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 National Program Officer-Iodine Deficiency Disorders
 The Micronutrient Initiative India

 Location: New Delhi
 Last Date: May 5, 2009
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Title : National Program Officer-Iodine Deficiency Disorders, The Micronutrient Initiative India
Location : New Delhi
Duration : 2 Years renewable subject to funding and performance
Last Date for Applications: May 05, 2009

The Micronutrient Initiative India (MII) is a public charitable trust registered in Delhi in 2005, with a group of eminent persons in India as the founding trustees.

The MII operates under a licensing agreement with the Micronutrient Initiative (MI) based in Ottawa, Canada which is an international not-for-profit organization that works to ensure the poor - especially women and children - in developing countries get the vitamins and minerals they need to survive and lead productive lives.

The MII’s vision is of an India free of hidden hunger and its consequences. To catalyse the national elimination of vitamin and mineral deficiencies through a combination of advocacy, technical, operational and financial support and providing a stimulus to strengthen and expand nutrition programs in India is therefore the primary mandate of the MII. The specific goals of the organisation are:

• To improve Child Survival: To reduce under-five mortality by increasing and sustaining Vitamin A and zinc intake.
• To improve Child Development: To improve the cognitive development of, and educational outcomes among, children through increased and sustained intake of iron and iodine.
• To improve Women’s Health: To improve the survival and health of women by increasing and sustaining their iron, folic acid and iodine intake and, in turn reducing the consequences of iron deficiency anaemia and poor pregnancy outcomes.

The MII is supporting the implementation of programs in several states of India to contribute to the above stated goals.

Program Background

An important programming priority for MII in partnership with the MI is to support the Government of India for achieving its goal of Universal Salt Iodization. MII implements large scale programs in India that work with the salt industry (with a particular focus on small and medium size salt processors) to ensure adequate iodization of salt. This work is focused on providing inputs directly to industry (e.g. technical assistance, fortificant, equipment), it has a strong monitoring and quality assurance component and it is carried out in close coordination with other development partners such as UNICEF, World Food Program, GAIN and India Council for the Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders (ICCIDD). MII’s work focuses primarily on support for the production of iodized salt in the salt producing states of Gujarat, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu (with smaller programs in a few other states).

Terms of Reference

• Support in the development of national Universal Salt Iodization (USI) programs/project portfolios including project design, planning, budgeting, program management and delivery;
• Provide technically sound inputs for the planning, monitoring and budget instruments for the USI program areas of the MII;
• Monitor progress in implementation of programs and ensure that results are achieved in a cost-effective manner once the projects are approved;
• Assess opportunities regarding programming work to identify opportunities for MII support;
• Explore and develop the potential for resource expansion through partnering with national, bilateral and multinational agencies in India;
• Provide leadership and manage staff/consultants consisting of managers/extenders, sub-extenders and chemists in the assigned state/states through recruitment, goal setting, training, performance management, regular and periodic evaluation;
• Identify the training needs of the direct reporting staff;
• Co-ordinate, manage contracts for the program activities and report to funding agencies e.g. MI;
• Co-ordinate with Salt Department and maintain a harmonious working relationship with it;
• Co-ordinate with program partners.
• Participate/coordinate related meetings
• Write reports, including gathering information on lessons learned and best practices.

Qualifications/Experience Required

The ideal candidate would have:

• A professional degree in engineering, nutrition, public health, health management, international development and/or a related field.
• A good understanding of human nutrition, the role of micronutrients and/or experience in Universal Salt Iodization (USI) programming would be a plus.
• Good knowledge of government policies and programs to address nutrition in India as well as of the role of industry in nutrition in the country.
• At least 5 to 7 years of work experience with industry, government agencies, NGOs, community groups, and/or UN agencies (preferably a combination of experience in at least two of these).
• A result-oriented approach and proven ability to manage and coordinate multi-partner programs.
• Ability to network and negotiate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders to achieve the objectives of the program.
• Ability to manage a team of people.
• Ability to travel throughout the country.
• Leadership skills and ability to work independently and generate innovation.
• Strong communications skills (oral and written) in English and Hindi. Ability to effectively represent the program in various fora.
• Good computer skills, including MS Office programs.
• Knowledge of and experience working with the Indian salt industry, or similar private sector partners, would be an asset.

Key Results Expected

The results which will be considered when assessing the performance of the incumbent to this position will include:

• Coverage (and number) of people reached with adequately iodized salt.
• Overall sound management of the program, including human resources, financial management, procurement and administration.
• Increased awareness and good visibility for the program
• Accurate and practical inputs to the MII’s partners.
• Supportive policy environment for iodized salt in India.
• Rigorous impact assessment and monitoring and subsequent documentation and dissemination of the results, leading to the further scale-up of models that will have proven to work.

How to apply?

Procedure for Application:

1. The candidate will have to address his/her application to the Managing Trustee, The Micronutrient Initiative India.
2. Please send an updated copy of your resume by e-mail to by May 05, 2009.
3. The subject line of the e-mail should read- Application for the Post of National Program Officer, IDD, MII from Title FirstName LastName
4. Please do mention the current and expected remuneration package in your resume clearly.
5. Please mention at least two references in your resume, at least one of whom has been your direct work supervisor in the last three years.

Short listed candidates will be called for interviews at New Delhi after 20 May, 2009.

MII is a non-smoking work environment

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