Multisectoral Approaches to Nutrition and Food Security

Applications for this Short Course are now open

Applications will close 16 May 2021

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Applications are now open for the Australia Awards Short Course on Multisectoral Approaches to Nutrition and Food Security (Sri Lanka). Funded by the Australian Government, this Short Course will ultimately contribute to improved nutrition indicators and food security policy in Sri Lanka.

Participants will have opportunities to collaborate and develop intersectoral relationships to achieve improved nutrition and food security in Sri Lanka. Upon completion of the Short Course, participants will be better prepared to incorporate nutritional and food security considerations within their sector-specific plans and to adapt activities to meet the country’s emerging needs.

The course will be delivered in three components between June and November 2021:

  • Pre-liminary activities will take place over four days from 14 to 17 June
  • Core learning elements will take place over two days per week from 19 July to 10 September
  • Applied learning activities will take place over three days from 3 to 5 November.

The application deadline for this Short Course has been extended is now 16 May 2021.

Emerging and middle management leaders representing government, non-government and private sector organisations, including practitioners working in nutrition specific or sensitive projects, are encouraged to apply. Up to 25 eligible applicants will be selected to participate in the Short Course.

Please read and ensure you understand the below eligibility and selection criteria prior to applying.

General Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants who demonstrate the potential to apply the knowledge and experience gained through course participation are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must:

  • be Sri Lankan citizens and currently residing in Sri Lanka
  • not have applied for or hold permanent residency in Australia or New Zealand
  • obtain the necessary study and travel approvals from their employer
  • meet the specific eligibility criteria for this Short Course and adhere to the application process detailed in this document
  • complete a Return to Work Plan with their supervisor
  • demonstrate digital literacy including experience with online learning and meeting platforms
  • be available to participate in the Short Course for the entire duration in accordance with the dates and have a reliable and secure internet connection in place

Further criteria:

To be eligible, applicants must also:

  • be currently working in a relevant area with particular experience in the development and/or implementation of nutrition-specific and/or nutrition-sensitive programming
  • have occupied their current position for at least one year with a minimum of two years of relevant work experience
  • not be retiring or being considered for transfer for at least one year from the conclusion of the Short Course
  • not have attended any previous Australia Awards Fellowships or Short Courses
  • have access to the internet and be computer literate
  • be assessed as having an adequate level of English to be able to participate in this course
  • be committed and available to participate in each of the three major components of the Short Course by ensuring release from usual professional duties during the course delivery phases due to its demanding subject matter.

Female applicants, people with disability or individuals from traditionally marginalised groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

All interested applicants will need to complete their applications online through the Australia Awards – South Asia Short Course application portal by 16 May 2021.

Completed eligible applications will be assessed and ranked based on the above selection criteria. A shortlist will be provided to the Australian High Commission in Colombo to finalise the selection process.

To apply for the Short Course, applicants must:

  • Register and access the online application on the Australia Awards – South Asia Short Course application portal.
  • Select Multisectoral Approaches to Nutrition and Food Security from the drop-down menu as the course option.
  • Complete and submit their applicant online. No paper applications will be accepted.
  • Upload all required supporting documents at the time of submission.

Only complete applications submitted by 16 May 2021 will be considered for assessment.

For more information call 011 577 2980 or +94762517205 or email