FHI360 Nutrition Communication Officer in Kabul, Afghanistan

Background:

The Government of Afghanistan has undertaken several measures to bring strong focus on child nutrition including strengthening community based nutrition interventions to address child under-nutrition. Among other measures, Public Nutrition Department (PND) of MoPH through support from development partners focused on improving the facility based and community based nutrition specified and Nutrition sensitive interventions via several approaches, but recently the MoPH-PND noticed poor nutrition practices among mothers and other family members, advocacy and coordination in the country.

In order to improve the nutrition behavior and practices it is critical to improve the awareness and enabling environment for involving multi-sectoral organizations, such as MoWA, MoC, MAIL,MRRD, Education, on provision of political, financial and technical support on nutrition interventions, also to provide on time nutrition communication, counselling, follow up, screening and referring. Therefore, the MoPH-PND is looking for an individual consultant to, communicate coordination, improve and enable the environment for nutrition interventions. This piece of work will enable the Ministry of Public Health to deliver targeted nutrition interventions.

Objective:

The objective of this consultancy is to enhance the coordination mechanism and enable the environment for nutrition and design innovative approaches for Advocacy programs and events; As well as provide technical advices to the public nutrition department for further enhancement of the technical and managerial capacities to address this important issue through a systematic manner in the future.

Activities:

  • To finalize Nutrition promotion strategy.

  • To map all availibe resources for Nutrition communication.

  • To plan Nutrition advocacy and communication programs and event.

  • To conduct nutrition advocacy events according to the PND`s nutrition strategic plan.

  • To establish, lead and organize the communication working group within the frame of MoPH-PND.

  • To ensure the existing of nutrition resources and to assure it`s effective utilization by partners.

  • To perform monitoring and supportive supervision of nutrition activities and to provide appropriate inputs.

  • To collect nutrition and health data from different sources including HMIS, nutrition database, nutrition surveillance, Nutrition cluster and any assessment reports.

  • To provide recommendations for key indicators and information that should be assessed as part of nutrition assessment/ monitoring and supervision.

  • To keep abreast of relevant nutrition policies and guidelines and communicate necessary updates to all PND`s staff, PNOs and the NGOs focal points.

  • To participate in assessments of nutrition activities that include travel in highly insecure provinces.

  • To develop working relationships with the MoPH-HP department and all stakeholders who are involved in the area of nutrition advocacy and communciation activities.

  • To attend nutrition and HP meetings and other relevant events in-side and out-side the country and to represent MoPH-PND.

  • To collaborate with other nutrition component`s representatives (including IYCF, micronutrients, IMAM, growth monitoring, and surveillance) for strengthening all nutrition interventions.

  • To explore several approaches for increasing the coverage of facility and community based nutrition activities.

  • To explore several approaches on strengthening sustainable nutrition implementation mechanism.

  • To promote domestically produced food for prevention and treatment of malnutrition among population.

  • To undertake other related activities as requested by the PND director, as required to ensure an overall efficient implementation of community based nutrition activities.

Key qualifications

  • MD, prefer having Degree in nutrition and/or public health with focus on nutrition

  • A minimum of 3 years of relevant experience in the field of public nutrition

  • Good analytical skills

  • Excellent computer skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SPSS)

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

  • Excellent analytical and writing skills in English, Pashtu and Dari

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