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Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Nutrition Programme Officer - World Food Programme (WFP)

Job title: Nutrition Programme Officer

Employment type: Full time
Country: Uganda
City / Location: Kampala
Min. years of experience: 5 years
Minimum degree: Bachelors degree
Closing date: July 29, 2013 - 5pm
The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide. WFP is committed to ensuring children, women and other vulnerable groups have access to appropriate nutrition. Seeking to recruit a Nutrition Programme Officer
Key Duties and Responsibilities :
Oversee the effective implementation of planned nutrition activities (including Community Based Supplementary Feeding and Mother & Child Health and Nutrition) in the field in support of Nutrition Programme Officers at the decentralized level;
Advise the Head of Programme and Country Office management on implementation of the Management Plan 2013-2014 and on the application of the strategic results framework and associated monitoring and evaluation requirements as relates to nutrition activities;
Assist Country Office in project implementation for scaling up evidence-based nutrition activities to address the needs of the most vulnerable groups; this could include pilots of innovative approaches which have the potential to be initiated or scaled up, in close consultation with WFP Headquarters/Regional Bureau, government and relevant partners;
Work closely with the Ministry of Health, lead the Country Office in the launch and implementation of a home fortification (micro nutrient powders) pilot programme in selected districts;
Liaise with UNICEF, WHO, FAO and other key nutrition stakeholders to ensure a multi-sectorial response to under-nutrition is implemented;
Ensure programmes are compliant with WFP policies, criteria and procedures with regard to food and nutrition;
Assist Country Office in its coordination with government, UN agencies and other actors for elaboration of national policies and programmes for child malnutrition through a multi-sectorial approach;
Advocate for nutrition interventions to donors, governments and other actors;
Represent WFP at international, regional or national technical meetings on nutrition, food security and health activities;
Provide technical backstopping for Country Office and Field Offices namely to the various health/nutrition focal points of the sub-offices to harmonise nutrition activities across the field offices at Country Office level;
Support strengthening nutrition capacity among staff of WFP and its partners, including governments;
Provide nutrition technical inputs into other divisions within the Country Office including donor relations and communications;
Supervise staff and perform other duties as required.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
The candidate should posses a university degree, preferably at the advanced level, in Nutrition, International Health & Nutrition, Public Health & Nutrition Policy and Management, Family Health & Nutrition, Food Security, Food Technology or other related fields.
A minimum of at least five years (two of which international) of postgraduate progressively responsible professional experience in nutrition, public health management, development projects, emergency assistance and/or operational aspects of national, bilateral or multilateral food assistance, with a strong preference for significant experience working in humanitarian and development nutrition programmes;
Experience in planning and/or managing nutrition programmes including treatment as well as prevention and micro nutrient programmes;
Experience in programming of food assistance and nutrition in emergency, protracted relief and recovery and/or development contexts;
Experience with nutrition survey methodologies, nutrition assessment and relevant data analysis, including SMART nutrition surveys;
Previous in-country/international working experience;
Food security and multi-sector programme knowledge and experience are desirable.
Knowledge of nutrition and recent developments in the field;
Knowledge of research methods and monitoring and evaluation standards;
Good understanding of donor policies, strategies, and programme priorities;
In-depth knowledge of relevant field of specialization (nutrition, public health, development or other);
Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) and nutrition/ public health software (i.e. EPI INFO);
General knowledge of UN system policies, rules, regulations and procedures governing administration is highly desirable;
Conversant with quantitative and qualitative health/nutrition survey techniques is an added value.
Personal Competencies:
Excellent written and oral communications and presentation skills;
Strong analytical and negotiation skills;
Resourcefulness, initiative, maturity of judgment and tact;
Ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor own work plan and those under supervision;
Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective work relationships with counterparts and staff within the office, host population, donors, NGOs and other UN agencies;
Ability to work in a team, and establish effective working relations with persons of different national and cultural backgrounds.
Working knowledge (proficiency/level C) of English and intermediate knowledge (level B) of another UN official language (Arabic, French, Spanish, Russian or Chinese) or Portuguese (one of WFP’s working languages);
Language: Knowledge of French or Spanish is desirable.
WFP’S Terms and Conditions:
WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, including basic salary, post adjustment, 30 days’ annual vacation, 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.

Contact/How to apply:
All interested candidates should visit the web link below to review job requirements and express interest by clicking “ Apply.” Prior to the application, One must have created an Online CV;
Please complete the Steps above to consider your application successful. WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.
Qualified female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are encouraged to apply.