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In-Country Technical Advisor for Nutrition Policy Programs in Vietnam

April 9, 2021

GENERAL SUMMARY

The role of the In-Country Technical Advisor (hereafter referred to as Advisor) is to support in the delivery of a comprehensive, high quality nutrition policy advocacy program and the potential expansion of Cardio-Vascular Health Program (CVH) work in Vietnam. The Advisor provides technical advice and assistance to the Viet Nam Country Director and works in close coordination with the RTSL CVH in-country coordinator to support the  Global Health Advocacy Incubator (GHAI) in-country partners and grantees from Government agencies, local NGOs, CSOs in nutrition-related policy advocacy and development under the GHAI Food Policy Program and the RTSL CVH Program. This position is based in Hanoi, Vietnam.  

PRIMARY DUTIES

Under the supervision of the Vietnam Country Director and GHAI Associate Directors for FPP and RTSL/CVH:

  • Provide technical advice for nutrition professional inputs for any technical guidelines or materials including on sugar-sweetened beverage taxation and nutrition warning labels, in close partnership with General Department of Preventive Medicine (GDPM) and Department of Legislation (DOL), Ministry of Health and Health Bridge Vietnam and other in-country partners (namely the Vietnam National Institute of Nutrition (VNIN) and Pasteur Institute). 
  • Develop political mapping for nutrition policy advocacy in Vietnam and to aid in providing recommendations for the policy development of the nutrition program and potential expansion of CVH work in Viet Nam. 
  • Provide technical advice to GHAI headquarters and Viet Nam Office on nutrition policies, strategies; interpretation of nutrition assessment data into policy that is in line with the National Strategy on NCDs and evidence-based best policy practices. 
  • Analyzing the technical feasibility/soundness of draft law/regulations, including (but not limited to) scope of products, criteria, implementation plans, etc. (from a nutrition policy perspective).
  • Review and develop the documentation of existing nutrition related legal and health frameworks in Vietnam to understand gaps and opportunities for appropriate policy interventions on nutrition programs and best practices.
  • Proactively engage partners and grantees and encourage joint contribution to develop political analysis and mapping and building relationships with key government officials and political leaders, plus INGOs and CSOs. 
  • Facilitate regular meetings with grantees and partners for joint strategy formulation and execution.
  • Help organize workshops, trainings, and meetings, and take on other duties as required. 
  • Conduct translation and interpretation as required. 
  • Upon request, participate in strategic planning meetings and teleconferences with stakeholder, grantees, and GHAI partners. 
  • Write and submit monthly and weekly reports to relevant parties as deemed necessary.
  • Perform any other job-related task that may be assigned by the GHAI Associate Directors for Advocacy (FPP) and CVH and Viet Nam Country Director.
  • Local travel is required.

REPORTING

At the end of each month, the Advisor will provide a monthly activity report to GHAI Headquarters and Vietnam Country Director, detailing specific activities, meetings attended, and other details in accordance with the position’s primary duties. 

QUALIFICATIONS AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS

  • Master’s degree in medicine, nutrition, or public health
  • Demonstrate a strong background and understanding of the Vietnamese health system and related nutrition policies and programs in Vietnam; professional experience with health levies and taxes preferred.
  • A minimum of 10 years of professional experience coordinating and/or managing nutrition or closely related public health projects in Vietnam
  • Strong understanding of political and media environments in Vietnam
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Proven ability to work effectively and collaboratively as a member of a dynamic and geographically dispersed team
  • Ability to work effectively and to report and communicate virtually-both regularly and promptly with supervisor in a long-distance management set-up
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English is required.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply for this position, please email a CV to jobs@advocacyincubator.org and Huyen Doan (dhuyen@advocacyincubator.org). Please include your name and reference the position code: ICTA-13 in the subject line of your email. Applications will be accepted until 5:00pm (Viet Nam time) on April 19, 2021. No phone calls, please.

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