Nutrition Capacity Assessment

Nutrition Capacity Assessment

The UN Network’s Nutrition Capacity Assessment guidance package enables countries to comprehensively assess multi-sectoral and sectoral capacity needs for the effective scale up of nutrition actions. Developed by the UN [Nutrition] Network Secretariat in collaboration with the principal members of the UN Network (FAO, IFAD, UNICEF, WFP and WHO), the guidance encompasses both technical and functional capacities. This collective effort garners both the specialized expertise of the individual UN agencies and UNN-REACH in one consolidated resource. Findings from the assessment inform a capacity development response that is tailored to the country context and then integrated into the national capacity development agenda for nutrition.

To date, the assessment has been undertaken in 7 countries and counting. Have a look at the the Country Examples section below to discover more.

On demand services have also been provided in other countries, such as Egypt
Using the Nutrition Capacity Assessment

The Nutrition Capacity Assessment is used in many ways, such as:

To identify nutrition capacity constraints across sectors and stakeholder groups (including SUN networks) and opportunities for overcoming them. 

To sensitize government staff in ministries and nutrition coordination offices on how institutional capacity as well as their individual skills can be enhanced to support a cohesive, holistic approach to nutrition. 

To inform the development of a nutrition capacity development plan that is context-specific as well as to guide workplanning of nutrition coordination mechanisms, which coordinate nutrition action at both national and sub-national levels.

To shape the formulation of new national nutrition plans by addressing gaps and including capacity strengthening provisions in a dedicated section/pillar on nutrition governance. 

To support ongoing efforts to mainstream nutrition in related sectors (e.g. agriculture, education, environment, gender, health, industry, labour, sanitation, social protection, trade) and position nutrition as a driver of sustainable development.

To ensure that nutrition is well-reflected in the curricula and in-service training of related sectors in addition to those efforts that specifically target nutritionists. 

To catalyse and structure behaviour change among nutrition stakeholders by underscoring the importance of multi-sectoral engagement and empowering nutrition focal points in other sectors to champion nutrition from where they stand in order to achieve nutrition targets.

To inform budgeting exercises for nutrition, including within other related sectors, so that capacity development activities are reflected in related plans. 

As background information for country missions, conducted by UN colleagues and other development partners.

Country examples