Nutrition and Food Systems Officer (Nutrition Education)

Nutrition and Food Systems Officer (Nutrition Education)

FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Rome, Italy

The post is located at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy, and is part of the Nutrition Education and Consumer Awareness Team.

Reporting Lines

The Nutrition and Food Systems Officer reports to the Senior Officer and Food Systems Officer under the overall guidance of the Director of the Nutrition and Food Systems Division.

Technical Focus

Support in the planning and implementing innovative food and nutrition programmes, including nutrition education programmes development of materials and tools, including Food-Based Dietary Guidelines for different age groups and sectors addressing all forms of malnutrition within a food-systems approach.

Key Results

Collection, analysis and review of information, data and statistics, and project/meeting services to support programme products, projects, publications, and services.

Key Functions

  • Collects, reviews/cross checks and/or analyses relevant agricultural, economic, trade, market, social, environmental, nutrition/food composition and/or gender related data, statistics and information to support delivery of programme projects, products, publications and services.
  • Undertakes analysis, provides technical input for plans and reports and edits/revises technical documents and/or publications.
  • Participates in the development of improved tools and methodologies.
  • Updates databases and web pages.
  • Participates on multi-disciplinary project/work teams.
  • Participates in the development of training materials and the organization of workshops/seminars etc.
  • Participates in the organization, conduct and follow-up of meetings, consultations and conferences, the development/production of required materials and the provision of information and assistance to partners

Specific Functions

  • Assists policy support on integrating of food and nutrition education in different sector interventions (nutrition, agriculture, agri-food systems, social protection, etc.).
  • Assists in designing and implementing needs assessment surveys and in the context of impact evaluation of programmes for developing and scaling up innovative programmes related to nutrition education policies and programs, and of nutrition-sensitive programmes.
  • Participates in the development of technical guidelines, policy briefs, methodologies, technical papers and training materials related to food and nutrition education geared towards country policy support.
  • Contributes to capacity-development activities in food and nutrition education for different sectors and different target groups.
  • Assists in transferring and adapting FAO's knowledge products for country level impacts and results.
  • Provides technical support for the establishment of national food and nutrition education policies and programmes, and in nutrition-sensitive programmes, Food-Based Dietary Guidelines and standards in line with local food systems and culture.
  • Contributes to the development of monitoring tools and evaluation efforts to assess the effectiveness of food and nutrition education, nutrition-sensitive policies, and sustainable food systems interventions and programmes.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced university degree in Food Science, Nutrition or a related field with a background in nutrition education
  • Three years of relevant experience in developing and implementing food and nutrition education policies, programmes, tools and training materials
  • Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese, Russian


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

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable
  • Extent and relevance of experience in collecting and analysing technical information and data related to nutrition education
  • Extent and relevance of knowledge and experience in developing food and nutrition education policies, programmes materials, tools and projects
  • Extent and relevance of experience in the preparation, reviewing and revision of technical and scientific documents and in organizing meetings and workshops

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