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Technical Officer (Diet & Nutrition)

Nay Pyi Taw (Myanmar)

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Nay Pyi Taw (Myanmar)
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Nutrition
  • Closing Date: 2020-02-05

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Within the scope of nutrition and diet related risk-factors of NCDs and maternal & child nutrition objectives of the programmme would be to provide technical support on the development and management of WHO collaborative programmes, technical cooperation and coordination of activities with MoHS and other government sectors and other stakeholders towards implementation of “Myanmar Multi-sectoral National Plan of Action for Nutrition 2018-2023”.


Under the overall guidance of the WHO Representative to Myanmar and direct supervision of the Technical Officer (RMNCAH), and in collaboration with Nutrition Advisor at WHO SEARO; MCH and NCD teams at the country level; and in alignment with headquarters, the Technical Officer - Diet and Nutrition would\:

- Carry out situation analysis and provide technical support for comprehensive implementation and monitoring of diet and nutrition programmes.

- Support and evaluate country programmes in diet and nutrition with the objective of achieving the country goals in nutrition and diet related risk factors for non communicable diseases and goals of the nutrition for health and development programme of WHO.

- Provide technical support for the introduction of new evidence-based policy measures and interventions to reduce the double burden of malnutrition.

- Advocate and support the implementation of population-based interventions on promotion of healthy diet to reduce the dietary risk of non communicable diseases, especially salt and sugar reduction and elimination of trans fats in diet.

- Facilitate resource mobilization in collaboration with other development partners to support implementation of policies and programmes in diet and nutrition.

- Collaborate with national authorities in developing strategies, plans and activities to strengthen the ongoing nutrition programme in the country and to support the integration of nutrition into relevant areas of work.

- Collaborate in the design, organization and delivery of training courses/workshops for country capacity building in planning and managing key nutrition interventions, for example\: Infant and Young Child Feeding, Nutrition in Emergencies.

- Advocate and support monitoring, nutrition surveillance and evaluation in the area of nutrition and diet related chronic diseases.

- Perform any other duties assigned by supervisor.



Essential\: Graduate degree in nutrition, medicine or public health or similar areas

Desirable\: Post graduate degree in Nutrition, public health epidemiology, health systems management


Essential\: Minimum of 5 years relevant experience, including some years of international experience in planning, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of public health /nutrition programmes with preferably at least 2 years working in the area of Health, Nutrition/healthy diets

Desirable\: Experience in working in developing countries


  • Good knowledge of public health nutrition, managing nutrition programmes and advocating for nutrition and healthy diets in a results oriented manner.
  • Demonstrable problem solving capabilities, strategic thinking and updated knowledge of current public health nutrition priorities;
  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team; skills in programme planning, management, training, implementation and monitoring and evaluation for nutrition and diet related risk factors for health are essential.
  • Familiarity with functioning of government processes and good written and verbal communication skills necessary.

Other Skills\:

- Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with ability to make sound decisions and offer innovative solutions.

- Strong relations management abilities. Ability to work in a team and relate to people at all levels internally across the organization and externally.

- Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented.

- Good presentation and facilitation skills

WHO Competencies

  1. Teamwork
  2. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  3. Communication
  4. Producing results
  5. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

Use of Language Skills

Essential\: Expert knowledge of English.



WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 60,233 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 2048 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.


  • This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level
  • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
  • A written test may be used as a form of screening.
  • In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO 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 through the link\: http\:// Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
  • Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.
  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
  • WHO has a mobility policy which can be found at the following link\: http\:// Candidates appointed to an international post with WHO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or duty station of the Organization throughout the world.
  • Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.
  • For WHO General Service staff who do not meet the minimum educational qualifications, please see e-Manual III.4.1, para 220.
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