Job announcement for Nutrition Specialist (Urgent ! )

Job Announcement

Nutrition Specialist (Urgent ! )



Ponleur Kumar (PK) was localized formerly from Wathnakpheap (WP)/ Pestalozzi Children’s Village Foundation, and Switzerland–based international NGO (SKIP). PK is currently awarded the contract “ Cambodia HARVEST program”  by USAID-funded project/Fintrac,Inc to implement HARVEST Food Security/Nutrition (FS/N) Initiative project in Pursat province and Battambang  Province.


The program aims is to improve  the knowledge and practices of rural households in the area of family nutrition  by  a) mainstreaming nutrition into all aspects of production, post-harvest management and processing of vegetables, fruit and fish and b) a program of family nutrition education and related activities.

Sub-contractor : Ponleur Kumar (PK)

Contract Period: 8 months contract.


Position :


  • Job category: Health,  Agriculture, Social Business
  • Location:    One (1) position based in Bakan district, Pursat  province and frequently

            travel to work at Battambang province at least 1 week per month.  


Job Responsibilities

  1. The nutrition specialist is a field-based position with activities taking place in all villages that are part of  Ponleur Kumar subcontract with Cambodia HARVEST program.
  2. Be involved primarily in activities related to a) home garden clients, b) commercial horticulture clients, c) school gardens and d) home garden and school field days in these villages.
  3. Primarily   responsible   for conducting family nutrition education training, a cooking demonstration  as part of the training with clients of  home garden and commercial horticulture in line with training modules of  Cambodia HARVEST program.
  4. Follow-up on family nutrition education training by conducting consultation with home garden households to confirm that they have understood the training and to assist them to adopt new, improved practices related to family nutrition.
  5. As home garden clients are part of the Food Security/Nutrition project which includes other activities beyond home gardens. The nutrition specialist will be responsible for coordinating and facilitating some of these activities, including: a) establishment of producer-marketing groups to strengthen marketing strategies for home garden clients; b) training and mentoring assistance to households to encourage them to treat their gardens as micro-enterprises; and, c) savings-led credit and other activities, as agreed by producer-marketing group members.
  6. With the participation of other HARVEST staff such as marketing and BDS staff and   assistance of HARVEST Food Security specialist in the province, Nutrition Specialist will facilitate and work with producer-marketing groups and related activities.
  7. Support the Agronomists to conduct training with home garden clients on post-harvest management and  good agricultural practices in home gardens, likewise the nutrition specialist can add relevant information on post-harvest management, etc.
  8. Be primary responsibility for coordinating nutrition training .to be conducted 3-4 times during the school year with students working in the School Garden project in line with training modules of  Cambodia HARVEST program and  available times allotted by schools .
  9. Developing and coordinating nutrition-related activities as part of field day events related to home gardens and the School Garden project..
  10. The nutrition specialist will, as time permits, assist in developing and coordinating nutrition-related activities that form part of training and/or field day events with other HARVEST clients, e.g., commercial farmers, rice farmers, pond aquaculture clients, forest communities, etc.

Job Requirements

  1. Age between 25 -45 year olds and Computer literacy (Ms. Word & Excel )
  2. University degree in agronomy, agriculture, rural development or related field study  – social sciences, agriculture, fisheries, forestry etc
  3. Good knowledge and previous field-based working experience in the fields of agricultural, rural and/or community development.
  4. At least 2 years of  work experience  to provide training, technical assistance and mentoring support using participatory and interactive methods and tools, particularly as this is relevant to promoting learning and adoption of new practices among individuals and households in rural communities.
  5. Demonstrated experience and expertise to address social inclusion issues in the development and implementation of training and capacity development with individuals and households in rural communities. Of particular importance are approaches, methods and tools that address issues of gender, age, poverty and education/literacy.
  6. Demonstrated experience and capacity in the area of organizing and facilitating producer-marketing groups (farmer associations, etc.), providing assistance to communities to establish groups, as well as training, technical assistance and mentoring for group activities in the areas of marketing, enterprise development, savings-led credit, etc.
  7. Willingness and demonstrated capacity to work effectively in a team environment and collaborate with people of other disciplines, e.g., agronomists, fisheries and forestry technicians, etc.
  8. Demonstrated capacity to effectively plan and schedule multiple activities on a monthly and quarterly basis, as well as attention to detail in the implementation and reporting of these activities. At the same time, a strong candidate is one who is capable of being flexible and responding well to changing conditions, as circumstances require.
  • Ability to communicate well and clearly in spoken English, as well as spoken and written Khmer.
  • Performing any other duties as may be assigned by Management, to support the FS/N initiative and/or, in conjunction with other HARVEST specialists, other HARVEST activities in the rice, horticulture and fish value chains and forestry sector.
  1. Ability to work under pressure and  be flexible

Application Information

Interested candidates are invited to send their detailed CVs and cover letters of interest NOT later than September   5th 2012  to PK’s  Office using the contact details below.

Only short listed candidates will be called for interview
All submitted applications will not be  returned
(do not attach certificates or other document)

Closing Date

5th September   2012

Contact Details

Address :

  • Road # 04, Kampong Svay village, Sangkat Kampong Svay, Serei Sophorn town, Banteay Meanchey province. Tel: 0976363860
  • Group 3, Khos Svay Village, Trapeng Chorng Commune, Bakan District, Pursat Province, Cambodia . Tel:  012 572 502, 012 572 552, 0976363868,0976363864
  • Dangkor Teap Village, Toul Ta Ek Sangkat, Battambang Municipality, Battambang Province.Tel:  0976363861

Name :  Ponleur Kumar (PK)

Email : chhanly@pkcambodia .org




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