Director, Food Systems Programs

Job Locations US-DC-Washington D.C.
Posted Date 2 months ago(8/20/2020 2:02 PM)
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Tanager, an affiliate organization to ACDI/VOCA Group, is an international nonprofit that connects smallholder producers and private businesses to co-create new ways of realizing life-changing economic and social opportunity. It was established to address opportunities with foundations and other philanthropies as well as corporations, in both their corporate social responsibility and core business activities, for project funding.


The Director, Food Systems Programs will lead nutrition-sensitive agriculture and food systems projects and activities. In addition, s/he will provide technical leadership on nutrition integration for the organization and lead/contribute to new business efforts. S/he will raise the visibility of the organization through publications, strategic partnerships, and engagements in industry forum, as well as mentorship of staff. S/he will lead or support client relationship manager for foundation and private sector clients interested in achieving nutrition outcomes through agriculture investments. This position will report to the President of Tanager.


Project Management: Lead HQ management and oversight of Tanager’s portfolio of nutrition-sensitive and food systems interventions. Identify potential and emerging programmatic and financial issues; facilitate collaboration between program staff, internal departments, and external organizations; identify and assist in procedural changes that improve project support. Lead project start-ups and transitions; collaborate with Team Leader and relevant staff on programmatic start-up issues. Support Team Leaders in the identification, selection, and orientation of personnel; contribute as a recruitment source and assist in assessing qualifications of candidates. Provide guidance, technical leadership, and support to projects, including project implementation strategy, work planning, mentoring of staff, tool development, and accompaniment of implementation and monitoring and evaluation activities. Coordinate with project implementation teams to ensure quality and timeliness of deliverables. Provide support or leadership as needed to identify and secure partners, consultants, and full-time staff related to nutrition. Facilitate nutrition-related learning agendas within and across relevant projects. Liaise closely with ACDI/VOCA counterparts to deliver project commitments and promote best-practice nutrition-sensitive and food systems programming. Maintain a collaborative relationship with donor, funder, and/or client counterparts. Support routine project management activities including reviewing and submitting project reports to donors.


Thought Leadership: Facilitate nutrition-related learning agendas within and across relevant Tanager projects. Participate in appropriate professional organizations and networks and establish an external professional network for increased visibility of Tanager. Create and leverage synergies between Tanager and ACDI/VOCA and their work in nutrition-sensitive agriculture. Collaborate with Communications and Partnership Director to identify strategic industry outlets and opportunities for presenting and sharing Tanager experience and expertise. Develop thought leadership content – i.e. white papers, expert blog posts, panel proposals – for use in social media, publications, and conferences.


Account Management: Manage strategic relationships with donors and clients; identify new partnerships and opportunities. Identify and pursue new business opportunities in collaboration with Tanager and ACDI/VOCA colleagues. Lead proposal efforts for nutrition- and food systems-related investment opportunities; activities may include but are not limited to the following: create budgets, collaborate with partner organizations, collect field research, design implementation activities, establish monitoring systems and metrics. Perform other duties as assigned.


Master of Public Health or master’s degree in international development, nutrition, food systems, agriculture, or other related field required (additional years of experience may be considered in lieu of advanced degree). Minimum of six years’ experience, including overseas work, in international nutrition (particularly related to developing countries) required. Excellent analytical and technical skills and expertise with the ability to work independently and in a team setting. Demonstrated experience and technical knowledge in nutrition-sensitive agriculture and food systems development. Interest and experience in developing, conducting, and publishing nutrition program research desired. Fluency in English, written and oral, required. French and/or Spanish language skills desired. Demonstrated leadership and team building skills, particularly leading cross-departmental and international groups. The ability and willingness to travel internationally is required. Adaptable and innovative. Collaborative and open to feedback. Excellent interpersonal, problem solving and communication (written and verbal) skills required. Ability to build relationships and rapport with teams, staff, and clients and navigate challenging or unexpected circumstances with creativity, calm, and positivity.


While the requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or ability required; reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Please apply online at No phone calls please. Only finalists will be contacted. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply. EOE/AA. VEVRAA Federal Contractor.


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