Technical Assistance: A catalyst to accelerate progress towards scaling up nutrition at both national and sub-national levels
February 27, 2020
Providing technical assistance to the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement
2015 - 2021
Technical Assistance for Nutrition (TAN) was a project within our Nutrition Technical Assistance Mechanism (NTEAM) through which we provided support and assistance to help SUN Movement countries improve the nutritional status of their populations, especially women and children.
The Scaling Up Nutrition Movement
Created in 2010, the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement is founded on the principle that all people have a right to food and good nutrition. SUN aims to unite people − from governments, civil society, the United Nations, donors, businesses and researchers − in a collective effort to improve nutrition.
SUN countries are putting the right policies in place, collaborating with partners to implement programs with shared nutrition goals, and mobilizing resources to effectively scale up nutrition. Through NTEAM’s TAN Project, funded with UK aid from the UK government, we support countries by responding to priority technical needs, addressing gaps, and building technical capacity and capability at national and sub-national levels.
Improving the capacity of SUN countries through technical assistance
Through the TAN project, we seek to improve the capacity of SUN countries to design, plan, manage and monitor the delivery of multisectoral national nutrition plans, and to generate, learn from and adopt knowledge that works.
This happens through the direct provision of technical assistance to support needs identified through a consultative process, led by SUN country focal points and the in-country multi-stakeholder/sectoral platforms. Technical assistance is also provided to the SUN Movement Secretariat.
We provide support and assistance to countries that have joined the SUN Movement as part of their efforts to improve the nutritional status of their populations – especially women and children.
Through this technical assistance, we help national SUN focal points in select countries to overcome gaps in capacity for the design and delivery of multisectoral national nutrition plans, tapping into its global hub to source and deploy the expertise needed.
The project aims to accelerate the achievement of better health and nutrition status of populations by ensuring that governments are better equipped to act swiftly to scale up nutrition in their countries.
Our approach to the provision of technical assistance is country-driven and coordinated. This ensures all partners committed to improving nutrition outcomes, including donors, national governments, civil society or community groups, are connected and consulted, so that our contribution to the in-country support systems for scaling up nutrition provides clear added value for achieving maximum and sustainable impact.
Our technical assistance:
We are gathering a list of experts from a variety of nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive fields interested in helping SUN countries translate their global targets into concrete action. Complete the NTEAM Technical Assistance Provider Recruitment Form
Helping countries scale up nutrition
Through NTEAM's TAN project, we provide technical assistance to build the capacity of SUN countries to deliver national nutrition plans and ensure they are better equipped to act on them to improve the health of their populations.