Nutrition Technical Support Consultancy for DFAT, Ireland

2019-2020/Ireland/Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade


NutritionWorks is providing enhanced policy support for nutrition to the Policy Unit in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Development Cooperation Division (DCD). Primarily in the area of policy development and policy coherence, NutritionWorks’ technical assistance aims to ensure that Ireland’s nutrition engagements and investments are fully informed by, and contribute optimally to ‘A Better World: Ireland’s Policy for International Development our new international development policy.’

This includes:

  • Technical quality assurance and value added to nutrition relevant research and learning engagements
  • In the area of strategic planning and aid effectiveness, supporting the improvement and coherence of relevant performance frameworks to leverage more and aggregated Irish Aid nutrition outcomes ahead of the Nutrition 4 Growth Summit in Tokyo at the end of 2020.


Technical editors for the Global Nutrition Report 2020

2019/Global/Development Initiatives


The Global Nutrition Report (GNR) was conceived following the first Nutrition for Growth (N4G) Initiative Summit in 2013 as a mechanism for tracking the commitments that were made by 100 stakeholders spanning governments, aid donors, civil society, the UN, and businesses. The GNR, goes beyond the N4G tracking; providing 100 pages of data, analysis, case studies and policy recommendations. These combine to make it a leading authority on understanding progress towards tackling malnutrition across the world.

NutritionWorks supported the Co-Chair of the GNR Independent Expert Group and the GNR Senior Nutrition Policy Analyst through a technical review and reworking of draft chapters, to incorporate analysed data and summarise text to produce a fluent final report, ensuring that the overall theme of equity was mainstreamed throughout.

Read the full report here

IASC Harmonised Training Package (HTP)



NutritionWorks finalised coordinating the second version of the Harmonised Training Package. The HTP is a state of the art training package on nutrition in emergencies containing 21 modules. NutritionWorks coordinated and developed Version 1 of the Harmonised Training Package (HTP) on Nutrition in Emergencies under an IASC Nutrition Cluster contract between 2007 and 2009. The project involved extensive consultation and stakeholder analysis to inform the development of 21 modules for a globally relevant technical package of information. Version 2 of the HTP was developed in 2010-2011 in collaboration with the Emergency Nutrition Network under a USAID/OFDA grant.

The modules cover a multitude of subjects within nutrition in emergencies from assessments, interventions, to education as well as evaluation and operational links with other sectors such as health and food security. The modules are targeted at those training managers and practitioners within the sector.

In-service and pre-service training in Bangladesh and Kenya

2011/Bangladesh and Kenya/USAID-OFDA, ENN


In collaboration with the Emergency Nutrition Network and under a USAID-OFDA grant, NutritionWorks is piloting approaches to building sustainable capacity in nutrition in emergencies in 2 countries-Kenya and Bangladesh. In Kenya, NutritionWorks has carried out a colloquium involving many key training institutions to increase awareness and knowledge of Nutrition in emergencies (NIE) and to support the institutions to locate modules on NIE in their ongoing training courses. In Bangladesh, NutritionWorks has worked alongside a local training organization (THAN foundation) to carry out a trainers of trainers course and is developing a follow on course in emergency prone districts of Bangladesh.

Guidelines and training package on high impact nutrition interventions in Timor-Leste



NutritionWorks developed a set of Timor-Leste specific nutrition intervention materials and guidelines to improve the supply (access and quality) of services and strengthen the enabling environment, including programme management.  This included development of national guidelines, training materials, and job-aids.  NutritionWorks have also conducted a Training of Trainers and supervision of cascade training.

Guidelines and training package on high impact nutrition interventions in Kiribati, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu



Drawing on the work in Timor-Leste, NutritionWorks developed a set of national guidelines, training materials, and job-aids for high impact nutrition interventions in Kiribati, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.  NW conducted a Training of Trainers and supervision of cascade training in all three countries.

World Vision nutrition within Child Health Now Campaign 2011

2011/Global/World Vision


NutritionWorks led a review process of the operational considerations responding to various global initiatives promoting the scaling-up of nutrition programming and care within the coming 5 years. The review consisted of an assessment of current literature and global positioning, key informant interviews , and field visits were conducted to one African (Ghana) and one Asian (Cambodia).  A final report provided recommendations to inform national and international operating agencies and practitioners, the private sector as well as institutional donors, on how to examine and improve the operational environment in order to have the greatest impact on the scale-up of nutrition programming to reduce the current global levels of undernutrition.

World Vision Scoping Study: Developing a programme and policy strategy for nutrition-sensitive agriculture and food security

2015/Global/World Vision


NutritionWorks conducted a scoping exercise for World Vision to provide recommendations on a programme and policy strategy for integrating nutrition into agriculture and food security.   The work took into account the global nutrition-sensitive landscape, including current evidence, gaps and funding patterns while simultaneously considering, World Visions current nutrition-sensitive programming, lessons learned and challenges and comparative advantage.

Operational factors in the integration of nutrition into agriculture and livelihoods programmes in Zimbabwe

2017/Zimbabwe/World Vision


NutritionWorks conducted a case study as a learning exercise for World Vision, partners and a wider audience of practitioners, researchers and decision-makers. It shows that there are many opportunities and challenges to design, implement and assess multi-sector programmes for nutrition. Establishing clear objectives, a theory of change and a monitoring framework involving not only programme stakeholders but communities, government and the private sector are important. Multi-sector programmes are challenging due to their traditionally separate sectors. A good approach is to coordinate at all levels, understand the context, assess assumptions, agree objectives, be participative, harmonise training materials and give attention to any unintended consequences. A fully mainstreamed gender component is essential to optimise the pathways from agriculture to nutrition. Targeting farmers with the greatest capacity for increasing agricultural productivity could exclude the poorest and most vulnerable, making nutrition objectives elusive. A practical guide to implement and assess multi-sector programmes for nutrition under the real constraints experienced by the implementers is needed and further case studies would help achieve this.

Discussion Paper On The Operational Factors Influencing Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture

2015/Global/World Vision


On behalf of World Vision, examining what are the operational opportunities and challenges that programmes face in seeking to make agriculture and livelihood programmes nutrition- sensitive? What lessons can be drawn from practical experience? What comparisons can be made between programmes that are co-located and those that are integrated?