Nutrition Adviser (Senior Level): In-Country Support

Action Against Hunger Background

Founded in 1979, Action Against Hunger is a global humanitarian organization that takes decisive action against the causes and effects of hunger.

We save the lives of severely malnourished children while helping communities become self-sufficient. Recognized as a world leader in the fight against malnutrition, Action Against Hunger has pursued its vision of a world without hunger for almost four decades, combating hunger in emergency situations of conflict, natural disaster, and chronic food insecurity. With more than 8,000 staff in nearly 50 countries, our programs in nutrition, food security, livelihoods, water, sanitation, and hygiene, reach more than 20 million people each year.

Since 2007, Action Against Hunger Canada has led on the development and implementation of one of the world’s leading nutrition and mortality survey methodologies: SMART (Standardized Monitoring Assessment in Relief and Transition).

Project Background

The Vietnamese Government attaches great importance on the improvement of health status for all its people, with nutrition improvement is the most crucial and urgent basis. To continue striving to achieve the primary targets relating to the population’s health, the Prime Minister approved the National Nutrition Strategy for the period of 2011 – 2020 with a vision to 2030 on 22 February 2012. The National Strategy on Nutrition is a plan on the nutrition direction in the country, confirming the Government’s strong efforts and commitment to action for improving the country’s nutritional status.

The National Nutrition Strategy (NNS) was widely disseminated from central to local levels, among ministries and sectors throughout the country. The objectives of the NNS have been documented in the sixth and seventh congresses of the National Communist Party and became the striving objectives for socio-economic development programs of all levels of government as well as programs of action of social organizations. The Government has invested in many nutrition programs and projects, in line with the NNS and international cooperation projects. This has significantly improved the nutritional status of the population.

There is a need to develop a new NNS for the next planning cycle. 2019 was a key year for gathering data. The review of the current NNS was initiated internally with the General Nutrition Survey in 2019 and the collection of reports/reviews from different stakeholders, including line ministries, agencies, associations, and sub-national government. Findings have been documented and used to guide and inform decisions for implementing the strategy in the new period.

2020 is a significant milestone to review the implementation of the current NNS and develop the next strategy (third one in a row for Vietnam). Nutrition is an essential building block in the response and recovery of the COVID-19 pandemic and the launch of the next strategy is key for continuity and priority of efforts to combat malnutrition. The Government of Vietnam, thus, is seeking technical supports from developing partners and networks in the development process of this new strategy.

The development of the next National Nutrition Strategy is of great importance for the continuity of the critical nutrition efforts and programs and in uniting all stakeholders of the nutrition partnership group. Given the high level of technical rigor required to support the development of the new NNS (a succinct and analytically sound document), dedicated human resource capacity and following the SUN principles, is required in terms of time and technical expertise in carrying out this exercise.

Perspectives of an international consultant will also add objectivity to the development process, ensuring the SUN principles to be embraced in the new NNS 2021-2030. Hence an appropriate experienced international consultant, who is experienced with developing national strategies, familiar with the development context in Viet Nam and having good working experience of Viet Nam’s nutrition field will be preferred.

On behalf of the National Institute of Nutrition (NIN), UNICEF, with the support of SUN, has therefore requested technical support from the Global Technical Assistance Mechanism for Nutrition (GTAM) to identify a suitable international consultant. The Technical Rapid Response Team, coordinator of technical expertise within the GTAM, has stepped forward to fill this identified technical gap.

Action Against Hunger Canada, a Technical Rapid Response Team (Tech RRT) partner, is recruiting the consultant on behalf of the Tech RRT.


The purpose of this support is to provide short-term support to the Nutrition Working Group (co-chaired by National Institute of Nutrition-NIN and UNICEF) and government’s partners in the to develop the new NNS.

The Advisor will work closely with agencies of the Nutrition Working Group to support Government (the Ministry of Health, National Institute of Nutrition) in the development of NNS. All of these agencies are the key audiences of this study.

The process is a follow-up step after the review of the previous NNS which started since late 2019.
The work will have the following specific objectives:

  1. Review the results of the previous NNS including the nutritional situation and status of nutrition policies, programs and governance in the country through the reports collected and other documents and sources;
  2. Facilitate virtual multi-stakeholder bilateral and group meetings as required, for conducting a review and lessons learned documentation of the implementation of NNS, including recommendations on the way forward, which would be used to inform adjustments needed for the new NNS.
  3. Generate and share evidence to create a political space for nutrition, to inform policy and programme action and provide technical advice for the development of policy and strategic framework for multisectoral response.
  4. Facilitate the development of a new NNS and follow up revisions with inputs from relevant stakeholders via different channels.
  5. Present the final draft of the new NNS in a high-level advocacy meeting for disseminating the results.

Scope of Work:

The development of NNS should address the following three main questions:

  • Question 1: What is the current situation of nutrition in Vietnam? policies/programs/coordination; lessons learned
  • Question 2: What is SWOT of nutrition in the next era? (strength, weakness, opportunities, threats, key stakeholders and partnerships)
  • Question 3: New NNS with instructed outline following the Government format

The consultant will propose the appropriate methodology, given the context and timeline for the development of the new NNS. It is expected that the following methods will be used:

  • Review of the secondary data and reports
  • Consultation and interviews
  • Focus group discussion for expert views
  • Case studies

The expected outline of the NNS would include the headings: Executive Summary, Background, Review of previous period, Main NNS (Foundation, Situation/Challenges/Opportunities, Vision, Principles/Orientations, Objectives, Approaches, Main programs and projects, Operation/Coordination).

The Nutrition Advisor should work from oversea (online) and making some visits to Hanoi for direct meetings, as required and as possible (with consideration to travel restrictions).

A detailed Terms of References, including finalised purpose, activities and deliverables, is under development.


Starting mid-November 2020 potentially going up to April 2021. Flexibility is available for the right candidate.


All contractual aspects will be managed by Action Against Hunger Canada’s Senior Project Manager. The technical and in-country supervision will be conducted by UNICEF Vietnam.

Payment Conditions

Payment will be made in Canadian Dollars after an invoice has been received and the service is fully completed and accepted by Action Against Hunger Canada. Payment will be made by bank transfer.

Intellectual Property

All writings, books, articles, artwork, computer programs, databases, source and object codes, and other material of any nature whatsoever produced in the course of this assignment produced in whole or in part by the service provider in the course of his/her service to Action Against Hunger Canada shall be considered a work made for hire, or otherwise, and therefore Action Against Hunger Canada’s property.

General Terms for Deployment

Location of Work

Remote with potential trip to Hanoi, Vietnam for 2 weeks.

Qualifications and Competencies


  • An advanced degree or equivalent in public policy or administration, international development, public health, nutrition, agriculture, or related field
  • At least 12 years progress professional work experience at government level and/or professional experience working in large national and/or international institutions in policy analysis, planning, coordination, development, evaluation and system innovation in both developing and MIC context.
  • Experience in improving health system – beneficiary interface and community-based nutrition in national scaling up nutrition initiative to eliminate stunting
  • Experience in policy development in rapidly changing/evolving contexts, able to work under tight deadlines
  • Strong analytical and report writing skills
  • Excellent communication and facilitation skills;
  • Fluency in English is required.


  • Knowledge of Vietnam public health context is an asset;
  • Some fluency in Vietnamese would be an asset.

The proposal should include:

  • CV/Resume
  • Name, address, phone and contact person(s)
  • Details of the offer, including cost per day in CAD$
  • Validity of the quotation (minimum of one month)

Please submit your proposal (including the information listed above) to indicating “Vietnam Nutrition Adviser” in the subject line.

The deadline for applications is 29 October 2020.