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- BY Nicole Pelette
Promoting dietary diversity and ensuring diet quality during pregnancy had proven interventions to safeguard good pregnancy outcomes and healthy growth of infants during the 1000 days window of opportunity that covers from the woman's pregnancy until her child's 2nd birthday. This is the crux of the recently endorsed Multi Sector National Action Plan for Nutrition (MS-NPAN) in Myanmar. FAO is engaged in supporting food-based nutrition strategies to improve diets and nutrition of mothers and children within the 2030 Agenda. Among these strategies, the balanced food plate, as a counselling and planning tool to help visualize Food-Based Dietary Guidelines (FBDGs), underpins efforts to promote diet diversity and a healthy lifestyle. FAO has supported a number of countries in the development of a “food plate/graphic”. A food graphic can be used for advocacy purposes, to ensure that food-related policies and programs in sectors such as agriculture, trade, and social protection are in line with FBDGs, and as a counselling tool to promote adequate nutrient intake and nutrition to promote overall health and prevent chronic diseases. FAO intends to develop a number of balanced food plate/graphics specifically catered to pregnant and lactating mothers, reflecting diverse dietary patterns across the country under a Technical Cooperation Programme (TCP) titled ‘Technical assistance in development of strategic tools for planning agriculture diversification and dietary improvement’.
Under the overall supervision of the Assistant FAO Representative in Myanmar, under the technical guidance of the Senior Nutrition & Food systems Officer, RAP (Lead Technical Officer), and under the direct technical supervision of the International Nutrition Technical Expert, in close collaboration with AFAOR (Programme), the FIRST Food Security and Nutrition Policy Specialist, Senior Land Tenure Adviser, and in consultation with Nutrition Officer in FAO’s Nutrition and Food Systems Division (ESN, HQ), the national Nutrition Communication Consultant will be responsible for developing and supporting the information, education and communication as well as graphic design aspects of the roll-out of a Balanced Food Plate/Graphic for pregnant and lactating women in close collaboration with the National Nutrition Centre (NNC) under Ministry of Health and Sports and with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MoALI).
In regular consultation and coordination with the Regional Communication Officer, FAORAP, the incumbent shall ensure coherence with FAO’s corporate communication policy and operational guidelines for all communication and information outputs.
Tasks and responsibilities: