Global Health & Nutrition Director

Location: Head Office (US, UK or France)
Position Location: USA, UK or France


Position: Global Health-Nutrition Director

Location: Head office -  USA- Washington DC; UK – London or France – Lyon. Remote postings may be considered if candidate has right to work in remote location. Must have the ability to travel to Relief International’s field locations in Asia, Africa and the Middle East; with 30-40% international travel required.

Reports to: Senior Vice President, Technical Assistance Department


About Relief International:


Relief International is a leading nonprofit organization working in 17 countries to relieve poverty, ensure well-being and advance dignity. We specialize in fragile settings, responding to natural disasters, humanitarian crises and chronic poverty.

Relief International combines humanitarian and development approaches to provide immediate services while laying the groundwork for long-term impact. Our signature approach — which we call the RI Way—emphasizes local participation, an integration of services, strategic partnerships and a focus on civic skills. In this way, we empower communities to find, design and implement the solutions that work best for them.

Relief International includes the four corporate members of the RI Alliance: RI-US, RI-UK, MRCA/RI-France and RI-Europe.  Under our alliance agreement, we operate as a single, shared management structure.


Position Summary:

The Global Health-Nutrition Director provides direction and leadership for Health and Nutrition work across humanitarian, transition, and development settings. This position sets the strategic direction for program quality and works with global, regional, and national teams to deliver results. They develop ideas to address complex challenges, create funding opportunities, and foster partnerships to advance and expand our impact in fragile settings.

The position focuses on program design (including work in supporting new business development) ; technical advising during program implementation (including on activities and M&E) ; and facilitating learning within the organization from lessons learned on RI projects and best practices within the health sector globally.


Essential Responsibilities and Duties

New Business Development (40% LOE):

  • Work with Program Development (PD) and Country Offices to secure institutional funding by providing tangible inputs into the PD process. Must have US Government donor funding experience with European Union (EU), DFID, and UN Agencies including UNICEF, WHO and UNHCR highly preferred.

  • Develop global/regional partnerships that enhance RI’s comparative advantage in the humanitarian-development space.

  • Create marketable concepts that further the humanitarian-development field and align with RI’s strategic vision.

Program Support and Quality Assurance (40% LOE):

  • Lead and develop evidence-based programming throughout Relief International (RI) to delivering results in fragile settings.

  • Guide and support Country Offices to deliver high-quality health and nutrition programming.

  • Shape and implement strategies to ensure that RI develops, maintains, and grows technical capacity in health and nutrition programming at all levels of the organization.

  • Develop state-of-the-art quality technical products, share and promote them widely across the organization.

  • Provide Country Offices with solution-oriented, actionable advice that is adaptable to the operational context.

  • Guide Country Office to meaningfully incorporate cross-cutting issues such as protection, gender, disability, conflict sensitivity, and environmental issues into programs.

  • Contribute to the Technical Assistance Department's shared work-plan and initiatives.

Other Duties (20%):

  • Represent RI at global health and nutrition fora.

  • Cover critical capacity gaps for Country Offices during staff transitions and help recruit and screen country and regional health and nutrition senior staff.

  • Respond to acute emergencies with the Humanitarian Department.

  • Coordinate on cross-departmental initiatives.


  • Expert understanding of health systems in development and humanitarian contexts.

  • Knowledge of industry-standard approaches to health and nutrition and practical experience in their implementation.

  • Ability to manage multiple priorities, short deadlines, and high-stress environments.

  • Experience supporting health and nutrition programs in Fragile, Conflict, and Violence affected countries.

  • Ability to write technical documents, included concept note and proposal technical sections, and deliver professional presentations in English.

  • Resourcefulness and creativity.

  • Direct experience in proposal development for institutional donors (at least one US government required and at least one other of the following: OFDA, USAID, ECHO, DG-DEVCO, DFID, and GAC).

  • Postgraduate degree in a related field.

  • Ten years of related work experience with progressively more responsible roles.

RI Values: We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and operational independence. We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities.


We value:

  • Inclusiveness

  • Transparency and Accountability

  • Agility and Innovation

  • Collaboration

  • Sustainability


Due to the critical nature of this position, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and applicants may be interviewed prior to the closing date. Please apply as soon as possible if you are interested in this role.

Simply apply by following the link below and uploading your cover letter and up-to-date CV.

Due to limited resources only short-listed candidates will be contacted. 

Note to external agencies; we will not be accepting CVs from third parties

Relief International is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

Relief International is committed to safeguarding and protecting the welfare of vulnerable adults and children as a priority. This is reflected in our pre-employment checks and requirement to verify and check the identity and references of all applicants. 

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