UN World Food Programme Policy Consultant - Nutrition Jobs in Ethiopia

UN World Food Programme Policy Consultant - 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.

Standard Minimum Qualifications


  • Advanced University degree in Public Health Nutrition, Nutrition, Food Technology, Medicine or other relevant field.


  • Fluency in both oral and written English

    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. Afar Region is faced with various recurrent and protracted crises such as drought, flood, desert locust and armed conflict.

    Wasting and stunting have skyrocketed as livelihoods have been eroded by the crises. Households have limited resources in terms of resilience, food-security (nutrient-dense availability, access and also demand), high cost of healthy diets, high levels of non-affordability of nutritious diets, limited access and existence of quality health and nutrition services.

    Job Purpose

    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. He/she will focus on nutrition-related interventions, both nutrition sensitive and nutrition in specific.

    He/she will provide support to nutrition programmes and activities to contribute to meeting the nutritional needs of WFP beneficiaries both in the livelihood support intervention and emergency response activities.

    Key Accountabilities (not all-inclusive)

  • Contribute to the development of nutrition projects and activities, plans and processes, ensuring alignment with wider nutrition policies and guidance.

  • Provide project management support to specific and defined nutrition projects and activities, ensuring a co-ordinated approach with wider programmes/projects that complies with WFP standards and procedures.

  • Develop and co-ordinate data gathering and monitoring/assessment systems ensuring that rigorous quality standards are maintained.

  • Track and analyse data to provide input into reporting activities and contribute to the preparation of accurate and timely reporting on nutrition activities that enables informed decision making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.

  • Liaise with implementing partners (internal and external) to monitor ongoing projects, ensuring effective collaboration, timeliness and efficiency, and highlight potential risks to project delivery.

  • Support the identification of potential partners and partnership negotiations to ensure a collaborative and holistic approach to meeting nutrition needs.

  • Support the capacity building of WFP staff, partners and national government to prepare for and respond to nutrition needs for
    example the production and review of training materials.

  • Guide more junior staff, acting as a point of referral and supporting them with more complex analysis and queries.

  • Act in an assigned emergency response capacity as required to meet emergency food assistance needs

  • Perform any other duties as assigned.

    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.


  • At least Five years’ experience and exposure to implementation of national/international development programmes. Experience working in public health/food security/ nutrition related activities. Experience identifying and defining nutrition issues/problems within a country.


  • 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 Policy Consultant - Nutrition Jobs in Ethiopia

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