Nutritionist P4 - FIT Pool - All Locations

Apply by 18 June 2018
Senior-level , Field assignment
Posted on 18 May 2018

Job Description


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.

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.

About the Organization

WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles. Selection of staff is made on a competitive Basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.

The United Nations World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need. At WFP, we are driven and defined by our mission to fight world hunger, save lives, feed people’s dreams of a brighter future, reduce risk and help enable people, communities and countries meet their own food and nutrition needs. WFP goes anywhere it’s needed and does what it takes to get the job done. You will find our people at the heart of every major humanitarian intervention around the world, providing the essential life-saving foundation required for those furthest behind. Each year, we reach an average of 80 million people with food assistance in around 80 countries. Delivering our mission requires deep respect for personal and cultural differences and close collaboration between every member of our global team. While the 16,000 people working for WFP reflect the rich diversity of the world in which we work, the vital importance of our shared mission underpins a remarkably close community of purpose.

The World Food Programme (WFP) is offering life-changing job opportunities you are unlikely to find in other organizations. Working at WFP will give you the opportunity to work beyond your expectations, to be enriched by truly meaningful work and deepen your professional expertise.

The Future International Talent Pool (FIT Pool) is an entry point for a professional international career with WFP. WFP is looking to build a pool of highly qualified and dynamic talents interested in going to any of our 80 countries in which WFP operates, including hardship duty stations, when the need arises.

A FIT Pool member is placed on the pool for a period up to 2 years during which he/ she is considered with priority each time WFP has a specific need for a Fixed Term International Professional staff member in his/her functional area and level.

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