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Lilongwe (Malawi)

  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Lilongwe (Malawi)
  • Grade: NPP - National Project Personnel - Local Contractors Agreement - All levels
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Nutrition
  • Closing Date: 2020-04-07

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

Qualified female applicants are encouraged to apply.

People with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.

Organizational Setting

FAO Malawi assists governments to develop policies, programmes and projects to address hunger and malnutrition, and provides technical support for the sustainable development of their agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors and to respond to crises. The Nutrition Specialist will be hired to provide technical support to all relevant projects implemented within FAO Malawi.

Reporting Lines

The Nutrition Specialist will be under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative, the Assistant FAOR (Programme) and the day-to-day supervision of the Head of Technical Section and close collaboration with relevant officers in the Project Coordination Section and the relevant Lead Technical Officers (LTO).

Technical Focus\:

The Nutrition Specialist will be the focal point for all FAO Malawi nutrition programming issues, supervise implementation of nutrition interventions and provide relevant technical guidance through close collaboration with government departments dealing with nutrition.

Tasks and responsibilities

The incumbent will work more specifically\:

  • Coordinate project/programme support during formulation and implementation of ongoing activities focusing on nutrition and nutrition sensitive agriculture.
  • Coordinate policy dialogue processes on nutrition with government, development partners, private sector and Civil Society Organizations.
  • Gather, analyse and disseminate relevant technical information, data and/or statistics on nutrition for input in various documents, studies, field projects, and/or assessments.
  • Ensure nutrition is mainstreamed in FAO’s project formulation, implementation and document best practices from field projects.
  • Collaborate in the development of training tools and materials on NSA, nutrition education and social behaviour communication tools, and marketing and advertising to promote healthy diets.
  • Strengthen integration of women’s empowerment in agriculture, and the enabling environment for nutrition, and reaching the most nutritionally vulnerable
  • Participate in monitoring and evaluation of nutrition projects/programmes.
  • Development and review of work plans, budgets and procurement plans related to nutrition activities.
  • Provide technical advice and guidance on technical specifications, evaluation and clearance of goods and services procured with support from FAO by working closely with the DHNA and other relevant departments.
  • Participate in technical working groups on nutrition on behalf of FAO.
  • Perform any other tasks as may be required.
Minimum Requirements
  • Advanced degree in nutrition, food systems, dietetics, agricultural development or closely related field from a recognized University.
  • At least 7 years of professional experience in the implementation and management of nutrition projects/programmes.
  • Working knowledge of English.
  • National of Malawi
FAO Core Competencies
  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Work experience in one or more of the technical fields (i.e. nutrition-sensitive agriculture, integrated food security and nutrition, nutrition education, agricultural marketing, food security and nutrition assessment; nutrition-sensitive social protection.)
  • Relevance of experience in nutrition-sensitive agriculture and food systems interventions;
  • Previous working experience in a technical advisory role working in an international global organization;
  • Demonstrated excellence in oral and written presentation skills in English.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work well within multi-sector and multi-agency working groups;
  • A strong and in-depth field knowledge and experience in nutrition-sensitive agriculture and food systems interventions.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.


  • FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing)
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you need help please contact\:
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted
  • Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications
  • For additional employment opportunities visit the FAO employment website\: http\://

FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.
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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
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