In 2013, FANTA established the Uganda Nutrition Fellowship (UNF), an update of the successful nutrition internship program FANTA pioneered in Uganda in 2010. The UNF places recent graduates in nutrition with host organizations where they are provided with a unique mix of work experience, professional development, and mentorship in order to promote skill-building in leadership, teamwork, communication, and nutrition technical topics. Through these activities, UNF aims to develop skilled nutrition leaders while also providing host organizations with highly motivated, well-qualified young professionals to support their nutrition work.
The UNF, in its second cycle, has placed 12 Fellows in nine host organizations and government agencies. The Fellows are multi-talented, dedicated, and self-driven individuals with diverse skills. Working with their host organizations, Fellows engage in a wide variety of activities, including nutrition assessment, counseling, and treatment as well as policy development, advocacy, and behavior change communication with key target audiences. In addition, they learn about various nutrition initiatives and have access to networking opportunities and online courses.
Throughout the program, FANTA staff support the Fellows through an orientation, mentorship, site visits, team-building retreats, and a series of professional development workshops. Fellows also receive mentorship, supervision, and career support from staff at their host organizations. Through this experience, Fellows are expected to develop strong skills in communication, writing, accountability, and leadership, as well as program design and implementation, coordination, advocacy, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting.
The 2015–16 Host Organizations
Host organizations were competitively selected based on their willingness to provide a supportive learning environment and their commitment to scaling up the implementation of nutrition interventions outlined in the UNAP. The host organizations include the Ministry of Health; the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries; Mwanamugimu Nutrition Unit, Mulago Hospital; World Vision Uganda; International Baby Food Action Network; and the following USAID-funded projects: FANTA; Communication for Healthy Communities (CHC); Community Connector; and Strengthening Partnerships, Results, and Innovations in Nutrition Globally (SPRING).