University Research Co., LLC (URC)      
Established in 1965, URC offers a range of technical assistance to strengthen health and social systems and service quality by empowering communities and health workers to identify and scale up locally appropriate solutions to critical problems.  URC focuses on finding ways to deliver proven approaches to health care problems, applying quality improvement (QI) methods and conducting operations research to tailor those approaches to various settings. Recognizing implementation barriers unique to each setting, we train local managers and service providers to strengthen health systems, integrate system elements, and bring improvements to scale.
Roles and Responsibilities
The Nutrition & Health Systems Senior Technical Advisor will provide strategic and technical leadership within the anticipated integrated nutrition program and be responsible for improved delivery of effective, sustainable health and nutrition services. This position ensures a seamless link between service delivery interventions and systems development. Functionally, the incumbent will oversee and monitor interventions that strengthen health system capacity to deliver essential health, family planning, and nutrition services and provide nutrition support services to vulnerable groups.
The incumbent will develop and assess key inputs essential to delivery of integrated nutrition support services and provide technical expertise in rational packaging of priority health and nutrition service delivery across the health system, including maternal and child health services, family planning and treatment for diarrhea and severe malnutrition. S/he will engage different levels of government (national, provincial, and district) in multiple sectors to strengthen their capacity and ownership of the nutrition sector.
  • Master’s degree in nutrition, public health, health policy and administration, health sector development, public health, or related field
  • Minimum of ten years’ experience in managing and implementing health systems strengthening programs, with a focus on maternal and child health and nutrition services, in southern Africa; specific experience in Zambia strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated experience of developing effective working relationships with senior stakeholders from government agencies, international organizations, private sector entities, academic institutions, community organizations, and donors at national, regional and global level
  • Excellent communication skills and strong inter-personal and supervisory skills, including the demonstrated ability to lead teams of technical specialists
  • Ability to work independently and with team members and partners at all levels
  • Strong analytical and conceptual skills and the ability to think and plan strategically
  • Strong work experience with local and international partners in Zambia, including both private and public partners
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Zambian nationals strongly encouraged to apply
To Apply:      
For immediate consideration, please visit URC’s Career Opportunities page at
You must upload your CV/Résumé and your Cover Letter where indicated. Also, please complete your application form and attach a completed USAID Form 1420 Contractor Employee Biographical Data Sheet as well.
Due to the large number of inquiries we receive, only candidates who have met the required experience & qualifications for this position will be contacted. No phone calls please. However, since we are active around the world in the field of public health, we may wish to retain your CV in our database for other/future opportunities, unless you direct us otherwise. Thank you very much for your interest.
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