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Health and Nutrition Advisor (HNA)




Position Title:                                   Health and Nutrition Advisor (HNA)

Department:                                      Programs

Location:                                             Vientiane Municipality, with frequent travel to Xiengkhouang and Huaphanh Provinces, Lao PDR

Reports to:                                         Program Manager

Employment Status:                       Full-Time




ChildFund Laos is the representative office of ChildFund Australia – an independent and non-religious international development organisation that works to reduce poverty for children in the developing world.


ChildFund Australia is a member of the ChildFund Alliance – a global network of 11 organisations, which assists more than 9 million children and families in over 50 countries. ChildFund Australia is a registered charity, a member of the Australian Council for International Development, and fully accredited by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, which manages the Australian Government’s overseas aid program.


ChildFund began working in Laos in 2010, and works in partnership with children, their communities and local institutions to create lasting change, respond to humanitarian emergencies and promote children’s rights. Projects are implemented in Xieng Khouang and Huaphanh Provinces, some of the country’s poorest regions with significantly high-unexploded ordnance contamination, as well as the Vientiane Municipality.


With a focus on improving access to quality education and upholding child rights, ChildFund Laos aims to improve access to education, water, sanitation and hygiene, mother and child heath, food security and nutrition, while providing opportunities for children and youth to participate in local decision-making. 



The HNA reports to the Program Manager.


The Health and Nutrition Advisor supports staff involved in Health and Nutrition projects, including the Senior Health and Nutrition Officer, Health and Nutrition Officers, and Mather and Child Health Officers in all program areas where ChildFund is implementing health and nutrition interventions (i.e. Xiengkhouang and Huaphanh Program Areas).


The HNA works closely with the Provincial Area Manager(s) and Project Technical Officers. In addition, the HNA will be expected to work closely with other specialists or consultants involved in health and nutrition assignments as directed by the Program Manager.


The HNA liaises with the Development Effectiveness and Innovation Manager, the International Program Coordinator and relevant advisors based in Sydney to ensure consistency across their work. 



This position (HNA) is based in Vientiane Municipality with regular travel to program areas.  The post holder will provide technical support for project staff around health and nutrition initiatives.  In addition, the HNA is also expected to work closely with the Child Protection Committee and Policy and Partnership Development Manager in implementing organisational policy on reproductive health, HIV-AIDS, disability, welfare and development, child protection, and gender, including building staff capacity in relevant areas.  The HNA is also part of ChildFund Laos’ Child Protection Committee.


This full-time role requires a committed and highly motivated individual who is prepared to provide support and leadership to program staff during a time of growth.  The successful post holder will have a sound understanding of the health and nutrition of mothers and children, as well as the mainstreaming of child participation and protection and gender and disability across the areas of programming, design, capacity building, monitoring and documentation.



This post holds the following responsibilities:


Capacity Building and Technical Support


Staff at ChildFund Laos:

  • To build project staff capacity on health and nutrition of mothers and children;
  • To support the health and nutrition program teams in implementing quality health and nutrition projects;
  • To work closely with Provincial Area Managers in providing capacity building for staff and interns around health and nutrition for mothers and children;
  • To work closely with the Human Resources and Administration Manager and Policy and PartnershipDevelopment Officer in providing capacity building for ChildFund Laos staff on the implementation of policies on topics like reproductive health, HIV-AIDS, disability, welfare and development, gender, and child protection;
  • To take the lead in overall health and nutrition initiatives as part of ChildFund Laos’ program implementation;
  • To contribute to monitoring of and feedback on the implementation of health and nutrition activities by collaborating and planning closely with team members;

·         To ensure that ChildFund’s program approach is incorporated into all aspects of ChildFund’s operations in all program areas (mainly in Xingkhouang and Huaphanh Provinces), with particular focus on project design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation; and

·         To ensure that relevant ChildFund program principles and policies are incorporated into overall design, implementation and monitoring of all projects and programs. 


Partners and Stakeholders:

·         Together with relevant CFL staff, identify the capacity building needs of project partners and stakeholders in relation to the health and nutrition of mothers and children;

·         Together with relevant staff, provide and facilitate capacity building and the promotion of learning and sharing opportunities for project partners, children and youth in schools;  

·         Together with relevant staff, support partners in developing and implementing strategies addressing identified health and nutrition issues;

·         Together with relevant staff, carry out, follow-up and monitor activities, including maintaining up-to-date records of activities provided to communities to measure change;

·         Together with relevant staff and partners, identify how activities can effectively address the needs of vulnerable children, girls, children from ethnic communities and children with disabilities;

·         Together with relevant staff, carry out monitoring and evaluation of all related ChildFund activities and to critically assess their impact on mothers and children and their communities, including documenting relevant case studies.






Coordination, Support and Advisory

·         To co-ordinate closely with and support staff/stakeholders/partners to ensure that health and nutrition activities run according to implementation plans in all projects and in all program areas (particularly in Xiengkhouang and Huaphan Provinces);

·         To provide support for: 1) the healthy mothers and children project in Khoun District, 2) the integrated approach to improved nutrition and MCH project in Nonghet District, and 3) the Sustainable Change Achieved through Linking Improved Nutrition and Governance (SCALING) project in Xamneua District, Huaphanh Province and for other future health and nutrition projects;

·         To ensure effective partnership engagement with ChildFund Laos’ partners on any joint programming based in XiengKhouang and Huaphanh Provinces related to health and nutrition of mothers and children;

·         To provide on-going coaching to relevant staff related to health and nutrition of mothers and children;

·         To develop and maintain strong relationships with local authorities and communities;

·         To convene regular meetings;

·         To support relevant field visits by ChildFund delegations and visitors; and

·         To understand and perform in an exemplary manner all relevant ChildFund policies and procedures.


Monitoring and Evaluation

·         To conduct relevant monitoring and evaluation visits of projects under Program Areas;

·         To support relevant project staff in conducting baseline and end-line surveys and relevant research initiatives;

·         To work closely with the Development Effectiveness Learning and Innovation Manager to identify relevant training needs for Development Effectiveness and Learning;

·         To work closely with the Development Effectiveness Learning and Innovation Manager to understand outcome surveys and community engagement as part of ChildFund’s community development cycle; and

·         To work closely with the Development Effectiveness Learning and Innovation Manager in collecting relevant case studies that will provide input for organisation--level reflections.


Project Reporting and Administration

·         To prepare regular, high quality reports to the Program Manager; 

·         To prepare reports for ChildFund’s Sydney Office, donors and government counterparts as required; and

·         To support monthly project staff and counterpart meetings, as needed.


Relationship Building and Representation

·         To maintain contact with other stakeholders (including the government) and to develop mutually beneficial relationships that contribute to ChildFund’s aims;

·         To build networks and to liaise with other NGOs, government agencies and other stakeholders so as to strengthen understanding of strategies for health and nutrition for mothers and children;

·         To participate in external workshops and other meetings relevant to ChildFund’s activities; and

·         To represent ChildFund on a daily basis at the national level.




This is a Vientiane-based, full-time position with regular travel to all program areas (particularly in Xiengkhouang and Huaphanh Provinces).  Standard office hours run from 0800 – 1630, however, some work outside these hours may be required.  Travel to field offices will be required along with the possibility of international travel.


The successful candidate will be offered a standard two-year contract and the post-holder’s salary will be set according to experience and qualifications, in accordance with ChildFund’s salary scale.


ChildFund Laos can offer an excellent package to the right candidate with excellent opportunities for professional development and a strong benefits package including employee health insurance.  The salary range for this post is be set according to ChildFund Laos’ salary scale based on experience and qualifications.  ChildFund Laos is an equal opportunities employer.



Core Competencies

·      Commitment to ChildFund Australia’s values, vision and mission;

·      Teamwork;

·      Communication and Facilitation;

·      Accountability and integrity and honesty; and

·      Adaptability and flexibility.


Functional/Technical Competencies

·      Strong health and nutrition skills;

·      Experience in health and nutrition of mothers and children;

·      Experience in child and youth protection;

·      A demonstrated understanding of ChildFund policies;

·      Good interpersonal and relationship skills;

·      Background in project management and capacity building;

·      Capacity building and guideline creation experience in the area of partnership between project staff and the government; and

·      Experience working with INGOs, communities and government.




  • University qualification in health, with a focus on health and nutrition;

·         At least five years relevant experience working with an INGO or relevant agency, with 2 years in a managerial position;

·         Fluency in Lao, including typing skills and intermediate English;

·         Demonstrated skills in working with government partners, as well as skills in working with children.

·         Intermediate IT skills and familiarity with MS Office, MS Windows and Internet applications (including email);

·         Strong, demonstrable teamwork and conflict resolution skills;

·         Strong facilitation skills, particularly with children and around youth engagement;

·         Experience working with children and youth;

·         Mature, dynamic, hardworking and able to manage multiple priorities;

·         Willing and able to undertake work-related travel to ChildFund’s other partner areas and beyond;

·         Flexible and willing to support the overall goals of ChildFund Australia in the Lao PDR; and

·         Lively, out-going personality.

ChildFund Laos
2 Years
Nov 24th 2017
Vientiane Municipality
021 412 966


Applications can be made by email to; all other applications will be rejected.  In addition, ChildFund will ONLY accept applications that include a CV and a cover letter that address the criteria above.


ChildFund Laos will not return any applications and does not require interested candidates to submit copies of certificates, ID cards or any other information.


ChildFund Laos is an equal opportunities employer and has a strict child protection policy and background checks will be undertaken prior to any offer of employment.  All candidates should submit two professional referees including their current or most recent employer.






Please send all applications to



ChildFund is an equal opportunities employer.

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