Nutrition Consultant

World Food Programme, Malawi

Skill Required:, Training and Capacity Building
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
21st May, 2021

Job Description


The Government of Malawi has placed nutrition as one of the priority areas in the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS) III and other development agenda as critical for human development. Adequate nutrition throughout the lifecycle is the centrepiece for physical and intellectual development of every individual. Nutrition is a major determinant of one’s intellectual performance, academic and professional achievements, and overall work efficiency at later stages. It is therefore a prerequisite for human growth and development, and an integral element for the socio-economic development of the country.

One of the main strategic steps the Government of Malawi is taking to champion sustainability of efficient nutrition is the CoE. Setting up this centre will contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, especially towards achieving Zero Hunger (SDG 2) and combat all forms of malnutrition. The centre will facilitate standardization of continuous capacity strengthening of professionals from various technical backgrounds in nutrition, knowledge sharing and information management.

The centre will collate, curate, document and display standard methodologies in nutrition; disseminate nutrition information; develop policy briefs on nutrition topics; provide continued professional development; and, commission and conduct research on topical issues in nutrition. Lastly, the centre will also offer a library of the latest global, regional and country-level research on nutrition developments. In the establishment of the centre, teamwork will be established among key partners including other government ministries, donor community, academia, civil society, private sector, UN agencies, International Non-Governmental Organizations and National organizations.

It is with this background that WFP is seeking to recruit, on behalf of the Department of Nutrition, HIV and AIDs, a consultant to lead a feasibility study and development of a concept note to establish a CoE for Nutrition in Malawi.

Objectives of the Assignment

The specific objective of this consultancy is to:

  • Determine the feasibility of establishing a CoE for nutrition.
  • Prepare a concept note with recommendations on key aspects/flagships of such a centre, including, the key technical content as per existing needs, institutional set-up, operational model and long-term sustainability.
  • Provide detailed scope of work for the CoE highlighting its mandate and functions
  • Provide detailed plan for its operation to sustain itself.
  • Conduct consultations and review of existing similar centre of excellence within and outside the country especially the Southern Africa Region (highlighting the benefits of such a centre and challenges they face).

Scope of Work

The main tasks of this assignment are:

  • Undertake a detailed feasibility study on the establishment of a CoE for nutrition; find opportunities and risks associated with its setting, challenges, and their mitigation measures with reference to other similar centres of excellency within and outside the country.
  • Provide detailed propositions on how the centre could sustain itself.
  • Prepare a concept note, advising the feasibility of establishing the centre, with analysis and description of the conditions under which such a centre would be feasible, provide a summary of the functions and mandate of the CoE and provide a framework and recommendations for next steps, including the steps and cost for the full establishment, relevant content for training and future development of programs, a set of activities and required equipment.

The study shall address, but not be limited to, the following topics:

  • Analysis of the background and rationale for a centre of excellence for Nutrition in Malawi.
  • Draw lessons from existing similar centres of excellence within and outside country especially the Southern Africa Region and evaluate the critical success factors, critical risks and adduce context relevant lessons which will inform the study.
  • Conceptual outline/ operation model concepts that includes the structural design of the centre.
  • Suggest institutional set-up and arrangements, key partners including proposals on the centre’s leadership and governance.
  • Advise potential scope of work for the centre and its institutional structure.
  • Suggest/recommend a balanced management model/institutional framework for development and operation of the centre.
  • Provide cost estimated of setting up of the centre/ cost estimates of infrastructure development.
  • Proposed operational/business model for the centre.
  • Needs assessment for required flagships including training facilities and buildings to operate the centre.
  • Propose expected long-term sustainability of operations and available strategies in this regard.


Education: Have minimum of master’s degree in organizational development, administration, management, and operation.

Experience: 5-7 years of extensive experience and background in capacity building and enterprise development.

                       Having worked on feasibility studies on nutrition projects on a similar or larger scale is an added advantage.

Language: The working language for this assignment will be English.


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