UN World Food Programme Associate - Nutrition Jobs in Ethiopia

UN World Food Programme Associate - Nutrition Jobs in Ethiopia

About WFP

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 continue to address the immediate short-term needs of refugees, internally displaced persons and other food-insecure and undernourished people, there is 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.

Organizational Context

This job is based in the Afar Regional State, Semera Sub-Office. The job holder will report to a senior Programme and Policy Officer.

The job holder will be working under the close support and guidance of a more experienced professional staff member receiving guidance and regular feedback on work performed. The job holder will focus on nutrition-related interventions, both nutrition sensitive and nutrition specific.

He/she is expected to demonstrate responsibility and initiative to respond independently to various queries with only general guidance. He/she is required to use judgment in dealing with unforeseen operational problems on a daily basis and to manage resources and coach and coordinate support staff.

Job Purpose

To provide effective specialized support and technical analyses to policy and programme activities that effectively meet food assistance needs.

Key Accountabilities (not all-inclusive)

  • Provide technical support and assist in the development and implementation of various nutrition activities and processes within the Sub-Office supporting alignment with wider programme policies and guidelines.

  • Provide specialized project management support to nutrition and nutrition-related programmes to ensure that the various activities are performed within the established targets following WFP’s policies and procedures.

  • Within nutrition interventions, prepare a range of reports and data analysis (e.g. programme status, performance, etc) and highlight trends/issues ensuring deliverables adhere to corporate standards and quality control.

  • Ensure and/or perform accurate, timely recording of nutrition data and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.

  • Liaise with internal counterparts to support effective collaboration, implementation and monitoring of ongoing project activities.

  • Coordinate and communicate with local partners, agencies, NGOs and government institutions to perform accurate nutrition analyses and to ensure efficient delivery of assistance.

  • Support the capacity building of WFP staff, cooperating partners and national government within the specific technical area.

  • Act as a point of contact for resolution of a range of operational queries and problems in nutrition interventions.

  • Oversee and/or review the work of other support staff, providing practical advice and guidance, to contribute to delivering objectives to agreed standards and deadlines.

  • Follow standard emergency preparedness practices to ensure WFP is able to quickly respond and deploy needed nutrition assistance to affected areas at the onset of crises.

  • Perform any
    other duties as assigned.

    Standard Minimum Qualifications

  • Education: University degree in Nutrition, Health Sciences, or other related fields relevant to nutrition.

  • Language: Fluency in both oral and written English is sufficient and knowledge of Afar language is an advantage.

  • Experience: Four or more years of postgraduate professional experience in nutrition and nutrition-related interventions. Experience in WFP specific programmes like targeted supplementary feeding, IYCF, Mobile Health and Nutrition Teams, IMAM, or other UN agency nutrition programmes would be advantageous.

    4Ps Core Organisational Capabilities


  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Helps teammates articulate WFP’s Strategic Objectives.

  • Be a force for positive change: Suggests potential improvements to team’s work processes to supervisor.

  • Make the mission inspiring to our team: Explains the impact of WFP activities in beneficiary communities to teammates.

  • Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Articulates how own unit’s responsibilities will serve WFP’s mission.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people's skills: Trains junior teammates on new skills and capabilities.

  • Create an inclusive culture: Seeks opportunities to work with people from different backgrounds.

  • Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Serves as a peer coach for colleagues in same area of work.

  • Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Tracks progress toward goals and shares this information on a regular basis with supervisor.


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Explores ways to consistently be more efficient and accurate in own areas of work and shares new methods of work with colleagues.

  • Focus on getting results: Focuses on getting results and tracks trends in completion rates for own tasks to identify opportunities for efficiency.

  • Make commitments and make good on commitments: Takes responsibility for own tasks and notifies supervisor as soon as possible of potential delays in meeting deadlines or commitments.

  • Be Decisive: Independently decides what action to take when faced with critical choices in the workplace or in dangerous situations in the field.


  • Connect and share across WFP units: Suggests opportunities for partnering with other units to supervisor.

  • Build strong external partnerships: Identifies opportunities to work with colleagues and partners in the field towards common goals.

  • Be politically agile & adaptable: Develops an understanding of the value of WFP’s teams and external partners in fulfilling team’s goals and objectives.

  • Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Aligns own activities with supervisor’s priorities to fulfill internal and external partner needs.

    Desired Experiences for Entry Into the Role

  • Ability to work independently in a timely and organized manner.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work.

  • Ability to work in a team and multi-task as needed.

  • A strong understanding of nutrition issues

  • Strong coordination and oversight skills

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; UN World Food Programme Associate - Nutrition Jobs in Ethiopia

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