National Nutrition Advisor, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Country: Bangladesh

City: Dhaka

Office: FAO Dhaka, Bangladesh

Closing date: Friday, 24 September 2021


National Nutrition Advisor SC 10

Job Posting: 14/Sep/2021

Closure Date: 24/Sep/2021, 9:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : FABGD

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition : NPP (National Project Personnel)

Grade Level : N/A

Primary Location: Bangladesh-Dhaka

Duration : 08 Months

Post Number : N/A

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Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented member nations and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply

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The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations depending on the evolving needs of the Organization

Organizational Setting

The FAO Representation in Bangladesh is responsible for leading FAO’s response to regional priorities for food security, agriculture and rural development through the identification, planning, and implementation of FAO’s priority activities in the country. It ensures a multidisciplinary approach to programmes, identifies priority areas of action for the Organization in Bangladesh and, in collaboration with Regional Office Asia and Pacific and the departments and divisions at Headquarters, develops, promotes and oversees FAO’s strategic response to the country priorities. The representation also supports the regional office in the incorporation of regional priorities into the Organization’s Programme of Work and Budget and implements approved programmes and projects in the country, monitors the level of programme implementation and draws attention to problems and deficiencies. The office also develops and maintains relations with Government of Bangladesh, UN agencies, the resource partners and other development institution at the country level.

Reporting Lines

Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Bangladesh, the direct supervision of the MUCH OIC, and in close coordination with the MUCH Project Manager, and consultation and collaboration with the MUCH Technical Assistance Team (TAT), government counterparts, especially the Food Planning and Monitoring Unit (FPMU) and the policy/planning wings of core ministries (Food, Agriculture, Fisheries/Livestock, Women/Children Affairs, and Health/Family Welfare), as well as development partners, including donors, private sector and civil society organisations, the incumbent will undertake the tasks and responsibilities outlined below. Technical Focus Meeting the Undernutrition Challenge (MUCH) is based in the Food Planning and Monitoring Unit (FPMU) of the Ministry of Food (MoFood) in Bangladesh. The MUCH project extends support to the core ministries (Food, Agriculture, Health/ Family Welfare, Livestock/ Fisheries, Women/ Child Affairs), civil society organizations (CSOs) and the private sector, seeking to achieve a strengthened enabling environment for eradicating food insecurity and malnutrition, in particular, by improving: (i) cross-sectoral and sectoral policies and investment frameworks and programmes for food security and nutrition (FSN) that are gender sensitive; (ii) human and organizational resource development for FSN; (iii) financial resource allocation for FSN; (iv) inclusiveness of governance and coordination mechanisms for FSN; and (v) comprehensiveness of information generation to support FSN policy formulation, programming and implementation.

The National Nutrition Adviser is an SC10 position with duty station Dhaka and may require travelling across the country. The selected candidate will be based out of the MUCH project office, FPMU, Ministry of Food, Khadyya Bhavan, Dhaka.

Tasks and responsibilities

Ensuring alignment with overall Programme objectives and promoting standardized approaches as appropriate:

Provide inputs to the formulation of the implementation and monitoring plan for the Plan of Action (PoA) of the National Food and Nutrition Security Policy (NFNSP) 2020 with a focus on strengthening nutrition actions within poverty reduction, vulnerability, gender, nutrition-sensitive social protection and resilience issues so and maximise the outcomes for healthy diets and nutrition;
Conduct national and field consultations to disseminate the PoA, especially the sections concerned with food consumption, utilization and nutrition, food safety, hygiene gender, and resilience;
Support the sub-national level implementation of the PoA through strengthening support across the multi sectoral institutional arrangements to enable policy synergy at sub-national levels with close harmonization with BNNC;
Participate in multi-stakeholder dialogues to identify food and nutrition security policy related initiatives, action agendas and nutrition relevant research needs in collaboration with inter-ministerial different committees related to PoA;
Support dissemination of the nutrition related research outputs produced by MUCH and enable uptake of research results to improve diets and impact child nutrition;
Support the dissemination of nutrition education materials for schools, nutrition clubs and youth groups across sub national levels, notably the NCB learning materials

Support the effective delivery of training programmes for analysts, policy and planning officers in the FPMU, core partner ministries of the Programme, members of the inter-ministerial thematic teams and representatives of civil society and the private sector in particular in the field of specific nutrition issues, such as FBDGs, FCT and CF;
Deliver on-the-job training and guidance to policy and planning officers of the FPMU, core partner Ministries, members of the inter-ministerial food security teams and representatives of civil society and the private sector on issues related to nutrition;
Identify diet, nutrition and food safety related indicators that are SMART to be included in the food security and nutrition data management system for monitoring and assessing nutritional status as input to the joint national GAP strategy;
Contribute to planning, monitoring, execution and reporting on programme implementation;
Perform other related duties as required.


Minimum Requirements

Advanced university degree in food science and nutrition, human nutrition, Development/Health Economics or other relevant field is essential

Minimum seven years of relevant experience

Working knowledge of English; fluency in both Bangla and English

National of Bangladesh

FAO Core Competencies

Results Focus



Building Effective Relationships

Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

Demonstrated experience in facilitating multi-stakeholder dialogues, especially between government, development partners, civil society and the private sector

Strong network of collaboration and coordination with relevant stakeholders and ability to foster such collaborations

Extent of experience in training and capacity development

Strong network of collaboration and coordination with relevant stakeholders and ability to foster such collaborations


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