Deadline: 17 August, 2021

Location: Abuja, Nigeria

Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is seeking to fill the role of Nutrition and Food Systems Specialist.

FAO is a specialised agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger.


  • Contribute to the achievement of FAO Nigeria country programming priorities through expansion and strengthening of nutrition programme portfolio and its effective implementation
  • Provide leadership in food system analysis, collating nutrition-related outcomes for advocacy and formulation of concept notes and programme documents
  • Provide technical assistance to federal and state-level governments, and FAO implementing partners, and engage in the delivery of nutrition and food systems outcomes
  • Ensure review of relevant government, UN and donor strategic and development plans/frameworks, and existing platforms with a view to identifying additional entry points for FAO Nigeria to enhance/strengthen partnerships
  • Facilitate policy dialogues, roundtables, commemoration of relevant international days and media events to create understanding and advocate utilisation of food-based dietary guidelines to enable consumption of healthy diets
  • Support project leads in work-planning, implementation, reporting and project coordination with stakeholders, initiate actions to be taken with relevant partners and stakeholders on issues related to project management
  • Facilitate and coordinate operational and logistical field actions in all aspects of the project cycle management related to nutrition and food system activities
  • Ensure timely preparation and submission of project progress reports and any other reports required by the organisation
  • In collaboration with the monitoring and evaluation, and reporting officer, contribute to monitoring and evaluation of programme and project performance and its linkages to FAO’s country programme framework and the UNSDPF
  • Contribute to the preparation and review of technical briefs, evaluation reports, letters of agreement, terms of reference, technical specifications, statements and correspondence for internal use and for recipient governments and donors
  • Monitor emerging food security and nutrition concerns, trends and threats and advise on measures to be taken
  • Interact with food security surveillance groups and utilise their findings and analyses for programme planning
  • In liaison with the communication team, collect and maintain repository of documents and information, governmental guidelines, policies, manuals, assessments, etc., to shape and define priorities, guidelines and standards for interventions in the nutrition and food system sector
  • Mentor and strengthen capacities of programme assistants and junior professionals about healthy diets, nutrition-sensitive agriculture and analytical frameworks used in nutrition
  • Perform other related duties as required


  • Advanced university degree in Agri-food Systems, Nutrition, Food Security, Programme Development, Development Economics, or a related field
  • Five years, minimum, of relevant experience in programme development and management, fundraising, negotiations, public relations/advocacy, preferably in the area of nutrition or food systems or food security
  • Working knowledge of English and at least one of the Nigerian main languages
  • Nationality of Nigeria

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