Nutrition Specialist Consultant

World Food Programme, Italy

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
10th December, 2020

Job Description

As a United Nations (UN) agency reaching more than 90 million nutritionally vulnerable and food-insecure people each year, WFP plays a critical role in multi-stakeholder efforts to address malnutrition. In 2019 alone, 17.2 million children under the age of 5 (CU5) and pregnant and lactating women (PLW) residing in humanitarian contexts were assisted through WFP-supported nutrition-specific programmes that aim to prevent undernutrition and treat moderate wasting.

Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 aims to end all forms of malnutrition by 2030, including wasting, stunting, overweight and vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Childhood malnutrition is a major global development challenge, contributing to increased mortality, morbidity, impaired intellectual development, increased risk of disease in adulthood and suboptimal adult work and earning capacity. Of the word’s CU5, it is estimated that at any given time 47 million suffer from wasting and 144 million are stunted, with some children concurrently affected by multiple types of undernutrition (wasting, stunting and micronutrient deficiencies). A substantial increase in effort is required to tackle the issue.

  • WFP is well positioned to leverage the increased global momentum to address childhood malnutrition and is working to strengthen community-based programmes that put prevention first to reduce the number of those affected as well as pilot and implement innovative approaches to treatment that aim to increase coverage in hard-to-reach fragile settings, ensuring no nutritionally vulnerable mother or child is left behind. Emerging evidence and lessons learned will be used to inform and update WFP nutrition policy and programme guidance. WFP, alongside FAO, UNHCR, UNICEF and WHO is also supporting the development of the Global Action Plan (GAP) on child wasting, which aims to assist national governments, through a systems-wide approach, improve the prevention, early detection and treatment of child wasting to accelerate progress towards the SDGs.
  • This assignment will support WFP Nutrition Division by providing technical support to nutrition specific programming. The consultant will work in WFP Malnutrition Prevention and Treatment (MPT) team, Nutrition Operations under supervision of the MPT Team Lead to:
  • provide technical support to WFP HQ, Regional and Country Offices with nutrition specific programming implemented as part of WFP operations
  • support evidence-based updates to WFP nutrition policy and programming guidance and work with Regional Nutrition Advisors and Country Office Nutrition Officers with roll-out and implementation.
  • The consultant will be Rome-based or work remotely and will be required to travel to high priority WFP countries and regional bureaus as necessary (estimated 20% travel time) to support strengthening of WFP nutrition operations to address maternal and child undernutrition. The consultant will leverage lessons learned, as well as experience and expertise to improve nutrition programming.


  • Provide technical support to WFP Regional (RB) and Country Offices (CO) on nutrition specific programming implemented as part of WFP operations
  • provide timely technical inputs to various HQ Units, RBs and COs on guidance, protocols, training materials, reports, SOP and other tools
  • build the capacity of HQ, RB and CO staff to enhance quality standards for prevention and treatment programming
  • conduct field visits to improve quality of WFP nutrition programmes and to offer support for troubleshooting to assure programme enhancements
  • Support evidence-based updates to WFP nutrition policy and programming guidance and work with Regional Nutrition Advisors and Country Office Nutrition Officers on its roll-out and implementation.
  • review of emerging evidence on malnutrition prevention and wasting treatment
  • support updates to WFP nutrition-specific programming guidance and tools as well as development of training materials to facilitate roll-out to RB and CO
  • Support the Nutrition Operations Unit workplan with other activities as requested by the Malnutrition Prevention and Treatment Team Lead


  • Timely inputs provided to RB/ CO requests for support on nutrition-specific programming
  • Reports with recommendation after each field visit to support lessons learned
  • Relevant guidance and tools for supporting nutrition-specific programming revised/adapted/developed
  • Technical workshops, webinars, brown bags and/or trainings on malnutrition prevention and wasting treatment for WFP staff and partners conducted
  • All the activities will be carried out in coordination and close collaboration with other Teams within the Nutrition Operations Unit, but also with other Units and considering needs and priorities of the Nutrition Division, regional bureaus and country offices. The above responsibilities will be captured into an individual workplan and will be used for the PACE of the consultant.



  • Master’s in Public Health Nutrition or related field


  • Five (5) - seven (7) years of work experience in international nutrition programming with at least three (3) years in humanitarian contexts, with focus on prevention of undernutrition and treatment of wasting, particularly the community-based management of acute malnutrition and any simplified approaches
  • Experience of developing nutrition programming guidance and tools
  • Experience of working with other UN agencies, or key international NGO in humanitarian settings
  • Experience of training and other learning approaches would be an asset

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Knowledge on project cycle management, and nutrition M&E
  • Knowledge of challenges in implementing nutrition programmes
  • Good interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work in multicultural settings
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills required


  • Fluency in English. Working knowledge of another UN language (ideally French) or Portuguese desirable.


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