Nutrition Coordination Lead Executive Office


To see all citizens with optimal nutritional status, quality of life, productivity, and longevity


To ensure food and nutrition security through the coordinated implementation of nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive interventions


To attain optimal nutritional status at all stages and conditions of life to a level that is consistent with quality of life, productivity, and longevity.

FNS Strategic Objectives   

  1. Improve availability, Accessibility, and Utilization of adequate, diversified, safe, and nutritious foods to all citizens at all times in a sustainable manner.
  2. Ensure the Safety and Quality of Foods  
  3.  Improve post-harvest Management!  
  4. Improve nutritional status throughout the life cycle.
  5. Improve the Nutritional status of people with CD and NCD
  6. Improve the capacity to respond to food and Nutrition emergencies. 
  7. Improve WASH at the Individual, household, and community levels Improve Food and Nutrition Literacy at Individual, HH, Community and Institutional
  8. Create functional governance at all levels.  
  9. Improve sustainable financing. 
  10. Improve institutional capacity. 
  11. Improved evidence-based decision 
  12. Improve effective communication for food and Nutrition.


Nutrition Coordination Lead Executive Office Role and Responsibilities

  • The new structure created in the Ministry of Health with three desks is the lead Executive body for food and nutrition implementation in the country. It’s one of the newly structured offices under the direct overseeing of the Minister. 
  • The major aim is to ensure optimal coverage and quality of essential nutrition-specific services at all service delivery points including using community, and informal platforms and using media outlets; coordinate intra and inter-ministry stakeholders towards achieving to end all forms of malnutrition. 
  • The Nutrition Coordination Office supports the preparation and implementation of food and nutrition policies, strategies, programs, and manuals; mobilizes resources and supplies; Leads the multi-sectoral and Seqota Declaration collaborative engagements.

Major Role and Responsibilities of the Three Desks under the Nutrition Coordination Lead Executive Office.

Developmental Nutrition Desk

Acute Malnutrition Prevention and Management Desk

Multisectoral and Seqota Declaration Coordination Desk

Leads the preparation and delivery of nutritional services packages for pre-pregnancy, adolescents and young adults, pregnant and lactating mothers, and school-aged children (6-10 years). To reduce the vulnerability of acute food imbalances and to provide a timely response; establish an early warning and screening system and monitor and evaluate its performance.

works as the Secretariat of the National Food and Nutrition Coordinating Council.

Supports and guides the establishment of the technical committee that advises about nutrition issues for the National Food and Nutrition Coordinating Council and Coordinating Office at all levels.

Coordinates and the organization of breastfeeding corners in all health facilities and other workplaces. Coordinates, monitors, and evaluates health institutions that provide food-treatment services for acute, moderate, and severe malnutrition. Coordinates the preparation of a multi-sector coordination manual detailing the roles and responsibilities of the food and nutrition implementing sectors and provides support.
Coordinates, monitors, and evaluates access to growth monitoring and promotion, micronutrient and deworming services.  Coordinates, monitors, and evaluates for nutritional screening and smooth service linkage of vulnerable groups of people (PLW, <5 years children, teenagers, elderly, displaced communities, people with communicable and non-communicable diseases). Coordinates and supports the preparation of annual multi-sectoral & seqota declaration costed woreda-based planning., monitor performance with scorecard, and submits report to coordination office.
Coordinates the preparation and distribution of detailed precautionary and prevention messages to help raise the awareness of the community and service providers on food safety and quality. Coordinates and monitors the implementation of the community-level supplemental feeding program for people with severe acute malnutrition who are admitted to health facilities and receiving therapeutic feeding programs or supplementary feeding programs. Coordinates, supports, monitors, and evaluates best practices documentation and international recommendations to be formulated and expanded.