Nutrition Communication Consultant

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Yangon, Myanmar

Skill Required:, Media and Communication
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
9th April, 2019

Job Description

Organizational Setting

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’.

Reporting Lines

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).

Technical Focus

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:

  • Review comprehensive country needs analysis and dietary recommendations developed for the targeted groups and review theory of change report to inform all tasks below.
  • Identify a suitable creative design agency in Myanmar to visualize and print Food Plate/Graphics. Test materials and acceptability of target users.
  • Together with a creative design agency, develop strategy for roll-out, dissemination, and use of graphic as well as complementary counselling/communication tools.
  • Liaise between the technical task force members and the creative agency to finalize the food graphic.
  • Ensure that messages to be used in conjunction with food plate to support nutrition education programmes and interventions are well understood by target group and easy to implement.
  • Develop complementary Information, Education, Communication (IEC) materials and draft Action Plan for dissemination.
  • Ensure timely distribution and procurement of food graphic materials, with printing being the responsibility of the creative agency.
  • Develop training materials for the facilitation of Training of Trainers workshops at national and regional level to help teachers, nutritionists, health professionals and/or community leaders become effective educators and promoters of the food graphic.
  • Organize logistics of advocacy workshop to share the Action Plan for dissemination and development of Information, Education, Communication (IEC) materials.
  • Participate in Task Force meetings and at least one national workshop to collect and share findings.
  • Support Myanmar office on other nutrition-related tasks as required.

Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced University Degree in Arts and Communications, Social Sciences, Nutrition, Public Health, Food Science or a closely related field.
  • Minimum 5 years relevant experience in communication on food and nutrition, public health or a related field.
  • Working knowledge of English.
  • Myanmar National.

FAO Competencies
Results Focus

  • Leading, Engaging and Empowering
  • Communication
  • Partnering and Advocating
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
  • Strategic Thinking

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Experience in using effective Behavior Change Communication skills to communicate and promote dietary diversity and nutrition messages to the general public.
  • Relevant experience with UN agencies, especially FAO.
  • Experience in engaging with diverse nutrition stakeholders, from public and private sector in Myanmar.

Selection Criteria

  • Possess creative/innovative ideas and skills in communicating science-based information effectively with the general public is essential.
  • Familiarity with food and nutrition issues across States and Regions in Myanmar.
  • Experience in writing and publishing technical reports for the government, international developmental agency or international NGO.
  • Excellent communication in both oral and written English.


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