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 Senior Nutrition & Behavior Change Technical Advisor will be responsible for overall management oversight, including coordination, supervision, and technical aspects of an integrated initiative to increasing adoption of better child feeding and household hygiene practices among smallholder farming families. The incumbent also ensures the integration of health, nutrition, and hygiene activities with food security and livelihoods; water and sanitation; and health systems strengthening components of the project. The position will be based at the project headquarters in Zambia and will require in-country as well as limited regional travel.
Major areas of responsibility include: providing technical leadership for health, nutrition, hygiene and behavior change strategy development and implementation (including technical guidance or support to cross-cutting approach areas and gender integration); ensuring intervention integration with other program components; ensuring intervention quality (with a focus on improving caregiver and household knowledge of best practices in child feeding and hygiene and increasing time and support for child care); and supervising and mentoring staff within the health and nutrition team.
  • Develop strategic approaches and oversee and ensure coordination of the implementation of nutrition and hygiene interventions, to meet targeted program objectives
  • Liaise with USAID and SUN technical staff in Zambia, host government counterparts, and other project stakeholders
  • Ensure and coordinate the development of annual work plans, annual progress reports and quarterly reports in a timely manner
  • Serve as the technical lead for planning and implementation of nutrition-related assessments and monitor activities and systems, ensuring strong coordination with other program components
  • In collaboration with other key project personnel, ensure scientific and technical quality, as well as the appropriateness of all project health, nutrition and hygiene activities
  • Ensure that the project’s health and nutrition interventions are designed and implemented in a way that reflects and promotes equitable gender roles within the local society and cultural context
  • Through regular field visits, monitor the accomplishments of the project’s health, nutrition and hygiene components, including achievement of milestones and status of output indicators, and take corrective action when necessary to keep the project on course to achieve its objectives
  • Master’s degree in nutrition, public health, or related field
  • Minimum of ten years’ experience in the design, implementation and management of community nutrition programs in southern Africa; specific experience in Zambia strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated experience in leadership roles in nutrition, social and behavior change, strategic planning, activity execution, and capacity building
  • Demonstrated experience in planning, designing, and implementing integrated community-level health, nutrition and hygiene activities to improve the community and individuals’ quality of life
  • Demonstrated experience of developing effective working relationships with senior stakeholders from government agencies, international organizations, academic institutions 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 national 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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