Knowledge Translation, Learning and Communications Officer-Contract

Organization NameJob CategoriesPosition TypeRegion and Location(s)Career LevelSalaryAd Online SinceApplication Deadline
Nutrition International
  • Writing / Editorial / Translation
Contract - Full Time
  • Ontario - Ottawa Area
Experienced (Non-manager)N/A2019-07-102019-07-31
Knowledge Translation, Learning and Communications Officer


Through its Nutrition Technical Assistance Mechanism (NTEAM), Nutrition International shares its expertise globally to support the scale-up of nutrition for the most vulnerable.  We believe that knowledge, rigorously obtained and generously shared, is key to effective progress for nutrition.  NTEAM provides timely and coordinated expert technical assistance (TA) to countries and agencies; encourages broad use of knowledge by translating technical information and research into accessible guidance, tools and resources; and convenes global experts to tackle key nutrition issues.

Technical Assistance for Nutrition (TAN) is a project within NTEAM supported by UK aid from the UK government, which seeks to improve the capacity of Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) countries to design, deliver, and track the progress of nutrition programs and to generate, learn from and adopt knowledge of what works. Under TAN, NI is coordinating the provision of TA to SUN Focal Points, in select countries, overcome gaps in capacity for the design and delivery of multi-sectoral national nutrition plans, tapping into its global hub to source and deploy the expertise needed. The project aims to accelerate the achievement of better health and nutrition status of populations by ensuring that governments are better equipped to act swiftly to scale up nutrition in their countries.  TA provided through the TAN project is supported by the Global Technical Services (GTS) Unit at NI, which leads on the quality assurance of NI’s research and programs, and the dissemination and translation of new knowledge to influence and improve national and global policies and practice.

Priority client SUN countries may vary over the life of the TAN project but currently include: Bangladesh, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, and the Philippines, Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Niger, Nigeria, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia.

TAN is recruiting a dynamic, collaborative professional keen to join a dedicated and ambitious team.  If you are seeking a challenging role with a growing organization, we want to hear from you.

Overall Accountability and Function

The Knowledge Translation, Learning and Communications Officer will support the Project Manager, Strategy with the knowledge management, learning and communication requirements of the project. He/she will be responsible for the translation of technical knowledge created about, and through TA provision into easy to understand learnings for practical application by both internal and external audiences.  With a growing body of TA assignment, a key function of the Knowledge Translation, Learning and Communications Officer will be to provide dedicated support to the TAN team to systematically unpack challenges, analyse trends, tease out learnings, acknowledging and factoring in contextual influences.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

 Analysis, knowledge translation and learning

  • Lead development of TAN knowledge products (conduct desk reviews and analyses of documentation on previously identified themes or specific country assignments/contexts; liaise with internal and external stakeholders to  inform reflections and complement findings;  generate easy to understand content for a broad set of audiences; coordinate design and printing of knowledge products, etc.).

  • Support the analysis of project information and data obtained through key TAN work, including of ongoing TA monitoring, of TA impact assessments, of TA deliverables and of surveys completed following TA provision;

  • Support the development and coordination of learning opportunities for, and with in-country project stakeholders (TA providers, SUN Focal Points and others), including support to global functional capacity-building workshops, peer-to-peer learning, thematic webinars, etc.

Advocacy, Communications and Representation

  • Support implementation of NTEAM and TAN Communications strategy, including through development of a communications work plan, development of communications strategy and work plan for engagement of global TA providers; etc.

  • Support the development and design of TAN and NTEAM marketing and communications materials; coordinate printing.
  • Support project team with the implementation of NI, NTEAM and NI-TAN visibility and acknowledgement policies (this could include revision of documents, provision of guidance, provision of support on use of templates as needed, serving as a resource person);
  • Support project team during key project activities and events, through provision of communications guidance and support, and liaising with the NI Advocacy & Communications team to ensure alignment with organizational strategy and practices.
  • Lead production of key publications, including the bi-monthly TAN updates, quarterly web articles, etc.
  • Draft/review/edit substantive written material to meet project and organizational needs, including content for corporate communications products, digital, print and materials for key audiences.
  • Maintain web content and social media presence to build awareness of the NI-TAN project and to disseminate knowledge products in support of project goals.
  • Support collaboration and communications with TAN partners on knowledge management for the full TAN programme.

Monitoring, evaluation and reporting

  • Contribute to donor quarterly, annual and other reporting requirements as required for TAN and NTEAM.

Other duties and responsibilities as may be required.

Supervisory Responsibilities and Key Contacts

  • There is no supervisory responsibility for this position.

Education / Professional Designation


  • University degree is essential; a qualification in a discipline related to international development, public policy, communications and/or other relevant social sciences is highly desirable.

  • Graduate degree is an asset.


  • Minimum 5 years of experience supporting international development projects in a communications, learning or knowledge management function, in Canada and/or internationally.

  • Experience in facilitation and adult learning an asset.

  • Demonstrated experience conducting qualitative research and/or in knowledge translation.
  • Demonstrated strong writing skills for multiple audiences.
  • Experience with Fireworks, Flash, Acrobat Professional, InDesign, web management tools and working with databases are considered assets.
  • Knowledge and experience working with the SUN Movement desirable.
  • Experience working with technical assistance projects is considered an asset.
  • In-depth knowledge of the Microsoft Office applications and SharePoint

Language Skills

  • Superior communications skills (verbal and written). 

  • Fluency in English is mandatory and French - both reading and writing – is highly desirable.

Travel Requirements

  • International travel will be required to global events and/or NI-TAN countries in Africa and Asia (approximately 3-4 weeks annually).

Other Specific Skills Requirements

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, tact and discretion.
  • Ability to work in cross disciplinary and cross cultural teams.
  • Ability to work effectively and harmoniously with colleagues to achieve team goals.
  • Ability to listen and appreciate alternative perspectives.
  • Excellent communication skills, both orally and in writing.
  • Strong critical thinking skills, strategic approach and attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure when deadlines must be met.
  • Experience in developing countries an asset.

 This is a 12 month contract position with a possibility of extension. Please click on Apply to submit your aplication. Selected candidates must have current legal entitlement to work in Canada (Permanent Residency, Current Work Permit, Citizenship, NAFTA eligibility or other reciprocal trade agreement). This position is located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  Telephone inquiries WILL NOT be accepted. We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Nutrition International is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to an inclusive, equitable and accessible work environment.  Upon request, accommodations due to a disability are available throughout the selection process.