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Vacancy Announcement

Published on: 11 July 2018
  Deadline for Application: 31 July 2018

The FAO Representation in Bangladesh is inviting applications from qualified national candidates to the following vacant position under the project “GCP/BGD/059/USA and GCP/BGD/063/EU: Meeting the Undernutrition Challenges (MUCH), to be filled as soon as possible:

Position: National Nutrition Consultant

Meeting the Undernutrition Challenge (MUCH) is the follow-up project of the National Food Policy Capacity Strengthening Programme (NFPCSP) and based in the Food Planning and Monitoring Unit (FPMU) of the Ministry of Food (MoFood) in Bangladesh. The MUCH project broadens the scope of NFPCSP’s interventions extending support to other core ministries, 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.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Bangladesh, the overall technical supervision of the MUCH Chief Technical Advisor (CTA), the direct supervision of the MUCH Senior Nutritionist, and in close consultation and collaboration with the MUCH Technical Assistance Team (TAT), government counterparts, especially the Food Planning and Monitoring Unit (FPMU), as well as development partners, including civil society and the private sector, the incumbent will:

  • Provide technical support to nutrition planning, monitoring, evaluation and documentation;
  • Plan and adapt appropriate diets, recipes and nutrient-rich dishes and food combinations (with enhanced bioavailability) and correct cooking methods with emphasis on hygienic practices for advocacy and training to promote safe, diverse and sustainable diets for good nutrition;
  • Calculate the nutrient density of selected recipes and diets;
  • Support training courses at key nutrition institutions as required;
  • Support the regular exchange of information on nutrition issues in Bangladesh with close coordination and collaboration with government departments (IPHN/FPMU/DAE/DLS/DoF), agencies and officials, and the MUCH staff;
  • Ensure that nutrition components with emphasis on gender concerns are integrated and addressed, in particular in a National Food and Nutrition Security Policy to be formulated and in the implementation of the CIP2, NPAN2 and Master Plan of the Southern Delta, as advised by CTA/Senior Nutritionist/MUCH team;
  • Assist in nutrition sensitization and advocacy activities, e.g. at a MUCH stall to be set up on World Food Day and other nutrition-linked days such as World Egg Day, World Milk Day, World Breast Feeding Week, National Nutrition Week, etc.;
  • Participate in a symposium on nutrition-sensitive interventions, the Second International Conference (ICN2) follow-up and SUN initiatives, and report progress;
  • Assist in (i) preparing and updating fact sheets on SUN and related policy issues; and (ii) organising and conducting nutrition-related consultations, meetings, trainings and workshops;
  • Assist in the formulation of project proposals; and
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Academic/Technical Competencies/Qualifications:

  • University degree in Foods and Nutrition, Public Health, Home Economics, Rural Sociology or other relevant field;
  • Minimum five to seven years of relevant experience;
  • Experience in analyzing technical issues, and to write in English and Bangla, clear and concise reports and project documents and to make effective oral presentations;
  • Experience in project management and implementation;
  • Experience in developing and maintaining harmonious work relations with colleagues of different national and cultural backgrounds;
  • Gender awareness and knowledge of critical gender issues to be mainstreamed in agricultural, rural development and policies, strategies, programs and projects;
  • Fluent in Bangla and ability to undertake translation between English and Bangla languages;
  • Working knowledge of English (level C); and
  • Computer literacy and ability to use effectively word processing (Windows, Excel, Word) and modern communication tools (Internet, LAN, email, website surfing and related software).

Office Location: MUCH Project Office, Food Planning and Monitoring Unit, Ministry of Food, Khaddy Bhaban, 16 Abdul Gani Road, Dhaka-1000
Duration: 11 months (extendable)

Application Guidelines:
All applicants will have to send their PPF to the following address: only by close of business on 31 July 2018.

PPF is available to this link:

Instruction on PPF Registration: Please click on “Access Professional Vacancies” and then “Enter iRecruitment”. For new users, please register as a “First time visitor” or for registered users, please Log-In by using your credentials.
Email Subject must refer “Application for the position of National Nutrition Consultant”

Application not submitted through the filled PPF will be discarded. Please do not submit any certificates/documents with your application.

Candidates not possessing the essential qualifications should not apply as their application will not be considered.

Any persuasion will disqualify the candidate; only short listed candidates will be invited for the interview.

All recruitment to FAO posts are made on a competitive and transparent basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply directly to FAO and follow the instructions on the above mentioned website. Please note that no intermediary is allowed to expedite or facilitate such process. All those who represent themselves as such are fraudulent and should be reported to FAO immediately.

Women candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.