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MoPH/PND – Nutrition Technical Assistance


About Ministry of Public Health

Afghanistan has high burden of malnutrition and facing health and economic consequences due to under nutrition. The National Nutrition Survey of Afghanistan (2013) found that majority of children and women of reproductive age suffer from multiple micronutrient deficiencies. Large-scale food fortification, the addition of small amounts of vitamins and minerals to staple foods, is one of the globally recommended successful strategy to address micronutrients malnutrition.
In order to combat micronutrients deficiencies in Afghanistan, Food fortification legislation is developed and approved by ministry of justice. The food Fortification (Wheat flour and edible oil/ghee) was voluntarily as there was no approved legislation in the country for the last thirteen years. Fortunately, the food fortification legislation is ratified by ministry of justice and ministers counsel. The food fortification will be mandatory in the country as there is food fortification legislation and fortification of wheat flour and edible oil/ghee will gradually cover all wheat flour and edible oil/ghee produced locally or imported. The program is being supported by World Food Programme (WFP) in coordination with Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) and flour millers in the country. The program will provide support to industry to adequately fortify wheat flour and edible oil/ghee in Afghanistan with the objective to support the Government to improve food fortification regulatory system, awareness raising and generating evidence to formulate relevant policies to combat micronutrient deficiencies in the country.
The Technical Assistance funded by WFP aims to strengthen the human resource capacity of PND. The NTA will focus mainly on nutrition interventions including: 1) supporting multi-sectoral efforts under "Afghanistan Food Security and Nutrition Agenda (AFSeN)”.2) Local production of fortified nutritious foods such as lipid-based nutritional supplement (LNS), wheat-soy blend (WSB), wheat flour, soy flour, soy oil, texturized soy protein and sterilized soymilk. 3) Promotion and marketing of the above locally produced fortified nutritious foods.4) Follow up on the application of food fortification legislation.5) Follow up National Fortification Alliance (NFA) related activities with Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI). 6) Arrangements for notification and meetings of Universal Salt Iodization Board and Afghanistan Fortified Flour Millers’ Association.

Job Summary

The main objective of this assignment is to support PND to manage quality IMAM services delivery as outpatient care with more focus on OPD-MAM component. Also, to manage the specialized nutrition supply and hence minimize stock outs. The NTA will facilitate on-going, day-to-day coordination and collaboration between the WFP nutrition unit, the PND/MOPH/Provincial DoPH and the BPHS partners.

Job Details

Date Posted: 05 Feb 2019 Reference: MoPH/PND – Nutrition Technical Assistance
Closing Date: 18 Feb 2019 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Any
Functional Area: Health/Medical Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Afghan Salary Range: As per NTA Salary Scale Policy10000.0
Contract Type: Consultant Years of Experience: 3 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 0 Year(s) & 0 Month(s) Extension Possibility: No
Probation Period: 3 Months

Duties and Responsibilities

The NTA will be supervised by the MoPH Public Nutrition Director, with shared reporting responsibility to WFP Afghanistan nutrition unit.


a. Assist PND in the preparation of annual work plan based on PND, WFP and other relevant partners’ Nutrition Annual Plans, ensuring that the nutrition activities of all entities are aligned.
b. Participate and contribute to PND and WFP annual planning of malnutrition prevention and treatment interventions.
c. In coordination with WFP and PND, prepare individual annual work-plan in line with PND and WFP plans and priorities.

a. Follow up on required actions to ensure that nutrition specific interventions are implemented based on the endorsed National IMAM Guidelines 2018.
b. Support the integration and possible expansion of activities for treatment of MAM and SAM children aged 6-59 months and acutely malnourished pregnant and lactating women within the health facilities (OPD-MAM & OPD-SAM) under the IMAM approach.
c. Support proper implementation and integration of SBCC throughout the IMAM services.
d. Assist with the development of training plans based on TNAs in IMAM (including OPD-MAM component) and ensure that OPD-MAM service providers are part of the training.
e. Develop a plan to ensure that all partners received their supply for MAM program on timely manner and coordinate any reported supply shortage with WFP and PND.
f. Provide support to ensure that supply is being stored properly and supply chain management system is in place and being followed.
g. Monitor and follow up with the partners to ensure that community-based programs are linked with facility-based programs in term of MAM referral from community to HFs.

h. Support coordination between central and provincial DoPH for IMAM services, including OPD-MAM and any other WFP¬-supported activities of stunting prevention
i. Participate in ad hoc, OPD-MAM / IMAM tele-conferences with the WFP Country Office Nutrition Unit and the Nutrition Focal Points of WFP Area and Sub-Offices;
j. Conduct coordination meetings with the WFP Nutrition unit and PND on quarterly basis or as required.
k. Assist PND with the organization of IMAM TWG meetings
l. Follow up, action points agreed in different coordination meetings with relevant partners.

m. Carry out regular joint or individual monitoring of nutrition projects at provincial and district levels.
n. Provide timely reports on any monitoring/assessment missions to the PND Director and the WFP Head of Nutrition;
o. Follow-up on monitoring findings with relevant partners for improving programme implementation;
p. Provide technical and coordination assistance to any WFP-supported rapid nutrition assessments and/or nutrition surveys.

q. Regularly review the monthly reports submission rate in the national nutrition database and follow-up with relevant partners for submission of missing reports to ensure all the OPD-MAM reports are timely submitted and entered in national nutrition database.
r. Regularly assist in the analysis of IMAM (including OPD-MAM) information derived from the national nutrition database, timely share required feedback with relevant partners and share summary of analysis with relevant PND and WFP.
s. Report in a timely manner any discrepancies and/or issues in the implementation of the WFP-supported OPD-MAM activities to both PND and WFP Nutrition Unit.

t. Undertake other relevant duties as requested by MOPH-PND or WFP.


f. Ability to work under tight deadlines and simultaneously manage multiple tasks in an autonomous manner.
g. Ability to handle any other additional tasks as requested.
h. Good computer knowledge and skills;


a. Medical doctor or bachelor of public health
b. A minimum of 3 year of professional experiences in nutrition program planning, management and implementation is required.
c. Excellent communication, coordination and facilitation skills;
d. Strong analytical and report writing skills;
e. Proven ability to conceptualize, develop, plan and manage programs, leadership and teamwork abilities, good analytical, negotiation communication and advocacy skills;
f. Ability to work under tight deadlines and simultaneously manage multiple tasks in an autonomous manner.
g. Ability to handle any other additional tasks as requested.
h. Good computer knowledge and skills;
Fluency in oral and written Dari, Pashto and English is essential.

Job Location

Afghanistan - Kabul: PROVINCIAL CENTER (KABUL)
AF AF 12


Bachelors Degree,

Submission Guideline

(I) Electronic applications will be sent to: sub e-mail which corresponds if any of following 2 items is missing, your application will be considered as ineligible/incomplete.

1. In your emails please specify the title of the position as well as vacancy number for electronic submissions and please do the same in the hardcopy submissions.
2. Updated Curriculum vitae (CV)/Resume (Please attached your recent photo and mention in your CV exact date/periods of your work experience, graduation Day, Month, and Year).

If you are shortlisted and invited for written test/interview you will be required to present the original, the following:

A. Education Documents: Your recent education degree/diploma
 Copy of verified Baccalaureate (12 passed) degree by Ministry of Education
 Copy of verified 14 or 15 passed degree by related Ministries
 Copy of verified Bachelor Degree by Ministry of Higher Education
 Copy of verified Medical Doctor Degree by Ministry of Higher Education
 Copy of verified Master degree by Ministry of Higher Education
B. Copy of National Identity Card (Tazkira: Only the pages that show picture and Tazkira number, pages, place of issue and date of issue)

• Electronic applications will be sent to: sub e-mail
• Hard copies will be sent to: HR Container, Second floor, at the Ministry of Public Health, Great Masoud Square Kabul Afghanistan.
• The Contact Person at Human Resources is: Mr. Mojib Rahimi, HR Officer, MoPH-GD HR. Phone number: 0093- (0)-700991056

Only shortlisted candidates will be invited to written test/interview and subsequent process. Please contact the person in charge (Mr. Mojib Rahimi ) for confirmation.
• No CVs will be accepted after the closing date.
• Any persuade will be threat as disqualification.
• Candidate who applies for the same position in last six months and was unsuccessful (Obtained less than 60% marks), will not be short listed.
• Fraudulent documents and or fraudulent claims in CVs and or documents will result in disqualification at any stage of the recruitment process.
Instruction for test and interview:
The test and interview will be taken from the following references:
1. Main points of the TOR
2. Nutrition SoP

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