National Nutrition Specialist, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar

Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Country: Myanmar

Field location: Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar

Office: FAO in Nay Pyi Taw

Closing date: Thursday, 3 September 2020


National Nutrition Specialist

Job Posting: 20/Aug/2020

Closure Date: 03/Sep/2020, 9:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : FAMYA

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition : PSA (Personal Services Agreement)

Grade Level : N/A

Primary Location: Myanmar-Nay Pyi Taw

Duration : 187 working days until 31 August 2021

Post Number : N/A

FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.

Qualified female applicants and qualified nationals of non-and under-represented member countries are encouraged to apply.

Persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

Organizational Setting

Food-based dietary guidelines (FBDG) are a set of dietary guidelines on healthy diets for the general population. FBDGs along with healthy eating messages and food graphics are tools used to promote healthy eating. Additionally, FBDGs can serve as a basis to inform food and agriculture policies to produce and supply a diverse variety of foods for meeting nutritional needs of people. FAO supports countries to adopt a food-based approach to improve maternal and child diets and to prevent all forms of malnutrition for achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. FAO in partnership with other UN agencies in Myanmar offers technical support to the National Nutrition Center (NNC), Ministry of Health and Sports and Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation to revise, refine and finalize the national FBDGs, particularly offering guidance on the overall methodologies to develop the FBDGs and to ensure coherence of messages developed for different age groups. Concomitantly, FAO supports the Myanmar government in developing a set of balanced food plate/graphics specifically for pregnant and lactating women (PLW) that promote healthy and diverse dietary patterns across different regions of the country, under a Technical Cooperation Programme (TCP) titled ‚Technical assistance in development of strategic tools for planning agriculture diversification and dietary improvement‘. The work on PLW food graphics helps pilot test and refine the methodologies, gather relevant information and data for evidence review and diet modelling in the national FBDGs development, and establish a partner network to support the Government of Myanmar to establish the national FBDGs.

Reporting Lines

Under the overall supervision of the Assistant FAO Representative in Myanmar and direct technical supervision of the Senior Nutrition & Food systems Officer, RAP (Lead Technical Officer), in close collaboration with the FAO International Nutrition Technical Expert, UNICEF-hired National Nutrition Consultant, the FBDG Technical Task Force, the FIRST Food Security and Nutrition Policy Specialist, Senior Land Tenure Adviser, and in consultation with the Nutrition Officer at FAO headquarters, the incumbent will assist in refining the FBDG methodologies, diet modelling exercise and food composition data (FCT) update as well as day-to-day matters in supporting the Government of Myanmar and the FBDG Task Force to develop the National FBDGs.

Tasks and responsibilities:

The incumbent will perform the following tasks:

Work closely with and liaise regularly with the focal personal of National Nutrition Centre (NNC), of the Ministry of Health and Sports; and with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MoALI), particularly Department of Planning (DoP).

Facilitate the setup of a FBDG Technical Task Force (TTF) and jointly agree on Terms of Reference, respective responsibilities, and work programme, by working closely with the UNICEF National Nutrition Consultant.

With support from ESN, RAP, and International Nutrition Technical Expert, review FBDG design methodology, document and adapt it to the Myanmar context, and present it to NNC and the TTF. Finalize FBDG guidance manual including methodology for roll-out in Myanmar.

Support development of the FBDG’s subject matter, evidence review process; guidelines and key messages for posters and leaflets for the target groups, working closely with the UNICEF National Nutrition Consultant, the creative agency, TTF, NNC, and in close consultation with the FAO Lead Technical Officer, FAO International Nutrition Technical Expert, FAO headquarters nutrition team.

Support the FAO International Nutrition Technical Expert to manage and update the FCT, food exchanges list and serving sizes and participate in the diet modelling work, to prepare and fine-tune the Thai FCT by adding missing nutrient values. This process will entail extrapolating nutrient data from overseas FCTs (Asian FCTs, USDA etc.).

Support the FAO International Nutrition Technical Expert on diet modelling exercises, document the diet modelling procedures to develop a reference diet model for consideration, and adapting the reference diet model to different age groups for FBDGs development, as needed, in consultation with the Technical Task Force, NNC and FAO HQ.

Facilitate the discussions between NNC, MoALI and Technical Task Force team, as well as FAO technical experts and the creative agency on serving sizes, food guides and food graphics based on the country evidence report, secondary data, and focus group.

Ensure technical validity of counselling/communication materials developed by the creative designer agency in close consultation with the UNICEF National Nutrition Consultant, the LTO, FAO International Nutrition Technical Expert, Technical Task Force, NNC and FAO HQ nutrition team.

Draft document on advocacy and dissemination strategy for varied audiences (health professionals, trainers, and media people) in collaboration with the UNICEF National Nutrition Consultant.

To support the finalization of PLW Food graphics:

Support the FAO International Nutrition Technical Expert and closely work with the creative designer agency to develop PLW food graphic prototypes with key messages and assess their reliability, comprehension, and feasibility.

Develop training materials and support facilitation of train-the-trainers workshops at national and regional level to help teachers, nutritionists, health professionals and/or community leaders become effective educators and promoters of the food graphic and as needed, for FBDGs at a later stage.

In collaboration with working partners, develop an action plan for dissemination and development of Information, Education, Communication (IEC) materials related to PLW food graphic.

Participate in nutrition meetings in Myanmar as required.

Support FAO Myanmar office on other nutrition-related tasks as required.


Minimum Requirements

Advanced University Degree in Nutrition, Dietetics or Food Science is preferable; an advance degree in Public Health or a closely related field may also be considered.

Minimum 5 years relevant experience in food and nutrition, public health or a related field.

Myanmar National

FAO Core Competencies

Tags behavior change continuous improvement food and nutrition food composition food security knowledge sharing land tenure livestock nutrition policy nutrition security nutritionist sustainable development technical cooperation transparency

Results Focus



Building Effective Relationships

Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Selection Criteria

Experience in the development of Food-based Dietary Guidelines and in nutrition counselling is desirable.

Experience in engaging with diverse nutrition stakeholders.

Experience in writing and publishing technical reports for the government, international developmental agency or international NGO.

Previous working experience in another low or medium income country is desirable.

Excellent communication in both oral and written English.

Conversant with and knowledgeable of food and nutrition security situation in Myanmar

Experience with Optifoods or other diet modelling techniques/linear programming preferred.

Experience in using effective Behavior Change Communication skills to communicate and promote dietary diversity and nutrition messages to the general public

Strong working relations with Government Ministries.

Experience in working with a UN agency or international NGO is desirable.

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.


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