Technical Officer, Nutrition & Implementation Science
Position: Technical Officer, Nutrition & Implementation Science
Employer: Vitamin Angel Alliance, Inc. (VA)
Location: Flexible. This person can work remotely from anywhere in the continental US or work from our corporate headquarters in Goleta, CA or our office in Chicago, IL, or any combination thereof.
Salary: $100,000-120,000 annually
About Vitamin Angels
Vitamin Angels (VA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit, global public health organization working towards ending malnutrition worldwide by distributing life-changing vitamins and minerals to at-risk mothers and children under five throughout the U.S., and around the world.
Vitamin Angels is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We are a dedicated group of individuals who aim to foster a supportive environment where everyone can contribute, thrive, and grow.
Role or Purpose of Position
VA’s work is guided by an implementation science (IS) approach to improve the implementation and impact of nutrition policies, programs, and interventions. VA’s IS approach focuses on (i) fostering knowledge exchange, collaboration, and ownership among stakeholders, (ii) understanding contextual factors, barriers, enablers, and potential solutions to delivering and scaling proven nutrition interventions, (iii) designing and testing implementation strategies, and (iv) support efforts to scale new or strengthened implementation strategies.
The Technical Officer supports VA’s Implementation Science Team, working in close collaboration with senior global support staff and regional and country teams. The major duties of the position are to: (i) Develop and support the standardization of VA’s implementation science activities, (ii) Provide technical support to inform the design and ongoing refinement of VA’s programs, (iii) Disseminate implementation science activities (e.g., government/donor reports, international conference presentations, peer-reviewed publications), and (iv) Assist with discrete initiatives and projects within the IS Team.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
The Technical Officer will be responsible for the following:
1. Develop processes and tools to support the standardization of VA’s implementation science activities
- Provide technical input to support the development of VA’s implementation science framework and strategy
- Collaborate with Program Division staff and advisors to develop and refine processes, resources, and tools to systematize the application of an implementation science approach across programs and regions
2. Provide technical support to inform the design and ongoing refinement of VA’s programs
- Provide technical support for the planning, design, and implementation of IS activities that improve program implementation and generate evidence for VA programmatic decision-making
- Coordinate and collaborate with various teams (country teams, regional teams, SBC, M&E, etc.) to activate required resources.
3. Disseminate implementation science activities
- Develop (or support other staff and country advisors) abstracts and presentations for international conferences.
- Develop (or support other staff and country advisors) publication in peer-reviewed or trade journals
- Support the preparation of articles for publication in peer reviewed or trade journals that help raise awareness to VA and its implementation science activities.
- Engage in capacity building among VA team for dissemination activities.
- Help plan and execute VA’s participation in key conferences
4. Assist with discrete initiatives and projects within the IS Team
- Support, as needed, implementation science initiatives that require additional coordination and planning including cross-Divisional initiatives
Level of Decision-Making
Within the bounds of VA’s mission, values and policies, and sound professional practices, the Technical Officer has the discretion to use independent judgment to make decisions of significant consequence that affect VA clients, partners, and employees.
VA operates under a collaborative, matrix management model. The Technical Officer establishes their own daily work priorities and ensures that all responsibilities are conducted with the accepted best practices, sound professional judgment, and within established schedules and budgets.
|Reports to:||Associate Director, Implementation Science|
|Primary working relationships:||Chief Nutrition Officer|
Vice President, Programs
Senior Advisor, Implementation Science
Regional Technical Directors
Associate Director of Nutrition & Technical Assistance
Associate Director of Program Operations
Program Officers and their staff
Country program advisors and their staff
Development & Marketing Divisions’ staff
External technical advisors and short-term independent contractors
Staff of counterpart agencies and program partners
|Travel required||Yes (roughly 25% time, in accordance with|
Covid-19 travel restrictions)
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (Required and Desired)
- Doctoral degree in public health, nutrition, or similar/relevant discipline from an accredited university, OR master’s degree in public health, nutrition, similar/relevant discipline with at least 8-10 years of relevant experience.
- Minimum 2-4 years of experience in implementation science, implementation/operations research, or a related research field
- Demonstrated experience in program/research design, implementation, and evaluation in LMICs
- Familiarity with data analysis including quantitative and qualitative approach
- Superior written/oral communications skills, interpersonal skills, organizational skills, including experience publishing in peer reviewed journals and presenting at conference
- Ability to think independently, critically, and strategically
- Commitment to fostering diverse, equitable, and inclusive practices in program design and implementation
- Ability to manage stress, including but not limited to stress resulting from local and foreign travel, large crowds, open spaces, shared office space, and daily activities
- Ability to remain seated for extended periods of time, including but not limited to prolonged air travel, and general job assignments perform at a desk
- Must have the ability/desire to travel internationally
Preferred (not required)
- Fluency in a second language (Spanish preferred)
Comprehensive benefit package includes:
- Medical, dental and vision insurance
- Life Insurance
- Generous paid time off
- Paid holidays
- Paid winter recharge break
- Wellness program
- 8 weeks paid pregnancy disability
- 8 weeks paid paternal leave and more!