Nutrition Officer

World Food Programme, Kathmandu, Nepal

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
17th January, 2019

Job Description


The United Nations World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes. 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.


These jobs are found in Headquarters (HQ), Regional Bureaux (RBs) or Country Offices (COs). Job holders are likely to report to a more senior Nutritionist or Programme Officer.


To provide support to nutrition programmes and activities to contribute to meeting the nutritional needs of WFP beneficiaries.


WFP Nepal’s Country Strategic Plan (CSP 2019-2023) integrates five strategic outcomes (SO), of which SO 2 supports the decentralization of the national social protection framework to realign with the federal system, including the Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN) programme and rice fortification. The SO 2 contributes to United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) outcome area 2, SDG2.2 and WFP Strategic Results 2. It also takes a life cycle approach to addressing malnutrition, food security, health and hygiene practices including WASH, education, and women’s empowerment with focus on pregnant and lactating women and adolescent girls (PLWG), children aged 6 – 23 months and school children in regions with high prevalence of food insecurity and/or malnutrition. These activities are embedded in the National Framework for Social Protection (2011-2021), the Multisector Nutrition Plan (MSNP II 2018-2022), and the School Sector Development Plan (SSDP 2016-2023).

The Nutrition Officer, in addition to the regular duties described in the generic terms of reference for WFP Programme Policy Officer, will primarily focus on: coordination, policy development support, technical assistance and any other duty related to WFP Nepal’s overall SO 2 portfolio.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

The Nutrition Officer reports to the SO 2 Manager (Head of Nutrition), under the Head of Programme, or their designees.

Coordination and policy development

Responsible for overall WFP representation in the area of nutrition. Specifically:

  • Will be the key liaison officer between WFP and government on nutrition related matters
  • Represent WFP in various technical working groups related to nutrition, including SUN, the Nutrition Cluster, and the National Nutrition Group among others.
  • Lead any technical working groups that WFP is co-opted to lead within the nutrition cluster
  • Support WFP interventions related to Multisector Nutrition Plan (MSNP) II, ensuring WFP is represented in any MSNP II planning and review meetings.
  • Coordinate actively with UNICEF, WHO, FAO, and other relevant nutrition stakeholders to ensure alignment of operations, policy and programme support.
  • For any procurements done in conjunction with government (e.g Supercereal for MCHN), liase with logistics medical department and WFP supply chain unit to provide required support for efficient procurements and distribution.
  • Provide support to the Government’s policy of introducing rice fortification, ensuring all rice fortification stakeholders are well coordinated.
  • Ensure all WFP nutrition activities in the relevant ministry are included in different levels of government workplans.
  • Liase with other ministry departments e.g Ministry of Agriculture for any support as may be required
  • Coordinate closely with other WFP government supported thematic areas such as school meals programme to ensure WFP representation within government is well coordinated and harmonious
  • Work closely with other WFP staff at country office, sub-office and provincial levels to update and advise on any government priorities and strategies
  • Ensure key stakeholders within government have a good understanding of WFP nutrition programmes
  • Maintain relations with key government staff and other stakeholders

Technical assistance

  • Support implementation of WFP Nepal, programme that takes a life cycle approach to addressing malnutrition, food security, health and hygiene practices including WASH, education, and women’s empowerment with focus on pregnant and lactating women and adolescent girls (PLWG), children aged 6 – 23 months and school children in regions with high prevalence of food insecurity and/or malnutrition.
  • Support in planning and designing nutrition related activities and ensuring various key WFP programmes are nutrition sensitive
  • Support in development and signing of various memorandums of understanding and operational agreements with key government departments and other stakeholders
  • Liaise with WFP CO and different government levels to plan for field monitoring visits for WFP interventions
  • Support in development of appropriate intervention guidelines as required (e.g revision of MCHN guidelines, Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition (IMAM) guidelines etc.)
  • Support the identification, development and management of potential capacity building needs and partnership opportunities related to SO 2 within government
  • Development of various monitoring tools in coordination with M&E unit as required
  • Support family welfare division in information management especially in relation to WFP related interventions, ensuring appropriate reports are done and submitted timely
  • Prepare monthly update reports, event-based reports etc.
  • Perform other related duties, as required.


  • Education: Advanced University degree in Public Health Nutrition, Nutrition, Food Technology, Medicine or other relevant field. Public Health Nutrition (human nutrition/applied nutrition)/Public Health, Medicine, Nursing, Social Sciences, Development Studies or another study relevant to Nutrition is desirable.
  • Language: International Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language. Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or WFP’s working language, Portuguese.
  • National Professional: Fluency in both oral and written in English and Nepali.



  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Understands WFP’s Strategic Objectives and the link to own work objectives.
  • Be a force for positive change: Flexibly adapts individual contributions to accommodate changes in direction from supervisors and internal/external changes (such as evolving needs of beneficiaries, new requirements of partners).
  • Make the mission inspiring to our team: Recognizes and shares with team members the ways in which individual contributions relate to WFP’s mission.
  • Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Sets own goals in alignment with WFP’s overall operations, and is able to communicate this link to others.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people's skills: Assesses own strengths and weaknesses to increase self-awareness, and includes these in conversations on own developmental needs.
  • Create an inclusive culture: Participates in open dialogue, and values the diverse opinion of others, regardless of background, culture, experience, or country assignment.
  • Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Proactively seeks feedback and coaching to build confidence, and develop and improve individual skills.
  • Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Participates in accomplishing team activities and goals in the face of challenging circumstances.


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Shows willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work.
  • Focus on getting results: Consistently delivers results within individual scope of work on time, on budget and without errors.
  • Make commitments and make good on commitments: Commits to upholding individual accountabilities and responsibilities in the face of ever-changing country or functional priorities.
  • Be Decisive: Makes rational decisions about individual activities when faced with uncertain circumstances, including in times of ambiguity regarding information or manager direction.


  • Connect and share across WFP units: Seeks to understand and adapt to internal or cross-unit teams’ priorities and preferred working styles.
  • Build strong external partnerships: Demonstrates ability to understand and appropriately respond to and/or escalate needs of external partners.
  • Be politically agile & adaptable: Portrays an informed and professional demeanor toward internal and external partners and stakeholders.
  • Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Provides operational support on analyses and assessments that quantifies and demonstrates WFP’s unique value as a partner.


  • Knowledge of Nutrients Utilizes knowledge of vitamins and nutrients to understand the causes of malnutrition, the relationships between the different types of malnutrition, and is able to articulate the UNICEF conceptual model.
  • Situation Analysis and Evidence Assessment Able to appropriately interpret the nutrition situation, analyze primary causes of malnutrition, define limitations to the analysis (e.g. seasonality) and prepare an overview of the food security and nutrition situation in country.
  • Knowledge of Public Health Has foundational knowledge of the core public health sciences (i.e., biostatistics, epidemiology, social science, environmental health, and prevention of chronic and infectious disease and injury) in order to assess a country’s/region’s health situation.
  • Knowledge of Food System Ability to analyze how food systems influence the diets of vulnerable groups and identify how and where food systems may contribute to specific nutrient gaps.
  • Applying Programme & Policy Standards Leverages nutrition knowledge to provide technical advice to governments to design and implement country nutrition programmes that follow international and WFP agency standards and guidance.


Knowledge & Skills:

  • Current knowledge of the latest developments, guidelines and standards, and technology in the field of nutrition, especially in the prevention and treatment of maternal, neonatal and child undernutrition.
  • Leadership and teamwork abilities, good analytical, negotiation, communication and advocacy skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective work relationships with government counterparts, donors, UN agencies and NGOs/INGOs
  • Excellent analytical skills; resourcefulness, initiative, maturity of judgment, tact, and negotiation skills.
  • Ability to work in a team, and establish effective working relations with persons of different national and cultural backgrounds;
  • Excellent writing and verbal skills.


  • Experience and exposure to implementation of national/international development programmes.
  • Experience working in public health/food security/ nutrition related activities.
  • Experience identifying and defining nutrition issues/problems within a country.
  • At least four years of postgraduate progressively responsible professional experience in Public Nutrition and/or Public Health & Nutrition programme management, programme formulation, planning, monitoring and evaluation in public sector, public health management or related field including development projects, emergency assistance, and/or operational aspects of food assistance or relief operations.
  • Experience in direct implementation of IMAM, micronutrient supplementation, maternal health and nutrition programmes and multi-sectoral responses addressing the underlying causes of undernutrition.
  • Experience of carrying out health and nutrition surveys and/or other relevant surveillance activities.


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