Health & Nutrition Manager – Save the Children – US – Colombo

Save the Children is seeking a Health and Nutrition Manager for an anticipated three to five-year USDA-funded program in Sri Lanka. The McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program (McGovern-Dole) feeds schoolchildren, reduces hunger, enhances food security, and improves literacy (especially for girls) in low-income, food-deficit countries around the world. By providing school meals, teacher training, and related education and nutrition support, McGovern-Dole helps boost school enrollment, attendance, and literacy results. McGovern-Dole also provides support to maternal and child nutrition (MCN).

The Health and Nutrition Manager is a key position, responsible for leading the implementation of program activities to increase the use of improved health, nutrition, and dietary practices. These activities include the use of promoting a diverse diet through a school meal and community health education, school WASH maintenance, school health clubs, and curriculum-based nutrition education. In addition to focusing on school-aged children, s/he will also address the nutritional needs of pregnant and lactating women and children under five years of age. S/he will coordinate closely with the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, and other government entities to strengthen the existing school WASH and nutrition programs. S/he will also coordinate with the Sri Lankan Government and other school feeding stakeholders in Sri Lanka to ensure alignment of objectives and efforts.

This position is contingent upon donor approval and funding.


Provide technical oversight and direction for health and nutrition as an integral part of the team.
Develop nutrition-sensitive activities to address identified nutritional deficiencies of the intended beneficiaries.
Encourage dietary diversity and teach children about nutrition and healthy eating.
Address the nutritional needs of pregnant and lactating women and children under five years of age, as applicable, and coordinate with the school meals component
Ensure the project is carried out in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and any other relevant ministries.
Build on existing nutrition activities in Sri Lanka to maximize impact

Master’s Degree in Public Health, Nutrition, or related field

At least seven years of experience with progressively increasing responsibility for designing, managing and implementing integrated health, nutrition & WASH programming in developing countries involving multiple stakeholders

Demonstrated hands-on experience in building community and Ministry of Health capacity to provide quality integrated health and nutrition services

Experience with both school feeding programs and MCN

Strong oral and written communication and presentations skills in English

Familiarity with USDA or USAID or other USG administrative, management and reporting procedures and systems
Qualified local candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Save the Children invests in childhood – every day, in times of crisis and for our future. In the United States and around the world, we are dedicated to ensuring every child has the best chance for success. Our pioneering programs give children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. Our advocacy efforts provide a voice for children who cannot speak for themselves. As the leading expert on children, we inspire and achieve lasting impact for millions of the world’s most vulnerable girls and boys. By transforming children’s lives now, we change the course of their future and ours.

Save the Children is committed to conducting its programs in a manner that is safe for the children it serves and helping protect the children with whom Save the Children is in contact. As a humanitarian agency, Save the Children is obliged to create and maintain an environment that aims to prevent the sexual exploitation and abuse of children and promote the implementation of its child safeguarding policy. All representatives of Save the Children – employees, volunteers, interns, consultants, Board members and others who work with children on Save the Children’s behalf – are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with this commitment and obligation.

Save the Children provides an attractive benefits package including competitive salaries, a matching retirement plan, health and welfare benefits, life insurance, an employee assistance program, generous time off and much more. We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Save the Children complies with all applicable laws

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