Program Associate- Assessment and Research on Child Feeding (ARCH) Project

Helen Keller International
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Jun 04

Position description

With support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the ARCH project is researching how commercial food products are promoted and utilized for infant and young child feeding. Using findings from Cambodia, Nepal, Indonesia, Senegal, and Tanzania, ARCH is advocating for and advising on policies to regulate promotion and improve child nutrition during the essential first 1,000 days of life.

Functional Relationships

This position reports directly to the Project Director and will routinely collaborate with the entire ARCH team as well as regional and country office leadership wherever the project is present as well as with relevant consultants. The Associate will also serve as the project liaison to the Global Communications department.

HKI has a matrixed reporting structure that respects both the line management and authority within geographical hierarchies; and the accountability and oversight duties of subject matter experts and multi-country program managers wherever they are located. Regular communication and a spirit of teamwork among colleagues, both hierarchically and laterally, are essential to make this structure thrive.

Scope of Position

The Program Associate will support timely and quality implementation of research, program, and advocacy objectives at the global and country level.

Specific Responsibilities

Research and Advocacy

  • Provide review of new research protocols for consistency with project protocols and state of the art knowledge of IYCN;
  • Write up of reports, information products, publications, peer reviewed articles for review by senior staff. Review written products of other staff and consultants;
  • Prepare and present findings for audiences at technical conferences;
  • Conduct literature reviews, as needed, to identify important and relevant documents for country program implementation, research, and write up of research reports.


  • Provide direction to and manage contractual relationships with web developer and any other communications firms and consultants;
  • Coordinate and plan content with ARCH Advocacy, Communications and Social Mobilization Officer;
  • Liaise with Global Communications team to ensure coherency with global branding and messaging, as well as to seek synergies with the global editorial calendar.

Project Administration

  • Coordinate production of work plans and annual reports including copy editing and formatting tables to present data in a clear and compelling way;
  • Make travel arrangements and provide logistical support for meetings, workshops and trainings, as needed;
  • Administer contracts and billing for senior level consultants and vendors;
  • Manage goods and services procurement in accordance with HKI and USAID policies.


  • A minimum of two years’ experience in program administration and research plus a Masters’ Degree in nutrition or public health, or equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Experience and knowledge of infant and young child feeding, quantitative/qualitative analysis, and program monitoring;
  • Computer literate and proficient with:
    • specialized communications software such as Wordpress, Twitter, Facebook and Hootsuite; and
    • Microsoft Office products (Word; Excel; and PowerPoint).
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including a proven ability to:
    • express complex ideas in a clear and compelling manner;
    • translate information about complex public health research and programs effectively for lay audiences, in particular for policymakers; and
    • write articles that establish the message and correct tone for the organization, and to edit others’ written materials accordingly.
  • Highly motivated, energetic and enthusiastic self-starter experienced in working as a collaborative partner in all phases of planning and producing program tools and content with an ability to think both creatively and strategically in approach to projects;
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills;
  • Self-motivated and comfortable working in a global team environment, including working well with team members and partner organizations located in multiple time zones and countries;
  • An ability to work in challenging and changing environments, and to see through challenges to find solutions;
  • An ability to maintain balance when under stress;
  • Demonstrable respect for all persons regardless of religion, ethnicity, class or gender, with a high comfort level working in a diverse environment with a demonstrated commitment to high professional ethical standards;
  • Ability to travel occasionally within the US and to countries where HKI has regional offices and runs programs;
  • Residence in or willingness to relocate to the Washington, DC metro area;
  • US work authorized.

Application instructions

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume noting the job title in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

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