The National Nutrition Specialist will address the following objectives:
- Lead on the development, implementation and monitoring of the LIFT nutrition strategy and partnerships approaches with various development partners, UN agencies, NGOs, CSOs, public and private service providers and any other relevant stakeholders.
- Provide technical support for a coordinated and strategic approach to nutrition policy and advocacy with donors, development partners, UN agencies, NGOs, CSOs, private service providers and other stakeholders, including community organizations and ethnic service providers.
- Provide technical support to LIFT programme teams and partners for the successful and coordinated design and implementation of LIFT projects that include nutrition-related programming.
- Operationalise and share best practices and lessons learned for corporate development planning and knowledge building.
Summary of Key Functions
- Development, implementation and review of LIFT nutrition strategy and advocacy agenda
- Quality and effectiveness of LIFT-supported programme interventions
1. Development, implementation and review of LIFT nutrition strategy
- Lead on the development, implementation and monitoring of the LIFT nutrition strategy and advocacy agenda and partnerships approaches with various development partners, UN agencies, NGOs, CSOs, public and private service providers and any other relevant stakeholders, including community organizations and ethnic service providers.
- Draft LIFT briefs and position papers related to maternal and child nutrition and other relevant nutrition related topics
- Ensure evidence of LIFT-supported interventions is rigorously maintained, documented, and disseminated internally and externally as appropriate to contribute to improvements in programming quality and advocacy efforts.
- Provide inputs for the preparation of LIFT’s annual and semi-annual reports as well as other reports or updates as required.
- Support LIFT-supported research (formative, operational, etc.) on nutrition.
- Provide inputs into the design of call for proposals and proactively and regularly communicate planned requirements for program design and implementation to others within the LIFT Programme Management Office.
2. Quality and effectiveness of LIFT-supported programme interventions
- Support LIFT’s programme team to manage the nutrition aspects of their respective portfolios and ensure that approaches are harmonized whether at community, household or individual levels.
- Contribute to the appraisal of nutrition-related proposals.
- Work with LIFT implementing partners to address nutrition in the preparation, implementation and monitoring and evaluation (M & E) phases of projects.
- Help identify key learning opportunities from LIFT’s portfolio of projects and organize opportunities to share key lessons.
- Managing direct initiatives and projects (training, technical assistance) aiming at supporting implementing partners in nutrition programming.
- Participate in relevant national and sub-national networks and build understanding of LIFT’s work in nutrition. This will in particular include the Nutrition cluster, the UN nutrition network , the SUN platform.
- Support communication efforts on nutrition-related priorities with partners and colleagues. This will entail working closely with communications and knowledge management colleagues in the LIFT Fund Management Office (FMO).
- Ensure coordination with relevant stakeholders within the nutrition sector working on nutrition to collaborate on joint learning, analysis, and advocacy initiatives.
- Work closely with other LIFT technical teams to design and implement programmes that are integrated, coordinated, effective and coherent.
- Ensure coordination with other UNOPS funds and/or projects working on nutrition and collaborate on possible joint programming, learning, analysis and advocacy initiative
- Coordinate with and inform the LIFT Fund Board on nutrition issues.
- Participate in all relevant internal meetings.
- An advanced university degree (e.g. Masters) in nutrition, public health or other relevant discipline is required. A first-level university degree (e.g. Bachelor) in combination with 2 additional years of progressively relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree
- A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in nutrition is required.
- Demonstrated knowledge and experience of nutrition programme development and implementation in a developing context is required.
- Experience working with the major stakeholders such as local and international partners, donor agencies, academic and research entities and coordination bodies is required.
- Familiarity with the SUN platform and the UN Nutrition Network is desired.
- Strong policy analysis and advocacy experience, in nutrition and/or experience in operational and formative research would be an asset.
- Computer literacy is required. Experience with Google Suite is highly preferred.
- Fluency in both written and spoken Myanmar language and English is required.