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WHO : Programme Officer – SUN Secretariat

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World Health Organization (WHO) of United Nations (UN) has published a job circular for the position of Programme Officer – SUN Secretariat.

Programme Officer – SUN Secretariat at World Health Organization (WHO), Bangladesh

Programme Officer – SUN Secretariat (2302767)

Grade: No grade

Contractual Arrangement: Special Services Agreement (SSA)

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): Initially till December 31, 2023 and may be extendable depends on fund)

Job Posting

: Mar 29, 2023, 2:44:05 PM

Closing Date

: Apr 12, 2023, 3:59:00 AM

Primary Location

: Bangladesh-Dhaka


: SE_BAN WR Office, Bangladesh


: Full-time

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Objective of the programme

The Scaling Up Nutrition, or SUN, Movement was launched in 2010 in response to the continuing high rates of global malnutrition. SUN is a unique global political Movement founded on the principle that all people have a right to food and good nutrition. SUN unites people – from governments, civil society, the United Nations (UN), donors, businesses, and researchers – in a collective effort to improve nutrition. More information can be found on the website www.scalingupnutrition.org.Within the SUN Movement, national leaders are prioritizing efforts to address undernutrition. Countries are putting appropriate policies in place, collaborating with partners to implement programmes with shared nutrition goals, and mobilizing resources to effectively scale up nutrition, with a core focus on empowering women. The goals address immediate and underlying causes of malnutrition and aim to meet the global targets established by the 2012 World Health Assembly.

Description Of Duties

Under the supervision and leadership of Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) focal point and WHO country office, the overall role of the National Consultant is to support SUN secretariat. S/he will work closely with the other members of the SUN Multistakeholder Platforms, convened by the Country SUN Focal Point.The incumbent will provide support through performing of the following duties:

  • Assist SUN Focal Point to:
  • Facilitate to strengthen policies and programme related to Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN)
  • Have nutrition coordination at the highest political levels, making sure that sectors and stakeholders work together, aligned and in a systemic way so that nutrition will be embedded in annual planning and investments and in institutional approaches.
  • Involve GoB high authorities in nutrition and/or collaboration with (country) that will support on demand.
  • Have country tailored capability development and technical assistance for planning, collaboration, implementation and scaling up.
  • Prepare reports and papers related to Scaling Up Nutrition
  • Focus on nutrition advocacy at the highest level in coordination with SUN national platforms
  • To arrange policy dialogue, meeting, workshops, seminars at national and sub-national level
  • Conduct interview with key stakeholders/individuals and SUN platforms as part of information collection, triangulation.
  • To develop a monitoring and evaluation mechanism
  • Submit bi-monthly report to SUN Focal Point
  • Perform other related duties and responsibilities as assigned, including backstopping.

Education Required Qualifications: Essential

  • Four years bachelor’s degree in nutrition/public health/epidemiology/food science
  • Postgraduate degree in Nutrition/MPH from a recognized university.

Desirable: Advanced degree in Nutrition.

Experience Essential: Minimum five years of experience of working with government or UN organizations on nutrition related policies, strategies and programs


  • Experience of working with other development partners on nutrition related programs
  • At least three similar reports (policy related or analytical report on nutrition related issues) in English

Functional Knowledge And Skills

Managerial skill in dealing with multiple nutrition stakeholders is required.Strong written communication and analytical skills both in Bangla and English is required. At least three similar reports (policy related or analytical report on nutrition related issues) with development partners, MoHFW, and Nutrition programme in English is required.


  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Moving forward in a changing environment
  • Producing results

Languages: High level of proficiency in written and spoken Bangla and English, and report writing
Duty Station: Dhaka, Bangladesh
Computer Literacy: Proficient in using computer software applications, including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, outlook and PowerPoint)

Salary & Others Benefits

WHO offers locally competitive packages such as:

  • Monthly salary: BDT 153,695.00 (SSA- 8, Step I) (non-negotiable)
  • Insurance, Leave and Holidays as per WHO rules.

Additional Information

  • This Vacancy Notice may be used to fill similar positions at the same level.
  • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
  • A written test and interviews will be used as a form of screening
  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
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  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
  • This post is subject to local recruitment and will be filled by persons recruited in the local commuting area of the duty station.
  • In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: http://www.whed.net/. Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
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  • Any extension of appointment would be subject to programmatic requirements, performance of the incumbent and availability of funds.
  • Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply.

Job Source: WHO Job Circular in Bangladesh

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