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Nutrition Associate (FIRST Programme)

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N.G.O./Social Services
Total Position:
Job Type:
National Project Personnel (NPP) ( First Shift (Day) )
Job Province:
Job Location:
No Preference
Minimum Education:
Bachelor (14 Years)
Degree Title:
Nutrition, Agriculture, Rural development, Social Sciences, or other relevant related field from a recognized Pakistani or foreign institution.
Career Level:
Minimum Experience:
7 Years
Apply By:
Dec 17, 2018
Posted On:
Dec 5, 2018
Job Description

Organizational Setting

The main aim of the FAO Country Offices, which are headed by an FAO Representative, is to assist governments to develop policies, programmes and projects to achieve food security and to reduce hunger and malnutrition, to help develop the agricultural , fisheries and forestry sectors and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner. This position is located in FAO Sindh provincial office in Karachi, Pakistan, with travel to Hyderabad and other FAO project office and field locations in Sindh. The FAO programme of work in Sindh province includes a number of projects focused on food security, land tenancy governance, disaster preparedness, livelihood restoration, sustainable agriculture, climate responsive agriculture, value-chain development and analysis of the policy environment for food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture (FNSSA).

Reporting Lines

Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Pakistan and under the direct supervision of the FIRST Policy Officer in Karachi, and in close collaboration with the FAO Nutritionist and FAO Gender Specialist in Islamabad, the Nutrition Associate will be responsible for the tasks and duties below.

Project Context

The Food and Nutrition Security Impact, Resilience, Sustainability and Transformation (FIRST) Programme is a partnership between the European Union and FAO. It is a policy assistance facility for governments that is operational in over 30 FAO member countries. It aims to strengthen the enabling environment for FNSSA. In Pakistan, FIRST is focused on the Sindh province and works particularly to assist the government to progress implementation of its agriculture, nutrition and food policies and strategies, and to mainstream development programs aimed at reducing malnutrition, food insecurity and rural poverty in the province.

Technical Focus

Development and implementation of nutrition-sensitive training materials; analysis of nutrition aspects of policy frameworks and implementation plans;  and delivery of effective nutrition messages in a range of formats, to achieve project results. All the above in line with the approaches promoted by FAO and related to achieving food security through sustainable food systems, and eradicating hunger and all forms of malnutrition.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Assist the FIRST Policy Officer with nutrition-sensitive agriculture policy analysis and assessment of agriculture programming in Sindh, with the objective of increasing the understanding of households, small farmers, government officials, corporate social responsibility officers and others about food security and nutrition, as well as related gender and livelihood issues, across Sindh.
  •  Establish good linkages with the government and other stakeholders  (including UN agencies, non-government organisations, consultancy firms and private sector) with regard to nutrition,  and ensure representation of the FIRST Programme (as focal person) at provincial Nutrition Working Group meetings and any other forum where nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive development is discussed. Promote and support synergies between projects and programs with nutrition objectives in Sindh.
  • Liaison and coordination of project activities with knowledge and training providers, as well as other relevant nutrition programmes in Sindh funded and implemented by government, EU, UN or other partners, including the Sindh Accelerated Action Plan for Reduction of Stunting (AAP); the Programmed for Improved Nutrition in Sindh (PINS) and the Food Fortification Program. Work towards coherence with respect to nutrition in theories of change, training curriculums, and technical information utilised in these projects.
  •  Promote and explain the FAO-developed National Dietary Guidelines and Food Composition Tables for Pakistan, to a range of stakeholders and project beneficiaries; and develop related materials for use by the FIRST Programme, government and by other partners.
  •  Be responsible for the development and implementation of specific nutrition-sensitive education and training activities and delivery of effective nutrition messages within the framework of relevant EU-funded projects in Sindh including PINS, SUCCESS and Improved Land Tenancy in Sindh (ILTS), ensuring a coherent approach is used. This will include contribution to the design of capacity building activities, such as the curriculum of Farmer Field Schools/Women Open Schools. Collaborate with relevant FAO staff in Quetta, Islamabad and Peshawar to gather and share good practices and successful activities with other implementers.
  • Assist in the development and use of specific dietary diversity and related indicators, for evaluating and following up the extent of improvement in food diversity and nutritional status of households in the target projects and programs, in consultation with M&E officers from these projects and  programs and FAO’s M&E Specialist.
  • To prepare draft reports/documents and contribute to the annual reports for FIRST.
  •  Perform any other task assigned by the FAOR that is within the scope of the above activities.


Minimum Requirements

  • University degree in nutrition, agriculture, rural development, social sciences, or other relevant related field from a recognized Pakistani or foreign institution.
  • Atleast 7 years work experience in the development sector.
  •  Fluency in written and spoken Sindhi and Urdu is required; and good working knowledge of English (C level) including report writing competency.
  •  National of Pakistan

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/Functional Skills

  •  Remain open to change and ability to manage complexity;
  •  Ability to work and act under pressure and with discretion in multicultural environment;
  • Demonstrate capacity to plan, prioritize and deliver tasks on time to meet goals;
  • Ability to work independently as well as with a team of stakeholders, managing competing priorities;
  •  Good knowledge of communication and documentation standards.
  •  Excellent communication, organizational skills and ability to work in a team as well as leadership skills in order to build partnerships between various organisations.
  •  Computer skills, including word processing, spread sheet and other software packages/ systems is required.
  • Demonstrated technical knowledge in nutrition or nutrition-sensitive agriculture interventions and experience in strengthening (capacity development) of government and national agencies on nutritional aspects or mainstreaming of nutrition or implementation of nutrition sensitive interventions is essential. 

Selection Criteria

Candidates will be assessed against the requirements listed above.

  •  Experience in working at policy, organizational and field level.
  • Experience with liaison with other organisations, including UN agencies, as well as coordination with partners and households (communities and households in the field) and in working in multi-disciplinary/cross-sectoral teams;

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.



  • All applications will be reviewed and qualified applicants will be contacted for interviews.
  •  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, or have queries, please contact: iRecruitment@fao.org
  •  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 other issues, visit the FAO employment website: http://www.fao.org/employment/home/en/


To apply, visit the iRecruitment website at http://www.fao.org/employment/irecruitment-access/en/ and complete your online profile. Only applications received through iRecruitment will be considered.

Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile.

Vacancies will be removed from iRecruitment at 23:59 Central European Time (CET) on the deadline for applications date. We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

If you need help, or have queries, please contact: iRecruitment@fao.org

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