Position Title:     Project Manager- Nutrition

Project:               Community Driven Nutrition Improvement Project

Location:             Baucau

Supervisor:         Program Manager Health & Nutrition

Job Band:            G



  1. Background:


Catholic Relief Services plans to implement a Community Driven Nutrition Improvement Project with a grant from the Japanese Social Development Fund (JSDF) to help address the high prevalence of under nutrition in Timor-Leste (particularly amongst children). The project will target communities that fall in the lowest living standards group in the eastern districts of Baucau and Viqueque, aiming to directly benefit 4,470 children and 5,503 pregnant and lactating women.


The objective of this project is to improve nutrition practices targeted to children under the age of two and pregnant and lactating women in targeted least developed communities.  This will be achieved by addressing key underlying causes through 3 components: (1) community mobilization, participatory planning, and awareness raising about the causes and risks of malnutrition; (2) community-led delivery of nutrition-specific interventions through use of Community Nutrition Facilitators (CNF) (focusing on messages that encourage positive behavior changes to improve nutrition); and (3) community selected nutrition-sensitive agriculture interventions.


The project will address a wide range of behaviors and practices, which can lead to sustainable improvements in the nutritional status of target populations by linking nutrition-specific and -sensitive interventions through an integrated approach. The integrated approach incorporates community mobilization, beneficiary participatory planning, community mapping, nutrition specific educational messages that highlight behavior change, and linkages to nutrition-sensitive activities. The project will attempt to overcome barriers to behavior change through the efficient use of locally available resources in order to increase communities’ control over their health and nutrition outcomes.


  1. Objectives and Scope of the Assignment


The primary function of the Project Manager – Nutrition is to provide leadership to the local implementing partners for all aspects of component 2—nutrition-specific interventions to ensure outcomes are met on an established timeline.


The Project Manager – Nutrition will be responsible for maintaining relationships with local non-governmental implementing partner organizations.  This includes working with organizations to ensure consistent programmatic quality across all organizations and accurate monthly narrative and financial reports.


This position is responsible for both ensuring quality of project activities and technical materials; as well as capacity building of implementing agency field staff.  The person will critically examine project implementation and make appropriate and timely recommendations as necessary related to the technical approaches being promoted through the project.  This will include facilitating the nutrition education sessions and counseling initiatives for partner staff, identifying best practices across sectors and countries, developing strong working relationships with all stakeholders in Timor-Leste working in similar technical areas, as well as the CRS Livelihoods Program Team in Baucau.


Note: This position will be based in Baucau but must be able to travel regularly between Dili and project districts.


III.              Specific Responsibilities:


  1. Project Implementation

–       Ensure quality programming to accomplish project goals, outcome, and outputs.

–       Support the production & testing of the behavior change educational materials targeted for rural community audience for nutrition-specific initiatives focusing on simplicity to ensure sustainability.

–       Lead project start-up workshop with implementing agencies for nutrition-specific component.

–       Support the project team members, project consultants, partner staff and other key stakeholders to design the nutrition-specific interventions & operations manual development.

–       Lead project detailed implementation planning and quarterly reviews, sharing of successes and obstacles and creation of innovative solutions.

–       Develop and manage Training of Trainers (ToT) for CNCs and CNFs.

–       Spend 60% of time focused on development of field staff especially CNCs to ensure high quality training and community mobilization.

–       Responsible for meeting all reporting requirements established by the donor and CRS M&E System (SMILER).

–       Work closely with project M&E staff to ensure adequate collection of monitoring data including activities conducted, outputs, and outcomes of project for donor reporting.  Assist in planning key evaluation events.

–       Work with team to document learning, share obstacles, and develop solutions throughout project cycle.

–       Work with women, men, boys, and girls to commit to CRS’ concern with gender equity.


  1. Stakeholder Coordination

–       Manage partner relationship with the multiple implementing agency organizations, including providing them project and organizational development support.

–       Mentor CNCs on technical knowledge and behavior change messaging to ensure deep understanding of nutrition-specific initiatives through regular accompaniment to partner offices, field project sites, and through quarterly review meetings.

–       Work extensively with implementing agency staff to ensure timely execution of detailed implementation plans, project activities, including trainings with CNCs and CNFs, data collection, and reporting.

–       Identify and foster relationships with all key stakeholders (i.e. INGO’s, local nonprofit organizations, government line ministries, and local leaders in project area) to improve coordination and technical knowledge.

–       Facilitate the referral mechanism for cases like malnourished children and complicated pregnancies.

–       Work with district health services of Baucau and Viqueque to ensure the availability of services in the SISCa for the referral cases.

–       Work with project team on all other tasks, duties and/or activities as necessary to ensure project success.



  1. Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff):


These are rooted in the mission, values, and principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results.

  • Serves with Integrity
  • Models Stewardship
  • Cultivates Constructive Relationships
  • Promotes Learning


MEAL Competencies – Project Manager



MEAL in Management: Managing financial and human resources in a way that optimizes the quality, effectiveness, and utility of MEAL systems

Monitoring: Implementing monitoring activities, including timely collection of quality data, set up and maintenance of databases, facilitation of participatory reflection on monitoring results, and submission of timely progress reports.

Accountability: : Improving our accountability to a range of stakeholders through increased participation, transparent communication, responsive feedback mechanisms, and adherence to internal and external quality standards and requirements



MEAL in Design: Developing project-level Theories of change, results frameworks, Proframes, related MEAL system tools and competencies, and accompanying MEAL narratives.

Evaluation: Developing project-level Theories of change, results frameworks, Proframes, related MEAL system tools and competencies, and accompanying MEAL narratives.

Learning: Promoting excellent knowledge management and collaborative learning processes at the project, program and institutional levels, generating robust evidence for project and programmatic learning that leads to action, decision-making and influence

Analysis & Critical Thinking: Engaging with data, challenging biases and assumptions, posing thoughtful questions, pursuing deeper understanding of evidence through reflection and perspective-taking, and making informed programming decisions.

ICT for MEAL: Applying knowledge on information and communication technologies (ICT), both hardware and software, for opportune and accurate data collection, database management, conducting analyses, and making information easily accessible


  1. Key Relationships:


Internal: Program Manager Health & Nutrition – Agriculture, Head of Office – Baucau, Operation Manager – Dili, Country Representative, Procurement Officer, M&E Officer, Project Manager – Community Organizing and Training, Project Manager – Agriculture, Regional Technical Advisor MEAL and other departments within CRS/TL.


External: Implementing partners of CDNIP, Ministry of Health & Agriculture departments in Baucau and Viqueque district, community leaders at district, sub district and Suco level, Local/international NGOs, UN agencies, and other relevant stakeholders.


  1. Qualifications and Skills:

–       University or institute degree in nutrition, public health, biology, or other relevant degree or advanced certificate.

–       Minimum 3 years of progressive experience in Nutrition.

–       Experience in implementation of community-based development projects including the facilitation of trainings of trainers & community mobilization skills.

–       Experience in facilitation of capacity building efforts with diverse colleagues, including those in implementing agency agencies is preferred.

–       Attention to detail and an ability to work effectively under tight deadlines.

–       Proven track record of ability to set and meet goals and objectives in a timely and professional manner.

–       Flexibility to work both in a team and independently.

–       Good communication skills with proficiency in English, both verbal and written.

–       Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, including Outlook, Word, Excel, and Power Point, is required.

–       Willing and able to work in Baucau office full time and Ability to travel 60% of time to field locations

–       Experience working in collaboration with government counterparts, donors, the Church, NGOs, and community-based organizations


VII.            Area of Interest:


Nutrition, Public Health, Rural Development, Community Development


VIII.          Date of assignment: September 1, 2015 to August 31, 2017


Disclaimer: This ToR is not an exhaustive list of the skills, efforts, duties and responsibilities associated with the position


Note:  This position is for Timorese Nationals only.




Suitable qualified female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

Sent a cover letter, current CV and professional references by email to TL_HR@global.crs.org or

Delivery by hand at CRS Dili Office at Rua Dom Alexio Corte Real, Mandarin, Dili or

CRS Baucau Office at Rua Samadigar Buibau, Baucau

For further information and full job description please email the address above.


Only Short Listed Applicants will be contacted