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

Strategic Objectives

  1. Improve availability, Accessibility and Utilization of adequate, diversified, safe, and nutritious foods to all citizens at all times in sustainability manner

  2. Ensure the Safety and Quality of Foods

  3. Improve Post-harvest Management

  4. Vision
    To see efficient, sustainable and equitable health financing in Ethiopia. 

    To proactively and purposefully forge partnerships and facilitate coordination with directorates at the Ministry , government organizations, private sector and development partners to ensure the active identification, solicitation, mobilization, allocation and efficient utilization of resources to realize Health Sector Transformation Plan. 

    Overall Roles and Responsibilities  
     The directorate has the following over all roles and responsibilities: 
    •    The directorate has a responsibility of developing and leading the implementation of Health Care Financing Strategy. 
    •    It has a role of assessing and ensuring cost-effectiveness of new and existing interventions.
    •    It also conducts resource mapping, alignment, allocation and ensure efficient utilization of financial resources. 
    •    It monitors and manages grants of the health sector.  
    •    It generates evidence through health economics and financial analysis.                        
    It has 5 Case Teams
    1)     Resource Mobilization Team 
    2)    Civil Society Organizations Coordination Team 
    3)    Health Economics-Financial Analysis Team 
    4)    Grant Management Team
    5)    Partnership Coordination Team 

    Key Strategic Initiatives 

    1)     Resource Mobilization Team 
    •    The resource mobilization team has an initiative of mobilizing resources
         from external (Development and Implementing Partners) and domestic sources (Treasury, insurance, innovative approach)
    •    The team conducts a resource mapping, resource allocation, alignment and gap analysis on yearly basis. 
    •    It follows up and provides technical support on the implementation of Health Care Financing Reforms.
    •    It works on donor grant proposal development, review and facilitation for signing of grant agreement (pre-award phase of grant management)
    2)    Civil Society Organizations Coordination Team 
    •    The CSO team coordinates and performs review and endorsement of new projects submitted by Civil Society Organizations that are going to be implemented nationally. 
    •    It performs monitoring and evaluation of Civil Society organizations projects implementation. 
    •    The team is responsible to organize and cascade Partnership Forum with implementing partners and Regional Health Bureau counter parts
    3)    Partnership Coordination Team 
    •    The partnership coordination team is responsible to coordinate the signing and implementation of bilateral agreements with different countries in the health sector. 
    •    The team is engaged and works with Ethiopian Diaspora to work and support health sector of the country. 
    •    The team prepares legal framework and conducts feasibility and initiates implementation of projects under Public Private Partnership modality.  

    4)  Health Economics-Financial Analysis
    Generate financial and economic evidences like
    •    The team is responsible for assessing operational efficiency and effectiveness of different health interventions
    •    It performs assessment of financial equity and Health Account study (analyzing public expenditure) 
    •    It also conducts different economical evaluation/study. 

    5)  Grant management
    •    The grant management team is responsible to record and monitor every grant with their grant agreement document
    •    It works on identifying anticipated risks of different grants and manages accordingly.
    •    The team is responsible to develop detailed implementation plan for every grant agreement, monitor the grant specific deliverables and take corrective action for gaps identified at all level (Directorates, Agencies and RHBs). 

    Improve nutritional status throughout the life cycle

  5. Improve the Nutritional status of people with CD and NCD

  6. Improve the capacity to respond food and Nutrition emergency

  7. Improve WASH at Individual, household and community level Improve Food and Nutrition Literacy at Individual, HH, Community and Institutional

  8. Create functional governance at all level;

  9. Improve sustainable financing

  10. Improve institutional capacity

  11. Improved evidence-based decision

  12. Improve effective communication for food and Nutrition

Role and Responsibilities

  • The new structure created in 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 office under the direct overseeing by 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, informal platforms and using media outlets; coordinate intra and inter ministry stakeholders to wards achieving to end all forms of malnutrition.

  • The Nutrition Coordination Office Support 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.

  • 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).

  • Coordinates and the organization of breastfeeding corners in all health facilities and other workplaces.

  • Coordinates, monitors and evaluates access to growth monitoring and promotion, micronutrient and deworming services.

  • 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.

  • To reduce the vulnerability of acute food imbalances and to provide a timely response; establish early warning and screening system and monitor and evaluate its performance.

  • Coordinates, monitors and evaluates health institutions that provide food-treatment services for acute, moderate and severe malnutrition.

  • 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 monitors the implementation of the community-level supplemental feeding program for people with severe acute malnutrition who are admitted in health facilities and receiving therapeutic feeding program or supplementary feeding program.

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

  • 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 and supports the preparation of annual multi sectoral & seqota declaration costed woreda based planning., monitors performance with scorecard, and submits report to coordination office.

  • Coordinates, supports, monitors and evaluates best practices documentation and international recommendations to be formulated and expanded.