Nutrition Specialist

Before You Apply

Peace Corps Response positions are open to returned Volunteers or U.S. citizens with significant professional and technical experience.

Project Description

A Nutrition Specialist with the ability to communicate in Spanish or Portuguese and has knowledge of nutrition is needed to further develop the nutrition program for the Feed the Future Resilient Agricultural Markets Activity with Land O’Lakes International Development. Starting in 2016, the five-year USAID Feed the Future Resilient Agricultural Markets Activity – Beira Corridor (RAMA-BC) supports local producers to raise productivity, profitability and resilience. RAMA-BC aims to advance adoption of sustainable and accessible farming technologies and practices. It does this by supporting and facilitating the engagement of the private sector to test and grow profitable business models that deliver relevant information, advisory services, inputs, market linkages and finance. The project operates in the 11 Feed the Future districts in Manica and Tete provinces, and targets key agricultural stakeholders along the soy, pigeon pea, sesame, bean and cowpea value chains. A PCRV is needed because the project does not have a nutrition component, although it is an important object of USAID’s Feed the Future initiative, and nutrition is an important component of agriculture and food security.

The Nutrition Specialist will support the Land O’Lakes team in mapping dietary habits and seasonal food availability in Manica province, develop a curriculum for nutrition based on Model Family Farms’ (MFFs) layout and production, train field extensionists and MFF facilitators in basic nutrition, and train field staff and producer facilitators in factors that impact nutrition such as basic sanitation, exclusive breastfeeding and gender related issues.
The main goal of the assignment is to help develop the nutrition component of the RAMA-BC project.

Please note these are approximate departure dates and might change.

Partner Information

Land O'Lakes International Development

Required Skills

• Ability to communicate in Portuguese or Spanish
• Knowledge in nutrition
• Ability and motivation to train others

Medical Considerations in Mozambique

  • Mozambique may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: asthma, including mild or childhood; cardiology; insulin-dependent diabetes; requiring a psychiatrist for psychotropic medications support; seizure disorder; urology; ongoing counseling.
  • The following medication(s) are not permitted for legal or cultural reasons: Adderall, Ritalin and Vyvanse.
  • Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve:  gluten.  
  • After arrival in Mozambique, Peace Corps provides and applicants are required to have an annual flu shot, to take daily or weekly medication to prevent malaria, and to receive mandatory immunizations.

Before you apply, please also review Important Medical Information for Applicants [PDF] to learn about other health conditions typically not supported in Peace Corps service.

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