Nutritionist P4 - FIT Pool - All Locations

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 23 October 2019
  • Worldwide
  • Closing on 22 November 2019
  • Talent pool

Job Description

Devex is looking for experienced Nutritionists at a P4 level to join the World Food Programme (WFP). WFP is looking to build a pool of highly qualified and dynamic talents interested in going to any country where we operate – in particular complex duty stations (i.e. DRC, Nigeria, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen)

Nutrition is prioritized as a core element in WFP’s work and is essential in achieving Zero Hunger and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The objective of this position is to improve the availability of and access to nutritious foods and analyses and address barriers that communities face in accessing and consuming healthy and nutritious diets. Additionally, supporting the capacity of countries to find long-term solutions and contribute to the broader policy dialogue on food and nutrition security.


The Future International Talent Pool (FIT Pool) is an entry point for any 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 complex duty stations, such as DRC, Nigeria, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen. 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 anywhere in the world for a Fixed Term International Professional staff member in his/her functional area and level.

For more information:

What does it mean to be in the FIT Pool?

  • You are given priority when we have positions to fill externally. This happens approximately 4 times a year.
  • You are a member for a 2-year period. During this period of time, we can reach out to you to offer you a fixed-term position.
  • You are motivated to take on the first appointment proposed including complex duty stations, such as DRC, Nigeria, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Refusing a fixed-term position will lead to exclusion from the pool.
  • All fixed-term positions can be occupied for a period of 2 to 4 years. When you reach the end of this assignment you will be asked to apply to another position only opened for WFP staff members.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • Provide technical and strategic advice to all levels of the organization (HQ, Regional Bureaus and Country Offices) on WFP nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive programmes and policy issues. This includes: assessment and analysis, the choice of objectives, activities, transfer modalities and commodity choice all related to nutrition and in line with WFP standards and processes.
  • Support the strengthening of nutrition initiatives, including the development of national government policies related to nutrition (Agriculture, Education, Health, HIV and TB, Resilience, Social protection policies), as well as nutrition strategies, action plans, protocols, programme guidance, implementation modalities and operations in compliance with international guidelines, WFP policies, Executive board (EB) decisions, and multi-stakeholder platforms guidance such as the SUN movement and UN Decade of Action on Nutrition.
  • Work in collaboration with senior management, School feeding, Supply chain, Programme, Cash-Based Transfers, Vulnerability Analysis Mapping, Monitoring & Evaluation and other units/ divisions which support WFP Nutrition, to ensure effective advocacy, design and delivery of quality WFP nutrition programming.
  • Contribute to emergency preparedness actions, providing technical recommendations on contingency planning, risk analysis and early warning related to nutrition risks, providing response capacity as required.
  • Provide oversight in preparing accurate and timely reporting and learning, contributing to a knowledge base that informs the decision making of WFP and other stakeholders.
  • Build capacity of WFP staff, partners and national governments to prepare for and respond to nutrition problems.
  • Provide oversight on operational partnerships, including inter-agency collaboration, to ensure a strong multi-sectoral response to nutrition in both emergency and non-emergency settings.
  • Represent WFP at regional, national and international meetings in contributing to technical discussions, exchange experiences, advocate for nutrition interventions and identify areas of potential collaboration.
  • Manage teams of Nutritionists, providing guidance and coaching as required to ensure appropriate career development and enable high performance.
  • 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 in Nutrition, Public Health, Food Technology, Medicine or other related fields, or a First University degree with additional related work experience.

Working Experience:

  • At least 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.
  • Experience collaborating with partners and key stakeholders to strategically increase the awareness of nutrition policies, strategies and/ or programmes.
  • Experience leading/overseeing the development and implementation of multi-sectoral nutrition programmes at country and/ or global level.
  • Experience managing and building multi-functional teams.
  • International working experience and/or working experience for an international organisation required.


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


  • Experience in coordinating strategic nutrition mechanisms (such as cluster systems, Zero Hunger Challenge, SUN, REACH) at country and/or global level.
  • Experience in addressing nutrition findings and developments to key stakeholders to strategically influence the development of country specific nutrition plans/programmes.
  • Experience managing nutrition programmes in complex humanitarian and development operations, at national and/ or international level.
  • Experience in writing proposals, analyzing methodologies and data analysis, conducting assessments and operation research, drafting recommendations and preparing high-level reports (all with a specific focus on nutrition).


Integration into the FIT Pool is a comprehensive process and it will take approximately 8 months. The recruitment process includes: Online Test > Video Interview > Language Test > Panel Interview > Background Verification.

If you are selected, you will be placed in the Future International Talent Pool for a period up to 2 years. You 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. You can learn more about this initiative at:

Should you be recruited for a fixed-term international position you will undergo an initial probation period of one year.

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

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. For more information, visit

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.

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