Nutritionist – World Food Programme Vacancy Announcement


Nutritionist – World Food Programme Vacancy Announcement, March 20 2023



Organization: World Food Programme

Position: Nutritionist

Location: Jijiga

Employment: Consultant Level II

Deadline: 3 April 2023





Job description


WFP celebrates and embraces diversity. It is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all its employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of race, colour, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, HIV status or disability.


JOB TITLE: Nutritionist

CONTRACT TYPE: Consultant Level II

DUTY STATION: Jijiga, Ethiopia

DURATION: 11 months


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.

In 2020 WFP CO Ethiopia launched its Country Strategic Plan (CSP) 2020-2025. The five-year country strategic plan is based on WFP’s recognized strengths and on strong strategic and operational partnerships with the Government, private sector entities, non-governmental organizations and other United Nations agencies. While the bulk of operations continues to address the immediate short-term needs of refugees, internally displaced persons and other food-insecure and undernourished people, there is a focus on expansion and intensification of climate change adaptation, resilience and livelihood diversification initiatives also linked to the humanitarian-development–peace nexus. WFP focuses on the prevention of malnutrition, the building of resilience and the integration of nutrition concerns and gender equality throughout the portfolio.


In Ethiopia, WFP provides food assistance to over nine million food-insecure people affected by conflict, droughts, flooding, or displacement. As part of the humanitarian response plan (HRP), WFP provides relief food assistance in the Somali region. The region has experienced multiple shocks in the past several years which have included human and animal disease outbreaks, climate-induced drought and inter-communal conflicts which resulted in abnormal population movements and the creation of IDPs.

Under the direct supervision of the Head of Sub Office and technical support from the Nutrition Officers at the Country Office, the incumbent will be the Regional-Level Nutrition Coordinator for the Somali Region.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Program Planning and supply chain:

  • Compile the annual, quarterly, and monthly commodity requirements for nutrition activities and prepare actualised distribution plans based on the latest screening information available.
  • Liaise with nutrition, programme, and resource management colleagues at the country office to ensure that nutrition program needs are effectively resourced and supplied.
  • Analyse commodity requests from partners and ensure timely delivery.
  • Follow up on commodities dispatches and distributions

Programme implementation: 

  • Ensure the follow-up of nutrition programmes implemented by Government and NGO partners
  • Support multi-agency emergency nutrition assessments
  • Identify needs for technical and managerial support to regional Government and cooperating partners
  • Organise regular meetings with partners and supervision visits for CP‘staff on the job capacity building;
  • Ensure that Nutrition is integrated into other activities for the implementation as stated in programmes guidelines and protocols e.g., relief etc
  • Advise Sub Office regarding the integration of Nutrition activities
  • Review at first level the cooperating partners’ proposals for MOUs
  • Represent WFP in health and nutrition task force meetings at the regional level, especially meetings with the regional Health Bureau, RDRMCC and regional health/Nutrition Cluster and share highlights of the meeting.


  • Compile and share biweekly updates on the emergency nutrition situation.
  • Review and analyse monthly and quarterly reports from TSFP regional coordination (DPPB) and cooperation partner’s reports, as well as monitoring reports.
  • Submit monthly reports to CO Nutrition Unit highlighting the programme’s achievement compared to the plan.


  • Follow up the monitoring activities done by the regional and area coordination unit and share reports
  • Suggest recommendations for improvement based on programme results.
  • Liaise with NGO’s collaborating with WFP in the region and organize supervision/monitoring visits
  • Evaluate the overall performance of staff


  • Participate in CMAM training organized at the regional level for HEW and FDAs.
  • Organize training for partners when required in partnership with the Country Office Nutrition unit, Government, and partners at a regional level.
  • Perform any duties as required.


Standard Minimum Qualifications


Education: Advanced University degree in Public Health Nutrition, Nutrition, Food Technology or Medicine.

Experience: Minimum of five years of field experience in designing and implementing nutrition, and health programmes. Experience in nutrition needs assessment in crisis, treatment and prevention of malnutrition in an emergency context.

Knowledge & Skills: 

  • Experience working with governments on developing nutrition policies and/or implementing a nutrition programme (within food security or health).
  • Experience conducting nutritional assessments analysed data and drafting recommendations for programme.
  • Experience in designing qualitative and quantitative surveys and using a variety of quantitative and qualitative analytical tools and methods.
  • Proficient in the use of Excel and handling large data sets.
  • Experience working in both emergency and development contexts.

Languages: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English. Knowledge of Somali language is an added advantage.

WFP has a zero-tolerance approach to conduct such as fraud, sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to WFP’s standards of conduct and will therefore undergo rigorous background verification internally or through third parties. Selected candidates will also be required to provide additional information as part of the verification exercise. Misrepresentation of information provided during the recruitment process may lead to disqualification or termination of employment

WFP will not request payment at any stage of the recruitment process including at the offer stage. Any requests for payment should be refused and reported to local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action.


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