Humanitarian Adviser, IYCF-E (Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies)

  • Contract
  • Remote
  • TBD USD / Year
  • Salary: TBD

Save the Children

The Opportunity

Save the Children International has an exciting opportunity for you to join our team as the Humanitarian Adviser, IYCF-E (Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies) in Centre -London, UK or any existing Save the Children International Regional or Country office worldwide

To manage, broaden, and advocate for the development of evidence-based Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies (IYCF-E) programming and capacity in the Save the Children Movement, in order to ensure the delivery of high quality, timely, accountable and appropriate IYCF-E responses globally. The post holder will support the Save the Children Humanitarian Nutrition team across Save the Children members in collaboration with the Emergency Nutrition Working Group, and work with active global stakeholders such as UN agencies, the Global Nutrition Cluster (GNC), Emergency Nutrition Network/Infant Feeding in Emergencies Core Group to lead on the technical direction of IYCF-E response standards, protocols, and strategies, while representing Save the Children at a global level. The role will include high quality nutrition Technical Assistance (TA) directly to countries that are implementing IYCF-E programmes.

Save the Children’s capacity, ability and willingness to undertake quality programming in IYCF-E is outlined in Ambition 2030, to ensure sustained access to life-saving maternal, newborn, and child health and nutrition services, as well as the Global Priorities of 2022-2024 to improve the quality of programmes and humanitarian responses in the 120 countries in which Save the Children works. Save the Children acknowledges that major advocacy and capacity strengthening needs to be conducted and is therefore committed to undertaking further research, rolling out IYCF in all contexts, expanding a common approach, and an IYCF-E strategy. In addition, Save the Children is creating and testing best IYCF-E practice programme policy and tools (both independently and in collaboration with other agencies in the Infant Feeding in Emergencies Core Group and the Global Nutrition Cluster), as well as significantly strengthening its internal technical and operational response capacity.



  • An academic/professional qualification at post graduate level or equivalent in public health nutrition, nutritional epidemiology, international health and nutrition, maternal and child nutrition, or other nutrition-related science field is required.
  • Extensive experience in delivering high quality humanitarian programmes and providing technical support.
  • Strong understanding of humanitarian principles and practices and policy priorities.
  • Ability to undertake significant and regular international travel, at times at short notice, occasionally to remote and insecure locations for up to 30% of work time.
  • Significant experience of organisational level thought leadership in a technical sector.
  • Strong experience of capacity building and mentoring.
  • Experience of working within resource and budget constraints.
  • Highly developed writing skills (e.g. at level for producing an assessment report or proposal during a short time period).
  • Strong communications skills (both written and verbal) at a level appropriate for high level external representation (lobbying, presentations) and ability to tailor communications to different audiences.
  • Understanding and practical experience of the cluster approach at country and global level.
  • Ability to work effectively across teams and departments in person and remotely based.
  • Ability to analyse diverse information and develop recommendations for an appropriate response.
  • Significant experience and a track record of success in delivering high quality emergency response programmes in nutrition.


  • Working knowledge of French, Spanish and/or Arabic.
  • Certification as a Breastfeeding / lactation counsellor.
  • Broad understanding of rights and development issues, international relations and the international humanitarian systems.
  • Understanding and practical experience of the cluster approach at country and global level.
  • Existing networks of contacts in nutrition.

We can offer circa £47,500 per annum (If based in UK) with an option of flexible working hours. If the role is based outside of the UK, National T&C (including pay) will apply.

This role can be based in any existing Save the Children International Regional or Country office location on approval, provided the successful candidate has proof of eligibility to work from the preferred location.

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The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

How to apply

Application Information:

Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your salary expectations.

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

All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.

Save the Children does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

Deadline: 23 Mar 2023