Nutrition Technician

  • Full Time
  • Anywhere
  • June 21, 2024

Website Food and Agriculture Organization

JOB OPPORTUNITY

Nutrition Technician

Organizational Unit: FANEP – FAO Representation in Nepal
Job Type: Non-staff opportunities
Type of Requisition: NPP (National Project Personnel)
Grade Level: N/A
Primary Location: Various Locations
Duration: 12 Months (possible to further extension)
Post Number: N/A

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please note that Closure Date and Time displayed above are based on date and time settings of your personal device

  • FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and culture
  • Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply
  • Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct, and to uphold FAO’s values
  • FAO, as a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct that is incompatible with its status, objectives and mandate, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination
  • All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
  • All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

Organizational Setting

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is a specialized technical agency of the United Nations established in 1945 whose mission is to contribute to eradicating hunger and achieving food security for all. FAO contributes to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda through FAO’s Strategic Framework by supporting the transformation to MORE efficient, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable agri-food systems, for better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life, leaving no one behind.

FAO mobilizes high level national and international technical expertise to build capacity of institutions and human resources. It also helps to bring in modern and innovative technologies and formulate conducive policies in countries through piloting, adapting and scaling up of successful global practices to achieve sustainable agri-food systems transformation.

Currently in Nepal, FAO projects focus on technical capacity building, policy development, enhancing agri-production, strengthening food systems, improving food & nutrition security, enhancing resilience to Disasters and impacts of Climate Change as well as threats posed by zoonotic diseases to human health through the One Health approach. FAO also contributes to the coordination of humanitarian assistance/relief and transition to livelihoods recovery within the agriculture sector, under the framework of the food security cluster.

In this context, FAO Nepal seeks to hire a Nutrition Technician (32 position) who will perform a crucial role in supporting the implementation and monitoring of nutrition programs and conducting dietary assessments and reliable nutritional information.

Reporting Lines

Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Nepal, the direct supervision of the Project Team Leader with technical guidance of Cluster Nutrition Specialist and in coordination with Nutrition Specialist, the Nutrition Technician will perform the following tasks.

Technical Focus

The Nutrition Technician will primarily focus on conducting dietary assessments and anthropometric measurements to evaluate the nutritional status of target communities and maintaining accurate data on food intake, dietary habits, and nutritional health indicators aimed at improving the nutritional status of communities and dietary practices.

Tasks and responsibilities

  •  Formation/ identification of new nutrition groups and selection of existing groups (mother groups)
  • Conduct group level orientation/meeting to sensitize on project activities as per the guidance from PCU
  • Facilitate groups formation and registration process in concerned rural municipalities and provide group strengthening support,
  • Facilitate in the planning, implementation of Nutrition Field School (NFS), Home Nutrition Garden (HNG) in the targeted municipalities,
  • Facilitate nutrition groups in adoption of social and BCC practices,
  • Facilitate nutrition groups in developing proposals/business plan for accessing small grants from the project,
  • Prepare and submit a monthly work plan to cluster-based Nutrition Specialist and PCU as per the format developed by the project,
  • Collect and report field level data required for PMIS to cluster-based Nutrition
  • Specialist on monthly basis,
  • Monitor, supervise and prepare monthly progress report on the nutrition related activities of the project,
  • Coordinate with PCUs for the distribution of inputs/ tools equipment for implementing NFS, establish HNG and implementation of small grants to the beneficiaries,
  • Implement awareness raising activities on environment and social issues and safeguard aspects, and information/data collection as per the need of the project,
    • Monitoring of environment and social compliances identified in environment and social management plan,
    • Report on progress in the use of funds disbursed to the beneficiary groups by the project as instructed and on the progress of business plans and small grant programs,
    • Support PCUs for the identification of beneficiaries, formation of nutrition groups in new RMs for the implementation of FANSEP II interventions,
    • Collect and report field level data required for PMIS to Cluster Nutrition Specialist Team on monthly basis,
    • Undertake other project related tasks as assigned by PCU chief, PCU staffs and FAO TA-Team

CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING

Minimum Requirements

  • Minimum High School Diploma/Technical Diploma (equivalent to SLC) TSLC Health education Nutrition related subject.
  • At least two years of working experience development project and social mobilization and awareness activities along with group formation and strengthening will be an added advantage.
  • Working knowledge of English and Nepali.
  • National of Nepal.

FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  •  Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Strong understanding of nutritional science, dietary guidelines, and the nutritional needs of target areas.
  • Meticulous in conducting nutritional assessments, maintaining accurate records, and ensuring data integrity.
  • Ability to effectively communicate nutritional information to clients and community members.
  • Proficient in preparing reports and educational materials.
  • Capable of managing multiple tasks, prioritizing workload, and adhering to deadlines.
  • Good knowledge of communication and documentation standards.
  • Good knowledge of the organizational structure.

Selection Criteria

  • Knowledge of local language will be an advantage.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and with a multidisciplinary and multicultural team.
  • Proficiency in collecting dietary data and maintain accurate records and analyzing nutritional information to support research and program development.
  • Assisted in the implementation and evaluation of nutrition programs, including preparing educational materials, organizing workshops, and coordinating with other health professionals.
  • Good knowledge of computer operation of the MS Office applications, Internet and office technology equipment
  • Extent of technical and practical experience on the day-to-day operational activities of the project or programmes.
  • Communication, writing and presentation skills in English and Nepali..
  • Prior work experience with UN agencies, development partners, banks, and government of Nepal.
  • High degree of team ethics, well-organized, result focused and dynamic personality
  • Preference will be given to local applicants and applicants should mention their preferred Rural Municipality (RM) in the motivation letter (Gorkha: Aarughat and Sahid Lakan RM / Dhading: Siddhalek and Galchhi RM / Sindhupalchowk: Sunkoshi and Tripurasundari RM / Dolakha: Baiteshwor and Meling RM / Dhanusha: Janaka Nandini and Bateshwor RM / Mahottari: Sonama and Samsi RM / Siraha: Laxmipur Patari and Nawarajpur RM / Saptari: Chhinnamata and Mahadeva RM)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing)
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted
  • Please note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at http://www.whed.net/
  • For additional employment opportunities visit the FAO employment website: http://www.fao.org/employment/home/en/
  • Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.

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

HOW TO APPLY

  • To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, and language skills
  • Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile
  • Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application
  • Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments and authorization to conduct verification checks of past and present work, character, education, military and police records to ascertain any and all information which may be pertinent to the employment qualifications
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered
  • Personal information provided on your application may be shared within FAO and with other companies acting on FAO’s behalf to provide employment support services such as pre-screening of applications, assessment tests, background checks and other related services. You will be asked to provide your consent before submitting your application. You may withdraw consent at any time, by withdrawing your application, in such case FAO will no longer be able to consider your application
  • Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered
  • Your application will be screened based on the information provided in your online profile
  • We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

If you need help or have queries, please create a one-time registration with FAO’s client support team for further assistance: https://fao.service-now.com/csp

Closure Date: 21/Jun/2024, 3:44:00 AM

To apply for this job please visit jobs.fao.org.

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