPRING) Project. Overall the Program Officer provides operations support in coordinating technical and administrative inputs for the project. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • deliverable support;
  • operations backstopping;
  • dissemination and outreach efforts; and,
  • general team and cross-team support as needed.

Strengthening Partnerships, Results, and Innovations in Nutrition (SPRING) is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to provide state-of-the-art technical support and facilitate country-led, regional, and global programs to improve the nutritional status of women and children. The SPRING implementation team consists of JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc., Helen Keller International (HKI), The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Save the Children (SC), and The Manoff Group (TMG).

 

RESPONSIBILITIES: 

The Project Officer will report to the Food Security and Nutrition Manager. This position works closely with the Project Coordinator and the other Project Officer. Primary responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to the following:

Deliverable support

  • Support the day-to-day implementation of the agriculture and nutrition team’s work plan activities.
  • Draft scopes of work for short term technical assistance visits and the recruitment and support of appropriate TA providers.
  • Participate in and support the design and implementation of assessments, technical briefs, studies, trainings and workshops, as requested.
  • Carry out overseas assignments as needed and as skills allow.

Operations backstopping

  • Provide input into the development and on-going management of planning and reporting documents, including monthly and quarterly reporting.
  • Provide staff with technical and operational support by providing briefings, monitoring, and ensuring technical deliverables are competed in a timely manner.
  • Facilitate, draft and participate in the development of, and the timely completion/review of, reports, such as: monthly and quarterly reports, trip reports, work plan revisions, technical and strategy papers, and other ad hoc reports, as requested.
  • Work closely with the Project Coordinator and Project Officer to ensure that team meetings, external presentations, conferences, workshops, and travel plans are well coordinated, supported, and recorded through clear agendas, notes, reminders, and effective communications.

Dissemination and outreach efforts

  • Facilitate the planning, development, and dissemination of team documentation including the Agriculture and Nutrition Resource Review, infographics, videos, and blog articles.
  • Manage the preparations for special technical events such as conferences and workshops.

General team and cross-team support as needed

  • Serve as the primary point person connecting the agriculture and nutrition team to SPRING’s Knowledge Management and country support teams by attending meetings, acting as a point of contact, and coordinating activities.
  • Participate in meetings, seminars, debriefings, and other technical meetings, internationally and domestically.
  • Perform other duties as determined by the Director of Food Security and Nutrition and other members of the senior management team.
QUALIFICATIONS: 
  • Master’s degree or equivalent work experience (minimum of 5 years related professional experience) in the field of international agriculture, nutrition, or development required.
  • Background, interest, and understanding of agriculture highly desirable.
  • Professional experience working in a developing country highly preferred. Experience working with USAID a plus.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work successfully in a multi-cultural, team environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to assess priorities and handle multiple tasks simultaneously to meet deadlines with attention to detail and quality.
  • Excellent written and verbal English language skills.
  • Proficiency in French or Spanish is strongly desired.
  • Ability to work comfortably in the MS Office Suite applications, specifically Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and Google Drive.
  • Ability to work independently and manage various projects in a team setting, with minimal supervision.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills.
  • Previous experience with knowledge management platforms, technologies and approaches is a plus.
  • Ability to travel internationally up to 20% time.
  • Position is based in Arlington, VA.
TO APPLY: Interested and qualified applicants must apply through the JSI Jobs Database (linked here). Please submit your resume and a cover letter detailing why you are interested and qualified for the position. Please be sure to list all salary history in the online application salary history section. Candidates will be interviewed on a rolling basis, so please do not wait to apply. The anticipated start date for this position is late January. No phone calls please.