Senior Research, M&E & Knowledge Management Specialist
Overview of the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement (SUN) and the Ethiopia Civil Society Coalition for Scaling Up Nutrition (ECSC-SUN):
The Scaling up Nutrition - SUN Movement is a renewed effort and commitment to eliminate all forms of malnutrition in the world by 2030. The Government of Ethiopia is among the 60 countries globally joined the SUN movement and has committed itself to an Ethiopia free from malnutrition by 2030. Currently hosted by Save the Children, ECSC-SUN has been operational since June 2013 and has now grown into a strong coalition of 63 member organizations, all committed to improving nutrition. The coalition has been working in close collaboration with the Global SUN Network, the Government of Ethiopia National Nutrition Programme implementing sectors, all SUN Networks and other nutrition platforms to accelerate action in nutrition in Ethiopia. The network has General Assembly, a steering committee and a core team based at Save the Children responsible for coalition’s activities implementation, coordination and management. The General Assembly meets twice and the steering committee meets every two months to set policy, undertake major decisions and actions to strengthen the network and to push nutrition agendas forward. Save the Children Ethiopia is Chair and secretary of the coalition and Concern Worldwide is Co-Chair for the coalition.
The Senior Research, M&E & Knowledge Management Specialist in collaboration with the National Lead of ECSC-SUN and Senior Nutrition Specialists, will be responsible for the management of the ECSC-SUN’s M&E, Research and Knowledge management work including managing supporting sub-awards. S/he will provide technical leadership to ensure a holistic research, knowledge management and learning approach, guidance and coordination with other coalition member agencies to ensure nutrition specific and nutrition sensitive programs are cohesive and well managed. The post holder will be responsible for ensuring monitoring and evaluation frame works is developed in times of concept notes, proposals development and involved in tracking of the projects progress towards the expected level of achievement.
The incumbent is responsible to design and implement a system for gathering, interpreting and managing nutrition information and resource documents from the ECSC-SUN coalition member agencies necessary for learning. He/she will primarily be responsible for evidence generation and synthesis, assessments, studies, best practices and case stories on multi-sectoral nutrition initiatives and draw lessons out of it. He/she will be responsible for updating and documenting ECSC-SUN collation members’ profile and database. He /she will be responsible for supporting ECSC’s mission, its programs by carrying out a wide range policy advocacy, and M&E activities such as presenting research, M&E findings and recommendations to key target audiences, including policy makers, rural communities, civil society, researchers, and funders in any possible events and platforms.
S/he will be expected to work closely with Save the Children thematic sectors and departments to ensure efficient project implementation to achieving the ECSC’s advocacy strategic objectives. S/he expected be fully aware of national policies, strategies and other initiatives and developments by
government and other stakeholders in the sector. S/he identify and develop good relations with nutrition stakeholders in the sector, particularly those government sector ministries, CSO’s and donors identified as key in achieving Nutrition outcomes and representing ECSC-SUN in internal and external meetings. She/he will also strive to ensure that the voices of children guide advocacy and policy change objectives and related activities.
S/he will engage with ECSC-SUN member agencies, GoE Ministries, EPHI, other SUN networks in the country and to ensure smooth coordination and implementation of the coalition’s activities and supports GoE in all food and nutrition related M&E, Research and KM matters. In addition, the Senior Research, M&E & Knowledge Management Specialist in collaboration with the National Lead and Senior Nutrition Specialist will also provide support to the ECSC-SUN steering committee for program management, coordination, implementation, monitoring and reporting tasks.
S/he will also be expected to provide support for setting up and establishing of an M&E & Knowledge Management platform for the National Nutrition Leadership initiative and network through organizing different learning and information sharing platforms. S/he will be expected to provide technical support to the different Government sector ministries, in aligning the planning, monitoring, budget allocation to emergent Food and Nutrition Strategy and program. S/he will closely work with ECSC-SUN members assigned to lead the establishment of regional ECSC-SUN platform and representing the coalition in different thematic areas. With the establishment of a Regional Civil Society Support platform, S/he is expected to facilitate series of meetings, visits and workshops with Regional Government officials and bureau staff to introduce the purpose and function of a civil society Regional Support Platforms.
SCOPE OF ROLE:
Reports to: National Lead - Ethiopia Civil Society Coalition for Scaling Up Nutrition (ECSC-SUN) Movement
Dimensions: Save the Children works in all regions in Ethiopia with a current staff complement of approximately 1,700 members and current expenditure of approximately $90+ million each year.
Number of Positions/Staff directly reporting to this post: none
Place of Work - Addis Ababa with frequent travel to the field
Perform additional tasks and duties as and when required.