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UNSCN is the food and nutrition policy harmonization forum of the United Nations.


The mandate of the UNSCN is to promote cooperation among UN agencies and partner organizations in support of community, national, regional, and international efforts to end malnutrition in all of its forms in this generation. It will do this by refining the direction, increasing the scale and strengthening the coherence and impact of actions against malnutrition world wide, and raise awareness of nutrition problems and mobilize commitment to solve them at global, regional and national levels. Read more

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UN System Standing Committee on Nutrition settled in the FAO premises in Rome


Dear Reader,

We are pleased to inform you that, since January 1st, the UN System Standing Committee on Nutrition (UNSCN) has officially settled in the FAO premises in Rome, where it all started almost 40 years ago. As you know, FAO hosted the secretariat from 1977, the year of UNSCN’s establishment, to 1988; WHO Geneva took over the hosting of the secretariat from 1988 until December 2015. The new secretariat, also on behalf of all UNSCN members, thanks the former secretariat in WHO for the tremendous work it has done over the past 30 years.

On January 14th, the first face-to-face meeting of UNSCN Members supported by the new secretariat took place at FAO headquarters in Rome. The UNSCN members came together to deliberate on a draft strategic plan (2016-2020) and a new focus for UNSCN in light of the recent developments in the global nutrition architecture.

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From left to right : Nancy Walters(REACH and UN Network for SUN), Veronique De Schutter (UNSCN), Michael Clark (FAO), Chitra Deshpande (IFAD), Richard Longhurst (FAO), Michel Mordasini (IFAD), Anna Lartey (FAO), Iain MacGillivray (IFAD), Stineke Oenema (UNSCN), Werner Schultlink (UNICEF), Francesco Branca (WHO), Sean Kennedy (IFAD), Marzella Wustefeld (WHO), Deborah Fulton (CFS), Cornelia Loechl (IAEA).


FAO Headquarters in Rome


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Webinar “The Global Nutrition Targets Tracking Tool: A Hands-On Briefing for Setting Your Anaemia Target” - February 24, 2016 - 09:00 am EST


In 2012, WHO Member States endorsed six Global Nutrition Targets for improving maternal, infant and young child nutrition. When translating these global targets into national targets, one needs to consider nutrition profiles, risk factor trends, demographic changes, experience with developing and implementing nutrition policies, and health system development. The online tracking tool, developed by WHO and partners, allows users to explore scenarios taking into account different rates of progress for the six targets and the time left to 2025.

Find out more at https://www.spring-nutrition.org/events/global-nutrition-targets-tracking-tool-hands-briefing-setting-your-anaemia-target


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Vacancy: Vacancy at Valid International


Valid International specialises in the provision of expert technical support and the research, development and implementation of techniques to improve the quality, impact and accountability of any endeavour that aims to improve global health and nutrition. Our mission is to improve global health and nutrition with evidence-based, equitable, high impact solutions. We are currently recruiting for 2 experienced programme managers to join our specialised team in Oxford, UK. All candidates must have the right to live and work in the UK:

Senior Programme Manager – Measures.
Valid Measures™ is an innovative range of mapping, impact assessment and market research tools that have the potential to transform how programme monitoring and evaluation and ‘base of the pyramid’ market research is undertaken in developing countries. We seek a senior manager in our Measures Unit whom will help to lead the growth and development of Valid’s Measures programme, including identification of Measures priorities and definition of the Measures growth strategy. This position will have a particular focus on new client development and the sale of Measures services. The position will also play a direct role in leading the implementation of Measures projects to selective major clients. Please see: http://www.validinternational.org/careers/ for full details of this position. Closing date for applications is 17th February 2016.

Programme Manager – maternity cover.
We seek an experienced individual to support the high quality delivery of Valid’s technical and research projects. This position will manage a diverse range of Valid International projects and programmes, develop new project contracts, and support the smooth operation of the Organisation. Please see: http://www.validinternational.org/careers/ for full details of this position. Closing date for applications is 10 February 2016.

Please apply with CV and cover letter at: office@validinternational.org.


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Vacancy: Vacancy at IFAD for a P-5 Lead Technical Specialist in Nutrition and Agriculture


The Policy and Technical Advisory Division (PTA) at the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), based in Rome, is looking for a Lead Technical Specialist. This professional officer will serve as the Fund’s senior technical advisor in nutrition, agriculture, and rural development, providing technical leadership and methodological guidance in this area. S/he will lead IFAD’s team of nutrition specialists in PTA, the division that is the hub for technical advice across the organization. S/he will also coordinate the overall implementation of the recently approved IFAD Nutrition Action Plan, 2016-2018.

The position is for an assignment at the P-5 level. Assignments at this level in the UN system are considered as substantially complex and of critical concern to the Fund: they require the provision of authoritative professional expertise and technical leadership.

As part of this position, among other things, the Lead Technical Specialist will:
  • provide technical, policy and operational support at all stages of the project cycle and during country strategy development
  • assist in producing nutrition-related knowledge products
  • represent IFAD in global and regional nutrition governance fora.
This position is for a 3-year term.
Deadline for applications is 18 February 2016.

For more information about the organizational context, major functional activities, and qualifications, and to apply to the position, please go to the vacancy announcement: Lead Technical Specialist, Nutrition-sensitive Agriculture and Rural Development


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Vacancy: Vacancy at Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) for a new Executive Director.


The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is seeking a full-time Executive Director (ED), responsible for defining strategic direction in programs and research, resource mobilization, and ensuring excellence in organizational operations and program implementation. The ED will be expected to continue existing and develop further collaborative partnerships with governments, UN, academia, civil society, and the private sector.

The closing date for applications is 29 February 2016.

View announcement : http://jobs.economist.com/job/11834/executive-director/


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