Maternal Infant and Young Child - MIYCN National Adviser

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Application deadline: Rab 24 Jul 2019

Maternal Infant and Young Child-MIYCN National  Adviser

1 (One) position in Jakarta



Save the Children in Indonesia is changing for the better.  We've begun to build a national organisation that aims to be a strong, local, and self-sustaining voice for children in Indonesia.  To this end, SC Indonesia has been designated as an “Associate Member”.  As ‘Prospect Member’ Indonesia has been identified as part of the next way of new member development, which focuses on strengthening and localizing our voice for children in strategic middle income countries. Indonesia has been authorised by member ballot to start fundraising locally as a first step towards building a financially sustainable local organization. Future work will also involve developing a strong local governance structure and building key partnerships with local government, the private sector, local civil society among others. Success of the pilot phase will set the Indonesia on a pathway to full membership.

BISA – Better Investment for Stunting Alleviation ­– is an integrated nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive programme in 2019-2023. The name ‘BISA’ reflects the broad context of nutrition in Indonesia: whilst the level of national and political commitment is high, and resources have been committed to addressing the high rates of stunting and undernutrition, the operationalisation and application of these plans and funds at sub national level is challenging. What is needed is ‘better investment’: using resources better, developing and operationalising policies more effectively, and delivering evidence-based, cost-effective, and sustainable interventions at the household and community levels. BISA aims to reduce stunting by improving the nutritional status of adolescent girls, women of reproductive age, and children under the age of two (CU2) across two Provinces –East Nusa Tenggara and West Java.

 Save the Children and Nutrition International are in strategic partnership to deliver this programme, building on our experience and evidence, existing networks and relationships at the community, District, Provincial, and National levels in Indonesia to implement key intervention for the first 1000 Day HH as well as adolescent nutrition. BISA supports the Government of Indonesia (GoI) commitments for stunting reduction, as stated in National Strategy to Accelerate Stunting Reduction 2018-2024, as well as the follow up guidelines (Technical Guidance for Integrated Interventions for Stunting Reduction for district down to village level).

The MIYCN National Advisor will provide technical guidance to the BISA project and support the Chief of Party in strategic direction. The Advisor is responsible for line managing the project’s nutrition staff and overseeing nutrition activities to ensure high quality implementation that delivers immediate and lasting change for children in Indonesia and contribute to Save the Children’s global Breakthroughs: Learn, Survive, Be Protected. The post holder is a member of the Extended Management Team (EMT), as well as Health and Nutrition team, and may participate in cross functional groups and will participate in EMT and HN meetings as planned.



Reports to:

BISA Chief of Party-COP

Direct Reports:

Provincial IYCF Specialists

Indirect Reports:

District coordinators

Dimensions: -

Budget Responsibilities:




Strategic Planning (5%)

  • Position Save the Children as a leading organization for in addressing stunting in Indonesia
  • Participate in update of the child rights situation in health and nutrition as needed to ensure BISA experiences are captured for future quality programming
  • Support provincial managers and technical specialist in the provincial plan or area strategy, aligned with the overall BISA priorities and strategies.


Resource mobilization/fundraising (5%)

  • Serve as the technical focal point in development of concept note/proposal for BISA match funding.  In particular, contribute in facilitating the project design process ensuring meaningful participation from relevant field staff, and local partners and beneficiaries as appropriate


Technical leadership and program quality assurance (30%)

  • In coordination with the BISA COP, the MIYCN National Advisor will contribute to the overall strategic and technical direction of the project.
  • Ensure a strong evidence-base for all nutrition interventions, in close collaboration with SC Indonesia’s Health and Nutrition Advisor and Save the Children UK (SCUK) Nutrition Advisors.
  • Ensure that BISA’s nutrition interventions are delivered with high quality and consistency in programming across districts.
  • Lead the development and implementation of Social Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC) Strategy towards stunting reduction, in close collaboration with BISA National Advisors, Specialists, SC Indonesia’s Health and Nutrition Advisor and SCUK Nutrition Advisors.
  • Work closely with other BISA Technical Advisors to ensure MIYCN is represented in all program activities and cover elements of nutrition-sensitive activities.
  • Act as gender focal point for the BISA project, ensuring that gender equality is adequately mainstreamed across the project activities and outcomes.


Capacity Building (20%)

  • Lead the training, capacity building and coaching of BISA nutrition staff, maximizing their role as technical support providers to field teams and local project partners.
  • Working closely with the Human Resources team, provide recommendations on key technical competencies and related capacity building support for BISA staff as appropriate
  • Develop basic standards/fact information and toolkits for nutrition programming to assist BISA staff and local partners to deliver quality project/programme with essential tools and understanding.


Strengthening Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (20%)

  • Together with the BISA MEAL Advisor and SC Indonesia’s MEAL team, ensure effective MEAL and program feedback systems are in place to achieve nutrition activity targets and inform program planning and decision making.
  • Together with BISA COP, BISA MEAL Advisor and SC Indonesia’s MEAL and nutrition staff ensure that regular supervision, quality benchmarking and learning workshops are conducted and that feedback and learnings are incorporated into strengthening programs.
  • Contribute to design of formative research, baseline, midline and endline surveys for BISA.
  • Lead on design and delivery of assessment and evaluations for the nutrition sectors, as required.
  • Work with the BISA provincial managers to support MEAL in putting accountability mechanisms in place for MIYCN component of projects, ensuring that feedback is responded to in a timely manner, and that feedback from children and their families is considered in project design.


Evidence and Partnerships (15%)

  • Work closely with BISA COP and Advisors, SC Indonesia’s Health and Health and Nutrition Advisor, and SCUK Advisors to build a body of knowledge and evidence from the BISA project to capture learning and guide future policies and programming in Indonesia.
  • Work on effective partnership building with government authorities at the national level, in particular with Health and Nutrition related Ministries and related departments, with the aim to advance policy impact and change.


Advocacy and Representation (10%)

  • Represent BISA team and Save the Children at a senior level, actively networking to promote SC perspectives and building relationships that help facilitate the success of BISA.
  • Collaborate with the BISA Communications and Advocacy Advisor and YSTC campaigns and advocacy team through providing inputs into design of Nutrition components of national and sub-national advocacy, campaigns and related initiatives, and raising the profile of BISA project as well as Save the Children Indonesia
  • Present at conferences and external meetings with aim to share learning from BISA.
  • Contribute to YSTC’s technical nutrition learning and support them to establish and build a reputation and portfolio in nutrition and related activities to sustain BISA project impact.


General (5%)

  • Any other task & responsibilities given by the Supervisor and to comply with Save the Children Indonesia’s policies and practice with respect to child protection, code of conduct, staffs security and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies and procedures


BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice)


  • Holds self accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
  • Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved


  • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves (and their team), takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages others to do the same
  • Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • Future orientated, thinks strategically


  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners and supporters
  • Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to


  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • Willing to take disciplined risks


Honest, encourages openness and transparency



  • Master’s degree in nutrition, health, public health or equivalent fields
  • 7+ years working experience the field of nutrition, health, specifically in Social Behaviour Change and Communication-SBCC on MIYCN.
  • Familiar with MIYCN programming in Indonesia, modules and monitoring tools used, including the supportive supervision
  • Understanding the local system, experiences working with high level government agencies at national and provincial level, civil societies, NGOs and academics on issues related to public health
  • Knowledge of project management cycle and experience in project design and development
  • Experience in doing research and relevant policy advocacy in the area
  • Proven ability to build capacity of others on MIYCN programming;
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills
  • Fluency in written and spoken Indonesian and English
  • Willingness to travel to the field regularly to targeted areas
  • Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values and principles including rights-based approaches


Equal Opportunities

The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the Save the Children International (SCI) Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.

Child Safeguarding

We need to keep children safe, so our selection process, which include rigorous background checks reflects to our commitment to protection of children from abuse.

Health and Safety

The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.

Additional job responsibilities

The job duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the Post holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience

Information for internal candidates only:

  • Current Save the Children employees should inform their line managers before submitting an application.



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