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Nutritionist P4 - World Food Programme

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Location: (Worldwide)
Full-time position
Closing Date: June 18, 2018
Job #12639
Posted: May 31, 2018


To design and manage large-scale nutrition programmes in complex environments, to contribute to meeting the nutritional needs of beneficiaries within the country and/or provide technical advice and guidance on nutrition strategies, programme design and implementation.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • Translate WFP policies into nutrition strategies, programme guidance, implementation modalities and operations.
  • Ensure that WFP nutrition programmes are consistent with WFP policies, Executive Board (EB) decisions and other relevant guidance.
  • Provide technical and strategic advice to Regional Bureaux or Country Offices on WFP nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive programme and policy issues. This includes: assessment/ analysis, the choice of objectives, activities, transfer modalities and commodity choice for nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive programming in line with WFP standards and processes.
  • Provide technical support on national nutrition initiatives, including the development of national government policies related to nutrition (including health, social protection, education policies), as well as nutrition strategies, action plans, protocols and guidelines in line with the SUN Movement and international guidance and current evidence.
  • Support design and implementation of national nutrition programmes or manage large-scale WFP nutrition programmes.
  • Oversee and/or provide technical support on global/regional/country initiatives and on research and evidencebuilding in nutrition.
  • Work with senior management, procurement, logistics, finance, other programme units and other divisions to ensure effective advocacy, design and delivery of WFP nutrition programming.
  • Oversee or advise on operational partnerships, including inter-agency collaboration, to ensure a strong multisectorial response to nutrition in both emergency and non-emergency settings.
  • Oversee and prepare accurate and timely reporting and learning, contributing to a knowledge base that informs decision making of WFP and other stakeholders.
  • Manage teams of nutritionists, providing guidance and coaching as required to ensure appropriate career development and enable high performance.
  • Represent WFP at regional, national and international meetings to contribute to technical discussions, exchange experiences, advocate for nutrition interventions and identify areas of potential collaboration.
  • Build capacity of WFP staff, partners and national governments to prepare for and respond to nutrition problems.
  • Support the monitoring and evaluation of WFP activities, provide technical analysis and interpretation, and develop new indicators and guidance.
  • Contribute to emergency preparedness actions, providing technical recommendations on contingency planning, risk analysis and early warning related to nutrition risks.
  • Act in an emergency response capacity as required.
  • Take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives in all areas of work, to ensure equal participation of women and men.
  • Other as required.



  • Advanced University degree in Nutrition, Public Health, Food Technology, Medicine or other related fields or First University degree with additional related work experience and/or trainings/courses.

Working Experience:

  • At least eight (8) years of progressively responsible professional experience in nutrition, public health management, development of projects, emergency assistance, and/or operational aspects of national, bilateral or multilateral food assistance.
  • International working experience required.
  • Experience in strategic planning at country level.
  • Experience building strategic partnerships with multiple partners, including governments to raise awareness on nutrition related issues.
  • Experience presenting nutrition findings/global evidence to governments to build country specific nutrition plans/programmes.
  • Experience working in emergencies and development context.
  • Experience managing and building multi-functional teams and projects.
  • Experience in representing agency at global forums and/or presenting at international/national venues.
  • Experience with survey methodologies, nutrition assessment, operation research and relevant data analysis and interpretation.


  • Fluency (level C) in both spoken and written English.
  • Intermediate knowledge (level B) of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) or Portuguese (one of WFP’s working languages).


  • Experience maintaining pipelines, developing systems and approaches for nutrition.
  • Experience in design for nutrition specific and nutrition programs or approaches (direct or with national governments).


Selected candidates will be placed in the FIT Pool and may be contacted as the needs arise for fixed-term international positions in any of the countries in which WFP operates, including hardship duty stations. The FIT Pool membership will last 2 years.

Mobility is and continues to be a core contractual requirement in WFP. These positions are rotational which means that the incumbent shall be subject to the regular reassignment process unless the position is reclassified as non-rotational. Professional level positions are rotational on a period of 2 to 4 years, mobility is the essence of WFP.

WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, including basic salary, post adjustment, relocation entitlement, travel and shipment allowances, 30 days’ annual leave, home leave, an education grant for dependent children, pension plan and medical insurance.

Please visit the following websites for detailed information on working with WFP. Click on: “Where we work” and “Our work” to learn more about WFP’s operations.

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Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply.

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