Subnational Support Manager

Full Time Northern Region JSI

Location: Tamale, Ghana

Position Category: Local hire, paid in country

Posting Date: 11/05/2020

Deadline Date: 11/19/2020

Starting Date: 12/07/2020

USAID Advancing Nutrition is USAID’s flagship multi-sectoral nutrition project, led by JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (JSI), and a diverse group of experienced partners. Launched in September 2018, USAID Advancing Nutrition implements and provides technical support to nutrition interventions across sectors and disciplines for USAID and its partners. The project’s multi-sectoral approach draws together global nutrition experience to design, implement and evaluate programs that address the root causes of malnutrition. Committed to using a systems approach, USAID Advancing Nutrition strives to sustain positive outcomes by building local capacity, supporting behavior change, and strengthening the enabling environment to save lives, improve health, build resilience, increase economic productivity and advance development. From 2020 – 2022, USAID Advancing Nutrition will provide technical support and assessment services to advance the Government of Ghana’s efforts to improve equitable delivery of quality services that promote household resilience and early childhood growth and development. Technical services provided through USAID Advancing Nutrition will strengthen national and local government planning in Northern Ghana and stimulate the development of multisectoral solutions most pressing food security and nutrition problems. The portfolio will encompass activities funded by USAID/Washington as well as the USAID Ghana Mission.

Job Location: Tamale with periodic travels to project sites as required.

Reporting: The Subnational Support Manager (SNSM) reports to the project Chief of Party. S/he will supervise the Regional Coordinators in the Northern, North East, Upper East and Upper West regions.

Job Summary: As a key member of the USAID Advancing Nutrition Ghana team, the SNSM will manage regional and district engagement, provide technical assistance and assessment support to subnational government agencies including the four Regional Coordination Councils in the Northern, North East, Upper East and Upper West regions to improve multi-sectoral planning and implementation for nutrition and resilience. The SNSM will support the development of multi-sectoral nutrition elements of the MTDP and coordinate with NDPC and its stakeholders to assess the performance of food security and nutrition services at subnational level to inform the development of new guidelines.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
Maintain cordial and supportive relationship with the Regional Coordinating Councils (RCCs), Ghana Health Service (GHS), Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) and other subnational level government agencies and ministries for effective project implementation at subnational level.
Coordinate with the RCCs and 17 MMDAs to integrate food security and nutrition indicators into DPAT for MMDAs performance assessment.
Support the Regional Coordinators to assess MMDAs planning, implementation and use of data for decision making.
Support subnational governments to plan, implement multi-sectoral activities and measure progress towards addressing poverty, malnutrition and vulnerabilities in target regions and districts.
Identify multi-sectoral solutions and establish learning networks for districts at regional level in coordination with RCC.
Contribute to drafting and dissemination of quarterly, annual, and other ad hoc reports on project activities and results.
Perform any other duties assigned by the Chief of Party.
Staff Management
Supervise and provide mentoring to four Regional Coordinators (RCs) to implement project activities.
Contribute to maintaining work environment of mutual respect between team members.
Contribute to team-building efforts, help team members identify problem-solving options and ensure the integration of all team members into relevant decision-making processes.
Stakeholder Relationships
Manage relationships with RCCs, NDPC, GHS, RCCs, MMDAs and technical departments in the regions.
Coordinate and provide technical assistance to project stakeholders as needed.
Develop and maintain a detailed understanding of the multi sectoral nutrition issues (i.e. health, agriculture, social protection, WASH, etc.) in Ghana and key policies and government priorities.
Required Skills or Experience
Master’s degree in Social Science, Planning, Public Health, Nutrition, Food security or relevant discipline.
At least 7 years of progressively increasing responsibility working in relevant sectors including decentralized local government planning, food security, nutrition, health, WASH required.
At least 5 years of senior-level experience leading and managing relationships with national or subnational government agencies, networks and development partners required.
Demonstrated understanding and experience providing technical assistance to subnational government agencies and CSOs required.
Excellent English language skills, both written and spoken with strong presentation skills.
Working knowledge of Microsoft software packages: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook.

Preferred Skills and Experience
Prior experience with USAID-funded projects preferred.
Experience supporting GHS, RCCs and MMDAs in similar contexts in Northern Ghana.
Salary commensurate with experience.

Interested candidates should submit their resumes and cover letters online by 11/19/2020.

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