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Key expert 3: Institutional Capacity Building Expert/ Food & Nutrition Security
Expected start
1 June 2021
280 working days
15 March 2021
Greg Barker (

Detailed description Back

The overall objective of the project of which this contract will be a part is to contribute to reducing malnutrition in Lao PDR with a focus on gender and disadvantaged groups, with a link to the Public Financial Management Reform (PFM), public administration reform and nutrition –education-agriculture nexus.

This Technical Assistance is part of the complementary measures envisaged in the EUR 42 million EU sector Reform Performance contract ”Support to the Lao PDR National Nutrition Strategy and Plan of Action”, delivered through a Budget Support modality.

The main purpose of this contract is to strengthen the institutional capacities of the National Nutrition Committee/Secretariat (NNC/S) to implement the National Nutrition Strategy (NNS) and National Plan of Action for Nutrition at central and sub-national levels, and notably to:

  • Improve nutrition planning, budgeting, tracking, and reporting in the concerned sectors under the framework of the convergent approach;
  • Improve the cohesion and harmonisation of sector policies and strategies to the National Nutrition Policy and Strategy.


This Expert will work on part-time basis and provide inputs at strategic stages over the course of the project (estimated six missions, of at least 45 working days each). He/she will mainly be responsible for undertaking capacity needs assessment and guide the whole process of institutional capacity building at central and local levels.

General qualifications and skills:

  • Graduate university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent qualification) in Social Science preferably in Public Administration, Political Science, Business Administration, Development Administration, International Relations or Public Policy;
  • Or equivalent proven professional experience (of at least 5 years in addition to below general professional experience) for a Bachelor’s degree holder;
  • Fluency in spoken and written English (at least level C1); and
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft office tools and on-line meeting platforms.

General professional experience

  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in capacity building processes of governmental / public agencies.

Specific professional experience

  • A minimum of 3 years of relevant experience in organizing training and capacity building related activities in the areas of Food & Nutrition Security or in framework of the multi sectorial nutrition reform.
  • Proven knowledge and experience in minimum three projects/assignments of developing training plans, materials and programmes in food security and nutrition matters, preferably in nutrition sensitive agriculture;

The following professional and technical skills would be an advantage:

  • Experience of providing guidance, mentoring and support to governmental counterparts, agencies;
  • Familiarity with EU development cooperation projects and procedures.