Programme Policy Officer (IMAM) Seconded as a Technical Assistant to Ministry of Health ) – World Food Programme (WFP) Vacancy Announcement

Programme Policy Officer (IMAM) Seconded as a Technical Assistant to Ministry of Health ) – World Food Programme (WFP) Vacancy Announcement, July 4 2023




Organization: World Food Programme (WFP)

Position: Programme Policy Officer (IMAM) Seconded as a Technical Assistant to Ministry of Health )

Employment: Contract

Location: Addis Ababa

Date of Announcement: July 4 2023

Deadline: July 14 2023




Job description

Terms And Conditions

 JOB Title:             Programme Policy Officer (IMAM) Seconded as a Technical Assistant to Ministry of Health )

 Contract Type:    Service Contract ( SC )

 Job Grade:           Level 8

 Duty Station:       Addis Ababa 

 No. of position:   One 



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.


Organizational Context

This job is found in Ethiopia Country Office and job holders report to a more senior Programme Policy Officer.
Job holders are likely to be working under the close support and guidance of a more experienced professional staff member receiving guidance and regular feedback on work performed. They are typically involved in programme or policy activities or similar nature and analytical work of limited complexity.


The World Food Programme (WFP) is United Nations frontline agency in the fight against hunger, WFP is continually responding to emergencies. We save lives by getting food to the hungry fast. However, WFP also works to help prevent hunger in the future. We do this through programmes that use food as a means to build assets, spread knowledge and nurture stronger, more dynamic communities. This helps communities become more food secure. On average, WFP aims to bring food assistance to more than 80 million people in 80 countries.


WFP Ethiopia is working with the government and other humanitarian partners to strengthen the resilience of Ethiopia’s most vulnerable population and to chart a more prosperous and sustainable future for the next generation.


In Ethiopia despite some progress made over the past decade, malnutrition remains a public health Problem. The prevalence of malnutrition varies widely across the regions and socio-economic groups. According to DHIS 2019 findings, seven percent of Ethiopian children under five years of age and 35.5 percent of women (15 to 19 years) have signs of acute malnutrition. The prevalence of stunting (37percent), which costs at least sixteen percent of the national gross domestic product, yearly.


A multiplicity of problems and challenges in Ethiopia remain the lack of tangible support for nutrition interventions Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) by health facilities and local government officials, poor coverage of many nutrition interventions, including management of acute malnutrition and opportunities to integrate nutrition interventions into all possible contacts with service providers are missed, which limits coverage and impact.


Integrating Management of Moderate Acute Malnutrition is a strategy that focuses on the integration of the management of acute malnutrition into the on-going routine health services at all levels of the health infrastructure.


To provide support and technical assistance to the Ministry of Health at national level in the implementation of Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition to strengthen institutional capacity to manage MAM treatment effectively. S/He will be responsible for managing, facilitating, monitoring, supervision, and reporting of IMAM implementation. S/He is going to be responsible to build the coordination and collaboration of WFP, Ministry of Health and relevant partners.


KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

1.    Under the overall supervision of the Ministry of Health, Nutrition Coordination office and the technical supervision of the WFP nutrition team the nutrition technical assistant will take the overall responsibility for the management and coordination of (IMAM) activities at national level.
2.    Prepare the national level work plan and support the regions in the preparation of the regional workplan and its implementation
3.    Prepare and provide progress report on activities every month to WFP and the MOH
4.    Provide technical support to all the regional Technical Assistants at the regional Bureau of Health assist in the implementation of MAM treatment in the health system/Health post level.
5.    Provide management support to the regional Technical Assistants to ensure the improvement of IMAM implementation at woreda/health facility level are performed within the established targets, policies, and procedures as per the national acute malnutrition guideline.
6.    Make field visits to the regions and woreda level to supervise and identify challenges in the programme implementation to take timely corrective actions and recommend possible solutions.
7.    Organize Training of Trainers at national level when it is needed and work with the regional Technical Assistants in cascading to the regional and woreda level.
8.    In discussion with the regions, MOH and relevant authorities at regional level ensure the appropriate utilization of nutritious supplies provided by WFP
9.    Act as a point of contact for resolution of a range of operational queries and problems with regards to the MAM treatment activities
10.    Coordinate over all TSFP activities with staff of UNICEF and RHB as well as DRMC to ensure effective implementation in the region
11.    Assist the woredas and zonal nutrition focal in the IMAM implementing areas to ensure all indicators relevant to TSFP are captured in the health system, and relevant data is collected and analysed.
12.    Coordinate and communicate with regional RHB, DRMC and WFP to ensure efficient delivery of the programme and perform analysis.
13.    Ensure annual National and regional review meetings are conducted as per the plan and budget allocation
14.    Facilitate financial requests and settlement as per the planned activity and budget
15.    Closely work with Ethiopian Food and Drug Administration (EFDA) regarding MAM supplies handling, management and engage on transition plan of MAM supplies into health system
16.    Prepare and share monthly, quarterly, and annual reports are submitted to ministry of health and WFP
17.    Facilitate or participate in evaluations, assessments and operational studies that are conducted in relation to the programme

Standard Minimum Qualifications

Education:    A Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Human Nutrition, Community Nutrition, Public Health Nutrition, Food Science and Nutrition, Public Health, and other related disciplines

Experience:  At least 1 Year experience with a bachelor’s degree in Management of Acute Malnutrition in Ethiopia.
Previous work experience with the government of Ethiopia’s National Nutrition Program (NNP), Food and Nutrition Strategy and Community-based management of acute malnutrition (CMAM)
Specialized knowledge on the management of acute malnutrition as well as managing emergency nutrition programmes


Language: Fluent in English language


Other Specific Job Requirements

  • Experience with existing health system.
  • Experience with management
  • Basic computer applications knowledge (MS word, excel, power-point, etc.)
  • Proven ability to work with multiple partners on collaborative projects.
  • Fluency in both oral and written communication in English required. Knowledge of the duty place and local language is an added advantage.

Functional Capabilities

Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance Demonstrates ability to identify key variables and contextual factors that affect food assistance problems and programmes throughout the lifecycle to inform quality programme design or re-design.
Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Voucher) Demonstrates ability to analyse and consolidate quantitative and qualitative information from different sources (e.g., market studies) to inform transfer modality selection and programme development.
Broad Knowledge of Specialized areas (i.e. Nutrition, VAM, etc.) Demonstrates the ability to interpret basic data in the context of WFP specialised fields to contribute to technical programme design, implementation and monitoring.
Emergency Programming Displays capacity to provide inputs into the development, implementation and realignment of high quality emergency programmes.
Strategic Policy Engagement w/ Government Develops thorough recommendations using multiple inputs (e.g., government counsel, research, own experience) to strengthen national or subnational entities and government owned food and nutrition security programmes.


Desired Experiences For Entry Into The Role

• Has gained experience in implementing technical programs (i.e. nutrition, etc.).
• Has implemented programmes and provided input into designing operations.
• Has provided input into policy discussions and decisions.


Deadline For Applications

July 18, 2023


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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